• On May 7, 2018
    Sarah from IN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We have a split stay in Nov to take advantage of free dining. Arrive Nov 23, Free Dining package starts Nov 24. Plan is to add an extra day to our tickets and activate it on property on the 23rd. Can we book FP 60 days early for the 23rd?

    Hi, Sarah! Thank you so much for stopping by with this great question! I am so glad you were able to make the Free Disney Dining Special Offer part of your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacation! It really can make for a delicious days in the theme parks.

    The answer to your question is really going to depend on your plans for the night of November 23. If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel that night, then you should find that the FastPass+ booking window for that day will open 60 days in advance (September 24). However, if you are staying off-property, then you will not be able to make FastPass+ selections for that day until the next day, September 25. The way the FastPass+ booking window works is that it always shows the next 30 days for all guests. However, it expands to show all dates within the next 60 days if you have a Resort hotel stay that falls within those 60 days linked to your My Disney Experience account. So, when the FastPass+ window opens for your Free Disney Dining stay, it will also open the November 23 date. This is still really great for you, since you will still get to make FastPass+ selections well in advance ...but you will just have to wait one extra day.

    In my experience, we have been able to activate Magic Your Way theme park tickets up to three days earlier than our package start date. You will need to head to a Guest Relations location to do this. They are located outside each theme park and at Disney Springs. Please understand that while you may be able to use those tickets, other aspects of your package, such as the Disney Dining Plan, will not be available for use until the day your package begins.

    Thanks again for stopping by and please let us know if you have any other questions!

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Meet the Panelist: Brandy, South Carolina

Hi, I'm Brandy, a speech pathologist and busy driver of daughters to marching band and dance events. My Annual Pass is used often to check out new Disney must-dos and resort changes. I enjoy giving advice about itinerary and FastPass+ planning, Epcot's fantastic festivals, Memory Maker, and transportation at the Resort. The time I spend at Walt Disney World Resort is distinctive because it is the one place I can forget other responsibilities and focus on having the time of my life with my family!

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