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  • On Apr 21, 2024
    Jason from NH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Newbie here. When booking our DVC, 1 day in the middle of the planned trip is unavailable, so we have 2 days booked, followed by a waitlist day, followed by 2 more days. Should I book a different room type for that 1 night, then request the waitlist?

    Welcome Home, Jason! I'm so excited to meet a fellow Disney Vacation Club Member--thanks for stopping by planDisney. Like Terk is to Tarzan, I'm here to be your trusty sidekick as we talk all things DVC to make sure you have a magical and memorable vacation!

    How exciting that you're new to the world of DVC. The ins and outs of Vacation Points, Use Years, and Banking and Borrowing can definitely be overwhelming--I get it! I still check and double-check my DVC math anytime I'm booking a vacation to make sure I have all of my (Donald) ducks in a row. 

    I've been in the situation you're describing before, with our preferred resort not having full availability for our travel dates. There are a few options for how to proceed--let's discuss!

    If you have any flexibility for your travel dates, take a look at some different date ranges to determine if your desired hotel has full availability. You can also keep an eye on availability at other DVC resorts, and at the 7-month mark modify your reservation to stay at one that has full availability (I'm assuming you plan to stay at your Home Resort in January!). We take an annual trip in early February for my daughter's dance nationals and we like to stay at a different property every time!

    Beyond that, I suggest proceeding with the strategy you mentioned--booking a room at the resort in a different category (think a 1-Bedroom Villa instead of a Deluxe Studio) for that one night, then creating a waitlist. Guests' plans change all the time, so I will keep my fingers crossed that the room you need opens up. 

    Jason, I hope this information is helpful for your planning purposes. If there are any other questions I can assist with related to DVC or Walt Disney World Resort, please don't hesitate to reach out directly. Thanks again for visiting planDisney, and we hope to see ya real soon!

    Stay Magical!
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Meet the Panelist: Susan, Michigan

Hi there! I'm Susan, a pixie-dusted pediatric nurse and Disney Vacation Club specialist. I'm married to my own Mr. Incredible and we have two fantastic teenage daughters. Our family has been making Disney memories for four generations, and I'm so excited to help you plan your own magical adventures as part of the planDisney panel. Welcome home! Learn More About Susan

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