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How and when to make all Disney World reservations

One of the most stressful parts about planning a vacation to Disney World is knowing how and when to make all those important Disney reservations.

And when you add in the variety of different cancellation and deposit policies, it can be more than a bit confusing to try to figure out.

Below, we have compiled lists that will make all that easier. We cover everything from Genie+ to general resort and dining reservations. Plus, we even tell you which Disney reservations you can expect to see in your My Disney Experience account.

Let’s take a look…

When can you make reservations at Disney World?

Dining reservations and Enchanting Extras can be highly competitive, so jumping in and trying to snag the reservations right when your booking window opens is the best way to get what you want.

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And, although there used to be multiple windows to know about (primarily 180-day and 60-day), currently for most things you’ll just need to know when your 60-day window opens up.

If you aren’t sure what those dates are for your vacation, our monthly Crowd Calendars calculate them for you.

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If you are on mobile, you’ll need to click the expand button to see the dates. After you’ve found your check-in date, if you click the “+” sign, you’ll be able to add it to your calendar:

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General/basic reservation info

Just getting started? These are the basic things that you’ll likely need to make reservations for.

RESERVATION TYPEWHEN TO MAKEHOWCANCELLATION POLICYDEPOSIT REQUIREDWILL SHOW UP IN MDE? (THINGS THAT AREN’T ADDED IN MDE AUTOMATICALLY CAN BE ADDED AS A NOTE.)
Disney Park Pass ReservationAs soon as you purchase your tickets.You can make reservations online or go through the My Disney Experience app, which links out to the reservation page online.Park Pass reservations can be canceled or modified without penalty.NoneYes
Disney World vacation packageReservations can be made once they are released for the year you’re traveling (usually released in late June or July the year prior), up to 499 days ahead of time.You can make reservations online, by using an agent, or by calling (407) 939-5277.Packages canceled 30 days or more in advance will allow you to get a full refund (except for travel insurance or airfare if you purchased those through Disney). Packages canceled 2-29 days beforehand will result in a $200 cancellation fee. Packages canceled a day prior will be charged in full.$200 deposit required within 7 days (if booking online, the deposit is due immediately) and insurance is due immediately if you add it. Full payment is due 30 days before your trip begins. Payments can be applied until then if you’d like to pay as you go.Yes
Room-only Disney resort reservationUp to 499 days beforehandCall Disney World at (407) 939-5277 (just be careful that the phone rep doesn’t try to upgrade you to a package if that’s not what you want) or booking through an agent is the way to do it if resort rates for your travel dates haven’t been announced yet. Once room rates are announced, you can also book online.Can cancel up to 5 days beforehand without paying any penalty (up to 6 days if booked online).1 night’s deposit due within 3 days if booking by phone, deposit due immediately when booking online. Final payment is due when you check in.Yes
Disney Vacation Club bookingVaries by resort. Check this list for more info – DVC Request chartCan book directly with a DVC owner or through a site like DVCRequest.comNo refunds available if you need to cancel which is why trip insurance may be especially helpful when using DVC pointsFull payment usually required when bookingYes
Memory MakerAnytime, but must purchase at least 3 days beforehand to receive the pre-purchase discountOn the WDW siteNon-refundable unless purchased as part of a Magic Your Way packageFull payment due when booking or you can book it as part of a package and then the package rules applyYes
Mears Connect (starts Jan. 1, 2022)Anytime, but highly suggest making it at least 10 days beforehand (you must have flight booked to schedule ride)On the Mears websiteNo charge if canceled/changed more than 24 hours prior to pickup time. 100% charge if canceled/changed less than 24 hours prior to pick up.Full payment required when booking.No
Magical Express (ends Dec. 31, 2021)Anytime, but highly suggest making it at least 10 days beforehand (preferably at least several weeks beforehand so you can receive all of your information by mail)On the ME site or by calling (866) 599-0951NoneNoneNo
Stroller and ECV/scooter rentalIf renting from Disney, you can rent in person (ECVs have very limited quantities). If booking through a third-party company, it will vary.If renting from Disney, you need to go in person to the rental places. If booking through a third-party vendor, you’ll need to contact them directly.When booking from a third-party vendor, most require cancellation at least 48 hours beforehand.When booking from a third-party vendor, your card will usually be charged at the time you book.No


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When can you make Genie+ and pay-to-ride Lightning Lane reservations?

Unlike the old FastPass+ system, Genie+ and Lightning Lane selections are made on the day that you will be using them.

RESERVATION TIMEWHEN TO MAKEHOWCANCELLATION POLICYDEPOSIT REQUIREDWILL SHOW UP IN MDE? (THINGS THAT AREN’T ADDED IN MDE AUTOMATICALLY CAN BE ADDED AS A NOTE.)
Genie+All guests (both onsite and off) can make selections beginning at exactly 7 a.m. on the day of useSelections are made inside the My Disney Experience app, but you’ll need to purchase Genie+ before you can make your first selectionNon-refundable after purchasePayment is due at time of purchase. Packages can purchase for the length of trip OR day-by-dayYes
Individual Lightning Lane Selections (pay-to-ride)Onsite resort guests (including Shades of Green and the Swan and Dolphin) can make selections starting at 7 a.m.

Offsite guests can’t make selections until park opening (but they don’t have to be inside the park to do so).
Selections are made inside the My Disney Experience appNon-refundable after purchase (exceptions are made if a ride breaks down and does not reopen)Payment is due at time of purchaseYes
Virtual Queue for Remy’s Ratatouille AdventureAll guests (both onsite and off) can join the virtual queue beginning at exactly 7 a.m. Must have an Epcot Park Pass reservation in order to join queueYou can request to join the virtual queue inside the My Disney Experience appN/AN/AYes
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When can you make dining reservations at Disney World?

Nearly all of these can be booked using the same methods, but the payment terms and other details vary.

Tip: Some dining reservations can be more difficult to snag than others. Make sure you check out our guide on How to Snag Hard-to-Get Disney World Reservations for tips on increasing your chances.

RESERVATION TYPEWHEN TO MAKEHOWCANCELLATION POLICYDEPOSIT REQUIREDWILL SHOW UP IN MDE? (THINGS THAT AREN’T ADDED IN MDE AUTOMATICALLY CAN BE ADDED AS A NOTE.)
Candelight Processional Dinner PackageUsually released at the end of June or early July, although 2021 packages were available beginning October 26407-WDW-DINE or book onlineMust cancel at least 48 hours in advance to avoid cancellation feesCredit card guarantee is required when bookingYes
Celebration at the Top: 50th Flavors & Fireworks at Disney’s Contemporary ResortUp to 60 days in advanceOnline (beginning at 6 a.m. eastern time 60 days beforehand) or by calling 407-WDW-DINE (beginning at 7 a.m. eastern time)Must be canceled at least 24 hours beforehand to receive a refundFull payment due when bookingYes
Cinderella’s Royal TableUp to 60 days ahead of timeOnline beginning at 5:45 a.m. eastern time (some restaurants may not open up until 6 a.m. eastern time or later) 60 days beforehandMust be canceled at least 24 hours beforehand to receive a refundFull payment required at time of booking if you’re not on the Disney Dining Plan. If you’re using the Disney Dining Plan, your credit card will be used to hold the reservation.Yes
Harmonious Dining PackageUp to 60 days in advance407-939-3463 or onlineMust be canceled at least 24 hours beforehand to receive a refundFull payment due when bookingYes
Hoop Dee Doo Revue (currently unavailable)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Magic Kingdom 50th Fireworks Dessert PartiesOfficially up to 60 days in advance but it’s often not available until laterOnline beginning at 5:45 a.m. eastern time, 60 days beforehand (sometimes they don’t open until 6 a.m.) or by calling 407-WDW-DINE (beginning at 7 a.m. eastern time)Must cancel up to 5 days in advance to get payment refundedFull payment due when bookingYes
Most Table Service reservationsUp to 60 days ahead of time (people staying on-site can make up to 10 days worth of reservations at once) Note: the booking window used to be 180 days, however, it is currently 60 daysOnline beginning at 5:45 a.m. eastern time (some restaurants may not open up until 6 a.m. eastern time or later) 60 days beforehandDisney says they must be canceled 24 hours beforehand, but it’s really midnight the night before.A credit card guarantee is required to make these reservations, but will only be charged $10/person if nobody in your group shows up for the reservation. If at least part of your group shows up, you won’t be charged a no-show fee.Yes
Perfectly Princess tea party (currently unavailable)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Rainforest Cafe (2 locations) and T-Rex CafeUp to 60 days ahead of time, beginning at 5:45 a.m. eastern time (if it doesn’t open right at 5:45, keep checking; sometimes they don’t open until 6 a.m.)Some available online but calling can often be easier. Rainforest Cafe (Animal Kingdom location) – 407-938-9100, Rainforest Cafe (Disney Springs location) – 407-827-8500, T-Rex Cafe – 407-828-8739If you book through Disney’s system, you need to cancel by midnight the night before. If you book by calling, there aren’t any cancellation fees.If you book through the Disney system, Disney rules apply that require a credit card to guarantee and a $10 fee if you don’t show up. If you book by calling the restaurant directly, there’s no credit card needed or cancellation fees.Yes, if booked through Disney’s dining system. No, if booked directly with the restaurant.
Restaurants in both Open Table and in Disney’s Reservation System (including The BOATHOUSE, Frontera Cocina, Paddlefish & Homecoming)Up to 60 days ahead of time, beginning at 6 a.m. eastern timeBook on OpenTable and eventually reservations on the WDW site will be availableIf you book through Disney’s system, you need to cancel by midnight the night before. If you book by calling, there aren’t any cancellation fees.If you book through the Disney system, Disney rules apply that require a credit card to guarantee and a $10 fee if you don’t show up. If you book on OpenTable, there’s no credit card needed or cancellation fees.Yes, if booked through Disney
Special-order cakesAt least 72 hours beforehand, up to 3 weeks beforehand407-827-2253Must cancel at least 24 hours in advanceCredit card guarantee is required when bookingNo


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When can you make reservations for “Enchanting Extras” (After Hours, tours, etc.)?

There are lots of different ways to add some extra magic to a trip, things like tours, dessert parties, etc. Here’s when you can make those reservations.

RESERVATION TYPEWHEN TO MAKEHOWCANCELLATION POLICYDEPOSIT REQUIREDWILL SHOW UP IN MDE? (THINGS THAT AREN’T ADDED IN MDE AUTOMATICALLY CAN BE ADDED AS A NOTE.)
Build a droid at Droid DepotUp to 60 days in advanceOnlineA credit card guarantee is required to make these reservations, but will only be charged if you are a no-showNo; full payment is due when checking in for buildYes
Capture Your Moment photo sessionsUp to 60 days in advance407-939-7758 or onlineMust be canceled at least 24 hours beforehand to receive a refundFull payment due when bookingNo
Celebration at the TopOfficially up to 60 days in advance but it’s often not available until laterOnline (beginning at 6 a.m. eastern time 60 days beforehand) or by calling 407-WDW-DINE (beginning at 7 a.m. eastern time)Must be canceled at least 24 hours beforehand to receive a refundFull payment due when bookingYes
Disney After Hours events (Boo Bash and Disney Very Merriest)Tickets usually become available a few months before407-939-7795 or onlineTickets are non-refundableFull payment due when bookingYes
Disney FloristUp to a year in advance, but at least 48 hours notice is usually required407-939-4438 or DisneyFlorist.comCan cancel up to 48 hours ahead of time unless your order includes custom embroideryFull payment is required when bookingNo
Drawn to Life (Cirque du Soleil)Reservations usually available at least a year in advanceOnline on the Cirque du Soleil websiteTickets are non-refundableFull payment due when bookingNo
Food and Wine special events (currently not available)When they are released, often in late July407-WDW-FESTNon-refundableFull payment due when bookingYes
Harmonious Dining PackageUp to 60 days in advance407-939-3463 or onlineMust be canceled at least 24 hours beforehand to receive a refundFull payment due when bookingYes
Horse drawn carriages and sleighs (seasonal)Up to 60 days in advance407-939-7529Must be canceled at least 24 hours beforehand to receive a refund Full payment due when booking No
Magic Kingdom 50th Fireworks Dessert PartiesOfficially up to 60 days in advance but it’s often not available until laterOnline (beginning at 6 a.m. eastern time 60 days beforehand) or by calling 407-WDW-DINE (beginning at 7 a.m. eastern time)Must cancel up to 5 days in advance to get payment refundedFull payment due when bookingYes
runDisney eventsAs soon as they open up for registration (a limited number of spots open up early to DVC and AP holders). See this page for dates407-939-iRun or rundisney.comNo refunds availableFull payment due when bookingNo
Savi’s Workshop (build a lightsaber)Up to 60 days in advanceOnlineA credit card guarantee is required to make these reservations, but will only be charged if you are a no-showNo; full payment is due when checking in for build Yes
Tours (limited availability)Up to 60 days in advance407-560-4034Must be canceled 48 hours beforehand to receive a refundFull payment due when bookingNo
VIP ToursUp to 60 days in advance407-560-4033Must be canceled 48 hours beforehand to receive a refundFull payment due when bookingNo
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When can you make reservations for recreational activities at Disney World (golf, horseback riding, etc.)?

RESERVATION TYPEWHEN TO MAKEHOWCANCELLATION POLICYDEPOSIT REQUIRED
WILL SHOW UP IN MDE? (THINGS THAT AREN’T ADDED IN MDE AUTOMATICALLY CAN BE ADDED AS A NOTE.)
Aerophile balloon ride in Disney SpringsTickets must be purchased in person the day of unless you buy through a Groupon that’s sometimes available. Wind conditions are a big factor so call the boat dock beforehand to see what the conditions are before heading there – (407) 828-3150, press 3, then ask to be connected to the boat dock where the Aerophile balloon is locatedIn personN/AN/ANo
Archery, horseback ridingUp to 60 days beforehand407-WDW-PLAYMust cancel at least 24 hours in advance to avoid the $10 cancellation feeCredit card guarantee is required when bookingNo
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (currently unavailable)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Ft. Wilderness golf cart rentalUp to 1 year in advance (phones are open 9-5, 7 days/week)407-824-2742Must cancel by 1 p.m. the day before to avoid the cancellation fee of 1 day’s rentalCredit card guarantee is required when bookingNo
Golf tee timesUp to 90 days in advance for Disney World resort guests and up to 60 days in advance for non-resort guests407-WDW-GOLF or online at golfwdw.comMust be canceled at least 24 hours in advance or a fee will be charged ($25 fee for May-September, and $40 for the rest of the year)No deposit required, but a credit card is needed to make a reservationNo
Harmony Barber Shop (currently unavailable)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Horse drawn carriages and sleighs (seasonal)Up to 60 days in advance407-939-7529Must be canceled at least 24 hours beforehand to receive a refundFull payment due when bookingNo
Spa services (currently unavailable)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Umbrella/cabanas at water parks and monorail resortsUp to 60 days in advance407-WDW-PLAYMust cancel at least 24 hours in advance to avoid paying the full price as a cancellation fee. Same-day cancellations are allowed in inclement weather.Full payment due when bookingNo
Golf carts at Ft. Wilderness

Which Disney reservations require full payment when booking?

Although most Disney reservations just require a credit card to guarantee a reservation, these are the ones that require full payment when you book.

RESERVATION TYPEWHEN TO MAKEHOWCANCELLATION POLICYDEPOSIT REQUIREDWILL SHOW UP IN MDE? (THINGS THAT AREN’T ADDED IN MDE AUTOMATICALLY CAN BE ADDED AS A NOTE.)
Capture Your Moment photo sessionsUp to 60 days in advance407-939-7758 or onlineMust be canceled at least 24 hours beforehand to receive a refundFull payment due when bookingNo
Celebration at the Top: 50th Flavors & Fireworks at Disney’s Contemporary ResortUp to 60 days in advanceOnline (beginning at 6 a.m. eastern time 60 days beforehand) or by calling 407-WDW-DINE (beginning at 7 a.m. eastern time)Must be canceled at least 24 hours beforehand to receive a refundFull payment due when bookingYes
Cinderella’s Royal TableUp to 60 days ahead of time Note: At this time, many experiences, including Hoop Dee Doo Revue are unavailable for bookingOnline beginning at 5:45 a.m. eastern time (some restaurants may not open up until 6 a.m. eastern time or later) 60 days beforehandThe 2 dinner shows must be canceled 48 hours in advance to get a refund. Cinderella’s Royal Table can be canceled up to 24 hours in advance.Full payment required at time of booking if you’re not on the Disney Dining Plan. If you’re using the Disney Dining Plan, your credit card will be used to hold the reservation.Yes
Disney After Hours events (Boo Bash and Disney Very Merriest)Tickets usually become available a few months before407-939-7795 or onlineTickets are non-refundableFull payment due when bookingYes
Disney FloristUp to a year in advance, but at least 48 hours notice is usually required407-939-4438 or DisneyFlorist.comCan cancel up to 48 hours ahead of time unless your order includes custom embroideryFull payment is required when bookingNo
Disney Vacation Club bookingVaries by resort. Check this list for more info – DVC Request chartCan book directly with a DVC owner or through a site like DVCRequest.comNo refunds available if you need to cancel which is why trip insurance may be especially helpful when using DVC pointsFull payment usually required when bookingYes
Drawn to Life (Cirque du Soleil)Reservations usually available at least a year in advanceOnline on the Cirque du Soleil websiteTickets are non-refundableFull payment due when bookingNo
Food and Wine special events (currently not available)When they are released, often in late July407-WDW-FESTNon-refundableFull payment due when bookingYes
Harmonious Dining PackageUp to 60 days in advance407-939-3463 or onlineMust be canceled at least 24 hours beforehand to receive a refundFull payment due when bookingYes
Horse drawn carriages and sleighs (seasonal)Up to 60 days in advance407-939-7529Must be canceled at least 24 hours beforehand to receive a refundFull payment due when bookingNo
Magic Kingdom 50th Fireworks Dessert PartiesOfficially up to 60 days in advance but it’s often not available until laterOnline (beginning at 6 a.m. eastern time 60 days beforehand) or by calling 407-WDW-DINE (beginning at 7 a.m. eastern time)Must cancel up to 5 days in advance to get payment refundedFull payment due when bookingYes
Mears Connect (starts Jan. 1, 2022)Anytime, but highly suggest making it at least 10 days beforehand (you must have flight booked to schedule ride)On the Mears websiteNo charge if canceled/changed more than 24 hours prior to pickup time. 100% charge if canceled/changed less than 24 hours prior to pick up.Full payment required when booking.No
Memory MakerAnytime, but must purchase at least 3 days beforehand to receive the pre-purchase discountOn the WDW siteNon-refundable unless purchased as part of a Magic Your Way packageFull payment due when booking or you can book it as part of a package and then the package rules applyYes
runDisney eventsAs soon as they open up for registration (a limited number of spots open up early to DVC and AP holders). See this page for dates407-939-iRun or rundisney.comNo refunds availableFull payment due when bookingNo
Stroller and ECV/scooter rentalIf renting from Disney, you can reserve in person (ECVs have very limited quantities). If booking through a third-party company, it will vary.If renting from Disney, you need to go in person to the rental places. If booking through a third-party vendor, you’ll need to contact them directly.When booking from a third-party vendor, most require cancellation at least 48 hours beforehand.When booking from a third-party vendor, your card will usually be charged at the time you book.No
Tours (limited availability)Up to 60 days in advance407-560-4034Must be canceled 48 hours beforehand to receive a refundFull payment due when bookingNo
Umbrella/cabanas at water parks and monorail resortsUp to 60 days in advance407-WDW-PLAYMust cancel at least 24 hours in advance to avoid paying the full price as a cancellation fee. Same-day cancellations are allowed in inclement weather.Full payment due when bookingNo
VIP ToursUp to 60 days in advance407-560-4033Must be canceled 48 hours beforehand to receive a refundFull payment due when bookingNo
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Want some help?

If looking at the charts above feels overwhelming, you should consider booking your vacation with a travel agent that specializes in Disney World vacation planning.

A good travel agent will help you out with all your reservations so you don’t have to stress plus they will also be able to provide personalized recommendations and suggestions for your trip.

Sound like something you might be interested in?

Get a no obligation quote from an experienced agent now.

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Have other Disney reservations you’re hoping to book or questions about any of the info above? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Lisa Harden

Sunday 21st of March 2021

I didn't see any info on this page regarding making a reservation at Savi's Workshop to create a lightsaber. Much like dining, it can usually be booked 180 days in advance, but right now during the Covid era, it can be booked 60 days in advance.

Shannon Goff

Friday 22nd of February 2019

What about Pixar Play Place?

Mike

Thursday 11th of April 2019

I just read that Pixar Play Place at the Contemporary is closing and turning back into a game room.

Ta

Sunday 20th of January 2019

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Cheryl

Wednesday 28th of March 2018

Hi, we are considering staying at a hotel in Disney Springs for our July 2019 trip. I recently saw that many of the hotels are now offering 60 day fast pass reservations, and magic morning privileges. Have you heard much about this, or have any more info? Thanks in advance!

Frank M

Friday 28th of July 2017

I see this post is a couple years old, but does BOG breakfast now only allow reservations 90 days before n advance? On my last trip in Feb 2016 I was able to book it at 180 +10 days. Also, the chart says the "+10" is not valid for Cind's RT (180 days only). Is this still true or was that just something WDW tried in 2015? My travel agent has never heard this.

Shannon Albert

Saturday 29th of July 2017

Cinderella's Royal Table (and all on-site dining) is 180+10 if you're staying onsite. Be Our Guest breakfast is 180 days in advance, though many people have been having trouble getting it lately.