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  • Writer's pictureCollin Brazan

Five things you need to know before booking a 2024 Walt Disney World Resort vacation

Updated: May 21


2024 Walt Disney World® Resort vacation packages are now available, meaning you can now book hotel and park tickets together. Next year is set to bring some big changes to the Disney experience, and here's what you need to know:


About that EPCOT® Construction

Much of the construction taking up much of what was formerly known as Future World is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2023. This means guests traveling next year should see less construction walls, and should also get to experience all the park's new additions, including Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana. A new nighttime spectacular is scheduled to open by the end of this year too, replacing the current run of EPCOT Forever.


Dining Plans Return

The Disney Dining Plan is back for the first time since its pandemic-based closure, and it provides guests with two different options to pre-purchase dining credits for a trip's duration.


Quick-Service Plan: For $57 per adult and $23.83 per child per day, this plan gives each guest two quick-service meals, one snack or nonalcoholic beverage and one resort-refillable mug per night of stay. Guests aged 21 and above can choose one single-serving mixed cocktail, beer or wine instead of a nonalcoholic beverage where available.


Disney Dining Plan: For $94.28 per adult and $29.69 per child per day, this plan gives each guest one quick-service meal, one table-service meal, one snack or nonalcoholic beverage and one resort-refillable mug per night of stay. Guests aged 21 and above can choose one single-serving mixed cocktail, beer or wine instead of a nonalcoholic beverage where available.


Dining plans begin Jan. 9, 2024.


No More Park Reservations

All guests are currently required to make reservations when attending the Disney theme parks, except for Annual Passholders after 2 p.m. (excluding Magic Kingdom Park® on weekends, which always requires a reservations). That requirement goes away for all guests with dated theme park tickets beginning Jan. 9, 2024.


Tiana's On the Way

Tiana's Bayou Adventure, the Splash Mountain replacement, is scheduled to be completed in late 2024. Guests will be able to, "join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure – featuring some of the powerful music from the film – as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance."


A New Place to Stay

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort has been expanding to include a new Disney Vacation Club villa building and new recreation and dining options. Inspired by early concepts for the resort—one of Disney's oldest—it's scheduled to open by late 2024.

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