As most of you probably know by now, my wife and I are planning our big 25th anniversary trip for December 2020. The hopeful plan is to do three nights at Bay Lake Tower, and then 5 nights at the Boardwalk Villas, assuming we can get a DVC rental.
But, I want to plan for all eventualities, taking into consideration the possibility we would NOT get one or both of the DVC rentals.
I know that rooms are available typically 499 days out. DVC rentals are 11 months out. So, if I want to ensure we get to stay at either Bay Lake or The Contemporary, and the Boardwalk Villas or Boardwalk Inn, I feel I need to be prepared well ahead of time. Ultimately, I’m also trying to get the best deal I can as well.
So, here are my thoughts. I’m wondering if this all seems reasonable, or if anyone has any other ideas.
- At 499 days out (or thereabouts), book a 3 night stay room-only stay at The Contemporary and 5 night stay at the Boardwalk Inn. This guarantees we have a “spot”.
- At 11 months out, attempt to book the Bay Lake Tower villa and Boardwalk Villa for the same dates. If this pans out, I can then cancel the previously booked non-DVC-rental rooms.
Now, a couple questions:
- At some point, Disney offers discounts for rooms on the dates we are planning to go. Granted, The Contemporary and Boardwalk Inn aren’t as high of discount. But should such discounts materialize (even if only 10%), can I call them up and retroactively apply the discount? Or do they “punish” planners and not allow them to get the discount?
- Since I plan to also get an Annual Pass for myself, I know that somtimes they also offer discounts to Annual Passholders. The same question applies here…if I get an annual pass, can I retroactively apply any room discounts?
I was playing around with the Disney website today, looking at roughly the same dates in 2019 that we would be going in 2020, and I’m shocked that some of the room options are either not available, or what is left are $1700/night rooms!!! So, I want to be prepared. (This might be due to people anticipating the opening of SWGE, however, and might not be AS bad the following year.)
ETA: I should mention that the time period we plan to go is the first week in December. Probably checking in on a Thursday at Contemporary/Bay Lake and then switching to Boardwalk on Sunday.