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Old 05-04-2018, 07:28 PM   #1
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Booking non home resorts

Okay, going to WDW in January.
We already have ressies at our home resort but REALLY want AKL or Kidani.
I know what days and what time we can start booking ADRS and FPs.
I also know what day I can call for trying to get into AKL/Kidani. Does the DVC line open up at 7:00 am like the others?
Guessing I will have to be up at 3:00 am to account for the 4 hour time difference, but I want to be sure.
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Nope, you can sleep a bit later.

Member Services doesn’t open till 9:00am ET. Same time on Sat. & Sun.
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Member Services opens at 9am eastern. Website begins taking reservations for the new day at 8am eastern. If you wait until 9 to call, you're an hour behind people who chose to book online.
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Old 05-07-2018, 11:18 AM   #4
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Now, since I already have a reservation that I am hoping to modify, I am guessing that it will be better to talk to a real person instead of trying to book online.
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Technically, I think its not a modification. You're cancelling one stay and booking another. I think a modification would be if you were switching views, or adding or subtracting days from your current reservation at your home resort. Someone correct me if I'm wrong on that ...

If you check availability online and it's open for what you want to switch to, you can go online an hour before you can call, cancel your first ressie and book the non-home resort that you want. You run the small chance someone else may snag it in that same moment, but I've never had any problem doing this. Be quick about it. If you wait until an hour later, it may be gone. It's a gamble either way, as the system will show you if it's available, but it won't show you how many are available, and you've no idea how many (if any) other are trying to do what you're doing.

If you have enough points available, you may be able to go ahead and book what you want first, then go in and cancel your home resort. In that case you are guaranteed success. But you have to have enough points to have both booked for those few minutes.
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If all you want to do is switch out one reservation for a different resort, it's easy to do online. We've done it a number of times before with no issue.
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Now, since I already have a reservation that I am hoping to modify, I am guessing that it will be better to talk to a real person instead of trying to book online.
Thing is, you run the risk that all remaining rooms will be booked during that hour between the daily start of online reservations and Member Services opening.

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Technically, I think its not a modification. You're cancelling one stay and booking another. I think a modification would be if you were switching views, or adding or subtracting days from your current reservation at your home resort. Someone correct me if I'm wrong on that ...
I don't think you can do any sort of modifications online at this time. You can only book new stays and cancel stays.

Back in December DVC claimed they were adding some sort of modification features to the site in 2018 but no news since then.

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If you have enough points available, you may be able to go ahead and book what you want first, then go in and cancel your home resort. In that case you are guaranteed success. But you have to have enough points to have both booked for those few minutes.
Agree. This is the safest way to do it. But you need to have enough points to hold both reservations simultaneously without borrowing any points. (Points cannot be un-borrowed!)

Canceling one reservation and attempting to book the other runs the risk that you could lose out on both.

Trying to book AKL at 7 months probably won't be a problem. As long as you aren't trying to get a Value or Concierge room or booking any dates that coincide with the WDW Marathon. MLK holiday weekend could also be a little iffy. If you're clear of those things, you should be able to call Member Services at 9am and take care of it.
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We will be there starting on 13 January till the end of that week.

We are actually wanting to have a savanna view room so hopefully those will available. The husband of the couple that we are going with had a dream of all of us sitting on the balcony drinking coffee and eating muffins one morning and watching giraffes. We’re going to try and hope the dream is prophetic and we will actually get what we want.

When is the marathon going on?
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We will be there starting on 13 January till the end of that week.

We are actually wanting to have a savanna view room so hopefully those will available. The husband of the couple that we are going with had a dream of all of us sitting on the balcony drinking coffee and eating muffins one morning and watching giraffes. We’re going to try and hope the dream is prophetic and we will actually get what we want.

When is the marathon going on?
The marathon is on 13 January, according to the Disney Run website. If you're arriving later on the Sunday, at least all the road closures will be done, but from memory (and I'm sure a runner could confirm) the road closures are in until around 9:00am.
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The marathon is on 13 January, according to the Disney Run website. If you're arriving later on the Sunday, at least all the road closures will be done, but from memory (and I'm sure a runner could confirm) the road closures are in until around 9:00am.
And I'm guessing some runners will stick around at least through Sunday night, impacting resort availability.
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A 1-night off-prop might be the solution when you arrive.

You can get some very nice stays at the hotels across from DSpgs for about what a Moderate costs.

We’ve done that at the Lake BV Hilton which is literally across the street from the DSpgs Marketplace entrance. Disney Deluxe rooms at a Moderate price.
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