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How to Get Ready for Your 2024 Disney Vacation Now

It is hard to believe that 2024 is right around the corner. As we prepare for another school year, we must consider those 2024 vacations. Now is the time to begin your 2024 Walt Disney World planning. Starting your magical planning now for 2024 will let you prepare for the magic in the best way possible.

We have stop ways that you can begin planning for your 2024 vacation to Walt Disney World Resort right now! Let’s get started with how you can begin today!

Magic Kingdom Halloween
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When to Go

The first step when planning a trip to Walt Disney World is determining when you want to go. We have learned that Walt Disney World no longer has a “down” season. Instead of looking for low crowds in a Disney Park, we highly recommend choosing when to go based on what you want to experience.

Throughout the year, Walt Disney World has different events in each Disney Park that Guests can experience. If you love the holidays, maybe you want to head down to Disney to experience Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. For those that love to dress up, consider a trip in the fall when you can attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and trick or treat around Magic Kingdom.

EPCOT’s festivals throughout the year are events you can plan your trip around. If you love the arts, ensure you are at Disney during the Festival of the Arts in February. The Flower and Garden Festival is a beautiful time to visit as EPCOT looks stunning with flowers everywhere.

If you dislike heat, stay away from the summer months. For those that like sunshine, think about April and May when there is less rain and more sun.

Think about when you want to go as you prepare for your 2024 trip to Walt Disney World. This is the first step in the planning process.

Disney Resorts
Disney Resorts

Where to Stay

After you have determined when you want to go, it is time to figure out where you want to stay. We always recommend staying at one of Disney’s fantastic Resorts. Disney offers Resorts at all price levels, making it easy for Guests to find something that fits their budget.

Remember your budget to determine if you want to stay at a value, moderate, or deluxe Disney Resort. Once you know which category fits your budget, you can dive into what each Resort offers. Look at the dining, transportation, and theming to determine what Resort is best for you.

Learn more about these Disney Resort categories by diving into our post HERE. This post breaks down the main differences between the three Resort categories at Disney and can help you decide.

Disney Quick Service Dining Plan
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Disney Dining Plan

Back in 2024 will be the Disney Dining Plan. As you prepare for your 2024 trip, take some time to dig into what the dining plans offer. These are great ways to make your Disney trip feel more all-inclusive.

Guests can prepay for their meals and then, during their trip, use credits at select dining locations throughout the Walt Disney World Property. You can add the dining plans until the final payment, so take time to see what they offer and determine if they will be a good investment based on how your family will eat during your trip.

Related: What We Know About the Dining Plan

Family dining at BOG at Magic Kingdom
Family dining at BOG at Magic Kingdom

Restaurant Menus

You can make reservations at table service restaurants throughout Disney two months before your trip. Before you lock yourself into those reservations, take time now to look at the menus.

Disney does a great job keeping menus up to date on the My Disney Experience app. Use that to see what is available at restaurants. This is a great way to ensure everyone finds something they will enjoy before the trip.

Look at blog posts about restaurants to get ideas of where you might want to eat, and then look at menus to finalize your plans. This is a great thing to do before your trip and that 60-day reservation mark.

My Disney Experience
My Disney Experience

Download My Disney Experience

We have mentioned My Disney Experience a few times because this app is essential to an excellent trip to Walt Disney World. Even if you don’t have a trip booked, download the app and create an account.

By doing this now, you can get familiar with the app and find much information to help you plan. My Disney Experience has so much helpful information, from menus to wait times. Since the app has so much information, you will find yourself overwhelmed and frustrated if you wait until your trip to download it.

Take time now to navigate the app and learn where features are that will be helpful during your trip.

Related: Key Features of My Disney Experience You Need to Know

Disney Movie Order

Watch Movies

As you prepare for your 2024 Walt Disney World vacation, watch Pixar and Disney movies. From new ones to classics, watch a few films to prepare for your trip. With the new Haunted Mansion (2023) movie to classics such as Peter Pan (1953), watching these movies gets you excited for the upcoming trip and makes those rides so much more magical.

adults in Walt Disney World
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Finally, you can prepare for your 2024 Walt Disney World vacation by diving into all the information that is out there. Have fun listening to podcasts, reading blogs, and watching vlogs all about Disney. These will excite you for your vacation while providing you with some great dos and don’ts as you plan your trip.

No matter when you plan to visit Walt Disney World in 2024, you can start planning your trip now. Don’t wait to experience the magic; create the magic at home as you prepare for your Disney vacation.


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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