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  • On Jul 2, 2024
    Rebecca from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Our ADR window opens 7/15/24 for our trip but the September calendar is not fully populated as of 7/2/24. This makes it challenging to plan park days (and related ADR's). When does the calendar normally populate? Curious about extended hours

    Hi Rebecca!

    Welcome back to planDisney!  I'm so glad you've stopped by to see us again as you continue your countdown to your visit to The Most Magical Place on Earth!  As your trip draws closer and closer every day, you may want to check out a recent episode of the planDisney Podcast where my fellow panelists, Diane and Lizzie, share some of their favorite ways to enjoy the excitement of a Disney vacation countdown!

    Rebecca, it won't be long until your advanced dining reservations window opens and I can feel the excitement and anticipation in your question!  For me, dining reservation morning is one of my favorite days of vacation planning.  As a person who loves to plan, I understand your concern about knowing theme park hours as you plan your dining reservations.  Typically, you can find theme park hours initially posted about 60 days out from the current date.  That means that you'll probably be learning more about theme park hours as you're making those dining reservations.  

    One thing you may want to pay attention to (and could even check now) are any dates for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party during your trip.  On party nights, Magic Kingdom Park will close early to day guests as happy haunts come out to socialize.  If you don't have a ticket to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you'll want to make sure that any dining reservation you have for Magic Kingdom Park is scheduled before the party begins.  

    Before I go, I wanted to share a few of my favorite tips when making dining reservations.  Did you know you can now search for available dining times at a select restaurant over several days all at once?  After entering your party size and initial desired date and time, you'll see an option to  "Check Availability for Multiple Days."  It's a great tool to find the reservation time that will work best for you at your must-do restaurants!  Also, don't give up if you can't find availability for a restaurant on the day that your reservation window opens.  Plans change all the time for Guests and many restaurants allow you to cancel a reservation up to two hours before dining without penalty.  I've found some great last-minute reservations just days before a trip and many wonderful options checking Mobile Dine Walk-up Availability during my trip!

    Rebecca, I hope this information is helpful and you get to enjoy all of the delicious dining you desire during your visit this fall.  If you have any other questions, please remember that you're always welcome to be our guest again here at planDisney!

    Bon Appétit!
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Meet the Panelist: Kristi, Maryland

Hi! I'm Kristi and I've been making magical memories at the Walt Disney World Resort since my first visit in 1989. While I cherished my childhood visits, my favorite memories have come sharing all of the excitement and wonder of a Disney Parks vacation with my husband and three boys. Whether you're planning a runDisney racecation, a trip with little ones, a land and sea adventure, or anything in between, I'm ready to help you make some bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful plans for your next Disney Parks vacation! Learn More About Kristi

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