What’s New for 2024?

Updated on 1/17/24

As much as Disney fans bemoan change, can you honestly imagine a year without ANYTHING new? Theme parks aren’t monuments. New stuff is why we go back again and again, right?

While nothing in the Disneyverse is guaranteed, here is a list of what’s NEW, what’s been announced for 2024, and what Blue Sky Ideas are out there in the great big beyond.

The END Of The Reservation System For Standard Ticket Buyers

January 9, 2024

Theme park reservations are no longer required for guests using date-based tickets. Annual Passholders and Cast Members will be free to visit the parks without a reservation only on “good-to-go days” in 2024. Other days will require Passholders and Cast Members to continue to use the reservation system.

Return Of The Disney Dining Plan

January 9, 2024

The Disney Dining Plan is available once again for guests booking vacation packages. The Disney Dining Plan allows guests to pre-pay for meals and snacks. Two dining plans will be available, one for just quick-service dining and one for quick-service AND sit-down dining.

All Day Park Hopping

January 9, 2024

Disney guests with a park hopper ticket or an annual pass can hop from one park to another at any time of day.

ATTRACTIONS

New Star Tours Adventures (Hollywood Studios)

Spring of 2024 (Will it be a May the 4th offering?)

Star Tours, the first Star Wars attraction at Walt Disney World, has been a part of Hollywood Studios since 1989.

Ahsoka Tana comes to Star Tours at Hollywood Studios.

Country Bears Jamboree Update (Magic Kingdom)

Summer 2024

Grizzly Hall will close temporarily beginning Jan. 27 and will reopen later this summer. (Image Courtesy of Disney)

The Country Bear Musical Jamboree attraction in the Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland will debut a new show this summer. The act will pay homage to Nashville and will include Disney tunes sung in different country music genres and easter eggs in honor of the show’s more than 50-year history.

The Little Mermaid – A Musical Adventure (Hollywood Studios)

Fall 2024

Artist Concept of new design. (Image Courtesy of Disney)

Ariel and friends return to the Animation Courtyard theater in the fall of 2024. The Little Mermaid — A Musical Adventure will have new sets, effects and designs based on the animated film.

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure (Magic Kingdom)

Late 2024

The reimagining of Splash Mountain now has a name – Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. The wait to see it? Just another year. We’ll keep ya posted! (Image courtesy of Disney)

Take one of the most popular rides (Splash Mountain) and combine it with one of the hippest Princesses (Tiana) and what do you get? Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. The water ride itself — a log-flume with a giant drop — won’t change, but the decor and music will. This will be the biggest update to the attraction since it opened in Frontierland on July 17, 1992.

RESORTS

New Cabins (Fort Wilderness Resort)

July 1, 2024

Artist rendering of the new cabins. (Image Courtesy of Disney)

On July 1, Fort Wilderness Resort begins phase I of its opening of new luxury cabins! The modern structures will replace the old log buildings. While the cabins are Disney Vacation Club accommodations, the general public should be allowed to rent them like other DVC villas, when available. The cabins provide much more space and privacy than traditional hotel rooms. Not only can they sleep more guests (it’s expected they’ll allow at least 6 people), the cabins include a kitchen, living room, and an outdoor eating area with grill.

RESTAURANTS

Summer House on the Lake (Disney Springs)

The Cake Bake Shop (BoardWalk)

Blue Sky Ideas

These are Walt Disney World changes that the company has announced but has not released an opening date!

The Tropical Americas (Animal Kingdom)

Walt Disney Imagineering is planning to reimagine Dinoland U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park into a new land inspired by a region sometimes referred to as “tropical Americas.” As part of their research, Imagineers are looking at some of the most biodiverse areas on the planet in the regions just north and south of the equator in the Western Hemisphere – the northern part of South America, stretching up into Central America. New experiences inspired by “Encanto” – the Academy Award-winning Walt Disney Animation Studios film – and the fan-favorite adventurer Indiana Jones are being considered for the reimagined land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. (Artist’s Rendering Courtesy of Disney)

Pirates of the Caribbean Tavern (Magic Kingdom)

A new Pirates of the Caribbean-themed lounge is coming to Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park. This first-of-its-kind experience will extend the story of Pirates of the Caribbean. Imagineers are in the design process now and more details are coming in the future. (Artist’s Rendering Courtesy of Disney)

Test Track Update (EPCOT)

Test Track will be reimagined at EPCOT. Imagineers, along with teams from Chevrolet, are reaching back into history for inspiration from the original World of Motion and bringing that spirit of optimism to the next iteration of the Test Track attraction. More details to come in the future. (Artist’s Rendering Courtesy of Disney)

New Tree of Life Show (Animal Kingdom)

A new show based on “Zootopia” is being created for the Tree of Life theater at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park in Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The current concept for the new “Zootopia” experience has guests visiting the different biomes seen briefly in the film, traveling along with Judy Hopps, Nick Wilde, and other characters. Imagineers are currently finalizing the concept and more details will be coming in the future. (Image Courtesy of Disney)

2023 Openings! If you haven’t been to Disney in awhile, here’s a quick list of what new stuff opened last year…

Attractions

  • Journey of Water (EPCOT) – October 16, 2023
  • TRON Lightcycle/Run (Magic Kingdom) –April 4, 2023

Entertainment

  • Luminous: The Symphony of Us (EPCOT) –December 5, 2023

New Land

  • World Celebration (EPCOT) – Some Elements – December 5, 2023

Restaurants

  • EET by Maneet Chauhan (Disney Springs) – December 4, 2023
  • Shiki-Sai: Sushi Izakaya (EPCOT) – August 15, 2023
  • Roundup Rodeo BBQ (Hollywood Studios) – March 23, 2023
  • Rosa Mexicano (BoardWalk) – March 19, 2023

Characters

  • Asha (EPCOT) – November 1, 2023
  • The Hatbox Ghost (Magic Kingdom) – November 30, 2023
  • Moana (EPCOT) – October 16, 2023 (Animal Kingdom) – April 22, 2023
  • Mirabel (Magic Kingdom) – September 15, 2023
  • Figment (EPCOT) – September 10, 2023

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