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  • On Oct 26, 2021
    Guy from MO Asked

    I have multiple people in my party and some are not staying as long as others. How do I book reservations and have different time periods for the people in my party?

    Hello Guy!

    Welcome to planDisney! I am a firm believer that a visit to the Walt Disney World Resort is more magical when you share it with others. We often travel with my parents or invite friends to join us. Some things are a little different with bigger groups, so let me see if I can help you figure it out!

    So, the answer to your question depends a little bit on the room occupancy of your Disney Resort Collection Hotel, and when your friends are coming and going, and if they are adults or kids. Let me run through the different scenarios and you can choose which one applies to your trip.

    Let’s say you are staying in a room with a maximum occupancy of 5 Guests. Then let’s assume you’ll be in the room the entire stay. You have four friends staying with you, two are arriving with you on the first day, while two others are checking in two days later. In this case, you can put all four of your friends’ names on the resort reservation for the entire length of the stay. It’s okay that some guests arrive late or leave early, it won’t affect their travel plans. If you are staying during 2021 and will be using Disney’s Magical Express, you can still set up different flights and arrival times for different members of your party. (Please note that Disney's Magical Express is not available for arrivals in 2022.) The downside to this option is that if your friends are all adults, there is a small fee for more than 2 adults per room per night, so you would pay a little more to have those adults on the reservation on the nights they may not be in the room.

    The alternate option is to book what is known as a split-stay. If you want to avoid the nightly charge for extra adults, or adding them all would put you over the room occupancy, you’ll need to use this method. Let’s say the room occupancy is again 5 Guests. You have four friends staying with you the first three days, and then on the day they check out, 4 different friends are arriving. In this case, you cannot add all 8 friends to the one reservation as you will be over the room occupancy of 5. You will need to book a reservation for the first three days with your initial group of friends, then book a second stay with the four alternate friends for the remainder of the trip. The downside to this option is that you may have to move rooms. Also, when you make Advance Dining Reservations, you’ll only be able to book the first few days 60 days before the initial check-in date. Then you’ll need to make the second half of your reservations 60 days before the second check-in date.

    I hope this helps you figure out your options, Guy! If you are still struggling, you may want to call and speak with a Cast Member about your reservations. Wishing you a magical and memorable trip to the Walt Disney World Resort!

    - Kate
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Meet the Panelist: Kate, Indiana

"Welcome Home!" I'm Kate, a mom and nurse from Indiana. A lifelong Disney fan, Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, planned romantic trips for two and made FastPass+ reservations for an entire marching band! Whether dining with Mickey, surfing in Hawaii, or relaxing around the pool we make the most of our Disney Vacation Club Membership. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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