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What's New at Walt Disney World in 2024

New Experiences at Walt Disney World in 2024

Walt Disney World never stops evolving. In 2024, it's set to introduce new experiences that will get everyone super excited, from tiny tots to the young at heart. Picture this: a new attraction that takes you on a magical adventure, immersive experiences that make you part of your favorite stories, and dazzling shows that light up the night sky in entirely new ways. What's on the horizon, you ask? Without spilling all the magic beans, expect to see some fresh takes on classic Disney themes, alongside entirely original concepts that push the boundaries of imagination. Each addition is carefully crafted to bring more joy and more unforgettable moments to every visitor's experience. Disney's commitment to innovation means these upcoming attractions are not just new. They're next-level experiences designed to make your Walt Disney World visit in 2024 unlike any other. So, buckle up for a magical ride into the future of fun and fantasy!

Lady looking interestingly ahead
New Characters Coming to Star Tours. Courtesy Disiney

The Magic Kingdom: Newest Additions and Updates

Magic Kingdom is set to dazzle its visitors in 2024 with new additions and updates that promise to sprinkle extra magic into your Disney experience. For starters, we're talking about a brand-new attraction that is not just an attraction but an adventure, taking you to worlds you've only seen on screen. Imagine "going down the bayou" with Tiana and friends as you embark on Tiana's Bayou Adventure, which opened late June in 2024. Think of detailed landscapes, sounds, and new animatronics that transport you straight into the story.

A Possum, A raccoon, and a turtle playing musical instruments
The Critters of Tiana's Bayou Adventure. Courtesy Disney

There's also a buzz about a revamped classic. One of your all-time favorite shows, the Country Bear Jamboree, will be refurbished. The country musical gang of Bears will receive an exciting refresh this year featuring new music. Mark your calendars for summer 2024 to hear their debut!

Magic Kingdom is doubling down on creating magical moments for every visitor with a new show that uses cutting-edge technology to bring stories to life in ways you've never seen before. Disney Dreams that Soar, a new drone night show, debuted for guests in late May and will run through September. Like the Electrical Sky Parade show in Disneyland Paris, this new spectacular will wow guests of all ages by telling a story in the skies like never before.

But it's not just about the attractions and entertainment. Dining at the park is upgrading, with the new Pirates of the Caribbean-themed lounge coming to Adventureland. Although the open date for the lounge has not been released, I am super excited about visiting it.

All these additions are designed to make your Disney experience unforgettable. So, whether you're a die-hard Disney fan or planning your first visit, the Magic Kingdom in 2024 is where dreams come true, with a little something extra.

Water Park Special Events

H20 Glow After Dark returned to Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park in May for select evenings! Get ready for glowing summer night parties where you can experience a live DJ, lighting effects, and more. This exclusive ticketed event provides guests with complimentary snacks, surprise character visits, and more perks like glowing food and beverage options.

Two Surfing Boards and glowing words written on the ground
H20 Glow After Hours. Courtesy Disney

EPCOT's Expansion for 2024

EPCOT is undergoing some serious changes for 2024. True to EPCOT's theme of community and the future, the new CommuniCore Hall and Plaza will offer a communal hub in Future World for festivities and live events.

Whether you're here for the adrenaline, the education, or a bit of both, EPCOT's after-hours allow you to experience it all. This limited-time ticketed event is now available for guests at EPCOT and will end in April.

Hollywood Studios: New Ride Experiences

Hollywood Studios is amplifying the excitement with new ride features for Star Tours—The Adventure Continues in 2024. The attraction will introduce new destinations and characters like favorites from the hit Disney+ series Ahsoka, The Mandalorian, and Andor. This isn't just any experience; it's a journey into the Star Wars universe.

Special Events and Seasonal Festivities in 2024

Walt Disney World keeps the magic fresh and lively with events every year. In 2024, get ready for an action-packed calendar. Starting with the spring, the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will transform the park into a floral paradise. Expect topiaries shaped like beloved Disney characters and outdoor kitchens serving tasty treats. Next, summer heats up with the Fourth of July celebrations. Picture fireworks that dance to patriotic tunes and special appearances by Mickey and friends in stars-and-stripes attire. Come fall, the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival kicks off. It's a foodie's dream, with stalls from around the globe offering small plates and drinks. Don't miss the live concerts too. As the year winds down, the holiday season lights up Walt Disney World. Mickey's Halloween Party is a favorite where characters and guests dress up in themed costumes. Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is a must-see, with snow on Main Street, U.S.A., festive parades, and unlimited hot cocoa. And to cap it all off, New Year's Eve at Disney World is nothing short of spectacular, featuring mind-blowing fireworks and late-night park hours. Each special event and seasonal festivity is designed to create unforgettable memories. So, check the Walt Disney World events calendar and plan your 2024 visit around these unique celebrations.

Tips for Planning Your 2024 Walt Disney World Visit

When planning your 2024 Walt Disney World visit, remember good planning is key to an amazing experience. Here's the lowdown. Book early. The excitement for new attractions means more people. Get your hotel and tickets sorted out early to avoid the rush and potentially higher prices later on. Check for special deals. Disney often releases deals throughout the year. Watch the official Disney website or sign up for newsletters to snag those offers. Use the My Disney Experience app. This app is a game-changer. It lets you manage reservations, get ride wait times, and even order food. Plan your park days. With new attractions, some parks might be busier than others. Look at crowd calendars online to help decide which days to visit each park. Remember, flexibility can make your visit smoother and more enjoyable. Lastly, stay hydrated and wear comfortable shoes. It sounds simple, but it'll make your days at Disney much better. With these tips, you’re set for an unforgettable Disney World adventure in 2024.

Why 2024 is the Best Time to Visit Walt Disney World

2024 is stacking up to be a fantastic year to visit Walt Disney World. Think about it - a new attraction, new experiences, and maybe even a few surprises we don't know about yet. This isn't just another year; it marks a potential turning point where the mix of classic and new offers something unique. Disney is famous for its immersive experiences, so expect to be blown away by the creativity and magic they're cooking up for 2024. Don't forget the practical side; as these new features settle in, crowd management and operational efficiency might improve, making your visit smoother. And let's face it, being part of the first wave of visitors to experience the new at Walt Disney World? That's a bragging right. So, if you've been waiting for the right time to visit or thinking about when to return, 2024 is your answer. Grab your mouse ears, and let's get ready for an adventure that promises to be unlike any other.


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