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  • On Jan 8, 2020
    Amy from ME Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Good morning. I am planning a trip for myself (age 60), my sister and my two granddaughters (they will be 8 and 9). We are hoping to go in 2022 to Disney World in Orlando. Should I start planning/making reservations now or is it too soon?

    Hello, dear Amy! Good morning! 

    Thank you for allowing the Disney Parks Moms Panel to help with such special plans! 

    If you are looking to book a vacation package, the ideal booking window will be the summer of 2021. If you intend to book your vacation piece by piece (booking flights separately using miles, for example), you can start much earlier. You will be able to book rooms at the Walt Disney World Resort 499 days ahead of your trip, so the planning can start right now!

    Your first step will probably be the choice of the perfect Disney Resort Hotel. Guests staying at Disney Resort Hotels enjoy many benefits beyond the gorgeous theming, and the early access to FastPass+ planning is a real time and money saver. It gives you a 30-day head start to make FastPass+ reservations for coveted attractions, which means less time in lines and more time having fun. You will be able to access the system 30 days before the other visitors do. 

    Whether it's at a beautiful Value Hotel like Disney's Art of Animation Resort, a charming Moderate like Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter or the luxurious Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, I'm sure that the perfect rooms will be waiting for the four of you. The Royal Guest Rooms at Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside could be ideal for such a fantastic quartet like yours!

    After choosing a hotel, you will purchase tickets. You may select the 1 Park Per Day Ticket, the Ticket with Park Hopper Option, or even the Ticket with Park Hopper Plus. The Park Hopper Option is a better option if your trip is short or if you plan to enjoy more than one Theme Park per day. The Park Hopper Plus is great if you are planning to visit Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park or Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park, as they are included in this ticket. 

    Then, 180 days before your trip, you will make dining reservations for special moments. It's wise to balance meals between Quick Service and Table Service locations, and you can browse some menus to plan accordingly. Since you're going with two princesses, I think you will enjoy royal meals at Cinderella's Royal Table and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, for example.

    Then, 60 days before your trip, it will be time to make FastPass+ arrangements! Because of that timeline, I'd suggest deciding on hotels and ticket types at least 300 days before your trip so you can plan the most magical of vacations with your granddaughters! 

    The Disney Parks Moms Panel is here to share more in-depth insights on each topic, so please, stop by once you are making each decision. We will look forward to helping you make this dream come true, Amy!

    May the magic be with you, 

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Meet the Panelist: Julie, California

Hi! I am Julie, a Brazilian brand strategist who also loves to sing and cook. I grew up in Southern Brazil, in Santa Catarina, but I currently live in California. I dreamed of visiting the Walt Disney World Resort since I was a little girl and now it is my passion to help others enjoy the magic as much as I do. Being an all-things-Disney nerd and Disney Vacation Club member, I'm here to help you find the perfect hotels, park events and seasonal festivals to make your trip a memory to cherish forever! Learn More About Julie

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