Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Dec 16, 2014
    Amber from IL Asked

    We're trying to plan vaca 4 me, Senior disabled cousin, ID 30 yo son, 11 yo gdaughter, and 30 yo male friend who's LD. We r bit flexible for when we go. My mother is pushing us to reserve now. Should we wait?

    Hi Amber ~

    I am one of those people that gets so excited about planning a trip to Walt Disney World that I can't help but make reservations as soon as possible. Planning early does have several advantages. Since you will be traveling with Guests with special needs, planning ahead for them will certainly make your trip less stressful.

    If you will need a handicapped accessible hotel room for your cousin, making hotel reservations early is a good idea to help ensure you get the room you need. If you are flexible, keep your eyes on the link for Special Offers & Deals that may become available.

    Once you have decided on your travel dates, I would suggest deciding on any dining locations that are must dos. Advanced Dining Reservations can be made beginning 180-days prior to your trip. I highly recommend doing that as many of the most popular locations book up pretty fast. You can make reservations online through the link provided or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

    Another bonus of making hotel reservations early is that Guests who are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, have purchased their theme park tickets, and linked them to their My Disney Experience account can make Disney FastPass+ service (FP+) selections beginning 60 days prior to their trip. That will help you get a better selection of FP+ times. FP+ will reduce your wait time which can be important when traveling with Guests with special needs.

    While it isn't an absolute necessity to make Walt Disney World Resort hotel reservations way far in advance, it certainly has its perks.

    Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison V.
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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