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  • On Jul 20, 2019
    Elizabeth from NH Asked

    A trip to Disney now basically requires preplanning of the majority of your trip, reservations for meals, fast pass, character meets. How far in advance does Disney release the calendar for which parks have magic hours to be able to get the most out of day

    Hi Elizabeth!  Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Park hours and Extra Magic Hours are shown on the calendar for dates up to 180 days out.  Please keep in mind park hours are subject to change in the weeks and months leading up to your vacation.  Usually when I have noticed an update to the calendar after park hours have been released, it is because one or more parks are opening earlier and/or staying open later.  More park time is a great thing!  If park hours change on a day when Extra Magic Hours are scheduled, the Extra Magic Hours will be adjusted earlier or later as well.

    Some Guests truly enjoy the excitement and anticipation of planning their itinerary as far in advance as possible.  Dining reservations may be made up to 180 days in advance.  FastPass+ reservations may be made up to 30 days in advance, or 60 days in advance for Disney Resort Hotel Guests.

    If there are any particular experiences that are on your "must-do" list, I would reserve those as far in advance as possible.  There are a few dining locations and FastPass+ experiences that are very popular and reservations might be hard to come by.  That being said, it is totally possible to have a magical vacation without planning that far in advance.  Often, I do not make ANY dining reservations in advance of my trip.  I'll use the My Disney Experience mobile app to search for an available table.  I have discovered wonderful meals this way!  There are many dining locations that will have same day availability, especially those outside the Theme Parks.  I find taking a break to dine at a Resort Hotel offers a quiet, relaxing respite from the hubbub of the parks.  There also plenty of unique and delicious Quick-Service dining options, no reservations necessary!  With a little flexibility, I can usually also find FastPass+ reservations for my favorite attractions just a day or two in advance, even scoring same-day FastPass+ reservations for popular attractions such as Slinky Dog Dash, Avatar Flight of Passage and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

    Whether you are an advance planner or prefer to go with the flow, you can have a wonderful trip either way!

    Please let us know if you have any additional questions as you plan your vacation.  We are always happy to help.

    Anne Marie
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Meet the Panelist: Anne Marie, Illinois

Hi everyone!  I'm Anne Marie from Illinois.  I love escaping our long Midwest winters with some fun in the sun at beautiful Walt Disney World Resort!  It seems our family of six is always on the go, and that is one reason why our Disney vacation memories are so special.  We get the opportunity to have fun while spending precious time together.  I enjoy helping family and friends plan their Disney vacations, and I'd love to help you plan yours too! Learn More About Anne Marie

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