“For nearly 50 years, Walt Disney World Resort has continued to evolve the guest experience to best suit the changing times. As we plan for the future, we are looking at how needs and preferences are changing across the travel industry, particularly in the way people want to get places faster, at their convenience.”
As part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations, early entry access will make a return in an entirely new way. Guests staying at Disney-owned resorts and other select resorts will be allowed 30-minute early entry to ANY theme park every day. Guests will have the ability to enter the parks early, no matter what day it is. This is a change to and different from Extra Magic Hours that allowed one-hour early access to certain parks on certain days. The new early theme park entry benefit helps 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. 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.
Guests will need a valid theme park ticket as well as need a Park Pass reservation in order to gain early access. While we do not yet know when this new feature will be available, we will be sure to keep you all in the know once an official date has been announced.