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It’s Time to Start Planning for 2017!

Disney announced earlier today that pricing for 2017 packages will be released on 6/21.  Yes, I understand that 2016 isn’t even half over, but if you are considering a Walt Disney World vacation in 2017, you want to start planning for it now.

Why?  Because certain rooms can fill up fast.  There are all kinds of events happening at Disney World all year long, and sometimes, your favorite resort could fill up before you know it.  If you want to travel during a busy time of the year and/or you have a large family that wants to be under one roof, then you want to book your room now.  Also, ticket prices typically increase during the first quarter of the year.  It could happen sooner, it could happen later, it may not happen at all, but the past several years, they have increased the first quarter of the year.  If you reserve a package before that happens, you have locked in your rate and you won’t be charged the higher ticket prices if or when they do increase.

Something to keep in mind when booking your 2017 vacation is that they are not discounted.  You will be reserving the package at the full, regular price.  But don’t panic!  Part of my job is to monitor promotions as they are released and apply them to your reservation to help save you money.  Sometimes, that may require a few changes in your reservation, and I will contact you about those changes and discuss them with you to see if it is worth making the change.  Those changes could be something simple like adding the park hopper options to your tickets.  It can also be a bigger change, such as changing your travel dates.  Sometimes those changes can end up saving you hundreds of dollars.  Maybe even thousands.  🙂

Also, booking your vacation early gets you on track for other types of reservations, such as dining and FastPass+.  Many people don’t realize that dining reservations are made as early as 180 days in advance.  And the most popular restaurants are booked that early.  If your family really wants to have dinner with Cinderella, in the castle, at a reasonable dinner time, then that 180 mark is important.  Sure, you might still be able to book a meal there a little closer to your trip, but it might be lunch at 2:10 or dinner at 9:15.  As your travel agent, I’m going to stay on top of things and make sure you don’t miss out on your must do reservations!

FastPass+ reservations are made 60 days in advance for on site guests.  If your little princess wants to experience the new Frozen Ever After attraction at Epcot, you’re going to need that FastPass+ reservation to avoid extremely long standby wait times.  We don’t quite know what the lines will be like for this attraction, but I’m sure you’ve heard about the crazy 3+ hour wait times just to meet Anna and Elsa when they were first featured at Epcot.  You don’t want to waste your time standing in long lines all day.

What’s required to book a vacation package?  Just a $200 deposit at the time of booking.  You can make payments throughout the year as often as you want, so the final payment isn’t so much of a sting.  The final payment would be due on or before 30 days before your arrival date.  Cancellations made after your due date will result in forfeiting your deposit.

If you are considering a 2017 Walt Disney World vacation, contact me today!  Click the “Free Quote” link above, or you can email me at Carrie@KingdomDestinations.com, and I will get back to you with a free, no obligation quote.  I have a list of clients to contact on 6/21 regarding 2017 travel, so don’t hesitate to let me know if you want to be added to my list!

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