• On Apr 18, 2018
    Ashley from MD 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.

    My family of 3 are planning our next Disney World vacation for January 2019. Is it wise to wait until packages are released for my dates or book a room only reservation now then convert to the package?

    Hi Ashley,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Planning a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort is exciting. I can imagine that your family welcomes the challenge!

    When I decide how soon to book our resort hotel room, I always do so before 180 days prior to our trip - 180 days is the time at which we can start making advanced dining reservations. As long as I have the resort hotel booked 180 days prior, I can make our dining reservations for the entire trip (up to 10 days). 

    I also consider the resort hotel and room type. If you plan to book a popular room type at a resort hotel, you may want to go ahead and make the room only reservation. In the past, we preferred staying at Disney's Contemporary Resort Hotel in the Garden Wing since those rooms were typically more affordable. But I noticed that they sold out faster than other rooms at the resort. To ensure that we got our room type, I always booked early. 

    Then check the Special Offers periodically to see if an offer may be applicable to your resort hotel, room type and dates. If you believe a special offer is applicable, just call 407-939-5277 to ask a cast member if she or he can convert your reservation to a vacation package and apply the discount. Be aware that there is no guarantee that the cast member will be able to apply the discount. However, I have been fortunate in the past to get a discount applied to our existing reservation. 

    Ashley, my final thought is that it just makes me happy to have a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel reservation. If you feel the same, go ahead and make it! 

    Happy Planning!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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