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  • On Mar 17, 2012
    Kelly from MA Asked

    How far in advance can you book a room only reservation. Was at WDW in January, typically a slow time and my 1st choice the Contemporary was all bkd a year out. Stayed @Poly beautiful, however do not want to miss out next on Contemporary. Tkyou

    Hi Kelly!

    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 2013 pricing has 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 2013 pricing comes out.

    Packages can only be booked once the 2013 rates are released.  However, you can easily convert a room only reservation to a package by simply calling.  Also, if any applicable discounts come out between now and then, 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, 2013, then you can make an ADR for that date on July 5th, 2012.  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 as you know from your previous visit!

    I hope this helps!  Write back with more questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

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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