TMSM Explains: Important Walt Disney World and Disneyland Countdown Information

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Countdowns are a HUGE part of Disney planning. Whether you are going to Walt Disney World or Disneyland there are certain dates and times prior to your check-in that you want to remember, and some of those countdowns will change in 2016, so we want to ensure you are prepared!

Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World countdowns can vary based on where you are staying. The “times” for these countdowns are based on Eastern Standard Time (also known as WDW Time.)  As a perk to Walt Disney World Resort guests, many things with a “countdown” involved open earlier for resort guests. We will go over resort and non-resort information together just to make comparison easier.

Walt Disney World Dining Reservations: Dining opens online at 6am and on the phones at 7am at 180 days in advance. The perk for WDW resort guests is that 180 days from check in, the first ten days of their trip opens up for dining. For park guests not staying on property it is an exact 180 days.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and Pirates League Reservations:  Reservations for these services open at180 days out and can be booked through the dining line.

Harmony Barber Shop: Reservations for this working Barber Shop on Main Street open at the 180 day mark. ,You can call the dining line at (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463). to book a hair cut on Main Street. Their first haircut package is a guest favorite. While reservations are not required they are recommended.

Walt Disney World Park Tours: Park tours like Behind the Seeds, Epcot Dive Quest etc. open at 180 days out. To book call (407) WDW-TOUR.

Walt Disney World Private Premium VIP Tours: These tours include a CM that takes your party around the park. This  tour costs $400-$600 per hour for up to 10 guests (varies seasonally and higher rate applies if booked less than 48 hours in advance).  and there is a 7-hour minimum for this tour. Park admission is not included in the costs of this type of tour which should be booked 90 days out by calling 407-560-4033.

Walt Disney World Spa Appointments: Want a massage? Need to “get your nails did” or your toes painted? Walt Disney World Resort Spa appointments open 180 days out by calling 407-WDW-SPAS.

FastPass+:  FP+ reservations open at 60 days out for resort guests, and 30 days out for non-resort guests at 12:00 AM ET. There is some bad information that floats around forums regarding FP+ booking, and that is that it opens late on nights with late park hours or PM Extra Magic Hours. This is not the case…. In talking to higher level tech support on the MDE system they have confirmed that when guests see this occur they are in fact pushing system updates and doing scheduled work to the the system as this is a industry wide practice.

Walt Disney World Resort Online Check-In: Resort guests that wish to use Walt Disney World’s online check-in system can do this 60 days out, usually after 6 AM.

MagicBand Customizing: Once you claim your reservation in My Disney Experience, the option to customize your Magic Band is usually available. Bands start shipping at about 29 days or less from check-in to guests in the United States. Per Disney “if you customize your MagicBand between 9 and 6 days prior to your arrival at Walt Disney World Resort, you will receive it when you arrive at your Disney Resort hotel. If you do not customize your MagicBand until 5 days or less before your arrival, you will receive a non-customized MagicBand or card when you arrive at Walt Disney World Resort.”

Dessert and Firework Parties: Select parties that tend to run all year in the parks like IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party, the Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage and Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party open at 180 days out and can be booked through Disney Dining. Please note special event parties may open at different time frames and will be announced by Disney.

Resort Balance: Starting in 2016, your resort Magic Your Way Package balance is due 30 days prior to check in instead of 45 days. Room only reservations the balance is due at check-in.

Resort Check-in and Out Time: Check-out is at 11:00 AM and check-in is at 3:00 PM, meaning your room does not have to be ready until 3:00PM.

Disneyland
Disneyland reservations open at the same time frame for resort and non-resort guests. Disneyland reservations tend to open at a much short time frame than Walt Disney World’s reservation system.

Dining Reservations: Reservations are offered up to 60 days in advance at select restaurants at the Disneyland resort. These reservations can be made online or by calling (714) 781-DINE.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and Anna & Elsa’s Boutique: Reservations for both children’s spa locations open 60 days in advance, and reservations can be made by calling (714) 781-STYLE.

Park Tours: Guided Park Tours like Disney California Story Tour and  “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” Guided Tour can be booked 30 day in advance by calling (714) 781-TOUR. Specialty and Holiday Tours may have special dates that booking opens, if this is the case Disneyland will make an announcement.

Private Premium VIP Tours: These tours include a CM that takes your party around the park. “Reservations may be made up to 90 days in advance. There is a maximum limit of 10 Guests per Tour Guide, with a minimum requirement of 6 consecutive hours per tour. Disney’s VIP Premium Tour prices vary from $400 to $550 per hour, depending on the season. Please call Disney Special Activities at (714) 300-7710 for current pricing.”

Disneyland Spa Services: Per Disneyland’s websiteTo schedule treatments, call the Spa at (714) 300-7350. Reservations are highly recommended. Please call as far in advance as possible. Most major credit cards are accepted, one of which is required to hold your reservation.

Resort Balance:  Your resort package balance is due 30 days prior to check in instead of 45 days. Room only reservations the balance is due at check-in.

Resort Check-in and Out Time: Check-out is at 11:00 AM and check-in is at 3:00 PM, meaning your room does not have to be ready until 3:00PM.

Currently Disneyland does not participate in online check-in or FastPass+.

To make your own Disney Countdown craft using the numbers seen in this articles primary photo visit DIY: Create-Your-Own Walt Disney World Vacation Countdown.

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 96.5 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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