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Old 05-03-2015, 06:50 PM   #1
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Arrow How hard will it be for me to book? Resort Availability




We get a lot of “how hard will it be for me to book…?” questions about availability. So, I thought I’d create a thread where we can discuss availability, and I’ll try to keep the first post in this thread updated.

These are general guidelines, and there are always exceptions.

Consider this post the first draft. Your comments and feedback are appreciated.

BOOKING AT 11-MONTHS VERSUS 7-MONTHS

If you book your home resort 11-months in advance, you will typically get the reservation you want (with exceptions noted below).

If you wait and try to book any DVC resort 7-months in advance, your success may depend on what room type, resort, view, length of stay, and time of year you are trying to obtain. If you're booking in an off-season for DVC, then you'll probably get what you want. The longer the desired reservation for a single room, the harder it will be to get it at 7 months out.

The size of the resort plays a factor. The larger resorts seem to fill up last, so rooms at Saratoga Springs are typically the last to go (SSR is generally always available at 7-months in advance). VGF, since it is the smallest DVC resort at WDW, books up fairly quickly. VGC, being the only DVC resort at Disneyland, can be challenging to book at 7 months.

Studios usually get fully booked first, then 2-bedrooms, and then 1-bedrooms.






The types of accommodations at Walt Disney World that are generally difficult to get include:
  • Animal Kingdom Villas – Concierge and Value rooms
  • Old Key West - Grand Villas (near Hospitality House)
  • Boardwalk Villas - Grand Villas and Standard view rooms
  • Bay Lake Tower - Standard view rooms
  • Villas at the Grand Floridian - Studios

It will usually be difficult to book these unless you own at the resort and book at rhe opening of the 11-month window.

Some people resort to "walking a reservation" to get the above bookings.

Boardwalk Villas and Beach Club Villas can be difficult to book during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, if you wait too long after the 11-month window opens up. The same applies to a lesser extent for the Villas at the Wilderness Lodge from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day (due to the great Christmas decorations).






The high demand period for DVC resorts in general at Walt Disney World is the end of September through the first week of January. Most major US holidays and marathon weekends are high demand periods.







Peak usage periods include the first two weeks of December, December 23 through January 2, and Tuesday to Saturday of Thanksgiving week. It is imperative that DVC members book these peak periods 11 months in advance – to the day.




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Old 05-04-2015, 01:07 PM   #2
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Thanks.. I will be learning soon how to manage the reservations in DVC to work in our favor. The AKV is a must to book for us and its not our home.


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Old 05-05-2015, 11:34 AM   #3
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I did not know BWV grand villas hard to get. Why, I wonder?

We usually do 1bd std at BWV during the first two weeks of December. We just bought BLT and plan on getting a 1bd std there during that time as well. If we bring family, we plan on getting a 2bd std, and splitting our stay.

Knowing this info makes it all the more imperative we take advantage of our 11mo window at BLT and BWV!!

I'm tempted to try for the BWV gv.... Bc it's hard to get. Is it that great?!
Thank you!!
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Old 05-05-2015, 11:44 AM   #4
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I did not know BWV grand villas hard to get. Why, I wonder?
Because there are only 7 of them!

edited to add: I have gotten the gv twice no problem, right at 8am at 11 months, both times in November.
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Old 05-05-2015, 12:11 PM   #5
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Not at WDW but lso difficult to book at the 7 month window is: HHI or VB for summer months. The cottages at VB are tough to get since there are very few of them.
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Old 05-05-2015, 01:20 PM   #6
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I am in the process of checking once a week at 7 months out and logging it for all on-site propeties. I have been doing this for about 7 months now. We vacation starting on Sundays and stay a week so this is all I keep track of. I only keep track of full week availability. It is too much to track the partial availability. It is just for a general gauge. If anyone is interested I will post my results so far.
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I am in the process of checking once a week at 7 months out and logging it for all on-site propeties. I have been doing this for about 7 months now. We vacation starting on Sundays and stay a week so this is all I keep track of. I only keep track of full week availability. It is too much to track the partial availability. It is just for a general gauge. If anyone is interested I will post my results so far.
I wondered if any one had done this. Please post. It may vary year by year some but should provide good information for future planning.
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Old 05-05-2015, 02:24 PM   #8
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I would love to know what is available for AKV club level_studio at this moment..just curious. thanks




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I am in the process of checking once a week at 7 months out and logging it for all on-site propeties. I have been doing this for about 7 months now. We vacation starting on Sundays and stay a week so this is all I keep track of. I only keep track of full week availability. It is too much to track the partial availability. It is just for a general gauge. If anyone is interested I will post my results so far.
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Old 05-05-2015, 02:56 PM   #9
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This will disappoint some. I did not track BLT at all and I only tracked the savanna view rooms for AK. Also no Grand Villas. We are not interested in them as a family. Sorry!!

Availability at 7 months

5/17-5/24 S 1Br 2BR Tree
BCV 120 255 313
BWV 125 PV 206/255 313 P
WLV 120 255 318
VGF -- 308/366 412
SSR 106 227 269 329
OKW 99 199 269
AK Savanna View 123 242 317


5/24-5/31
BC -- 255 --
BW 125 P 206/255 313 P
WL 120 255 318
GF -- 308/366 412
SS 106 227 269 329
OKW 99 199 269
AK Savanna View 123 242 317



5/31-6/7
BC 120 255 313
BW 104/125 206/255 280/313
WL 120 255 318
GF -- 308/366 412
SS 106 227 269 329
OKW 99 199 269
AK Savanna View 123 242 317


6/7-6/14
BC -- 259 324
BW 127 210/260 324
WL 122 260 328
GF -- 318/379 428
SS 110 231 283 340
OKW 104 210 284
AK Savanna View 131 256 344

6/14/-6/21
BC -- 269 --
BW 132 P 220/271 350 P
WL 127 271 350
GF -- 340/407 468/551
SS 120 241 315 366
OKW 108 222 296
AK Savanna View 139 272 372


6/21/-6/28
BC -- 269 --
BW 132 P 220/271 350 P
WL 127 271 350
GF -- 340/407 468/551
SS 120 241 315 366
OKW 108 222 296
AK Savanna View 139 272 372


6/28-7/5
BC -- 269 --
BW 132 P 220/271 350 P
WL 127 271 350
GF -- 340/407 468/551
SS 120 241 315 366
OKW 108 222 296
AK Savanna View 139 272 372

7/5/-7/12
BC -- 269 350
BW 132 P 220/271 350 P
WL 127 271 350
GF -- 340/407 468/551
SS 120 241 315 366
OKW 108 222 296
AK Savanna View 139 272 372

07/12-07/19
BC -- 269 350
BW 132 P 220/271 350 P
WL 127 271 350
GF -- 340/407 468/551
SS 120 241 315 366
OKW 108 222 296
AK Savanna View 139 272 372


07/19-07/26
BC -- 269 350
BW 132 P 220/271 350 P
WL 127 271 350
GF -- 340/407 468/551
SS 120 241 315 366
OKW 108 222 296
AK Savanna View 139 272 372

07/26-08/02
BC 134 269 350
BW 108/132 P 220/271 301/ 350 P
WL 127 271 350
GF 199 LV 340/407 468/551
SS 120 241 315 366
OKW 108 222 296
AK Savanna View 139 272 372


08/02-08/09
BC 134 269 350
BW 132 P 220/271 350 P
WL 127 271 350
GF 169 SV 340/407 468/551
SS 120 241 315 366
OKW 108 222 296
AK Savanna View 139 272 372

08/09-08/16
BC 134 269 350
BW 132 P 220/271 301/ 350 P
WL 127 271 350
GF -- 340/407 468/551
SS 120 241 315 366
OKW 108 222 296
AK Savanna View 139 272 372


08/16-08/23
BC --- 255 ---
BW 125 P 206/255 313 P
WL 120 255 318
GF -- ---/366 ---/486
SS 106 227 269 329
OKW 99 199 269
AK Savanna View 123 242 317

08/23-08/30
BC --- 255 313
BW 125 P 206/255 313 P
WL 120 255 318
GF -- ---/366 ---/486
SS 106 227 269 329
OKW 99 199 269
AK Savanna View 123 242 317


08/30-09/06
BC 109 213 283
BW 111 P 170/216 281 P
WL 109 218 283
GF -- 265/316 360/429
SS 94 192 247 293
OKW 82 169 233
AK Savanna View 108 219 285







09/06-09/13 (Labor day week)
BC -- 197 271
BW 107 P --/202 269 P
WL 107 204 269
GF -- --/- 340/407
SS 90 178 239 281
OKW 76 157 217
AK Savanna View 102 209 273


09/13-09/20
BC 107 197 271
BW 107 P --/202 269 P
WL 107 204 269
GF -- --/- 340/407
SS 90 178 239 281
OKW 76 157 217
AK Savanna View 102 209 273


09/20-09/27
BC -- 197 271
BW 107 P --/202 269 P
WL 107 204 269
GF -- --/- 340/407
SS 90 178 239 281
OKW 76 157 217
AK Savanna View 102 209 273

09/27-10/4
BC -- -- --
BW --- --- ----
WL 107 210 274
GF -- --/- 347/417
SS 96 190 250 287
Poly 122 SV/----
OKW 78 162 220
AK Savanna View 108 215 284


10/04-10/11
BC -- -- --
BW --- --- ----
WL -- 218 --
GF -- --/- --/--
SS 104 206 262 295 TH
Poly ---/153
OKW 78 174 232
AK Savanna View 116 223 296







10/11-10/18

BC -- -- --
BW --- --- ----
WL -- -- --
GF -- --/- --/--
SS 104 206 262 295 TH
Poly ---/---
OKW 78 174 232
AK Savanna View 116 223 296

10/18-10/25
BC -- -- --
BW --- --- ----
WL -- -- --
GF -- --/- --/--
SS 104 206 262 295 TH
Poly ---/---
OKW -- 174 232
AK Savanna View 116 223 296

10/25-11/1
BC -- -- --
BW --- --- ----
WL -- 218 --
GF -- --/- --/--
SS 104 206 262 295 TH
Poly ---/---
OKW 78 174 232
AK 116 223 296

11/01-11/08
BC -- -- --
BW --- --- ----
WL -- -- --
GF -- --/- --/--
SS 104 206 262 295 TH
Poly ---/---
OKW -- 174 232
AK Savanna View -- 223 296


11/08-11/15
BC -- -- --
BW --- --- ----
WL -- 218 278
GF -- --/- --/--
SS 104 206 262 295 TH
Poly ---/---
OKW 78 174 232
AK Savanna View 116 223 296



11/15-11/22
BC -- 211 278
BW --- 213 ----
WL -- 218 278
GF -- --/- --/--
SS 104 206 262 295 TH
Poly 130/153
OKW 78 174 232
AK Savanna View 116 223 296



04/22--11/22-11/29 Thanksgiving week

BC -- -- --
BW --- -- ----
WL -- -- ---
GF -- --/- --/--
SS 111 221 285 ---
Poly --/--
OKW 78 174 232
AK Savanna View -- -- --

11/29- 12/6
BC -- -- --
BW --- -- ----
WL -- -- ---
GF -- --/- --/--
SS 111 221 245 285
Poly --/--
OKW 78 174 232
AK Savanna View -- -- --

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Old 05-05-2015, 02:58 PM   #10
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It did not copy and paste very well. If there are dashes that means no availability. 1st set is Studio, 2nd set is 1BR and 3rd set is 2 BR. These are all 2015 data

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