Amid the ongoing pandemic, many Disney fans, families, and hopeful travelers long for a Disney vacation but aren’t sure when they’ll be comfortable. Many people had to cancel their vacation in 2020 because of the pandemic and have not yet decided when to rebook.
However, there are many benefits to booking a trip well in advance. By booking early, you have the opportunity to look forward to a trip that you can look forward to in the future without having to travel in the next few months. You can plan ahead, make a minimum deposit, and spend the time researching and familiarizing yourself with a trip – every several months or even a year before your vacation.
In addition, Disney implemented flexible cancellation and change policies this year. That said, if you decide to postpone your vacation for whatever reason, you can probably do so.
Below is more information on booking a Disney trip early, whether you’re going to Disney World, Disneyland, or a Disney cruise.
Remember: If at any time you’d like to speak to a travel professional, click here to reach out to Academy Travel’s authorized Disney vacation planners.
How far in advance can you book a Walt Disney World vacation?
The Walt Disney World Resort has been open since July 2020 after a temporary closure due to the pandemic. And while many Disney fans and WDW annual pass holders have visited the parks and are still planning on excursions this year, others are opting to visit in 2021 and beyond, in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary.
How far in advance can you book a Disney World vacation? From now on, you can book a Disney World trip anytime from this month through December 2021. When 2020 ends and we enter next year, vacation bookings for 2022 will also open over time. For example, if this article gets published in mid-October, you can book a Disney World vacation about 14 months in advance.
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When it comes to cancellations and changes, these are also flexible. As always, you can book a Walt Disney World Vacation Package (room + tickets) and only leave a refundable deposit of $ 200. The full cost of your vacation is due 30 days prior to your arrival. You can cancel or change your trip up to 30 days before your arrival at no additional cost. And if you need to explore your options before your vacation, whether you are within the 30 day arrival window or not, you can call (407) 939-6244.
How far in advance can you book a Disneyland vacation?
At the time of this writing, Disneyland Resort is temporarily closed and we don’t have a reopening date yet. However, they are still accepting new hotel bookings. And many are trying to book hotel reservations for later in 2021 in hopes of visiting Disneyland and Disney California Adventure a few months after the theme parks reopen.
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Making a reservation at one of the Disneyland Resort’s hotels is pretty easy. Currently, Disneyland Resort only allows new hotel reservations for the Disneyland Hotel, Disney Paradise Pier Hotel, and Disney Grand Californian Hotel & Spa through December 31, 2020. However, under normal circumstances, a hotel stay at Disneyland Resort can be booked much more in advance. As soon as prices for 2021 are published, we will update this article.
Note that Disneyland Resort Hotels allow very flexible cancellations and changes. Disney waives all change and cancellation fees until check-in for the duration of the lock-up period. If you have any questions about your stay, you can call (714) 520-5050.
How far in advance can you book a Disney cruise?
Currently, departures on the Disney Cruise Line are suspended until at least December 6, 2020. However, as usual, Disney Cruise Line trips can be booked well in advance. Holidays can currently be booked for the entire year 2021. However, if you want to book a trip for 2022 – that’s more than a year in advance – you should consider the following dates:
Advance booking for Disney Cruise Line Castaway Club members
If you are currently a member of the Platinum, Gold or Silver Castaway Club, please take the opportunity to book our new cruises before they go on sale to the general public on October 22nd, 2020. You can book itineraries for early 2022 online or by phone during a specific booking window.
When to book
October 19, 2020: Platinum Members
October 20, 2020: Platinum and Gold Members
October 21, 2020: Platinum, Gold and Silver Members
October 22, 2020: All guests
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Advance booking for select Disney guests
If you are currently a Disney Vacation Club member, an Adventures by Disney Insider or a Golden Oak Club member, you can exclusively book our new cruise before it goes on sale to the general public on October 22nd. 2020.
When to book
Golden Oak Club Members – Begins October 19, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time
Disney Insiders’ Disney Vacation Club Members and Adventures – Starts October 21, 2020 at 8:00 AM Eastern Time
How to book
Golden Oak Club Members: Contact Golden Oak Club Member Services
Disney Vacation Club Members: To book using reservation points, call Member Services at (800) 800-9800. To book for cash only, call Disney Cruise Line at (866) 325-6348 or contact your travel agent
Disney Insider Adventures: Call (800) 388-4513 – or contact your travel agent
Disney Cruise Line also offers flexible cancellations and changes. For Disney Cruise Line, this is referred to as “Cruise Date Flexibility”. You can read all about it here or call (800) 951-3532 for help with a trip that has already been booked.
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Ready to book?
When you’re ready to book a Disney vacation (for Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, or any other Disney destination around the world) and want the flexibility to book well in advance – say, in 2021 or 2022 – , we make every effort to recommend working with an authorized Disney vacation planner. Academy Travel is an Earmarked Diamond travel agency – and with so much uncertainty these days, we can give you the security you are looking for when you work with an experienced and knowledgeable vacation planner.
Click here to book a Disney vacation anytime you want to travel! Whenever you’re ready to go to Disney, Academy Travel can make it happen.