We love that the Walt Disney World Resort is constantly changing. These Disney changes keep the magic fresh and exciting by providing guests with new rides, shows, attractions, dining, and more. Because there is always something new to experience, we are constantly heading back to experience the magic.
As we wrap up 2023 and head into 2024, some critical changes are coming to Walt Disney World. As you plan your trip, you will want to be aware of these changes that could impact your vacation experience.
Changes in 2023
As we wrap up 2023, significant changes are still coming to Walt Disney World. On October 16, 2023, Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, will open in EPCOT. This walk-through attraction will connect guests with water through interactive features. If you plan to visit EPCOT during the end of 2023, be prepared for long waits for this new, highly-anticipated attraction.
Now through December 31, guests can celebrate Disney100 at EPCOT. During this celebration, guests can meet Mickey and Minnie in their platinum outfits for the 100th, ride Soarin’ Over California, search for their favorite characters on the new Disney100 Mural, and so much more.
EPCOT will host the Disney 100 Celebration throughout the rest of 2023. A lot is coming to the newly updated World Celebration area, and we look forward to discovering what other magic will show up for guests.
Disney Dining Plan Returns
A significant change that will impact your trip in 2024 is the return of the Disney Dining Plan. Guests will have the option in 2024 to add one of two Disney dining plans to their Walt Disney World vacation package. This is a great way to make your Disney vacation feel more all-inclusive.
Guests prepay for the dining plan and then use credits throughout their trip during meals or when having a snack.
Disney Changes Genie+
Disney also announced that changes will be coming to Genie+. Changes will be made to Disney Genie, including Genie+, to make it easier for guests. According to Disney, the goal is to make it so guests spend less time on their phones during vacation and more time together.
No specific information has been provided, but whatever changes come in 2024 will greatly impact guests. We hope that whatever the changes are, they allow us to be on our phones less and present in the magic more.
Disney to Change Park Reservations
Another significant change coming in 2024 is the removal of Theme Park Reservations for those with date-based tickets. Starting January 9, 2024, Guests who have purchased a Disney package or date-based tickets will no longer need to make Theme Park Reservations.
This is one less planning step for Guests to take before their trip. Guests can now head to whatever Disney Park they want each day of their trip.
We love that we can always experience new things at Walt Disney World. Changes mean updates and improvements. These changes to Disney Resort guests in 2024 will significantly impact those visiting. Be prepared by knowing how to manage the changes ahead of time.