Once you have taken some time to research and decide when, how and where you want to spend your Disney vacation the next step is booking it. Many people think that this is a complicated procedure and choose to do it through a travel agent but it is actually much easier than you think and you can save money by doing it yourself.
Call them direct – (407) 939 7675 – I have booked directly through Disney by calling them directly for almost all of my trips. They have top notch customer service who really take the time to get to know you and plan the Disney trip you want (not trying to up-sell you). It does make things much easier if you have done some homework first and know where you want to stay. Also, make sure you check over the current promotions being offered before you call!
To book a Disney vacation all you need to put down is a $200 deposit – the balance of your bill is due 45 days prior to your arrival. Also, changes can be easily made by calling customer service back.
Book Online – Disney’s website is very user friendly and allows you to book nearly every aspect of your Disney vacation. The best part is you can get instant quotes and make adjustments so it fits your budget. Booking online only requires a $200 deposit with the balance due 45 days prior to your arrival.
Dining – Dining reservations can be made by calling (407) WDW DINE or booking online here. If you add a dining reservation to an existing resort reservation there is no additional deposit due up front. Remember many of the dining options (particularly character dining) sell out fast and can be booked 6 months in advance. There is no penalty or cost to canceling a reservation so it is wise to book early and then decide later which ones to keep for the trip.
We find that doing-it-ourselves is a cheaper way to plan a Disney trip (opposed to a travel agent) and gives you total control over your vacation. We generally book our resort 1 year in advance so we know what we need to budget for the next year (and be able to pay it over time). Then we will book our dining options (if we are doing any) about 6 months in advance. Booking things ahead of time allows you ample time to save the money for your trip and time to research all the various trip options (tickets, shows, dining). This will reduce the stress and frustration that is likely to occur if you don’t give yourself enough time to plan.