I am a Disney World Annual Passholder. I do not live in Florida. An Annual Premium Pass for an out of state guest is $669.89 and $531.44 for a regular AP – either way, that’s pretty big chunk of change. I know lots of you are Annual Passholders. One of the biggest reasons that I have an AP are the room discounts. Apparently I need a new reason to have an AP.
I am so excited, next week I will be going to Walt Disney World to run the Wine Dine Half Marathon and meet my friends and fellow Touringplans.com staffers, Kristen Helmstetter and LenTesta. Kristen and I are bunking together with another friend, Kim, at the Yacht Club. We decided to stay here because Kristen received a PIN code in the mail. We used her code to book our room. While the rate seemed pretty good, I wondered if the AP rate would be better. I had been told by a cast member that on the weekends there is no AP rate, but I didn’t believe this terrible news. Having that reporter voice inside of me, I had to investigate and find out.
Here is what I discovered. During the week, the AP rate was about $9 less expensive than the PIN code, but on the weekend… Hold on to your hat. The AP rate was RACK rate. I am fully aware that weekend rates are more expensive, but never in all of the reservations that I have made for my trips has the weekend been several hundred dollars more than a weekday rate. Can you believe it? Apparently Disney doesn’t want AP people visiting on the weekend.
In all of my years, I have never encountered this. I have to say I am incredibly disappointed. Disney seems to be one of the few in the hospitality industry that not only doesn’t reward return guests, but discourages weekend stays. I have always thought the lack of return guest recognition was a flaw in their system. I’ve overlooked it because they’re Disney. I love Disney, but this hurts.
When I am at Walt Disney World next week, I will be looking in to this and see what kind of answers I can find. What do you think? Why is this happening?