Dad, I was wondering how early should you book our Walt Disney World vacation? Six months in advance or a year. The only reason I am asking is because when we had a motor home we tried to get reservations at Fort Wilderness and it was booked a year out. Is it like this at most of the hotels?
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Hi Terri, (gotta say I love that name. It's Mrs. Moms and she reads everything I write.)
When do you book your Walt Disney World Vacation? That's a real good question and the answer is ...
First, let's talk specifically about the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds because it is a very special case. Portions of the campground book very quickly because they are the cheapest accommodations at Disney World and they have very limited supply. For example there are just over 400 cabins at Fort Wilderness compared to 2,880 room at the Pop Century. This means you should book the campgrounds as soon as you can.
Disney just opened 2012 reservations up a couple of weeks ago so most of the resorts will still have a pretty full complement of rooms available. However ...
If you are looking for a specialized room or if you are traveling at a very busy time, I'd suggest you make your reservations as soon as you can. There is no harm in it. It only a $200.00 fully refundable deposit to make a reservation. If you want to change later, it's not a big deal.
One big thing I would caution you about is, not to make any reservations until Dad makes his big announcement this week. (Watch the Facebook page and Dad's Blog for more details.) Dad will be announcing a major breakthrough in how you book your Disney World travel. (Ok, major breakthrough might be a bit of an exaggeration, but, it's going to be big.)
Dad's Bottom Line
The bottom line is to make your reservations as soon as you can in any circumstance. If you want a specific location or a special view, try at least 6 months or more. In some of the resorts (like the Wilderness Lodge the cheapest rooms fill up first. Specialized rooms are always hard to come by and fill up fast.