Disney Resorts You Might Want to Skip in 2024

It might surprise many that it is time to start planning those 2024 Walt Disney World vacations. One of the first decisions that has to be made is where to stay during your trip. The great thing about Walt Disney World is that it offers numerous Resorts for Guests to choose from, providing options for all budgets and families to find something that works for them.

Choosing a Walt Disney World Resort is a big decision. It is where you are going to call home throughout your trip. We want to ensure you have all the information you need to make the right Resort decision for your family.

We will share some of the Disney Resorts in 2024 that you might want to think twice about booking. Although most of these issues are small, they could impact your Walt Disney World trip, and therefore we wanted to make you aware before any final decisions were made.

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Resorts That Have Construction

It is excellent that Walt Disney World is constantly updating and improving its outstanding Resorts. In the last few years, we have seen a big push to update the Resorts. From Pop Century and the All-Stars to Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney has taken steps to update and improve the Guest experiences at these Resorts.

Because of these updates, we also see construction. Although Walt Disney World works extremely hard to ensure the construction doesn’t impact the Guests’ experience, there is always a chance that you could end up with a room near the work in progress.

Before booking your 2024 Walt Disney World Resort, ensure you know some of the Resorts that are going through updates.

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

The most extensive construction process at Walt Disney World currently focuses on Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Walt Disney World is bringing a new Disney Vacation Club Villas to the Resort, and this new building is a vast construction process. Due to the construction, the walkway from Disney’s Polynesian Resort to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is closed. Guests will also notice part of the beach area closed off at Disney’s Polynesian.

We are thrilled to see what this new Disney Vacation Club Tower will bring to Disney’s Polynesian Resorts as new dining, retail, pool, and more have been discussed. Until then, those staying at Disney’s Polynesian Resort might hear construction during the day and will want to take the monorail to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn

The other major update that Disney is currently focusing on is updating the overall Boardwalk area of Walt Disney World. This update has been going on for a while, and we have already seen some great additions to the site. The new pool at Disney’s Boardwalk is exciting for the whole family.

Guests can enjoy a quick meal at BoardWalk Deli or grab some ice cream after a day in the Park at BoardWalk Ice Cream. Even though these updates have already been completed, the improvement of the area continues.

Both Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, as well as the Villas will continue to be refurbished. This will give a new fresh touch to the Guests rooms, lobby, and other areas of the Resort for Guests to enjoy. As all amenities remain available to Guests during this time, construction will be present and can be heard throughout the day.

We also anxiously await the new Cake Bake Shop, which is anticipated to open in 2023. This will give Guests a unique dining experience in the Boardwalk Inn area.

Those are the two leading Resorts scheduled to undergo significant updates during 2024. We are watching for room updates at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort as we saw the Pirate Rooms transitioned to Little Mermaid Rooms this year.

Although we love Disney’s updates to these Resorts, it does mean the construction noises, equipment, and workers will be around the Resort area. Keep this in mind when booking your vacation.

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Resorts and Transportation Limits

It is excellent that Walt Disney World offers free transportation throughout the Walt Disney World property. Remember that each Disney Resort has unique transportation offerings when booking your Disney vacation. Buses, Skyliner, monorails, boats, and walking paths are available throughout the Disney Property.

When planning where you want to stay, consider where you will spend your time during your vacation. If you will be at Magic Kingdom most days, consider a Disney Resort on the monorail line. Being at Disney’s Contemporary Resort can make it easy to return to a quick afternoon nap or swim before returning for fireworks at night.

For those wanting to spend time at EPCOT or Disney’s Hollywood Studios, staying at a Skyliner Resort or in the Beach and Yacht Club area makes sense for easy access to the Parks. Walking to these two Parks from your Disney Resort quickly makes a massive difference in your touring plans and transportation time.

For those with strollers, consider staying at a monorail or Skyliner Resort, where you can easily roll your stroller on without folding it up.

Your Disney Resort’s transportation is critical and should be considered in 2024 as you travel.

Related: Saving Time with Disney Transportation

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Closed Resort Pools

When visiting Walt Disney World, swimming in the Resort pool is among the most exciting parts for many kids. Disney has impressive collections at all of the Resorts, and you won’t want to show up and have it closed.

Related: The Best Pools at Disney

For 2024, only three pools are scheduled to be closed throughout the year. The Fantasia Pool at Disney’s All-Star Movies is expected to be completed from January to April. Overall, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, the Fuentes del Morro Pool, is scheduled for refurbishment during that same time, as is the Doubloon Lagoon pool at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter.

If swimming is a priority for your family during your upcoming Disney vacation, there may be better options than a stay at one of these three Disney Resorts.

Be aware of construction and refurbishments that might impact your stay, and then determine where you want to be throughout the trip. Knowing these elements can help narrow down where you want to stay during your Disney vacation.

There are a lot of great Disney Resorts throughout Walt Disney World. Take some time to learn more about what they offer so you can make the best choice for your vacation.

Related: A Complete Look at Disney’s Resort Categories


Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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