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  • On Dec 28, 2009
    Marie from WY Asked

    HI, My husband and I are planing our first Disney trip. We were wondering when the best time to reserve our trip since we want to travel in Jan. 2011. Everyone says we need to make them as soon as possible. However, I don't know what the military rate yet.

    Hi.  It is exciting to be planning a first trip to Walt Disney World!  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 2011 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 2011 pricing comes out.

    Packages can only be booked once the 2011 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.

    You mention January, but not exactly when.  If you are going for New Year's and you have your heart set on a particular resort, then I would make a room only reservation as soon as possible.  However, if you are going in mid to late January then I think you are safe to wait a while; that's not a busy time of year.  However, if you have your heart set on a particular resort, then I recommend making the reservation as soon as possible.  You can always adjust it as necessary.

    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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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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