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  • On Mar 7, 2010
    Jake 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 love the Panel. This will be my families first time to Disney.MY question is when can I book my WDW vaction online We will be going in October of 2011. From the 17th through the 23rd. Thankyou if you answer this question.

    Hi Jake!

    Hi.  It is exciting to be planning a first trip to Walt Disney World!  By calling Disney, you can reserve a hotel room up to 499 days in advance of your intended check out date.  However, you can not make an on-line reservation until the actual 2011 pricing has been released.  Historically, rates are released in mid to late summer for the upcoming year.  If you call now, what Disney does is charge you for a  single night's rate based on this year and then automatically adjusts your rate when the 2011 pricing comes out.

    Packages can only be booked once the 2011 rates are released.  However, you can easily convert a room only reservation to a package by simply calling.  Also, if any applicable discounts come out between now and then, you can call to have one applied to your reservation; there are usually limited numbers and conditions so not all discount codes will apply.

    Finally, keep in mind when you will be 180 days out from your trip as that is when you can make an Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR).  You can make an ADR even if you don't have a room reservation yet.  I recommend making ADRs as soon as possible because that gives you more options in where to eat and at what time.  Walt Disney World has some amazing restaurants and the more popular ones book up fairly quickly.

    Enjoy planning and write back if you have any more questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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