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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!
How To Find Disney 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.
The trip is non-refundable, so you have to be sure that you are going to be okay with whatever hotel you get! Both sites have now started giving you a better idea of what you’ll get by telling you what hotel the last person got, or narrowing it to four hotels.
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 areas to Disney Springs and Walt Disney World – Bonnet Creek.
Then further narrow your results to hotels that have the amenity of Airport Shuttle. These results should all be Disney resorts! Thanks to MouseSavers for the suggestions for narrowing results.
Disney Value Resort will show up as 3-star hotels, Moderates as 3.5-stars, and Deluxe as 4-stars.
When I’ve checked in the past I’ve found Disney hotels, but none of them have been at a decent discount. This week I got lucky and found what I knew was a Disney resort for over 50% off! I think you’ll have the best luck finding a good discount on a Disney resort for dates less than a month in the future – so this strategy is best for a last-minute (at least in terms of Disney planning) trip.
Often times you can find promo codes that will give you an additional amount off a Hot Rate hotel (usually $10 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.
I didn’t have a promo code for Hotwire but I did have one for Priceline, so I ended up booking there instead. Often the same hotels will be listed on both sites, so on to how to use Priceline.
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 (I have to use Internet Explorer and not Chrome to get this site to work).
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!