Planning Walt Disney World vacations seem to be different than any other vacation taken.
When you book a cruise, you plan what days you go where and look into land options - maybe swim with the dolphins or visit Mayan ruins - but dining is mostly standard or easy to make once you get on the ship.
Adventures by Disney is another travel option - that I hope to some day experience - in which planning is done completely ahead of time... by someone else! They do ALL of the work so you just show up and enjoy!
Walt Disney World vacations require so much planning that I'm fairly certain that the reason so many people don't like WDW is because they under planned. Yes, that is VERY easy to do.
Reasons to Book Early
Reserve a room before the discounts
When you book with me (or any qualified agent - I, of course, recommend Guru Travel) - we 'babysit' your reservation and apply discounts the same day they are offered to save you money!
Lock in a rate before price inreases
Price increases are inevitable. Will they happen in June? August? One or twice in each year? If you wait for the 'just in case' room discount, you may end up paying 5-7% more in ticket prices! You lock in your rate when you book - prices can go down, but can't go up, unless you decide to upgrade!
**I can't guarantee discounts will happen, but the chances good there will be some available**
More Dining Opportunities
Not as many Disney restaurants are as popular as the Be Our Guest Restaurant. Maybe the meal inside the other castle - Cinderella's Royal Table, or the exclusive and adult only Victoria and Albert Restaurant at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. It may seem crazy to make Advanced Dining Reservations 6 months out, but trust me, many of the popular ADR's are gone fast!
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
Do you want your little princesses to have their dream makeover? The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, located inside Cinderella Castle (there is a second location at Downtown Disney), books up almost as quickly as the Be Our Guest Restaurant! If you want to guarantee these special experiences, it is best to book them as close to your 180 day reservation window as possible!
**If you miss out on BBB, try the Harmony Barber Shop or Pirates League for another great experience - or send the boys there when the girls are getting all dolled up!**
My Disney Experience
Now, everyone staying on property receives a Magic Band to use instead of a Key to the World Card. Room key, park ticket, fast pass, memory maker, credit card, dining plan - it is ALL on your wrist. But, to receive one that isn't plain grey, you need to log in to MyDisneyExperience.com to customize your Magic Band, link your reservations, tickets (if buying seperately), and continue planning
Your magic band will be your fast pass ticket - no more paper fast passes. Your 3 a day (yes, only 3 - I will cover that topic later) can be chosen 60 days out - and while we had few problems changing them on the go, if you're hoping for a specific time of Toy Story Midway Mania, you might want to book that sooner rather than later!