Thinking through some value questions, thoughts?


#1

Okay, we have done a Poly and LOVE it, and would love to go there again. We are really looking to get our best deal this year. Looking at May 15-22 this year, the three of us (me, wife, and daughter) with the running resort discount could get 7 nights at the Poly (Garden View), Park Hopper tickets (no water park, that is a quick way to take $100 off the ticket options), and Deluxe Dining for $4081.

My question is, if I were to buy one Annual Pass, are there any additional discounts for pass holders that would give me us a better price for the same package? This strategy was suggested in the Mousejunkies book, just want to know if the strategy would work with this discount already in place.

You are the smartest Disney guys I know on the web, what are your thoughts?


#2

Are you asking of you can apply an AP discount to an already discounted package?


#3

Not really, asking is there any further discount for the AP holder. Bigger discount or better discount that would make it worth buying a pass.


#4

I copied this from Mousesavers:

Annual Passholder Room-Only Discounts

Stay dates: 1/1/10 to 6/3/10. Get a 35%-45% discount off regular “Rack” rates. Percent off varies by length of stay. Use code QIJ. Some dates will be blocked out. Rates not available for all dates and resorts.

* Save 35% at Disney Value Resorts when you stay 1-3 nights; save 40% when you stay 4 nights or longer
* Save 37% at Disney Moderate Resorts when you stay 1-3 nights; save 40% when you stay 4 nights or longer
* Save 42% at Disney Deluxe Resorts when you stay 1-3 nights; save 45% when you stay 4 nights or longer
* Save 45% at Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts (any length of stay)

Please note that if you would like the Dining Plan with these rates, there is a special Annual Passholders package.

About Booking

For phone bookings, you pay a deposit of one night’s room rate plus tax. No change or cancellation fee will be charged if you make your modification more than 5 days before arrival. You can also book online through the Annual Passholder section of DisneyWorld.com, but for online bookings the change/cancellation deadline is 6 days and you have to pay in full if you book less than 45 days in advance. In other words, there’s a real incentive to book by phone!

You can book one room per adult Annual Pass. You can book with a valid Annual Pass, an exchange voucher or with the intent to purchase an Annual Pass, as long as you present a valid Annual Pass or exchange voucher upon check-in.

You will have to do the math to see which deal works better for your family. There are some dining discounts for AP holders (usually lunch and the number of restaurants is limited) and you get a 10% at World of Disney at DtD. I think you also get a discount on water park passes. Is this more of what you were looking for?


#5

Besides the AP discount being applied to the room and/or additional tix I would look at how much you really eat. If relaxing sit down meals are a major part of the trip then Deluxe is for you. If not a deal killer you might want to look at the Deluxe Dinning add on vs the TiW card giving 20% off you entire meal bill at the TS restaraunts you want to go to.
Also many times AK or WL is lower priced that the other Deluxe resorts. Not on the rail but just as nice.


#6

There are a lot LOT of AP discounts for things other than accommodations. This is from Allears, and it is for 2009, but it will give you an idea. Check out the dining discounts! if you only eat a meal or two at TS places, you might want to ditch the dining plan altogether and go with our favorite, TIW, which gives you a discount on anything, food or drink, including alcohol. No having to order dessert, either, which is one of the things we dislike about the Dining Plan:

WDW DINING

Disney Dining Plan for Passholders - Passholders can save up to 30% off dining. Just purchase the new Passholder Package that includes accommodations at a select WDW resort and the Disney Dining Plan. The Disney Dining Plan offers one Table Service meal, one Quick Service meal and one snack at over 100 participating restaurants including Character Dining. If you want, you can even choose the Disney Deluxe Dining or Dine & Wine plan, too. For details, go to Walt Disney World Resort - Detecting Browser Properties . . . or call 407-WDISNEY.

Tables In Wonderland (formerly Disney Dining Experience): Receive $25 off the regular price of the Tables In Wonderland Membership. Benefits include:

20% discount on all food and beverages at over 70 participating Resort hotel and Theme Park restaurants (discount is valid for Passholder and a party of up to 9 Guests).
Resort and Theme Park parking for dining purposes
Invitations to special member-only food and wine events, winemaker dinners and celebrity chef dinners
And more!
Call (407) 566-5858 (Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. E.S.T.) for more information or to purchase your annual membership at the Passholder price of $75 (plus tax). The Tables In Wonderland Membership card is not accepted on holidays, including New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Mother’s Day, Easter, July 4, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. A charge of 18% gratuity will be added to all transactions, regardless of party size. A charge of 20% gratuity will be added to all transactions, regardless of party size at Victoria & Albert’s. Once you order your Tables In Wonderland membership card, please allow 2-3 weeks for processing.

Tables In Wonderland can also be purchased in person at any Guest Relations location at WDW. Annual pass must be shown at time of purchase. For a list of TIW participating restaurants, see Tables in Wonderland (formerly Disney Dining Experience).

Lunch Discounts: Get 10% off the regular price of food and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding tax and gratuity) Monday through Friday during various meal periods for Passholder and up to three Guests at the following participating Walt Disney World Resort Table Service locations. Call (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463) for advance dining reservation. Lunch hours vary by location.

  • Spoodles (Breakfast only) or ESPN Club (Lunch only) at Disney’s Boardwalk

  • The Wave (Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner) at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • Sand Trap Bar & Grill (Lunch only) at Disney’s Bonnet Creek Golf Club

  • Trail’s End Buffeteria (Breakfast and Lunch only) at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

  • Grand Floridian Cafe (Breakfast and Lunch only) at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

  • Olivia’s Cafe (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) at Disney’s Old Key West Resort

  • Turf Club (Lunch only) at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort

  • Captain’s Grille (formerly Yacht Club Galley) (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

  • Boatwright’s Dining Hall (Breakfast and Dinner only) at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort
    Epcot Lunch Discounts: Get 10% off the regular price of food and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding tax and gratuity) Monday through Friday during lunch hours for Passholder and up to three Guests at the following participating Epcot Table Service locations. Valid for Passholder and up to three guests. Call (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463) for advance dining reservations. Lunch hours vary by location.

  • Nine Dragons Restaurant

  • Tutto Italia Restaurant

  • Le Chefs de France Restaurant

  • Restaurant Marrakesh

  • Teppan Edo

  • San Angel Inn Restaurant

  • Rose and Crown

  • Tokyo Dining
    Walt Disney World Theme Parks: Get 10% off the regular price of food and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding tax and gratuity) during various meal periods for Passholder and up to three Guests at participating Walt Disney World Theme Park Quick Service locations listed below.

  • Studio Catering Company (All Day) at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Noodle Station (Open Seasonally) at the Magic Kingdom
    Other Dining Discounts:

Wolfgang Puck Cafe at Downtown Disney’s West Side - Enjoy 20% discount off the regular price (excluding tax and gratuity) of food and non-alcoholic beverages daily during lunch and 10% discount off the regular price (excluding tax and gratuity) of food and non-alcoholic beverages daily during dinner. Valid for the Passholder and up to 3 guests. Advance dining reservations are available by calling 407-938-9653 or 407-WDW-DINE (939-3463) .

Wolfgang Puck Express at Downtown Disney’s Marketplace - Take 10% off the regular price (excluding applicable tax and gratuity) of food and non-alcoholic beverages for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Valid for Passholder and up to three guests.

House of Blues at Downtown Disney’s West Side - Relish a 20% discount off food and non-alcoholic beverages daily in the restaurant prior to 4:00 pm or 10% off after 4:00 pm (discount excludes alcohol, applicable tax and gratuity). Valid for Passholder and up to 5 guests.

Planet Hollywood at Downtown Disney’s West Side - 10% discount off the regular price (excluding tax and gratuity) of food and beverages daily. Valid for Passholder and up to 3 guests.

Rainforest Cafe at Downtown Disney’s Marketplace - 10% discount off the regular price (excluding tax and gratuity) of lunch and dinner entrees. Valid for Passholder and up to 3 guests. Advance dining reservations are available by calling 407-827-8500.

Rainforest Cafe at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park - Dine with 10% off the regular price (excluding applicable tax and gratuity) of entree for the Passholder and up to three Guests. Call (407) 938-9100 for reservations.

Fulton’s Crab House at Downtown Disney’s Pleasure Island - 20% discount off the regular price (excluding tax and gratuity) of food and beverages daily during lunch (seated by 3:30 pm) and 10% discount off the regular price (excluding applicable tax and gratuity) of food and beverage during dinner. Valid for Passholder and up to 3 guests. Advance dining reservations are available by calling 407-934-BOAT(2628) or 407-WDW-DINE (939-3463).

Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop - Downtown Disney Marketplace - Enjoy a 10% discount on all chocolate purchases and fountain treats.

Portobello Yacht Club - Downtown Disney Pleasure Island - Enjoy 20% discount off the regular price (excluding applicable tax and gratuity) of food and beverages daily during lunch and 10% discount off the regular price (excluding applicable tax and gratuity) of food and beverages daily during dinner. Valid for the Passholder and up to three guests. Priority Seating is available by calling (407) 934-8888 or (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463).

T-REX Cafe® at Downtown Disney® Marketplace - 10% discount off the regular price lunch and dinner entrees (excluding applicable tax and gratuity) for the passholder and up to three guests. (effective January 5, 2009)

Yak and Yeti - Disney’s Animal Kingdom - Dine with 10% off the regular price (excluding applicable tax and gratuity) of lunch and dinner entrees for the Passholder and up to three Guests. Discount excludes alcohol.

MERCHANDISE DISCOUNTS

  • Arribas Brothers, Downtown Disney West Side - Get a 10% discount off the total merchandise purchase price (subject to certain restrictions, exclusions and/or limitations including, but not limited to: Lalique, Mats Jonasson, Swarovski, and shipping charges and shipping charges). Not valid with any other discounts.

  • Basin at Downtown Disney Marketplace - Enjoy a 10% discount off select regularly priced merchandise.

  • Curl by Sammy Duvall at Downtown Disney Marketplace - Enjoy a 10% discount off select regularly priced merchandise.

  • House of Blues - 10% discount off regularly priced merchandise in the House of Blues retail store (excludes books, leather, tobacco, jewelry and select CD’s).

  • LEGO Imagination Center at Downtown Disney Marketplace - Receive 10% off all items. This offer cannot be combined with any other coupon or discount offer. Discount is available only at the LEGO Imagination Center Orlando.

  • Planet Hollywood - 10% off select regularly priced merchandise purchased in the Planet Hollywood shop.

  • Rainforest Cafe (both locations) - 15% off select regularly priced merchandise purchased in the Rainforest Cafe retail store at either location.

  • Starabilias - Downtown Disney West Side - 10% off all gift and novelty items.

  • T-REX Cafe - 15% off select non-sale merchandise in the Dino-Store. Does not include Build-A-Dino by Build-A-Bear Workshop.

  • Virgin Megastore Downtown Disney - Receive a 10% discount off total purchase. Discount valid only at Virgin Megastore Downtown Disney West Side. Not valid on virginmega.com or airport locations. Excludes personal audio, DVD players, interactive software and accessories, game hardware, gift cards or Virgin Mobile Top-Up Cards.

  • World of Disney at Downtown Disney Marketplace - 10% off merchandise for Passholder only. Discount not available on purchase of Disney gift certificates, Disney Gift Cards, Disney Dollars, videos, food items, film, film processing, Walt Disney Classics Collection and other select merchandise. Discount also not available at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Discount not available on purchases of merchandise in Walt Disney World Theme Parks.

  • Yak and Yeti at Disney’s Animal Kingdom - Receive a 15% discount off select regularly priced merchandise purchased in the Yak & Yeti retail store.

TOURS AND EXPERIENCES

15% off on the following Tours and Experiences. For information and reservations call (407) WDW-TOUR (939-8687). Valid for Passholder only. Certain restrictions apply. Advance reservations required.

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

Wilderness Back Trail Adventures (Segway Tour- ages 16 and up)
DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM® Theme Park

Backstage Safari (age 16 and older)
Wild By Design (age 14 and older)
Epcot®

Around the World at Epcot (Segway Tour for age 16 and older; max weight 250 lbs)
Backstage Magic (age 16 and older)
Dolphins in Depth (age 13 and older, adult must accompany)
Epcot Seas Aqua Tour (age 8 and older, guests ages 8-16 must be accompanied by an adult)
Epcot Dive Quest (age 10 and older, SCUBA certification required, ages 10-14 must be accompanied by adult)
UnDISCOVERed Future World (age 16 and older)
Yuletide Fantasy (age 16 and older, offered seasonally )
Gardens of the World (Operates Seasonally)
MAGIC KINGDOM® Park

Disney’s Family Magic Tour (all ages)
Keys to the Kingdom (age 16 and older)
Mickey’s Magical Milestones (age 10 and older)
The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains (age 10 and older)
SPORTS & RECREATION

Golf: 30% discount off Day Visitor Rates for the Passholder and up to three guests in the party. The discount is available on Day Visitor Rates for play anytime of day. Discounts cannot be applied to any other discount or special rate including, but not limited to, Twilight Rates. Tee times at this rate are limited and may be made up to 14 days in advance by calling 407-WDW-GOLF(939-4653). Advance reservations required.

Sammy Duvall Water Sports Centre: 10% off Parasailing, Water Skiing, Wakeboarding and personal watercraft at Sammy Duvall’s Water Sports Centre at Disney’s Contemporary Resort for the Passholder. Reservations required. Certain age restrictions apply. For more information, call (407) WDW-PLAY (939-7529).

Richard Petty Driving Experience - $20.00 discount off the regular price of a Ride-Along Experience or $35 off any Richard Petty Driving Experience package at the Walt Disney World Speedway for Passholder. Not valid with any other coupon or discount. Call (800) BE-PETTY (237-3889) for reservations and information.

Boat Rentals Discounts - 15% off regular price of boat rentals at any Walt Disney World Resort Marina for Passholder. Discount subject to availability; certain age restrictions apply. (not valid for specialty cruises)

Grand Floridian Spa & Health Club Now you can enjoy 10% off (Passholder only) the regular price of one treatment each visit for the Passholder. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (407) 824-2332.

The Spa & Health Club at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort Now you can enjoy 10% off (Passholder only) the regular price of one treatment each visit for the Passholder. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (407) 824-4455.

Alamo Car Rental - Save up to 20% on your next car rental from Alamo Rent A Car. For reservations, call Alamo at 800-354-2322 or book online at www.alamo.com. Be sure to request ID #860292 when making your reservation.
Terms and conditions: Discount applies to base rate only. Taxes, other governmentally-authorized or imposed surcharges, license and concession recoupment fees, airport and airport facility fees, fuel, additional driver fee, one-way rental charge and optional items are extra. Renter must meet standard age, driver and credit requirements. 24-Hour advance reservations required. May not be combined with other discounts. Availability is limited. Subject to change without notice. Offer valid only at participating locations through 12/31/09. Blackout dates may apply.


#7

Your dates with the AP discount totals $4,115.69.
That includes the Poly garden view for May 15-22
Deluxe dining for 2 adults and 1 child
one adult AP, one adult 7 day park hopper, and one child 7 day hopper. Just a few bucks more than your quoted price and you will get a AP out of it!


#8

Great info guys! And Lexie, thanks, that is just the info I was looking for too!

We have done Deluxe Dining a few times now and it has worked out wonderfully. We do signature dining just about every day and eat another meal on top of it. My wife and I “foodies” and love to taste everything at Disney. Hmmm, I might have to get the AP then, I am planning to sign up for the marathon again this coming year and can certainly use the pass/discount then too.

Wow, I love you guys, perfect info!