Walt Disney World on Monday announced several major updates to the theme park resort, including the return of the Disney Dining Plan and the relaxation of the theme park reservation system,
No changes were announced to the current “park hopping” system, which restricts guests from visiting another park until after 2 p.m.
Disney also announced that 2024 Disney Vacation packages will go on sale on 31 May.
“These updates will make it easier and simpler to plan your future visits to Walt Disney World, so you can continue to enjoy all we have to offer and make more memories,” Disney Parks Blog said in a post.
The Disney Dining Plan will also return on 9 January 2024, exclusively for guests staying at Disney Resort hotels who purchase a vacation package. This fan-favourite option allows visitors to pre-budget their holiday dining expenses. When it returns, Disney will initially offer two options for guests to choose from: Quick Service Dining Plan and the Disney Dining Plan. The plan can be redeemed for snacks and meals during a vacation stay, with the number based on the number of nights per package. Pricing and other details will be announced when the hotel and ticket packages go on sale on 31 May 2023.
In addition, Disney World Annual Pass holders will soon be able to take advantage of “good to go” days when theme park reservations are not required for park visits. Currently, annual passholders must have a theme park reservation, except for visits after 2pm, excluding the Magic Kingdom on weekends. “Good to go days will also be available to Disney cast members. This new perk will be offered on an ongoing basis on select days and will vary by theme park.
In addition, Disney confirmed that early entry and extended evening hours, a current perk for guests at select resorts, will continue until at least 2024. The company also teased that it is working on ways to better serve its guests, with changes to Disney Genie+ and Individual Lighting Lane to allow for advance attraction selection. No further details were given, but at the moment the service can only be activated on the morning of a park visit.
The news comes on the heels of other updates designed to streamline the guest experience, such as complimentary overnight self-parking at Disney Resort hotels. “Thousands of these unique moments happen every day, creating a deeper connection with Disney. We care and continue to listen to your feedback,” the post reads.