Wait, you’re NOT planning a trip to Disney in the near future?  Here’s 21 Reasons why you Should Go to Disney World in 2024.

Walt Disney World is absolutely the most magical place you can visit.  It’s hard to explain, but there’s just nothing out there quite like it.  Universal Studios definitely gives it a run for it’s money, but there’s no magic like Disney magic.

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Here’s the top reasons why you need to go to Disney World!

1) Rides that tell Stories

Disney’s rides are on a whole new level compared to your average theme park.  It’s not about cheap thrills here, but rather story-telling.  

Peter Pan's Flight in Magic Kingdom

Most rides have a story line and even most of the queues where you wait in line have details and theming.  

Many of the rides correlate with a Disney character or story that you might already be familiar with such as Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, or Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.  

Other rides have more general themes like Big Thunder Mountain Railway is western themed and Space Mountain is space themed.  

The rides themselves can vary by thrill level, but there’s something for everyone.

Slow rides that tell stories, fast thrill rides like roller coasters with fun themes and more!

2) World Showcase

There’s nothing quite like the World Showcase at Epcot.  

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You can travel around the world, experiencing different cultures and foods.  It’s absolutely incredible.  

You can get amazing Mexican food in the Mexico pavilion and then travel just a few yards away and find yourself in Norway.  

The buildings reflect the different cultures, so you are fully immersed in that country.  

You’ll hear music from each country, there’s shops selling items that correlate with that land, there’s food, and most lands have some sort of attraction associated with that country.    

The cast members working in that section are dressed in clothing that reflects that culture.  

Some countries have a ride while others have a show.  You’ll often come across street performers as well as fun interactive items within the different lands.  

And of course, there’s plenty of photo opportunities as well like trying out a red photo booth in the United Kingdom area or posing in front the adorable mini railway in the Germany pavilion.

3) Immersive Lands

The immersive experiences are another thing that sets Disney Parks apart from your local theme park.

 Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Hollywood Studios

If you visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios you can walk into the world of Star Wars. You’ll see storm troopers, space ships, and buildings that reflect the land. Even the bathrooms have cool “out of this world” theming here.

The biggest highlight of Galaxy’s Edge is the ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. This incredible ride puts you right into the action of a battle against the First Order. It’s very VERY well done and absolutely worth the wait time.

You can also check out the other ride in this land Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. On this fun ride, each person has a job on the ship. Your team will fly the Millennium Falcon on a cool interactive mission.

Since this ride has different jobs – you’ll want to ride it again and again so you can try out all the different positions!

There’s also cool places to build your own light saber or get a drink at the famous Oga’s Cantina.

Hollywood Studios is also home to Toy Story Land, which is another amazing immersive land.

Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios

The rides, the buildings, and everything decorating this land look like they are made out of toys like blocks, game pieces, crayons, and more. It’s so fun to look around!

This land is home to 3 rides including the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster, Toy Story Mania interactive carnival shooting game, as well as Alien Swirling Saucers.

4) New Attractions

Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway at Hollywood Studios

Disney is always keeping things fresh and new. There’s often a new ride or attraction added each year. It keeps people coming back for more!

Some of the more recent additions include the Guardians of the Galaxy ride and the Moana Journey of Water experience at Epcot. Also, there’s the Tron Lightcycle Run roller coaster at Magic Kingdom and Minnie and Mickey’s Runaway Railway ride at Hollywood Studios.

There’s more fun rides set to open next year as well!

5) Excellent Dining Options

Walt Disney World Resorts have some of the top dining experiences. You can enjoy everything from a fine dining experience with beautiful firework viewpoints at the California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort to eating next to an incredible aquarium at the Coral Reef Restaurant at Epcot.

Be our Guest restaurant in Magic Kingdom

There’s experience dining, like going to Be Our Guest restaurant at Magic Kingdom – where you get to dine in the Beast’s castle from Beauty and the Beast.

Or, of course, there’s the popular Cinderella’s Royal Table restaurant where you get to actually eat inside Cinderella’s castle.

Of course, there’s awesome options at any price point. There’s pizza, burgers, chicken strips, and more to be found in the parks.

Many of the quick service restaurants even have cool theming like the Pinocchio Village Haus adorable cottage inspired seating and decor from the classic story of Pinocchio.

6) Fun for the Whole Family

Aladdin Magic Carpets

Disney is a great destination because it’s fun for the whole family. There’s something for everyone here.

Grandpa and Grandma will love the slow dark rides, funny rides like the Jungle Cruise, and of course all of the story-telling.

Young children will love classics like the carousel, Dumbo, Aladdin’s Magic Carpets, and meeting Characters!

Older kids and adults will love the roller coasters, the amazing lands to discover, and all of the theming.

7) Very Clean Parks

Disney prides itself on the cleanliness of it’s parks. It’s really noticeable how well maintained the parks are.

If you compare it with any other theme park, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how well things are kept.

It’s pure magic!

8) Magic in the Details

Frozen Ever After at Epcot

Disney World does an amazing job with putting magic into the details.

It’s all the little things that they do that really add up. You might be standing in a queue for a ride and notice tiny beautiful details.

For example, in line for Frozen Ever After at Epcot, you’ll feel like you stepped into the village of Arendelle. There’s lanterns hanging from the ceiling giving it a simple magical feel and you can even step into Oaken’s store and laugh at the people in the Sauna.

In line for the Haunted Mansion, you’ll see tombstones that have funny sayings, there’s interactive items to play with and keep kids engaged while setting the scene for the storytelling.

You’ll be amazed at the details added to the buildings to really bring the theme to life. In addition, throughout Disney World, you can look for something called Hidden Mickeys.

Basically, this refers to the way that Disney has placed Mickey Mouse shaped objects into it’s decor. You might see a Hidden Mickey on the street as you walk, flowers might form a Mickey head or you might see it in tiny details in a queue.

It’s a fun thing to watch out for and one of the many ways that Disney puts magic into the little details.

9) Epic Fireworks 

Disney Theme Parks are known for their Epic Fireworks displays.

fireworks fill the night sky at Disney

Watching Cinderella’s castle light up with projections and listening to beautiful music as well timed fireworks shoot off just might be the best part of your Disney vacation.

Be sure to catch at least one of these magical night time spectaculars during your visit!

10) Festivals and Special Events

Disney has SO many amazing festivals and events all year long.

You can find a little bit of everything: 5K and marathon running events, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, as well as a myriad of other events throughout the year.

Plus, there’s the amazing holiday themed events like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

You can check out all of the Disney World Events for the Year here.

11) Make Memories

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One of the best reasons to visit Disney World is to make memories with people you love!

You’ll never forget those fun moments you shared as a family at Disney.

Some of my favorite memories are from our Disney vacations – seeing my child light up meeting a favorite character or laughing together over something silly.

Disney makes those happy moments easy to have!

12) Accessibility

Disney is surprisingly accessible to those who have disabilities. You can find Electric Conveyance Vehicle rentals, wheelchair accessibility in most places, as well as DAS passes.

Disney offers disability passes to those with a disability that cannot wait in a traditional line. You can learn more about that here.

13) Food Allergy Friendly

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Disney is a haven for those of us with Food Allergies.

I know this first hand, as I have Celiac Disease. There’s an amazing number of gluten free options in the parks. You just have to know where to look.

You can read all about our favorite Gluten Free Disney World dining options here.

I dare say it’s one of the best places to vacation on an allergy restricted diet.

Disney also makes it easy for those with common food allergies like dairy, nuts, etc. to find great options as well!

You can often find the information you are looking for within the individual restaurant menu sections on the My Disney Experience App.

14) Annual Appeal

Epcot ball surrounded by flowers

Disney has an annual appeal to it. It’s open year round, even on holidays!

Many people like to visit it in the summer because of their kids’ summer vacation.

However, Christmas at Disney is also very popular as well as the parks are decked out for the holiday season!

15) Conference Destination

Tons of events are held each year in the Walt Disney World Resort area.

It’s a great place for a conference because of the year round beautiful weather and of course there’s tons to do in the Orlando area.

If you find yourself at a conference in Orlando, it’s only natural to go check out one of the amazing Disney parks or water parks while you are in town!

Or in the very least, check out Disney Springs where there’s amazing shopping and dining options.

16) Multiple Price Points

meeting Anna at Epcot

Another thing to love about Disney World is that you can find a magical vacation at multiple price points.

There’s budget friendly options for hotels, tickets, and food. If you are really strapped for cash, you can even bring your own food into the parks. You can stay in hotels off-site and you can plan a vacation for when Disney is less busy and offering discounts.

On the other end of the spectrum, there’s luxury experiences available. You can stay at high end hotels, enjoy fine dining experiences, and pay for shorter lines with Individual Lightning Lanes.

And at the very tippy top – you can find Private Disney VIP Tours, where you can literally enjoy amazing having your own private tour guide taking you through the parks with major hospitality perks….for a major fee of course!

17) One Stop Shop

Something we love about Disney is that it is so simple to find everything you want right in one place.

You can find excellent food, entertainment, lodging all at one location.

Unlike other vacations where you might need to look into buying tickets from multiple sites and find activities to fill the time gaps, Disney is easily a day full of fun.

Disney also makes it easy to plan your vacation with vacation packages.

You simply need to know when you want to go, your budget, and what you want to do.

18) Meeting Favorite Characters

A highlight for many families of a Disney Vacation is seeing their child light up as they meet their favorite Disney Characters!

Every Disney park offers Character Meet and Greets. Most parks offer Minnie and Mickey, but you can also meet other fun characters like Anna and Elsa from the movie Frozen, or Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc. and of course many more!

Some of the Character Meet and Greets are a line and very formal, while others you might casually happen upon within the park, like the Mandalorian with Grogu.

On this same topic, you can find some awesome Character meals.

These are meals that offer Character meet and greets as you dine.

The characters come out during the meal and stop at your table to say hello. These experiences vary from place to place, but in general, this is a great way to meet a lot of characters in an efficient way.

19) Convenient Location to other Orlando Attractions

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Disney’s theme parks are located conveniently near lots of other great attractions. If you only want to spend a few days at Disney, you can combine Disney World with other fun Orlando Attractions like Universal Studios, Lego land, or Sea World.

You might also want to do a beach day, where you drive out to one of the beautiful Florida beaches.

Keep in mind, there are no beaches actually in Orlando, but you can drive out to one of the nearby ones. Cocoa Beach is the nearest nice beach to Orlando and about 60 miles away.

20) International Access

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Orlando International Airport gives the world access to an amazing Walt Disney World Vacation.

The convenience of having international access right in Orlando makes it much easier to fly in from another country.

This easy airport access makes it possible to not have to rent a car for your vacation. You can rely on airport transportation or a ride service like Lyft or Uber.

21) Cheap Flights

Orlando is an affordable travel destination because there is a myriad of cheap flights to the city.

Cheap flights and plenty to do when you get here makes it a great vacation destination.

More Disney Trip Planning Articles

Ready to start planning that Disney trip?  Be sure to check out our other articles.

You can find the Best Disney Tips for First Timers here.  Learn all the basics about Disney World and how to start planning your trip.

There’s a free printable Disney World Packing List here.  Grab this free printable to help you pack everything you need for your magical vacation.

Learn How to Avoid Long Lines at Disney here.  We share our best tips and tricks for having more fun and less time waiting.

Not sure what to bring to the parks? Here’s our handy Disney Park Bag Essentials checklist.

Worried about Motion sickness?  Be sure to check out our guide on how to avoid motion sickness at Disney.  You’ll find recommendations on products to bring with you as well as a list of a few rides you might want to skip.

Plus don’t miss our list of Best Disney YouTube Channels. We share our favorite resources (no shaky video!) – just the very best channels to learn about all things Disney World.

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