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My Quick Hack For Finding The Lowest Prices at Disney Resorts

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I love it when I find a quick hack that makes planning a Disney World vacation so much easier.

That’s why I am thrilled to share this easy way to check availability AND see the lowest prices at Disney World resorts!

Here’s what you need to know first about this hack:

  • It works on mobile devices ONLY – it won’t work on your computer, unfortunately.
  • It works for all Disney World on-property resort hotels but other hotels are hit or miss
  • This is for room-only reservations only – not packages with tickets or dining. You can’t add a dining plan to reservations booked with third party sites (like Orbitz, Expedia, etc.). If you want a package you can get free a quote here. 
  • The prices shown may not be the lowest (but I’ll show you how to get the lowest prices)

Ok, so here’s a step-by-step breakdown of how you can check availability at a Disney resort for your possible travel dates and see which dates have the lowest prices:

Step 1: Search for the name of the resort

search for disney world resort name

In your mobile browser, do a search for the resort hotel you want to check on. Make sure it is just the name of the hotel with nothing after it.

The first result will almost always be the Google page for the hotel (see the image above). If it isn’t, scroll down until you see it.

Step 2: Tap on the “Prices” tab

google search result for Disney hotel

Next, tap on “Prices” in the main menu on the Google page.

Step 3: Tap on the “Check in” date

select dates on calendar for disney resort hotel search

Next, tap on the date under “Check in” to change it. This will cause a calendar to drop down.

calendar with dates for disney resort

On this calendar, you will be able to see which nights are totally booked (just a blank space under the date), which nights are available to be booked somewhere, and the best price available for each night!

This makes planning your stay SO MUCH easier – I used to have to search for dates on multiple sites to check if there was even any availability at a Disney World resort.

So if you know where you want to stay, it is now much easier to see what’s available.

Step 4: Find the best price for your dates

screenshot of cheap disney hotels on Orbitz

When you do decide to look into a date (or range of dates, of course), you can select your dates on the calendar and you will see the different sites on which you can book your stay, in order from lowest to highest.

In the case of my sample search, the results showed Priceline had the cheapest rate.

However, you can likely get an even lower price if there is availability on Orbitz by applying a promo code to your reservation. The search results will NOT include the price with any promo codes – it’s up to you to apply those!

orbitz promo code applied to Disney resort

In my sample night above, I went to book the night through Orbitz and applied the current promo code (get the current Orbitz promo codes here) to save an additional 10%.

So that brought my night down to $92 including tax. You’ll also get 3% back in Orbucks to use on any future trip (yet another reason to book with Orbitz!)

I have a whole post about how to book Disney resorts on Orbitz and save more with promo codes which walks you through how to add your reservation to My Disney Experience and get all of the Disney World resort benefits.

I hope you found this quick hack helpful for planning your Disney World vacation! If you did, could you take a second to share it on Facebook here? It will help others plan their trip and get to Disney World on any budget.

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Stephanie Carroll

Thursday 5th of March 2020

Hello! I have been eyeballing your site/blog for a month now, trying to figure out how to book a disney trip at best rate. I cannot figure out 2 things. I can find VERY reasonable and cheap hotels, from the hotwire website, as you noted to use the bonnet creek area filter, etc. but it makes me SO nervous not being able to see which hotel i am paying for. because my biggest thing is wanting to have a shuttle to the parks. we will have a vehicle, but prefer not to drive. Also, for the life of me, I cannot figure out how to purchase disney park tickets. the only option i see online is this promo for eh 4-park pass thing. i assume that is per person, and its like 85$ or something like that. we want only 2 park days. our kids will be 4 and 6 in October, and they do not do well with long days, etc. so we dont want to overdo it. how in the world do i purchase regular tickets for admission? we definitely want Magic Kingdom, and possibly another (Whichever park our littles will enjoy most). send help!!


Saturday 7th of March 2020

Hi Stephanie! Well, the first thing is to only look on Hotwire in the Walt Disney World - Bonnet Creek area. Then narrow your results to hotels with airport shuttle listed as an amenity. These are guaranteed to be Disney World owned resorts and they all have a shuttle to the parks. Honestly staying at any Disney hotel is better than staying elsewhere for your first trip because of the convenience. Note that you will have to pay a nightly parking fee at Disney resorts which is explained here:

Next here is a post that explains the cheapest way to get Disney World park tickets:

Hope this helps and let me know if you have other questions!


Wednesday 23rd of January 2019

So if for a 2 person vacation with a resort stay, meal plan, memory maker and such; Is it still best to book through Disney? I have only been there once about 10 years ago and I went straight through them. Are travel agencies viable? I have always been worried they were shady lol


Thursday 24th of January 2019

Hi Michael! If you want a package that includes the dining plan then your best option is to use a Disney vacation planner. There is no cost to use one (Disney pays their commission) and they can help you with all of the details - and there are many! I suggest getting a quote from Siera with Destinations in Florida who is the travel agent for this site - she is the best TA I've ever worked with. You can get a quote here and hope that helps:


Sunday 20th of January 2019

Thanks Leah! Yet another way to save money on a trip to Disney World! I am considering a trip in May to visit Flower and Garden, and I will definitely use this hack to help plan!


Monday 21st of January 2019

Yay Laura! It's so fun to be able to see availability so quickly like this!

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