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Historical Information on Walt Disney World Resort Discounts

This page provides information about the dates when room rates and special discounts have been released for Walt Disney World resorts in the past. Please note that past trends are no guarantee of future discounts! This information is provided for estimating purposes only.

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Release Dates for Full Price ("Rack") Room Rates
Release Dates for Full Price Vacation Packages
Release Dates for Discount Codes, Annual Passholder Discounts & Florida Resident Discounts
Chart of Past Discounts

Release Dates for Full Price ("Rack") Room Rates

  • 2005 Walt Disney World resort room rates were released in late May 2004.

  • 2006 Walt Disney World resort room rates were released in late May 2005.

  • 2007 Walt Disney World resort room rates were released in mid-May 2006.

  • 2008 Walt Disney World resort room rates were released August 5, 2007.

Release Dates for Full Price Vacation Packages

  • 2005 Walt Disney World vacation packages were released in mid-June 2004.

  • 2006 Walt Disney World vacation packages were released June 30, 2005.

  • 2007 Walt Disney World vacation packages were released August 6, 2006.

  • 2008 Walt Disney World vacation packages were released August 5, 2007.

Release Dates for Discount Codes, Annual Passholder Discounts & Florida Resident Discounts

In the past, these three categories have offered the deepest discounts that are available to the general public.

The chart below lists the time periods when Disney has offered major discounts to the public in the past few years, the approximate dates they became available, and the expiration date, when known. There may have been additional blackout dates (dates when the special discount did not apply) that are not noted; for instance, typically Easter and Thanksgiving are blacked out, plus a few days on either side of the holiday.

I don't provide the actual discounted prices from past promotions. That's because the rates almost always go up each year, and there is no guarantee that the same level of discount will be offered from one year to the next. In fact, as tourism is recovering and Disney theme park attendance is up, it is more and more likely that the discounts will be less.

Please don't count on specific prices when planning your budget way in advance. It will only lead to disappointment. For budget purposes, the best idea is to wait until the "rack rates" (full price rates) come out for the year you're going, and if you are going in Value Season or Regular Season, subtract 20% and keep your fingers crossed. If you're going in Summer Season, Peak Season or Holiday Season, don't count on a discount.

2004 Discounts and Codes

 

Check-in dates

Type of Discount

Became Available

1/1/04-2/11/04 "available to anyone" room-only code 12/4/03, exp 12/29/03
1/1/04-2/11/04 Annual Passholder room-only rates 12/4/03, exp 2/11/04
1/1/04-2/11/04 Florida resident room-only code 12/4/03, exp 2/11/04
1/1/04-2/11/04 package discounts for general public 12/4/03, exp 12/29/03
1/2/04-2/11/04 package discounts for general public 8/19/03, exp 9/22/03
1/4/04-6/12/04 package discounts for Disney Rewards® Visa® Cardholders 10/1/03, exp 1/2/04
1/4/04-6/12/04 package discounts for all Visa cardholders 10/8/03, exp 1/2/04
2/12/04-4/17/04 "available to anyone" room-only code 1/2/04, exp 2/9/04
2/12/04-4/17/04 Annual Passholder room-only rates 1/2/04, exp 2/9/04
2/12/04-4/17/04 Florida resident room-only code 1/2/04, exp 2/9/04
2/12/04-4/17/04 package discounts for general public 1/2/04, exp 2/9/04
4/18/04-6/5/04 "available to anyone" code for Ft. Wilderness campsites & cabins 1/20/04, exp 3/31/04
4/18/04-7/4/04 room-only discount for Disney Rewards® Visa® Cardholders 2/21/04, exp 4/17/04
4/18/04-7/4/04 room-only discount for Florida residents who are also Disney Rewards® Visa® Cardardholders 2/22/04, exp 4/17/04
4/18/04-7/4/04 package discounts for Disney Rewards® Visa® Cardholders 2/22/04, exp 4/17/04
4/18/04-7/4/04 package discounts for general public 3/9/04, exp 4/17/04
4/18/04-7/4/04 "available to anyone" room-only code 3/9/04, exp 4/17/04
4/18/04-7/4/04 Annual Passholder room-only rates 3/9/04, exp 7/4/04
4/18/04-7/4/04 Florida resident room-only code 3/9/04, exp 7/4/04
6/1/04-6/30/04 Georgia resident room-only code 5/16/04, exp unknown
6/7/04-9/29/04 room-only code for active military 6/7/04, exp unknown
 

2004 Discounts and Codes

 

Check-in dates

Type of Discount

Became Available

7/5/04-8/28/04 room-only discount for Florida residents who are also Disney Rewards® Visa® Cardholders 5/1/04, exp 8/28/04
7/5/04-8/28/04 package discounts for Disney Rewards® Visa® Cardholders 5/3/04, exp 6/15/04
7/5/04-11/18/04 package discounts for general public 5/5/04, exp 6/28/04
7/5/04-8/28/04 Annual Passholder room-only rates 5/5/04, exp 8/28/04
7/5/04-8/28/04 Florida resident room-only code 5/5/04, exp 8/28/04
7/5/04-7/31/04 "available to anyone" room-only code 6/8/04, exp 6/28/04
8/1/04-8/28/04 "available to anyone" room-only code 6/27/04, exp 7/31/04
8/1/04-8/28/04 package discounts for general public 6/27/04, exp 7/31/04
8/29/04-9/29/04 "available to anyone" room-only code 7/19/04, exp 8/28/04
8/29/04-9/29/04 package discounts for general public 7/19/04, exp 8/28/04
8/29/04-9/29/04 Annual Passholder room-only rates 8/5/04, exp 9/29/04
8/29/04-9/29/04 Florida resident room-only code 8/5/04, exp 9/29/04
8/29/04-9/29/04 Canadian resident room-only code & discounted packages 8/5/04, exp 8/28/04
8/29/04-9/29/04 package discounts for Disney Rewards® Visa® Cardholders 8/5/04, exp 8/28/04
9/30/04-12/25/04 Annual Passholder room-only rates 8/25/04, exp 12/25/04
9/30/04-12/25/04 "available to anyone" room-only code 8/26/04, exp 10/10/04
9/30/04-12/25/04 package discounts for general public 8/26/04, exp 10/10/04
9/30/04-12/25/04 package discounts for Disney Rewards® Visa® Cardholders 8/26/04, exp 10/10/04
9/30/04-12/25/04 Florida resident room-only code 8/26/04, exp 12/25/04
9/30/04-12/25/04 "available to anyone" room-only code promoted through McDonald's restaurants 9/16/04, exp 10/10/04
 

2005 Discounts and Codes

 

Check-in dates

Type of Discount

Became Available

1/2/05-2/16/05 Winter Settler rates for Ft. Wilderness campground - 21 night stays or longer 7/20/04, exp 7/31/04
1/2/05-2/16/05 Annual Passholder room-only rates 10/20/04, exp 2/16/05
1/2/05-2/16/05 Florida resident room-only code 10/21/04, exp 2/16/05
1/2/05-4/16/05 "available to anyone" room-only code 10/21/04, exp 12/1/04
1/2/05-4/16/05 package discounts for general public 10/21/04, exp 12/1/04
1/2/05-4/16/05 Canadian resident room-only code & discounted packages 10/21/04, exp 12/1/04
2/17/05-4/16/05 Annual Passholder room-only rates 12/27/04, exp 4/16/05
2/17/05-4/16/05 Florida resident room-only code 12/31/04, exp 4/16/05
4/17/05-7/4/05 Annual Passholder room-only rates 3/9/05, exp 7/4/05
4/17/05-7/4/05 Florida resident room-only code 3/10/05, exp 7/4/05
7/5/05-8/27/05 Annual Passholder room-only rates 5/4/05, exp 8/27/05
8/21/05-10/4/05 package discounts for general public ("free dining") 6/2/05, exp 7/3/05
8/21/05-10/4/05 package discounts for Florida residents ("free dining") 6/2/05, exp 7/19/05
8/28/05-10/4/05 Annual Passholder room-only rates 6/1/05, exp 10/4/05
8/28/05-10/4/05 Florida resident room-only code 7/17/05, exp 10/4/05
8/21/05-10/4/05 package discounts for general public ("free dining") 7/21/05, exp 8/20/05
10/5/05-12/25/05 Florida resident room-only code 8/25/05, exp 12/25/05
10/15/05*-12/19/05 Annual Passholder "Best Rate Program" (*program supposedly started 10/8/05 but required 120 day advance purchase, so first check-in date actually bookable was 10/15/05) 6/17/05
10/23/05-11/23/05 "available to anyone" room-only code 9/29/05, exp 10/22/05
10/23/05-12/25/05 package discounts for general public 9/29/05, exp 10/22/05
10/24/05-12/25/05 Annual Passholder "Best Rate Program" changed to 60 day advance purchase 8/25/05
12/20/05-12/25/05 Annual Passholder "Best Rate Program" 8/6/05
 

2006 Discounts and Codes

 

Check-in dates

Type of Discount

Became Available

1/1/06-2/15/06 Florida resident room-only rates 11/3/05, exp 2/15/06
1/1/06-3/8/06 package discounts for general public 11/1/05, exp 12/18/05
1/2/06-2/15/06 Annual Passholder "Best Rate Program" changed to 60 day advance purchase 8/25/05, ended 1/9/06
1/2/06-2/15/06 Annual Passholder "Best Rate Program" 8/6/05, ended 1/9/06
1/10/06-1/15/06 Annual Passholder room-only rates 1/10/06, exp 1/15/06
1/16/06-2/4/06 Annual Passholder room-only rates 1/10/06, exp 2/4/06
2/5/06-2/15/06 Annual Passholder room-only rates 1/10/06, exp 2/15/06
2/16/06-4/13/06 Annual Passholder "Best Rate Program" 10/28/05, ended 1/9/06
2/16/06-4/13/06 Annual Passholder room-only rates 1/10/06, exp 4/8/06
2/20/06-4/8/06 Florida resident room-only rates 1/5/06, exp 2/8/06
4/23/06-6/3/06 package discount for Disney Rewards® Visa® Cardholders 2/20/06, exp 3/30/06
4/23/06-6/3/06 Annual Passholder room-only rates 2/22/06, exp 6/3/06
4/23/06-6/3/06 Florida resident room-only rates 2/23/06, exp 6/3/06
6/20/06-8/5/06 Florida resident room-only rates for selected Deluxe & DVC resorts 6/8/06, exp 8/5/06
6/20/06-8/5/06 Annual Passholder room-only rates for selected Deluxe & DVC resorts 6/8/06, exp 8/5/06
 

2006 Discounts and Codes

 

Check-in dates

Type of Discount

Became Available

7/5/06-8/5/06 Annual Passholder room-only rates for selected Deluxe & DVC resorts 5/17/06, exp 8/5/06
7/5/06-8/5/06 Florida resident room-only rates for selected Deluxe & DVC resorts 5/18/06, exp 8/5/06
8/6/06-8/26/06 Annual Passholder room-only rates 6/8/06, exp 8/26/06
8/6/06-8/26/06 Annual Passholder room-only rates 6/8/06, exp 8/26/06
8/13/06-9/30/06 package discounts for Disney Rewards® Visa® Cardholders ("free dining") 4/1/06, exp 6/4/06
8/13/06-9/30/06 package discounts for general public ("free dining") 4/4/06, exp 6/4/06
8/19/06-9/30/06 "available to anyone" room-only code 7/10/06, exp 8/18/06
8/19/06-9/30/06 package discounts for general public 7/10/06, exp 8/18/06
8/20/06-9/30/06 package discounts for general public ("free dining") 6/2/06, exp 6/25/06
8/27/06-9/30/06 Annual Passholder room-only rates 7/12/06, exp 9/30/06
8/27/06-9/30/06 Florida resident room-only rates 7/17/06, exp 9/30/06
9/1/06-9/27/06 Annual Passholder room-only rates for Ft. Wilderness cabins and campsites 9/6/06, exp 9/27/06
10/1/06-12/23/06 package discounts for Disney Rewards® Visa® Cardholders 8/14/06, exp 9/30/06
10/1/06-12/23/06 Annual Passholder room-only rates 8/16/06, exp 12/23/06
10/1/06-12/23/06 Florida resident room-only rates 8/16/06, exp 12/23/06
10/1/06-12/23/06 package discounts for general public 8/17/06, exp 9/30/06
10/30/06-12/23/06 "available to anyone" room-only code 9/28/06, exp 10/29/06
11/1/06-12/23/06 package discounts for general public 10/2/06, exp 10/31/06
 

2007 Discounts and Codes

 

Check-in dates

Type of Discount

Became Available

1/1/07-2/14/07 Annual Passholder room-only rates 11/1/06, exp 2/14/07
1/1/07-2/14/07 Florida resident room-only rates 11/2/06, exp 2/14/07
1/1/07-3/8/07 package discounts for Canadian residents 10/16/06, exp 12/16/06
1/1/07-3/8/07 package discounts for Disney Rewards® Visa® Cardholders 10/31/06, exp 12/16/06
1/1/07-3/8/07 package discounts for general public 11/2/06, exp 12/16/06
2/15/07-3/30/07 Annual Passholder room-only rates 1/3/07, exp 3/30/07
2/15/07-3/30/07 Florida resident room-only rates 1/4/07, exp 3/30/07
4/15/07- 5/23/07 package and room-only discounts for general public 3/8/07, exp 4/14/07
4/15/07-5/24/07 Annual Passholder room-only rates (until approx. 3/6/07, the check-in dates were 4/15/07-6/2/07) 2/21/07, exp 5/24/07
4/15/07-6/2/07 package discounts for general public 1/11/07, exp 2/18/07
4/15/07-6/2/07 Florida resident room-only rates 2/22/07, exp 6/2/07
6/3/07-8/4/07 Annual Passholder room-only rates for Deluxe/DVC resorts 5/16/07, exp 8/4/07
7/1/07-8/4/07 Annual Passholder room-only rates for Moderate resorts 5/16/07, exp 8/4/07
6/3/07-8/4/07 Florida resident  room-only rates for Deluxe/DVC resorts 5/17/07, exp 8/4/07
7/1/07-8/4/07 Florida resident  room-only rates for Moderate resorts 5/17/07, exp 8/4/07
7/29/07-9/29/07 room-only discount for general public 6/28/07, exp 7/28/07
7/29/07-9/29/07 package discounts for general public 6/28/07, exp 7/28/07
 

2007 Discounts and Codes

 

Stay dates

Type of Discount

Became Available

8/5/07-9/29/07 "Bounceback" package discounts ("free dining") only for guests staying at WDW Resorts in Nov-Dec 2006 and willing to prebook their next vacation for Aug-Sept 2007 11/8/06, exp 12/31/06
8/5/07-9/29/07 Annual Passholder room-only rates 6/20/07, exp 9/29/07
8/12/07-9/29/07 package discounts ("free dining") for UK residents 8/25/06, exp 11/6/06
8/26/07-9/22/07 package discounts ("free dining") for Disney Rewards® Visa® Cardholders 4/9/07, exp 6/24/07
8/26/07-9/22/07 package discounts ("free dining") for general public 4/12/07, exp 6/24/07
9/30/07-12/23/07 package discounts for Disney Rewards® Visa® Cardholders 8/13/07, exp 9/26/07
9/30/07-12/23/07 Annual Passholder room-only rates 8/15/07, exp 12/23/07
9/30/07-12/23/07 package discounts for general public 8/16/07, exp 9/26/07
9/30/07-12/23/07 Florida resident room-only rates 8/16/07, exp 12/23/07
10/21/07-12/15/07 Annual Passholder room-only rates with dining gift card 8/15/07, exp 12/15/07
10/21/07-12/15/07 Florida resident room-only rates with dining gift card 8/16/07, exp 12/15/07
10/21/07-12/15/07 Military room-only rates 9/5/07
10/21/07-12/15/07 package discount for Disney Rewards® Visa® Cardholders 9/27/07, exp 10/20/07
10/21/07-12/23/07 room-only discount for general public 9/27/07, exp 10/20/07
10/21/07-12/23/07 package discounts for general public 9/27/07, exp 10/20/07
12/9/07-12/15/07 "Bounceback" room-only offer only for guests staying at WDW Resorts and willing to prebook their next vacation for these December dates (Deluxe resorts only) approximately 10/23/07
 

2008 Discounts and Codes

 

Stay dates

Type of Discount

Became Available

1/1/08-2/13/08 Annual Passholder room-only rates 10/31/07, exp 2/13/08
1/1/08-3/15/08 package deal (discount + free ticket upgrades) for Canadian residents 10/18/07, exp 12/15/07
1/1/08-3/15/08 package deal (discount + free ticket upgrades) for Disney Rewards® Visa® Cardholders 10/29/07, exp 12/15/07
1/1/08-3/15/08 package deal (discount + free ticket upgrades) for general public 11/1/07, exp 12/15/07
1/6/08-2/2/08 "Bounceback" room-only offer only for guests staying at WDW Resorts and willing to prebook their next vacation for selected dates in 2008 (at selected resorts only, and dates available vary by resort) approximately 10/23/07
1/6/08-2/2/08 package discount for Disney Rewards® Visa® Cardholders for OKW and SSR only 11/30/07, exp 12/29/07
1/6/08-2/2/08 room-only discount for Disney Rewards® Visa® Cardholders for OKW and SSR only 11/30/07, exp 12/29/07
2/14/08-3/6/08 Annual Passholder room-only rates 1/3/08, exp 3/6/08
2/14/08-3/6/08 Florida resident room-only rates 1/4/08, exp 3/6/08
2/24/08-3/1/08 "Bounceback" room-only offer only for guests staying at WDW Resorts and willing to prebook their next vacation for selected dates in 2008 (at selected resorts only, and dates available vary by resort) approximately 10/23/07
 

2008 Discounts and Codes

 

Stay dates

Type of Discount

Became Available

3/30/08-4/12/08 room-only discount for Disney Rewards® Visa® Cardholders for Moderate resorts, OKW and SSR only 3/6/08, exp 3/21/08
3/30/08-4/21/08 "Bounceback" room-only offer only for guests staying at WDW Resorts and willing to prebook their next vacation for selected dates in 2008 (at selected resorts only, and dates available vary by resort) approximately 10/23/07
3/30/08-5/21/08 package deal (free ticket upgrades) for Disney Rewards® Visa® Cardholders 2/18/08, exp 3/21/08
3/30/08-5/21/08 Annual Passholder room-only rates 2/20/08, exp 5/21/08
3/30/08-5/21/08 Annual Passholder package deal with dining 2/20/08, exp 3/21/08
3/30/08-5/21/08 package deal (free ticket upgrades) for general public 2/21/08, exp 3/21/08
3/30/08-5/21/08 Florida resident room-only rates 2/21/08, exp 5/21/08
4/20/08-5/21/08 room-only discount for general public 3/27/08, exp 4/19/08
4/20/08-5/21/08 package discount for general public 3/27/08, exp 4/19/08
5/26/08-6/7/08 room-only discount for general public 5/8/08, exp 5/25/08
5/26/08-8/2/08 Annual Passholder room-only rates 5/7/08, exp 8/2/08
5/26/08-8/2/08 Annual Passholder package deal with dining 5/7/08
5/26/08-8/2/08 Florida resident room-only rates 5/8/08, exp 8/2/08
8/3/08-9/27/08 Annual Passholder room-only rates 6/18/08, exp 9/27/08
8/3/08-9/27/08 Annual Passholder package deal with dining 6/18/08
8/3/08-9/27/08 Florida resident room-only rates 6/19/08, exp 9/27/08
8/3/08-9/27/08 room-only discount for general public 6/26/08, exp 7/27/08
8/3/08-9/27/08 package discount for general public 6/26/08, exp 7/27/08
8/10/08-9/27/08 package discount ("free dining") for UK residents 8/23/07, exp 11/6/07
8/10/08-9/27/08 "Bounceback" room-only offer only for guests staying at WDW Resorts and willing to prebook their next vacation for selected dates in 2008 (at selected resorts only, and dates available vary by resort) approximately 10/23/07
 

2008 Discounts and Codes

 

Stay dates

Type of Discount

Became Available

8/24/08-9/20/08 package discounts ("free dining") for Disney Rewards® Visa® Cardholders 4/7/08, exp 6/22/08
8/24/08-9/20/08 package discounts ("free dining") for general public 4/10/08, exp 6/22/08
8/30/08-9/27/08 "Bounceback" package discount ("free dining") only for guests staying at WDW Resorts and willing to prebook their next vacation for selected dates in 2008 8/31/07, exp 9/28/07, extended through 10/12/07
10/19/08-11/1/08 "Bounceback" room-only offer only for guests staying at WDW Resorts and willing to prebook their next vacation for selected dates in 2008 (at selected resorts only, and dates available vary by resort) approximately 4/1/08
11/9/08-11/15/08 "Bounceback" room-only offer only for guests staying at WDW Resorts and willing to prebook their next vacation for selected dates in 2008 (at selected resorts only, and dates available vary by resort) approximately 4/1/08
11/30/08-12/13/08 "Bounceback" room-only offer only for guests staying at WDW Resorts and willing to prebook their next vacation for selected dates in 2008 (at selected resorts only, and dates available vary by resort) approximately 4/1/08

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