How Far in Advance Can I Book a Walt Disney World Vacation?

The general answer to this question would be, 180 days out from your arrival/check-in date. But, technically you can book 499 days prior to your arrival/check-in date. There are a few things that you should take note of if you are wanting to book your Disney World Vacation that far in advance!

  • You will ONLY be able to reserve your room reservations at a Disney World Resort. You can either call the Disney reservation hotline or you could use a Disney Travel Agent, like myself, that will do the work for you.

  • The quoted price will be wrong! The price that you will be quoted will be the rate of that current year, which is most likely NOT going to be the price for the dates that you are booking! Your quote will more than likely increase unfortunately.

  • You will HAVE TO pay a deposit! You will be required to pay a deposit in order to hold your room reservation. This deposit will also change and will most likely increase once the rates become available.

  • When do the new RATES become available? Typically the rates for the next year do not become available until the end of that current year’s summer. 

  • When can I purchase my PARK TICKETS? Whenever the rates become available for you vacation’s selected dates, is when you may then add your park tickets to your already existing room reservation. Once you add your tickets, dinning plan, memory maker, travel insurance, etc.; you will then be able to get a final price quote for your Disney Vacation!

When you are 180 days out from your arrival/check-in date, you will then be able to book your dining reservations! If you plan on you and your family enjoying a character meal or a nice sit down restaurant, you may want to plan on getting up early on the 180th day in order to make that reservation happen. Make sure to have your list of restaurants ready before you go to call or book online! You would be surprised at how quick the popular restaurants get booked up! To find out more about Dining Plan Locations, CLICK HERE! You can also SEE HERE where some of the character dining locations are!

At 60 days out from your arrival/check-in date, it’s time to book your FASTPASS+ reservations! When you do this, it’s very important that you know a few things:

  • Do you have park hopper tickets?

  • Which parks offer early morning magic hours.

  • Best and worst parks each day

  • The best attractions to use your FASTPASS+ on.

  • Do you have smaller kids that would be scared of dark rides or have height restrictions?

You can choose to wait until a month out or book over a year in advance, it all depends on the type of vacation you want your family to have. If you have your heart set on a certain resort during peak season, then you might want to go ahead and book your trip as soon as possible. The same goes for restaurant reservations, you better be getting up at 7:00 am (eastern time) and making those reservations! But if you just want to play it by ear or decide to go at the last minute, you can do that as well. Just keep in mind that your first choice may not be available anymore!

An easy way of keeping track of all of this information and reservations is to book through a Disney Travel Agent! Using a travel agent will take away all of the work that you would have to do in order to book your Disney World Vacation. All you have to do is tell me all of your preferences and I’ll do all the work for you! I’ve made it even easier than that! Just fill out my FREE QUOTE SHEET! Plus I will be on the lookout for any OFFERS & PROMOTIONS that can be added to your vacation! To top it all off, ALL of my services are FREE! So why not sit back and count the days until your next Disney Vacation while I do all the work for you!

180 Day Out Calendar

Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

During the Holiday Season at Walt Disney World, the Streets of America in Hollywood Studios is transformed into the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Most people know the story of the Osborne Lights, but if you don’t stay tuned! If you do know the story skip on down to the next paragraph! The Osborne Family Lights began in Arkansas when Jennings Osborne put up a lot of lights one year for his daughter. Every year after that he would add more and more lights to his display. In the mid 1990’s, Jennings was sued but his neighbors for the traffic problems that his display was causing. A settlement was reached and ended the situation with the traffic, but Jennings violated the terms and was sued again. He was then ordered to take down his display. Then Osborne decided to share his lights and offered the display to the Walt Disney World Resort and has been on display ever since. A few things have been added by Disney Imagineers, but all of his original pieces are still a part of the display on the Streets of America.

The Osborne Lights draw heavy crowds, so be prepared to stand among a crowd while you watch the show. The lights go on at dusk which is normally around 6:00 pm during that time of the year. There is a short “turning on the light switch” ceremony with characters as well. After the light switch is turned on a the “snow” falls and over five million synchronized lights “dance” to some of your favorite Christmas songs.

While viewing the lights here is a fun game, try and find these ten items!

#1: Hidden Mickeys! There are a few Hidden Mickeys that are made from the light strands throughout the light display and more and more are added throughout the season! Make sure to look closely though! Some are very easy to spot while others are a little bit more tricky to find!

#2: The Halloween Cat: A Halloween decoration in a Christmas display? Yup, that’s right! Somewhere in the display you will find a purple cat figure that was mistakenly taken from the Osborne’s Halloween collection!

#3: The Light Canopy: This canopy is set up in the New York section of the Streets of America. This is no ordinary Christmas light strand display. This canopy is actually a large video screen made from individual RGB Video nodes. Each node has a single red, green, and blue LED that can be customized to create over a trillion different color effects. One of the color effects to look for is Jack Skellington, he can be seen during the song “What’s This”.

#4: Mickey & Santa Figures: Osborne created a figure of Mickey Mouse and Santa Claus shaking hands.

#5: Lone White Angel: A solid white angel was added to the collection in 2011 in memory of Osborne’s life and legacy. The Lone White Angel is featured in the display of suspended angels near the globe.

#6: The Flying Kite: Across from the Premiere Theater is a large snowman flying a kite. This seen was created by Osborne to represent his first date with his wife.

#7: Arkansas Razorback: The Osborne’s are from Little Rock, Arkansas and were huge fans of the football team. Disney Imagineers incorporated a razorback, a pig, into the light display at the end of the Streets of America.

#8: Osborne Family Stockings: Don’t forget to try and find the Osborne family stockings! Each family member has a personalized stocking that hangs above a giant fireplace.

#9: Nativity Scene: Osborne bought the nativity scene that was located in the Italy Pavilion at Epcot and added it to his display at Hollywood Studios. The nativity scene is located at the end of The Streets of America.

#10: Original Displays: All of the original displays that were in Osborne’s yard in Arkansas are still a part of the display today: the giant globe, the 100 flying angels, the twirling carousels, the 70 foot tree and all of the other figurines of elves, snowmen and carolers.

Grab a cup of hot cocoa and a sweet treat and your family of course and enjoy all of this Christmas Joy!

Don’t just watch the show, be a part of it! Click on the video below to see how you can become a part of the Osborne Family Christmas Lights!

** If you want to find out more information about other Holiday Events, Parties & Festivals that take place at the Walt Disney World Resort, CLICK HERE.**

Downtown Disney Area (Future Disney Springs) Dining Plan Locations

Quick Service Locations & Table Service Locations

– Marketplace –

Earl of Sandwich – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner –

Wolfgang Puck Express at Downtown Disney Marketplace – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner –

Rainforest Cafe’ – Lunch & Dinner –

– The Landing –

Cookes of Dublin – Lunch & Dinner –

T-Rex – Lunch & Dinner –

Portobello Country Italian Trattoria – Lunch & Dinner –

Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant – Lunch & Dinner –

Paradiso 37, Taste of Americas – Lunch & Dinner –

– West Side –

STARBUCKS at Downtown Disney West Side – Breakfast –

Food Trucks at Exposition Park – Lunch & Dinner –

Bongos Cuban Cafe’ Express – Lunch & Dinner –

The Express at Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe’ – Lunch & Dinner –

The Smokehouse – Lunch & Dinner –

Food Quest – Lunch & Dinner –

Planet Hollywood – Lunch & Dinner –

Bongos Cuban Cafe’ – Lunch & Dinner –

Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe’ – Lunch & Dinner –

Splitsville Luxury Lanes – Lunch & Dinner –

Crossroads at the House of Blues – Lunch & Dinner –

BREAKFAST AT BE OUR GUEST RESTAURANT IN MAGIC KINGDOM PARK!!!

With the successful test of the fast casual breakfast experience at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, we are excited to announce this as a permanent offering! 

The prix fixe French-inspired breakfast menu includes pastries, cured meats and cheeses, eggs Florentine, vegetable quiche, and more. Plus, you and your faimly can indulge in the Croissant Doughnut, a fried doughnut topped with banana caramel sauce, chocolate ganache and whipped cream. Younger Guests can enjoy brioche French toast, scrambled eggs, fruit crepes, as well as cereal and oatmeal. 

Breakfast will be served 8-10 a.m. daily. Pricing will be $21.99 plus tax for adults, $13.99 plus tax for children ages 3-9 years. Reservations will be available beginning Aug. 5, 2015 for dates Oct. 4, 2015 and beyond via My Disney Experience, or by calling 407-WDW-DINE or by using your local TRAVEL AGENT!. Advance reservations are encouraged! The Disney Dining Plan will be accepted!

To find out more information about Dining Plan Locations at the Magic Kingdom, click here! If you are ready to Get The Magic Started for you family click the Request A Free Quote tab!

2016 DISNEYLAND RESORT VACATION PACKAGES NOW AVAILABLE!

The 2016 Disneyland Resort vacation packages include accommodations at one of the Disneyland Resort hotels, or at a nearby Good Neighbor Hotel. Packages also include souvenir tickets with Magic Morning Entry, Magical Extras Savings Card, Disneyland Photo Memory, ESPN Game Card and Burger, as well as a collectible pin, lanyard and luggage tag.

The 2016 packages will be valid for arrivals Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2016. Please note the last date of your vacation cannot be booked more than 499 days in the future.

If you have any questions about the 2016 Disneyland or Disney World Vacation packages please fill free to CONTACT ME! If you and your family are ready to Get The Magic Started, fill out my FREE QUOTE SHEET and I will get back with you shortly! Hope to hear from ya real soon!

Why Use a Disney Travel Agent?

Although general travel agents aren’t needed as much anymore, destination-specific agents are still invaluable since they provide such detailed guidance on a specific place. Unless people are willing to spend a lot of time researching, I almost always recommend they use a Disney Travel Agent! 

Reason #1: Knowledge!

As a Disney Travel Agent I am a graduate of the College of Disney Knowledge! What’s that you might ask? It is a learning experience that has taught me how to add more value to each Disney itinerary so that I can help make each and every client’s magical dreams come true!

Reason #2: FREE to YOU!

It doesn’t cost you any extra to book through an agent verses booking straight from Disney’s website. Yes, you read correctly. All of my services are free to you, all you have to do is tell me your personal preferences and I do all the work for you! No stress, no time lost and a possibility to save money in ways you may have not known yourself!

Reason #3: Saves you Money!

Not only does booking with a Disney Travel Agent not cost you anything, it can actually save you money! I am constantly getting informed of all of the new discounts and offers that become available that you may not be aware of when booking your vacation yourself.

Reason #4: Dining, FASTPASS+, and Other Reservations Booked for You

Many of the super hard-to-get dining reservations require being online or on the phone at the crack of dawn 180 days in advance of your trip. Disney Travel Agent, such as myself, will make these reservations for you allowing you to relax and sleep in. They will also make all of your FASTPASS+ reservations for your vacation and special bookings such as Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique as well.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to ask! Take a few minutes and check out the rest of this site to inform yourself of some things that you may just need to freshen up on. And if you are ready to get the Magic Started fill out my FREE QUOTE SHEET!