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  • On Jan 24, 2024
    Jeannie from KY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! My family and I have an upcoming “split stay” at 2 resort hotels. We will be checking out of Animal Kingdom Lodge on Wednesday and checking into Pop Century. Will we still be able to take advantage of the extra resort hours for deluxe guests Wednesday?

    Hi there, Jeannie!

    Thank you for popping by planDisney with your question. You'll be staying at two of my favorite Resort hotels in all of Walt Disney World, so I'm thrilled that your vacation to The Most Magical Place on Earth is just weeks away!

    Between the savanna views at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and access to the Disney Skyliner at Disney's Pop Century Resort, you have chosen two incredible places to stay in the middle of the magic. I reached out to a friendly Cast Member and confirmed that you are considered a guest of a Deluxe Resort hotel from the beginning of the day you check in until the end of the day you check out, so I can happily share that you will be able to enjoy the Extended Evening Theme Park hours on the Wednesday of checkout.

    My favorite part of the Extended Evening Hours is the availability of an additional 6 PM virtual queue for TRON Lightcycle / Run at Magic Kingdom Park and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT. I was once able to ride Cosmic Rewind three times in a single day as a result of this perk exclusive for guests of Deluxe Resort hotels. As a friendly reminder, the 6 PM queue can be joined from anywhere, not just within the theme park of the attraction.

    If you're looking to enjoy a meal while Magic Kingdom Park is still open to the public, I never turn down the unique fare and cringe-worthy puns featured at Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen in Adventureland. Once you have feasted on what I consider to be the ninth wonder of the world, their off-the-menu Brazilian cheese bread, you'll be fueled for your bonus hours of magic. 

    Although you will only be eligible for Extended Evening Theme Park Hours while you are a guest of Animal Kingdom Lodge, I wanted to make sure you were aware that you will have access to Walt Disney World Resort theme parks 30 minutes before they open to the public throughout your split stay. 

    I hope this was helpful, Jeannie, and that you have a magical vacation. Feel free to stop back by with any additional questions that may arise!

    Cheers to 2024,
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Hi y'all! I'm Lizzie, a happily married teacher, coach, and proud dog mom of three from Georgia. While I loved the magic of Disney as a child, it wasn't until my twenties that pixie dust became a defining characteristic of my personality (and my wardrobe). I can't wait to answer your Walt Disney World Resort vacation questions so that you can embrace your inner 'hakuna matata' as you stroll through The Most Magical Place on Earth with your favorite Mickey-shaped snack in hand.  Learn More About Lizzie

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