Have you heard about “walking” your DVC room reservation? Some people think it is not acceptable and should never be done as it messes with the reservation system and seems kind of like cheating the system. Other folks never give it another thought and walk their reservation every day until they get what they want. Where do you fall?
For those who have never heard about walking your Disney Vacation Club room reservation, it is a relatively easy process. However, it becomes time consuming if you are doing it over several days. Basically, you have the dates in mind that you want your room reservation for and you want to increase your chances of making sure you get the dates you want. So what do you do? You make the first day of your reservation start 7 days out from when you really intend your vacation to start. You then call in to Member Services every day moving the start date of your reservation back one day and extending it on the end by one day. Eventually, when you get to the actual vacation dates you wanted to book in the first place, viola! You now have the room request booked for the dates you really wanted.
Why might someone walk the reservation you ask? A couple reasons I have heard are as follows. At popular resorts and/or at certain popular times of the year, rooms go quickly. If you don’t have the 11 month booking window at that special resort your family wanted to stay at, then people have walked their reservation for a better chance at beating the booking crowd when the real booking 7 month window opens up. Maybe you have the 11 month booking window where you want to book, but there is a certain room type you want to make sure you get like a concierge level or value room at Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House. Again, you decide that booking early and walking the days will hopefully secure the intended reservation. In those scenarios, it is easy to see why walking the reservation may prove invaluable to obtaining your prized room.
While we have never walked a DVC room reservation, I can appreciate both side of the conversation and reasoning behind both sides. What do you think about the practice of walking your DVC room reservation – is it acceptable, never to be done, or maybe okay depending on the situation?