From Disney to Las Vegas: Free and discounted travel offers for teachers

Oct 5, 2021

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Celebrate World History Day, Oct. 5, with these travel discounts meant for educators.

On the long list of people who deserve a vacation, teachers rank near the very top — and that applies now more than perhaps ever before.

On World Teachers’ Day, we’re raising more than an apple to educators with this list of spots teachers can go for some much deserved R&R that comes with a teacher discount.

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Teacher Discounts at Disney Springs Hotels

waterpark at Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs Resort
Photo courtesy of Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs

Some hotels within Disney Springs (not the actual Walt Disney World Disney Resorts, sadly) are offering ongoing teacher discounts. These hotels provide many (but not all) of the perks at true Disney resorts, including Extra Magic Hours in the parks. These properties are chain properties under flags such as Wyndham, Holiday Inn and Hilton.

The Hilton Orlando’s website advertises teacher appreciate rates from $129 per night that includes parking and waives resort charges, but a quick look at upcoming dates showed rates averaging closer to the $200 per night mark. Ask for the TEA rate code when calling to book (you might be able to get help finding better rates by picking up the phone), or book online.

The Holiday Inn Orlando, also within Disney Springs, also offers ongoing discounts to preschool, daycare and kindergarten teachers and support staff, with up to four kids ages 11 and under eligible to eat for free while on property.

B Resort and Spa Disney Springs
Photo courtesy of B Resort and Spa Disney Springs

Related: Here are TPG’s favorite Disney Springs properties.

If you’re not a teacher or can’t find a discount on the dates you want, here’s a guide to using points to stay near Disney World and our guide to visiting Walt Disney World.

Teacher Discounts at the Disney Swan and Dolphin

Perhaps even better than staying in Disney Springs is staying within walking distance to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Disney Swan or Dolphinboth of which offer teacher (and nurse and medical personnel, law enforcement, etc.) discounts. With this one, you have to call 1-888-828-8850 to get the discount and ask for the promotional code TEACHERS RATE or add promotional code ZTC to the website for discounts of up to 25 percent off regular room rates at the time of booking.

I did a quick search for upcoming dates and found teachers discounts of around $30 off per night — not too bad! However, some dates appear to be blacked out for the teachers’ discount, so be sure to do your research.

Keep in mind that these properties also have discounts of up to 25 percent on connecting rooms if you are traveling with the whole family — you just have to ask.

The pool at Disney's Swan
The pool at Disney’s Swan. (Photo courtesy of the Walt Disney World Swan And Dolphin Resort)

Free Theme Park and attraction Tickets for Teachers

Some theme parks offer free tickets to teachers, presumably so the teachers will want to set up a field trip with their students in the future. But regardless of the motivation, free is free!

SeaWorld Florida: Free, unlimited admission for Florida K-12 teachers through Aug. 31, 2022.

SeaWorld San Diego: A free Teacher Fun Card good for free unlimited free admission through Dec. 21, 2021, for California and Arizona K-12 teachers.

Kennedy Space Center: Free educator study passes for teachers from Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rica and the USVI, good for complimentary access for the visitors complex — but be sure and read the fine print, as some pretty substantial proof/identification is required. 

Legoland Florida: Free Teacher Annual Pass for Florida Pre-K-Grade 12 teachers good for Legoland, Madame Tussauds Orlando and Sea Life Orlando good for a year of free admission. Upgrade to a more flexible pass that includes waterpark admission and more for $59.99. (Check out the TPG guide to Legoland Florida.)

Sesame Place: Now’s the time to register for free 2022 teacher passes for eligible teachers in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and New Jersey. You can register through Oct. 21, 2021 for a voucher that has to be redeemed in the park by Jan. 2, 2022, and will be good through the same date in 2023. If you had a teachers’ pass last year to Sesame Place, you can skip all that, as it will automatically renew.

Arizona Science Center: Free general admission and discounts at the planetarium and giant screen theater for Arizona K-12 educators.

Related: Best credit cards to use at theme parks

(Photo courtesy of LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort)
(Photo courtesy of LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort)

Additional Travel Discounts for Teachers

Teacher travel discounts are out there if you search and ask. A few additional examples include:

The Westin Los Angeles Angeles Airport: 20 percent off room rates through Dec. 21, 2021, with promotion code ZTC.

Arizona Grand Resort & Spa: 20% off for educators.

Chatham Bars Inn: 30% off for teachers with the Educators Appreciation Offer, includes stays during school vacations.

Caesar’s Family of Casino Resorts: up to 30% off for teachers (and students) at participating hotels within the U.S.

Scott Resort and Spa in Arizona: 20% off for teachers.

TradeWinds Resort: 10% off the best available rate for teachers.

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center: Teachers receive 20 percent off the I Love Christmas Movies package that includes overnight accommodation and two tickets to the immersive holiday experience.

CheapCaribbean’s Beach4Teach Club: Sign up for a promo code worth $150 off your next all-inclusive vacation of five nights or more.

Sixt: 5% off U.S. car rentals for teachers and school employees.

Budget Truck Rental: 20% off local moves and 15% off one-way moves for teachers with discount code TEACH.

Radisson Hotels Americas: 20% off stays and a room upgrade on check-in.

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes: Rates from $195 to $349 per room, per night, for teachers.

Boston Harbor Hotel: Up to 30% off best available rate.

Bottom Line

Teacher discounts on travel are not available everywhere, but they do exist. If you are eligible and don’t see what you want on this list, try a little searching online. And when in doubt, pick up the phone to ask. Also, keep in mind that discounts for government employees often apply to public school teachers, too, since they qualify as full-time state workers.

Featured image by jhorrocks/Getty Images.

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