The ever-evolving nature of Disney theme parks adds to the thrill for visitors who eagerly return year after year. Exciting new experiences are coming to Walt Disney World! Recent announcements have revealed plans to reimagine both Dinoland, U.S.A. in Animal Kingdom and Test Track in Epcot, injecting fresh magic into these beloved attractions. Opening its doors in 2024, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure promises to transport guests into a captivating world of enchantment. Furthermore, several of the Disney resorts are undergoing significant transformations to enhance the overall experience. And this is just a glimpse of the magical surprises Disney has in store for its parks.
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Planning a Disney World vacation in 2024? Be sure to check out our guide to all that the Walt Disney World Resort has to offer this year including the opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, the return of the Disney Dining Plan, and more! (You can also find our 2023 guide here!)
Now Open – TRON Lightcycle Run Roller Coaster – The highly anticipated Tron Lightcycle Power Run coaster, inspired by Shanghai Disneyland’s attraction, made its debut at Magic Kingdom in April 2023. This exhilarating ride offers an adrenaline-pumping race on sleek, two-wheeled Lightcycles. The introduction of this coaster also prompted a revamp of Tomorrowland in order to align with the immersive Tron Lightcycle theme.
Late 2024 – Tiana’s Bayou Adventure – In early 2023, Splash Mountain closed its doors to make way for this exciting all-new attraction. Set in the enchanting bayous of Louisiana, visitors will accompany Princess Tiana on a musical adventure as she embarks on her new venture, Tiana’s Foods. Following the events of the film, riders will assist Tiana in finding a crucial ingredient for her grand Mardi Gras celebration at Tiana’s Palace. This immersive experience promises to feature a mix of beloved and fresh characters, melodic songs, and an all-new enchanting journey with Tiana.
2024 – Country Bear Jamboree – The Country Bear Jamboree at Walt Disney World will undergo renovations and debut a fresh act in 2024. The revamped show will feature the beloved bears showcasing their unique country style while performing popular Disney songs. Disney is collaborating with renowned musicians from Nashville to ensure an authentic experience with the singing bears.
TBD – “Beyond Big Thunder Mountain” – Disney has been teasing the idea of a new expansion to Magic Kingdom they’ve referred to as “Beyond Big Thunder Mountain.” Although no specific details were shared at this year’s D23 event, speculation is ongoing, with the promise that the final plans will surpass the size of New Fantasyland and offer an immersive experience similar to Pandora and Galaxy’s Edge.
TBD – Tavern near Pirates of the Caribbean – Adventureland will soon welcome a new tavern near Pirates of the Caribbean, further immersing visitors in the story of the famous attraction.
Now Open – Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind – Now open, this brand “omnicoaster” features vehicles that rotate on the track to turn the guests to face the action happening around them.
Now Open – Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana – This new walkthrough attraction will be coming to the World Nature section of the park and will allow guests to “interact with water” just like Moana does in her film. Also beginning on October 16, Moana herself will be greeting visitors from her very own special area, conveniently situated near Journey of Water.
December 5, 2023 – Luminous: The Symphony of Us – This new nighttime spectacular at EPCOT features an original composition as well as songs from popular Disney films including Tangled, Enchanted, Frozen, Coco, Tarzan, Coco, Toy Story, and Aladdin – all woven together to remind us that we are more alike than different.
December 2023 -World Celebration Completion – Construction at EPCOT’s World Celebration section is progressing, and the construction walls are expected to be removed by December 2023. Visitors exiting Spaceship Earth will be treated to Dreamers Point, featuring a new statue of Walt Disney. Additionally, the vibrant outdoor CommuniCore Plaza Festival Area, suitable for festivals, concerts, and performances, will be completed along with the first festival programming-supported structure, CommuniCore Hall.
TBD – Asha Meet and Greet – Asha (from the upcoming Disney film Wish) will be coming to Epcot to greet guests.
TBD – Test Track – While we have no information yet about dates, Test Track will undergo a new transformation with assistance from Chevrolet, marking another evolution for this attraction since its inception with the original World of Motion.
TBD – Zootopia Show – A new show based on the popular animated film Zootopia is currently being developed for the Tree of Life and will replace “It’s Tough to Be a Bug.” This upcoming experience will offer guests the opportunity to explore the different biomes featured in the movie while being accompanied by familiar characters such as Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde.
TBD – Tropical American (re-theming of Dinoland U.S.A.) – Exciting changes are coming to Dinoland U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom! The area is set to be transformed into a “Tropical Americas” land, drawing inspiration from the enchanting film Encanto and the action-packed Indiana Jones franchise. While specific attractions have not been officially announced, there are speculations about the potential re-theming of the popular ride DINOSAUR, as it utilizes the same ride vehicles as Disneyland’s Indiana Jones attraction. We will keep you posted if Disney makes any formal announcements!
Spring 2024 – Star Tours – New adventures are set to debut in 2024 featuring Ahsoka. The new adventures will also be featured in Disneyland and Disneyland Paris.
Disney World Resorts
2024 – Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is undergoing construction to expand its offerings with new Disney Vacation Club villas. Set to open in 2024, these accommodations will provide DVC members with additional options for their stay. The new rooms boast stunning waterfront views, with many featuring private balconies. Additionally, guests can look forward to new dining venues, swimming facilities, and various recreational areas within the resort.
2024 – Disney’s Boardwalk Inn – Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is currently undergoing renovations to enhance its guest experience. Upgrades include new furniture and decor in all hotel rooms, featuring delightful artwork showcasing beloved characters such as Mickey, Minnie, and other Disney pals leisurely exploring the BoardWalk. Additionally, the hotel lobby is set to receive a refreshing makeover.
2024 – Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – The Grand Floridian is currently undergoing a significant transformation with a captivating new design concept – Enchanted Gardens. Disney Vacation Club recently refurbished the Big Pine Key building, and these renovated rooms have been unveiled to guests on the regular resort side of the Grand Floridian, while all other buildings within the resort have also been completed. The renovation process has now progressed to the main lobby, which is being tackled in phases. However, construction work was temporarily halted for the holiday season in December 2023, and it is expected to resume in January 2024. Guests should note that both 1900 Park Fare and the Grand Floridian Tea Room are likely to remain closed until the entire reimagining project is completed.
TBD – Fort Wilderness Campground – Walt Disney World is embarking on a significant transformation at Fort Wilderness Campground by introducing new Disney Vacation Club (DVC) cabins to replace existing ones. With over 350 cabins, this development will convert the resort side of the campground into a Disney Vacation Club property. In addition to this, a series of improvement projects are currently underway at Fort Wilderness, including upgrades to the pool area and walking trails.
Outside the Parks
January 9, 2024 – Disney Dining Plan – Disney Dining Plans are returning to Walt Disney World beginning January 9, 2024. The dining plan is a pre-paid option for guests who book a vacation package through Disney to cover their dining expenses. Two plans will be offered – the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan or the Disney Dining Plan.
January 9, 2024 – New Park Reservation Rules – Theme park reservations will no longer be required for date-based tickets. Reservations may still be needed for non-dated tickets and other admission types (student group tickets, sport and convention tickets, annual passes, etc.)
January 9, 2024 – All-Day Park Hopping Returns – Disney World is reintroducing all-day park hopping. Since its reopening in July 2020, guests with Park Hopper tickets had to wait until 2 p.m. to visit another park. However, this restriction will be lifted, allowing visitors to freely hop between parks throughout the day.
2024 – Changes to Disney Genie+ – Disney has announced that they will be simplifying the Disney Genie+ experience allowing guests to plan their visit ahead of time. While details have yet to be announced, this is a very exciting change for those who don’t enjoy scheduling their Lightning Lanes inside the park on the day of their visit.
2024 – The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers – The opening of this eatery at Disney’s BoardWalk has been postponed to early 2024. In addition to their famous cakes, the restaurant will offer savory dishes and afternoon tea. The ambiance of the restaurant is described as whimsical, designed to enhance the magical charm of Disney’s BoardWalk.
TBD – Blue Ribbon Corn Dogs – Exciting news for corn dog enthusiasts! The esteemed Blue Ribbon Corn Dogs stand, currently operating at Downtown Disney in Disneyland Resort, will soon be setting up shop at Disney’s BoardWalk on the East Coast.
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