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What's Happening At Disney World? Magic News & Updates

Updated: Apr 11



Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2024
Epcot Flower & Garden festival 2024

Update News Dateline: April 11, 2024


Disney World News & Updates




Breaking NEWS:

Test Track will shut down June 17, 2024 for reimagining. You may still have to log on to reserve your spot in the virtual queue for Guardians of the Galaxy and the Remy and Frozen rides will still have long lines. Consider buying Genie + for Epcot this summer.



Test Track Epcot Disney World
Test Track is temporarily closing June 17, 2024


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1. The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is in full bloom! (Sorry, couldn't resist this news update). Orange Bird has merch just for you. And Disney celebrates Women's History Month with a Foodie Guide. Grand Floridian's 1900 Park Fare restaurant reopens April 10. And since I have never been, I can't wait to share my experience. The festival ends slightly earlier this year: May 27, 2024.




2. News Update effective January 9, 2024: Reservations for customers with regular tickets will not need reservations to visit the parks. For Annual Pass Holders, see #4.




3. Park Hopping News Update: effective January 9, 2024, all day park hopping returned. You don't have to wait until 2:00PM. Always check your Disney app for the latest info before you head out to the parks.


*There is something called "Good-To-Go Days." This means you do not need a reservation. Disney will require reservations for APHs when the park may be crowded, during peak times or seasons. Check the My Disney Experience app.

*Do you want to park-hop? There are two ways: if you had a reservation, go to the first park and then go to the second park at any time; OR park hop after 2PM without any park reservations needed prior.

*Do you want to visit Magic Kingdom on Saturdays and/or Sundays? You will need a reservation.

*Do you want to park hop to Magic Kingdom on Saturday/Sunday? You will need a reservation to the first park so that you can go to MK later.

*If you are not staying at a Disney Resort, you can only make a limited amount of reservations, depending on your type of pass.


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5. Parking News Update: remember, complimentary parking at Disney World Resorts is back. Although the complimentary transportation can be a bit inconvenient (the buses come about every 20 minutes and they can be crowded at the beginning and end of the day), it can be practical. If you do park your car at the parks, you do have to pay (unless you are an Annual Pass Holder) but the ticket is good all day if you park hop. Save your receipt! If you don't want to drive from park to park, check out our transportation tips here.





6. The trams are back at all four parks. But, challenge yourself if you can and walk to the entrance anyway to pre-burn off some calories before you snack your way around the park. :)


7. If you buy Genie+, you get digital photo downloads as part of the package for that day!


8. The Disney Dining Plan is back for Disney Resort guests as part of the package. Ask your Disney consultant/planner for details.


9. Don't forget to continue to celebrate Disney 100. There are photo ops at all four parks.



Disney Pins
Disney Pins


10. Did you like guest to cast pin trading? It's back as of April 8, 2024! Get out your collection and get going!


Disney 100 sign Epcot, Disney World
Disney 100th Anniversary sign at Epcot

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