Can You Flex Search WDW Resort Availability?

If you ever searched potential resort dates at WDW, you know how cumbersome it is to have to search one date range at a time. If you have to do this constantly in the hope a specific room will become available, it’s near maddening.

WDW Resort Availability Search

We were recently considering a late-summer trip to WDW and didn’t have an exact date we were pinpointing. Instead, the potential date range was all of July. My only requirement was a standard room at Coronado Springs for five nights. Multiple times a day, I would start at the edge of our trip range and basically modify the search backward one day a time through all of July in the hopes a standard room would become available. It finally did….but, that’s a story for another time.

The point is, you’d think there would be a way to do a flexible date search for WDW resort hotels.

Across the competitive street, Marriott’s booking engine does an awesome job with this. You basically pick a month you’re considering, enter the length of stay, and the site generates all available check-in dates for the month.

Marriott Flexible Date Searching

It’s not rocket science and is a home run for the customer. I can’t, for the life of me, understand why Disney wouldn’t incorporate something similar into their booking engine…if the idea is to provide the most frictionless path to room booking. On a positive note, the on-site Marriott properties Swan, Swan Reserve, and Dolphin can all be flex-searched.

As it stands, you’re really left with no reliable option for WDW resort multiple date checking.

Google Aggregated Resort Rates

I say reliable because you do have the rate calendar Google displays on mobile devices when you search for specific resorts and click prices. The problem is, I think Google is just showing aggregated rates from a number of hotel booking sites. While you think that’d be handy, some of the sourcing is suspect at best and creates a weird amalgamation of rates and availability that has little basis in reality.

You’ll find the same type of thing for some of the Disney resorts on Orbitz if you go to the resort’s page on their site.

Orbitz Multi-date Rate Disney

I’m honestly not certain how Orbitz is getting to those displayed rates. The rate displayed almost never matches the rate you get after clicking “Check rates”.

No, the truth is, as of today, we really have no real way of doing a flexible date search for WDW resorts. While I hate to be the bearer of bad news, maybe I’ve saved you some time going down the path in search of this thing that simply doesn’t exist.

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