• On Oct 8, 2021
    Matthew from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    how far in advance can we book experiences, also can I get magic bands if we are not staying at a disney resort

    Hi Matthew,

    Welcome to planDisney! We’re so glad you stopped by for help with a few details as you’re putting together a magical visit to the Walt Disney World Resort! 

    For years, my family simply visited the parks, trying to enjoy as many attractions as possible. While we always had a great time, branching out and trying some new things like tours, recreational experiences, and unique dining opportunities opened our eyes to whole new levels of magic and fun! I’m thrilled to hear that you’re planning on adding some extras to your trip! All dining reservations and most Enchanting Extras Experiences may be booked beginning 60 days in advance. Guests staying in a Disney Resorts Collection hotel will have the added benefit of being able to make reservations for the entire length of their stay (up to 10 days) at that 60-day point. There are some experiences like Drawn to Life presented by Cirque du Soleil & Disney that may be planned further out than 60 days in advance, though, so I’d encourage you to click on any Enchanted Extras Collection experiences that look interesting to you to check the details. If you have any questions about any specific experiences, please don’t hesitate to come back and see us again! 

    As far as MagicBands go, yes, you’re welcome to purchase MagicBands even if you’re staying offsite. They’re available to purchase ahead of time from shopDisney or at dozens of retail locations all around the Resort. Once you find the one that perfectly expresses your Disney style, it’s easy peasy to link it to your My Disney Experience account so you can begin using it right away.

    Thanks so much for stopping by planDisney, Matthew. I’m sending pixie dust that all of the details of your trip come together perfectly and you have a truly magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Virginia

Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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