Mom and Daughter in Resort Room
  • On Jun 29, 2023
    Jessica from KY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Visiting 12/27 -12/29. I've booked flights & hotel but I'm worried about park reservations on such busy days. Can I wait until 12/29 opens up to buy my 3 day ticket and reserve all at once, or will 12/27 & 12/28 probably be fully reserved?

    Greetings, Jessica!

    How exciting to be planning a Disneyland Resort vacation during the holidays. It’s one of my favorite times of the year to visit. We’ve got our stay at the Disneyland Hotel booked for December already. So we are also looking forward to when we can book our theme park reservations for that visit.

    As you are aware, each Guest of the Disneyland Resort theme parks must have both valid theme park admission and a theme park reservation. Because park reservations are limited, I understand the worry about booking your visit during especially popular seasons. I haven’t yet noticed reservations run out right away for popular days when they are released 120 days in advance. Reservations for such dates don’t usually run out until they are much closer. But since it’s not possible to predict future demand exactly, it’s still a good idea to plan ahead and secure your park reservations as far in advance as you can.

    Personally, I would feel comfortable with waiting until all of your planned park days are available to be booked before purchasing your theme park tickets. But if you would prefer to play it extra cautiously, you could choose to purchase your tickets sooner and then visit the "My Theme Park Reservations" page to modify your park reservations to the dates you want to visit as they become available.

    One thing you want to be aware of when purchasing tickets sooner than reservations open up for your actual travel dates is that you will need your tickets to still be valid for the park reservation dates you will eventually book. Currently, standard multi-day park tickets sold online have an end expiration date of January 12, 2025. So a ticket purchased today could be used in December of this year even though reservations for December are not yet bookable. You will be good to go, as long as all of the ticket days are used with park reservations booked for dates available within the time the ticket is still valid, where the last day of use is no more than 13 days after the first day of use and all days are before the ticket’s end expiration date.

    Tony’s Tip: As I mentioned before, my family already has reservations booked at the Disneyland Hotel. We like to stay in one of the three Disneyland Resort Hotels to get access to the many perks they offer. That includes access to theme park reservations exclusively for hotel Guests. Although this additional pool of reservations is also limited, having access to more available options gives us peace of mind when making our Disneyland Resort vacation plans.

    Thanks for visiting us at planDisney, Jessica. I hope you have a magical time visiting the Disneyland Resort!

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Meet the Panelist: Tony, Utah

Coming to you from the Beehive State, I’m a Disney-loving dad and husband, buzzing with excitement to share advice and tips for making your Disneyland Resort vacation as magical as possible! I’m excited to help you discover the storytelling magic of the “Happiest Place on Earth!” Learn More About Tony

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