• On Aug 3, 2017
    Duncan from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    How much in advance should someone plan to purchase their theme park tickets?

    Hi Duncan,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! The purchase of theme park tickets is always a happy day in our house!

    If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, I suggest that you purchase your theme park tickets at least 61 days in advance so that you can make your Fast Pass+ selections 60 days in advance. If you are not staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, just be sure to purchase your tickets at least 31 days in advance so that you can make your Fast Pass+ selections 30 days in advance. We always check the Special Offers page and book a Vacation Package that includes theme park tickets.

    Staying at a Walt Disney World Resort provides benefits that we are unwilling to sacrifice. We love being able to book our Fast Pass+ selections 60 days in advance to save time in lines. We also enjoy the Extra Magic Hours that resort guests get in the parks. And, we like to make our dining reservations up to 180 days in advance for the entire length of our stay (up to 10 days). 

    Be sure to create a My Disney Experience Account if you have not done so already. Once you purchase your tickets, you will need to link them to your My Disney Experience Account and then you will be able to make your Fast Pass+ selections.

    Duncan, I hope you have fun planning! We love the planning almost as much as the visit!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,

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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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