Planning: Reserve Spring Break Now!

If you think you might want to take a Disney trip during Spring Break 2012, you should start planning now! Walt Disney World takes reservations well in advance of your trip. In fact, you can make resort only reservations (without dining and tickets) up to 499 days in advance! Restaurant reservations can be booked 180 days in prior to your trip!

The most affordable and desirable reservations book up quickly. Be sure to get planning now!

See this post for a fantastic promotion that features FREE DINING for the length of your stay select dates from Oct 2011- March 2012! Hurry,  you must book by October 29th.

Disney World Resort Hotels

Walt Disney World has over 20 Resort Hotels on their property. They are classified and priced as Value, Moderate, and Deluxe. Each hotel is uniquely themed, from wilderness to victorian and everything in between. All of the resorts have pools, restaurants, gift shops, and complimentary transportation to the parks and Downtown Disney. Though most rooms sleep 4 people, there are accommodations available for families with 5 or more. 

The Value Resorts have classically sized guest rooms and family friendly amenities, including a food court and pool. They are bright and fun, featuring giant Disney icons. There are family suites available to sleep 6. Though we love the deluxe resorts, my family always chooses to stay at a value resort, of which POP Century is the favorite. The value resorts are:
POP Century (favorite)
All Star Music
All Star Movies
All Star Sports
The Art of Animation – due to open in the fall of 2012.
The Moderate Resorts offer rooms of a slightly larger size, and more amenities than the value resorts. They all feature themed swimming pools, in-room refrigerators, a moderately priced restaurant, and a food court. The Moderate Resorts are:
Caribbean Beach
Port Orleans Riverside
Port Orleans French Quarter
Coronado Springs
Cabins at Wilderness Lodge
The Deluxe Resorts offer deluxe rooms that open to an indoor cooridor. They feature  in-room refrigerators, a grand lobby, deluxe gift shops,  a themed swimming pool with a slide, and at least two table service restaurants. Some of these hotels are very close to the Magic Kingdom and have direct access to the monorail. The deluxe resorts are:
The Beach Club
Contemporary * monorail
The Grand Floridian * monorail
The Polynesian *monorail
Wilderness Lodge (favorite) *boat direct to Magic Kingdom
Animal Kingdom Lodge
The BoardWalk Inn
The Yacht Club
Fort Wilderness Campground offers campsites for tent-camping, RVs, and cabins that sleep 6.

Need a little more convincing? See this post on the Top 5 Reasons to Stay at a Disney Hotel.

Next: Which One Should I Choose?

Top 5 Tips When Making Reservations

Whether its for my family or a client, making reservations for a Disney Trip means family fun is just around the corner! Here are a few tips on how to best make reservations:

  1. Look for specials and savings: Check out sites like MouseSavers for the latest specials.
  2. Have flexible dates: Because WDW has rates that change with the seasons, you may be able to save a bunch by visiting when they offer lower prices or special vacation packages. I recently helped a family save over $1,000 on their trip by adjusting their vacation to take advantage of a great deal!
  3. Plan ahead: Disney specials are based on availability. Because most guests are looking for a deal, the best ones can book up pretty quickly.  Give yourself enough time to book a trip well in advance.
  4. Phone not Internet : Calling 407-W-DISNEY is the way to go. The Disney Cast Members have access to the latest specials, resort availability, and vacation packages.
  5. Ask for Assistance: Tracking down the best deals, selecting a hotel,  making dining reservations, and navigating the parks can be overwhelming.
     Feel free to ask me
    . I LOVE to help!