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Old 05-27-2013, 03:21 PM   #1
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Teach me "Booking With Disney 101"

OK, I've never actually booked directly with Disney. The first two (family) trips were packages through AAA, and on my two solo trips, I've used TAs to book my room. That's been fine, but I'm really ready to just do it myself next time. I'm waiting for next year's rates/seasons to come out before I plan anything firm, but am trying to get myself psyched up for this now.

I get my tickets from Undercover Tourist, always do my own ADRs online, absolutely do not want a dining plan, free or otherwise. All I need to do is get a room-only res from Disney - so why is this so intimidating for me?

I want to try for a room-only AAA discount to start with, and I understand I have to call for that (can't do it online - bummer, because I would have no anxiety about this if I didn't have to get on the phone with someone). Is there a better day of the week or time of day to call WDW to get a really good, smart, helpful CM? I guess I'm afraid of getting someone who will either try to badger me into a package, or won't be the sharpest knife in the place where they keep the knives at (to quote Toy Story 3). I know, if I'm not happy, excuse myself and call back, but I'm hoping to get through this as painlessly as possible on the first try.

So, after all that blathering, I'd love any pointers from folks who are used to booking directly with Disney.
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Old 05-27-2013, 03:55 PM   #2
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OK, I've never actually booked directly with Disney. The first two (family) trips were packages through AAA, and on my two solo trips, I've used TAs to book my room. That's been fine, but I'm really ready to just do it myself next time. I'm waiting for next year's rates/seasons to come out before I plan anything firm, but am trying to get myself psyched up for this now.

I get my tickets from Undercover Tourist, always do my own ADRs online, absolutely do not want a dining plan, free or otherwise. All I need to do is get a room-only res from Disney - so why is this so intimidating for me?

I want to try for a room-only AAA discount to start with, and I understand I have to call for that (can't do it online - bummer, because I would have no anxiety about this if I didn't have to get on the phone with someone). Is there a better day of the week or time of day to call WDW to get a really good, smart, helpful CM? I guess I'm afraid of getting someone who will either try to badger me into a package, or won't be the sharpest knife in the place where they keep the knives at (to quote Toy Story 3). I know, if I'm not happy, excuse myself and call back, but I'm hoping to get through this as painlessly as possible on the first try.

So, after all that blathering, I'd love any pointers from folks who are used to booking directly with Disney.
I'm not sure I am understanding exactly what the question is....but, you can get an inept CM at any time of the day. Most CM's are just fine for booking a room though. I just wouldn't ask specific questions about the parks or resorts though....they don't always get that info right.

But, I have never used anyone else to call and book a room for me. It's a quick, painless process...just call and tell them the room you'd like with a AAA discount. They will look it up and tell you whether it's available. They may ask if you want tickets or DDP (that's their job), you just say no Thank You. Oven ever had someone badger me about adding things on once I've said no.

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