How Far in Advance Can You Book a Disney Vacation?


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Wow, things have certainly been different over the last year for everyone. With that in mind, I felt it was time to take a fresh look at a few Disney planning basics. For instance, we often get the question, “How far in advance can you book a Disney vacation?”

Well that depends on what kind of Disney vacation you are looking to plan. Here at Firefly Travels we plan a variety of different Disney trips for our customers. Those vacations fall under the following destinations:

  • Walt Disney World
  • Disneyland
  • Disney Cruise Line
  • Adventures by Disney
  • Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

How Far In Advance Can You Book a Disney Vacation?

Let’s take a look at those specific guidelines for each Disney property.

#1 Walt Disney World

Under normal circumstances Walt Disney World reservations are available up to 499 days in advance. Given current circumstances, Disney is only accepting vacation reservations through December 31, 2021 at this time. That’s still a little over a year out, so there’s plenty of time to plan.

How far in advance can I reserve a Walt Disney World trip?

Disney is also providing the following offer for stays through April 31, 2021. Here’s the exact statement from their website, “Enjoy added peace of mind when booking! You can modify or cancel your reservation with extra flexibility through April 30, 2021.”

You can read the full disclaimer here for special terms.

Anyone looking to plan a vacation at Walt Disney World in 2021 will also want to remember that Magic Kingdom’s 50th anniversary is October 1, 2021.

We anticipate these dates filling up quickly, along with the following Fall and Winter holidays. Disney usually goes big when it comes to these types of events, and they are truly make for once in a lifetime memories. If we can help you start planning your 2021 Disney vacation fill out a contact form here.

#2 Disneyland

Unfortunately, at this time the Disneyland Resort is closed and new reservations are not available. When things improve, we’ll come back and update with accurate dates.

How far out can I reserve Disneyland in 2021?

In the meantime you can always contact us here to get on our waiting list for reservations.

#3 Disney Cruise Line

Normally, Disney cruises are available for reservations up to 18 months in advance. At this time Disney cruises through December 31, 2020 have been suspended.

How far out can you book a Disney Cruise?
Image Courtesy of Disney

However, there are several cruises available for reservation at this time through May 30, 2021. If you would like to know more about the process, feel free to visit our Disney Cruise FAQ’s sections.

#4 Adventures by Disney

As of the end of October, we are now taking reservations for Adventures by Disney for 2021 and 2022 private adventures. If you are looking to take the trip of a lifetime, we can’t recommend an Adventures by Disney vacation package enough.

Adventures by Disney Frequently Asked Questions

You can preview their upcoming itineraries here, and we have a full FAQ’s for Adventure by Disney section on the site as well.

#5 Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa

Aulani, like Walt Disney World, is typically available for reservations up to 499 days in advance. We are also excited to announce that as of November, Aulani has now re-opened. And we can now reserve your Disney Hawaiian dream vacation.

Disney is also offering a flexible cancellation policy for stays at Aulani. At this time you can cancel stays up to 24 hours in advance of your arrival date through May 21, 2021.

We know it’s been a tough year for our customers and all those who love to travel. With 2021 on the horizon, we are excited to see travel plans begin to resume for many. We are also thankful for companies like Disney offering flexible planning options and simple no-questions-asked cancellations.

We would be honored to help you begin your return to travel in 2021 as well. Get in touch with Firefly Travels today, so we can help light your way to extraordinary travel!

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