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  • On Nov 11, 2023
    Ruwaida from MA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi. We are planning on visiting WDW in January. When is Disney going to announce the changes to the Genie Plus system?

    Hi, Ruwaida!  Welcome to planDisney!

    In my opinion, any time is a good time to plan a Walt Disney World Resort vacation!  However, some updates were recently announced that are going to make visiting Walt Disney World Resort even easier in 2024.  With a trip planned for January 2024, you will likely be able to take advantage of several of these updates.

    Starting with park visits on January 9, 2024, theme park reservations will no longer be required for date-based tickets.  Also, Disney Resorts Collection Guests who purchase a vacation package with stays beginning on January 9, 2024 or later will have the option to add a Disney dining plan to their package.  It was also announced that early theme park entry for Disney Resorts Collection Guests and extended evening theme park hours for Guests staying at Disney Deluxe Resorts will continue through 2024.

    Another announcement that was mentioned along with these updates has to do with the Disney Genie+ service.  Guests have provided feedback noting that they would like ways to plan with Disney Genie+ service and Individual Lightning Lane selections before the day of their park visit.  Disney has been listening and has promised that some changes are coming to the Disney Genie+ service that will make it even more user-friendly and simplify the planning process.  However, that is all the information we have at this time.  More details will be announced at a later date, so be sure to keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for all of the latest news.

    Ruwaida, as you're getting ready for your trip, please stop by planDisney again with any additional questions that you might have.  My fellow panelists and I are all ears!  See ya real soon!


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