I … have BLT booked for September 15-22, 2021.
It’s been 14 years since we went to WDW.
The book says to purchase theme park admission four months before the trip.
(The countdown here says that, too.)
The last time I went, you could cancel a month in advance and get back all of your money.
Now I can cancel the room without penalty [a month before], but every time I look at theme park admission, it repeatedly says, “Nonrefundable and nontransferable.”
I am a bit stressed out about the unknown: all the weird pandemic cancellations all over the parks, the interminable construction at Epcot, and somehow Hollywood Studios became stuffed with Star Wars geeks???
And in order to make reservations at restaurants in the parks, you have to have (1) valid theme park admission for those dates, and (2) rock solid theme park reservations For Those Dates?!
I don’t even know if there are going to be fireworks and streetmosphere characters!
I had finally decided to just delay buying theme park admission until 70 days out. Seventy days. That would be July 7th. Surely by then, I’ll know whether all the theme park reservations are all booked up for mid-September. If they’re all gone, then I don’t want to go to Disney World, and I can safely just cancel my September 15 reservataion. Even though it is an unheard-of, amazing, once-in-a-lifetime, could-only-happen-in-a-pandemic bargain on a 1-bedroom villa. Surely, surely by July 7th, we’ll know about fireworks and parades.
If I buy my theme park tickets by July 7th, I can make theme park reservations and then dining reservations on the 17th of July. Right?
But if I follow the book’s advice, I have to put my money down on May 18th. Just two months away. I haven’t gotten my vaccine yet. I’m in the group that currently was s’posed to be getting vaccines, but I can’t find any place to give m a vaccine. (I’m in Tennessee. Somehow rich people are getting vaccines wherever they want, but needy people like me are scraping the bottom of the barrel and coming up empty.)
This is agony.
Why – why am I supposed to buy tickets four months in advance? Will I be ruining my vacation if I wait until just two months and ten days in advance?
Please help. I’m just an orphaned Donald Duck fan, trying to recapture the magic without Scrooge McDuck’s infallible sense for the vagaries of the stock market. Please help me find my way home.