The Walt Disney World Resort is introducing a brand new offering for their Resort Hotel Guests. Guests will soon be able to participate in Early Theme Park Entry. This will give Guests 30-minute early entry to any theme park, every single day. Unfortunately, this means that Disney will officially be retiring Extra Magic Hours.
So, how is this different than Extra Magic Hours? Extra Magic Hours would grant resort hotel Guests early entry to one specific theme park for an extra hour in the morning. Or it would allow resort hotel Guests two extra hours at one specific theme park in the evening.
Extra Magic Hours were suspended back when the resort reopened last summer following the COVID closure. According to Disney, Extra Magic Hours are not returning because they are continuing to manage theme park attendance with health and safety top of mind.
The goal behind this new option is to help the resort to better spread Guests out across all four theme parks. It also provides Guests with added flexibility. Now they can choose which park they would like to visit in the morning; they are no longer stuck to Disney’s Extra Magic Hours schedule. Plus, it still gives Guests staying onsite the perk of extra park time on each day of their vacation.
For those wishing to take advantage of Early Theme Park Entry, Guests will need valid admission and a park reservation made via the Disney Park Pass system to enter a theme park.
It was not shared when Early Theme Park Entry would officially start; just that it was coming soon.