[QUOTE=alandjen;976700]That’s gotta be true since I’m hearing it from everyone, but it seems pretty screwed up that you can book directly but they won’t open things up to TAs.[/QUOTE]
While you can technically book directly, what Disney doesn’t tell you is that you’re still not able to book a package or get the exact price. What happens is that Disney opens up room-only bookings a little less than 2 years in advance. So you can book your room, but they’ll tell you that the rate is not guaranteed and won’t be until the rates for the year of your travel are released. Then when package rates are released you have to call back and get the adjusted room rate and convert the reservation from room-only to a package.
Most folks don’t find it to be worthwhile to book rooms before the rates are released because the total cost is not confirmed, the conversion from oon-only to package isn’t done automatically, there’s changing and switching around of the deposits, and it’s more of a pain than it’s worth.
Just ask whichever travel agent you decide on to put you on their list to be contacted when the 2010 rates come out and they should take care of everything for you from there.