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  • On Mar 30, 2011
    Lani from MO Asked

    We are planning to take out family to WDW in 2012. an you tell me when we can book our ticketsand if they will have any special offers for booking early? Also I need to know if we can use Disney gift cards to pay for My Disney Girl's Perfect Tea? Thank you

    Hi Lani!

    You can purchase Walt Disney World tickets today and save them until you go in 2012.  Making a vacation package or room reservation is a different story, however.  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 2012 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 2012 pricing comes out.

    Packages can only be booked once the 2012 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.  The best reason to book early is to guarantee that you'll have a room in the resort that you want!

    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, 2012, then you can make an ADR for that date on July 5th, 2011.  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.

    With regards to using a Disney Gift Card at the Tea Party, absolutely!
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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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