With a little bit of homework, analysis, and one very useful browser extension, it’s attainable to efficiently “guess” which Walt Disney World resort inns can be found by way of Priceline Express Deals. These are deep reductions of up to 60% off, not simply money-saving ideas which may quantity to a “deal” of 10-15% off a room-only price. We’re speaking $60/night time for Values, ~$100/night time for Moderates, and underneath $200/night time for some Deluxe Resorts.
With the reward of considerable financial savings comes danger. Priceline Express Deals is a “blind” reserving website, which means the lodge identify is just not revealed earlier than you ebook and pay for your non-refundable lodge. Even with instruments that slender down or purport to reveal the identify of the lodge you’re reserving earlier than you commit, there are not any ensures. You’re locked in earlier than figuring out the lodge’s identify definitively, and there are not any refunds or date-changes.
One other disadvantage is that these offers are principally last-minute. I’m not solely positive when Walt Disney World inns are added to Priceline’s Express Deals, nevertheless it’s usually round four to 6 weeks prior to journey dates. This implies you’re just about assured no Seven Dwarfs Mine Practice, Avatar Flight of Passage, Slinky Canine Sprint, or Frozen Ever After FastPass+ availability (in fact, day-of refreshing can work magic there).
Lastly and alongside these strains, Priceline Express Deals are provided to fill unsold rooms. When you’re making an attempt to e-book a Christmas keep or a full week throughout mid-October, you’re unlikely to have success. You’ll have a troublesome time discovering good charges for multi-night stays throughout peak vacationer seasons; one of the best choices have a tendency to be brief, weeknight stays within the low season.
It also needs to be famous that the ‘hacks’ for revealing inns are continually in flux. Web deal spotters have been nice in serving to to uncover which lodge corresponds with which amenity units and descriptions. Sadly, Priceline (and different bulk wholesaler websites) are all the time one step behind, which means that profitable technique for uncovering a deal may work at some point and cease working the subsequent.
As an example each these factors, we noticed a ton of various choices again in July once we have been reserving our late August/early September stays, and it was fairly easy to pinpoint the lodge you’d be reserving with full certainty. We used Priceline Express Deals a couple of occasions, and it was a breeze.
Once I first sat down to write this text, I might discover subsequent to no availability for multi-night Walt Disney World lodge stays in October. Not an enormous shock, as that’s the brand new peak season for Walt Disney World. Quite than simply plowing ahead and publishing with out screenshots (a harmful proposition since that is tough and that’d probably lead to a ton extra reader questions), I made a decision to wait.
We first talked about Priceline Express Deals in “All Quiet on the Walt Disney World Front” when discussing how sluggish French Quarter was this summer time regardless of being bookable for $100/night time. The subject got here up once more in October whereas discussing our keep on the Polynesian in our Walt Disney World Fall Journey Report. Suffice to say, this publish has been “coming soon” for some time.
We have been fairly busy between Halloween and Thanksgiving (and had no want to e-book any rooms ourselves), so the draft of this publish was positioned on the back-burner. I made a decision to return to the subject over the weekend. And all the things has modified. Nicely, not every part. However the extremely useful one-line descriptions that had been dead-giveaways have vanished, and Lodge Canary now appears a lot much less dependable and unstable than it was earlier than.
Moderately than ready a few weeks when January and February offers are probably to be extra plentiful, I’ve determined to simply get this on the market now. I’m guessing not lots of you’re looking for last-minute offers for the vacations (from what I’ve seen, the sluggish lodge season starting in mid-January is just not obtainable fairly but), however for those that are, I’ve been stunned to see some Walt Disney World choices out there for Christmas week!
Priceline Express Deals actually could be 60% off at Walt Disney World–that’s not simply advertising fluff. The truth is, for a number of weeks round our keep on the Poly, throughout which we acquired a free improve to the King Kamehameha Membership Degree, the Polynesian was underneath $300/night time by way of Priceline Express Deals…and the rack fee ‘value’ of our room was over $800/night time. (Clearly, that’s an excessive instance with large luck concerned, however even “just” 60% off shouldn’t be unusual.)
As of proper now, the perfect choices for narrowing lodge decisions your self is deselecting every “Neighborhood” besides “Walt Disney World – Bonnet Creek” and “Walt Disney World – Disney Springs.” Each official Walt Disney World resort is situated inside these areas on the Priceline map.
Moreover, Walt Disney World lodges could have an amenity set of solely Free Web Entry, Restaurant, and Swimming Pool. To my information, this amenity set is a current change (and inaccurate as in contrast to what WDW resorts truly supply).
When it comes to star score, Values are Three-star, Moderates are Three.5-star, and Deluxes are often four or four.5-star.
The large bummer is Priceline’s removing of the one-line descriptions, reminiscent of “enjoy jazzy evening entertainment at this well-designed resort” for Port Orleans French Quarter. This isn’t only a disappointment as a result of I spent a ton of time researching and typing out these descriptions for each resort, however extra so as a result of these have been the decisive ‘clue’ in figuring out which lodge you have been reserving. With the outline, accuracy was 100%.
Now, the arrogance price is way decrease. You’ll both have to be prepared to roll the cube, or check with critiques, rack charges, and different clues past simply what Lodge Canary offers together with the amenity set and site. To make certain, accuracy continues to be fairly correct, however for a number of inns it’s not a positive factor.
With this lengthy preface out of the best way, let’s begin reserving…
The very first thing you’ll need to do is obtain the Lodge Canary extension for Chrome. To my information, Lodge Canary solely works with Chrome and solely on the desktop model of the browser.
Word that there are some current studies of Lodge Canary not working, and that is mirrored in current unfavorable evaluations. As of December 2018, Lodge Canary does nonetheless work–it simply works in a different way than it used to. Somewhat than revealing resorts with a hover function earlier within the reserving course of, you want to click on during to the lodge web page’s reserving display. At that time, you’ll click on the Lodge Canary button and a fly-out will supply lodge(s) predictions.
When you obtain Lodge Canary, you want to navigate to Priceline Express Deals and search for Walt Disney World. You’ll additionally need to apply any “Neighborhood” filters at that time. Right here’s how the method seems, step-by-step, up till this level:
Listed here are some observations I’ve observed whereas looking just lately. First, all Average Resorts are fairly widespread, however Coronado Springs is probably the most prevalent, particularly now that it’s not peak conference season. Whereas costs fluctuate extremely based mostly upon season and occupancy charges, I’d say a “good” fee for a Average is $110/night time or much less.
Second, the Deluxe Resort you’ll see most incessantly is Animal Kingdom Lodge, with charges within the neighborhood of $165-$225. Different Deluxe Resorts have appeared on Priceline Express Deals. I’ve seen virtually each single one, together with the Polynesian and Grand Floridian for journey dates this fall.
Third, Seashore Membership is showing fairly ceaselessly by way of Lodge Canary as a risk proper now. Don’t get too enthusiastic about this, particularly should you’re seeing ~$100/night time costs, because it’s virtually definitely not Seashore Membership. Good charges for the Deluxes by way of Priceline depend on the lodge, however I’d say you’re wanting on the $225-$275 vary for Magic Kingdom or Epcot-area resorts.
Worth Resorts even have appeared on Priceline Express Deals with a point of regularity, however I’m not seeing a lot on that entrance proper now. That could possibly be as a result of the Values are well-liked for Christmas journey dates? I’m not likely positive. Regardless of that, the All Stars seem commonest, and we’ve seen them for underneath $60/night time.
General, Priceline Express Deals is a superb choice for saving some huge cash on Walt Disney World inns, however it’s undoubtedly not for the faint of coronary heart. It’s not the ‘sure thing’ that it as soon as was, however with a little bit of legwork, you’ll be able to slender down the chances and nonetheless have a excessive diploma of certainty earlier than reserving. In the event you’re prepared to gamble and don’t thoughts the potential of getting a 3rd get together lodge just like the Dolphin or Wyndham Bonnet Creek (each nice choices which might be on par with Walt Disney World Deluxes), we’d extremely advocate utilizing Priceline Express Deals for financial savings which might be far superior to room-only reductions instantly from Disney.
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