Disney has added yet another discount to the already extensive list of Walt Disney World theme park and hotel discounts for 2023-2024. The most exciting part of this news includes the announcement of a discount on the popular Disney Dining Plan which is returning to Walt Disney World on January 9th, 2024.
Many guests have been hoping for the return of discounted dining plans and this is a great sign of more to come. Along with a discounted offer for the dining plan, this new discount also applies to Walt Disney World theme park tickets.
Let’s discuss the basics of this new Walt Disney World discount and compare it to our ranking of other 2024 Walt Disney World discounts to see which deal is the best for your family.
2024 Disney World Dining Plan & Ticket Discount
This new package offer is targeted at families with kids that meet the child age range defined by Disney (ages 3-9) and are booking a full Walt Disney World package with tickets, hotel, and dining plan.
Here are the full details of this new ticket and dining plan discount:
- Child (ages 3-9) theme park tickets and dining plans 50% off.
- With the purchase of a non-discounted 4-night, 4-day Walt Disney World package.
- Package needs to include Disney Resort hotel, theme park tickets, and a dining plan.
- Valid for stays most nights March 3 through June 30, 2024.
For example, if a family of four buys this package with two adults and two kids ages 3-9, then the theme park tickets and cost of dining plan for the kids will be half off.
The two Walt Disney World dining plans returning on January 9th, 2024 are the Disney Dining Plan and the Quick Service Dining Plan. Read more about the Walt Disney World dining plan and its return in our guide.
When Can I Book the Walt Disney World Discount?
Bookings for this new kid’s ticket and dining plan discount offer start on November 14th, 2023. Make sure you join the FREE Mickey Visit newsletter so you don’t miss out on the best way to save.
This offer is valid for most nights March 3rd through June 30th, 2024. So this offer covers the popular spring break season at Walt Disney World and the first month of summer.
There has been speculation that a Walt Disney World ticket increase may be coming. The last time we saw any kind of increase for Walt Disney World tickets was when they switched to park-specific pricing for 1-day tickets back in December 2022. It has been some time since we’ve seen a large base-level ticket increase and we’re getting closer to a year mark since that last increase. That price increase is highly likely to come before you are able to book this discount. We recommend requesting a FREE Walt Disney World vacation quote now. You are never penalized for booking early and future discounts are applied automatically by our travel partner and you’re refunded the difference.
What Ages Qualify for this Discount?
This discount offer is only applied to kids’ on the travel package ages 3 through 9. Kids under two are always free for theme park tickets at Walt Disney World. Kids aged 10 and over are required to purchase an adult ticket and adult dining package.
There are always a lot of questions about the wiggle room of these ages and with this discount, I am sure that some guests will be looking to bend the rules a bit. But keep in mind, that you can be questioned on the accuracy of age when using your ticket or dining package.
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Is the Walt Disney World Kids’ Discount Good?
To help answer this question, let’s first look at the base cost of a kids’ theme park ticket and dining plan. Since the discount requires a minimum of a 4-day ticket, we will use that for our baseline with a start date of March 18th 2024 which is one of the busiest weeks at Walt Disney World:
- 4-Day theme park child ticket: $590.42 per child at standard Disney World pricing
- With discount: $295.21
- Quick service dining plan: $23.83 per child per day, four days= $95.32
- With discount: $47.66
- Dining Plan: $29.69 per child, four days=$118.76
- With discount: $59.38
If a family books the Quick Service Dining Plan this would be a savings of $342.87 per child. For the Disney Dining Plan, that savings would be $354.80 per child. You can do this math for how many days of your trip whether it’s the four minimum or more.
Keep in mind that you can only book this discount and not combine it with other offers. Disney is also offering two other discounts during Spring 2024 that may offer greater savings. Read my ranking of these Spring 2024 Walt Disney World discounts in our guide.
For most guests, the discounted resort stay offer of up to 30% off hotels for 2024 might be the best deal but if you are traveling with more than one child then this will change! It is always important to compare these discount offers to make sure you are getting the best deal. If you are a large family with multiple children in this age range, this family-targeted discount will likely be the best.
The Walt Disney World hotel you plan on booking will also determine the best savings offer. The greatest discounts for the hotel offer are given for the deluxe resort hotels and in this case, that offer might win out over the kids’ discount offer even if you have more than one child.
Regardless, I am excited to see a discount released already for the Disney Dining Plans which is great news for those who are hoping for the return of the popular free dining plan offer that was offered frequently in the Fall prior to 2020. This is not a guarantee we will see that specific discount return but it is good news to see a discount offered just two months after the plan returns!
Disney World Ticket Price Increase Coming Soon?
Walt Disney World last increased ticket prices on December 8th, 2022 when they changed the structure of 1-day ticket pricing to be variable depending on which theme park you select. In that case, Magic Kingdom prices went up while some parks, Animal Kingdom, reflected similar prices before the change.
It is possible we could see a price increase as Disney often raises prices yearly but being able to advertise the lowest 1-day ticket price (which is often Animal Kingdom 1-day tickets for $109) is a good selling point for Walt Disney World. And since we are seeing such aggressive discounts released already for Spring/Summer 2024 travel there may be a chance we could see a delay in ticket price increases this year, at least for 1-day tickets. However, I never like to take a chance and if you are planning a trip, book it right away to lock in your ticket prices!
Visiting Walt Disney World in 2024 will be a great time to go with the return of the Disney World Dining Plans plus theme park reservations will no longer be required for almost all tickets! It seems like things are fully returning to normal at Walt Disney World.
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