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Old 01-16-2013, 10:02 AM   #1
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Has anyone booked a disneyworld vacation LAST MINUTE?

We are planning on going to disneyworld THIS Febuary 24th-March 3rd. (our family of 4)

Something came up w/hubby's work, and we will not know if we're able to go till Feb. 15th. The only thing we have booked is our dining reservations. So we have NOT booked any room packages yet, or airfair.

Has anyone booked last minute disneyworld vacations before? How did it go? Any tips for this to go smoothly? LOL.

I do realize if this is a go, we'll be paying for everything right at booking, and I'm ok with this.

Am I right that, I will be able to pull this off.. since our dates fall within a somewhat low season?

Any advice on how to do this???? Am I crazy?
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:06 AM   #2
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Also, we've done disney before back in 2002, and 2005... and we realize if we do this, we will be putting the whole amount down at the time of booking.

We plan on staying at a value resort, and getting base tickets since we don't park hop. We also think getting the discounted room rate is better than the free dining plan, as we somewhat calculated the difference, etc.

And.. we're from wisconsin, so we'll be flying down. HA! Getting airfair might be another nightmare, unless we book w/the disney package... I don't know.

We moved the date out, since the princess marathon should be over that weekend, and people will be leaving, (we're arriving that sunday)

Just giving more info on the whole scenario here.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:14 AM   #3
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Not my favorite way of planning but you still have plenty of time. Less time to wait for your trip! Lucky you, there are discounts now! Regarding airfare, check airlines directly, ie. SW, Airtran, etc. before buying what Disney has to offer. You still may get a better deal. Call ME directly for luggage tags at 866-599-0951. It only takes about 7-10 days to get luggage tags. They have sent them to me express mail as well--no charge. Have a great trip!
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:22 AM   #4

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I booked my January 4 to 10th trip on December 18th. Seriously.

I had a free dining pin. I hadn't made ANY dining reservations before the 18th. Still got our trip package, Magical Express Package and tags.. everything came just before we needed it.

I booked a few dining reservations (2) before we left and did the rest on site. I wouldn't recommend that for most folks but we were fairly flexible and had a pretty easy going attitude to the whole trip.

There were reservations I would have liked to had but ... maybe another time.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:25 AM   #5
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So it IS doable! Good to know! I mean, we'll be booking our reservations/package and airfair 9 days before we leave! It's just sounds crazy scary to me! LOL....

I'm just thinking our biggest expense might be the airfair. THank you for the tips though!

Keep them coming!
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:27 AM   #6
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Easy solution- don't book a package.

You have 5 days prior to arrival to cancel a room only reservation, so go ahead and book that resort!!!! No penalty as long as you cancel at least 5 days out.

Don't worry about DME tags- you can just give your bag claim tickets to the folks at the ME counter and they'll get the bags. Conversely, you can get them yourself.

How many people are going? Would it be feasible to drive? The last minute airfare... is terrible. Unless you live somewhere with Spirit Airlines and you can get lucky.

If you live near an airport with Southwest, you could always look at the price of tickets right now and buy them. The Wanna Get Away fares can be "refunded" as passenger specific credit that can be used for a full year from the date you make the reservation. So if you are fairly confident that you will be able to travel within the next 365 days *somewhere* as a family, book the airfare too.

If you're feeling really ambitious, go ahead and order your tickets NOW from undercover tourist. They're good forever as long as you haven't used them. So if not now, you can use them later.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:30 AM   #7
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""Call ME directly for luggage tags at 866-599-0951"""

You need to have certain luggage tags now? We haven't been since 2005, so they didn't have the magical express.

I am trying to make a list of everything I need to do THE DAY I BOOK!

1.Make room/disney package reservations and put full amount down. (airfair also)
2.Make sure to book magical express
3. Book Pirates adventure for our 7yr old and 2hr pirate excursion
4. Find trip insurance
5. Call Credit card to let them know we'll be traveling
6. Find birth certificates for kids
7. Drink a cold one and calm the crazy down.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:02 AM   #8
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[QUOTE=CanadianGuy;47207226]I booked my January 4 to 10th trip on December 18th. Seriously.


Too funny - we booked our January 4th to 9th trip on December 14th. I have to say, you need to look at airfares and find out if it works before worrying about anything else. The only way it worked for us was we could use frequent flyer miles. Trying to book a flight with that much notice put the per tix price at $1400 EACH. The rest of the stuff - wasn't really a big deal - but then again we don't get hung up on having to eat at a certain place. I made a few ADR - and there wasn't definitely still availability if you're flexible.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:20 AM   #9
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Yes. I wouldn't consider a month out last minuteYou have lots of time. I have booked a week out. I've booked from mco airport. I've booked a Dl trip in the middle of the desert half way to California. Last minute trips are my favorite. Have fun.
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one year we decided to go to Disney ...we had just the urge to get out of Maine...we called up ...they had a room at the resort we wanted ...and then she said..oh you get free dining...I forgot (even though being on the restaurant board..) so I thought three weeks to go and they are saying free dining...we wouldnt have a chance with restaurants...BUT we did...we got a few that we wanted and then ended up having to go to a few we never tried but had to because the others were booked...
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:16 PM   #11
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I booked two weeks before we went one year. Was able to get a few reservations for restaurants we wanted. We mostly just went with the flow and let Disney do its magic!
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:44 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the insights!

Although the mouselover that reported $1400 a ticket is scaring the p**p out of me. ... just praying airfair is NOT that crazy.
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Once during lunch I asked my wife if we could go to Disney World the next day. I was 100% sure she would say no to such a lark, but she said yes and I was in shock. She packed for us and the kids while I made reservations and we left the next morning on a three-day drive to a week long vacation in Disney.
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We have booked last minute 2x's:

1st time was our honeymoon. We got married shortly after 9/11 & didn't want to fly. We had 2 weeks off, I called Disney during the drive down as we were planning on multiple stops in FL, the CM told us the best dates to arrive so we went to Daytona 1st. Then to Disney, the DH was Leary about Disney so we only booked 4 days, but had so much fun that he asked me if we could stay longer so we added 3 more days! DH has been Disney lover since!

The 2nd time was in 2011 & I was getting ready to start a new job. Because of health problems we had been unable to take vacation since honeymoon. I told new employer I had a vacation planned & if that would be barrier, they said no problem. So after this call I scrambled to schedule this unplanned vacation & booked it for 3 wkd out! We had an awesome time! Sometimes best things are unplanned.

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