Early Theme Park Entry at Walt Disney World begins October 1 and Extended Evening Hours coming for Deluxe Resort hotel guests

Jun 30, 2021 in "Extra Magic Hours"

Posted: Wednesday June 30, 2021 4:39pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney will begin rolling out a new early theme park entry benefit for Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests and guests of other select hotels each day at each park beginning October 1 2021.


In addition, with the kickoff of the 50th anniversary, guests staying at one of the Disney Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort hotels will also be able to enjoy extended evening hours on select nights in select theme parks. Extended evening hours will begin in early October with specific dates and parks to be shared at a later time.

Note that guests will need a valid ticket or pass and a theme park reservation for the same park on the same day to experience both the Early Theme Park Entry and the extended evening hours. Or, guests may visit with a ticket or Annual Pass with the Park Hopper option as long as they entered their first park where they made their reservation earlier in the day.

The new early morning offering and extended evening hours replace the popular Extra Magic Hours at Walt Disney World. At its peak, Extra Magic Hours offered 3 hours of extended operating hours in the evening after regular park close, and an hour in the morning before park opening. However, the option was restricted to a specific theme park on a specific day. Extra Magic Hours were suspended along with the COVID-19 shutdown, and did not resume when the parks reopened in July 2020.

In addition to the new morning and evening extended hours, during the 50th celebration, favorite Disney pals like Goofy and Pluto, will be dressed in their EARidescent best and dropping by to visit with guests at Disney Resort hotels.

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ToTBellHop6 days ago

And screw you, deluxe hotel visitors! Enjoy a crowded night!

nickys7 days ago

Exactly. They’re extending the criteria for that night to those on the dance packages. They usually have a special event for the dance teams. Seems like they’re saving money by letting them into the existing event.

Bullseye19677 days ago

But aren't the dance groups staying at the All Stars? I thought the EEH were just for deluxe.

nickys7 days ago

It seems the change to Friday 4th is to allow participants in the dance competition to join the evening hours event. https://www.kennythepirate.com/2021/11/23/breaking-big-change-for-who-is-allowed-to-use-the-extended-evening-hour-benefit/?fbclid=IwAR1N8 That will make it a lot busier in MK that night.

DCBaker7 days ago

The Extended Evening Hours in Magic Kingdom has been changed from its regular Wednesday schedule (would have been February 2nd) to Friday, February 4th. The following week it reverts back to Wednesday.

Wendy Pleakley25 days ago

But it will be crowded because that overlaps with the After After After Hours event.

disneygeek9025 days ago

No, but if you have Hulu, Disney+, ESPN, Freeform, AP, DVC, D23 and a resort guest you can enter at 3am!

JoeCamel25 days ago

Can I just pay them $15 LL to get in early? $100 and I get in 3 hours early?

DCBaker25 days ago

Resort guests get in 60 minutes early on Friday if they subscribe to Disney+.

Wendy Pleakley25 days ago

Sorry resort guests. One of the few remaining perks you have is essentially null and voided this day.

ToTBellHop25 days ago

Will parents also be welcome to behave as they would at home and just leave their kids in the stroller watching Mickey Mouse’s Clubhouse while the parents ride Space Mountain? “Disney+: we parent so you don’t have to!”

MisterPenguin25 days ago

You can download from Disney+ to your phone. This way, your four-year-old can get in their allotment of watching Moana seven times a day.

Muffinpants25 days ago

pretty much.

trainplane325 days ago

- Finds screenshot of Disney+ app that's been logged in - ??? - Profit!