Never rack rate, always use bounceback. Free dining does nothing for us, because the DW and myself never eat enough to make it worth it.
I've had to do it. One year we went on the Disney cruise and at the last minute decided to stay in WDW for a few days before the cruise. Even though I'm DVC at bay lake, either there was nothing available or I had no more points left that year (can't remember) so I paid full rack rate at the Poly. It was a little annoying but it was nice to stay somewhere I never stayed before. But definitely hurt a little. lolDisney has conditioned many of us to plan our trips to correspond to their promotional discounts schedule. This year things have been kinda all over the place with SWGE hitting and has affected their traditional schedule with various promotions released at different times. Even with SWGE coming this fall there is still tremendous availability access all resort categories for September and October. This is traditionally a heavily discounted period, but so far nothing. With the extreme slowness occurring at The DLR because of SWGE, there is the possibility of previously unplanned discount packages dropping soon for WDW. Do these discounts (or lack thereof) affect your planning?
I think the Sept discounts have come and goneNever pay rack, usually don’t book until the discounts come out.
However, we want to go the first week of September, so when I get around to it, I’m going to check availability, book what we think is likely to be discounted, and then apply that discount when it comes out, or cancel and stay offsite (or try orbitz, etc.)
There is increasing chatter on social media stating that September through November bookings are dead and that if nothing is done, it will make an already bad year worse. A specific TA with a heavy social media presence from another site is openly expecting offers to drop as soon as this week.I think the Sept discounts have come and gone
Agreed...same here. I just made my reservation for Contemporary Resort in September 2020. Of course, what choice did I have bit to book at full rack rate for a Magic Kingdom view room. No deal would ever be offered that far in advance but major issues like planning leave at work require that we always plan our vacation dates well in advance. So I am not about to wait, make necessary plans, and then see if I can get a better deal later on...and do not think the Contemporary Tower never fills up.Sometimes you don't have a choice. I book my vacations so far in advance the rack rate is the only rate and then when the discounts are announced I'll try to snag them but I've lost out. The last disney vacation, I paid full rack because there were no rooms left for the discounts. Do I cancel my disney vacation then? No, that doesn't make sense. I now budget my vacations so that I expect to pay full rack price and then if I get a price reduction that's a bonus. I'm not counting on it