• On Feb 8, 2021
    Kandi 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.

    Planning a trip the end of December, tickets purchased. Should I wait to reserve park days? Normally I wait for magic hours, but some see those coming back this year. Also are dining reservations harder to get 60 days out vs the normal 180?

    Hi there, Kandi! Welcome back to planDisney! We appreciate you taking the time to reach back out and ask us another wonderful Walt Disney World Resort vacation question!

    Visiting Walt Disney World Resort during the holidays is particularly magical, in my experience! All of the Disney Resort hotels are decorated in their seasonal trimmings and there are holiday traditions to be experienced at every theme park. My personal favorite is the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays! This wondrous event allows Guests to celebrate holidays from around the world through music, storytelling, and food. I just love tasting all of the delectable eats found at the Holiday Kitchens in the World Showcase!

    It was actually recently announced that the Extra Magic Hours benefit will be replaced with another wonderful perk! Guests staying at a Disney Resort hotel will soon be able to enter any of the four theme parks up to 30-minutes prior to official park opening hours. This will allows Guests the opportunity to visit with more flexibility while still taking advantage of a wonderful perk! With this in mind, I would suggest reserving your park passes through the Disney Park Pass system as soon as possible. This way, you will be able to go ahead and plan which parks you will visit throughout the duration of your trip. 

    In my experience, advanced dining reservations have not been harder to get with the updated 60-day reservation window! As with the previous policy, it is highly recommended that you make your reservations as soon as possible so you are able to book your ideal time and day, though. If you are unable to get an advanced dining reservation or you end up wanting to make a last-minute switch, there is a new feature on the My Disney Experience app that you may find helpful! With the Mobile Dine Walk-Up Availability feature, you can now check to see if there is last-minute availability at participating restaurants, add your party to the walk-up list, and then receive a notification when your table to ready. It’s an excellent feature that lets you be a bit more spontaneous in your planning and try restaurants you may not have been able to test out otherwise! 

    I hope you are able to plan a perfect getaway to Walt Disney World Resort this December! Please reach back out if we can answer any other questions for you!

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Meet the Panelist: Wyatt, Colorado

Hello! I'm Wyatt and I'm so very excited to provide you with all the best tips and tricks for getting the very most out of your Disney World vacations! I'm married to a fellow Disney enthusiast and, while we don't have any human children yet, we are delighted to be pet parents. Professionally, I work in private practice as a mental health counselor. I'm also knowledgable regarding disability services and accessibility at Disney World due to my own history of chronic illness.  Learn More About Wyatt

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