New & Returning Experiences Coming to Walt Disney World in January

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New & Returning Experiences Coming to Walt Disney World in January

Exciting Changes Coming to Walt Disney World Starting January 9, 2024

Get ready for a magical start to the new year at Walt Disney World as the resort introduces a series of enhancements aimed at providing guests with more flexibility and convenience. Beginning January 9, 2024, several updates to park access, dining plans, and reservation requirements will come into effect, promising a smoother and more enjoyable experience for visitors.

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1. Restoring All-Day Park Hopper Access:
If you have a ticket with Park Hopper benefits or hold an Annual Pass, you’re in for a treat. Starting January 9, you can explore another theme park at any time of the day during regular park hours, subject to capacity limitations. This brings back the flexibility to hop between parks seamlessly, adding an extra layer of spontaneity to your Disney adventure.


2. Bringing Back Disney Dining Plans:
The beloved Disney Dining Plans are making a triumphant return. Disney Resort hotel guests who purchase a vacation package can once again enjoy the convenience and peace of mind of pre-paying for meals and snacks. Say goodbye to the hassle of individual transactions and hello to a more streamlined and enjoyable dining experience.


3. Removing Theme Park Reservation Requirements for Date-Based Tickets:
A familiar change is making a comeback! Guests who opt for date-based tickets, the standard ticket option on, will no longer be required to make theme park reservations. Enjoy the freedom to choose your park on the go and embrace the spontaneity that makes a Disney visit truly magical.


Good-to-Go Days for Passholders:
For Annual Passholders, a new concept of “Good-to-Go Days” is being introduced. Starting January 11th, 2024, Passholders can visit any of the four theme parks without the need for a reservation on these designated days. Keep an eye on the theme park reservation system, Annual Passholder admissions calendar, and the official app for the latest updates on “good-to-go” dates, which will be periodically added in batches.

On days when reservations are required, Passholders can still enjoy the flexibility to hop to another park at any time during regular park hours. Additionally, unless you’re planning a visit to Magic Kingdom Park on a Saturday or Sunday, you can continue to enter without a reservation after 2 p.m., adding more convenience to your park-hopping adventures.

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As these exciting changes unfold, Disney enthusiasts can look forward to a more dynamic and enjoyable experience at Walt Disney World, where the magic continues to evolve to meet the ever-changing needs and preferences of its valued guests.

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