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Top 10 Tips for Your 2024 Walt Disney World Vacation

2024 Walt Disney World vacation packages will be opening up this summer. Because of this, now is a great time to start planning and thinking about your trip. There is much to think about regarding a vacation to Walt Disney World. To help you organize your thoughts, we have ten tips for you. These will help you plan a magical vacation in 2024.

Monorail outside Magic Kingdom
Monorail outside Magic Kingdom

1. Research

Our first tip when planning a Walt Disney World trip is to research. Read blogs (How to Disney is a great place), watch vlogs, and listen to podcasts. Doing this will allow you to get reviews of Resorts, dining, and rides and stay up-to-date on what is happening in Disney.

By taking time to learn about Walt Disney World, you will be able to make the best decisions for your family. It will also allow you to adjust your plans at Walt Disney World. The more you know, the more comfortable you will be during your vacation.

Walt Disney World has so much to offer Guests. From four Disney Parks, two water parks, numerous Disney Resorts, and don’t forget about Disney Parks, there is much to learn about. Take time before your trip to be ready to roll when you arrive.

Crescent Lake, Disney's Beach Club Resort
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2. Book at Disney Resort

When getting ready for your Walt Disney World trip in 2024, we highly recommend staying at one of Disney’s amazing Resorts. Walt Disney World offers Resorts for all budgets, travel sizes, and needed amenities.

Guests staying at a Disney Resort can enjoy an extra half hour each morning at any of the Disney Parks. Those who stay at one of the Deluxe Disney Resorts can also experience extended evening hours at specific Disney Parks. These two perks are just a few reasons why staying at a Disney Resort is fantastic.

Those staying at a Disney Resort during their Walt Disney World also have free transportation. This is a huge convenience when traveling around the vast Walt Disney World Resort Property. Disney buses, boats, monorails, skyliner, or ferries can make your trip much less stressful as you can sit back and enjoy the ride.

By staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you can also stay within the magic bubble. You will experience Disney customer service and magic throughout your whole trip.

my disney experience family walking in magic kingdom
my disney experience

3. Dig Into My Disney Experience

Even though your trip isn’t until 2024, go ahead and download the My Disney Experience app and create your account. Through this app, you can stay connected to the magic. The app is where you will book your dining, see wait times, find characters, and more.

By downloading the app before your trip, you will be able to get familiar with this essential tool before your trip. The app is beneficial; however, it can also be overwhelming. Don’t wait until before your trip to learn how the app works. Get on it now to be comfortable with all it offers before arriving in 2024.

Yachtsman Steakhouse
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4. Advanced Dining Reservations

A big tip for your 2024 Disney vacation is knowing when to make your advanced dining reservations. Dining reservations open 60 days before your check-in day. Even if planning what you want to eat two months early is silly, many popular Disney restaurants book that early.

Locations such as Cinderella’s Royal Table, Space 220, Topolino’s Terrace, and Chef Mickey’s are so popular that they book quickly. You must ensure your ADR date is marked on your calendar to dine at these locations. It opens at 6 a.m. EST, so you must set your alarm.

Take a look at the different dining options Disney offers Guests. Doing this early on will allow you to find great restaurants for your family.

Related: Best Restaurant In Each Walt Disney World Park

Memory Maker Family
Photo Credit: Disney

5. Consider Photopass

If 2024 is the first time you visit Walt Disney World, you will want to capture all the great moments. Disney offers what is called Memory Maker. You can purchase this ahead of time, and it will give you access to all your ride photos and any pictures you get taken by the fantastic Disney PhotoPass Photographers.

This is a fantastic way to capture those moments throughout Disney Parks throughout your vacation. It also makes it extremely easy to get everyone in the picture together. We love Memory Maker and think you will as well.

Related: Making Memories with Disney’s Memory Maker

Disney Genie
Disney Genie

6. Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lanes

Our next tip revolves around Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane. These two paid features are ways that can help Guests navigate the crowds during their Disney vacation.

Genie+ allows Guests to access the Lightning Lanes for over 40 attractions throughout the four Disney Parks. Using this feature, you can save a lot of time during a vacation. It is a costly investment starting at $15 per person. Take some time to learn about Genie+ and all it has to offer.

Related: Genie+ Tips I Wish I Knew Before My Trip

In each of the four Disney Parks, some rides aren’t included with the purchase of Genie+. To use the Lightning Lanes for these rides, you must purchase Individual Lightning Lanes. Guests can buy two of these rides per day.

Both of these features can be extremely helpful during a trip but take time to learn about what they are and how you use them before your trip. This will help ensure that you get the most out of your investment.

Related: Breaking Down Disney Genie, Genie+, and Individual Lightning Lanes

Couple looking at phone in front of Magic Kingdom Cinderella Castle

7. Make a Park Plan

A big tip for your 2024 trip is to have a plan. There is so much to see and do at Walt Disney World that you need to head in with a plan. Make sure that you take time to have a list of must-do attractions for each day.

An overall plan lets you know what you want to do daily when you enter the Park. This will help you maximize your time while ensuring everyone gets to experience their must to experience.

Also, think through what you will want to bring into the Park. We have some great tips on what to pack and have in your Disney Parks bag. Look at these posts so you will have all the items you need.

Happily Ever After Fireworks, Magic Kingdom
Credit: Disney

8. Add Magic

Go big in 2024! Consider adding some extra magic to your trip. Look into booking one of Disney’s fantastic tours. There is something for everyone to enjoy. Think about a firework dessert party or cruise to experience something unique while enjoying these nighttime shows.

There are so many additional magical experiences that you can enjoy at Walt Disney World. Consider adding some magic to your trip to help magic your 2024 tip a little extra special.

Related: Is a Disney VIP Tour Worth the Price Tag?

'Ohana Entrance, Disney's Polynesian Village
Credit: Visit Orlando

9. Explore Your Resort

A tip many Guests don’t consider is to enjoy your Disney Resort while on vacation. The Disney Resorts are part of the magic. Schedule some time to enjoy the pool, watch the nighttime movie, or have a meal.

There are so many great activities held at Disney Resorts as well. Guests will be surprised to find fun at their Resort, from crafts to activities.

Family with Minnie Mouse at EPCOT World Showcase
Family with Minnie Mouse

10. Slow Down

Finally, our big tip for your 2024 Walt Disney World vacation is to slow down. It is easy to rush from ride to ride, but you also want to slow down. Leave time to hang out on the hub grass, explore the trails at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, or get lost walking around the World Showcase.


Disney is full of magic, and you won’t want to miss it.


It is so exciting that we will soon be able to book our 2024 Walt Disney World vacations. Until then, use these ten tips to get your planning process started.


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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