As Walt Disney World in Florida currently celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, the House of Mouse has more to offer vacationers than ever. Travel agency TUI slashed prices for stays at dozens of Orlando hotels in June and early July, allowing travelers to fly there from Manchester Airport for nearly half the price.
Meanwhile, a host of other discounts mean there’s savings to be had by booking directly with Disney, even during the summer school holidays.
TUI’s late-booking stays in Florida can be booked up to a month in advance and include flights and weeklong stays at popular Disney resorts such as the French-themed Port Orleans Riverside (discounted from 46 % to £1,016 pp) and the more family-friendly Pop Century (£834 pp) and All Stars Music Resort (now £939 pp, 35% off).
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Even Disney’s most expensive hotels have been slashed in sale, with the Caribbean Beach Resort slashed 40% to £1,133pp, while Sarotoga Springs has fallen to £1,774pp for a week’s break, or a saving of 33%.
Bargain hunters on select offers can also save an additional £150 using discount code 834WJM2CM for departures until July 31, although a minimum spend of £800 applies.
Interest in Walt Disney World vacations has grown this year as vacationers flock to Orlando to attend fiftieth anniversary celebrations at the company’s four parks – Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot and the iconic Magic Kingdom which started it all.
Several new high-profile additions to the parks have recently been unveiled or will soon be – including extensions to the Star Wars area at Hollywood Studios, including the immersive hotel for anyone who’s ever wanted to pretend to be a bounty hunter, a rebranding of Epcot’s Universe of Energy ride to incorporate Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and a Tron-themed roller coaster.
For travelers eager to experience all of these things but unable to travel early enough to take advantage of TUI’s discounts, the Disney Travel Company itself has unveiled discounts and bonuses for customers booking by August 31 for travel between August 8 July and September 30 of this year.
Deals include 20% off room reservations and a host of extras including Memory Maker photo packages, a theme park debut and Disney Genie, the system that replaced Fastpasses at the park.
By booking directly with Disney Travel Company, a family of four can enjoy a week in a Disney All-Star Music Resort room from £1,374 pp including flights.
Traveling early will always get the best deals, and while staying at Disney’s own hotels isn’t a deal breaker, prices drop even further for other options, including hotels on International Drive and owned hotels. at Universal Studios.
The cheapest option is £536 pp for a flight from Manchester to Melbourne Orlando Airport and a week’s stay at the CoCo Key Hotel and Waterpark, well below the usual standard UK flight cost United with Florida.
Meanwhile, fans of all things Harry Potter can stay at a range of Universal resort hotels with seven nights at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort including the flight now £840 pp traveling in early July, a discount by 48%.