Walt Disney World is often a dream vacation for many families. This is an iconic vacation that has been a staple for many families for years. However, even though we call this a vacation there is a lot of planning that comes into going to Disney World. First off you need to know that Disney World vacation planning dates that you shouldn’t miss in order to make the most of your trip. 

While your planning your trip don’t forget to brush up on some basics such as:

Best Fastpasses to get for Disney World

The Different Disney Park Castles

Important Disney World Vacation Planning dates:

499 days

499 days in advance is the earliest you can book your room-only reservations at Walt Disney World. This far in advance you need to call and book directly with a cast member of (407)939-1936 as online reservations are not available at this time. If you have your heart set on staying at a certain resort at a time like Christmas, and in a certain type of room you should think about booking this far in advance.

180 days

 The 180-day mark is one of the exciting  Disney World vacation planning dates one as this is when you can start to book your dining reservations.

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Do this online or by calling 407-WDW- DINE (407) 939-34631. You can book up to 10 days of advance dining reservations at this time. Make sure to set your alarms as booking starts at 6:00 am Eastern / WDW time online and 7:00 am Eastern when calling over the phone. 

Make sure that you start with booking restaurants such as Cinderella’s Royal table, Ohana, and Be Our Guest as these reservations can be very hard to find later.

You can also start booking add-ons at the 180-day mark. These add-ons include fun such as the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Pirates League, tours such as “Keys to the Kingdom”, firework cruises, and dessert parties.

Disney vacation planning dates

60 Days

At the 60-day mark guest staying in On-site, Disney World resorts get to make their fastpass+ reservations. At 7:00 am you can either go online to My Disney Experience, open the app, or call (407) 939-4357 to make reservations with a cast member over the phone. Remember to book backward so starting with the last day of your vacation for the best availability and times.

Make sure to prioritize making Fastpass+ reservations for the most popular and hard to get attractions. 

Magic Kingdom:

  • 7 Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain

Hollywood Studios:

  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Alien Swirling Saucers

Animal Kingdom

  • Flight of Passage
  • Navi River Journey


  • Frozen
  • Test Track

The 60-day mark is also when Walt Disney World resort guest gets to check-in online. This advance check-in option is a great time saver and way to make sure you get what you need out of your resort stay. When you check-in early online you not only expedite the process once you arrive at the parks, but you can also specify an arrival departure time for your hotel stay. You can specify a number for Disney to text on your arrival day as well for when your is ready.

Early online check-in also gives you the option to make two room request from a list that is specific to your resort such as building location or a Pack ‘n Play in the room for an infant.

30 Days

The 30-day mark in your  Disney World vacation planning dates is an important one.

At the 30 days, out a non-resort guest can start to book their fast pass + selections.

This is also the day those who booked a Disney World vacation package have to make their final payment on.

Just like the 60-day resort guest, the 30-day Fastpass + window opens at 7:00 am eastern time. The biggest difference between having the 60 and the 30-day non-resort guest window is that for a non-resort guest you can only book one day at a time, and not all at once for the full length of your stay. I also think this is a great time for resort quest to modify any fastpass selections they may want to change… learn how to do that HERE.

dates to know when planning a trip to disney world

6-11 days

This time frame is the final time window you have to customize your magic bands before your Disney World vacation.

At the 11 day mark, your magic bands will be shipped to your home.

Between 6- to days you will receive your custom magic bands when you arrive at your Disney World resort.

After that, you will just receive a grey non-customized band when you arrive at your hotel or the ticket window for non-resort guest.

(please note magic bands do have to be purchased for an additional charge for non-resort vacation package guest).

3 days

3 days before your vacation is your last chance to purchase the Memory Maker Photo pass for the discounted rate. Memory maker is awesome as Disney has a bunch of photographers around to take pictures of you and your families vacations “for you”.

This package includes regular photos, magic shots, on-ride photos, ride videos on select attractions, and pictures of character meet and greets. You get access to download every photo of all your vacation with no limits.

Now that you know this important Disney World vacation planning dates you can start to plan your families magical time. There are many more things to do along the way but the above are the most important to do on certain dates. So go have a magical time planning your dream Disney World vacation!


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