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  • On Oct 5, 2011
    Kris from TN Asked

    I'm planning a surprise trip to DW for my wife's 40th birthday in 2013. What is the earliest I can make reservations and any recommendations on places to stay since we will be bringing our 3 year old daughter?

    Hi Kris!

    That sounds like a fabulous present!  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 before the rate comes out, what Disney does is charge you for a  single night's rate based on the current pricing, 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.

    With regards to which hotel, with a young child, I recommend staying in a Magic Kingdom resort on the monorail.  The Polynesian is my favorite monorail resort and it is very romantic.  Your 3 year old will also love it!

    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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