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  • On Dec 24, 2012
    Brioney from Berkshire Asked

    We are planning to visit wdw for Christmas 2014 for a special family birthday and there will be nine of us. When does the accommodation for that period get released? It'll be our fifth visit to wdw, any tips specific to this time of year?

    Hi Brioney!

    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 2014 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 2014 pricing comes out.

    Packages can only be booked once the 2014 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 Advance Dining Reservation (ADR).  For example, if your first day is January 1st, 2014, then you can make an ADR for that date on July 5th, 2013.  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.  That's especially true during the holiday season!

    Our responses are limited in length, but I would be happy to help more.  Just write back with more questions!
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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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