Walt Disney World Changes and Imposes Restrictions on Resort Hotel Reservations Effective Immediately
Known for its extensive collection of themed hotels, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Central Florida, will limit future reservations, which means guests will now have to wait longer to make their selections for upcoming trips.
With four theme parks – Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios – and two water parks (Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park), Disney World vacations are popular, in demand and quite often, take months, if not years, of planning.
Of course, many domestic and international visitors choose to stay on Disney property in order to soak up as much magic as possible and truly enhance their overall Disney experience. From luxury resorts like Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to value options like Disney’s trio of All-Star Sports, Music and Movie Resorts, Walt Disney World has an option for every type of visitor.
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But, after always being able to book 500 days in advance, allowing guests to secure their place at their preferred resort before potentially rescheduling to use Disney’s annual deals, Disney World will now reduce future bookings. Effective immediately (August 19, 2022), the resort has announced that it will only allow reservations through December 2023, with all reservations then becoming available when the next batch of annual offers become available. Please note that these are room reservations only.
The Disney World announcement reads:
As of August 19, 2022, room-only reservations can only be booked through the annual product release dates. As a result, you will no longer be able to make room-only reservations beyond the annual product launch dates.
Starting August 19, guests can book room-only stays through our current available booking window, which runs until December 31, 2023. For guests looking to book beyond our current available dates, new annual packages and extended date availability generally become available in late spring.
However, while this reduction in future bookings may seem like a barrier between Guests and the dates they have chosen – let’s not forget that prices at Disney Parks are rising faster than ever, so it’s likely that Guests are hoping pre-booking well in advance – this paves the way for fairness and allows all guests to be on equal footing when booking their room-only vacation. Disney Dining wrote:
Annual pass holders and locals who wanted a stay but haven’t visited the theme parks often book rooms without tickets (although it can be said that pass holders have indeed already purchased their tickets through their pass purchase). Disney has reported at least 75% occupancy (and often more) this year, making these rooms in high demand.
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Booking a trip to The Most Magical Place On Earth can be an exciting time for some; after planning the best time to go, consulting crowd calendars and weather reports, checking for all-important Park Pass reservations, and lining up Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane schedules, hitting the book might seem like the first step in making the magic becomes reality.
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Walt Disney World Resort has four theme parks: Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT Park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios Theme Park. It also includes two Disney water parks, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, as well as the retail and entertainment area, Disney Springs. A valid ticket is required to enter each park and Park Hopper hours begin at 2:00 p.m. daily.