Tree of Life at Sunset at Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • On Jan 9, 2024
    Laura from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    early park access

    Hi there, Laura!

    Welcome back to planDisney and thanks for returning with another excellent Walt Disney World Resort vacation planning question. Your enchanting escape to The Most Magical Place on Earth is just days away - how exciting! What are you looking forward to most, Laura? The food? The fireworks? The fun!?

    Staying at a Disney Resort hotel is a magical part of any Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Apart from enjoying impressive theming and whimsical storytelling at these properties, Guests who stay at Disney Resort hotels also have access to exclusive benefits like early theme park entry! With the early entry benefit, Guests staying at an eligible Resort hotel may enter the theme parks 30 minutes before they open to the public, allowing them to maximize their fun while minimizing attraction wait times. Laura, I encourage you to check the Hours & Events Calendar ahead of your visit to scope out the early theme park entry periods for each theme park and day, so that you can plan accordingly.

    Did you know that Guests staying at participating Deluxe Resort hotels, Deluxe Villa Resorts, and other select hotels can enjoy even more time in the theme parks on select nights with extended evening hours? On some evenings, eligible Guests may enjoy the theme parks for several more hours after they close to the general public, allowing them to experience even more attractions and entertainment to cap off a magical day! Extended evening theme park hours can also be viewed via the Hours & Events Calendar. My advice for combining early theme park entry with extended evening hours? A mid-day nap!

    Laura, I hope you've found these details helpful. I'm wishing you a Walt Disney World Resort vacation filled with theme park thrills and all of the things that bring you joy! If you have any additional planning questions, you're always welcome to revisit us at planDisney. We're all ears!

    See ya real soon,

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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Michigan

Hello friends! I'm Lauren M. from the Mitten State. I'm a mom, scientist, runDisney enthusiast, Disney Vacation Club Member, and self-proclaimed connoisseur of Disney snacks! For my family, it's a mix of both new and nostalgic that keeps us returning to the Walt Disney World Resort year after year. Throughout my life, I've been fortunate enough to experience many milestones and unforgettable moments at Disney Destinations and I can't wait to help you make magical vacation memories of your own! Learn More About Lauren

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