The only thing better than staying in a villa is renting a cheap villa. However, any Disney lover knows that getting discounts on a villa is nearly impossible… or is it? While there’s no doubt that finding an inexpensive villa is like looking for a needle in a haystack, it’s still possible to save.
5 Ways to Find a Villa Deal at the Disney World Resort
Most villa resort rooms (except for Grand Villas) can be found at a discounted rate, but options are limited. Here are a few ways you can secure your discount at the Disney World Resort.
1. Look for Discounts on Hotel SItes
When it comes to renting a villa, saving $200 a night can help you keep $1000 or more in your pocket by the end of the trip. That’s why renting DVC Villas for less is so important. While you can find discounts on Disney’s website, sometimes hotel sites can offer even more savings.
Keep in mind that discounts vary based on the park, time of year, and room size. If you book at the villa at Old Key West, travel during January and February, and stick to a one-bedroom, you could pay $400 or less per night. That’s an impeccable deal for a $1000 or higher suite.
2. Consider a Disney Vacation Package
While Disney Vacation Packages may favor the value options, you may be able to find a promotion that includes a high-price villa. Keep in mind that Disney may allow you to modify an existing reservation if a better deal comes along, so it’s better to lock in early and watch.
The average Disney Vacation Package includes tickets, dining, flights, and a room, and you can often save a lot of money by bundling them together. Sign up for email notifications with Disney, so you can be notified the moment a cheaper package comes along.
3. Use Membership or Gift Card Discounts
AAA, AARP, and Annual Passholders can help you get instant or exclusive discounts for hotels and sometimes villas. Even if you don’t get a discount on a villa, you can use your memberships to get deals elsewhere. Either way, you’ll have more money to spend on a Disney Villa.
However, if you really want to save money a little bit at a time, purchase discounted gift cards from used sites. To make sure there’s money inside the gift card, purchase from a trusted seller. If you feel that’s too risky, get a Target Redcard for up to 5% when you buy gift cards.
4. Rent Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Points
Joining the DVC will ensure you’re notified when a villa becomes vacant, or a cancellation happens (more on that later), but you don’t need to be a part of the club to save. By renting DVC points in a similar way you would rent a timeshare, you can save 30-50% on villa rooms.
Not only that, but Disney doesn’t up the price on rooms based on the number of people staying with you. There are occupant limits, but as long as you’re under them, you can share a room for a flat rate. On average, you’ll pay $20 per point, but if you book early, you’ll save even more.
5. Jump on a Cancelation Immediately
The biggest problem with renting a villa is finding one that isn’t occupied. Since DVC members get first dibs on all villas, they’re usually taken up by the current pass holder or another person renting their points. If you aren’t a member of a club, you’ll have to wait for a cancellation.
While it’s unlikely you’ll be quick enough to grab a cheap villa, you can help your chances in a few ways. You can pay DVC members to keep tabs on cancellations, which works out if they’re also renting you their points. Or, you could use notifications and quick checkout options.