2024 Disney World Dates You Need To Know
January 9, 2024:
All-Day Park Hopper Access Returns
No more waiting until 2:00 PM! Starting January 9, guests with park hopper tickets or an annual pass will be able to visit another park any time during the day.
Disney Dining Plan Returns
Guests will be able to choose from two options: packages that include either the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan or the Disney Dining Plan.
Get more info on the Dining Plan here.
No More Park Reservation Requirement
Guests who buy standard theme park tickets that are tied to a specific date or set of dates won’t need park reservations to get into the parks. Annual passholders, cast members, and other admission types will still need park pass reservations.
January 10, 2024:
After Hours Events Return
After pausing for the holiday events, Disney After Hours Events return to Disney World. These are 3-hour extra ticket events that give guests a chance to enjoy the parks late at night with low crowds and low wait times for select rides and activities. This is definitely one of the most unique ways to check out the parks and perfect for anyone who is a night owl. You can purchase tickets to attend on select nights between January 10 and April 10.
10:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Select dates January 11 – April 8
9:30 PM – 12:30 AM
Select dates January 10 – April 10
10:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Select dates February 2 – April 4
January 11, 2024:
“Good to Go” Days Begin For Annual Pass Holders and Cast Members
Annual Passholders and Disney Cast Members will have access to Good-To-Go Days. Essentially, the theme park reservation calendar is going to be updated periodically to show passholders days when they can visit Disney World without a Park Pass reservation. Good-To-Go Days will be visible in the Annual Passholder calendar starting on January 11th, 2024.
January 12 – February 19, 2024:
EPCOT International Festival of the Arts
The International Festival of the Arts highlights the visual, culinary and performing arts with Food Studios serving various art inspired food and drinks, the Disney on Broadway Concert Series, interactive art opportunities and more.
February 22 – February 26, 2024:
runDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
The event consists of four different races themed after some of your favorite Disney princesses: Ariel, Rapunzel, Tiana, and an Anna/Elsa combo. (Note that guests can also join the Disney Princess Half Marathon virtually.) Be sure to keep in mind the traffic around the parks this weekend whether you run or not.
February 28, 2024:
EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival
The annual Flower and Garden Festival highlights the visual, culinary and performing arts with Food Studios serving various art inspired food and drinks, the Disney on Broadway Concert Series, interactive art opportunities and more.
April 18 – April 21, 2024:
runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend
2024 Springtime Surprise Weekend events include a “Hakuna Matata 10-Miler” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, an “Adventure Is Out There 10K,” including Disney Pixar’s Up! Russell, Dug, Carl, and Kevin, and a “Neverland 5K.” Be sure to keep in mind the traffic around the parks this weekend whether you run or not.
July TBD – November TBD, 2024:
EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival
The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival always begins in July and runs through November. This popular festival event includes an awesome variety of food with over 25 global marketplace booths, great wine selections, entertainment, and more.
August TBD – November TBD, 2024:
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Spooky season in Disney World usually kicks off in August with Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and runs on select nights through Halloween Night. In 2023 they added a party on November first, so who knows what this year’s schedule will look like.
October 31 – November 3, 2024:
runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend
The Wine and Dine Half Marathon is part of the annual EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival. Registration for the 2024 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend will open on March 12, 2024 for the general public on runDisney.com. For Club runDisney Gold and Platinum members, registration will open on March 5, 2024.
November TBD – December TBD, 2024:
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
The holiday season in Disney World usually kicks off early in November and runs through New Year’s Eve and the Magic Kingdom hosts Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on select nights through the season.
November TBD – December TBD, 2024:
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays
Once the Food and Wine Festival wraps up, EPCOT quickly flips to the International Festival of the Holidays. Usually this festival starts the day after Thanksgiving, but has not been officially announced yet.
This may be one of the shortest of all the EPCOT festivals offered, but it packs a festive punch featuring holiday traditions from around the world. The celebration features the popular Candlelight Processional, holiday storytellers from around the world and, of course, festive foods! All of the outdoor kitchens from the Food and Wine Festival transform into Holiday Kitchens offering traditional holiday and seasonal foods from around the world.
The most popular entertainment at the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays is the Candlelight Processional. With nightly performances at America Gardens Theatre, a celebrity narrator retells the biblical tale of Christmas along with a live orchestra, Voice of Liberty and the Walt Disney Cast Choir.