I'm so glad...
...that DVC is building more. We called this morning to make reservations for October 18-23, 2007 since we received the Food & Wine Festival schedule over the weekend. Most nights were sold out at ALL DVC resorts. They said it was due to all the different events happening at the same time at WDW. We had to settle for the week before and even then we didn't have a choice of resorts. Saratoga Springs was the only resort with availability.
Sorry, I just had to vent a little. Things have changed a lot from when we first became members some 7 years ago. Back then we could call anytime and get a room for just about anytime we wanted.
More resorts won't help. Now that Disney has events such as the Food & Wine festival and cheap rates for DVC resorts, members are booking this time more than ever. This just shows the importance of booking at the 11-month window. I am not surprised that you couldn't get a reservation so late in the game!
Originally Posted by Timbo
If you book at 11-mos out, you will typically get the reservation you want.
If you book at 7-mos out, it depends on what room type, resort, and time of year. If you're booking in an off-season for DVC, then you'll probably get what you want.
The reservations that are typically hard to get include the following resorts during the times listed:
The following room types may typically be hard to get:
- Everywhere: All of December, especially the week before Christmas to NY
Easter Week, Thanksgiving Week
- BWV/BCV - Epcot Food and Wine (October-1st of November)
- VWL - Thanksgiving-NY
- HHI - 2nd week of June - August
- VB - Spring Break (March-April)
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- Standard or BoardWalk view rooms at BWV
- OKW Grand Villas
- AKV Concierge rooms
- AKV Value rooms
I recently found out that the single bedroom villa @ the DVC DAK Lodge sleeps 5 people. This makes it that much more attractive to stay there because we will save points not having to stay in a two bedroom villa.
We got caught in the December rush
We didn't book until August because of my job change, tried booking for 1-9 DEC and everything was packed. Ended up using points to stay at Port Orleans Riverside. Not too disappointed because we really like that resort but nothingis quite like hearing "Welcome Home" when you check in at a DVC resort.
Since we're heading down Dec. 2008 I can't wait till January to call to book at SSR. Then at 7 months out I'm hoping to get 2 nites at DAK at the beginning of our trip.
I wish I could call today!! Stupid 11 month window!! :lol:
I can never plan my vacation 11 months out. Not 7 months out either. It's just not feasible for us. So I guess we're stuck with whatever's available. Yes, I'm glad that I was able to get into a DVC resort, I just wish we had a few more choices in terms of dates and locations. Oh well.
I guess there's no more "off-season" at WDW either. Maybe the middle of January?
We are trying to get a room in Dec, too. You definitely need to be persistent. Do not give up asking, because things DO happen. Try to call everyday, even on the day before. We just needed two more days a couple years ago, and my family got it, after we kept calling. I am not saying be annoying, but if you keep trying, you may be able to get what you want.
We ran into that same kind of problem for our vacation in Dec. of this year. I agree...you have to keep calling. We kept calling and eventually got our rooms. We originally had two nights, but couldn't get the other two nights because too many DVCers. Don't give up...it will work out because people will cancel or have to change. Also, there is no way my family can all schedule a vacation 11 months out either.