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Old 04-27-2013, 10:36 AM   #1
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Where to go to book Disney resort rooms?

My family and I are planning out 2nd Disney trip . We stayed outside of the park last year but this year want to stay on the property. When booking Disney resorts do you just book then through normal travel sites (Expedia, kayak, etc) any site in particular better for rates? I am still trying to decided where we want to stay but figure the cost will be the deciding factor, little overwhelmed at the moment . We are planning an October trip. Thanks ahead of time.
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:41 AM   #2
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My family and I are planning out 2nd Disney trip . We stayed outside of the park last year but this year want to stay on the property. When booking Disney resorts do you just book then through normal travel sites (Expedia, kayak, etc) any site in particular better for rates? I am still trying to decided where we want to stay but figure the cost will be the deciding factor, little overwhelmed at the moment . We are planning an October trip. Thanks ahead of time.
IMHO the Disney site is the best place to go to reserve rooms, our anything else. Make sure you check the special offers tab to see if they are running discounts for when you plan on staying.

Most of all enjoy your planning and trip.
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:46 AM   #3
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I would also suggest an authorized Disney travel agent. They will take all the worry away and leave you a lot less stressed. A travel agent will also apply the discounts to your trip as well, and they don't charge anything for their service. Dreams Unlimited is associated with these message boards, so why not give them a try?

Or, do as I do, and go directly to the Disney site and book there. Make sure you check out the special offers and then you will get the discount when booking if you follow the links, etc..

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Old 04-27-2013, 11:22 AM   #4
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Phone

I like to call on the phone to make my reservations. You can ask the person about current deals, etc. and they usually have that disney magic when they talk with you. It's always fun. (407) 939 3476
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:10 PM   #5
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Thank you all for your feedback and advice :D
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:22 PM   #6
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Yes I agree Disney website but you must click special offers each time. I heard free dining is predicted/announced (?) for the fall but I don't think it is on the special offers yet. I would research when that is coming out and either book now and upgrade at the time when the offer comes out, or wait for the offer to appear later this summer.

Also you can rent points from Disney Vacation Club owners and stay at one of the DVC properties (which are all on WDW property as well).
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:30 PM   #7
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I would not use Expedia, etc. Once you book with them, you are locked with the price. You can book on line with Disney. You'll then have to keep checking for discounts and call Disney to have it applied to your reservation. I booked my last trip with Dreams Unlimited (the owners of these boards). My agent applied a discount for me the day it came out, saving me 30% on my reservation.
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:12 AM   #8
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I would not use Expedia, etc. Once you book with them, you are locked with the price. You can book on line with Disney. You'll then have to keep checking for discounts and call Disney to have it applied to your reservation. I booked my last trip with Dreams Unlimited (the owners of these boards). My agent applied a discount for me the day it came out, saving me 30% on my reservation.
You aren't necessarily locked in with the price. I have used Expedia a few times, and they don't charge any cancellation fee, other than passing along the cancellation fees Disney imposes if you cancel too close to arrival. So if a better deal comes out, you book it and you cancel your Expedia, etc., booking. You just have to read the cancellation policies for the site you are using before you book.

I typically book through Disney about 90% of the time, but there have been times where I could get a better rate booking outside of Disney, so I did. I did not have any problems doing so.

I typically book room only reservations though. If you want to book packages, then I recommend you go through Disney or a Disney TA such as DU.
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:49 AM   #9
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I always price everything out online and then call to book direct through Disney. As others have suggested, you could use TA if you prefer someone else to do all of the leg work as well as give you suggestions since this will be your first stay onsite. Good luck and happy planning .
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I booked through Orbitz for my June 27-June 30 stay at POR using coupon code RMNAPR23 for an extra 15% off the already discounted rates. It was actually cheaper than the AP rate. However, it expires today and is only good for travel until June 30.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:31 AM   #11
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I always use Dreams Unlimited. Whenever a discount comes out, my agent applies the discount to my reservation. They will also make all your ADRs and other reservations, except plane reservations. Other family members booked with a reputable TA from a national company. The price was the same for the Disney reservation. They did save on the plane fare. However, they only got the spring discount because I had told them about it. Their agent was not happy about having to redo their reservation.
I would only book through a Disney specialized agency. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:37 AM   #12
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I book directly through Disney, usually by phone, but sometimes online. I just prefer to have direct control over my reservation (especially since we tend to make changes every now and then).
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Old 04-29-2013, 02:22 PM   #13
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I always price everything out online and then call to book direct through Disney. As others have suggested, you could use TA if you prefer someone else to do all of the leg work as well as give you suggestions since this will be your first stay onsite. Good luck and happy planning .

This is what I also do.
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:24 PM   #14
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If you book with AAA as well, they will keep track of special offers for you I have used both AAA and the Disney site itself...I enjoy the perks with AAA tho Good luck with whatever you decide
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