Kids with Woody at Disney' Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
  • On Dec 13, 2022
    Juliann from CT Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What is considered a "Deluxe Resort Hotel" when a guest is able to benefit from a park's extended hours? I am staying in The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort WDW. Is that considered a "Deluxe" resort?

    Hiya, Juliann!

    I'm so glad you've found your way to planDisney!  Thanks for dropping by with a question today.  Can you believe that you'll be arriving at Walt Disney World Resort in a little over two weeks?  The final countdown is officially on! I can't think of a more perfect place to say goodbye to the old year and ring in 2023 –– I think it's safe to say you're in for a very magical start to next year!

    As it sounds like you've already heard, Guests staying at Disney Deluxe Resorts and Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts (which includes all Disney Vacation Club Resorts), can enjoy up to two additional hours in select parks with the Extended Evening Theme Park Hours benefit.  Unfortunately, however, while Disney's Wilderness Lodge is part of the Deluxe Resort category, The Cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort are considered a Moderate Resort. This means that Guests staying at this Resort won't be able to take advantage of those extended evening hours.  

    I know this probably wasn't the answer you were hoping for, but I've still got some good news up my sleeve.  While you might not able to experience the parks' extended evening hours, you will be able to enjoy a little extra time in any of the four Walt Disney World theme parks each morning with the Early Theme Park Entry.  During this period, eligible Guests can enter any of the parks up to 30 minutes before they open to the general public each morning –– all you'll need is valid admission and a Disney Park Pass reservation for that park.

    And although 30 minutes might not sound like much, in my experience, you can get a lot done with this amount of time.  In fact, during my family's last visit to Disney's Hollywood Studios, we were able to ride Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, and we were just boarding the elevator for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror as the clock ran out on those 30 minutes –– it was awesome!  However, if you're like my fam and attractions are your top priority, I recommend being inside the park 15-30 minutes before Early Theme Park hours begin.  It isn't unusual for Cast Members to let Guests enter the park and even join a queue early, so this will give you a great chance to be ready as soon as the clock starts.

    I hope this helped to answer your question, Juliann, and I really appreciate you visiting planDisney.  I'm wishing you lots of pixie dust during your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort visit!

    See Ya Real Soon,
    Amy
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