• On Apr 19, 2017
    Kirsten from KY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    If I decide to book my vacation using the Disney website instead of a travel agent, in the event discounts come up around the time I plan my trip, will they automatically be applied? Or will I be notified?

    Hi Kirsten,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Thank you for bringing this question to us! How wise of you to anticipate discounts!

    If you book online and a Special Offer is released, you will need to call Guest Services at 407-939-5277 to see if a cast member can apply the special offer to your reservation. Be advised that special offers are not automatically applied nor are guests automatically notified about each offer. One year we booked a package and later noticed a special offer released online. I called and spoke to a cast member who was eventually able to apply the discount to our reservation. If your room category sells out by the time the special offer comes available, the cast member may not be able to apply the discount to your reservation.

    We have booked through travel agents and directly through the Walt Disney World Resort. I book with a travel agent when the price is cheaper but always relentlessly check prices before I book so I know which is the better deal. Because we have certain room types that we prefer and those can sell out before special offers are released, I typically book before special offers are released for our dates. If, however, you are more flexible with your Resort Hotel and room type, you can wait until the special offers appear. Just keep checking the website for special offers.

    Finally, remember that you can make Dining Reservations 180 days prior to your visit and Fast Pass+ reservations 60 days prior if staying at a resort hotel. I suggest that you book before either of those reservation windows opens for your travel dates.

    Happy Planning!

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