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nellyru
05-15-2012, 09:29 AM
I know we are planning on going to Disneyland during a very busy time(June14-19), but I didn't think that there would be NO availability at the hotels if I waited till now to book! :confused:

Ugh. :mad:

Anyone else have this problem? What did you do?

We REALLY want to stay at a Disney resort hotel, not a good neighbor one.

Hope something comes up.

Guess I'll have to call and see what someone through Disney says. :sad2:

Darn it.

Mommy2PrincessAbby
05-15-2012, 09:33 AM
You might have to call each day and hope for a cancellation... or maybe even twice a day... so if one comes up it doesn't get grabbed up by someone else... The opening of Cars Land is big! I am not surprised everything is booked up! Good luck! :wizard:

ValpoCory
05-15-2012, 09:37 AM
The DLR Hotels need to increase their prices! They are obviously too good of a deal.

joelnkelly
05-15-2012, 09:46 AM
Wow, you are trying to book the weekend of the grand opening of carsland less than a month out. :scared1:

you might think about trying something offsite. of course the place is going to be booked solid.

EmmersIsTheMommy
05-15-2012, 09:53 AM
I'm not shocked with the Carsland opening. But I wouldn't have been shocked without the carsland opening either! One month out is way close. If you wanna go during that time I'd do what the PP suggested and call a couple times a day and cross your fingers.

If you REALLY wanna go during that time I'd suck it up and go to a good neighbor..if you can even get in one of those!

DisneyMomma81
05-15-2012, 10:00 AM
Why not push your visit back? Mid July-mid August should be ok.

coaches24
05-15-2012, 10:01 AM
Yea if you have any shot it would be at a good neighbor. You waited so long you may not have the option of being picky. I doubt you will get one of the close ones, you may have to settle for a little longer walk. I recomend the Motel 6 anaheim Maingate. Its about a 20 minute walk but it was clean and affordable. Not much comes with it, as its just a place to sleep really but I didnt have any real complaints and the staff were VERY nice and helpful.

hlbtimes2
05-15-2012, 10:03 AM
Expedia has PPH for $400 a night, and the grand for $800.

blackjackdelta
05-15-2012, 10:07 AM
If I can not get something over the net I always have good luck with calling or using Expedia, etc. Depends on what the budget will stand and what your needs are.

Jack

Lissame
05-15-2012, 11:27 AM
Wow...you're coming from MN and you don't have a hotel booked? Do you have plane tickets? I would definitely look for something off site (which is still really close imo, I've never stayed at a resort hotel and never felt like I was missing anything)

DianaSparrow
05-15-2012, 12:04 PM
I check the AP calendar regularly, and I know June 14th has been "sold out" for at least 4 weeks. I'm pretty sure that Disney reserved a lot of the rooms for the media (Media Day is June 14th for Carsland). Just guessing, but it makes sense to me. One option you may want to consider, although not ideal, is to call Disney hotel reservations and see if you can book onsite before the 14th and then after the 14th - staying one night off site. Again, not the best option. If you want to stay off site for your entire vacation, and you want it to be at a nicer hotel, you could stay at the Hyatt Orange County. They do have an exclusive shuttle that takes you to Disneyland and departs every 30 minutes.

lk2500
05-15-2012, 12:14 PM
Fairfield Inn Anaheim has rooms available for $184. A bit pricey but only an 8 minute walk to the gate.

You can book there and continue to look for a better deal. Check their cancellation policy to make sure.

Jennifer2983
05-15-2012, 12:19 PM
So I went on Disney website and they still have good neighbor hotels left, like the Ramada Inn Maingate, which is right across the street (like 5 min I think? you can see fireworks from there), has a remodeled pool that looks nice, and a cont. brkfst. I suggest You jump on a good neighbor if you can't change your dates before they fill up 2

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larina
05-15-2012, 12:33 PM
I know it isn't the point, but may I ask why the late booking? It sounds like you've known your dates for awhile, or am I wrong about that? Seems like there's some availability, check out the above tips, but move quick before they're gone too. Good luck!!!!

longtimedisneylurker
05-15-2012, 12:49 PM
Go take a look at Get Away Today's website. They might still have your dates for onsite hotels. You are not required to buy your tickets as part of the package, you can drop them if you want, but if you don't have tickets yet they have good prices on those usually.

kayleigh83
05-15-2012, 12:57 PM
Good luck with getting your rooms! I know you had your heart set on a Disney hotel but don't rule out Good Neighbor hotels, remember once you're there you're going to want to spend most of your time in the parks anyways! I booked last week for our dates (July 22-28) and got the Tropicana Inn & Suites for $139 a night, it's right across the street from the parks. Definitely a rate I can live with!

kailuagirl
05-15-2012, 12:58 PM
I agree, keep checking several times a day, and call them directly. Hopefully something will come up. Good luck!

MrLincoln
05-15-2012, 01:57 PM
The DLR Hotels need to increase their prices! They are obviously too good of a deal.

:laughing:

Tongue-in-cheek though that comment was, ValpoCory, your advice has been invaluable on this board the last couple of days. I don't have enough posts yet to send a PM, but a big THANK YOU! to all of your posts about renting DVC points.

That IS the only way it's worth it for the budget-conscious to stay on-site at DLR. If you ever have any points to rent, please keep MrLincoln in mind. You've been HydroGuy with your posts the last couple of days here.

Again, many thanks!

fctiger
05-15-2012, 08:12 PM
OP, the day Disney formally announced CL opening, GCH sold out THAT DAY!! ;)

Maybe the suites were still open, but all the regular rooms were gone! On top of that, people were already booking the rooms for that weekend weeks before because the date was already rumored on from Mice Age and then spread around other sites, so many people, including two of my friends, booked rooms that weekend weeks in advance 'just in case'.

So I'm sorry about your plight, but no people have been waiting months, if not years to book a room for opening weekend! So its not a surprise. I mean the day Disney announced reservations at Carthay Circle restaurant, that sold out completely on that day within hours! You just have to be fast!

That said, yes there are always cancellations so just keep checking daily, but I imagine quite a few people are doing that too. But why not a friendly neighbor hotel? I will be staying in one of those (no way could I afford $400 a night lol) and you will get a lot of the same perks like MM, etc. I'm guessing there will be a few extra perks for Disney resort guest, but its better being there with an offsite hotel then not being there at all IMO.

ValpoCory
05-15-2012, 08:34 PM
:laughing:

Tongue-in-cheek though that comment was, ValpoCory, your advice has been invaluable on this board the last couple of days. I don't have enough posts yet to send a PM, but a big THANK YOU! to all of your posts about renting DVC points.

That IS the only way it's worth it for the budget-conscious to stay on-site at DLR. If you ever have any points to rent, please keep MrLincoln in mind. You've been HydroGuy with your posts the last couple of days here.

Again, many thanks!

It's no problem, sir! Thanks for the kind words. I'm the type of person that when I find a great deal that made me happy and can make other people happy, I want everyone to not only hear about it, but I want to also help people with it if they want to know more.

Like over on the Budget Board, I spotted a deal at my grocery store here in Texas that was essentially selling $100 Disney Gift Cards for $85. I started a thread (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2926449) last night to explain it, and dozens of folks have taken advantage of the deal. Just paying it forward for all the great advice I've read from experts on the DIS and elsewhere. I love this place.

Thanks again.

And p.s. ... I've got nothing on HydroGuy!

bumbershoot
05-15-2012, 10:17 PM
Definitely check the travel agency sites, like expedia, getaway today, etc etc. Because disney sells rooms to those places, and those rooms will not show up on Disney's site!

nunzia
05-16-2012, 07:34 AM
Expedia has PPH for $400 a night, and the grand for $800.

PPH for 400 a night??? holy cow...I have used hotels.com will good success.

larina
05-16-2012, 08:48 AM
PPH for 400 a night??? holy cow...I have used hotels.com will good success.

Remember it is supply and demand. They can charge that because people are paying it. Especially for that weekend. I can't believe there's a room to be had in all of Anaheim.

disneydreamer74
05-16-2012, 08:54 AM
Another site to try is Arestravel. I booked a DLR hotel on that site before. Most people would not think to look there, so you may have a chance. Good luck! :)

jilld11
05-16-2012, 11:16 AM
There are lots of good neighbor hotels available. Also, Paradise Pier and Grand California are availabe.
PP is $2300 for June 14 - 19 including all taxes (Canadian $) DCA View
GC is $5445 inc. taxes premium view

Off site hotels:
Anabella $751
Carousel (club room) $975
Cortona Inn (one bedroom) $778
Residence Inn (one bedroom) $1215

Anyway, hope that helps, but these are availalbe and can be booked.
Let me know if you need help with that.
Cheers:)

DharmaLou
05-16-2012, 03:59 PM
sorry that happened. Good lesson for everyone to not wait until the last minute to book your reservations! (we booked 9 months out!)

larina
05-17-2012, 11:12 PM
Yea, we book as soon as we know our dates.

Disneylandfan1
05-17-2012, 11:40 PM
I check the AP calendar regularly, and I know June 14th has been "sold out" for at least 4 weeks. I'm pretty sure that Disney reserved a lot of the rooms for the media (Media Day is June 14th for Carsland). Just guessing, but it makes sense to me. One option you may want to consider, although not ideal, is to call Disney hotel reservations and see if you can book onsite before the 14th and then after the 14th - staying one night off site. Again, not the best option. If you want to stay off site for your entire vacation, and you want it to be at a nicer hotel, you could stay at the Hyatt Orange County. They do have an exclusive shuttle that takes you to Disneyland and departs every 30 minutes.

The only night that is sold out is the 14th. Your only option if you want to keep your dates is to spend the night of the 14th at a good neighbor hotel. If you are hoping to hit the grand opening on the morning of the 15th, then perhaps spend your first 2 nights at the good neighbor hotel, then switch over to the one of the Disney resort hotels on the 16th.

We had to do this once when I tried to extend our Thanksgiving trip by arriving one day earlier and the DLH was sold out that night. We stayed at the Candy Cane Inn for one night, enjoyed their continental breakfast in the morning, and leisurely moved over to the DLH after breakfast, checking in our bags so we could hit the parks. We had a car and it was easy, but did take some time out of our morning.

ValpoCory
05-18-2012, 09:24 AM
There are lots of good neighbor hotels available. Also, Paradise Pier and Grand California are availabe.
PP is $2300 for June 14 - 19 including all taxes (Canadian $) DCA View
GC is $5445 inc. taxes premium view


$1089 per night for a studio hotel room.

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jilld11
05-18-2012, 09:35 AM
Oops!! Typo. $3445 total.

Many hotels available still. Again, that is including tax in CAD$

nellyru
05-18-2012, 10:25 AM
:cool1:

(Not sure why, but I didn't get emails for all of your responses!? Yes I did subscribe at the bottom!;))

Anyway.....

Things have worked out just fine. :cheer2:

After I posted the first post I called Disney and figured out that I could just change my date by a day and it was fine, just couldn't get anything on the
14th.

I was determined to get that date, so I decided to check the travel websites and gues what!?!?! I got a room for that date!
(We'll have to change rooms the next day- but at least we will have a room to rest in and not have to drive early in the a.m. and not have anywhere to go!)

So happy. They must hold a certain amount of rooms for these companies? :confused3

And yes, I know usually you should book in advance. The Disney part of our ROAD TRIP (yes, roadtrip- from MN!) was last minute! Trust me- we LOVE Disneyworld and have booked every trip there at least 6 months in advance!!
First trip to the Land and very last minute. Not on purpose to be during the Cars Land opening- just happened!

But I appreciate all the tips! :flower3:

Can NOT wait for our visit!:earsboy:

nellyru
05-18-2012, 10:26 AM
We are staying at PPH! :thumbsup2

fctiger
05-18-2012, 04:02 PM
So glad it worked out for you! :) Have fun!

Disney Dreams
05-18-2012, 04:57 PM
Glad it worked out.

You mentioned that you are very familiar with WDW, but that this is your first DLR visit. You may want to do some reading up on DLR and it is different (and yet similar in many ways).

Enjoy your visit to the original Disney Park,
Dreams

nellyru
05-18-2012, 06:29 PM
I have been doing my research!!

Love the DIS board for just that! :thumbsup2

EmmersIsTheMommy
05-18-2012, 06:51 PM
Wow I'm glad it worked out :) Hope you love the Land!