Before you have even started your Disney vacation, you are fairly certain you will want to visit again. And Disney Guest Relations are more than happy to accommodate and set up on the right path to returning in the near future.
But, what exactly is a Bounceback offer and how can it save you money?
Bounceback offers are nothing more than promotions that guests are only eligible to book while they are currently vacationing at Walt Disney World resort.
Travel agents can book your bounceback trips for you, too! Just let them know before you leave that you’re interested and they’ll be able to call in on your behalf while you are traveling.
Usually, bounceback offers are very similar to deals that will be available for the general public to book at a later date. In many cases, bounceback offers might have more or better dates, more room inventory, and/or
To be clear, it doesn’t matter in which Walt Disney World hotel you’re presently staying at or which promotion you’ve booked your current stay under. Anyone currently checked into a Disney-owned hotel is
How It Works
The bounceback offer will have a selection of dates for which the discounted price is valid. You must make a reservation while you are still a Guest of Walt Disney World. Bounce-back offers can be booked before 10 p.m. the day you check out of your Walt Disney World hotel.
You’ll only be required to put down a $200 deposit if you want to book. That deposit is refundable as long as you cancel at least 45 days in advance.
If availability allows, you are often able to move trip dates around as long as the dates you want to switch to are also eligible for the Bounceback offer.
Currently, the Walt Disney World bounce back offer is up to 30% off rooms at Deluxe or Villa Resorts, 30% off Moderate Resorts, and 20% off Value Resorts.
What happens if I booked under the Bounce Back Offer but Disney is now offering a regular discount that will provide more savings?
When making your Walt Disney World reservation, you always have the ability to apply eligible discounts but may only use one at a time. So let’s say you booked under a Bounce Back Offer and received a 20% resort discount but then Disney releases Free Dining and for you that is the better value for your money. You have the ability to cancel your Bounce Back Offer and go with the new Free Dining offer.
Free Dining Bounce back
If you aren’t able to get your hands on the coveted Free Dining offers, or your dates simply don’t line up, don’t fret. Free Dining Bounce Back is a thing too. Typically starting in late summer/ early fall, Disney releases their bounce back offers for next years arrivals and they include Free Dining (instead of 20%+ off of the room only rate).
There are a few conditions, however;
- At least a 2-Day Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus ticket is required with the package
- The minimum length of stay is 3 days
- Those who book a Value or a Moderate Resort will get the free Quick Service Dining Plan.
- Those who book a Deluxe Resort or a Villa will get the free Disney Dining Plan.
Guests can choose to pay the difference in price to upgrade the free Dining Plan if they’d like.
The following resorts are traditionally excluded from the Bounce Back offer;
- Art of Animation ~ Little Mermaid rooms
- All-Star Movies
- Port Orleans French Quarter
- Polynesian Bungalows
- Grand Floridian Villas
- Bay Lake Tower
- All 3 bedroom Villas
- Fort Wilderness Campsites
- Copper Creek Villas & Cabins
Flyer not needed
If there isn’t a flyer in your room with all of these details, don’t worry. It doesn’t mean you aren’t eligible, and it doesn’t make me a big fat liar. It means Disney is bucking down on going green.
If you are interested in a
Want a Travel Agent?
If you really want to save money but don’t want to do any of the actual planning, that’s fine. There are two ways of pawning this off on your agent;
1- Give your Travel Agent the codes from your Bounce back offer flyer or what the CM provides. Your agent needs to have your room reservation number, contact details and this bounce back offer in order to call in and make the necessary reservations.
Side note; we were told to call for a code, and they simply told us our current room reservation number was the code…
2- Book the bounce back reservation yourself, then contact your Travel Agent. They will have a special form for you to sign that will transfer ownership of the reservation to them. Don’t worry, since the final payment hasn’t been made, Disney still has to pay them their commission, so agents are more than happy with this arrangement as well.
Important take-away points to remember
- How you booked your current stay does not matter–it just matters that you’re staying in a Disney resort.
- It does not matter if your current resort is excluded from the bounce back promo you want to book–you can book any eligible resort while staying at any Disney resort.
- Your current length of stay does not matter.
- The flier not being in your room makes no difference, simply dial ext 8844 and you can book the bounce-back offer.
Which resort to book?
If you want to stick to a budget, one would first think that staying at a Value Resort would be your best option. Since Little Mermaid Art of Animation rooms and All-Star Movies is out of the question, we are left with All-Star Music, All-Star Sports and Pop Century.
For August 2019,
- All-Star Music goes for$137/night
- All-Star Sports goes for $157/night.
- Pop Century. goes for $170/night.
At 20% off, that’s
- All-Star Music goes for $109/night
- All-Star Sports goes for $125/night.
- Pop Century goes for $136/night
But what about Moderate resorts, just for giggles.
- Disney’s Port Orleans – River Side goes for $258/night
- Caribbean Beach Resort goes for $241/night
- Coronado Springs goes for $260/night
And again, after 30% Bounce back discount
- Disney’s Port Orleans – River Side goes for $180/night
- Caribbean Beach Resort goes for $168/night
- Coronado Springs goes for $182/night
Looking at the two offers side by side, we can see that there is $46- $71/night difference between the two levels of resorts. Which translates to about $322 – $497 extra on a 7 day vacation to upgrade to the moderate resort.
| All-Star Music $109/night|
All-Star Sports $125/night.
Pop Century $136/night
| Port Orleans – River Side $180/night|
Caribbean Beach Resort $168/night
Coronado Springs $182/night
But this is what we refer to as Opportunity Cost.
The amenities, theming, space, food and location. Instead of staying at the All-Star Sports, which is way in the middle of nowhere and actually quite tiresome to trek the whole family to and from the Magic Kingdom and Epcot every morning, stay at Caribean Beach for just $43/night extra.
Who knows. Play with the numbers. Know before you arrive at Disney that you will be forced to make a few hard choices; have an idea of when you would like to come back, check the pamphlet for available dates and do a little math. Maybe while the kids are asleep. See which resort really ends up being the best offer for your family.
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