How Soon to Book Offsite Hotel?

PrincessDaisyDuck

Mouseketeer
Joined
Dec 16, 2011
Hi! We're tentatively planning an off-site trip for July or August 2019. We plan to visit Magic Kingdom and Epcot and are a family of 5. I noticed that there are some great last minute deals currently offered as I've been looking at Trip Advisor and Mouse Savers but I can't imagine booking my hotel only a few weeks out.

When do you normally book your off-site accommodations? I would love a great deal but at the same time I don't want to wait too long and end up with no good places available. FWIW I think our top choices are Springhill at Flamingo Crossing, B Resort or Best Western at Disney Springs.
 

HopperFan

"It's a bug-eat-bug world out there, princess."
Joined
Sep 6, 2003
If I have potential dates I book a hotel and rate I’m willing to stay and pay .... that is fully refundable. That is my Plan B.

Then I am relaxed and can start watching and checking randomly for good deals ... and usually end up changing. Only a few times have I stayed put as I find my dates became popular and rates went up. In that case I still feel great.

My upcoming trip in September I changed about 4 times, and considered a few others. For various reasons I’ve decided on my resort and paying with points.
 

PrincessDaisyDuck

Mouseketeer
Joined
Dec 16, 2011
If I have potential dates I book a hotel and rate I’m willing to stay and pay .... that is fully refundable. That is my Plan B.

Then I am relaxed and can start watching and checking randomly for good deals ... and usually end up changing. Only a few times have I stayed put as I find my dates became popular and rates went up. In that case I still feel great.

My upcoming trip in September I changed about 4 times, and considered a few others. For various reasons I’ve decided on my resort and paying with points.
That's a great idea! I didn't even think of looking for refundable rates. Thank you!
 

Upatnoon

DIS Veteran
Joined
Oct 4, 2005
Hi! We're tentatively planning an off-site trip for July or August 2019. We plan to visit Magic Kingdom and Epcot and are a family of 5. I noticed that there are some great last minute deals currently offered as I've been looking at Trip Advisor and Mouse Savers but I can't imagine booking my hotel only a few weeks out.

When do you normally book your off-site accommodations? I would love a great deal but at the same time I don't want to wait too long and end up with no good places available. FWIW I think our top choices are Springhill at Flamingo Crossing, B Resort or Best Western at Disney Springs.
In the Disney area there are so many good options that the chances of being shut out are pretty much zero. July and August also are not peak times. Especially August, as all the kids in Florida and the Southeast are back in school and the weather is less than ideal.
 

mckennarose

Always planning the next trip.....
Joined
May 22, 2015
The farthest out that I've booked an off site stay has been 4 months. The closest time has been 7 weeks, which is for my upcoming September stay, but I would feel comfortable changing that if I found a better deal.
 

PrincessDaisyDuck

Mouseketeer
Joined
Dec 16, 2011
In the Disney area there are so many good options that the chances of being shut out are pretty much zero. July and August also are not peak times. Especially August, as all the kids in Florida and the Southeast are back in school and the weather is less than ideal.
That's good to hear, thank you!
 


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