I just booked the most important DVC reservation I’ll probably ever make.
My wonderful mother, Madeline, turns 90 on Dec 10th this year. I wanted our entire family together for the event – so, I wanted to book seven DVC studios at the BoardWalk to accommodate everyone.
I’d been planning for this for months. I knew how many rooms I’d need, and I knew the dates I wanted (Dec 8-11). I was concerned since the Fall period is the toughest for DVC availability. I had thought about (and had been strongly advised) to start walking these reservations months ago. I purchased a Boardwalk resale contract SPECIFICALLY to do this (Boardwalk is Mom’s favorite resort, although she’s staying in concierge – more on that in a bit).
But, in the end, I decided to trust this to fate. I logged into my account on the morning of January 8th and proceeded to book all 7 rooms with no issues.
If you’re not familiar with what “walking a reservation” is, I’ll explain. When you are trying to get rooms that might be difficult to book at 11 months, many people will make a reservation for that room months before the dates they plan to vacation. So, for example, let’s say you really want a grand villa at the BoardWalk for Christmas week. You own at the BoardWalk and therefore can book 11 months out. However, you know that room will go fast and you want to make sure you get it, so you make a reservation at the 11-month mark for Oct 24-31. Then, each day, you modify that reservation – adding a day to the end and removing a day from the start. So, the next day you modify the reservation to go from Oct 25-Nov 1, then Oct 26-Nov2nd, and so on until you get to the dates you want. This is what ‘walking a reservation is’. I’ve also included a video discussing this from our DVC Show on YouTube:
I’m not judging people who walk reservations. I understand the reasoning behind it, and since DVC’s reservation system allows for it, and there are no published rules forbidding it, it’s a perfectly legitimate option. However, for me – I think its a loophole that causes more problems then it solves.
First, It grossly limits availability for other members. Let’s say you want that Grand Villas for the week of Oct 24-31 – but it’s not available. Not because someone else will be using it, but because it’s being walked.
Second, it’s an obscene commitment of time that I simply don’t have. I would have had to do this every few days for 7 rooms. I love my family dearly, but not that much.
And yes, the fact that I didn’t need a Grand Villa for my Mom made the decision not to walk much easier. As I mentioned, the BoardWalk is Mom’s favorite resort. Whenever we’ve stayed there, we’ve stayed on the concierge level and they have been nothing short of wonderful. In my opinion, BoardWalk concierge is the best on property by a mile. For her 90th, she should be pampered beyond reason, and I know that the incredible cast members at the Inn Keepers Lounge will do just that.
So now that the hard parts over, I just need to figure out what to do with my family for 4 days at Walt Disney World to celebrate my mom’s 90th. If only I knew someone….oh, wait 🙂