A few years back, the Walt Disney Travel Company rarely had good deals. Then I noticed that they seem to offer discounts for travel in August. Now, it seems like once one promotion is over, a new one takes it's place.
One good way to "foresee" what Disney will do as far as having discounts is how are they doing financially? Are their profits up or down? Last year, they had a 40% loss on their profits! Now, I've read that their profits are starting to go up again, so the deals we see later this year, may be some of the last for a while.
When the special discount promotions aren't being offered, there are still ways to save on travel to Walt Disney World.
1. Try to travel when everyone else doesn't. Typically that's anytime that school's in session. Not only will it usually be cheaper, it'll also be less crowded.
2. Travel during one of Disney Value Seasons.
3. Use a Disney Visa. If you have a Disney Visa, you can use it to book a Disney Package and not pay interest on it for 6 months!
4. Book a package. I always check the prices of air, hotel, tickets, and car separately, then I price out vacation packages. Usually, the vacation package is the least expensive.
5. Foregoing a car rental. If you are planning on spending most of your time in Walt Disney World and you're staying at a Disney hotel, then it may not be necessary to rent a car.
Disney's Magical Express will transport you from and to Orlando International Airport. This is a free service offered to Disney hotel guests only.
Also, Walt Disney World has an extensive inter-resort transportation system, which is free to Disney hotel guests and day guest that are not staying at a Disney hotel.
If you change your mind, there's an Alamo car rental at the Car Care Center just inside the entrance to the TTC (Transportation and Ticket Center) and at Walt Disney's Dolphin Resort.
6. Take advantage of Disney's Dining Plan. If it's just for 2 or 3 people, the dining plan may not be a money saver. If it's for more people and you're planning on doing some "character dining" or want to eat primarily at table service restaurants, then it's definitely worth it. At times, Disney has offered free dining!
7. Eat breakfast in your room. Many Disney resort rooms have complimentary mini-refrigerators, except the Value Resorts which charge $10 a night. All resorts have a store that sells breakfast and snack items, as well as merchandise.