2024 Changes to Disney World Park Pass Requirements and More

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Disney World Park Pass Requirements

Hey, Disney vacationers! Get ready for some exciting updates to the Disney World Park Pass Requirements, and Park Hopping starting January 9, 2024. If you’re planning a trip to the most magical place on Earth, Disney World in 2024, you’ll want to keep reading to find out what’s new and how it might affect your vacation plans.

What’s Changing with Date-Based Tickets?

Big news for those of you buying date-based tickets – from January 9, 2024, onwards, you won’t need a separate theme park reservation for these tickets. Just pick your start date when you buy your ticket, and you’re all set! This applies to:

  • Date-based 1-day tickets
  • Date-based multi-day tickets
  • Vacation packages with date-based tickets

However, if you’re using other types of admission, like student group tickets, sport and convention tickets, Disney Military Salute Tickets, annual passes, or any other ticket types not listed above, you’ll still need to make a theme park reservation.

Park Hopping Just Got Better

For those who love hopping between parks, there’s great news! Starting January 9, 2024, if you have a Park Hopper ticket or an Annual Pass, you can switch parks anytime during the day, as long as there’s capacity. No more waiting until 2 PM to hop to your next adventure!

Annual Passholders, take note: on days when theme park reservations are required, you can still enjoy Park Hopper benefits after visiting your first park. And remember, you can visit the parks after 2 PM without a reservation, except on Saturdays and Sundays at Magic Kingdom park (watch out for those blockout dates, though).

Annual Passholder Reservation Updates

Disney World is introducing “good-to-go” days for Annual Passholders. What does this mean? On these special days, you can enter the parks without a reservation. Keep an eye on the theme park reservation calendar, the Annual Passholder admissions calendar, and the My Disney Experience app to spot these days. The first batch of “good-to-go” days will be added from January 11, 2024, and will be updated periodically.

With the return of all-day Park Hopper access, Annual Passholders can also enjoy hopping between parks any time during park hours. Just remember, the after-2 PM rule still applies for Magic Kingdom Park on weekends.

So there you have it, Disney fans! These changes are sure to make your Disney World experience in 2024 even more magical and hassle-free. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned park-goer, these updates are something to look forward to. Happy planning, and see you at Disney World!

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Meet the Author: Nate Bishop

I’m a die-hard Disney fan with 38 years of visits under my belt, having stepped into Disney World 120+ times. Proud to be a Disney Annual Passholder, a Vacation Club member since ’92, a Castaway Club Member, and a runDisney enthusiast. Oh, and I’ve graduated from the Disney College of Knowledge. Need Disney insights or planning tips? I’m your guy!

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