Early Theme Park Entry at Disney World: A Complete Guide

by | Sep 27, 2023 | Animal Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resorts, WDW Blog

We’re sharing a complete guide to Early Theme Park Entry at Disney World, a continuing perk for staying at a Disney World hotel.

In 2023, Disney World officially retired their Extra Magic Hours, replacing the perk with Early Theme Park Entry and Extended Evening Hours. While Extended Evening Hours are only available for Guests staying at Disney World Deluxe Resort hotels and Deluxe Villas, Early Theme Park Entry is available for a wider group. Any registered Guest staying at Disney Resort hotels and select other hotels can enter each Disney World theme park thirty minutes prior to the official opening We’re sharing your complete guide for everything you need to know about Early Theme Park Entry at Disney World.

What is Early Theme Park Entry at Disney World?

Early Theme Park Entry is available for Guests staying at Disney World Resort hotels, as well as select other hotels. The perk allows Guests to enter each of the four theme parks thirty minutes before they officially open, giving them the chance to experience select attractions, merchandise locations, and dining options.

Early Theme Park Entry Disney World

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Participating Disney World Hotels

While this list is subject to change, currently, these are all of the Disney World hotels and other off-site properties that offer Early Theme Park Entry for registered Guests:

  • 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
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando
  • Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista
  • Four Seasons Resort Orlando
  • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
  • Holiday Inn Orlando
  • Shades of Green® on Walt Disney World® Resort
  • Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
  • Waldorf Astoria Orlando
  • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista
  • Wyndham Lake Buena Vista

Now through December 31st, 2023, the following hotels offer early theme park entry for registered Guests:

  • B Resort & Spa Lake Buena Vista

What is Available During Early Theme Park Entry

During Early Theme Park Entry hours, Guests will have select attractions, merchandise, food, and beverage locations available to them. While ride availability is subject to change, these are the rides that are typically open at each of the parks during Early Theme Park Entry.

Photo by Cliff Wang

Magic Kingdom

  • “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

EPCOT

  • Beauty and The Beast Sing-Along
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Mission: SPACE
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  • 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

  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • DINOSAUR
  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug!
  • Na’vi River Journey
  • TriceraTop Spin

Ride availability during Early Theme Park Entry is always subject to change, so make sure to check your My Disney Experience app for the most up-to-date information on what rides are available while you are there.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’re answering some of the most frequently asked questions about Early Theme Park Entry at Disney World, including what’s available and the best places to use it.

Will Early Theme Park Entry at Disney World continue in 2024?

Yes, Disney World has confirmed that Early Theme Park Entry will continue in 2024. Looking to book your 2024 vacation? Our partners at Destinations to Travel make the process as easy as possible. Simply fill out a free quote form to get started!

What other benefits are available for Disney World Resort hotel guests?

Guests staying at eligible Deluxe Resort and Deluxe Villa hotels are also eligible for Extended Evening Hours. You can learn more about this benefit, including dates and what hotels its available for, by clicking here.

What is the best park to use Early Theme Park Entry?

Ultimately, the best park will depend on what exactly you and your group want to get done in a day! However, if you are looking to ride on some of the most popular attractions at Disney World, you may have some luck getting a shorter wait on rides such as Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Slinky Dog Dash, and others at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Keep in mind if you’re visiting a park like Magic Kingdom that only select lands will be open during this time, so you’ll want to plan your day accordingly.

Posts by Morgan Flaherty

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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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Morgan Flaherty

Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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