• On Jul 2, 2017
    Samantha from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I'm planning my Disney vacation for May of 2018. I noticed that I can book hotels for that time now, but I was wondering when different deals, offers, sales, etc. would be available for 2018 for a package deal?

    Hi Samantha,

    Welcome to the  Disney Parks Moms Panel! When to book or not to book - important question! 

    To learn about discounts and promotions, keep an eye on the Special Offers page on the Walt Disney World website. We always take advantage of discounts. Just remember that discounts typically cannot be combined. So if you book a free dining package, you most likely would not be able to combine that with a room discount. Check the important details with each offer to be sure.

    I have also noticed that the special offers may not be available for the resort hotel and room type we prefer. Since our resort hotel and room type are more important to us than the discount, I book those early and just wait to see if a discount becomes available that could be applied to our existing reservation. Recent special offers include a summer expedition discount and a free dining package. The deals are released at different times during the year.

    At times, I have seen some really great deals appear as we have gotten closer to our trip dates. But, we cannot wait for some of those deals because we book dining reservations 180 days in advance and Fast Pass+ selections 60 days in advance. You, however, may want to be more flexible.
    Samantha, no matter what, we always book at least six months in advance. On occasion, I have been able to apply a discount that was released after we booked to our existing reservation, but not always. So just decide if the discount is more important that the resort hotel and room type!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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