Finally! As of yesterday, guests can now book their hotel reservations on-line for 2013. As podcast listeners know, I've in the midst of planning a big family vacation for January 2013. For the last two months or so, my morning ritual has been to go on DisneyWorld.com and try to get book a room online. I would get the same frustrating error message each morning: Your dates must be at least one day in the future. (Because invalid dates automatically pop up as today.)
I do not have the words to express how infuriating this was. The 180 day window for my ADRs hit last Friday. I finally had to break down and call Disney Reservations to book a room at Pop Century as placeholder. How stupid is that? It's 2012. I can book a whole trip to Africa with nothing but my iPhone's safari browser, but I had to call and work my way through 17 voice prompts to book a freaking room.
WDW needs to get better at this stuff. This includes realistic park hours with an idea of what the Extra Magic Hours will be. How can I plan my ADRs if I don't know this stuff?