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  • On Jun 17, 2013
    Scott Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Planning first trip to Disney world in March 2014 1st thru 8th. I wanted to know if I book a room only reservation and by my park tickets now can I later turn it into a magic your way package?

    Hi Scott!

    First, a big congratulations on planning your first visit to Walt Disney World!It is possible to convert a "Room Only" reservation into a Magic Your Way Package, but this is only possible by buying your tickets directly through Disney (at full price). If you have already purchased your Walt Disney World tickets, it is not possible to convert them into a Magic Your Way Package.

    Your best money saving option is to buy discounted tickets from and to book a "Room Only" reservation.  Throughout the year, Disney will offer "Room Only" discounts that can provide substantial savings and with discounted park tickets this can really save some Disney dollars. The only down side to doing it this way is you will not be able to add Disney's Dining Plan.Even with a "room only" reservation, you can still use Disney's Magical Express and the complimentary transportation on property.

    Another perk to booking a "room only" reservation, is the cancellation/change policy is much more lenient than with a package.Packages require complete payment 45 days before the date of your arrival.Any cancellation 44 days or less before check-in will result in a $200 fee and changes will result in a $50 fee.  With a "room only" reservation, the remaining balance is due at check in and you can change or cancel your reservation up to 5 days before your arrival without a penalty.  

    There are special discounts such as Disney's Free Dining Promotion (although not likely in March) that require you to book a package, most other discounts can be used as a "Room Only."Make sure to check Disney's Special Offers page for discounts.  My best guess is that you will start to see discounts for your dates later this year or the first of next year.

    I hope that this helps and please let me know if you have anymore questions!

    Happy Planning!
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My husband and I are the parents of five rambunctious Disney loving children.I  I'm passionate about helping families find the magic that is Disney , so let me show you all the magic and savings that awaits on your next Disney vacation! Learn More About Mandy

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