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Old 10-18-2013, 10:59 AM   #1
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Reservation ?s

1. Where can I find WDW's cancellation policy?

2. Can I modfiy (add or remove a night) a hotel reservation?

3. What is required to be eligible for making dining reservations at 180+10? Just a hotel ressie or park tickets too?

4. Haven't decided on dining plan yet either - can I add a plan later after I've already made dining reservations?

5. Can I add park tickets later or do I need to buy them when I book my hotel room?

I have been to WDW several times, but have only stayed onsite once....so still pretty new to all this. Thanks!
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:10 AM   #2
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1. Where can I find WDW's cancellation policy?

2. Can I modfiy (add or remove a night) a hotel reservation?
It should be on the confirmation they emailed to you when you made the reservation. You can modify a room only reservation at no additional cost until really close to your check in date. I'm not sure when that is, but there isn't any problem taking off or adding on dates.

A package reservation is different. I think you can make all the changes you want up to 45 days out, then it gets tricky. Someone who knows more might have some information on this. We usually only book room only reservations.

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3. What is required to be eligible for making dining reservations at 180+10? Just a hotel ressie or park tickets too?
Only a room reservation is necessary for dining reservations at 180 + 10.

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4. Haven't decided on dining plan yet either - can I add a plan later after I've already made dining reservations?
Yes, you can add a dining plan up to a week or so before your check in date. It involves cancelling the room only, refunding the deposit, and booking a new reservation, but the CM does it all and it is no problem at all. ETA: It doesn't affect your ADR's at all.

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5. Can I add park tickets later or do I need to buy them when I book my hotel room?
Yes, you can buy park tickets at any time, even on the day you check in, and you don't have to make it a package in order to do it. You don't have to buy tickets when you book the hotel room. You can also buy park tickets from an outside vendor, but we never have done that. We always get them directly from Disney.
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:00 PM   #3
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Just add some additional information.

Package Reservations (Room + Tickets or Room + Tickets + Dining): Changes and full refund are available up to 45 days before check in. Full payment is due in full 45 days before check in.

Room Reservation (Room only, no tickets or dining): Changes and full refund are available up to 5 days before check-in. Full payment is due at check-in.

As long as there is availability for your resort and room category, you should be able to add a night without any issues. Removing a night should not be an issue.

Note: If you are booking as part of a special offer, then any changes would have to be available as part of the offer as well. Usually WDW allots a specific amount of rooms for specific discounts. So, if using a special offer, there has to be an available room under the discount for that night.

The dining plan can be added up to 3 days before check-in and usually requires the purchase of a park ticket.
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:10 PM   #4
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If you want to take advantage of FP+ (and you do), then I strongly recommend purchasing a package or ordering tickets via phone (vs. online). That way, the tickets will be linked to MDE and you can make your selections in advance of your trip, for best selection.
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:40 PM   #5
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Just add some additional information.

Package Reservations (Room + Tickets or Room + Tickets + Dining): Changes and full refund are available up to 45 days before check in. Full payment is due in full 45 days before check in.

Room Reservation (Room only, no tickets or dining): Changes and full refund are available up to 5 days before check-in. Full payment is due at check-in.

As long as there is availability for your resort and room category, you should be able to add a night without any issues. Removing a night should not be an issue.

Note: If you are booking as part of a special offer, then any changes would have to be available as part of the offer as well. Usually WDW allots a specific amount of rooms for specific discounts. So, if using a special offer, there has to be an available room under the discount for that night.

The dining plan can be added up to 3 days before check-in and usually requires the purchase of a park ticket.
Yes, you can add the dining plan three days before check in but you will pay a penalty to do it. It is better to do it at least a week ahead of time in order to avoid paying the penalty.

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If you want to take advantage of FP+ (and you do), then I strongly recommend purchasing a package or ordering tickets via phone (vs. online). That way, the tickets will be linked to MDE and you can make your selections in advance of your trip, for best selection.
Don't make it a package if you can help it. If you add tickets to a room only reservation, you can cancel the room and the tickets and get a full refund as long as you cancel at least five days ahead of time. If you make it a package then you can't cancel after the 45 day mark without paying a $200 penalty. And you would have to pay in full at the 45 day mark if you made it a package.

If you aren't sure whether or not to get the dining plan, (and a lot of people think it isn't worth the money it costs, but that is another topic, ) go ahead and buy the tickets without making it a package. Then, if you decide to buy the dining plan, do it when you are a week or so away from your check it date. You'll have to pay in full when you add the dining plan, and there is no reason to give Disney your money before you have to.
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:12 PM   #6
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Just wanted to mention that if you add DDP within 45 days of your arrival date, you will have to pay the full amount of DDP at the time you add it on. If you add it prior to 45 days, you can defer payment until you are 45 days out.
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:55 PM   #7
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Thanks for all your info/advice. Keep it coming!
So, if I purchase tickets & room at the same time do I have to make it a package? Or is that optional?
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Thanks for all your info/advice. Keep it coming!
So, if I purchase tickets & room at the same time do I have to make it a package? Or is that optional?
It is optional. When I asked a CM about it, they agreed that there really wasn't any good reason to make it a package.
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Thanks for all your info/advice. Keep it coming!
So, if I purchase tickets & room at the same time do I have to make it a package? Or is that optional?
Room plus tickets makes it a package. To add a dining plan, you have to buy tickets too but a dining plan is not necessary for a "package".
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Room plus tickets makes it a package. To add a dining plan, you have to buy tickets too but a dining plan is not necessary for a "package".
You don't have to make it a package if you just want to add tickets. I've done it before, just last month in fact.

You have to make it a package if you add dining.
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You don't have to make it a package if you just want to add tickets. I've done it before, just last month in fact.
Why wouldn't you want to make it a package? The cancellation policy factor?

It's always been my understanding that when purchased at the same time, it is a package. I'm guessing they charged you on the spot for the tickets? I'm assuming anyone can call or go online to buy tickets with Disney in a regular point-of-sale transaction and book a room at a separate time, which is probably what happened? To my knowledge, you can only defer payment on tickets if it's within the confines of a package booking.
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Why wouldn't you want to make it a package? The cancellation policy factor?

It's always been my understanding that when purchased at the same time, it is a package. I'm guessing they charged you on the spot for the tickets? I'm assuming anyone can call or go online to buy tickets with Disney in a regular point-of-sale transaction and book a room at a separate time, which is probably what happened? To my knowledge, you can only defer payment on tickets if it's within the confines of a package booking.
Yes, if you buy the tickets at the time you make the room reservation, then it becomes a package. Buying the tickets separately does not automatically make it a package unless you want it to be one.
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The reasons why I didn't want it to be a package:

1. cancellation policy - if I don't make it a package than I can cancel at no cost up to five days ahead of time

2. cash flow - If I make a room only reservation I only have to pay a deposit that equals the first night's room cost. The rest of the money is due at check in. The cash stays in my bank earning interest for me, and none for Disney. FWIW: the only reason I bought tickets ahead of time was so that I could make fp+ selections for our upcoming trip. Otherwise I would have bought the tickets when I checked in.

3. paid in full at 45 days and $200 penalty for cancellation - did not want

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Reasons to make it a package:

1. There are a couple of nice coupons and discounts you get when you make it a package. We never used the coupons, but they are a nice little perk, if you use them.

2. you only have to pay $200 down when you book a package, although then you have to pay in full at 45 days, and you know what I think of that one.

3. you are getting free dining or some other discount that requires a package purchase

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Old 10-18-2013, 02:27 PM   #13
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I haven't purchased/booked anything yet. Just trying to educate myself. The only reason I am hesitant about making it a package is the cancellation policy associated with both. I hope to not have to cancel or postpone my trip but there are a lot of factors up in the air right now. I also would like to book by my 180 day mark so I can get decent dining reservations.
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[QUOTE="Wood Nymph;49861981"] Yes, if you buy the tickets at the time you make the room reservation, then it becomes a package. The reasons why I didn't want it to be a package: 1. cancellation policy - if I don't make it a package than I can cancel at no cost up to five days ahead of time 2. cash flow - If I make a room only reservation I only have to pay a deposit that equals the first night's room cost. The rest of the money is due at check in. The cash stays in my bank earning interest for me, and none for Disney. FWIW: the only reason I bought tickets ahead of time was so that I could make fp+ selections for our upcoming trip. Otherwise I would have bought the tickets when I checked in. 3. paid in full at 45 days and $200 penalty for cancellation - did not want

Yes this exactly.
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