If you receive mail in your mailbox from Disney or an email from Disney Destinations, STOP! DO NOT THROW IT AWAY NOR DELETE THE MESSAGE! Chances are good that you have received a coveted Disney Pin Code offer. If that is the case, you might have an opportunity for a great deal on a magical Disney vacation. So, just what is a pin code and why is it so valuable? I’ll be happy to tell you.
What exactly is a pin code? For anyone who has not heard about these gems, they are not at all related to pins used for pin trading at the parks. They are called “pin codes” because they are special offers redeemable only by the person to whom they are sent and at the bottom of the notice there is a numerical pin number associated with the offer that must be used when making reservations. For the past several years, Disney has been sending out these offers which can be for packages, room-only discounts (up to 40% off), room upgrades or free dining. They are not widely received and you are very lucky to get one.
Why are pin codes important? These offers are important because they may be the only discount available at certain times, or they might be better than the discounts offered to the general public during your planned visit date. Often the codes are precursors to discounts planned for the general public later on, but because you received yours first, your chance of getting the rate you want during your visit is better.
What should you do if you receive one? Contact me right away and I will check on the offer for you. You can book it even if you are not exactly positive about your dates. You can always change your reservation at a later date, especially if an even better discount becomes available. Please be aware that when you book your reservation you will be expected to pay a $200 deposit.
The PIN code offer isn’t ALWAYS better than the current specials but it is ALWAYS worth a phone call to find out. You will discover that it is usually a great deal and you should feel privileged.
How will you receive it? Sometimes pin codes are mailed in the form of a postcard, but sometimes they are sent in the form of an email. Regarding US Mail, the most important rule is this: NEVER throw away anything you receive from Disney until you have read the offer, including the fine print, very carefully. Regarding email, pin code offers will come from Disney Destinations. Be sure to check your SPAM folder periodically as some systems block messages from the site.
What if you accidentally throw away or delete your offer? If this happens, don’t panic. Just call Disney reservations at (407) 939-7675 and ask the representative if there is a pin code attached to your name. Should the representative tell you she can’t look it up, hang up and call back. The reps do have this information but they cannot offer it to guests unless they are asked, even if you are booking a reservation.
What if it is mailed to your former address? Keep your information current at Disney.com. If you have recently moved and your offer goes to someone else at your old address, they cannot use it but neither can you (unless you are friends and they call you to pick it up). If you lived with a relative and your relative receives a pin code addressed to you, only you can use it. You can get your address updated but the reservations can only be made under the name of the person to which the pin code notification is addressed.
How can you get a pin code? There are a number of opinions on this issue. Some people have gotten numerous pin code offers while others never get them. It seems to be the general consensus that the offers are tied to current activity on the Disney sites. Assuming that is the case, here are some tips that might help you to get your hands on one of these valuable treasures:
- Create a Disney.com account for each of your email addresses at http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/ and, while doing so, check the boxes under “Free Notification Service” to get news and offers.
- Create profiles using variations of your name (given and nickname), such as “Robert Miller and Bob Miller.”
- Have your spouse, significant other, and grown children who are traveling with you sign up.
- Keep your profile information updated at all times.
- Go into your profile on http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/ and under “Places to Stay” create a dream vacation package or room-only reservation, then exit before booking. A pop-up window will come up and ask you why you are not booking, on which you should answer, “the price was too high and there were no discounts.”
- Under your profile, request the FREE Vacation Planning DVD.
- Enter contests on the Disney website. • Go into your profile and, under “Parks” create customized maps.
- Inquire about the Disney Vacation Club.
- Add Disney Destinations to your email contacts list
- Sign up for a Disney Rewards Visa card.
- Sign up for Disney Movie Rewards.
Setting up a new account doesn’t necessarily mean that you will get a code, but it surely means you might, and it never hurts to try. Good luck to you!