• On Jan 9, 2017
    Renee from ME Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My family is planning a visit for early 2018, how far in advance should we start planning our trip?

    Hi Renee,

    Thanks for visiting us at the Disney Parks Moms Panel. So awesome to hear you are planning a vacation to Walt Disney World Resort for 2018. Guess what? You are not the only one. I am planning mine too!

    Did you know you can actually book a room stay at a Disney Resort Hotel 500 days in advance? You cannot do it online, but you can call and speak with a vacation planning specialist at (407) 939-1936, or via a travel agent. Note that the prices you would get are subject to change once the 2018 prices are released, typically around June.

    My suggestion is to have a tentative schedule and budget in mind. I prefer the convenience of a Magic Your Way Vacation Package, which includes a stay at a Disney Resort Hotel and Theme Park Tickets. Also, consider adding a Disney Dining Plan. Finally, keep an eye for any Special Offers that may become available.

    One last tip: you can make advanced dining reservations up to 180 days early. There's nothing better than a special dinner, or to have fun at a character breakfast, like at Chef Mickey's. Happy planning!

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Greetings! I'm Ricardo. Originally from Argentina, I am an IT geek by day, and a leader of the Galactic Empire by night. I'm a husband, and father to two Jedi Knights who share their passion for Disney and Star Wars. Join me and together we shall plan the perfect Disney vacation! Learn More About Ricardo

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