We’re going Christmas week and have already changed dates twice. First reservation was at Port Orleans from 12/25 - 12/31. Next came 12/23 - 12/28. Now I’m at a quickie 12/29 - 12/30. No, it isn’t me being schizophrenic! I’m at the mercy of my wife’s schedule, my cousins’ calendar, my mother’s in-home health aide, and our friends’ fear of commitment. If this wasn’t a once in a decade possibility I’d just blow it all off and go during shoulder season!
It seems to me that what I should do is reserve a room from the earliest possible through the last possible days. Then when everyone else has their plans set I can trim one or both ends. It seems strange to reserve 10-12 days when I know the final trip will be 3-6. Naturally I’d drop dates ASAP so as to not hold any away from innocent bystanders but as I’m looking at moderate resorts this isn’t a factor the way it would be at Grand Floridian or Wilderness Lodge (my favorites).
Given this, how do I deal with FPs? I can make my best guesses as to which park we’d do on each day and reserve what works best. (I’m at their mercy for days but they’ll follow my lead on FP.) When I drop hotel days, will the FPs go away with them? If I drop a day or three do all FPs disappear and I have to start over?
I have 6-7 days left on a no-expire park-hopper pack which is the maximum number of park days I’ll have. I’m not buying more for this trip.