Thrifty Thursday: Traveling Off-Season

It may seem pretty obvious, but one thing they never tell you about booking your Disney World vacation is that the prices change throughout the year. Duh, right? Every tourist destination has it’s busy season and its off season.

The thing about Disney World is that their pricing seasons don’t always make immediate sense. And it fluctuates often and somewhat wildly.

For example, the cost of a standard-view room at Animal Kingdom Lodge varies considerably throughout the month of January. Guests paid $279/night on January 7, $342/night on January 10, and $335/night on January 18. Just try to make sense of that! 

If you book with an awesome travel agent, then he or she will be able to help you best plan your trip around these oddly-defined pricing seasons. But if you prefer to book on your own, I recommend that you make use of a button that says “View Seasonal Pricing” on the Disney World website when you’re looking at resort pricing. Clicking the button will pull up a calendar that gives the daily price fluctuations for the resort, which is definitely eye opening! 

I know that a lot of us are locked into travel dates due to work or school commitments, but being a bit more flexible with your travel dates can help you save a lot of money on lodging at Disney World. Good luck. And Mickey speed! 

Have you ever rescheduled a trip to take advantage of a lower priced season? Let us know in the comments! 

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Melissa Sue works in higher education communications in upstate New York, where she lives with her husband Robert, a secondary school teacher, and her cavapoo George (as in King George). Melissa began visiting Disney World when she was six and today owns a piece of the magic at Bay Lake Tower. She blogs at Mouse on the Mind and tweets @msorrellsgalley. She’ll be contributing money-saving tips to The Affordable Mouse.

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