I am the QUEEN of the last minute Disney trip! Sometimes we stay onsite, sometimes off, but I have been known to start shopping for deals on a Tuesday and arriving in Orlando on Sunday, five days after starting the planning! One summer we made reservations for 10 nights at POP in late July, for a mid-August check-in! SO... I am not very adept at planning in advance, and don't know exactly WHEN I should be making reservations for our next trip- but here are the details of the trip. For DD's 21st birthday we want to go to the Food&Wine Festival over her semester break, which coincides with Columbus Day weekend in the US and Canadian Thanksgiving. We are probably looking at 4 nights (Sat check in, Wed check out). Usually if we stay onsite, it's in a value, although we have done mods twice. For this special trip, I am hoping for either AKL (savanna view) or BWI. Travelers will be me, DD21, and DH. Money is a factor, and as we normally do values, deluxe is a big jump for me. SO... how far in advance should I make a reservation? Should I wait for a good discount before booking, or can I book and then adjust the reservation if a discount is published? WHat is the "best" deal/% off, on these resorts? Are PINs available? What about renting DVC? (we did this once for OKW but once again, it was a last-minute trip and I was stoked to be able to do this so cheaply!) I don't know how far in advance I can/should try to rent points for this trip. I clearly need advice/direction here. I know BWI would be more convenient for F&W, but AKL/SV is our dream accommodation! To me, four nights is too short a visit to consider a split-stay. Help with this reservation would be GREATLY appreciated!!