• On Jan 17, 2017
    Cindy from AL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I want to plan a Disney World Orlando vacation for November of 2018. How far in advance will the website let me book? I was hoping to make payments on it between now and then. Can the Disney gift cards be applied to your trip?

    Hi Cindy,

    How exciting you are already planning a vacation to Walt Disney World Resort for next year. And guess what? You're not alone. I'm planning mine too!

    November is a beautiful time to visit. You can catch the end of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, and be there just in time to celebrate the Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort. You can actually make room reservations at a Disney Resort hotel up to 500 days in advance. You won't be able to do it online and instead you would need to speak with a Vacation Planning Specialist at (407) 939-1936, or do it via a travel agent. Note that the prices quoted won't be final until later in the spring when the 2018 rates get released, but this will guarantee you specific dates and a particular Resort room and view.

    I prefer to book a Magic Your Way Vacation Package, which includes a stay at a Disney Resort hotel, and Theme Park Tickets. And it's the only way to add a Disney Dining Plan, a great way to leave home those worries about meal budgets. Oh, and you can use Disney Gift Cards to pay for your vacation.

    One last tip: Mickey tries to help us save some Disney Dollars with excellent Special Offers. Once the 2018 rates are released, you can make a reservation. And if any offers come out, you can then add them. Happy planning!

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Greetings! I'm Ricardo. Originally from Argentina, I am an IT geek by day, and a leader of the Galactic Empire by night. I'm a husband, and father to two Jedi Knights who share their passion for Disney and Star Wars. Join me and together we shall plan the perfect Disney vacation! Learn More About Ricardo

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