Disney packages bookable on line

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Agents and the public now can book via the Internet a pair of two-night and longer Walt Disney Travel Co. land packages to Disneyland in California -- Resort Magic and Vacation Magic.

An enhancement of the Web site, www.disneyland.com, by GO.com, a Walt Disney Co. unit, made this possible; it included encryption of credit card information.

Those booking on the site are asked to make a $200 deposit 30 days or more before arrival and to pay in full if arriving within 30 days. Step-by-step prompts lead users through the booking process. Customized itineraries and confirmations can be printed, as well.

The two Disney-owned hotels in Anaheim or 19 designated Good Neighbor Hotels are available. United flights and National rental cars are optional.

Previously, the Web site was used largely for information and Disneyland ticket sales. Agents have been able to book selected Walt Disney Travel Co. Florida packages and print customized itineraries and confirmations for more than a year using the agent-only Web site, www.disneytravelagents.com.

To book on the Disneyland site, agents must first be registered with the Walt Disney Travel Co.

"In February 2000, ticket sales through Disneyland.com increased by more than 150% compared with last year, demonstrating consumers' growing confidence in using the Internet to plan their vacations," Mark Koehler, vice president for Internet travel for GO.com, said.

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