When should I book my Disney World Trip?

Disney Free Dining Dates for 2013

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When is the best time to go to Disney World and when should I book my trip?
This is the hot topic we tackle on Mouse Chat on this weeks show.

This show gets very heated because we talk about free dining and what is planned for 2013.

Advantages to Booking your Disney Vacation Early:

1. You get the resort and room category you want.
2. You can start booking your Disney Dining Reservations 180 days out. These are hard to get at popular restaurants on your Disney Dinning Plan.
3. If a better offer comes out, your travel agent can switch you to the better deal.
4. You can start to plan your vacation and get that enjoyment.
5. You can make payments over a longer period of time to pay off your vacation.

Advantages to waiting to book your Disney Vacation:

1. Chris’ logic is if everyone waits to book Disney will lower their prices and offer better deals. Hmmm
2. You can always get a room at Saratoga Springs. Yippy

Disney Vacation Offers.
Will Free dining come out in 2013?
Disney has said in the past that they will be slowly phasing out or changing promotions as the economy gets better.
So will free dining come out in 2013? I think it depends on the US economy and what happens. Job numbers are bad, prices are increasing and gas prices have been very high for over 4 years now. But other economies are doing much better than the US economy so you will see Brazilians, guests from the UK, etc coming to Disney World because it is a bargain for them. So Disney World and Disneyland resort rooms and the parks are full. So it will b interesting to see if Free Dining comes out in 2013 or if Kids Stay, Play Free, or a Disney Gift Card promotion comes out instead.

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Author: Steve Griswold

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  1. Hi!

    I have been listening to your podcast for about 4 months and love it. This episode really hit me and I have to go back and listen to the dining plan podcast.

    My parents, thus me and my family by extension, are DVC members. We go to Disney every year, usually in August. My wife and I tracked the meals and the costs versus what we paid per day for the meal plan and it really does not seem to be worth it anymore. They really are pricing themselves out of the meal plan.

    I have 3 young boys (7, 5 1/2, and 2 1/2) and want to raise them on Disney much like I was, but if they keep taking these perks away I just don’t see making the annual trek any more.

    And that is a shame because many memories were created there.

    Love the podcast – keep up the good work!!!


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  2. I had to chime in here because I too used to be one of those people who LOVED to book my trip as far out as possible, get the countdown calendar out, etc. and start planning. I was raised in FL, and have taken my own family two times since 2006. We average about once every three years because we live up north. The first time, we drove..never again. 18 hours in a car one way then back. We stayed in a house outside Disney and it wasn’t as great as I’d hoped but it worked. Second time we flew in and stayed at ASMovies. Nice for the kids at their age, but you felt so encased in Disney and like the days blended together. This time I’m a little more ‘schooled’, and I have to give Chris props because I think she has a point. If people go at a certain time and they have high occupancy, what’s the point in keeping the discount, you know? I think they might try removing and shifting things around because they always have the parties in fall and the other additions coming. They will always have low points in between though and that’s where we have to play the waiting game. I’m not booking my trip out this year. I have the dates in my head and we’ll still count down and make plans and lists, but I won’t actually book until I know what the dining dates will be. They came out July 12th last year publicly. The main reason I can’t book out before I know the dates for certain is because of our flight. You can’t change your dates there. You can shift your room dates if that’s all you book, but I don’t think you can hold off on making your flight plans when you’re booking your trip. If you do, you’re only securing a room anyway, and I’m not worried abut not finding one when I want to go. I do the research on checking my package and seeing how far out they still have what I want. July last year I was still fine. Even to get the room, the dining, and the MNSSHP tix even 🙂 So…I’ll be waiting til July.

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