Walt Disney World's Early Theme Park Entry

As part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations, Walt Disney World announced the start of Early Theme Park Entry. This is replacing morning Extra Magic Hours. Now Disney Resort Guests and guests of select partner hotels, can enter the theme parks 30 minutes before park opening everyday. This is a great way to get a head start on your park day!

This benefit is available to guest stating these participating Disney Resorts:

  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort

  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort

  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort

  • Disney’s Art of Animation

  • Disney’s Pop Century

  • The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness

  • 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 Lodge Villas - Jambo House

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge 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

Other Partner hotels include:
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel

  • Walt Disney World Swan Hotel

  • Walt Disney World Swan Reserve

  • Shades of Green on Walt Disney World

  • 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

  • Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

  • Waldorf Astoria Orlando

What attractions are available?

During early entry select attractions, food, drink and merchandise locations may not be open. The following attractions are planned to be operating:

Magic Kingdom Park:
  • “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

  • Beauty and The Beast Sing-Along

  • Frozen Ever After

  • Mission: Space

  • Soarin` Around the World

  • Spaceship Earth

  • Test Track

  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

  • Slinky Dog Dash

  • Star Tours - The Adventure Continues

  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

  • Toy Story Mania!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • 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

Please note that some attractions are subject to change without notice and may not be operating . Valid theme park admission is required, as well as a Park Pass Reservation.

I believe this could be a great way to knock out some rides that accumulate long wait times throughout the day. You can aim to ride 1 major headliner attraction in this time period, like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train or Frozen Ever After. If you get there early enough, you can wait in a 20 minute ride instead of an 80 minute line. Or focus on riding 2-3 less popular attractions.

Make sure you arrive at the park entrance early enough to enter the park when it opens so you can make the most out of your 30 minutes! It goes by quickly. Are you going to take advantage of Early Theme Park Entry on your trip? Do you have more questions, if so feel free to contact me! Hope to see you real soon!