Early Theme Park Entry Available Even SOONER For Disney Hotel Guests

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If you have an upcoming Disney Resort hotel reservation at Walt Disney World Resort, we have some amazing news for you. Disney has announced that Early Theme Park Entry, a benefit for Guests staying at participating hotels at Walt Disney World, will be available sooner than initially announced.

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Early Theme Park Entry allows Guests staying at Disney World to enter any of the four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom) 30 minutes before the theme parks officially open for the day. While Early Theme Park Entry is officially set to begin on October 1 to coincide with the start of the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World, Disney has revealed that the amenity will actually soft-open earlier for Guests of participating Disney Resorts and select hotels.

Guests with upcoming Disney vacations are being emailed about this new benefit actually starting early! Disney shared with Guests today that beginning September 26 (this Sunday), a soft opening of the new Early Theme Park Entry benefit will be available to Guests of participating hotels. Upon arrival to the main entrance of any of the four theme parks, Guests can look for signage that states “Early Entry for Participating Hotels” and from there they can enter the theme park.

If you have any questions about Early Theme Park Entry, we recommend visiting the front desk of your Disney Resort hotel and speaking with a Cast Member ahead of your Disney Park visit.

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To utilize Early Theme Park Entry on September 26 or after the service officially debuts on October 1, Guests must have valid theme park admission, a reservation for the same theme park on the same day, and valid Disney Resort ID, such as a MagicBand, Key to the World Card or Disney MagicMobile pass. This is because, as mentioned, this benefit is only available to certain Guests. Also, not all theme park attractions are available during Early Theme Park Entry.

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
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Visit the official website for more information.

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