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  • On Feb 15, 2022
    Andriana 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.

    I want to go to Disneyland in August and the calendar isn't that far out yet, can I buy tickets now and make reservations later?

    Hi Andriana!

    Welcome to planDisney! Thank you so much for sending this great Disneyland Resort vacation planning question to us hEAR. I'm happy to be your planEAR today, and it's my pleasure to assist a fellow Texan. 

    Oooooh, August is a great time to visit Mickey and his pals at Walt's original house. I will say that midday through early evening can be kind of warm (just like our home) so be sure to book a Disneyland Resort Hotel or Good Neighbor Hotel that has an awesome pool so you can cool off.

    You are correct that both the Disneyland Resort Theme Park Ticket sales calendar, as well as the Park Pass Reservation booking calendar, aren't available yet, but I do love that you want to be ready to go when they both open 120 days in advance of your Disney days. (Do note that to purchase tickets or book your Park Pass Reservations, all of the dates that you wish to be in the parks must be within that 120-day booking window.) You should be ready to book both of these steps in mid-April. I'm also happy to share that there's usually a rush on booking reservations within the last month before the actual arrival date, so if you can't book right at 120 days (you're on another vacation or celebrating the holidays when your booking window opens) you should be fine.

    If you're like me, Andriana, and you want to do something, anything, that feels like it's contributing to your vacation planning, you can:
    ~ResEARch your Disneyland Dining options. Menus might change slightly to offer a few bonus seasonal specials or treats themed to a new movie or Disney+ release, but they'll stay mostly unchanged. Dining Reservations for Table-Service options open 60 days in advance, which can be booked daily as they open. Do note that the most popular spots go fast, so be ready to book any must-dos at 3:00 A.M. PST on that first day they open.
    ~Purchase Disney Gift Cards from a store in your town, which can be used to pay for everything from your dining to your Disneyland Resort Hotel to all of your souvenEARs. (Pro Tip: I like buying mine at Target with my Red Card where they get the 5% discount!)
    ~Compare prices of a Disneyland Hotel + Ticket vacation package offered directly through Disney vs. a third-party travel company like Costco.
    ~Get to know the brand new complimentary Disney Genie, which offers tips and suggestions throughout your Disney day, as well as the add-on Disney Genie+ Service, which includes access to Lightning Lanes for some attractions and Disney PhotoPass downloads.

    I hope that this helped to clEAR things up a bit, Andriana! Be sure to follow the official planDisney Instagram account where we're sharing all kinds of tips and tricks. And if you have any more Disneyland Resort vacation planning questions, We're All Ears!

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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I'm a mom to the best ride buddy and a military spouse who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and 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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