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  • On Oct 24, 2022
    Robert from TX 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 out (months) do you recommend planning a Disney vacation and staying at one of the Disney resorts?

    Hiya Robert,

    Welcome to planDisney! I’m what you would call a super planner; I plan my vacations early and make sure that every detail is lined up before I depart. Hopefully, I can help answer your questions and get you on a good path in your planning journey.

    Depending on who you talk to on the panel, the perfect time for how far out you should start planning differs. For me, the sweet spot is about 6-12 months in advance! I have planned amazing vacations with less time, but never any later than 65 days before my arrival (so I can get the good dining reservations). A good rule of thumb is the further out your reserve, the more options you have for Walt Disney World Resort Collection Hotels. This brings me to part two of your question; yes, I 100% think getting a reservation for a Walt Disney World Resort Collection Hotel is worth it. Being able to enjoy perks like more time in the park and saving on transportation around the resort just enhances your vacation. Plus the theming at the resort in my opinion makes your vacation feel like more than just a typical trip. Since you are already thinking of planning your vacation, I also want to let you in on a great option known as the Walt Disney World Resort Vacation Package. The Vacation Package combines your Theme Park tickets with your resort stay and is a great way to get everything all at once. Best of all, when you book a Vacation Package, you get to pay for your vacation over time. When you book Theme Park tickets separately from your resort hotel, you have to pay for the Theme Park tickets up front and the resort hotel at check-in (after an initial deposit). Depending on the resort accommodations you pick, that price can be a lot to pay all at once, so a Vacation Package takes that sting away since your final payment is due 30 days before your arrival. So if you are even slightly considering staying onsite at a Walt Disney World Resort Collection Hotel, then definitely do a Vacation Package!

    I’d be more than happy to talk about this more with you, Robert if you would like to, but I hope this has been helpful!

    Happy Planning,

    Ashley F.
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Texas

Hey Y'all! I’m Ashley and I live in Texas. My family and I love trying out the yummy snacks (DOLE Whip anyone!) and taking full advantage of our resort days. When we are not piloting the Millennium Falcon, exploring Kilimanjaro Safaris, or watching fireworks, you can find me planning our next adventure to Walt Disney World! I am so excited that you are planning a trip, and I look forward to helping you dig a little deeper and find the magic in all of the wonders of Walt Disney World Resort. Learn More About Ashley

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