Disney has announced that All-Day Park Hopper access will be returning to Walt Disney World starting January 9th, 2024. This has been a long time coming! I have missed being able to visit one park for a short morning visit and then having lunch in another. This will give Park Hopper tickets and Annual Passes a lot more value again. Currently, Park Hopper access is only available after 2 p.m. each day.
Read below for all the details from the Disney Parks Blog!
Big news out of Walt Disney World Resort! Beginning Jan. 9, 2024, guests with a ticket with Park Hopper benefits or an Annual Pass will be able to once again visit another theme park at ANY TIME OF DAY during park hours (subject to capacity limitations). As a reminder, since returning in 2021, Park Hopper access has only been available after 2 p.m. each day. Now, there will be no more waiting – YOU can decide when it’s time to visit another park.
Visit more than one Walt Disney World Theme Park
I cannot wait to start my morning on a safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park before heading over to EPCOT to grab a slice at my favorite lunch spot, Via Napoli Pizzeria. Or kick off the day with a ride on the Millennium Falcon at Disney’s Hollywood Studios before hopping over to Magic Kingdom Park to catch the Festival of Fantasy parade. Guests with Park Hopper benefits will now have more flexibility to explore the Disney World theme parks the way they want and enjoy even more during their visits.
On days when theme park reservations are required for Annual Passholders and certain non-dated tickets, Passholders and guests will be able to take advantage of the updates to Park Hopper access after visiting their first park.* For example, if a Passholder has a reservation at EPCOT and enters the park at 9 a.m. for a quick ride or two, they can then head to another park right after.
And there is even more news for Passholders! “Good-to-go days” will begin sometime in January! With “good-to-go days,” the theme park reservation calendar will be updated periodically and will show Passholders select days when they may visit a Disney World theme park without needing a theme park reservation (blockout dates will continue to apply like they do today).
Disney Trips Made Easy & Simple
Why are we doing this now? We want to make visiting Disney World easier, simpler and more FUN! We know how much Disney means to so many of you, and we continue to make changes so you get more value out of your vacation and to help you, your friends and family enjoy our theme parks the way you want to. Here are just a few of the ways we’ve done that so far:
- Complimentary self-parking is back for Disney Resort hotel stays
- Annual Passholders may visit the parks after 2 p.m. without needing a theme park reservation, except on Saturdays and Sundays at Magic Kingdom
- Digital downloads of select PhotoPass attraction photos taken in the park on the day of visit now included in the purchase of Disney Genie+ service
- Parking trams returned to all four Disney World theme parks
Coming Jan. 9, 2024
- Announced today: Bringing back all-day Park Hopper access during park hours
- Theme park reservations no longer required for date-based tickets (our standard ticket option)
- Disney dining plans available once again for Disney Resort hotel guests as part of a package
My favorite memories at Disney World with my family growing up are the days when we visited multiple theme parks, from “rope dropping” early in the morning to fireworks on Main Street, U.S.A. in the evening. We can’t wait for all of you to more easily enjoy days like these in just a few short months.
2024 is going to be an incredible time to visit and you can start planning your visit today by going to DisneyWorld.com or contacting your preferred travel planner. As always, if you have any questions, you can get expert advice from the incredible panelists at planDisney.com!
*To use the Park Hopper benefit, Annual Passholders must make a theme park reservation for the first park they plan to visit AND enter that first park prior to visiting another. Or, they can enter a theme park without a reservation on a “good-to-go” date for that park or after 2 p.m. (except Magic Kingdom on Saturdays and Sundays) before visiting another park. Passes are subject to the Walt Disney World Resort Annual Pass Terms and Conditions.