Here’s How Far In Advance You Need To Be Planning Your Disney World Trip!

Is there anything more exciting than planning a Disney vacation? Nothing compares to the giddy feeling you get when booking your park pass reservations, choosing a hotel, and grabbing dining reservations!

How Magical is this Shot?

But while it’s exciting to prepare, there’s also a lot to consider during the process, so you’ll need to give yourself enough time to plan. And to get a better idea of how much time is actually needed to plan, we had our readers weigh in!

We took to Facebook to ask our readers, “How far in advance do you typically plan your Disney vacation?” Here’s what they said!

1 Year or Longer

Does it surprise you to hear that this was the most common answer we received? Many commenters shared that they start planning 12-18 months (or longer) in advance, in order to properly plan. One reader said “the way it is now,” it’s necessary to give yourself that much time, with many pointing to the park pass system as the issue.


And while many agreed that it was best to have more time to plan, some readers had unique timelines!

Constantly Planning

Some of these responses had us in stitches! The main sentiment we received? You guys are CONSTANTLY planning! One reader said they start planning “right as we’re boarding the plane that ends our current vacation,” while another said their goal is to “always have a trip planned!” (SAME!)

Some of You Already Start Planning For Your Next Trip Here

Another reader said, “it never stops,” while others shared that they plan for the next visit while they’re still on their current trip! That’s dedication.

Things to Plan Around

Others don’t have a timeline; however, they do plan their trips around events and sales! One reader shared that they plan around discounts (like the current Disneyland ticket discount for California residents), while another said she plans trips around when “work aggravates” her!

Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland

Some others shared that they plan around events and holiday parties, while other readers said they plan around flight sales!

Planning Tips

We have some planning tips to share, to make the experience even easier:

  • Check out planning tips from our readers here
  • Check out our own planning tips for Disney World here
  • Check out our Ultimate Guide for Disney Genie and Genie+ here
  • Check out the list of the Best and Worst Disney World Value Resorts, curated by our readers, here
  • Check out our list of Everything You Need to Consider Before Making Disney World Dining Reservations here
  • Check out our list of the 2022 Disney World Discounts Available Right Now here

And when you’ve finally planned your next trip, check out our 4 Unique Ways to Count Down to your Disney World vacation!

Wilderness Lodge Resort in Disney World

That’s what our readers keep in mind while planning, and how long they take to plan their trip! Make sure to follow our Facebook page to join our next discussion. And, as always, stay tuned to AllEars for the latest Disney news!

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2 Replies to “Here’s How Far In Advance You Need To Be Planning Your Disney World Trip!”

  1. Yes, I planned my trip more than a year in advance. It was our first one ever. But not because of park pass reservations which typically aren’t an issue until about a month or two before that given date. I get people find them annoying, but no, you don’t need to plan your trip a year in advance over them.

  2. I plan each time I read and watch you guys! Things change SO MUCH! I like to be in the complete “know” before getting to Disney! My friends that do not plan, do not have near the fun and ease of maneuvering the parks like I do. I do try to help them!