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  • On Jul 22, 2023
    Dan from NY 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 plans be made?

    Hiya, Dan!

    Welcome to planDisney! Oh boy! How exciting that you are planning a magical family vacation at Walt Disney World Resort. Dan, I like to say Disney is an experience, not just a destination. Enjoying the theme parks as well as the Resorts, Enchanting Extras outside the theme parks on Disney property and the unique thematic dining is all part of the experience. Get ready to make some magical memories!

    Dan, different time frames apply for when plans can be made for your Disney vacation. For example, if you want to book your Disney Resort Hotel only, those can typically be booked 499 days in advance and currently, according to the Disney Cast Member I spoke with, they are booking through 2024.  As a Disney Resort Hotel Guest, you can book Advance Dining Reservations and typically most Enchanting Extras 60 days out from your check-in date for the entirety of your stay.   However, if you will not be staying in a Disney Resort Hotel, these reservations are available to book 60 days out from the date you will be dining or participating in the activity.  So, there are many perks to staying at a Disney Resort Hotel!

    Theme Park Tickets can be booked at any time, and if you book your stay for any time prior to January 9, 2024, you will also need a Theme Park Reservation in addition to a valid ticket for admission.  However, after this date, you will no longer need a Theme Park Reservation for park entrance - just the valid Theme Park Ticket. 

    For Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane and Individual Lightning Lane access, which is available for an additional fee, these are available in your My Disney Experience app for purchase as an add-on on the day of your park visit. However, you won't be able to make any first selections until 7:00 a.m. on the day of your park visit. The same is true for signing up for the Virtual Queues for the select rides that offer this, however, the Virtual Queues are not an additional cost.  

    One final note, Dan. If you are visiting during one of the special events, like Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party or the Very Merry Christmas Party, you can purchase those tickets as they become available.  The Disney Parks Blog is the best place to keep track of when these event tickets become available for purchase.

    My recommendation is to make your Disney Resort Hotel reservation first, then purchase your tickets and make your Theme Park Reservation if applicable.   Then, mark your calendar for when you can make your Advance Dining and Enchanting Extra Reservations.  You can then keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for any of the additional activities you might like to include.

    I hope this helps you, Dan! If you have any further questions stop back and see us here.  

    See ya real soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Keri, Massachusetts

Hi there, I'm Keri from Massachusetts, a wife and mom to preteen twins and a teen. Since my first magical visit to Walt Disney World at age three, I've loved all things Disney. My husband found his passion for pixie dust on our honeymoon and his first visit to a Disney park. Soon after, we joined Disney Vacation Club, which has afforded us unforgettable family vacations for the last 20 years. Disney Vacation Club has helped us create our most magical vacation memories. I can't wait to help you plan yours. Learn More About Keri

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