• On Aug 1, 2018
    Loretta from AZ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    How far in advance can you book your reservations? Can I book now and be making payments and then move the reservation date out when the actual date of our trip opens on the calendar? Prices will change, just want to get money paid so I reduce what I owe

    Hi Loretta!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I certainly admire your budgeting skills. When planning this far in advance you'll have to piece things together as you go to create your Disney dream vacation. But it's a great way to resEARch all of your options including where you want to stay, where you'd like to eat, and what you'd like to experience when you're here.

    Currently, Walt Disney World Resort Hotel room-only reservations can be booked up to 499 days in advance of your check-out date. (The reservation system only goes out to 499 days away.) Other details of your Disney days won't be available until closer to your arrival date. Tickets and Disney Dining Plans are usually available for purchase between 12 and 18 months in advance of your vacation. Dining Reservations may be made up to 180 days before you first arrive. And FastPass+ selections can be made up to 60 days in advance of your first theme park day of fun.

    While you can both make payments on and/or move your Disney Resort Hotel room-only reservation as your needs change, a better plan for this far out would be to buy Disney Gift Cards and then use those gift cards to pay off your vacation down the line. Disney Gift Cards can be found in various amounts in your hometown at places like grocery, big box and drug stores, as well as warehouse and wholesale club locations. Some of these places even offer occasional discounts or offers where you'll get a slightly higher value than what you'll actually pay.

    I hope this helped with your planning, Loretta!
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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I am a preschool mom and military wife who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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