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Save on hotels at Walt Disney World

Disney World is an extremely popular destination … but very expensive for families!

Check out these tips for saving money at Disney World on lodging, thanks to loyalty program points!

Foreword

As parents of two young children (2 and 4), Disney World will be one of our next family vacation destinations.

With this goal in mind, we have set our credit card applications strategy for the year.

The goal is tosave money at Disney World on the major expenses of the trip:

In this first article, we’ll show you our plan to save at Disney World on hotel with Marriott Bonvoy points. A future article will show you the hotels available with Best Western Rewards. Same thing for airbnb accommodations accessible with points!

For alternative strategies, we recommend reading our article on the Ultimate Guide to Saving with Points, to go to Disney World for expensive.

Discover how it is possible thanks to our strategy to drastically reduce the hotel bill!

Save money on hotel at Disney World with Marriott Bonvoy points

The Orlando area is well stocked with Marriott Bonvoy hotels.

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To view this map, visit our full Marriott Bonvoy hotel page.

Marriott Bonvoy uses an 8-category rate schedule to distinguish its 7,000+ hotels. As of March 2022, these categories are no longer active, but this chart gives you a range of points required.

Category Off peak Standard Peak
1 5,000 7,500 10,000
2 10,000 12,500 15,000
3 15,000 17,500 20,000
4 20,000 25,000 30,000
5 30,000 35,000 40,000
6 40,000 50,000 60,000
7 50,000 60,000 70,000
8 70,000 85,000 100,000

For example, it will cost between 5,000 points and 100,000 points to get you a free night at one of the 8,000+ hotels owned by Marriott Bonvoy.

There are Marriott Bonvoy hotels in ALL price ranges.

The points cost of Marriott Bonvoy hotels at Disney World

When looking close to the amusement parks:

  • Epcot
  • Magic Kingdom
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Hollywood Studios
  • Seaworld

… we find that hotels cost between 17,500 and 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

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4 nights with points = the 5th free!

The big advantage of the Marriott Bonvoy program is to offer the fifth night when the first 4 nights were paid withpoints, which saves 20% in points!

For example, for a 5-night stay, the cost per night will be between 14,000 and 40,000 points depending on the hotel.

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The list of Marriott Bonvoy hotels around Disney World

Here is the full list of Marriott Bonvoy hotels around the main amusement parks and points of interest:

  • DisneyWorld / Lake Buena Vista
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Seaworld
  • Universal Studios
  • Orlando MCO Airport
  • Downtown Orlando
Hotel Category Tarif par nuit Tarif 5 nuits Location
ORLANDO AIRPORT MARRIOTT LAKESIDE 4 25,000 100,000 AÉROPORT MCO
Sheraton Suites Orlando Airport 4 25,000 100,000 Aéroport MCO
Fairfield Inn Orlando Airport 4 25,000 100,000 Aéroport MCO
Residence Inn Orlando Airport 4 25,000 100,000 Aéroport MCO
SpringHill Suites Orlando Airport 4 25,000 100,000 Aéroport MCO
Courtyard Orlando Airport 4 25,000 100,000 Aéroport MCO
Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel 4 25,000 100,000 Aéroport MCO
SpringHill Suites Orlando at Flamingo Crossings/Western Entrance 4 25,000 100,000 DisneyWorld / Animal Kingdom
TownePlace Suites Orlando at Flamingo Crossings/Western Entrance 4 25,000 100,000 DisneyWorld / Animal Kingdom
Residence Inn Orlando at Flamingo Crossings Town Center 4 25,000 100,000 DisneyWorld / Animal Kingdom
Walt Disney World Swan 6 50,000 200,000 DisneyWorld / Lake Buena Vista
Walt Disney World Dolphin 6 50,000 200,000 DisneyWorld / Lake Buena Vista
Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando, Autograph Collection 5 35,000 140,000 Downtown Orlando
Marriott Orlando Downtown 4 25,000 100,000 Downtown Orlando
Residence Inn Orlando Downtown 4 25,000 100,000 Downtown Orlando
Aloft Orlando Downtown 4 25,000 100,000 Downtown Orlando
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center 5 35,000 140,000 Kissimmee / Lake Buena Vista
Bohemian Hotel Celebration, Autograph Collection 5 35,000 140,000 Kissimmee / Lake Buena Vista
SpringHill Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista South 4 25,000 100,000 Kissimmee / Lake Buena Vista
Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando Kissimmee/Celebration 4 25,000 100,000 Kissimmee / Lake Buena Vista
Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas, Lake Buena Vista/Orlando 6 50,000 200,000 Lake Buena Vista
MARRIOTT’S ROYAL PALMS 6 50,000 200,000 LAKE BUENA VISTA
Marriott’s Imperial Palms Villas 6 50,000 200,000 Lake Buena Vista
Marriott’s Sabal Palms 6 50,000 200,000 Lake Buena Vista
Orlando World Center Marriott 5 35,000 140,000 Lake Buena Vista
Residence Inn Orlando Lake Buena Vista 4 25,000 100,000 Lake Buena Vista
Fairfield Inn and Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista 4 25,000 100,000 Lake Buena Vista
Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort 4 25,000 100,000 Lake Buena Vista
Delta Hotels Orlando Lake Buena Vista 4 25,000 100,000 Lake Buena Vista
SpringHill Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista in Marriott Village 4 25,000 100,000 Lake Buena Vista
Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista in the Marriott Village 4 25,000 100,000 Lake Buena Vista
Courtyard Orlando Lake Buena Vista in the Marriott Village 4 25,000 100,000 Lake Buena Vista
TownePlace Suites Orlando Theme Parks/Lake Buena Vista 4 25,000 100,000 Lake Buena Vista
JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes 6 50,000 200,000 Seaworld
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes 6 50,000 200,000 Seaworld
Marriott’s Cypress Harbour Villas 6 50,000 200,000 Seaworld
Marriott’s Lakeshore Reserve 5 35,000 140,000 Seaworld
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld® 5 35,000 140,000 Seaworld
Marriott’s Harbour Lake 5 35,000 140,000 Seaworld
MARRIOTT’S GRANDE VISTA 5 35,000 140,000 SEAWORLD
Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando at SeaWorld® 4 25,000 100,000 Seaworld
SpringHill Suites Orlando at SeaWorld® 4 25,000 100,000 Seaworld
TownePlace Suites Orlando at SeaWorld® 4 25,000 100,000 Seaworld
Residence Inn Orlando at SeaWorld® 4 25,000 100,000 Seaworld
Four Points by Sheraton Orlando Convention Center 3 17,500 70,000 Seaworld
Castle Hotel, Autograph Collection 5 35,000 140,000 SeaWorld / Universal
Courtyard Orlando International Drive/Convention Center 4 25,000 100,000 SeaWorld / Universal
Residence Inn Orlando Convention Center 4 25,000 100,000 SeaWorld / Universal
SpringHill Suites Orlando Convention Center/International Drive Area 4 25,000 100,000 SeaWorld / Universal
Courtyard Orlando South/John Young Parkway 4 25,000 100,000 SeaWorld / Universal
SpringHill Suites Orlando at Millenia 4 25,000 100,000 Universal Studios
Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando Near Universal Orlando Resort 4 25,000 100,000 Universal Studios
Residence Inn Near Universal Orlando 4 25,000 100,000 Universal Studios
Four Points by Sheraton Orlando International Drive 4 25,000 100,000 Universal Studios
Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando International Drive/Convention Center 4 25,000 100,000 Universal Studios

The best Marriott Bonvoy hotels at Disney World

For a family looking to save money at Disney World, it will be important to choose your hotel carefully. Some Marriott Bonvoy hotels offer:

  • real apartments with a kitchen, a very important aspect with children. This is the case for those brands:
    • Residence Inn
    • TownePlace Suites
  • Free breakfast for all, regardless of Marriott Bonvoy status. This is the case for those brands:
    • Residence Inn
    • TownePlace Suites
    • Fairfield Inn and Suites
    • Springhill and Suites

So if you really want to save money at Disney World on hotel and food with the kitchenette AND breakfast, you’ll want to choose a Residence Inn or TownePlace Suites.

In our opinion, the best value hotels around Disney World are these:

TownePlace Suites

The TownePlace Suites Orlando Theme Parks/Lake Buena Vista hotel is conveniently located in Lake Buena Vista, at the gateway to Disney World.

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It is also across the street from Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets stores.

When shopping for groceries at nearby Winn-Dixie and Publix supermarkets, don’t forget to use a credit card with no foreign currency conversion fees to save 2.5% on each transaction:

The hotel has “studio rooms with 2 bed queens and kitchen” or suites.

The cost per night is 25,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

For 5 nights, it will cost you 100,000 points since the fifth night is free at no additional cost.

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Our second choice would be the TownePlace Suites Orlando at SeaWorld® hotel which costs the same points, but is on the SeaWorld side.

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Another excellent choice is the Fairfield Inn Suites Orlando at Flamingo Crossings Town Center. We tried it during the winter of 2022 and we loved it! Read our review here.

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Marriott Hotels WITHIN Disney World

If you have plenty of Marriott Bonvoy points, treat yourself and stay at one of the two Marriott Bonvoy hotels in Disney World:

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These two hotels are Category 6 and therefore cost 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

For 5 nights, it will cost you 200,000 points since the fifth is free! However, a resort fee of 35 USD / night is added to the total.

As official Disney World hotels, you get many advantages by staying at one of these 2 hotels including:

  • Extra Magic Hours
  • Fast Pass + / My Magic +
  • Complimentary transportation to parks
  • Free parking within the parks (but not at the hotel)
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Caroline T. tip in the group: If you take one of these two hotels with Marriott points, you have to call Disney to add the reservation in the Disney profile (MyDisneyExperience). The addition is manual.

Our strategy with Marriott Bonvoy credit cards

Now that we have a “points goal”, from 70,000 to 200,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for a 5-night stay at Disney World, let’s set the strategy to earn those points !

In Canada, there are 2 Marriott Bonvoy credit cards:

Anyone can get a business card from American Express: any individual can have income and business expenses,American Express will not require any proof.

Application for Bonvoy Cards

For one person, it is possible to apply for both cards on the same day: consumer card and small business card.

But it is of course possible to spread out the application over time, in order to carry the required purchases ($1500) during the first 3 months after application in order to unlock the welcome bonus of 50,000 points.

Within a couple, like Audrey and I, we each applied for the 2 cards (consumer and small business cards), which allows us to each earn:

Our couple will have accumulated 224,000 Marriott Bonvoy points by subscribing to the 4 cards, for only $540 in annual fees !

So a stay at Disney World would be fully paid for with points since it only costs between 70,000 and 200,000 points for 5 nights. You might even have points left to offer you other free nights or a longer stay!

When applying for a Marriott Bonvoy card, don’t give your spouse’s Marriott membership number!

Each card holder must have his/her own membership number. Once the points are in your Marriott Bonvoy account you call Marriott to transfer those points from one account to another!

Transferring points to a single Marriott Bonvoy account

Now that you’re each at the head of a Marriott Bonvoy points capital, you’ll need to merge them together in one account to book 5 nights (or more) in a row!

Marriott Bonvoy allows all members of its loyalty program to transfer points to another member, free of charge, up to 100,000 points per year by calling 1 801 468 4000.

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Note: you can transfer points to any Marriott member: spouse, relative, friend, co-worker…

Come to discuss that topic in our Facebook Group!

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