Disney Parks Announces Exciting Park Updates at Walt Disney World Starting 2024

Vacationers looking to visit Walt Disney World in 2024 will love some of the new changes that are coming! Recently, they have rolled out updates to improve the guest experience, like bringing back complimentary overnight self-parking at our Disney Resort hotels, adding attraction photos taken in the park on the day of your visit to Disney Genie+ service, and more.

Today they revealed more exciting news just in time for the launch of 2024 bookings for theme park tickets, Disney Resort hotel stays, and packages at Walt Disney World on May 31.

Five key updates include:

Removing theme park reservation requirements for date-based tickets: Starting with park visits on Jan. 9, 2024, theme park reservations will no longer be required for date-based tickets. 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!

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Introducing “Good-to-go days” for Annual Passholders* and cast members: In 2024, there will be select days on which their Annual Passholders and Disney cast members may visit Walt Disney World theme parks without needing a park reservation. Once introduced, they 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.


Bringing Disney dining plans: Disney dining plans will be coming back as an option for those staying at Disney Resort hotels who purchase a vacation package with them starting with stays beginning Jan. 9, 2024, which will also open for bookings on May 31. Many vacationers were upset when Disney dropped their 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.

Continuing to provide extended park time to Disney Resort hotel guests: For those planning to stay at a Disney Resort hotel, they will continue to offer the popular early theme park entry for visits through 2024 – every day, across all four theme parks. This benefit gives you a jump start on your day. For those staying at Disney Deluxe Resorts and Deluxe Villas, they will also be continuing to offer extended evening hours on select dates at select parks through 2024. Early theme park entry and extended evening hours require valid theme park admission and a Resort ID.

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Simplifying the Disney Genie+ experience: If you’re a planner like me you want ways to plan with Disney Genie+ service and individual Lightning Lane selections before the day of your park visit. Disney’s goal is to give you the opportunity to spend less time planning in the park and more time enjoying your visit with friends and family. They will be sharing more information at a later date.

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Lisa Arneill

Founder of Growing Your Baby and World Traveled Family. Canadian mom of 2 boys, photo addict, lover of bulldogs, and museumgoer. Always looking for our next vacation spot!

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