Spring 2014 Disney PIN Codes

Disney PIN Codes

Normally, here are MouseMisers, we only cover general public Disney discounts, basically a discount that anyone can book. While some may have some restrictions on them, such as limited to Annual Passholders or Florida Residents only, for the most part, the discounts are available to everyone. We are seeing a trend with Walt Disney World, they are using PIN codes more and more often, and releasing discount to the general public less frequently. Disney has been sending out a Free Dining PIN code for a few months now, good for select Fall 2013 dates. Despite the PIN code being out for nearly 2 months, we have yet to see public discounts for any Fall dates past September 25 yet, though we are still expecting something.

Late yesterday afternoon, Walt Disney World started sending out two new 2014 PIN codes to potential guests. We hope to shed some light on what the PIN codes are offering, how you may get one, and how to use it if you do get one.

What is a PIN code?

A PIN code is a discount sent directly to you from Disney, either by email or a post card.  Rather than opening up a discount to everyone, they target individuals they think are likely to travel during that time period. We wrote a fairly lengthly post about Disney PIN codes here:

Disney PIN Codes

What about the new 2014 Walt Disney World PIN Codes?

Disney World has starting sending out two separate PIN codes for many Spring 2014 dates. You must check in on one of the following dates:

  • January 5 – March 2, 2014
  • March 16 – April 12, 2014

There are two completely separate PIN codes being sent out. Many people are receiving both PIN codes, so you or your travel agent should check both offers to see which one is better for you. Please note both of these offers must be booked by July 28, 2013!

What are the two Disney World PIN code offers going out?

As mentioned, there are two different offers. Both emails look nearly identical, same images, same subject line, etc. Look closely to see which one you received.

1. Save up to 35% on Disney Resort Stay – This is a room only discount, but the savings can be huge at many of the deluxe resorts.

  • Save 35% at select Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts
  • Save 35% at select Disney Deluxe Resorts
  • Save 30% at select Disney Moderate Resorts
  • Save 25% at select Disney Value Resorts

It appears all resorts are include in this offer, with the exception of the Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation and the new Grand Floridian Villas. Availability may not be available at all resorts or with all room types all dates. Please note: There are several versions of this offer going out. The 35% offer is the best one, some start at 30% and some at 25%. 

2. Adults Stay, Play and Dine at kids’ prices with the purchase of select vacation packages – Basically, anyone 10 and older pays kids’s prices for tickets and dining plans. While not free dining, it ends up being pretty close.

  • For Quick Service Dining, the savings is about $24 per adult per night of your stay.
  • For Disney Dining, the savings is about $40 per adult per night of your stay.
  • For Deluxe Dining, the savings is about $75 per adult per night of your stay. We are still confirming that this is included.
  • There is also the savings on the park passes, but that tends to be pretty small, around $20 total per adult.

How do I use the Free Dining PIN code?

As with any other Disney discount, just call your Travel Agent or Disney directly to check on prices and availability. I might suggest Mouseketrips, they are experts in PIN codes and Disney discounts.

There are a few restrictions on this Free Dining PIN code, similar to others in the past.

  • You must personally receive a PIN code. You CAN NOT use someone else’s code. If your neighbor or Aunt gets a PIN code, you can’t use it. You also can’t buy on ebay nor can someone “give” you their PIN code.
  • The person who receives the PIN code must be on your reservation. If your Aunt gets a PIN code, and is coming with you to Disney World, then you can use it.
  • For the Adults at Kids’ prices, you must check in on one of the available dates. Only your check in date matters, none of your other dates matter. So, if you check in March 2 for 10 nights, you get the deal for your entire stay. If you check in March 3, you get nothing.
  • For the 35% off deal, all of your nights must be available nights, or they will not be discounted. If you check in March 2 for 10 nights, only March 2 will be discounted, none of the other nights will.
  • You can book up to three rooms with each PIN code. Again, the person who receives the PIN code must be on one of the reservations.
  • You must stay a minimum of three nights, maximum of 14 nights, and everyone in your party must purchase a minimum 2 day park pass on the package deal.
  • The Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation are not included, nor are the campsites and 3 bedroom villas. Other resorts may or may not be included for all dates, and everything is always subject to availability.

How do I get a PIN code?

This is one of those eternal mysteries, no one really knows the answer. Disney does not divulge how to get on their “list”. Many guests go to Disney twice a year for 20+ years and never get one, and others have never been, and get several a year. There are a few things you can do to increase your chance. Basically, you need to let Disney know you want to go to Disney World, and are working on going.

I would suggest you do at least these minimum steps:

  1. Head on over to disneyworld.com and log in with your Disney account. If you do not have one, create one today. Disney is moving all of their dining and other reservations to be associated with this account, you are going to have to have one in the future if you want to plan anything with your future Disney trips.
  2. Update your profile, make sure it is completely up to date, including correct name, †home address, email address, etc. There are quite a few tabs there, update as many as you can, including past WDW vacations and Disney Vacation Preferences. The more info the better.
  3. Request a “Free Vacation Planning DVD”. There should be a link on just about any page you go to.
  4. Head over to the “Plan Your Vacation” and plan out 4 or 5 different options for your family, slightly different dates, resorts, park passes, dining, etc. Save them all to your profile. Make sure the vacations you are planning are during the time you want a PIN code for.
  5. Consider booking a few dining reservations during your proposed travel dates. Make sure you cancel them in a few weeks if you decide you are not going.
  6. Come back a week or two later, and plan a few more vacations, around the same travel dates, maybe with different hotels and save as many as you can.
  7. Keep coming back every few weeks and plan a few more vacations and save them.

What if I don’t get a PIN code

Please note that PIN codes are usually send out in waves. So, they will target a large group, usually by email and send out a big chunk of codes, and then sit back and wait. After a few days (or more), they will determine how bookings are going, and then send out a second wave to additional guests, and so on until they are satisfied with bookings. So, if you didn’t get one today, don’t fret yet, this offer just started.

It is completely possible, and I have seen this a lot, Disney may have a PIN code for you, but for one reason or another, it didn’t make it to you. Maybe you moved, or changed your email address, or you have a really strict spam filter. Feel free, in a few days, to give Disney a call. Just ask them if they have a PIN code for you for the Fall Free Dining. They can look you up by name, address, email address, etc. Most of the time, they will not have something for you, and please don’t beg, the agents can’t add you to the list. If you are chosen, you are chosen. If not, just keep trying the tips above, you never know.

What does this mean for Fall/Spring Discounts?

While there has been precedence of Disney releasing a PIN code for a set of dates, and then releasing the same discount to the general public, it is very rare. Typically, they will release a really good discount via PIN code and book up the rooms/dates they want to book, and then will follow up later with a less attractive general public deal, which usually covers more dates, but isn’t as good of a discount. So, at this point, my expectation is that this PIN code will go on for a while, through a few waves and then will go away.

However, these two deal are strange. They just started going out, but must be booked by July 28, less than two weeks away. That indicates that these offers will go out for a very short time. Current September deals expire July 31. We at MouseMisers are guessing that once the September deals expire, we will see these two deals offered for select Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 dates made available to everyone. Fingers crossed!

Please note, this is my own opinion based on 12+ years of dealing with Disney and discounts, and is not based on any insider knowledge. Think “educated guess”.

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Colby July 16, 2013 at 11:06 am

We have already booked for January…do you think our chances are slim that we will get a pin code?

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2 Keith July 16, 2013 at 11:38 am

Colby – We have found that if you have your trip booked does not effect your chances of getting a PIN code, in fact, it helps if you go ahead and get all your dining booked. Make sure you use the My Disney Experience on the Disney World website, and get your hotel and dining reservations added in.

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3 Colby July 16, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Super sweet! I have my room and dining reservations booked!!

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4 Kim July 18, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Where is the “Plan Your Vacation” section you mention above? I’m logged into my account on the Disney website, but I don’t see this option. Thanks!

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5 Mike July 21, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Keith, Have you heard rumors of fall free dining and room only discounts for Visa (jul 29 release) and general public (aug 1). Would nice to get some confirmation before getting up early.

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6 Keith July 21, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Mike – Sorry, we do not comment on rumors, we only provide accurate information for current Disney discounts. I have found that most rumors are 100% false, and even those that end up being true, typically have the offer or dates changed by the time they are released.

You will never get “confirmation” from anyone, at least not until the discount is released.

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7 Katye July 31, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Hi. Do you have any idea if the free dining pin will be offered for 2014? I usually get one every year but haven’t revived anything yet.
Thanks
Katye

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8 Keith July 31, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Katye – Umm, no idea at all. I fully expect to see free dining for September, 2014 again, probably released sometime in March or April. Other than that, no one has any idea what we will see or when it will be released.

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9 Jen September 2, 2013 at 5:55 pm

If this is out to public are there any black out dates? I am going Jan.18-26. They first 2 days are MLK weekend but wondering if we will be able to have something to apply the rest of our trip?

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10 Keith September 2, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Jen – We have not seen any general public discounts for 2014, and probably will not for at least a few more weeks.

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11 Mary September 8, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Do you think Disney will offer a public discount last week in mar 2014

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12 Keith September 9, 2013 at 7:10 am

Mary – Most likely. There will be discounts available for March, it is just a question of black out dates. For 2013, they blacked out the entire week before Easter. In 2014, Easter is very late, April 20, so it is likely that the end of March will not be blacked out. We will just have to wait and see what Disney decides to do.

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13 Tom Phelps December 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm

FYI, we just got our first ever PIN # offer via email on Dec 3, 2013. U like what is mentioned above, we recieved two pin # s. One for Saving up to 35% at select WDW resorts & one for a Free Disney Dining Plan. Our dates for the Free Dining Plan are for most nights 1/3 – 3/5/14. For The 35% savings it is for most nights 1/3 -3/5/14, 3/24 – 3/22/14, 3/30-4/12/14, 4/21-5/31/14 and 8/17-9/27/14. Unforntunately for us, our favorite time to go is for the MNSSHP & MVMCP. However a call to the Disney resort reservations revealed that as long as the reciever of the pin code is traveling to wow using that pin #; you can use it multiple times. Which could come in handy if you are within a close driving range of the park. Or if you live in Florida. She also said that another wave of pin numbers was due to be mailed out in April 2014. You can also pack your family into that 35% discounted room. Well maybe not exactly pack them in. Hope this info is of some value

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14 Katye December 5, 2013 at 3:45 pm

We’re going
To disney April 26-30 is the 35% off the
Rooms only available to this who received
Pins or for everyone?

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15 Keith December 5, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Katye – At this point, the general public deal only runs through April 12, 2014. In order to use the PIN code, you must receive a PIN code email or postcard directly from Disney, addressed to you. Otherwise, you will have to wait to see if there is a general public deal announced for your dates (there should be, probably in January).

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