Planning Your Disney World Trip: 6 Reasons to Book Early
One of the first questions on most of my client’s minds is usually “When do I book my trip?”
Recently the rates for 2015 Disney World packages were released and several clients have approached me eager to begin planning their trips. Once you have determined what time of year you want to go you can decide when to book your dates.
See my blog post HERE to see What Time of Year to look at if you haven’t figured that out yet.
6 Reasons to book earlier and not wait:
1. No matter when you book your vacation package, as long as it is more than 45 days from your check in, it is a $200 deposit per room booked. This $200 IS refundable should you cancel prior to the 45 days out payoff date. So, no matter when you go, and how much your package costs, the deposit is the same.
2. The earlier you book, the more likely you will get the room type you are looking for. For instance… are you set on an Alligator Bayou Room at Port Orleans Riverside? Unless you have 5 people in your party the only way to guarantee you get this room is to book in the preferred category. The earlier you book, the more likely you will get it. Also, for many of the smaller deluxe resorts, certain less expensive room categories will sell out quickly. If you want a deluxe resort, but need a standard room to be able to afford it, be sure you book it early.
3. The earlier you book your trip, the easier it will be to get dining reservations at the restaurants and at times you want. You can make dining reservations 180 +10 days out from your check in date. Disney seems to go through periods where it is very hard to get dining at the time and place you want. This is especially important if your child is young and you plan to always eat at 5-6pm and want popular character meals. While you can book dining without a resort reservation, you cannot book +10 days out from your check in date unless you have a Disney World resort booked.
4. The earlier you book the more time you have to plan. My experience has been with most people that wait to book (and already know they want to go) is that they get overwhelmed quickly with the mass of info to learn. Many of you will do extensive research first, but there is just something about having the trip booked that helps motivate you to learn all the details about where you are traveling. Booking facilitates decision making and there are a lot of decisions to make when it comes to a Disney vacation.
5. You know what the price is going to be early so that if you need to save, you have the time. For many of my clients, a vacation is important to them and they want to set money aside every month to be sure they have the budget. If you book earlier, besides the deposit, you know how many months you have and how much to save each month. You also won’t book relying on discounts and if you do get one, that’s a bonus!
6. Waiting for discounts can be a double edged sword. Don’t book early relying on a discount! If you truly cannot budget for the price that Disney is offering then it makes sense to try and wait for one to see if you can afford it. However, Disney has been gradually tapering off their discounts probably because they have plenty of bookings. Since they will offer what they want to offer and there is no way to know what or how much they will offer, don’t let a potential discount stop you from booking something you wanted to book.
I encourage everyone to book their trips as soon as you are ready! I always say the sooner the better, especially if this is your first time. That way you won’t be scrambling to make decisions at the last minute.
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