[QUOTE=CleveRocks;1069650]Although Disney is one huge company, it is actually comprised of several smaller companies. In the case of resort reservations, one company handles room-only reservations and another separate company handles package reservations.
By definition, a room-only reservation is just that, a room reservation. A package reservation is defined as room +tickets, with the option of adding a dining plan. So if you add tickets to a room-only reservation, it can’t possibly be a room-only reservation, it now becomes a package reservation.
And any Disney Dining Plan MUST be part of a package; the DDP can’t be added as an a la carte item (except for the exceptions listed above by 6Baggs4Dis). So as you can see, you can’t just add the DDP to your room-only reservation, it must be changed to a package reservation. And the package reservation must include a minimum of a 1-day base ticket.
Money-wise, when you change from a room-only to a package, it isn’t as simple as just transfering the reservation. In reality, the package is booked, and once that is confirmed then the room-only is cancelled. This also means that you can’t transfer funds between the two reservations. To book a room-only, you make a deposit of at least one night’s room rate + tax. If you then change your reservation to a package, you must make a separate $200 deposit on the package; you will later receive a refund of your entire room-only deposit (in the form in which you paid it), but that money can’t simply be transfered from the room-only to the package.
The payment terms also change. After the deposit, the balance of a room-only reservation isn’t due until the time of check-in. For a package, the balance is due by 45 days before arrival. But if you book a package fewer than 45 days before arrival, the entire balance is due immediately. So if 4 weeks before your trip you want to change your room-only to a package, you must pay the entire cost of the package at the moment you make the new reservation.
I am 100% certain of everything I wrote above. The one thing I’m NOT certain of is whether, in changing the reservation, you might still be able to hold onto the discount on the room. I THINK I’ve read some reports of being able to do so but I can’t confirm it. I don’t like reporting things I’m not 100% sure of.[/QUOTE]
Thanks for the info. We’ve already paid our balance of our room only reservation, so I don’t think we’ll bother with the dining plan. We were only planning on doing the CS plan, but I don’t think the plan is worth that much of a savings to go to all this trouble of switching reservations, and having to pay for a second package up front, or worth risking our discount - not to mention all the long-distance charges that I am accumulating!!:pinch:
Here I was all ready to hand over another $1400 to Disney this morning for tickets and dining, and now it’s still in my pocket…Disney, turn away money, go figure!:laugh: