• On Jan 30, 2021
    Chris from NC 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 you plan and pay for Disney vacation? Looking to stay at a Disney Resort and visiting the parks for 4 days

    Hi there, Chris! Welcome to the wonderful world of planDisney! Thank you for taking the time to reach out and ask an excellent Walt Disney World Resort vacation question! 

    Planning a vacation to Walt Disney World Resort is a magical time to build up the excitement for your upcoming trip! Whether you intend on booking an inclusive vacation package or just your home-away-from-home at a Disney Resort hotel for the time being, there are many decisions to make as you begin your planning journey. Personally, I find it easiest to first pick which Disney Resort hotel me and my family intend on staying at during our visit. This helps me “set the tone” for the rest of our vacation based on our location to the theme parks and dining locations we plan on visiting. 

    At this time, it looks as though Guests may reserve their stay at a Disney Resort hotel up until December 31st, 2021. This means you’ve got a bit of time before you will be able to reserve your stay for December 2022! While you may have to wait before officially making your reservations, it's never too early to get your game plan together for your vacation! As I mentioned before, it can be helpful to go ahead and decide on which Disney Resort hotel you plan on staying at first. From there, the sky is the limit as far as continuing to plan your vacation goes! 

    For my own planning needs, I often begin by jotting down any “must-dos” on a document on my computer. This way, I have a list of things that my family and I have to experience during our vacation. From there, I begin planning the itinerary for each day of our trip! This includes which theme park we plan on visiting, which dining locations we would like to eat at, and which attractions we would like to experience. I can then take this document and create advanced dining reservations or reserve our entry into the theme parks using the Disney Theme Park Reservation System when the time comes for that. 

    The last tip I have for you would be to download the My Disney Experience app onto your smartphone. This amazing app allows you to manage just about any aspect of your Walt Disney World Resort vacation right from the comfort of your smartphone! While you’re waiting to make your Disney Resort hotel reservations, you can learn more about the My Disney Experience app and be a pro by the time your vacation begins!

    Best of luck continuing to plan for your vacation to Walt Disney World Resort! Be sure to let us know if we can answer any other questions for you as well!

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Meet the Panelist: Wyatt, Colorado

Hello! I'm Wyatt and I'm so very excited to provide you with all the best tips and tricks for getting the very most out of your Disney World vacations! I'm married to a fellow Disney enthusiast and, while we don't have any human children yet, we are delighted to be pet parents. Professionally, I work in private practice as a mental health counselor. I'm also knowledgable regarding disability services and accessibility at Disney World due to my own history of chronic illness.  Learn More About Wyatt

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