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Old 10-14-2018, 05:20 PM   #1
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Smile I promise I'm a Disney pro, but...

I know this may be a stupid question for someone who has been to WDW every other year for decades, but we are DVC members and haven't booked a WDW hotel room in forever...

How far in advance do room reservations open? We are planning a trip for my milestone birthday in 2020 and want to be sure we make the reservation as soon as they open to be sure we are there the right week. Also - is there a required amount that needs to be deposited at the time of booking?

in advance for any advice you can give!
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Old 10-14-2018, 07:32 PM   #2
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Reservations are being taken for 2019. Uncertain as to when 2020 opens.
A room only reservation deposit is the cost of one night's stay.

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I think you can book up to 500 days out. The original reservation will require a deposit of one nights stay at the current rate. You can't book packages that far out, but I'm almost certain you can book a room only reservation that soon.

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Old 10-14-2018, 07:38 PM   #4
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Reservations are being taken for 2019. Uncertain as to when 2020 opens.
A room only reservation deposit is the cost of one night's stay.

No better place to spend a birthday!
Thanks!!! Especially if it's a milestone birthday that is making you feel a bit old - best place to feel like a kid in spite of it all! ;-)
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I think it's 499 days out, but your entire stay has to be within that 499 window, not just the first night. Enjoy yourself.
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You can room only and package reservations at 499 day from your departure date. If you attempt to book 499 days from your arrival date you will only be able to book your arrival day.
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The computer system does not always acknowledge 499 day packages but if you call the reservation line they can always book your stay.

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I know this may be a stupid question for someone who has been to WDW every other year for decades, but we are DVC members and haven't booked a WDW hotel room in forever...

How far in advance do room reservations open? We are planning a trip for my milestone birthday in 2020 and want to be sure we make the reservation as soon as they open to be sure we are there the right week. Also - is there a required amount that needs to be deposited at the time of booking?

in advance for any advice you can give!
Room only reservations can be booked upto 499 days before the DEPARTURE day of the stay. A deposit of one night is required.

Sometimes the dates are not yet released for booking through the website, in which case you have to call to do the booking and the rate is not guaranteed as they won't have released the prices for those dates yet - your deposit would be based on the current year price and then when they release the next years prices for your dates would be adjusted up or down accordingly.

For example: we are traveling in December 2019. They released 2019 prices earlier this year. So if you wanted to book for spring 2019 for a while you could only do that by calling and would not know the final price since the prices were not released yet. But for us with december dates, when they released 2019 prices we were not yet 499 days out, so when it came time to book our trip i could book it online at 499 days out from departure and book it with 2019 prices.

Note that there will not be any deals that far out, it is all rack rate.

Our strategy is to book a resort and room category we will be happy with if we have to pay rack rate no discount. We know we will have that room. Then, we stalk the boards and the website looking for when they release deals for our dates, if any. We change to the deal if we can. BUT, there may not be availability -- that happened for our December 2017 trip. While the resort did have special rates for our dates, there was no availability, so we were stuck with the original rack rate we had booked, which we were fine with though a little disappointed.

Now, another thing to consider is that the 499 day rule only applies for the hotel side of WDW. If you want to book a DVC room for "cash" from Disney, those don't become available until anywhere between 8.5 to 10.5 months out and inventory varies and new rooms willbecome available in batches, even into 6 and 7 months out and then other batches much closer.

There are reasons for this, and other well inexplicable reasons. We actually want to book at Copper Creek for part of our stay so for our last trip I stalked the site as we figured out when we could book it and since i have been stalking it to figure out when they become available and if there is a discernable pattern. You can do this too if you are interested in DVC rooms... look at dummy dates and see what is available and you will see a pattern emerge for your resort [i.e. they start to show up with 1 bedroom villas only X months out and then a few weeks later the rest of the room types suddenly pop up, and they come in and out of availability for X more weeks then settle in to more consistent availablity at Y months out until they all get booked up and then Z months out another batch appears...]. The pattern varies from one resort to another but seems to be consistent from time to time at the same resort, as far as I can tell.

Anyhow, what we did is book the HOTEL room we would be happy with, at rack rate, 499 days out. If there is no DVC villa availability to change to, we will be happy with that hotel room. If there is availability when they are eventually released we will change our reservation to what we "really" want. Either way we will be happy and going to Disney ! :-) And then, we look for deals, which are released even closer to the travel dates and getting harder to find.

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I know this may be a stupid question for someone who has been to WDW every other year for decades, but we are DVC members and haven't booked a WDW hotel room in forever...

How far in advance do room reservations open? We are planning a trip for my milestone birthday in 2020 and want to be sure we make the reservation as soon as they open to be sure we are there the right week. Also - is there a required amount that needs to be deposited at the time of booking?

in advance for any advice you can give!
Don't worry, not a stupid question at all - I had no clue, as I don't remember the last time we stayed at Disney without being in a DVC room... probably before we joined DVC back in 2000!
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Our strategy is to book a resort and room category we will be happy with if we have to pay rack rate no discount. We know we will have that room. Then, we stalk the boards and the website looking for when they release deals for our dates, if any. We change to the deal if we can.
Thanks! Sounds like a perfect plan!
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Don't worry, not a stupid question at all - I had no clue, as I don't remember the last time we stayed at Disney without being in a DVC room... probably before we joined DVC back in 2000!
Lol!! Exactly! We figured out the last time we had a non-DVC trip was at least 20 years ago!
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