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  • On Jan 6, 2010
    Heather from PA Asked

    What is the earliest you can book a hotel room and if a promotion is announced after you've booked, will they apply it to you?

    Hi Heather!

    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 pricing for the time period you want has been released.  For example, you could call today and make a reservation for April 2011, but you can't make an on-line reservation for then until the 2011 prices have 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 actual pricing for the time period you want has been released.  However, you can easily convert a room only reservation to a package by simply calling.

    The answer to the second half of your question is "yes"!  If any applicable discounts come out between now and when you are going, you can call and try to have those 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).  For example, if your first day is January 1st, 2011, then you can make an ADR for that date on July 5th, 2010.  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.
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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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