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  • On Jul 16, 2012
    Jennifer from MI Asked

    I'm impressed w/ your in-the-know answers regarding discounts. I understand your point about free dining, but I'm unaware of any room discounts available for the end of Oct. Is free dining the best option or will a room discount for Oct be announced soon?

    Hi Jennifer,

    Room only discounts for late October are usually released in August/September. Last year, we only saw room only discounts for annual passholders and Florida residents for this time frame.

    You'll probably need to do a little bit of math to see which discount is best for your family.

    If you are staying at a value resort, typically free dining will yield better savings than if you were at a deluxe resort. When you stay at a deluxe resort, your room cost is the priciest part of your vacation. By securing a room only discount, even with purchasing an annual pass, you can save a lot of money. My annual pass has saved us a ton towards hotels and merchandise!

    If possible, you might want to book a free dining offer now since availability may be limited, then price out a room only discount if/when they are released. It should be prior to your final package payment at 45 days before your check in date.

    There's a lot to learn about different ways to budget for a Walt Disney World vacation. One of the best resources can be found at www.mousesavers.com. You can find past discounts at this website so that you can figure out whether a room only or free dining would be best for your vacation.

    Happy savings for a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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