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Mark Your Calendars: Key Dates for Your Disney Trip

When planning your Walt Disney World vacation, there are some key dates that you will want to have marked on your calendar. These are going to be important when making plans and navigating the Parks.

We want to share these with you, so you won’t miss any significant dates that could lead to you missing out on some big experiences.

Get your calendar ready; we have the critical dates for your Disney trip.

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ASAP-Booking Your Resort

A big question is when should I book my Disney trip? Our answer is always the earlier, the better. Once Disney has released your dates, we recommend starting your planning process. The earlier you book, the better inventory you will have regarding the Walt Disney World Resorts.

A Walt Disney World Resort package, tickets, and stay only requires a $200 deposit. This is refundable up to 30 days before your vacation start date. Because of this flexibility, we highly recommend getting those packages booked early.

If a discount comes out that applies to your dates, then you can use that to your previously booked trip.

Since Walt Disney World is so flexible with bookings, book those Resorts early. This will give you the Resorrt you want in the price point that works for you.

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ASAP- Park Pass Reservations

As soon as you have booked your Walt Disney World tickets, you will want also to book your Park Pass Reservations. Guests traveling to Walt Disney World need a valid Theme Park ticket and a Park Pass Reservation.

Guests choose which Disney Park they will visit each day of their ticket. This allows Disney to manage crowds and help ensure Cast Members are staffed accodridngly.

Parks have a limited amount of Park Passes available. Make these as soon as possible to ensure you can visit the Park of your choice.

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4 to 6 months: Flights

If you plan to fly down to Walt Disney World, you should look at flights between six and four months. This is typically when airlines start to release their schedule. Take time to look at options into both Orlando International Airport and the nearby Sanford Airport. This might give you additional options when choosing flights.

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2-4 months: Transporation

Once your flights are booked, determine how you will get from the airport of choice to your Walt Disney World Resort hotel. There are numerous options, but some require you to book beforehand.

For those that want a priviate experience, you will need to book these between four to two months. This can get you on their schedule and guarantee pick up and drop off.

When using a ride share, ensure the app is updated and ready to go before arriving at the airport.

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60 Days: Dining and Experiences

The next big date to make on your Disney calendar is 60 days before your trip. This is when you must make your advanced dining reservations and other extraordinary experiences.

If enjoying some of Disney’s excellent table service locations is important to your trip, you will want to ensure you are booking reservations. These become available sixty-days before your trip. Even though this might seem to early, many of the most popular dining locations have availability book up right around two months before travel. This means it is vital to be ready to make those reservations early.

Another memorable experiences become available around the sixty day mark as well. Although it isn’t always loaded precisely at 60 days, many special occasions are available now.

If you have little princesses who want to experience a transformation at Bibbidi Bobbidty Boutique, these reservations are open now. This trendy boutique transforms little ones into their favorite princess through a complete makeover.

Special dessert parties are also released around this time. For those taht don’t want to fight crowds in Magic Kingdom, you can book a dessert party. This allows you to enjoy dessert and have an excellent view for the evening show. This is a perfect option for those who do not wanting to fight the crowds, but still enjoy the nighttime show at Magic Kingdom.

You can also book experiences at Savi’s Workshop or Droid Depot during this time if that is something you want to do while in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Be aware of all the available experiences, so you don’t miss out.

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Few Weeks Before: Groceries

Before leaving for Walt Disney World, look into placing an order for grocery delivery. Numerous companies provide this service to Walt DIsney World. Having groceries delivered is a great way to save some money on food. Get some quick snacks or drinks delivered to toss them into your Park bag for the day.

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Days Before: Check Weather, Have a Plan

As you get closer to your trip, there are a few last minute steps you can take to make sure your trip goes smoothly. Start by making sure you are well aware of the weather. Pack layers as well as items for rain. This can keep you able to manage the weather while still enjoying the magic.

Finally, before heading down to Walt Disney World for your magical vacation, have a plan. Have the My Disney Eperience app downloaded and ready to use throughout your trip. Know how you will tour the Parks and where you want to eat. Doing these things before you arrive can make the trip so much easier.

Those are the key dates you want to have on your calendar as you plan for your Walt Disney World vacation.





Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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