That’s how far in advance you need to plan your Disney World trip!

Is there anything more exciting than planning a Disney vacation? Nothing compares to the giddiness you get when booking your park pass reservationchoose a hotel and make table reservations!

How magical is this shot?

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

We asked our readers on Facebook, “How far in advance do you usually plan your Disney vacation?” Here’s what they said!

1 year or longer

Are you surprised to hear that this was the top response we received? Many commenters shared that they start planning 12-18 months (or more) ahead to plan properly. One reader said, “As it is now,” you have to take so much time, with many pointing to the parking pass system as a problem.


And while many agreed that having more time to plan is best, some readers had unique schedules!

constant planning

Some of these answers had failed us! The most important feeling we received? You are ALWAYS planning! One reader said they start planning “as soon as we get on the plane that ends our current vacation,” while another said their goal is to “always have a trip planned!” (SAME!)

Some of you are already starting to plan your next trip here

Another reader said, “It never stops,” while others shared planning the next visit while still on their current journey! That is devotion.

to plan things

Others don’t have a schedule; However, they plan their trips around events and sales! One reader shared that they plan on discounts (like the current Disneyland ticket discount for California residents), while another said they plan trips when “work annoys them”!

Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland

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

planning tips

We have some planning tips for you to make the experience even easier:

  • Read our readers’ planning tips here
  • Check out our own Disney World planning tips here
  • Check out our ultimate guide to Disney Genie and Genie+ here
  • Check out our readers’ compiled list of the best and worst Disney World Value Resorts here
  • Check out our list of everything you need to know before making a Disney World restaurant reservation here
  • Check out our list of 2022 Disney World discounts available right now here

And when you’ve finally got your next trip planned, check out our 4 unique ways to count down your Disney World vacation!

Wilderness Lodge Resort at Disney World

This is what our readers should consider when planning and how long it will take them to plan their trip! 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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How long does it take you to plan your next Disney trip? Let us know in the comments!