Rise and shine — Disney World's Early Theme Park Entry benefit is here! Early Theme Park Entry grants Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests access to any of the resort's theme parks — Disney's Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, EPCOT and Disney's Animal Kingdom — 30 minutes before the parks open to the public. And the best part? This perk is offered every day. Get your to-do lists (and coffee!) ready!
We utilized early entry at Magic Kingdom during our stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge. While guests with regular admission were held by the castle, we were able to head over to Fantasyland and ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train!
This is such a great reason to stay on-site at a Walt Disney World hotel, plus Early Theme Park Entry extends to select partner hotels, as well. So, what else should you know about Early Theme Park Entry at Disney World? Let's jump in!
All About Disney World's Early Theme Park Entry Benefit
Extra Magic Hours were retired upon Walt Disney World's reopening in July 2020. As a replacement, guests at official Disney Resort hotels and select Disney partner hotels can now enjoy 30-minute early entry to ANY theme park, EVERY day. Yep, this is a big change that has implications for all park-goers! (Applicable theme park, days and times of operation and availability may vary and are subject to change, capacity and/or cancellation. For instance, during busier times, the benefit may be extended to a full hour of early entry.)
While giving on-site hotel guests more flexibility — and probably a better benefit than the original Extra Magic Hours, which was limited to one park each day — the new Early Theme Park Entry also helps Disney better spread visitation across all four theme parks. Note that hotel guests still need valid admission and a park reservation made via the Disney Park Pass system. Guests without the Park Hopper option must spend the day at the same park where they'd like to enjoy the Early Theme Park Entry benefit.
For those who might have frogotten, the former Extra Magic Hours were extended theme park hours available to Disney World Resort hotel guests and some Disney partner hotel guests. Each day of the week, these hotel guests were typically allowed to enter one park one hour early or stay up to two hours later than non-hotel guests. Like EMH, this change impacts all park-goers.
This new Disney early entry benefit gives hotel guests the flexibility to decide which park they want to visit 30 minutes ahead of regular park opening. By allowing hotel guests to enter all parks early, it lessens the benefit of arriving ahead of opening for non-hotel guests, who typically could have arrived at a non-EMH park and had a couple of hours with lower ride wait times.
Each theme park has a different method for how to utilize early theme park entry, so be sure to keep an eye out for cast members with signage. At EPCOT, for instance, there was a special section of touchpoints that resort guests could enter ahead of the general public, while non-hotel guests used other touchpoints and were stopped in front of Spaceship Earth. For Magic Kingdom, all guests were allowed into Main Street and the castle area, but only resort guests could enter into either Fantasyland or Tomorrowland.
Guests will need to present some sort of resort ID, such as a MagicBand, Disney MagicMobile pass or Key to the World card linked to their stay to access the parks during Early Theme Park Entry. This benefit is included on both check-in and check-out days.
And an even better bonus? Disney Deluxe and Villa guests also have access to the parks on select nights after they close. Check out our guide to Extended Evening Hours for more details!
Which Hotels Offer Disney Early Theme Park Entry?
All of Disney World's Resort hotels and Villas offer Early Theme Park Entry. The following non-Disney hotels also offer the new Early Theme Park Entry benefit:
- B Resort & Spa — Disney Springs Area
- DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando
- Four Seasons Resort Orlando
- Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
- Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
- Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
- Holiday Inn Orlando
- Shades of Green on Walt Disney World Resort
- Waldorf Astoria Orlando
- Walt Disney World Swan Resort Hotel
- Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort Hotel
- Walt Disney World Swan Reserve
- Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs
- Wyndham Lake Buena Vista
Available Attractions During Early Theme Park Entry
During this early entry period, select attractions, merchandise and food and beverage locations are operating. While attractions are subject to change without notice due to refurbishments or unplanned closures, here's a full list of the available attractions.
Magic Kingdom Park
- "it's a small world"
- Astro Orbiter
- Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- Mad Tea Party
- Mickey's PhilharMagic
- Peter Pan's Flight
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Space Mountain
- The Barnstormer
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress
- Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along
- Frozen Ever After
- Mission: SPACE
- Soarin' Around the World
- Spaceship Earth
- Test Track
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends
Disney's Hollywood Studios
- Alien Swirling Saucers
- Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
- Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
- Slinky Dog Dash
- Star Tours — The Adventures Continue
- Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- Toy Story Mania!
Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park
- Avatar Flight of Passage
- Expedition Everest — Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
- It's Tough to be a Bug!
- Na'vi River Journey
- TriceraTop Spin
By the way, we offer discounts on hotel rooms at all of these Orlando hotels and more, so you can get a hop on the savings!
How Does Early Theme Park Entry Work with Disney Genie?
Disney Genie+ is a pay-to-skip-the-line service that allows you to begin booking attractions beginning at 7 a.m. each day. Arrival windows are only eligible during regular park hours, so there is no Genie+ available during Early Entry. If using Genie+, be sure to book at 7 a.m. before heading to the park. You may want to use early entry for a ride that books up quickly or for one that is an individual Lightning Lane like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
We are toadally excited for the opportunity to get a hop on our mornings with Early Theme Park Entry or stay late in the evening with Extended Evening Theme Park Hours! What are your thoughts? Be sure to drop us a line in the comments below!
Related: Have You Heard of Disney Extended Evening Hours? Hop in for a Well-Kept Secret!