4. Approximately Two Months Out - Buy Tickets and Secure FastPass+ tickets
FastPass+ tickets are your key to a shorter wait time in the park so they need to be secured early and strategically. Walt Disney World resort guests can reserve their FastPass+ tickets online 60 days prior to their check in day, whereas guests staying off the Disney property can secure fast passes 30 days in advance of the park visit. Have a ranked list of what attractions you want to use a FastPass+ ticket for and an idea of when you would like you visit that attraction. When your booking window opens, book as soon as possible to ensure you can snag optimal viewing times for your must do attractions.
3. Approximately One Month Out - Check Extra Magic Hour Guides
Extra Magic Hours are times at the start and end of the park day when certain Walt Disney World theme parks are open just for Walt Disney World resort guests to enjoy. This means shorter attraction lines and cooler temperatures to enjoy the park. Extra Magic Hours are announced in the weeks or days leading up to your vacation. One month prior to your vacation, take the time to check the Disney app and website to see if Extra Magic Hours have been announced for your chosen vacation dates. Extra Magic Hours locations and times may not be announced until the week of your vacation. Still, it never hurts to check in advance and work those details into your park plan if possible.