When Will Disney Release the 2018 Discounts?


If you’re looking to go to Walt Disney World in 2018, you might be looking for some “Black Friday” deals… or at least some discounts on traveling to Disney World or Disneyland.

While Disney doesn’t release most of their deals until later in the year (like Free Dining), there are some discounts on Disney vacations that you can take advantage of right now. This is especially useful if you want to give the gift of a Disney vacation for the holidays.

Play, Stay and Dine

The first major discount Disney is offering for early 2018 is Play, Stay and Dine.

Guests can save up to up to $500 on a 5-night/6-day Walt Disney Travel Company room, ticket and dining plan package for a family of four at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for arrivals most nights Jan. 1-March 10, 2018. However, you would need to book by December 22, 2017.

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While not technically “Free Dining,” the package includes the Disney Dining Plan. Guests staying at a Moderate (Port Orleans, Caribbean Beach, etc.), Deluxe (The Polynesian, The Grand Floridian, etc.)or Deluxe Villa get the standard plan, while guests staying at a Value Resort (Pop Century, All-Stars) get the Quick-Service Dining Plan.

Is 2018 a good time to visit Disney World?

2018 may be the perfect time to visit Walt Disney World, especially with small children. Disney is rapidly expanding as they head toward the 50th Anniversary in 2021, adding new attractions like Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the TRON Lightcycle Power Run roller coaster and even new resorts and transportation options.

However, all of those open in 2019 and beyond.

It’s likely that many would-be travelers will wait until Disney has completed construction to visit. Or, at the very least, have opened Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

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That makes 2018 the perfect time for a first visit to Walt Disney World as it likely means lighter crowds.

However, one of Disney’s anticipated expansions — Toy Story Land — is also expected to open in the summer of 2018.

More Disney World Offers and Discounts

Play, Stay and Dine is just one of the special discounts being offered to entice travelers to book a trip to Walt Disney World in early 2018. Below are a few more you may want to check out:

Yes, 2018 will likely see Disney release more discounts as the year goes on… but it may also see heavier crowds.

Our recommendation? Go early!

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