Booking in Jan for August - is it too late?
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I feel your pain. My DH is a detective and they usually pick in late Nov. for the following year so I know how hard it is to plan ahead. I would take into consideration where your DH is on the seniority picking order, whether you plan on going over school breaks, etc. I would probably pick a roundabout time you think he'll have no problem getting off (non-school holiday times) and book the trip. Once he makes his picks then adjust the dates if need be. Good luck!
I booked our trip in January and we are going in three weeks - we didn't have a problem at all. Now, we aren't staying at the Polynesian (we're staying at POFQ), but in my experience all went well. I would do as the others stated. Book the days you are hoping to stay as soon as you can and if need be you can change the dates around. I would think the second week in August shouldn't be too bad because a lot of school districts are either in session or close to it (we're going the 4th week in August and it's priced as the value season because of the school schedules). I might be off the mark here, but I think you'll get that room at the Poly! No tears! Just pixie dust for luck
There's always a chance you may not get what you want, but I would think you'd be fine. There are package discounts coming up later than that for that timeframe and lots of people book even later than that.
Historically, August is a less busy month at Disney so you probably would be fine. The Poly is popular though and I'm in agreement with the others to book for a date early and then readjust later. Good luck. You'll have a blast!