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Extra Magical Hours

Updated: Sep 14, 2023

Guests staying on property get extra theme park time - Early Entry for all on-sight guests and Extended Evening for Deluxe Resort guests. Let's look at what that means and how best to take advantage of this extra park time.




Early Theme Park Entry


If you are staying at one of the Disney resorts or a Disney Springs hotel, you can make use of Early Theme Park Entry and enter the park 30 minutes before non-resort guests. Not sure if your hotel qualifies? Click here to check on the official Walt Disney World website.



We highly recommend using Early Theme Park Entry in order to beat the crowds and spend less time in line for some of the more popular attractions. Not every attraction opens early, so you need a clear strategy to take advantage of this. Read our blog post here for more information on which attractions open early and our best advice on how to get the most out of your Early Entry time at each park.



Extended Evenings


Guests at Disney Deluxe Resorts and Villas are able to attend Extended Evening hours at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. The following is a list of the resorts which give you access to Extending Evenings: Animal Kingdom will be added to this perk in late 2023. The following dates have been confirmed by Disney.

  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and Villas - Jambo House and Kidani Village

  • Disney's Beach Club Resort and Villas

  • Disney's BoardWalk Inn and Villas

  • Disney's Contemporary Resort including Bay Lake Tower

  • Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Villas

  • Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, Villas, and Bungalows

  • Disney's Old Key West Resort

  • Disney’s Riviera Resort

  • Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa

  • The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

  • Disney's Wilderness Lodge and Boulder Ridge Villas, Copper Creek Villas and Cabins

  • Disney's Yacht Club Resort

  • Shades of Green *** only on certain nights. Check availability for this hotel during your trip here

  • .Walt Disney World Swan Hotel

  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel

  • Walt Disney World Swan Reserve


Extended Hours do not happen every evening, typically happening a couple of times per week at each park. Check the dates and times for Extended Hours on the Walt Disney Website here.


Not every attraction is available during Extended Evenings. Here are the attractions currently included in Extended Evenings.


Magic Kingdom Park

  • “it’s a small world”

  • Astro Orbiter

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

  • Country Bear Jamboree

  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant

  • Haunted Mansion

  • Mad Tea Party

  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic

  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor

  • Peter Pan’s Flight

  • Pirates of the Caribbean

  • Prince Charming Regal Carousel

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

  • Space Mountain

  • Swiss Family Treehouse

  • The Barnstormer

  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

  • Tomorrowland Speedway

  • TRON Lightcycle/Run

  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid

  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

EPCOT

  • Frozen Ever After

  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros

  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

  • Mission: SPACE

  • Remy's Ratatouille Adventure

  • Soarin’ Around the World

  • Spaceship Earth

  • Test Track

  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends

There is an opportunity to join a virtual queue for both Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and TRON Lightcycle/Run at 6pm on Extended Evening nights. Read more about how to join a virtual queue here.


Animal Kingdom

  • Avatar Flight of Passage

  • DINOSAUR

  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

  • It’s Tough to be a Bug!

  • Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost

  • Na’vi River Journey

  • TriceraTop Spin


We highly recommend Extended Evenings if you are staying at a resort that qualifies. Wait times a typically much lower than during the day. Deluxe Resorts are pricey, so we love that they come with this extra perk.


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