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Your WDW Guide to 2023 and 2024: An Enchanted Evolution

Your WDW guide to 2023 and 2024: An Enchanted Evolution….Hey there, fellow thrill-seekers and mouse-ear enthusiasts! Grab your popcorn and get ready for a rollercoaster ride through the magic kingdom of Walt Disney World, where every day is a new chapter in the book of enchantment.

Introduction

Picture this: a parade of unforgettable memories, fireworks of joy illuminating the night sky, and characters that dance their way into our hearts. But hold onto your Mickey hats because the excitement is far from over! The future is a canvas waiting to be splashed with vibrant hues of new attractions, daring adventures, and unexpected surprises.

Join me on this wild and whimsical journey as we rewind the Disney tapestry, reliving the laughter, and fast forward to the upcoming spectacular events that promise to make our hearts race and our smiles stretch from ear to ear. It’s time to dust off your sense of wonder and do a little Goofy dance because the Disney rollercoaster is revving up for another thrilling lap! Let the magic unfold! 🎉 ✨

Let’s walk down memory lane and recap all the incredible things that happened at Walt Disney World in 2023!

2023

  1. Woody’s RoundUp Rodeo BBQ Opens at Hollywood Studios

Saddle up, partners! Hollywood Studios welcomed its newest (and much-needed) Table Service restaurant!  Woody’s RoundUp Rodeo BBQ is a rootin’ tootin’ good time for all Toy Story fans. Join Woody, Jessie, and the gang for an adventure-packed experience that brings the spirit of the Wild West to life in the heart of Toy Story Land. Dining Reservations are strongly suggested for this one. Since it’s still a new restaurant, it’s quite popular! Reservations can be made here, 60 days out from your planned vacation.

  1. “Happily Ever After” Returned to Paint the Skies in April

Love is in the air as Happily Ever After graces the night skies once again. The spectacular fireworks show returned in April, transforming Cinderella Castle into a canvas of dreams. Grab your favorite viewing spot, and let the magic unfold as your favorite Disney tales light up the night. For me, this was probably the most welcomed and exciting thing that happened in 2023!

  1. Luminous: The Symphony of Us Shines Bright at EPCOT

EPCOT gets a dazzling makeover with the debut of Luminous: The Symphony of Us on December 5th, 2023. This nighttime spectacular bathes the park in a radiant glow, combining cutting-edge technology with the beauty of imagination. Brace yourself for a mesmerizing journey through light and sound. 

  1. Dreamers Point Unveiled at EPCOT 

Celebrate the man behind the magic at Dreamers Point, where a stunning Walt Disney statue was unveiled on December 5th, 2023. Pay homage to the visionary who started it all and take a moment to be inspired by the legacy of creativity and innovation. Be sure to stop by and grab a picture with the man himself! The new statue sits right behind Spaceship Earth.

  1. World Discovery Finally Breaks Free

The walls are finally down, and the adventure begins! World Discovery officially opened at EPCOT on December 5th, 2023 inviting guests to explore the wonders of science, technology, and intergalactic fun. Get ready to embark on a journey that’s truly out of this world. We’ve been waiting a long time to freely walk through EPCOT without navigating through endless construction walls. The time has finally come! Be sure to see the new space at night, it gleams and glows in beautiful colors tapping into the nostalgia of all things EPCOT in the 1980s!

  1. TRON Lights Up Magic Kingdom

Hold onto your lightcycles! TRON blazes into Magic Kingdom, offering an electrifying experience for thrill-seekers. This high-speed, futuristic attraction adds a pulse-pounding adventure to Tomorrowland that will leave you breathless and exhilarated. Opening in April 2023, the park’s newest attraction has been exciting fans of all ages. This one is still using a virtual queue to ride, so be sure to grab those early on in the day to guarantee your ride.

  1. Disney 50th Celebration Exits, Disney 100 Celebration Takes Center Stage

As the curtain fell on the 50th celebration in early 2023, a new act began with the Disney 100 Celebration. EPCOT will take center stage as the celebrations’s headquarters in Walt Disney World. Get ready for another century of magic, surprises, and unforgettable moments as Disney continues to weave its spellbinding tales. 

  1. Hatbox Ghost Joins the Spooky Fun at Haunted Mansion

Things get spookier at the Haunted Mansion as the Hatbox Ghost makes a haunting entrance. For the first time, the Hatbox Ghost joins the ever-popular attraction at Walt Disney World. Join the ghostly inhabitants for a delightfully eerie journey filled with chilling thrills and supernatural surprises. 

  1. Dive into the Journey of Water at EPCOT

EPCOT’s newest nature adventure opened on October 16th. Journey of Water (Inspired by Moana) invites you to explore the wonders of water. Explore the mysteries of water and embark on an exploration trail where water comes to life. Be sure not to miss this imaginative journey that’s perfect for all ages.

  1. Disney’s Jollywood Nights Adds Twinkling Cheer to Hollywood Studios’ Christmas Lineup

Deck the halls with Jollywood Nights! Hollywood Studios unwraps a sparkling gift for the holiday season, adding extra cheer to the Christmas lineup. Join beloved characters and immerse yourself in the festive magic of Jollywood during this enchanting yuletide celebration. While this one started with some mixed reviews after its debut, more recent party-goers seem to love the party and all that is offered. If you’ve done Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party one or several times, Disney’s Jollywood Nights at Hollywood Studios might be just what you’re looking for to change it up!

2023 was an amazing year, with so many new experiences to enjoy. But the fun is just getting started! 2024 is going to be even better!! Let’s dive in and explore what awaits us.

2024

  1. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure: A Splash of New Magic for Disneyland and Walt Disney World

Get ready to be transported to the enchanting world of Tiana’s Bayou! This exciting (and somewhat controversial) addition is set to bring the charm of “The Princess and the Frog” to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World by late 2024. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere, where the bayou comes to life with music, magic, and the spirit of New Orleans. I’m personally not the biggest fan of water flume rides, but I am so excited for this one! 

  1. Country Bear Jamboree Gets a Fresh Tune-Up at Walt Disney World

Grab your hats and join the jamboree! Walt Disney World’s beloved Country Bear Jamboree is getting a revamped soundtrack and a fresh spin on the classic show. Get ready for toe-tapping tunes and hilarious hijinks from the bear-filled cast in this must-see musical extravaganza. But don’t worry, our favorites are returning! Catch Big Al, Liver Lips, Wendell, and Trixie in an all-new show! More details coming soon.

  1. Farewell to Park Reservations for Date-Based Ticket Holders

Goodbye, park reservations! Wooohooo!! This is super exciting news. Starting January 9th, date-based ticket holders can enjoy the freedom of spontaneous adventures as park reservations come to an end. No more planning ahead – just pack your bags, pick a park, and let the magic happen! Note that Annual Passholders and non-date-based ticket holders will still be required to make park reservations.

  1. Park Hopping Unleashed: Restrictions Lifted in 2024

Break out your park-hopping itinerary because, in 2024, the restrictions are lifting! Embrace the flexibility to bounce between your favorite Disney parks throughout the day, soaking in the diverse magic each one has to offer. The more parks, the merrier! Unrestricted park hopping returns on January 9th!

  1. Disney Dining Plan Returns to Delight Taste Buds in January

Cue the drumroll for foodie fanatics – the Disney Dining Plan is back! This is long-awaited and probably the most requested for its return. Available with any vacation package starting January 9th, indulge in a culinary journey through the parks with this fan-favorite dining option. Whether you’re a snack enthusiast or a gourmet adventurer, the return of the Disney Dining Plan promises to satisfy every craving. Bon appétit! Talk to your Disney travel advisor today about adding the Disney Dining Plan to your upcoming vacation package!

Conclusion

And there you have it, fellow Disney dreamers! The past year has been nothing short of a magical rollercoaster at Walt Disney World, with each change adding a sprinkle of pixie dust to our beloved kingdom. From the thrilling highs of TRON lighting up the Magic Kingdom to the heartwarming unveiling of the Walt Disney statue at Dreamers Point, we’ve been on a whimsical journey through enchantment and innovation.

But hold onto your mouse ears because the excitement doesn’t stop there! As we peek into the future, 2024 promises a cascade of new experiences and delightful surprises. Tiana’s Bayou is set to transport us to the heart of New Orleans, the Country Bear Jamboree is tuning up for a fresh round of laughs, and the return of the Disney Dining Plan is a feast for our taste buds.

What’s more, park reservations bid farewell to date-based ticket holders, and the shackles are lifted from park hopping – giving us the freedom to explore the magic spontaneously. It’s a breath of fresh air as the parks invite us to immerse ourselves in the wonder without the need for pre-planning.

As we wave goodbye to 2023….

….and eagerly step into the wonders of 2024, Walt Disney World continues to be the ultimate playground for dreamers of all ages. So, whether you’re gearing up for a wild ride on TRON, ready to groove with Tiana in her bayou, or simply craving the joy of a spontaneous park-hop, the magic awaits. Here’s to the past, the present, and the ever-glimmering future – where the enchantment of Walt Disney World knows no bounds! See you in the kingdom, fellow adventurers!✨ 🏰 🎉

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Marnie Raimondo
Marnie Raimondo
Hi there! I'm Marnie, Disney blogger and writer. My passion is helping people plan magical Walt Disney World vacations. I love sharing Disney tips and advice based on my personal experiences from many, many magical trips over the years. I hope through my writing I can help you navigate your way through Disney news, the parks, dining, resorts and so much more! Happy planning!
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