Ideal and short-on-time Disney World planning timelines – PREP049

The time it takes to plan a Disney World trip is often a surprise to many first-timers. It is a more than a little strange to have to think about what you're going to eat 6+ months ahead of time.

Today, I have an ideal Disney World planning timeline and what to do if you're short on time.

I also have a quick tip to increase your chances of getting a FastPass+ to meet Anna and Elsa.

These are notes from this episode. There's much more info included in the audio so be sure to listen to the episode for a better explanation.

Ideal trip planning timeline

Short-on-time planning timeline

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Quick tip of the day

People who are staying on-site and trying to get a FastPass+ to meet Anna and Elsa should log on at midnight eastern time (Updated May 19, 2016: it's now 7 a.m. eastern time) 60 days before their trip begins and book a FastPass+ for Anna and Elsa first, before booking the other days of your trip.

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6 Comments on "Ideal and short-on-time Disney World planning timelines – PREP049"

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Shannon. I don’t understand why you say to check in online to our Disney resort 60 days ahead of time. Why is it necessary to do this? Won’t we still need to check in when we get to the hotel? Please let me know the benefits to this. Thanks!

Hi Shannon,
Thanks for the great tips! Just wanted to let you know that even though I was online at midnight on the 61st day before our trip, I was unable to get a Fastpass+ for Anna and Elsa! And this is for a day with quite low crowds- Sept 8 or 9th! I was a little disappointed, but I don’t think we will have too long of a standby wait if we are there at park opening.

Hi Sharon,

87 days to go! Our fast pass window is coming up soon and I want to know if it works like dining reservations. With dining you can book out 10 days if you are staying on site, does the same apply for fast pass? We don’t plan to book the fast pass for Anna and Else until 6th day into our trip, can I book this on the 60th day before our trip?

Thanks for all the great tips! Last fall we planned a trip in 2 weeks (literally. My husband came home one day and said “I have some leave to take. What do you say we go to Disney?”) and I found your site then. Planning that short is clearly not ideal, but we were lucky in that 1) We have family in Orlando and know a hotel manager so where to stay wasn’t a problem; 2) we went in September and it was practically dead in the park. I recommend that time of year to everyone now, esp if you… Read more »
Thanks much for all your great tips and all the information. It seems I have been on your site everyday since finding it a few months ago. I have been doing pretty well with all my planning and made several reservations and working on other daily plans. I heard you mention something in the podcast that the fastpass+ can be done when the reservation was paid? Is that correct? I have a package through AAA and have been making payments with the last due 9/23 to Disney, 9/20 to AAA. However, my fastpass+ start date is 9/15. Does that mean… Read more »
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