In case you missed it, Walt Disney World announced that for the 50th anniversary, the theme parks are rolling out a new Early Theme Park Entry benefit as well as extended evening hours on select nights in certain theme parks.
In regards to the Early Theme Park Entry, Guests staying at a Disney Resort or an affiliated Disney Resort will be granted access to Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios 30 minutes before Park opening.
However, there were two Resort hotels on Disney World property missing from the participating Resorts list — the Swan and Dolphin. That is, until now!
Guests staying at Disney’s Swan and Dolphin will be able to enjoy Early Theme Park Entry beginning October 1 — and this includes the new Walt Disney World Swan Reserve! Although the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin as well as the Swan Reserve are not owned or operated by Disney, they are considered official Disney Resorts, giving them many of the same benefits as a Disney-owned hotel.
Starting October 1, 2021, guests of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin will be able to enjoy more fun with 30-minute early entry to any Walt Disney World theme park, every day – available at all 4 Walt Disney World theme parks.
To see a complete list of all of (including a few not owned by Disney), you can visit the Walt Disney World website here.
In case you are not familiar with Early Theme Park Entry, Disney Parks Blog recently explained:
Just in time for the start of this magical celebration, on Oct. 1, we will be rolling out a new early theme park entry benefit for Disney Resort hotel guests and guests of other select hotels, giving them the first chance to enjoy select attractions at EVERY theme park, EVERY day. These guests will also be among the first each day to see the dazzling decorations and EARidescent excitement. Guests will need a valid ticket or pass and a theme park reservation for the same park on the same date for early theme park entry.
But the Early Theme Park Entry is not the only benefit Disney World is rolling out for the 50th anniversary. In fact, select Guests will also be able to enjoy extended evening hours on select nights. Per Disney Parks Blog:
In addition, with the kickoff of the 50th anniversary, guests staying at one of our Disney Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort hotels will also be able to enjoy extended evening hours on select nights in select theme parks. Extended evening hours will begin in early October with specific dates and parks to be shared at a later time, so please be sure to check back onfor the latest.
And the best news is that Disney’s Swan and Dolphin will be part of this evening hours offering as well! Per Disney’s announcement:
Also beginning in October, guests of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin can enjoy extended evening hours—experiencing select attractions, shops and dining after regular park hours—in select theme parks on select nights.
For more information on Early Theme Park Entry or the extended evening hours, visit our website here.
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