My Disney World Guide Blog

A blog relating to a Florida Disney World pass holder's experiences at the parks and hotels.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

My online reservation experience for Disney's Contemporary Resort

I'm very excited about our next trip to Disney World at the end of November! Last night, I logged onto the Florida Passholder website at disneyworld.com to make my online reservation for the Contemporary Resort. First off, I was amazed at how smoothly the online reservation system is running now. In the past, the online reservations system has been really slow and difficult to use, to say the least - freezing up for no apparent reason, not even allowing me to log on at peak traffic times, and the like. The entire online reservations system has recently undergone an overhaul, and I'm pleased to report that the improvement seems tremendous! This is my second time using the online system since the overhaul - I used it a few weeks ago to book at the Coronado Springs Resort - and both experiences were excellent.
I noticed something else during last night's reservation experience - prices and availability for resorts can vary from day to day. For example, I had my heart set on getting a Tower Magic Kingdom view room at the Contemporary, so that we could see the fireworks from our balcony. Two days ago, the reservations system did not have any Magic Kingdom views available. Then suddenly, last night, as if by "magic", one showed up as available! Similarly, when I booked the Coronado a few weeks ago, I got a great rate - and when I checked back the next day, the rate had increased by $30! So, I guess the lesson is, if at first you don't find the price or type of room you want, check back later. Another good idea that I've used in the past is to call the reservations line. Sometimes they have availability that is not posted on the web (and vice versa).

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