11 Changes Coming to Disney World in 2024

by | Dec 12, 2023 | WDW Blog

There are several major changes coming to Disney World in 2024. We’re sharing everything you need to know when planning your trip.

We’re just a few weeks away from the start of 2024! And the next year is set to be a big one for Disney World, with tons of changes and new additions planned for the Most Magical Place on Earth. In January alone, we’ll see the return of the Disney Dining Plan, as well as all-day park hopping. But, there are plenty of other updates you’ll want to know if you plan on visiting the parks next year.

Disney World Changes 2024

To help you better plan your 2024 trip, we’re sharing everything you need to know about the Disney World changes that are forthcoming at the parks, hotels, and Walt Disney World Resort at large.

Dining Plan Returning

Beginning January 9, 2024, the Disney Dining Plan will officially be returning to Disney World. Fans have been waiting for its return since 2020, as the Dining Plan didn’t return when Disney World reopened from the COVID-19 pandemic in July of that year.

The Disney Dining Plan is a prepaid meal package that you can add to your Disney World stay. The way it works is that you receive a certain number of “credits” which you can then use at table service and quick service dining at Walt Disney World (dependent on which plan you purchase). The Disney Dining plan will cover a certain number of meals and snacks per person per day for a set cost, allowing guests to better budget and plan what they will be spending per day.

The cost of the Disney Dining Plan depends on which option you choose. The Quick Service Dining Plan costs $94.28/per adult per night and $26.69/per child (3-9) per night. The standard Dining Plan costs $57.01/per adult per night and $23.38/per child (ages 3-9) per night.

All-Day Park Hopping Returning

Another welcome return to Disney World is all-day park hopping, which will also return on January 9, 2024. Starting then, Annual Passholders and Guests with Park Hopper tickets will no longer need to wait until 2 PM to park hop.

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Photo by Cliff Wang

Instead, park hopping can take place at any time of day at any of the Disney World parks. Annual Passholders will still need to make a Park Pass reservation for the first park they will be visiting, and will need to have scanned in at that park before hopping to another.

Changes to Park Pass Reservations

Starting with park visits on January 9th, 2024, Park Pass reservations will no longer be required when you purchase a date-based ticket. Instead, you’ll purchase a date-based ticket based on the park and the date you will be visiting, which will serve as your entry into the park.

Beginning January 11, Disney will introduce “Good-to-go days” for Annual Passholders. On these specific dates, the Park Pass reservation calendar will be updated to show days when Passholders can visit the theme parks without a Park Pass reservation (though block-out dates will continue to apply).

New Price Increases

After Disney World released its 2024 ticket prices, there were several price increases on Annual Passes and parking. Previously standard parking was $25, but has risen to $30. Parking still remains free for guests staying at Walt Disney World hotels, and parking is also still free at Disney Springs.

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Photo by Cliff Wang

Disney World also increased pricing across the board for their Annual Passes. Now, the prices are as follows:

The pricing increased on each anywhere from $30 to $50. Existing Annual Passholders will still be able to renew their passes at a reduced rate.

Disney Genie+ Changes

While we don’t know much information about this change, Disney announced that in 2024, they will make changes to Disney Genie+ to make the service “simpler.” Currently, the service can be purchased the day-of your visit starting at 12 AM. The pricing is dependent on the park and date you are visiting.

Star Tours Update

Over the years, we’ve seen several updates to Star Tours as it has expanded its world to new places and adventures. In spring 2024, Star Tours at Disney World, Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris will feature all-new adventures to new places in the galaxy. Disney has teased that we might even get to see Ahsoka Tano along the way!

New Restaurants

There will be exciting new dining additions at Disney World in 2024 as well! While previously scheduled for a 2023 opening, the previously announced The Cake Bake Shop Bakery at Disney’s BoardWalk will now be opening at some point in 2024. When it does open, the spot will be home to a new bakery where you can enjoy treats such as French macarons, cookies, brownies, pies, and more.

Completed EPCOT Transformation

In 2024, the EPCOT transformation will finally be complete. In fall 2023, we had Dreamer’s Point open, as well as Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana. Along with World Celebration, we also had the start of a new nighttime spectacular,

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Photo by Danny Shuster

Luminous The Symphony of Us. And the EPCOT transformation will officially be complete with the opening of CommuniCore Hall and CommuniCore Plaza in 2024.

Continuing Resort Refurbishments

Over the past few years, we’ve seen major refurbishments at many of the Walt Disney World hotels. This has included an Incredibles retheme at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, a Mary Poppins retheme at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, and Moana rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

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Grand Floridian Resort Studio. Photo by Danny Shuster

These changes and refurbishments will be continuing, including the retheme of the lobby at Disney’s Grand Floridian, with refurbishments ongoing at spots like Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and Disney’s Beach Club Resort. For a full list of closures and refurbishments, click here.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort DVC Tower

major hotel update is the completion of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort DVC Towers, which are slated to open in 2024. While we expect we’ll get more information as we get closer to the date, you can see the current construction on this massive addition to the Magic Kingdom Resort area.

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

The highly-anticipated Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will be opening in late 2024. The reimagined ride will take the place of the previous Splash Mountain, which officially closed in 2023.

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Photo Courtesy of Disney

The new ride will follow the adventures of Tiana from The Princess and the Frog, featuring an original storyline and songs, and giving riders the chance to visit with fan-favorite characters once again.

Potential Disney World Changes 2024

While the above are all confirmed changes, there are still several changes we don’t have dates on quite yet! These are a few changes that will be coming to Disney World in the coming years.

Changes Coming to Country Bear Jamboree, Test Track, and It’s Tough to Be a Bug

We had a number of D23 Expo 2023 announcements that were shared with us this past fall. Among them, we learned about updates coming to Country Bear Jamboree and Test Track, as well as a new Zootopia show to replace It’s Tough to Be a Bug at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We even learned about a potential Encanto and Indiana Jones-themed land coming to Animal Kingdom!

Disney has not shared the dates or too many details, which may mean we don’t see any changes for these in 2024. However, the announcement does mean they are something to look forward to in the future!

 

 

Posts by Morgan Flaherty

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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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Morgan Flaherty

Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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