Let’s all get our School House rock on and sing…
…180 Days… it’s the magic number…
One of the most common questions in the world of Disney travel planning is…
‘When is the best time to book our Disney World vacation?’
I can book a vacation anytime. I’ve started planning years out with some clients and booked another family’s vacation with a week to go. HOWEVER… for the smoothest ride possible, I suggest booking seven months out or more. This is all because of that certain magical Disney number…
You can begin booking your Disney World dining reservations at the crack o’ dawn 180 days before your trip begins. (If you are staying in a Disney resort, that is…) If you are staying off property it’s 180 days out for each day of you trip.
So let’s break that down… if you are staying on property, all of your reservations can be booked at once. If you are staying off property, you get to wake up at the crack o’ dawn several mornings in a row to book your dining options. Yikes! Another great reason to stay on property. 😉
Early mornings aren’t your jam? No problem! That’s what I’m here for. I will take care of booking reservations for you!
Personally, I suggest my clients book seven months or more out. I like to give my clients about a month to look over all of the great dining options at Disney World and get an idea of what they want their trip to look like. Then I have them submit a wish list and I do my best to make their dreams come true.
There are certain places that book up almost immediately. Be Our Guest, ‘Ohana, Cinderella’s Royal Table (aka…the castle) or Chef Mickey’s…. they book up very quick. If someone has told you that ‘you MUST eat there…’ chances are, you need to book it 180 days out.
There are a couple of things I want to stress while I am on my soap box:
- Large parties MUST book early. It is much more difficult to book reservations for big groups. If the grandparents want to take all of their children and their children’s children… plan ahead!
- Holidays are busy! Busy season means lots of hungry people. If you plan to travel on a holiday and have certain dining options in mind, you need to book your trip before the six month mark.
- Free Dining… if you plan to travel during the fall, which is typically when the Free Dining promotion is available, book early. Let me be quite frank… people love free dining. This gives them to opportunity to try places they wouldn’t otherwise book. In my experience this is the hardest time to find dining options.
Disney planning is my passion! I want my clients to have the vacation of their dreams. I want your little man to be able to high five Mickey in between bites of chicken nuggets. I love seeing pictures of your princess walking up the stairs of Cinderella’s castle as she heads to dine with royalty. Or to hear how you reacted the first time you walked into the Beast’s castle. (It literally feels like you just stepped into the movie!) I want you to experience fireworks from the rooftop of the Contemporary Resort after a gourmet meal. This is why I harp on that 180 day mark.
Is your mind already blown? No problem! I made a handy, dandy little chart so you won’t have to do the math in your head…
This is the month your 180 day mark will hit. If you are planning on traveling in March 2018, I would suggest booking next month so we can get a good game plan going.
*The deposit on your Disney trip is only $200 and then you can pay as much or as little as you like until 30 days prior to your trip.
Let’s start planning!