Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Feb 13, 2009
    Dawn from NJ 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.

    A relative (a Florida resident) will be joining us (weather permitting) on our 1st day in Disney World. Is it possible for her to book a room for herself for just one night at our hotel ( Pop Century) after she arrives (without advance reservation)?

    It's possible, pending availability. I should warn you that Disney hotels run at a very high occupancy rate, much higher than the rest of the hotel industry. If you're visiting WDW during the summer or a holiday season, it's unlikely that the hotel will have vacancies. That being said, it never hurts to try. I personally have gotten reservations just a day or two before arrival several times. (Usually we wanted to extend our trip by arriving early.)

    If you are trying to get a last-minute reservation, it can help to be flexible on where you stay. For example, if the Pop is full, your friend might consider staying at another value resort. You can always meet her at the parks or take a quick cab ride between the hotels. Also, the further in advance you try to book, the better luck you will have. If you check the forecast a week before arrival and it looks good, then I would try to book then rather than waiting until the very last minute.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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