5 Expert Disney World Tips That WON’T Work in 2024

When it comes to planning Disney World trips, we’ve been around that magical block a time or two.

Tower of Terror

There are a few tips that we always, always, ALWAYS recommend to our readers, friends, and co-workers in an attempt to make their lives easier — both while planning their vacations and while visiting the parks. There might be some bad news though… 😬

Some of our most tried and true Disney World tips just won’t work anymore, especially in 2024 when some changes take place in the parks. It’s frustrating for sure, but it’s not the end of the world as long as you are prepared and go into your vacation with reasonable expectations. Let’s talk about it!

Here are just a few tips that will simply no longer work.

“Visit in January and September to avoid the crowds!”

Historically, January and September have been a bit less busy in Disney World, as those are the two months that follow an extended vacation period for both schools and a lot of jobs in the United States.

Park Entrance Crowds at Magic Kingdom on January 6th, 2022

For a while, there’s usually a bit of a decline in park numbers that locals and frequent visitors appreciate. However, this hasn’t been the case for the past few years. There isn’t really an “off season” at Disney World anymore. Low crowds are pretty much just luck of the draw at this point.

“Rope drop to experience a TON of things before the high wait times arrive!”

Rope dropping attractions — arriving to the park as it opens each day and being one of the first among the rides — has allowed us and many of our readers to knock out multiple big-ticket attractions before most people have even gotten to the park for the day.

EPCOT Rope Drop

While rope drop is still a time with some of the shortest waits, that’s not always the case for the most popular rides. Wait times for popular rides can stack up very quickly when the rides open, and we are seeing some popular rides — like Pirates of the Caribbean — frequently NOT opening at rope drop because of maintenance issues. We still advise you to rope drop to knock out some rides before the MOST crowded time of the day, but be flexible and ready to change your strategy if wait times are higher than expected or rides are down.

Breedlove recently had to change his strategy at rope drop, and he made a video about it that you can watch right here!

“Go ahead and budget X amount for Genie+.”

In the past, you could go ahead and set aside a set amount for Genie+ (Disney’s paid skip-the-line service) for your Disney crew each day. However, surge pricing was introduced in late 2022 and now, the cost of Genie+ varies each day based on park numbers and demand.


It’s good to budget, as long as you’re reasonably flexible with said budget. You’re probably not gonna grab Genie+ for $15 anymore. Expect to pay $25-$30 per person, per day — and if you come in under that, you can buy extra snacks!

“Wait until the end of the day to buy that souvenir or just have it shipped home to you!”

If you see a souvenir that you like, we’d recommend grabbing it when you see it. Popular souvenirs can sell out QUICKLY,, and you can’t have things delivered to your hotel anymore or shipped to your home address.


If you don’t want to carry around your souvenir all day, you can take the chance it will still be there and wait until right before park close. Just don’t wait until the end of your vacation!

“Book your park pass reservations ASAP.”

We’ll end on a positive note. Previously, we told everyone to book desired park passes as soon as tickets were purchased. However, park pass reservations are GOING AWAY starting January 9th, with the exception of park passes for Magic Kingdom on the weekends.

Scanning in to the parks

Now, you’ll be able to be a bit more spontaneous and not have to plan out your park visit months in advance!

We’ll continue to keep you updated with more Disney news and advice, so make sure to follow along so that you’re always in the know!

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One Reply to “5 Expert Disney World Tips That WON’T Work in 2024”

  1. Currently, September is having some very low crowds. Beginning with the Tuesday after Labor Day, crowds were some of the lowest seen since reopening after the pandemic closures. You are correct about January, though: with Run Disney races, New Years Day holiday, MLK 3-day weekend, and whatever festival EPCOT is hosting, January has become busy.

    Rope drop should be renamed “Pre Rope Drop”. If the park opens at 8:30, don’t show up at 8:30. The best advice is to show up at least 30 minutes before you are allowed into the park (either with early entry as a resort guest or as an offsite guest), and in the case of Hollywood studios, at least an hour before the posted Early Entry time since HS sometimes opens 30 minutes before the posted EE time. Basically you should be at the front of the rope drop crowd. Last July 2022, when the revenge travel crowds were high, we rode Rise of the Resistance with a 15 minute posted wait (we walked straight into Rey’s room for the first preshow), and when we left the ride, the posted wait time was 60 minutes. We then walked straight to Slinky with a 15 minute posted wait time, and after we got off that ride, the posted wait time was 60 minutes there. We managed to stay ahead of the crowds all day!

    Lastly, I can tell you exactly what to budget for Genie+: ZERO DOLLARS. You don’t need it if you follow the “Pre Rope Drop” strategy. 😉