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  • On Mar 30, 2015
    Amee from AL 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.

    If you are looking for a particular special offer, like included Disney Dining, should you book your stay now or wait until the preferred discount is announced?

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Amee! There are many great Walt Disney World Resort Special Offers each season, but the Free Dining offer has to be the most wildly popular. I know I have a hard time turning down free Dole Whips and Mickey waffles when this offer is released!

    The Free Dining offer is never guaranteed to be offered. However, it does seem to turn up in late spring/early summer for stays in the fall. You are more than welcome to go ahead and book a Magic Your Way package, which could include Resort stay, tickets and dining plan. If the Free Dining offer is released, simply call Disney Reservations, provide your confirmation number and ask for the special offer to be applied to your reservation. Understand that all Resorts are usually not available under certain Special Offers and you may need to swap to a different Resort. My family has stayed in almost every Resort on property and we have been pleased with each one, so I am sure you could find one that fits the Offer and helps you enjoy a ton of Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bars!

    With that said, I usually wait until a Special Offer is released before I book our stay online. I find it so much easier to play around with the offer online, comparing the price of various Resorts and room types with the offer applied before making my decision. Booking it online usually saves me a lot of time as the phone lines can be quite busy when special offers are released! 

    The choice is really yours, Amee. If you have your heart set on one specific Resort, go ahead and reserve your spot at your happy place. But if you can wait, I would go for the easy online booking if and when it is released. I hope this information helps you and know that I will be keeping my fingers crossed for you for a pixie dusted special offer!

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Meet the Panelist: Brandy, South Carolina

Hi, I'm Brandy, a speech pathologist and busy driver of daughters to marching band and dance events. My Annual Pass is used often to check out new Disney must-dos and resort changes. I enjoy giving advice about itinerary and FastPass+ planning, Epcot's fantastic festivals, Memory Maker, and transportation at the Resort. The time I spend at Walt Disney World Resort is distinctive because it is the one place I can forget other responsibilities and focus on having the time of my life with my family!

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