The Christmas season is wrapping up at Walt Disney World, ushering in a new year. Quicker than the speed of light, 2023 is coming to a close at Walt Disney World, and a new year, primed to be a banner one for Disney guests, rises abruptly on the horizon.
After all the gifts are torn open, and the eggnog is gone, bells will ring, and fireworks will loudly bring with them new opportunities to make the most of the next twelve months once the clock strikes midnight on December 31.
2024 is going to be an exciting time at Walt Disney World. Growth is expected. The Disney Dining Plan is returning, and for most, park reservations will float away with 2023. With the New Year stirring at Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, and Hollywood Studios, it’s easy to feel anxious about your upcoming Disney vacations, but we’re here to share with you our 2024 Disney World Resolutions, in hopes that you are able to slow down and enjoy 2024’s magical moments at Disney.
Walt Disney World is fast-paced. It seems that as new attractions open, technology will become a further focal point in 2024, and the race to and through Disney World will become more stressful.
For this reason, we will definitely be slowing down in 2024. Of course, that doesn’t mean we’re going to visit Magic Kingdom any less or skip Pirates of the Caribbean more often, but it does mean that we will take more time to enjoy the little things around Walt Disney World.
Whether that would be just focusing on our friends and family who visit with us, paying attention to the little details that set Disney’s theme parks apart from others, or venturing outside of the parks for other fun and magical opportunities on Disney World property, slowing down and taking it all in is a must in 2024.
Do Stuff We Don’t Normally Do
Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, and EPCOT are great additions to Walt Disney World Resort, but there are a ton of things we’ve never done around the property, and as New Year’s Eve quickly approaches, what better way to expand our Disney palate than venturing out of our comfort zone?
For starters, we’re going to spend more time at Disney Springs. Although food and shopping are the bread and butter of Disney World’s premiere entertainment district, there’s a lot more to do!
We hope to take the time to float in a car near The Boathouse this year or build our own dessert. Disney Springs, although famous in its own right, doesn’t get the attention it deserves in terms of entertainment. Maybe a nice ride in a hot air balloon to experience fireworks is a great way to make the New Year’s at Disney a memorable one.
Outside of Disney Springs, resort hopping is a fun pastime for Disney World guests. Checking out the extravagant lobbies of Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Grand Floridian is a great way to slow down and appreciate the immaculate offerings Disney has built.
Lastly, we plan to also spend more time doing some mini-golfing and waterslide riding at Walt Disney World.
Spend More Time in Your Least Favorite Park
If you sat down and listed your favorite Disney Parks in order, you might be surprised at which you’d consider your least favorite. For me, personally, it’s a toss-up between EPCOT and Magic Kingdom. Although I prefer Hollywood Studios because, who doesn’t love Star Wars? Spending more time in EPCOT and Magic Kingdom is a chance to enjoy experiences that you may not have appreciated before the new year.
Each Disney Park is finely tuned and crafted in a way that offers a varying experience unique to whatever land or place you’re currently visiting. Although you may not like EPCOT’s World Showcase as much as Adventureland in Magic Kingdom, you may find that you appreciate some of the festivals more than you thought you would.
The same can be said about Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You may not be a Star Wars fan, but you may find a few interesting details, such as boxes addressed to George Bailey in Bedford Falls and a broken window that looks a lot like Roger Rabbit, if you visit and take a look around.
Celebrate a Holiday at Disney World
What better way to start the new year at Disney than to experience New Year’s at Disney? Although park reservations are most likely hard to come by, visiting parks during holidays like New Year’s is a great experience for those who don’t mind large crowds.
Although there’s tons to do at home on New Year’s, including watching Ryan Seacrest ring in the new year on television during his Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Celebration in Times Square, New York, Disney, specifically Magic Kingdom, will surely be rocking on December 31.
As the clock inches closer to midnight, the entire Walt Disney World Resort will be alive with festivities. Each park offers its own unique celebration, ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Why not start your New Year’s Eve adventure at the iconic Magic Kingdom Park, where you’ll be immersed in a world of fantasy and wonder? As the night falls, Cinderella Castle becomes the centerpiece of a breathtaking fireworks display.
If you’re a fan of the Force, head over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for an out-of-this-world New Year’s celebration. Join the Star Wars characters for an epic galactic fireworks show that will transport you to a galaxy far, far away. The stunning pyrotechnics combined with iconic Star Wars music will create an experience like no other.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the perfect destination for those seeking a wild New Year’s Eve. Throughout the night, you’ll be immersed in the sights and sounds of the animal kingdom while enjoying live entertainment and a vibrant atmosphere. As midnight approaches, be prepared for a thrilling fireworks display that will leave you amazed and in awe of nature’s wonders.
If you prefer a more laid-back celebration, Disney Springs offers a variety of dining, shopping, and entertainment options to satisfy everyone’s taste. Indulge in a delicious meal at one of the many restaurants, catch a live performance, or simply stroll through the lively streets adorned with festive decorations. When the clock strikes midnight, celebrate with a dazzling display of fireworks that illuminates the night sky, bidding farewell to the old year and welcoming the new one in style.
The best part is that each park isn’t simply restricted to New Year’s. Most holidays have a place at Walt Disney World. Of course, Halloween and Christmas seasons are the biggest draws, but there is a lot to see and do around Valentine’s Day and the Fourth of July as well! Enjoying the holidays, whichever you like, at Walt Disney World is a fun and exciting way to pump new magic into 2024.
Visit an All New Disney Parks Location
Most of us are Walt Disney World faithful, and for good reason. However, as Disney has amazing offerings all over the world, if the budget is there, why not treat yourself to an entirely new experience in 2024?
If you’re a Disney enthusiast, which I’m willing to bet you are, why not visit where it all started at Disneyland Resort in California? Walk the same streets as Walt and relive those nostalgic memories from days of old as you explore all of the offerings of Disney’s original theme park.
Looking to travel abroad this year? Well, assuming you’re headed to Europe or Asia, there won’t be a Disney Park too far from you. Disneyland Paris is a premiere vacation resort nestled away in France, while Shanghai, Tokyo, and Hong Kong all offer unique Disney Park experiences that few Americans get to entertain.
Well, there you have it! These are some of our 2024 Disney Park resolutions. Specifically to Walt Disney World, we’d like to slow down and enjoy more of what the most magical place on Earth has to offer, all while branching out and experiencing new Disney magic internationally this year.
So what about you? How do you plan to incorporate Disney into the new year? If all else fails, according to our own Krysten Swensen, you can always stick with ole reliable, “1) Go to Disney more, 2) Eat more Disney snacks, 3) Buy more Disney merchandise.”