Disney to Offer Early Entry and Extended Evening Hours Through 2025

Disney to Offer Early Entry and Extended Evening Hours Through 2025

Disney has announced that both Early Entry and Extended Evening Hours will be extended through 2025. This is welcome (if expected) news. Disney has renewed these perks every year since they were introduced in 2021.

Early Entry and Extended Evening Hours replaced Extra Magic Hours. That perk was a little different from the current offerings. In the morning, Extra Magic Hours allowed Disney World hotel guests to enter a select park one hour early. Late risers could also take advantage when Extra Magic Hours let guests stay in a park two hours past closing a few times a week.

Early Entry

COVID ended Extra Magic Hours. Disney needed to spread crowds among its four parks, so they replaced it with Early Entry. The new benefit allows Disney World hotel guests to enter any of the resort’s four hotels 30 minutes early. It doesn’t offer as big a headstart as its predecessor, but guests aren’t fighting with one giant crowd, either.

Pro tips: To take full advantage of Early Entry, you should get to the park entrance about an hour before the official opening. And think long and hard about bypassing the most popular attractions. Rather than running for Rise of the Resistance with the masses, you could opt for Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster instead. Two rides are always better than one, even if the one is Rise of the Resistance.

Guests staying at the following hotels are eligible for Early Entry.

Disney Resort Hotels

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Other Select Hotels

  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Swan Reserve
  • B Resort & Spa Lake Buena Vista
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando
  • Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista
  • Four Seasons Resort Orlando
  • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
  • Holiday Inn Orlando
  • Shades of Green® on Walt Disney World Resort
  • Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
  • Waldorf Astoria Orlando
  • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista
  • Wyndham Lake Buena Vista

Extended Evening Hours

Magic Kingdom's Astro Orbiter and People Mover at night

My family rarely uses Early Entry. We enjoy sleeping in on our Disney vacations, so we like to take advantage of Extended Evening Hours instead. This perk is available to guests staying at Disney Deluxe Resorts and a few other select hotels. Twice a week, Magic Kingdom or EPCOT stays open two hours longer for eligible guests.

Pro tip: Your favorite ride queues might still be full when the parks close, but be patient. After 30 minutes, most rides will be walk-on. You can then make hay for the next 90 minutes. Photographers will also appreciate getting great shots of a mostly empty park.

Guests staying at the following hotels are eligible for Extended Evening Hours.

Disney Deluxe Resorts

  • 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

Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts

  • 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 Villas – Jambo House
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom 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 Select Hotels

  • Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Swan Reserve
  • Shades of Green® on Walt Disney World Resort

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