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  • On Jan 8, 2011
    Dawn from WI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I'm excited to be planning my kids (ages 4 & 7) 1st trip to Disney for May 2012! Planning to stay at Poly.Is it best to book rooms through the Disney website or by phone? How far in advance can reservations be made?

    I stayed at the Polynesian for the first time last month. What a great location!

    You can book room-only reservations at Walt Disney World 499 days in advance. This means that you could book your hotel room for May 2012 now, depending on the dates in May you want to travel. The catch with this is that although you will have the reservation, the pricing for your room is likely to change as your travel time gets closer. You will also have to book a room-only reservation this far in advance via either a travel agent or over the phone with Disney at 407-W-DISNEY. The online reservation system will not be prepared to offer you dates that far away.

    If you'd like to book a package which includes park tickets and/or the Dining Plan as well as a room, then you'll have to wait until summer 2012. Packages rates and availability have typically been announced during the summer of the prior calendar year.

    If there is a very specific room type you want (a certain type of suite for example), my suggestion would be to make the room-only reservation. You can always change your reservation to add package elements at a later date by contacting Disney at the phone number above.

    Good luck with your planning and have a joyful trip to Walt Disney World.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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