• On Jan 5, 2020
    Jillian from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I see that you can book a hotel up to 499 days in advance but that 2021 doesn't open for vacation package booking until June. I'm looking to book a vacation package, but have a good amount of time to pay on it. Can I book the hotel only now?

    Hello Jillian! The Disney Parks Moms Panel loves advance planners! Let's be honest...the sooner you book, the sooner you can start getting excited for that magical Walt Disney World Resort vacation! You are correct that you can book a Disney Resort Hotel room-only reservation 499-days in advance, but not before. It is important to note that you can only book that far in advance by calling (407)934-7639. These reservations cannot be booked online. This reservation option will not allow any advance Disney Parks tickets or Disney Dining Plan reservations.

    There are definitely some benefits to booking early. You certainly have a very good chance of booking a Disney Resort Hotel room of your choice. Another benefit of booking early is you can start paying-off the vacation once you book it. Booking early can also give you peace of mind because the Walt Disney World Resort has a generous cancellation policy. Guests can cancel a room-only reservation up to five days prior to the start of the reservation.

    Jillian, because you are an advanced-planner, you might consider taking a look at some of the many free vacation planning videos that are available on the Walt Disney World Resort website. Also, because you are planning so far in advance, take full advantage of that generous 180-day window to book an advanced dining reservation at any of  the Walt Disney World Resort restaurants. There are so many to choose from and the food options are mouth-watering. Let the 499-day countdown begin!

    Hakuna Matata!  Jonathan G.
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Meet the Panelist: Jonathan, Pennsylvania

Hi, everyone!  My name is Jonathan.  I am a Disney-adoring husband, dad of three sons, and elementary school principal from Pennsylvania.  If you're visiting planDisney with questions about the Most Magical Place on Earth, then Hakuna Matata because you've come to the right group of people!  I'm happy to use my past Disney-travel experiences and knowledge to help you enjoy every moment of your vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort! Learn More About Jonathan

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