Did you know you can make payments on your Disney trip? Its a great option that we have used on most of our trips. Generally I book well in advance, more like nine or ten months out. Pay the deposit to get the trip booked, either by booking online or by calling Disney. Then each time I was paid I would log in to the Disney website and make a payment on my balance.
This enabled us to pay for our trips with “cash” and make the cost burden seem lighter. It either left me with no balance due at 45 days out or a small balance so it seemed less painful. Also being booked early let us snag dining reservations at the opening booking window.
And Disney does not penalize you if a discount comes along. Call Disney reservations and ask them to apply the new offer to your reservation. I have done this several times when I was booked and a later free dining offer came out. Note: sometimes there is not availability at the resort you booked at for the promo. Twice I was booked at Port Orleans French Quarter but then changed resorts to get the free dining offer. Not a big deal for us, we are not resort specific when a deal is involved.
Making payments online only works for packages. IF you have a room only reservation you will pay for the first night upon booking and the balance at the hotel. We are usually package people unless we have an annual pass, then I put the money in an envelope each week towards the room costs.
Call (407) 939-7675 or visit the My Disney Experience section of the website.