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Guide to Walt Disney World Early Theme Park Entry

Guide to Early Theme Park Entry at Walt Disney World

What is Early Theme Park Entry, you ask? It’s a special perk for guests staying at select Disney Resort hotels, where you can enter the theme parks 30 minutes before they open to the general public. That’s right, you can beat the crowds, skip the long lines, and get a jump start on all your favorite attractions.

This perk has been extended for 2025 Walt Disney World vacations! 

Who is eligible for Early Theme Park Entry?

Early Theme Park Entry Resort - Disney's Beach Club Resort

To take advantage of this exclusive perk, simply book a stay at one of the select Disney Resort hotels, including Deluxe Villa Resorts, Deluxe Resorts, Moderate Resorts and Value Resorts. Then, all you have to do is show up to the park 30 minutes before it opens, and you’ll be one of the first in line for all the fun! Remember though, valid theme park admission is required in order to enter the park.

Which parks are included?

Walt Disney World Epcot Early Theme Park Entry

Early Theme Park Entry is available for all four Walt Disney World theme parks: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. So, whether you’re looking to soar through the skies on Avatar Flight of Passage, blast off into space on Space Mountain, or join Anna and Elsa on a Frozen Ever After adventure, Early Theme Park Entry has got you covered.

What is available in each park during early theme park entry?

Early Theme Park Entry isn’t just limited to rides and attractions. You’ll also have the chance to snap some incredible photos with little to no crowds around, grab some tasty treats without having to wait in long lines, and even catch a glimpse of some of your favorite Disney characters before the park officially opens.

Here are the attractions that can be experienced:

Magic Kingdom

Early Theme Park Entry - Magic Kingdom

Early Theme Park Entry



Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Early Theme Park Entry - Disney Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom

List of Hotels Offering Early Theme Park Entry

Disney’s Riviera Resort

Walt Disney World Early Theme Park Entry Participating Hotel - Disney's Polynesian

What Else Do I Need to Know?

For those wishing to take advantage of Early Theme Park Entry, Guests will need valid admission and for those who don’t have date based tickets, they will also need a park reservation made via the Disney Park Pass system to enter a theme park. To enter the park each morning, Guests must also have a MagicBand, Key to the World Card or Disney MagicMobile pass. Those Guests without the Park Hopper Option or Park Hopper Plus Option must spend the day at the same park where they use their Early Theme Park Entry.

So, what are you waiting for? Contact your favorite travel counselor at The Magic For Less Travel and book your stay at a Disney Resort hotel to take advantage of Early Theme Park Entry. It’s the perfect way to start your day off with a little extra magic and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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