If you’ve spent more than five minutes browsing the internet for information on Disney Vacation Club you would have undoubtedly come across some mention of the 7 and 11-month booking windows. DVC owners all have opinions about these booking windows and how they manage these time frames when booking their family vacations at DVC properties. Below we’ll explain what the 7 and 11-month booking windows are and why they’re important to every DVC owner.
The Coveted 11-Month Booking Window
Every Disney Vacation Club owner is eligible to make DVC reservations 11 months in advance at their home resort, i.e. the resort on your contract. Essentially, this means that owners have priority booking when making reservations at their home resort. Although the competition is definitely reduced during the 11-month booking window, this does not mean you are guaranteed to find the room type and dates you’re looking for. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis so it is advised to book as far in advance as possible. When booking into your home resort you can book a maximum of 11 months before your check-in date. Booking windows open at 8AM Eastern time and you can book a maximum of 7 consecutive nights.
To calculate your 11-month booking window simply think about the date you’re planning to check-in and offset it by one month. For example, if you’d like to make a reservation for September 20, 2020, your 11-month booking window starts on October 20, 2019.
The 7-Month Booking Window
For any reservations made at your non-home resort location, all DVC owners are subject to book during the 7-month booking window. As you’ve guessed it, at this time availability is definitely reduced but that does not mean you will not be able to find the perfect reservation for you and your family. Remember, at 7-months in advance you can book into any DVC resort so your search options are potentially much wider. Many owners consistently successfully book during the 7-month window with no problems. Of course, considering that you’re working with lower availability, you may want to be flexible with location, room type and dates. Keep in mind that the most challenging bookings to make are usually longer stays and smaller room types (i.e. Studios).
Of course it is again recommended that you book as far in advance as possible. The start of your 7-month booking window may be a little more difficult to calculate but you can use a handy tool like this date calculator which allows you to simply enter your desired check-in date and subtract 7 months.
Additionally, there are many tricks and techniques owners use to ensure booking the perfect vacation during the 7-month booking window.