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  • On Jun 17, 2023
    Marsha from CO Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    When is best time to buy tickets for November 18 & 19, 2023? I would like to buy 150 days in advance to be sure to get reservations, but sounds like tickets cannot be cancelled/refunded if we have to cancel our trip for whatever reason.

    Hiya Marsha,

    Welcome to planDisney! With all the additional details that make a visit to Disneyland Resort special, planning early is always the best practice. I personally start planning my next one on the plane home from the current vacation. But what is the best time to begin purchasing Theme Park tickets?

    As you mentioned, Marsha securing those Disney Park Reservations does make planning early essential. In my experience, once we get into the months October-December, the Theme Parks can get much busier due to the holiday season. For example, historically, Thanksgiving season crowds peak starting in mid-November and continue through the holiday. That said, Theme Park tickets for Disneyland Resort are non-refundable and non-transferable, so if you needed to cancel your trip for any reason, you would have to find a different time to use those tickets before they expire. I would say that the latest I would wait to purchase Theme Park tickets is 60 days before you plan to visit. Advanced dining reservations can start being made 60 days before your visit, and with bigger crowds dining locations are even harder to secure the closer you get to your dates. By having my tickets 60 days before, I can book the reservations I want, and in most cases (barring emergencies), my travel plans are solidified.

    Marsha, I know I said 60 days is my limit for how close I would wait to purchase my tickets, but I understand there may be some hesitancy. You can plan a fabulous last-minute trip! In fact, I've done it before! The trip was terrific, but I was limited in my itinerary choices. When I purchased my tickets, I could only select one Theme Park because the other was fully reserved and had no dining reservations (I just joined the walk-up list for dining throughout the day). I hope this was helpful, Marsha. Please come back and see us if you need anything else.

    Happy Planning,

    Ashley F.
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Texas

Hey Y'all! I’m Ashley and I live in Texas. My family and I love trying out the yummy snacks (DOLE Whip anyone!) and taking full advantage of our resort days. When we are not piloting the Millennium Falcon, exploring Kilimanjaro Safaris, or watching fireworks, you can find me planning our next adventure to Walt Disney World! I am so excited that you are planning a trip, and I look forward to helping you dig a little deeper and find the magic in all of the wonders of Walt Disney World Resort. Learn More About Ashley

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