What’s New at Walt Disney World in 2024?

What’s New at Walt Disney World in 2024?

If you’re heading to Disney World in 2024, then be ready for a steady flow of changes. From new things in the parks to changes in planning and services, there is plenty you’ll want to know before your go! Whether this is your First Disney World Vacation, another Girl’s Trip to Disney World, or your annual family vacation, here are all the things happening at Walt Disney World in 2024. 

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What’s Happening at Walt Disney World in 2024?

Still recovering from a rocky post-pandemic start, there are things at Walt Disney World, we’ve come to know and accept. Among them are Park Pass Reservation requirements, Virtual Queue for New Disney Rides, and the fact that it just seems to be getting more and more crowded! So, while we can talk about How to Deal with Crowds and Disney World, and the importance of choosing the Best Time to Visit Walt Disney World regarding cost and crowds, it doesn’t really matter if you’re up against a schedule. That said, if you’re looking for what’s changing at Disney World in 2024, then we’re collecting those things here and will update this post as Disney shares news. 

Is 2024 a Good Year to Visit Walt Disney World?

Let’s face it, things have been uncertain since the pandemic hit in March of 2020. With major projects scrapped, and others delayed, Disney is only now regaining its footing. And since prices are not going down any time soon if you’re looking for a Disney Vacation on a Budget, a vacation in 2024 will surely COST LESS than one in 2025. What’s more, is that other than some big ideas thrown around at the D23 EXPO, there haven’t been additional details on anything new in the parks actually confirmed.

That said, if you’re holding out for a better year to visit, it may be a ways off. Especially as new things take time to build, and who knows where inflation prices will be by then. Is 2024 a good year to visit Walt Disney World? Sure! With the exception of a couple of new rides and spaces, Disney World will be “back to normal,” in the broadest sense. Since major park anniversaries will be completed, it should be a rather calm year, save a few openings of new things now and then. 

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New Rides & Attractions Walt Disney World in 2024

As a theme park, Walt Disney World, like Universal Studios, thrives on NEW rides and attractions. As such it’s no surprise that Disney has been teasing quite a lot of changes lately. But, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll come to fruition. And if we’ve learned anything from the 5 years it took Disney to build TRON, we can only imagine what types of hurdles they may be up against with the local Florida government giving them the side eye, on the daily. That said, there are a few new Disney projects in 2024 that are well worth the watch, and maybe a visit. 

Walt Disney World in 2024 may be one of the best years to visit simply because so many of the construction projects across the park will be completed. Additionally, with major rides like Guardians of the Galaxy and TRON past the opening fervor, your chances of riding these rides improve. We expect too that some of the revenge travel would have died down by 2024, allowing a more normal Disney Vacation with average crowds. 

Princess Tiana will lead guests on a bayou adventure in the new "The Princess and the Frog" makeover of Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure | Magic Kingdom June 30, 2024

In a much-needed refresh, Splash Mountain is set to transform into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. This Princess and the Frog re-imagining of Splash Mountain turns this boat ride into a bayou-focused ride featuring Princess Tiana, Mama Odie and friends, opening at both Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park and Disneyland. Recreating a New Orleans Mardi Gras experience this ride includes jazz music, bayou culture, familiar faces from Princess and the Frog, and more. This new ride features Tiana, Naveen, and Louis the alligator preparing to host a Mardi Gras Celebration. This ride picks up where the movie left off. Open June 30, 2024

  • Brand-new cast of original Disney characters with distinct names and personalities
  • Dozens of entirely new Audio-Animatronics figures
  • Adorable critters with incredible talent, bringing the diverse flavors of musical gumbo found in New Orleans!
  • New, original music alongside favorite tunes from the film
  • Do you love beignets as much as Louis? Well, you’re in luck because the alluring scent of beignets being prepared for the party will be part of the attraction queue!
  • Additional talent voices from the film reprising their roles, including Bruno Campos as Prince Naveen, Michael Leon Wooley as Louis, and the one and only Anika Noni Rose as Princess Tiana
  • Familiar faces from the film such as Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen, Mama Odie, Louis, Eudora, Charlotte, “Big Daddy,” the King and Queen of Maldonia and Prince Ralphie

Mama Odie inside Tiana's Bayou Adventure concept art coming soon to Disneyland Park and Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

DVC Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness

New Disney Resorts Walt Disney World in 2024?

New Disney Fort Wilderness Cabins DVC Renovation

As part of the overhaul of certain resorts at Walt Disney World, the latest to be added to the list are the Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins. These cabins are a mainstay in the Fort Wilderness Resorts and Campgrounds offering guests a little more luxury. Well, now, it’s going to get even more luxurious! All 350 cabins are being replaced by new energy-efficient cabins, falling under the DVC umbrella. They will be built on the existing cabin footprint to limit environmental impact. Each cabin will sleep up to six adults and include a bedroom, bathroom, living room, full kitchen, and private patio, with a select number of cabins expected to be designated as dog-friendly. Opening TBD 2024

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort DVC Tower Project

Set to open in late 2024 this new Disney Vacation Club Villas wing at Disney’s Polynesian Resort features a fresh look honoring elements from the Pacific Islands. Complete with views of the water. Situated in the area of the permanently closed Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, this addition to the resort is a major project. Therefore, we do expect some modifications of the Pathway from Magic Kingdom to the Polynesian as a result of this project. Open TBD 2024

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New Restaurants Walt Disney World in 2024

While Walt Disney World is sure to have some restaurant news in 2024, none has been released just yet. With some big restaurants, like Woody’s Roundup Rodeo BBQ already open and The Cake Bake Shop opening soon, we wouldn’t expect anything life-changing for 2024. At least, not yet. 

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Walt Disney World 2024 By Month

Are you visiting Walt Disney World in 2024? Things like festivals, anniversaries, special days, and events are all part of the calendar. And you’ll want to be sure to avoid high crowd times like holidays and breaks. Check out our Walt Disney World 2024 Event Calendar for detailed information on dates and holidays that may affect your vacation. Here is an overview of the major events happening each month at Walt Disney World so you can know what to expect during your vacation. 

January- February 2024

Considered one of the Best Times to Visit Walt Disney, January, and February see fewer crowds and lower prices than other times of the year. However, you will want to be aware of runDisney weekends this month as they are crowded!

runDisney Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend | January 3-7. 2024

The runDisney Walt Disney World Marathon features multiple race options for the whole family, new merchandise, and commemorative medals! By far the most popular runDisney Marathon at Walt Disney World, this one fills up fast! Take note of registration dates and plan for a virtual queue! 

EPCOT’s International Festival of the Arts | TENTATIVE January 12- February 19, 2024

The International Festival of the Arts returns to EPCOT in mid-January and runs through mid-February featuring artist galleries, artful cuisine at the outdoor kitchen studios, and performances across the park! With Figment’s Brush with the Masters Game, The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine Challenge, and new merchandise, there will be plenty of new things to explore at the Festival of the Arts in 2024. Read more about the Festival of the Arts.

runDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend | TENTATIVE February 22-25. 2024

Join the Disney Princesses in the runDisney Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World. You can count on even more magic across the parks when the Disney Princesses are involved. This race is open to princes and princesses everywhere! 

Disney Flower and Garden Festival

March-June 2024

Considered one of the most expensive times all year to visit, March through June sees Spring Breakers, popular holiday weekends, and a slew of championships and competitions that results in more people in the parks. 

EPCOT’s International Flower and Garden Festival | TENTATIVE February 28- July 3, 2024

The Flower and Garden Festival at EPCOT arrives every spring in early March and runs through mid-July, bringing new topiaries, Disney-themed displays, fresh foods at the outdoor kitchens, and more. Performances at this festival include the popular Garden Rocks concert series. Guests can also play Spike’s Pollen-Nation Scavenger Hunt for more fun in each World Showcase country. Read more about the Flower and Garden Festival. 

runDisney Springtime Surprise Marathon Weekend | April 12-15, 2024

This runDisney event promises a new theme every year! A wonderful way to keep up with the times, this new event has dates, but limited information. Check the runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend for all the latest details!

Earth Month at Animal Kingdom | TENTATIVE April 18-20, 2024

Celebrating Planet Earth all month long, Disney’s Animal Kingdom offers specialty snacks, events, and fun at the Conservation Station. Be on the lookout for animal babies across the park, and special merchandise too! Check out everything happening for Earth Month at Animal Kingdom. 

H20 Glow Nights Typhoon Lagoon Park | TENTATIVE May 19- September 1, 2024

H20 Glow Nights return to Walt Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park this summer. Offered Saturday nights from 8-11 pm, you get 3 hours of fun after the park closes. Complete with low waits, exclusive glow-themed snacks, and free popcorn, select ice-cream treats and beverages to enjoy! This is a ticketed event with limited availability. Grab your H20 Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon tickets here. 

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July- October 2024

Including the hot summer months, this time of year also sees the beginning of EPCOT’s most popular festival, and Halloween festivities at Walt Disney World. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for low-cost and fewer crowds, September is the best month to visit during this time. 

EPCOT’s International Food and Wine Festival |TENTATIVE July 25- November 16, 2024

The Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT is one of the largest festivals at Walt Disney World featuring over 25 food kitchens, and cuisine from a variety of cultures! Covering the park with foodie opportunities, this festival includes the Eat to the Beat concert series, Emile’s Fromage Montage Challenge, and Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak Scavenger Hunt. Read more about EPCOT’s Food and Wine Festival. 

Princess Week | August 18-24, 2024

Disney Parks debuted Princess Week with new merchandise, snacks, and events at the parks this week is all about the ladies.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party | TENTATIVE  August 9- October 31, 2024

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party arrives in Magic Kingdom in August 2024. This event includes special entertainment, fireworks, specialty snacks and merchandise, and unique character experiences along with the Trick or Treat experience. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a hard-ticketed event that will require a separate ticket. Guests are usually allowed to enter Magic Kingdom at 4 pm ahead of the 7 pm party start time. Read more about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. 

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November – December 2024

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to be at Walt Disney World and sometimes also the most expensive! Be wary of holiday weeks this time of year. Both the week of Thanksgiving and Christmas are particularly crowded. Holiday decorations typically arrive at the beginning of the 3rd week in November in both the parks and resorts. 

runDisney Wine and Dine Marathon | November 1-4, 2024

runDisney’s Wine and Dine Marathon typically takes place the first week in November and offers an opportunity to really dig into the fun a couple of weekends before the holidays hit. Read all about the Wine and Dine Marathon at Walt Disney World. 

EPCOT’s International Festival of Holidays |TENTATIVE November 29- December 25, 2024

The Festival of Holidays at EPCOT Park starts in late November and runs through late December. This festival features Holiday Storytellers across the World Showcase and holiday kitchens featuring cultural holiday cuisine. Plus, Olaf’s Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt game and the Holiday Cookie Stroll offer plenty to do at this festival. Read more about the Festival of Holidays

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party |TENTATIVE November 6- December 20, 2024

With holiday fun for families at a more reasonable time of day than an After Hours event can provide. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party requires the purchase of a separate ticket. But allows guests access to the evening party as early as 4 pm, ahead of a 7 pm party start time. The party includes a special parade, fireworks, access to specialty snacks, merchandise, and character experiences. Read more about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. 

Tea Garden Tour at Disney World

Disney Vacation Planning in 2024

Planning a Walt Disney World Vacation in 2024 is still somewhat complicated. As a snapshot, here are the things you should know for awareness as you’re going through the Disney Vacation Planning process. And be sure to enlist a Disney Travel Agent if you need help. 

Are Disney Park Pass Reservations Required in 2024?

No! Disney Park Pass Reservations are no longer required for date-based tickets. 

Starting with park visits on Jan. 9, 2024, theme park reservations will no longer be required for date-based tickets. You heard that right! When getting your ticket, you will simply select a start date for Jan. 9, 2024 or later, complete your purchase and then you will be all set! For reference, date-based tickets are the standard ticket option we offer to guests. For other admission types, including non-dated tickets, theme park reservations may be required to help us continue managing attendance and delivering a great experience for everyone. You can check which admission types require park reservations by visiting DisneyWorld.com/ThemeParkReservations before you purchase.  

Transportation to and from Walt Disney World in 2024

If you’re flying into the Orlando International Airport then you’ll need to make arrangements to get to and from Walt Disney World. Mears Connect, Sunshine Flyer, Uber, Lyft, and traditional taxi services along with car rental are all options for getting to and from the airport to your Disney Resort.

Early Theme Park Entry for Disney Resort Guests

Available to Disney Resort Guests, Early Theme Park Entry is a perk that allows guests to enter the parks 30 minutes before the official park opening time. Early Theme Park Entry Crowds will still be high. So, we recommend getting to the gates at least 30-60 minutes before your early theme park entry time if you’re hoping to rope-drop popular rides like Rise of the Resistance or Flight of Passage. 

Extended Evening Theme Park Hours

For Disney Deluxe Resort Guests, extended theme park hours are available for a couple of hours after regular park closing. At Magic Kingdom Park this means guests can typically stay from 11 pm to 1 am. At EPCOT guests can stay from 9 pm to 11 pm. Neither Animal Kingdom nor Hollywood Studios are currently included in this benefit. Be sure to check the Extended Evening Theme Park Hours Schedule.

60-day Advanced Dining Reservations

Dining Reservations are able to be made 60 days prior to your vacation. Due to the extremely high crowds expected it is highly recommended that guests reserve all restaurants desired the first day that your reservation window opens. Access to make dining reservations usually come available at 6 AM EST. 

Are Disney Annual Passes Available in 2024?

Walt Disney World Annual Passes are intermittently available. Check out our posts to get a look at all the Disney Annual Pass perks and the whether or not a Disney annual pass is right for your family. And keep tabs on the Walt Disney World Annual Passholder page for up-to-date pricing and availability information. 

Are Disney Dining Plans Available in 2024?

Yes! The Disney Dining Plan is available in 2024. 

Time to eat! Disney dining plans will be coming back as an option for those staying at Disney Resort hotels who purchase a vacation package with us starting with stays beginning Jan. 9, 2024, which will also open for bookings on May 31. We know our guests – and families in particular – have missed dining plans, which offer guests the convenience and peace of mind of pre-paying for their meals and snacks. Guests will be able to choose from two popular options: Packages that include either the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan or the Disney Dining Plan. Both plans will be a great value for families with young children with access to many spectacular food and beverage offerings across Walt Disney World.     

The Disney Dining Plans, are a great way to take care of your Dining budget ahead of time. Plus, this past year we saw the Disney Dining Card Promo which allowed for a credit to be added to your Disney Vacation Package, so be on the lookout for that this coming year. 

Good to Go Days for Annual Passholders and Cast Members

 In 2024, we plan to offer select days on which our Annual Passholders* and Disney cast members may visit Walt Disney World theme parks without needing a park reservation. Once introduced, we will roll out these good-to-go days on an ongoing basis. This will be in addition to the recent update which offers Passholders the opportunity to visit the theme parks after 2 p.m. without needing a park reservation, except on Saturdays and Sundays at Magic Kingdom Park. Good-to-go days may vary by park, and pass block out dates and capacity limitations continue to apply like they do today. Please stay tuned for more details on good-to-go days.

New Disney Snacks for 2024

Hunting down New Snacks at Walt Disney World is one of our favorite pastimes. Found in all four parks, throughout the year, you can count on seasonal snacks, anniversary snacks, and more. We add to our New Snacks posts, whenever new treats arrive, so be sure to check it out if you’re hunting down snacks of your own. 

Closures and Refurbishments at Walt Disney World in 2024

If you’re hoping to visit Walt Disney World in 2024, know that refurbishments are often ongoing. Be sure to check out the Walt Disney World Refurbishment Calendar for closures that may affect your vacation. 

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Disney Anniversaries in 2024

Just like every other year, Disney Parks honor a variety of Disney anniversaries by sharing new Disney Dooney and Bourke Bags, New Snacks, New Merchandise, and more. Here are all the Disney Anniversaries happening in 2024. 

  • May 1: Disney’s Hollywood Studios 35th Anniversary
  • June 1: Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon 35th Anniversary
  • June 9: Donald Duck’s 90th Birthday

Film Anniversaries

  • Sleeping Beauty ( 65th Anniversary)
  • Tarzan ( 25th Anniversary)
  • The Lion King ( 30th Anniversary)
  • Mary Poppins ( 60th Anniversary)
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ( 70th Anniversary)

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Walt Disney World in 2024

Everything at Walt Disney World in 2024

There you have it. This Walt Disney World 2024 event roundup should help you plan your next Disney Vacation. And give you a glimpse into a year of annual events that are all part of the Disney Experience! You can grab our Walt Disney World Vacation Planning Guide for 2024 for even more tips, tricks, and reviews to help you create the perfect Disney Vacation. Happy Vacation Planning! 

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