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  • On Jan 22, 2024
    Scott from SC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! We are looking to book our first ever Disney vacation, somewhere around one year for today! How early can I expect resort rates to be available? We want to plan ahead and be prepared as much as possible. Thanks!

    Hi there, Scott-welcome to planDisney! I am beyond excited to hear that you've started planning for your Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Let me just grab my magic wand...OK! Let's do this!

    A first-time visit to Walt Disney World? Amazing!  I'm so glad that you're thinking ahead for your 2025 trip.  When people ask me what my #1 tip is for a great Walt Disney World vacation, I always say "Have a plan!". The resort is amazing and immersive and BIG--it can definitely be overwhelming if you don't make some advance preparations. With a January 2025 target date for the big trip, you have plenty of time to think about what your priorities are and crunch the numbers to create the dream vacation that fits your budget. 

    Currently, 2025 vacation packages have not been released. This information usually comes out in early summer, so I would start checking closer to that time. I also recommend becoming familiar with the Disney Parks Blog, which is my go-to source for all the latest news for Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort and Disney Cruise Line. We may see the announcement of 2025 packages announced first on the blog, so keep an eye out!

    In the meantime, I would suggest setting up a profile in My Disney Experience to help manage your vacation planning online. The My Disney Experience app will be your best pal in the parks and beyond and makes it a breeze to book dining reservations, coordinate Disney Genie Service, and more! Scott, I usually think about my next Walt Disney World vacation in terms of which theme parks I want to visit, the resort where I hope to stay, and--most importantly--where I'm going to eat, then go from there.

    If all of this planning feels daunting, you can also work with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. These magical folks work on commission from Disney so you don't pay for their services. They can handle all of the arrangements for your vacation and will automatically apply any discounts that are released--you can just sit back and dream about all of the Mickey-shaped treats you'll be consuming!

    One last tip since you have time on your side--check your local discount department store or warehouse club, where you may be able to purchase Disney Gift Cards at a discounted price. I accumulate these between Disney vacations and then apply them to pay for some or all of my trip, which saves some money that I can then use to purchase the perfect souvenir in the parks! 

    Scott, I'm sure you'll have more questions as your plans come together for your sure-to-be-epic Walt Disney World vacation. My planDisney pals and I are here for anything you need! Thanks again for stopping by. 

    See Ya Real Soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Susan, Michigan

Hi there! I'm Susan, a pixie-dusted pediatric nurse and Disney Vacation Club specialist. I'm married to my own Mr. Incredible and we have two fantastic teenage daughters. Our family has been making Disney memories for four generations, and I'm so excited to help you plan your own magical adventures as part of the planDisney panel. Welcome home! Learn More About Susan

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