As part of Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration, Disney Resort hotel guests and guests of other select hotels will be able to enjoy 30-minute early entry to any theme park, every day.
According to Disney, the new early theme park entry benefit helps them 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.
Extra Magic Hours were first introduced in the early 2000s as a complimentary benefit for Disney Resort hotel guests. Hours were released as part of the park operations calendar, with a specific park or time slot (be it Morning or Evening) and time frame (one to several hours) indicated. Guests would then plan their visits around Extra Magic Hours to maximize their time in the parks. This new option, which has no official start date as of publishing, will allow guests additional flexibility in choosing which park they’d like to get a head start at, however that does come at the cost of reduced early entry time, down to just 30 minutes from at least an hour.
Other popular benefits for Disney Resort hotel guests have also been modified or suspended: