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  • On Jan 8, 2010
    Michelle from AB Asked

    How far in advance can I book my WDW vaction? Thanks so much, love this panel!!!

    Hi Michelle,

    Thanks for the compliment on the Moms Panel and for sending in this question!

    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 has been released for the time period you are interested in.  Historically, rates are released in mid to late summer for the upcoming year.  So if you wanted to visit in 2011 and you called Disney today, Disney will charge you for a  single night's rate based on this year and then automatically adjust your rate when the 2011 pricing comes out.

    Packages can only be booked once the rates are released for the time frame you want to visit.  However, you can easily convert a room only reservation to a package by simply calling later.  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).  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.

    Enjoy planning and write back if you have any 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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