Family checking in at Art of Animation
  • On Aug 7, 2018
    Mariah from MI Asked

    My family is booked at AOA for our March 2019 trip, I'm hearing that AOA is normally excluded from discounts? Is that true? If so, which resorts are normally included? This is our first trip and I don't want to break the bank on our room.

    Hi Mariah,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Like you, I am always searching for a discount!

    I hesitate to say that certain resorts or included or excluded from Special Offers because each Special Offer has unique characteristics. When I just checked Disney's Art of Animation Resort for dates in late September 2018, for example, it did qualify for the Enchanted Escape Room Offer. If you are looking for great rooms at lower prices, I would suggest that you consider other Value Resort Hotels. In my personal experience, the Little Mermaid rooms at Disney's Art of Animation Resort, refurbished rooms at Disney's Pop Century Resort and standard rooms at Disney's All-Star Sports Resort are all lovely.

    To get a good sense of what pricing normally is, I suggest checking the prices for a few months before booking. Then, when a Special Offer comes available, you will know what kind of deal it truly is. Once you have selected your resort hotel, decide how many days you will need theme park tickets and decide whether will do base tickets or park hopper tickets. My family normally does base tickets but on our last visit we had park hopper tickets. Since we were staying at Disney's Contemporary Resort Hotel, it was easy for us to spend the morning in one park and then walk to Magic Kingdom at night for the Happily Ever After fireworks.

    Mariah, my final suggestion for saving money is to consider a dining plan. Food can be unpredictably expensive. We love to do the Disney Dining Plan or the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan because both include table-service meals, drinks and snacks. My family loves to dine at character meals and these plans allow us to do so!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
    Donyell
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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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