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PHOTOS: How Early Theme Park Entry for Walt Disney World Resort Guests Works at Magic Kingdom

Early theme park entry has started early for Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests. As part of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration”, Disney hotel guests and guests of other select hotels can enter the theme parks 30 minutes early every day. We got to Magic Kingdom early this morning to see what early entry was like.

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At 7:45 AM, guests were being held just past the Monorail station.

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A few minutes later, they let us approach the touch points.

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We waited here until 8:00 AM.

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Upon entering, Cast Members directed hotel guests to the right for early entry.

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Cast Members were there to scan our MagicBands and make sure we were actually resort guests.

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After that, we were held on the Fantasyland and Tomorrowland bridges until 8:30 AM, when early entry officially began.

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At first, it seemed nobody wanted to visit Tomorrowland.

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But it soon got its own crowd of people. Cast Members were standing at the edge of each bridge to keep guests from entering too soon.

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A minute early, the Cast Members let us enter the lands.

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The following attractions are supposed to be available during early entry at 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
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Most guests headed straight towards Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which did not start letting guests on until 8:36 AM. It quickly reached a 45-minute wait, with a line ending at H. Goff Cartography.

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Though it’s on the list of available attractions, Space Mountain did not immediately open.

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Carousel of Progress also did not initially open, but was available before regular guests entered the park.

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Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Mad Tea Party were both open with no wait.

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Tomorrowland Speedway also had little to no wait.

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Non-resort guests were held before the Tomorrowland and Fantasyland bridges until 9:00 AM.

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Doug
Doug
24 days ago

A whole 30 minutes early!!! several rides not ready in time. This new program is a joke. Go back to extra magic hours at night for all resort guests not just the elite rich at deluxe resorts