Starbucks at Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • On May 2, 2023
    Karen from West Yorkshire 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 there. I'm just planning my next WDW vacation and thinking of maybe Animal Kingdom Lodge. Could you tell me if the deluxe resorts still have the perks of extra hours in the parks every evening? Thanks so much.

    Hi Karen! Welcome to planDisney!

    Oh boy! I'm so excited that you'll be staying at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge! This is a family favorite of ours and one that I have stayed at many times in the past. I actually have a trip planned for later this year at this resort and I cannot wait to be back! The stunning grand lobby and the animals just steps outside make this resort a unique experience. 

    One of the perks of staying at a Deluxe Disney Resort is having access to Extended Evening Theme Park Hours on select nights. Currently, EPCOT is hosting these extra hours on most Monday evenings, while the Magic Kingdom will have them on many Wednesday nights. Your best bet will be to check out the current park calendar to get an up-to-date schedule for when you plan to visit. Only Guests staying in deluxe resorts and other select resorts will be allowed to attend. I just returned from a trip where I took advantage of this perk at EPCOT. The extra hours allowed us to fit in a few extra rides with minimal wait times before heading back to our resort for the night.

    You'll also have access to Early Theme Park Entry to all four parks each day by staying in a Disney Resorts Hotel. This benefit is offered daily and gives you a chance to get a head start on your day before other Guests are allowed to enter. You'll be able to fit in a few extra attractions before wait times start to increase.

    Karen, I hope this information helps you plan for your stay! Have a magical visit!

    Happy planning!
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Hello friends! Greg here from Charleston, SC. I am a Disney-loving husband and dad to two wonderful daughters. Walt Disney World Resort offers everything you want in a vacation and touches all the senses. From the sights to sounds and even the smells, there is something for everyone to enjoy! When our family is not riding "it’s a small world" or going on a Journey Into Imagination With Figment, we are readily planning our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Learn More About Greg

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