Disney offers deep discounts for resort stays and tickets

Posted Monday, May 12, 2003 5:47 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Reacting to decreases in attendance and a questionable travel economy, Disney is offering deep discounts on stays at their resorts. Tourists can score seven days with access to all of the Orlando parks for $499 each.

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Monday, May 12, 2003 11:53 AM
Am I the only one who thinks Disney is shooting themselves in the foot by not offering shorter 2 to 3 day discount packages? I think it's the wrong type of economy to try to entice people to stay longer and spend more. Disney should be focusing on weekend getaways, small family vacations, and target college youths and non-career-minded young adults who may only be able to afford a few days off work.

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Monday, May 12, 2003 12:14 PM
Jeff's avatar No, I don't think they are. I suppose if they're going to offer discounts that deep, they need to keep people there to make it worth their time, you know? I mean, we all know half the money you spend is outside of the hotel, so to recover some of that cost they've gotta keep you there.

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Monday, May 12, 2003 12:17 PM
i disagree, the college and 'carrer minded' demo is one of the worst. The average college student is 4,000-6,000 dollars in debt, im sure they have the money for a two day vacation to disney, right? In addition the disney parks do not pack the thrills that the younger demo is interested in. Their new discounts are a great idea. they are targeting the average blue\white collar family who probbly has 1 vacation per year. The week long vacation seems cheaper but the family will end up spending more on after hours entertainment, and park food, and money on disney property. Besides, why should disney try to compete for a small demo with universal\IOA, when they can target a much broader demo with deeper pockets?
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Monday, May 12, 2003 4:08 PM
This is a good thing for those who have cancelled due to the fact that the economy is really bad. I have talked to plenty of people who are now considering going back to Disney this summer because of this idea. Most people with a family of four can't hit all of the Disney parks in 3 to 4 days unless they want to rush and have no time to hit the big things more then once. I don't know why Universal is not picking up on this idea but they do offer a annual pass for 100 bucks for both parks. Not a bad deal plus Seaworld is also doing the annual for a one day visit thing again. These parks need the business i have been down here in Orlando for a year now and this is the slowest I have ever seen the parks in a long time. This time of the year is also know for the lack of people between Spring Break and schools letting out for the summer. It's a good time to be down here but I just hope that the traffic picks up sometime soon or it's going to be a long summer working Kraken.

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Monday, May 12, 2003 5:21 PM
This is a great deal but who want to go to Florida when it is 100 every day in the summer. Disney should try this offer in the winter and they would probably have the resorts a lot fuller.
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Monday, May 12, 2003 5:29 PM
Indeed, it isn't the hotel costs that set you back. Last year I stayed at Port Orleans for $60 a night, and that was booked throught the Disney website, but the real budget buster was the cost of food. The average meal on-site costs between $10-$15, and that was for the cafateria.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2003 1:58 PM
I agree with Jeff Moore. Why would anyone in their right mind visit Florida in 90+ weather under death-defying humidity?

Offer a package like this during winter months, and it'd make things a lot fuller.

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Saturday, May 17, 2003 12:40 PM
My Husband & I love to go to Disney...we are campers, so, naturally we stay at Ft. Wilderness alot or, at least we use to...the rates have gotten so out of hand even for us, who are Florida Resident Premium Annual Passholders that anytime we go now (which lately hasn't been too often) we have to stay at a campground down the road for a lesser rate. I have always believed that Disney should give a REALLY GOOD DISCOUNT to Florida Residents...believe it or not they are their biggest attendees....if they did this, Disney would definitely see a change in their attendance numbers.

Kathy Seaman- Coaster Enthusiast

Margate, Florida

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