Early Theme Park Entry Begins At Disney World

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Lately, Disney World has seen many changes come to its theme parks. From the announcement of Disney’s Magical Express coming to an end, and Magic Bands no longer a complementary perk for staying at a Disney Resort — long-time Disney fans have a lot to get used to. Before the pandemic, Disney World had Extra Magic Hours for Resort Guests, a perk that was announced to be replaced by Early Theme Park Entry. Now, we have a debut date for this NEW Disney World perk!

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If you are wondering what exactly Early Theme Park Entry is, it’s a new complimentary perk for Disney Resort Guests that is available every day at all four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios). Now, Disney Resort hotel Guests (and the Guests at other select hotels that offer similar Disney World benefits) will get to enter any theme park 30 minutes before opening time on any day of their vacation.

Early Theme Park Entry begins today! Early Theme Park Entry will officially begin on October 1 for the 50th anniversary celebration, but Disney has allowed the offering to soft open today. If you are a Disney Resort Guest, you will now have the option to get on those E-ticket attractions such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train or Avatar — Flight of Passage even earlier before the regular day crowds arrive.

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Disney Parks Blog official announcement for Early Theme Park Entry stated:

Early Theme Park Entry: We know how much guests enjoy extra park time, so coming later this year as part of our 50th anniversary celebration, Disney Resort hotel guests and guests of other select hotels will be able to enjoy more fun with 30-minute early entry to ANY theme park, EVERY day. It’ll be a great way to get a jump start on your Disney day, no matter the day! As a reminder, the Extra Magic Hours benefit was suspended when Walt Disney World Resort reopened last summer, and as we continue to manage attendance with health and safety top of mind, Extra Magic Hours will not return. The new early theme park entry benefit helps us better spread visitation across all four theme parks, while providing added flexibility by giving guests extra early park time on each day of their vacation and in the park of their choosing. Please note that guests need valid admission and a park reservation made via the Disney Park Pass system to enter a theme park.

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Extra Magic Hours would allow Disney Resort Guests to stay either 1-hour later in the parks or earlier, depending on what was scheduled by Disney for that day. Although an hour is longer than 30 minutes, the new perk offers early entry to every Park, every day, whereas Extra Magic Hours was selective on that front.

Below are the participating hotels for Early Theme Park Entry at Walt Disney World Resort:

  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  • The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Swan Reserve
  • Shades of Green® on Walt Disney World® Resort
  • Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
  • Waldorf Astoria Orlando
  • B Resort & Spa Lake Buena Vista
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando
  • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
  • Holiday Inn Orlando
  • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista
  • Wyndham Lake Buena Vista
  • Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Let our pals over at Academy Travel help you plan your next trip to any of Disney World’s four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Do you think you will take Early Theme Park Entry in advance, or do you prefer Extra Magic Hours?


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