Walt Disney World Early Theme Park Entry for resort hotel guests to continue beyond this year

May 18, 2022 in "Early Theme Parks Entry and Extended Evening Hours"

Posted: Wednesday May 18, 2022 11:!7am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has today confirmed that the Early Theme Park entry benefit for its resort hotel guests will continue throughout all of 2023.

Early Theme Park Entry was introduced with the start of Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary in October 2021, and replaced the former Morning Extra Magic Hours.

Disney has not yet commented on the continuation of Extended Evening Hours.

Early Theme Park entry benefit is available to all Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests and guests of other select hotels each day at each park, and offers 30 minutes of additional time. Here is everything that is currently operating during Early Theme Park Entry for Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests.


  • 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

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

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

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

Early theme park entry participating Hotels

Early theme park entry is a benefit for registered Guests staying at Disney Resort hotels and select other hotels, which include:

  • 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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DCBaker7 days ago

This could be an error, but for those planning ahead for an August trip, there are currently no Extended Evening Hours listed for August 22nd and 24th after an update today. ETA - Disney has added the missing dates, August 22nd and 24th, to the Extended Evening Hours calendar today(6-21).

helenabearMay 23, 2022

It was when we rode it in March. In fact it was nice and quiet as well. A few others were there as well. We rode it simply because it was a good time for us and it was totally walk on.

UK DisneyMay 22, 2022

We had tickets for fireworks at Rose & Crown and waited at least ten mins after the show finished before trying any rides.

doctornickMay 22, 2022

I notice that the Nemo ride is open during the extra evening hours. is the rest of the Seas pavilion open? Like when when you get off the ride can you still see the live displays or do they kick you out? Gotta think the place would be completely empty during that time. Honestly not even sure why would run Nemo. Probably would make more sense to me to run LwtL instead to make it more worthwhile to head to the Land during that time.

doctornickMay 22, 2022

Soarin’ has it lines be pretty modest during regular hours at night; if you are going to the park prior to the extra hours might make sense to hit it prior to Harmonious. It does seem like FAE/TT/CR +/- SSE in some order would be the most efficient use of the evening extra hours just due to geographic grouping. It’s great that they added Rat to the park because that area needed it but it’s far from everything else. Would be nice if they added a high quality ride to a nearby pavilion (Mt Fuji coaster in Japan, I’m looking at you) to spread out crowds.

curry767May 22, 2022

Did you watch Harmonious or did you hit the queues whilst the show was on?

TouchdownMay 22, 2022

my method for Epcot has always been Soarin, SRL Test Track, Frozen. Rat is too far away from everything else. I suspect my new plan with Guardians will be Test Track SRL, Frozen, Guardians.

UK DisneyMay 22, 2022

We did extended evening hours Monday gone @ Epoc and it was a complete waste of time, test track was still 50 mins (not inflated) perhaps we got our strategy wrong, only Soarin seemed reasonable, luckily we had already done the rides during the day and we just ended up walking about looking in the shops. We also did extended hours @ Magic on Tuesday which was much better, walked onto most rides but think the rain may have scared folk off and it was until 1am. Magic was worth it just for the photo's you could take of an almost empty park. Not sure Epcot is the best park for extended hours. Also does anyone know if the select other hotels have previously been included in extended hours? I've just not noticed on the wording until now.

pdude81May 20, 2022

And when you paid for EMM I think it was limited only to FL.

AnteaterMay 20, 2022

Thanks. That link helps a lot. I hadn't visited that since I don't have anything booked.

nickysMay 20, 2022

There are some rides that don’t open, like the Safari at AK This is a list of the rides that are open, from the WDW site: https://www.disneyworld.co.uk/guest-services/early-entry/

TouchdownMay 20, 2022

The Safari is not part of EMH at AK, I doubt ittbab or Triceratops Spin are either. DHS is pretty much everything (maybe not Muppets or Star Tours) and I haven’t been to Epcot in the morning recently.

AnteaterMay 20, 2022

Didn't know that. Is that true of the other parks at WDW? If so, what parts of them are open?

TouchdownMay 20, 2022

Always been the case for forever for morning EMH at both MK and DL, it’s always only been Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.