Giraffes at Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • On Oct 1, 2022
    Aimee from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can you get in the parks 30 minutes early on the day of your hotel check in? We have an afternoon check in at Animal Kingdom lodge on 12/2, wondering if we can get into Magic Kingdom 30 minutes early that day.

    Welcome to planDisney, Aimee!

    You're in for a wild stay at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. My planDisney panelist pals and I had the pleasure of calling this incredible resort home during our training last December, and it was nothing short of spectacular. Prepare yourself for seeing the most breathtaking holiday tree on property the moment you walk in the Jambo House lobby. Be sure to ask about the tree lighting schedule during your stay.

    Of all the perks that come with staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel, the gift of time that comes with Early Theme Park Entry and Extended Evening Theme Park Hours is by far the most magical. As the Guest of a Disney Deluxe Resort, you qualify for both! The early bird and night owl get the shortest wait times for attractions and the shots with the smallest crowds in front of the theme park icons. 'Nuf said!

    I'm pleased as punch to report that your eligibility for Early Theme Park Entry and Extended Evening Theme Park Hours is valid for your check-in date through your check-out date. This means you are most certainly able to take advantage of Early Theme Park Entry on your arrival day. In fact, I absolutely love checking in for my Disney Resorts Collection hotel reservation in the My Disney Experience mobile app and receiving a notification that my room is ready while in the theme parks. That means that I have a scent-astic lobby, plush bedding, and Disney Resort hotel TV to look forward to. 

    To access Early Theme Park Entry at Magic Kingdom on December 2, just be sure your hotel reservation is linked to your My Disney Experience account and that you have a theme park reservation for Magic Kingdom Park that day.

    It's been great chatting with you today, Aimee. As more questions arise, you know where to find me.

    Choose magic,

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Meet the Panelist: Jennifer, Virginia

Hey there, hi there, ho there! I’m Jennifer from Northern Virginia, close to Washington, D.C. Together is my family’s favorite place to be, and I’m so grateful that Walt Disney World Resort is designed to make that dream a destination. I’ve visited The Most Magical Place on Earth at every age and every stage, in every season, and for countless reasons. I can’t wait to help you maximize the magic on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Jennifer

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