Lately, it’s been harder than ever to snag a Disney World hotel reservation! Thanks to the reduced park capacity, phased reopening, and the some pent-up demand from Disney fans who haven’t traveled in a year or two because of the pandemic, there’s limited Disney hotel availability just about everywhere you look!
The competition for rooms is pretty stiff right now, but what exactly can you expect if you’re planning a trip to Disney World this year? Let’s keep our fingers crossed and discuss the hardest hotel reservations to get in Disney World this year.
Every once in a while, Disney will release a new hotel discount that may offer guests some major savings. Unsurprisingly, pretty much everyone likes saving money, so the limited number of discounted rooms at each hotel typically book up pretty quickly.
During one of Disney’s special resort promotions, not all hotel rooms will be part of the deal. In our experience, the larger the savings, the harder it is to actually find a room for the duration of your stay.
That said, if you’re hoping to save as much money as possible, you might want to consider a split-stay at multiple Disney resorts. For example, you could stay at Disney’s Riviera Resort for 3 nights, then transfer to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort for an additional 4 nights and end up saving more money due to the combined savings at each hotel. We can get behind that kind of math!
If you’re hoping to snag a discounted hotel room with one of Disney’s special offers, we recommend booking the reservation as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the less likely you are you find an available room for the duration of your stay.
5+ person rooms
If you’re traveling with a party of five or more, your options are automatically reduced right from the start.
Most standard Disney World hotel rooms are designed for families of four, so finding a 5-person room is a little more difficult – especially at popular resorts like Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort or Disney’s Beach Club Resort. The following hotels offer rooms for parties of 5:
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
- Port Orleans Riverside
- All-Star Music
- Art of Animation
- Ft. Wilderness
- Beach Club
- Yacht Club
- Contemporary Resort
- Boardwalk Inn
- Coronado Springs
- Old Key West
- Animal Kingdom Villas
- Grand Floridian
- Saratoga Springs
- Wilderness Lodge
Generally, the smaller resorts with fewer rooms, like Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort, book up faster than a large resort. Smaller hotels are highly sought-after due to their quiet atmosphere and convenience — you can get to your hotel room in no time at Port Orleans French Quarter since the resort is so small!
Additionally, the less expensive rooms at places like the Disney All-Star Resorts or Disney’s Pop Century Resort book up faster than the pricey Deluxe hotel rooms. The demand for inexpensive rooms outweighs the demand for expensive rooms, so you’re more likely to find a last-minute reservation for a Deluxe Resort compared to a Moderate or Value Resort.
The holiday season is one of the busiest times to visit Disney World, which also means it’s much harder to snag a hotel reservation during this time.
In fact, Disney World is so busy that the parks regularly reach capacity throughout the month of December. If you’re brave enough to tackle the Christmas crowds in Disney World, make that hotel reservation — and grab those park passes — as early as possible; the hotels can (and do!) fill up.
If you’re looking for any of these details in your Disney World stay, the best advice is to book as early as possible! We’re always on the lookout for the latest Disney news, so stay tuned for more Disney tips, planning info, and more!
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