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Six Exciting Updates for 2024 Disney World Trips

by Mommy Frog on May 31, 2023 14 Orlando

Disney World 2024 Updates - InfographicAttention, frog friends — we have lots of hop news right off the press! If you're heading to the Most Magical Place on Earth in 2024, you'll want to keep reading.

2024 Ticket and Hotel Availability Opens May 31, 2023

2024 availability for theme park tickets, Disney Resort hotel stays and vacation packages are now available! Disney also announced a few frogciting changes to look forward to next year. (Psst ... don't froget that your favorite frogs can help save you some green on your next trip to Disney World, including tickets, hotels, rental cars and more!)

No More Theme Park Reservations Needed for Date-Based Tickets 

Starting with park visits on Jan. 9, 2024, Disney theme park reservations will no longer be needed for date-based tickets. When purchasing tickets, you'll just have to select a start date for Jan. 9 or later and complete the purchase — then, you're all good to go! Date-based tickets are the standard ticket options that Disney offers.

For other admission types, including non-dated tickets, theme park reservations may be required to help with monitoring attendance.

Disney Dining Plans Will Return

The fan-favorite Disney dining plans are finally coming back as an option for those staying at Disney Resort hotels who purchase a Disney vacation package with stays beginning Jan. 9, 2024 (which can be booked starting May 31, 2023). Guests will be able to choose from two options: the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan or the Disney Dining Plan. These plans offer the convenience of pre-paying for meals and snacks.

Extended Theme Park Time Continues

The Early Theme Park Entry and Extended Evening Hours benefits for Disney Resort hotel guests will continue for visits through 2024. For all Disney Resort hotel guests, Early Theme Park Entry allows 30-minute early entry to any park, every day. Meanwhile, guests of Deluxe Resorts and Deluxe Villas can take advantage of Extended Evening Hours on select dates at select parks.

New "Good-to-Go" Days for Annual Passholders

In 2024, Disney will introduce new "good-to-go days" that will allow Disney annual passholders and cast members to visit the theme parks without a theme park reservation. These days will roll out on an ongoing basis, in addition to the recent update that now allows passholders to visit the parks after 2 p.m. without a theme park reservation (except Magic Kingdom on Saturdays and Sundays). Good-to-go days may vary by park and blackout dates apply. More info will be released at a later time!

Changes Are Coming to Disney Genie+ Service

Though no exact details were shared, Disney is looking at "simplifying the Disney+ experience" for visits in 2024. Disney's goal with this update is to give guests the opportunity to spend less time planning in the park, and are exploring ways that guests may be able to make Genie+ and individual Lightning Lane selections before the day of their park visit. More information will be shared at a later date.

Phew, that was a lot of news! Are you looking forward to booking and planning your Walt Disney World 2024 trip? 

Related: All About the Theme Park Reservation System at Disney World

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Jan 3, 2024 at 3:49 a.m. danielle moreno Says...

can we purchase disney tickets using disney gift cards.

Jan 3, 2024 at 11:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danielle!

Undercover Tourist does not accept Disney gift cards. If purchasing directly from Disney, you can use Disney gift cards.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 3, 2023 at 11:05 p.m. nicole Says...

when can we purchase tickets for 2024 through you?

Jun 12, 2023 at 5:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole!

2024 tickets are available for purchase - let us know if we can help with any questions!

Keep hopping!


May 31, 2023 at 8:51 p.m. Mike Says...

Are 2024 WDW ticket available for purchase today 5/31/23 from UnderCover Tourist?

Jun 12, 2023 at 5:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

2024 Walt Disney World tickets are available for purchase through Undercover Tourist - let us know if we can help with any additional questions!

Keep hopping!


May 26, 2023 at 3:48 p.m. Diane Says...

Can you use a Disney Giftcard to purchase theme park tickets through you?

May 31, 2023 at 9:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Diane!

No, we do not accept Disney gift cards. You can pay through a credit or debit card or Paypal.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 13, 2023 at 7:32 p.m. Ashlyn Blake Says...

Wish they would bring back Magical Express. I would gladly pay for the convenience of luggage pick up and delivery and resort airline check in.

May 9, 2023 at 3:50 p.m. Says...

were coming january 2024 anything new and anything we must see.thanks have a good day

May 9, 2023 at 12:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi frog friend!

We have a post dedicated to the latest park hoppenings and future plans at the Orlando theme parks. In a nutshell though, some of the popular newer openings include TRON Lightcycle / Run at Magic Kingdom, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT, and by the time you visit in Jan. 2024, the Journey of Water - Inspired by Moana walkthrough attraction will be open at EPCOT.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 9, 2023 at 3:37 p.m. Joy Hartzell Says...

So happy things are returning to Disney World that made it magical. Just wish they would bring back the Magic Bus too!

May 9, 2023 at 3:32 p.m. Daniel Says...

Hey! I have a great idea how Disney can simplify the Genie+ system. Just give everyone three lightning lane reservations with every ticket and then allow guests to book additional lightning lane reservations after the first three are used. Let's see, maybe we can call it a really cool name like "Fastpass"! What do you all think?

May 9, 2023 at 7:41 p.m. agree Says...

they’ll never do it though

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