Get to Know the TouringPlans Room Finder

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The top 3 factors in real estate are location, location, location. The same is true with finding an ideal hotel room at Walt Disney World. Although Disney divides up rooms by categories, not every room within a certain category is created equal. Some are noisier than others. Different rooms will have different walking distances to key features. Views from the room are different. How can you get the best room for your money? Try the TouringPlans Room Finder.

The TouringPlans Room Finder is available for anyone to use, but the Room Request feature requires an active TouringPlans subscription. From the Room Finder page, simply select the resort you’re looking for to start the process of finding your ideal room. For instance, let’s look for a room at Caribbean Beach.

On the Caribbean Beach page, simply select the filters that you want to apply. For instance, I want a standard-view 2 queen bed with a child pull-down bed, and because I’m traveling with kids, I want to be close to Disney transportation.

When I click “Show Matching Rooms”, the map indicates the buildings that have rooms that meet this criteria, highlighted in red.

You can also opt to see TouringPlans picks. In this category, one example that comes up is room 5261 in the Aruba building. This shows me walking time to Disney transportation, to the lobby, and things like rack rates and accessibility, plus what the view would look like from the room.

Clicking on the photo enlarges the image to get a good view of the room.

There’s also the option to look at rooms to the left or right, up, or down. For instance, going down one level from the second floor to the first floor changes the view to this.

 

You can also pull up data for the room, including sound level, whether there’s a connecting room, walking distances, and more. You can see any user comments that have been added, and you can add your own private notes.

You can also click on buildings in the map and select individual rooms.

If you are a paid subscriber and already have a vacation set up on your TouringPlans dashboard, the photo of the room will also include a link to request the room.

Simply click on the link, fill out the form with your reservation number and contact information (if you haven’t already included that in your dashboard), and save. At the 30-day mark prior to your check in, we’ll do the work and send your request. You can also delete this request if you decide to pick a different room.

Although there are no guarantees, we’ve had tens of thousands of users have success with the room request feature. A special shout out to Disney’s room assigners for the work they do–Disney really does do its best to try to honor every request possible.

Not yet a subscriber to TouringPlans? For one low annual fee, you can have access to the Room Finder, Crowd Calendars, Premium Touring Plans to save you time in line, and more. Click here to become a subscriber.

Have you used the room request feature or used the Room Finder to look for your ideal room? Let us know what you think of this feature in the comments. 

First published December 27, 2019. Updated April 26, 2021.

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Julia Mascardo

Freelance writer and editor, living the dream in Central Florida with my husband, cats, and totally awesome homeschooled eleven-year-old daughter.

9 thoughts on “Get to Know the TouringPlans Room Finder

  • December 27, 2019 at 5:59 pm
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    My family totally takes all the planning that goes into ADRs and FPs for granted. It’s just “stuff that Mom does”, but it sometimes seems that they view the result as par for the course — something that I take care of, but everybody does all the time.

    The rooms we have gotten when our requests from the Room Finder have come in though? “Mom, this room is amazing! I can’t believe you found this for us! We’re so lucky to have a Disney-expert mom.”

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  • December 27, 2019 at 7:14 pm
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    For me, a big part of the fun is in the planning. So, yes, I definitely check out lots of rooms. Made a request for the past 3 years and got my request every time!

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  • December 30, 2019 at 10:36 am
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    +Why did the time frame for faxing requests in change?
    When it was 5 days before the start of a reservation it worked almost perfectly.
    Now that you fax the request 30 days in advance, it has become completely ineffective and has not worked once for us.

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  • December 30, 2019 at 11:02 am
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    Hi Peggy! That’s disappointing to hear. Disney asked us to start sending the requests earlier.

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  • April 26, 2021 at 2:20 pm
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    I love this service!! Any chance you will expand it to include the Universal Orlando resorts? At least the views of rooms?

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  • April 27, 2021 at 10:13 am
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    I am looking at the Wilderness Lodge, and have a King Courtyard view room reserved. I didn’t see that in the room choices for that resort. Did I miss something?

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  • April 28, 2021 at 4:22 pm
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    How much can I safely wordsmith the recommended text in the room finder? For example, if I want to provide multiple satisfactory [ranked] examples, does that work? Or does that break some algorithm?

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    • April 28, 2021 at 9:17 pm
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      Hi, Andy,

      According to one of our site experts, you can input whatever you want in that field, and the request that is sent is what you see on-screen. You can also input whatever you want in the “Additional Details” field.

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  • September 1, 2021 at 6:06 am
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    Where can I find the definitions of all the accessibility room types? When using the room finder (which I love!) most of the abbreviations are completely indecipherable.

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