How to Find Disney World Hotel Deals on Hotwire & Priceline

on July 3, 2018

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I’ve heard for years that Disney World hotels sometimes show up as “mystery” hotels on Hotwire and Priceline, but I haven’t ever put any time into finding them.

This week I finally did and got an incredible deal – Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside for almost 60% off!

In this post, I’ll show you how to find Disney hotels in disguise on these sites and suggestions for saving even more with a promo code. You can easily link these reservations to My Disney Experience and get all of your Disney benefits – MagicBands, Magical Express, and more.

Read on to find out how to find secret Disney World hotels on Hotwire and Priceline…

How To Find Secret Disney World Hotels on Hotwire

If you’ve never used Hotwire or Priceline before, here’s the gist. When you book one of their “Hot Rate” or “Express Deal” hotels, the name of the hotel isn’t revealed until after you pay. You’ll know it’s amenities, area, and ratings, but not the hotel.

Here are two important things to know about using these sites to find Disney World hotels:

  • Your reservation is non-refundable, so you won’t be able to make any changes to after you book.
  • You can usually only find Disney hotels up to 30 days in advance, so this will only work for a last-minute trip.

Okay, now on to how to discover mystery Disney World hotels on Hotwire.

To find Disney hotels on Hotwire, first do a search within Orlando for your dates.

To narrow your results to hotels that could be Disney hotels, limit the area to Walt Disney World – Bonnet Creek. 

And here is the key to finding Disney World hotels on Hotwire: any hotels in the Bonnet Creek area with an Airport Shuttle amenity will be Disney hotels! Disney-owned hotels are the only hotels that run an airport shuttle (i.e. Disney’s Magical Express) so far away from the airport.

Here is another key piece of information:  Disney Value Resort will show up as 3-star hotels, Moderates as 3.5-stars, and Deluxe as 4-stars.

You can sometimes even figure out which resort you are booking by the bed choice (if you are familiar with the offerings at the resort), location, or even guest reviews.

Here is a 3-star mystery hotel in Bonnet Creek with an airport shuttle, so we know this is a Disney Value Resort (learn what to expect at the Disney Value Resorts in this post). The most common Value resort to show up on Hotwire is All Star Sports since it is usually the last to fill up.

Immediately after you book the hotel the name will be revealed to you. Turns out I was right – it was All Star Sports!

A Disney hotel for $48/night is the absolute lowest price you’ll get for stays on Disney property! That is, unless you have a promo code to get an even lower price on Hotwire. 😉 Read on to learn more…

How To Save Even More on Hotwire

Often times you can find promo codes that will give you an additional amount off a Hot Rate hotel (usually $10 to $20 off a $100 hotel or 10% off your total). The best way to get those is to sign up for Hotwire’s email newsletter here.

To get a promo code via email, I suggest lurking on the Hotwire site for a few days and then not visiting it. Do at least a few days before you want to book. It is almost guaranteed that Hotwire will worry that you aren’t going to book and will send you a promo code discount to entice you to book!

How To Find Disney Hotels on Priceline

The strategy is much the same on Priceline – search within Orlando, then narrow results to the areas Walt Disney World – Disney Springs and Walt Disney World – Bonnet Creek.

Disney hotels are NOT listed as having an airport shuttle on Priceline, so it’s a little harder to narrow your results. I was about 90% confident the hotel I was booking was one of the Port Orleans resorts since it matched the result on Hotwire that confirmed Port Orleans Riverside and the description of the hotel mentioned a “Southern” theme.

I booked it and thankfully I was right! Above is my receipt for two nights at Port Orleans Riverside for $233 total – the rack rate for my room was $272/night, or $544 total, a 57% savings.

I luckily had a 10% off an Express Hotel booking in my inbox because I recently signed up for the Priceline email newsletter. It saved me an additional $20 so I’m glad I saved the email!

Immediately after you book you’ll get a confirmation email from Priceline. In it you’ll find the Hotel Confirmation Number (circled in red above). This is the number you enter on the Disney site or app to link your reservation to My Disney Experience.

You can also use this number to book your Magical Express reservation here.

You’ll by default have two people per room on Priceline. I don’t know if you are able to call them and have more added, so if you have more than 2 people per room I’d call them first.

If you are lucky you may be able to snag a discounted Disney reservation on Hotwire or Priceline, too. Any questions? Leave a comment below or join the discussion over at The Budget Mouse private Facebook group!

How to save BIG on Disney World hotels using Priceline and Hotwire! Tips and tricks for doing Disney World on a budget. Hacks for finding Disney resorts as mystery hotels. #disneyworld #traveltips

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  • Kelly Skewes

    I love your blog! This is the first Disney themed blog I’ve found that actually takes advantage of other sites like priceline and hotwire! Excited to find out that there are so many other avenues to booking resorts for the best price! 🙂

    July 18, 2018 at 12:31 pm Reply
    • Leah

      Thanks, Kelly! I try to find the best prices on Disney resorts anywhere on the internet!

      July 20, 2018 at 6:33 am Reply
  • KLK

    Thanks Leah!!! Are you able to get the dining packages that Disney offers as well?

    July 27, 2018 at 9:24 pm Reply
    • Leah

      No, unfortunately, if you book through any third party you can’t add a dining plan.

      July 28, 2018 at 6:38 am Reply
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