Discounts and Special Offers
This page is by no means a comprehensive list of all the discounts and offers available for stays at Port Orleans, or elsewhere on Walt Disney World property. There are whole websites devoted to the subject, and I couldn’t even begin to match the detail that they can provide — check out or subscribe to MouseSavers.com for the most up to date information. However where a specific offer could be particularly useful to guests planning a visit to Port Orleans, I thought it might be a nice idea to list it on this site too.
Remember that in addition to any time-limited special offers, there are often discounts available to Annual Passholders, Cast Members, members of the AAA, Costco or Sam’s Club, Florida Residents and other special groups. However the depth of discount is not always that great, and some offers (such as Annual Passholder rates) are limited to a set quota of rooms for certain times of the year, and are no longer available once that allocation has been sold. It’s always worth keeping an eye out for any offers which may come out even after you have booked though, just in case switching might save you more money. Note: you cannot normally combine discounts, so you need to work out which deal is best for your trip and switch to it.
The best discounts are often based on elusive “pin codes” which Disney will periodically, and seemingly randomly, email out to previous guests as an incentive to persuade them to return. These are normally only valid for the recipient of that particular email, and often for fairly restricted dates, but if you happen to get one and the dates work for you then you can make some great savings.
One other option to bear in mind is whether Disney might be offering any of their Dining Plans for free during the period of your stay. These Disney Dining Plans give you free meals at either the Quick Service or Table Service restaurants in Walt Disney World (depending on the type of plan) for the entire duration of your stay. This can save you a lot of money, especially with larger families, but is only available for “free” if you pay rack-rate for a room and tickets package. Thus an Annual Passholder staying alone might find they save considerably more money by getting a discounted room rate and then paying for food separately.
Finally, if you’re coming to the end of your vacation and have enjoyed it so much that you want to come back again, Disney may try to tempt you with time-limited “Bounceback” offers via a leaflet left in your room. If you don’t get one, call the Front Desk and ask — there may be offers going which they just didn’t get round to putting in your room. However please take the time to read and decide BEFORE you go home as these offers need to be booked while you are still at the resort via a special phone number — the special prices are no longer valid for use once you leave. Remember you can always cancel later if you happen to change your mind, but the discounts are usually pretty good and you won’t get them later.
For the current resort non-discounted rack-rates, please see our Room Rates page.
Remember that these offers are often available for many of the on-site Disney hotels, but I only list the details relevant to Port Orleans here. Please visit MouseSavers.com for more general Disney offers.
Summer/Fall 2016 Offers
On 25 April 2016, Disney issued the details of what has become an annually anticipated offer for guests staying on-site during the Fall. To try to increase occupancy levels during this traditionally quieter period, they are offering the Disney Dining Plan for free at select resorts when you book a full-price room and ticket combined package.
Sadly for Port Orleans fans though, the offer seems to be following the same overall pattern as last year. French Quarter is completely excluded from the offer for all dates, and Riverside is only available for limited dates and room types (only valid for arrivals from 23 August 2016 to 1 October 2016). To take advantage of the offer you need to book a minimum of three nights stay, and include at least two days worth of park tickets for every guest in the room. Currently you need to book by 8 July.
Other current offers relating to the Port Orleans Resorts include the following, which cannot be combined with Free Dining:
- Awaken Summer Room-Only Discount: Up to 25% off Moderate Resorts, excluding French Quarter, for stays between 30 May and 25 August 2016. Book by 10 June.
- Back To School Room-Only Discount: Up to 25% off Moderate Resorts for stays between 1 August and 5 November 2016. Book by 31 August.
Availability and room types are limited so if you can be flexible with your dates and room category choices that may help.
Note: All of the above offers are only valid for bookings made via the US Disney Reservations Center, or the US Walt Disney World website (i.e. priced in US Dollars). For other markets, different offers may be available.
For example, on 21 April 2016 the UK Walt Disney Travel Company released its 2017 package offers, which only provide the Quick Service Dining Plan at Moderate Resorts, but with availability for most dates in 2017 when you book a room along with 7, 14 or 21 day tickets for everyone — plus they give you a 'free' $200 Disney Gift Card per booking. The 2017 offer provides two counter service meals (which no longer include desserts) and TWO snack items per day, plus one refillable mug, and it is valid at both French Quarter and Riverside for most dates from 1 January — 29 March 2017 and 17 April — 30 November, 2017 (subject to availability and room category choice). Book by 7 July 2016.
Fall 2012 Offer
Save up to 25% on stays at Port Orleans Riverside for most nights from 1-Nov-2012 to 3-Nov-2012, 11-Nov-2012 to 16-Nov-2012, 24-Nov-2012 to 1-Dec-2012 and 10-Dec-2012 to 22-Dec-2012. There are slightly lower savings of up to 20% for most nights from 4-Nov-2012 to 10-Nov-2012 and 2-Dec-2012 to 9-Dec-2012. Thanksgiving week (17-23 Nov) is not available for this offer. See this Disney Website Offers Page for full details.
This is a room-only offer, however tickets and Dining Plans can be added at extra cost. Book by 31st October 2012 via the Disney Reservations Center on (407) W-DISNEY, or contact a specialist travel agent and mention offer code G97.
Winter 2013 Offer
Save up to 30% on stays at Disney Moderate resorts (excluding Port Orleans French Quarter) for most nights from 2-Jan-2013 to 7-Mar-2013 (stays from 18-20 Jan are available at some resorts but may have different discounts). See this Disney Website Offers Page for full details.
There is also a “Play, Stay, Dine and Save” offer covering the same time period which gives discounts of up to $600 on 5-night/6-day Magic Your Way packages, with the Disney Dining Plan included, at Port Orleans Riverside or French Quarter. See this Disney Website Offers Page for full details.
You need to book these offers by 31st December 2012 via the Disney Reservations Center on (407) W-DISNEY, or contact a specialist travel agent and mention offer code Z3K for the room-only offer or Q83 for the package offer.
Expired Offers for Reference Only
Free Disney Dining Plan with Full-price Magic Your Way Packages, late Summer 2012 [FINISHED]
You can get (subject to availability) a FREE Disney Dining Plan for every guest staying in the room when you book a full price Magic Your Way package and stay between 25 August and 29 September 2012. The package must include at least 3 nights of accommodation and at least a 2-day Base Ticket for every person in your party, all charged at full price. You can upgrade your tickets for an additional fee.
Guests who book a package at one of the Value Resorts receive Disney’s Quick Service Dining Plan. Guests who book a package at Moderate, Deluxe or Villa resorts — such as Port Orleans — will receive Disney’s regular Dining Plan. You can upgrade to higher Dining package for an additional charge.
Bookings must be made by 18 May 2012, and stays can be a maximum of 14 days. Blackout dates apply.
Spring Savings Offer 2012 [FINISHED]
Save between 5% and 30% on room-only bookings at select Disney resorts for stays between 13 April and 16 June 2012. Tickets and Dining Plans can be added, but that will turn your booking into a vacation package which will have different cancellation policies, etc.
- 20% off rooms at Port Orleans Riverside (reduced to 15% for Memorial Day weekend, 25/26/27 May)
- 5% off rooms at Port Orleans French Quarter
Subject to availability, and you’ll need to make your booking by 31 March 2012.
Late Summer Savings, 2011 [FINISHED]
For stays from 14 August 2011 to 1 October 2011, get discounts off the regular rack rates at all Disney on-site resorts (including Port Orleans). Bookings must be made by 13 August 2011 and rooms are subject to availability. Quote booking codes L29 or O2R.
- Value resorts, standard room, weekday: $69
- Moderate resorts, standard room, weekday: $129
- Deluxe resorts, standard room, weekday: $189
- Deluxe Villa resorts, studio, weekday: $209
Weekend dates will be more expensive. Theme Park Tickets and Dining Plan options can be added. Call the Disney Reservations Center on (407) W-DISNEY, or contact a Disney-specialist travel agent, to book.
Kids Stay and Play FREE (2011) [FINISHED]
Purchase a “Magic Your Way” package (which includes room and theme park admission for all occupants) and any children aged under 10 can stay and get their theme park admission tickets for free. This offer is valid for most nights from 17 February to 16 April 2011, 28 April to 14 June 2011 and 14 August to 1 October 2011 (subject to availability).
Book directly with Disney, or through a specialist travel agent, by 13 February for stays within the first set of dates (using special offer codes ZM3 or KX6) and by 27 March for stays in the later two periods (using code OV8).
Note: the free children’s tickets are length-of-stay Base Tickets, not park hoppers, and they expire 14 days after first use. Also, since kids up to the age of 17 already stay in Disney rooms for free with their parents (Disney charges per room, not per person) then all you are really gaining from this offer is a couple of kids’ base tickets with a rack-rate room.
Seasonal Room Discounts (2011) [FINISHED]
There are a number of discount rates currently available, offering between 15% and 40% off room-only stays at Walt Disney World during 2011. Park tickets and dining plans can be added, at rack-rate, if you wish. See MouseSavers.com for full details of all the offers, but I’ll just list the ones relevant to Port Orleans guests here:
- Spring 2011: 20% discount at POFQ and POR, valid for stays 17 February to 16 April 2011. Use offer code RPG, must be booked by 13 February.
- Early Summer 2011: 20% discount at POFQ or 25% at POR, valid for stays 28 April to 14 June 2011. Use offer codes YW3 or TSU, must be booked by 27 March.
- Late Summer 2011: 25% discount at POFQ or 30% at POR, valid for stays 14 August to 1 October 2011. Use offer codes YW3 or TSU, must be booked by 27 March.
Note: Not all dates will be available at all resorts, and some dates are specifically blacked out; contact Disney or a specialist travel agent for specific details.