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  • On Feb 4, 2022
    Steve from MD Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I want to book a trip for October 2023. How can I get put on the waitlist

    Hiya, Steve!

    Welcome to planDisney.  As someone who loves to plan ahead, I'm excited to hear that you're already thinking about a Disney vacation in October 2023 –– between now and then, you'll have plenty of time to dream up the perfect magical adventure!  And since the perfect stay starts with finding the right accommodations, it's great that you're already thinking about the booking process for Disney Vacation Club Resorts.  Waitlisting a reservation is a great tool for Disney Vacation Club Members, especially during busy seasons when it can be a little more challenging to find room availability.  Let me share a little bit about how Waitlisting works so you'll be ready to use it for your upcoming stay, if necessary.    

    If a Disney Vacation Club Resort is unavailable at the time of booking, DVC Members can request to be added to the Waitlist for their desired reservation.  In other words, each Waitlist request must be made for a specific Resort, date range, and room type.  Members can have up to two active Waitlist requests at a time, but you must be within your Resort booking window to be added to the Waitlist. While you can submit a Waitlist request up to seven days before check-in, it's best to do so as early as possible, since these requests are filled on a first-come basis.  And one of my favorite things about Waitlisting a reservation is that it can be scheduled to automatically replace an existing reservation if your Waitlisted Resort becomes available. That means if you book a reservation at your second-choice Resort, it can be changed automatically if your Waitlist request opens up –– it's so convenient!

    Here's the best part, though –– you might not even need to make a Waitlist request for your upcoming trip.  Because you're planning so far ahead, there's a great chance that you'll find the Resort availability you need when it's time to book.  If you're planning a stay at your Home Resort, you can book reservations beginning 11 months from your check-in date at 8:00 AM EST and you can book up to seven consecutive nights.  If you're planning to book a reservation at a different Disney Vacation Club Resort, your booking window will open up seven months from check-in.  Since it sounds like you've already decided on your travel dates, I recommend booking reservations right when the booking window opens for the best availability.  If you happen to find desired reservation is unavailable, you'll see the option to book a Waitlist request right in the online booking portal or with a Cast Member if you're booking over the phone.

    Thanks for stopping by planDisney, Steve. If you think of more questions as you plan your upcoming vacation, please don't hesitate to visit us again –– we're always here to help!

    Have a Magical Day,
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Hiya, Pals! I’m Amy – a DOLE-whip-loving, power-lifting, communications strategist from Cleveland, Ohio and together with Mr. Incredible, we’re raising our own team of Supers. Most days, you can find me stretching to juggle virtual meetings in the school pick-up line, drink all the coffee, and defeat laundry –– all while dreaming up what adventures we can find on our next Disney Vacation Club vacation! See ya real soon!
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