Hello all! So it's official, I am now planning for the trip I have been talking about for 4 years. My mom and I are going to WDW for 2 weeks to celebrate the milestone of being cancer free for 5 years. We are going at the end of Sept into early Oct and we are staying for 14 days. Because of the length of the stay we are thinking of getting atleast one annual pass, to be able to get the discounts. However, I just read that you don't always get reduced rates on hotel rooms, that they are only for certain time periods during the year , we have two resorts in mind, we have the Port Orleans; French Quarter or the Animal Kingdom Lodge, depending on the rates and/or discounts is how we were going to decide where to stay. However I just read on mousesavers that they don't release discounted room rates until 2-4 months in advance. Is it really a good idea to wait that long to try to book a hotel? We will be hitting part value season and part regular season, so i understand that it won't be unbelieveably packed, but still. So I guess what I am asking is when do you normally book your rooms and is the annual pass good for anything besides getting into the parks free throughout the year?