We're expecting a new baby this Christmas and it's a tradition to take our kids to WDW around one years old for MVMCP Christmas family pics so we would like to continue this for this little one too - we all benefit from the trip and it makes for great pics of the one year old for Christmas so... two questions-- 1) ...I've plugged in the dates over Christmas week for 2006 (next Christmas not this one ) and the hotels show no availability for those dates?? - so I thought it was too early to make reservations - BUT>>> Then I plugged in Dec 15 - 24, 2006 and rooms are available for POR- this is almost a year and a half early and there are no rooms over Christams to New Years week ?? Are the rooms not available yet or already sold out? 2).... I know that our past experience with making a reservation during the last days of "value season" that continue into the next season - say for example peak season that you would normally pay the going rate for the whole trip that your first night requires at "value" rate without any room rent raise when peak season occures during your trip- however- does this still work for holiday rates? If I we check in on Dec 15th 2006 ( last few days of value rates ) and the holiday room rates come into effect say on Dec 18th then do we still pay for the whole stay at value or are there room rate changes during our stay?? Our kids will be in 7th and 5th grades next Christmas and it's too hard for them to miss school and maintain straight "A"'s ( vacations are considered unexcused here in Georgia so they can't get make up work for full grades )so we are stuck with school vacation breaks for travel. I would LOVE to travel during the second week of Dec- it's great then - all decked out for the holidays but low crowds- oh well.... TIA for all your help- I'm stuck on bed rest, feeling as big as a house and waiting patiently for this little one to get born - I'm bored to death so what better way to spend my time then planning our next trip! Especially if I need to get the reservations settled now for Dec. 2006???!