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Ultimate Guide to Walt Disney World 2024-10 Things You Need To Know

Step into the enchanting realm of Walt Disney World, where 2024 promises a tapestry of magical moments and thrilling transformations. As we bid adieu to the wondrous projects of 2023, let’s delve into the captivating details of the upcoming additions that Disney has meticulously crafted for us.

1. Farewell to Park Pass Reservations (January 9, 2024):

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Prepare to bid adieu to the era of Park Pass Reservations! Commencing on January 9, 2024, Disney is gracefully turning back the clock, eliminating the need for Park Pass Reservations for date-based tickets. The park touring and budgeting landscape is set to become remarkably streamlined. Annual Passholders, while still requiring reservations, will revel in designated “Good-to-Go” days, offering flexibility and spontaneity.

In 2024, resolve to be more spontaneous with “good-to-go” days for Annual Passholders! As Passholders prepare for their visits next year, we wanted to share more about how good-to-go days will work:

  • On good-to-go days, Annual Passholders may enter the theme parks without needing a reservation (blockout dates will continue to apply like they do today).
  • The theme park reservation calendar, Annual Passholder admissions calendar and My Disney Experience app will show days that are good-to-go. The first good-to-go days will be added to the calendars starting Jan. 11, 2024.
  • Good-to-go days will be added periodically and may be released days or weeks in advance.

With the return of all-day Park Hopper access, Passholders can enter another Walt Disney World theme park any time during park hours.* Annual Passholders may also continue to visit without a park reservation after 2 p.m. unless visiting Magic Kingdom Park on a Saturday or Sunday (blockout dates continue to apply).

2. All-Day Park Hopping (January 9, 2024):

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Revel in the return of the ultimate theme park freedom – all-day Park Hopping! Effective January 9, 2024, the restrictions that confined park hopping to after 2:00 p.m. will vanish. Picture this: a morning exploration of Epcot, a delightful breakfast at the Hub in Magic Kingdom, followed by a lunchtime adventure in Animal Kingdom. Annual Passholders, though subject to guidelines, can relish the joy of unlimited park hopping throughout the day.

3. Disney Dining Plan (January 9, 2024):

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Embark on a culinary journey with the resurgence of the Disney Dining Plan on January 9, 2024. Ideal for those seeking an all-inclusive experience or meticulous budget planners, the plan allows pre-purchase of meal credits for Quick Service or Table Service restaurants. Don’t forget the delightful snacks you can snag along the way, turning every meal into a magical experience.

The convenience and peace of mind of pre-paying for meals and snacks is right around the corner as Disney Resort hotel guests may once again purchase vacation packages with dining plans. Choose from two popular options: Packages that include either the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan or the Disney Dining Plan. Both plans are a great value for families with young children!

What’s New with Dining Plans

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For all the Disney foodies out there, dining reservations are open for booking for guests staying at Disney Resort hotels who purchase a vacation package with a Disney dining plan for arrivals in January through early February! Guests can book dining up to 60 days in advance, and as a Disney Resort hotel guest, guests may book dining for their entire length of stay (up to 10 days).

Pro tip: It is now easier than ever before to check availability so guests can now see every available reservation for their selected location and date!

Here are some additional tips to help get the most out of a dining plan:

  • Guests may redeem meals and snacks at any time during their stay.
  • Guests can see how many meals and snacks they have remaining in the My Disney Experience app. And don’t forget, using mobile order service in the app makes it easy to find quick and nearby dining options using a dining plan!

4. World Celebration – CommuniCore Hall, CommuniCore Plaza, Mickey and Friends (Opening Soon in 2024):

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While initially slated for completion by the close of 2023, World Celebration’s grandeur will unfold in the first half of 2024. CommuniCore Hall, a haven for festival activities, and CommuniCore Plaza, featuring two stages for concerts of all scales, will open their doors. Additionally, the charming Mickey & Friends meet and greet area takes the stage, replacing the former Character Spot.

5. Star Tours (Spring 2024):

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Spring 2024 heralds a thrilling transformation for Star Tours at Hollywood Studios. Ahsoka joins the adventure lineup, injecting fresh excitement into this beloved attraction. Prepare for an intergalactic journey like never before!

6. The Little Mermaid – A Musical Adventure (Opening Fall 2024):

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After a four-year hiatus, the curtains rise on a new chapter at Hollywood Studios. The former Voyage of the Little Mermaid show emerges anew as “The Little Mermaid – A Musical Adventure” in fall 2024. Expect breathtaking set pieces, cutting-edge effects, and a bold new design that brings Ariel’s world to life.

7. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure (Opening in 2024):

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Embark on Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom, a captivating odyssey picking up where the 2009 movie concluded. Join Princess Tiana and Louis on a whimsical trip to the bayou, encountering unexpected friends who play a special role in the festivities.

8. New Disney Vacation Club Tower at Disney’s Polynesian Resort (Opening in 2024):

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Embark on a journey of luxury and innovation with the new Disney Vacation Club Tower at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Drawing inspiration from early concepts for Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, this tower promises an elevated experience. Additional rooms, an infinity edge pool, new recreation offerings, and enticing dining options await, ensuring a stay that’s nothing short of enchanting.

9. Renovation of The Cabins at Fort Wilderness (Opening in 2024):

Renovation of The Cabins at Fort Wilderness

Immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature with the transformed Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Undergoing a comprehensive refurbishment and conversion to Disney Vacation Club, these private one-bedroom cabins redefine the guest experience. Accommodating up to six guests, with pet-friendly options, these cabins blend modern comforts seamlessly with the serenity of the great outdoors.

10. Country Bear Jamboree (Re-opening in 2024):

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Theme Park Thrills: Planning the Ultimate Theme Park Vacation

As the curtain rises on 2024, Walt Disney World is poised to be a symphony of joy, wonder, and magical escapades. Each development, from the removal of Park Pass Reservations to the unveiling of new attractions, adds a layer of enchantment to the Disney experience. Get ready for a journey filled with laughter, excitement, and memories that will last a lifetime!