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  • On Nov 6, 2023
    Susan from FL 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'm thinking about gifting a Disney trip post-Christmas (and revealing the trip Christmas morning). One of my kids uses the DAS pass. I saw the option to reserve in advance via video and make 2 ride selections. How far in advance should we do this?

    Warmest holiday greetings, Susan, and welcome to planDisney! I love magical surprises, so let's look at how Disability Access Service (DAS) will work if you give the gift of Disney to your family this year.

    I spoke to a holly-jolly Cast Member named John who told me that DAS video chat registration is available up to 30 days before your visit but must be booked at least two days before arrival.

    So, to register in advance and choose those first two attractions, you'd have to complete the video chat by December 24 for a December 27 arrival. The Cast Member said two full days are needed to process the registration. 

    Remember that your little prince or princess must be available for the video chat, so you might have to reveal your surprise a little earlier than Christmas morning. And I'd like to add that the holidays are exceptionally busy, which could result in longer online wait times.

    Another option to consider is to wait to do the DAS registration in person at one of the theme parks. The Cast Member said that registering in person typically goes quickly, but the holidays could also impact wait times and attraction availability.

    I'll give you a final thought to consider. You could surprise your kiddos on Christmas morning, but take the trip in February or March. The whole family could be involved in making reservations for dining and tours up to 60 days in advance. My son is grown but still enjoys helping plan our visits!

    I also see you're a Florida resident, so keep an eye on the Special Offers page for any announcements about ticket and resort discounts. We should get news about early 2024 deals soon.

    Susan, I hope I've given you some options to consider for your holiday surprise. Feel free to call the DAS line at (407) 560-2547 for more information and advice. I'm sending a sleigh full of pixie dust so your family has a festive and fun season.

    Please stop by planDisney anytime because I'd love to help you make some magical memories at Walt Disney World Resort!

    Magic awaits,
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Meet the Panelist: Elaine, Florida

Bright Suns! I'm Elaine, a retired teacher dividing my time between my home state of Kentucky and the Sunshine State. I married my college sweetheart, and now that our only son is grown, we are exploring the empty-nest life. My family has been visiting Walt Disney World Resort for over 25 years, so if you have questions about adult-only visits, plant-based meals, thrill attractions, and Florida-resident perks, I'm here for you in full Force. Like Yoda would say, "Trips, we will plan!" Learn More About Elaine

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