Walt Disney World Releases Early 2018 Discounts: Play Stay & Dine, Family Gift Of Magic, Room-Only

walt disney world 2018 winter discounts room only vacation package

It is the moment that so many have been waiting for as Walt Disney World has finally released early 2018 discounts for vacation packages and room-only reservations. Early on Tuesday morning, Disney released two offers that could help a lot of guests save some money for their vacations to Central Florida in the first three and a half months of the year. There are some things that need to be known, though, and here are all the details.

For those heading to WDW in the first few months of 2018, discounts were made available to you today, but they are limited. As always, there are some exclusions and only a certain allotment of rooms available for the offers, which means that having a room booked does not necessarily mean you will get the discount.

On the official website for Walt Disney World, the first discount revealed is called the Family Gift of Magic package. It’s time to check out all the details you need to know to see if your Walt Disney World trip qualifies for some savings.

UPDATE at 11:10 a.m. Eastern

A third discount has now been released according to the official website of Walt Disney World and it is the usual Play, Stay, Dine Vacation Package. For Value Resorts, it will be the Quick-Service Dining Plan while it will be the Disney Dining Plan for Moderate, Deluxe, and Deluxe Villa Resorts.

Booking Window: October 3, 2017 – Dec. 22, 2017

Stay Dates (most nights):

  • January 1 – March 10, 2018

Excluded Resorts:

  • Fort Wilderness Campsites
  • Three-bedroom villas
  • Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • The Little Mermaid standard rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Minimum Requirements:

  • 3-night stay with 14-night maximum

My Mickey Vacation Travel had a bit more detailed information and provided the updated list of excluded resorts.

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Family Gift of Magic

Booking Window: October 3, 2017 – January 2, 2018

Stay Dates (most nights):

  • January 5 – February 15, 2018
  • February 25 – March 8, 2018
  • April 8 – April 14, 2018

Excluded Resorts:

  • Fort Wilderness Campsites
  • Three-bedroom villas
  • Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • The Little Mermaid standard rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows

Some other restrictions may apply, which means you will need to check online or when calling Disney to see if you qualify.

walt disney world 2018 winter discounts room only vacation package

For those who don’t have tickets booked with their Walt Disney World vacation just yet, you are not out of luck. There is also a room-only offer that may be able to save you some money on your trip in early 2018.

Room-Only

All of the details for the room-only discount were also released on their own page on the Walt Disney World website, and they could save you a big percentage.

Booking Window: October 3, 2017 – January 2, 2018

Stay Dates (most nights):

  • January 1 – April 14, 2018

Excluded Resorts:

  • Fort Wilderness Campsites
  • Three-bedroom villas
  • Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • The Little Mermaid standard rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows

Percentage of Savings

  • Deluxe Villas – Up to 25 percent
  • Deluxe Resorts – Up to 25 percent
  • Moderate Resorts – Up to 20 percent
  • Value Resorts – Up to 15 percent

For the room-only offer, there is another benefit if you upgrade your trip to a package that includes a five-day or more theme park ticket with the Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus option. If you do that, guests will get one more day added on to their tickets for free.

Walt Disney World is one of the greatest vacation destinations in the entire world, but who wouldn’t love to save some money on their trip? These early 2018 discounts could work for you, but the availability is going to go quickly. Make sure to check now for your trips, but don’t give up if you don’t find something right away. There are a few months in the booking window, and it is always possible that something may open up.

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