Best time to book a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel
"You have any recommendations for how far in advanced to book a trip in a Disney World Resort Hotel?"
You'll want to book the Pop Century early - Photo by Judd Helms
I do. I'll get to my best time to book a Disney World hotel, but I thought it would be appropriate to ask our partners at Destinations to Travel to answer.
Nancy Casteel one of the great agents from Destinations to Travel says, "I recommend anyone to book their Disney World trip at least six months in advance. By booking then you will have a better chance at getting those hard to get dining reservations.
Advance dining reservations open up 180 days before you check-in, and you can book the first 10 days of your trip. This is especially helpful for restaurants such as Be Our Guest, Cinderella's Royal Table, 'Ohana, and Chef Mickey's, if these are important to you.
I will say, however, that there is no bad time to book." I agree with that. "Some of the best trips, some of my best trips have been spur of the moment, and I've just had just as much fun. There is so much to see and do at Walt Disney World, that a last minute trip might allow you to experience things you wouldn't be able to on that perfectly planned vacation."
And I totally agree with Nancy. This morning, actually I was writing the reservations chapter for Dad's for my book, Dad's Simple Fun Magic Guide to Walt Disney World Planning and I wrote something like... "when do you make Disney Hotel reservations? As soon as you can. When you decide, "I'm going to Disney World," make your reservations, make your reservations then. Don't wait."
As soon as you know you're going, know you're going, make your reservations for your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel. Don't wait for discounts to come out.
A lot of people the last few years, last couple years especially, have made reservations early in the year, and then when the discounts came out, they found that they weren't going to save any money.
There were people trying to book free dining, that were saving $50 over what they had booked earlier in the year. There were even a few of them that didn't save anything. It was actually going to cost more to book free dining then what they already had booked, so make your reservations just as soon as you can.
Last minute reservations are fine, but just as soon as you decide you're going to Disney World, that's when you make your reservations. That's just the way it is.
Also, I always recommend you use a GOOD Disney travel agent. Nancy and her cohorts over at Destinations to Travel are the best I've ever seen. Give them a shout and let them help you sort all of this out.