Dolphin Resort Pool
  • On Apr 18, 2022
    Nancy from MA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Planning a family trip and staying at the Dolphin 7/2-7/9. I'd like to book reservations for the parks now but wondering if you know which parks have early entrance and late park nights that week. Thanks.

    Hi Nancy, welcome to planDisney!

    It's the middle of April and it was sleeting at my house today. Talking about summer at Walt Disney World Resort is exactly the kind of magical distraction I could use right about now! 

    I like the way you plan Disney, Nancy. By staying at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, you are extending your park days in both directions with access to Early Theme Park Entry and Extended Evening Theme Park Hours. These benefits are particularly nice to have in the summer, allowing time for a highly recommended mid-day pool or nap break.

    The great news about Early Theme Park Entry, Nancy, is that it's available at every theme park every day. That's right. Guests at all Disney Resorts Collection Hotels and select other hotels can enter any theme park 30 minutes before the listed park opening time. My best tip is to head straight for the standby line of an Individual Lightning Lane attraction. This allows you to experience one of the most popular attractions on Disney property for a shorter wait time without having to pay. My neighbors just returned from vacation and confirmed this strategy worked for them. They arrived at Disney's Hollywood Studios at 7:20 a.m., Early Entry started at 7:30 a.m., and they were off Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance by 8:30 a.m. 

    Extended Evening Theme Park Hours function differently and typically occur on Mondays for EPCOT and Wednesdays for Magic Kingdom. Scroll down for the current schedule, which goes until June 29. I expect the established pattern to continue for your initial planning purposes, though the colors of the wind might affect the July dates so it's important to check back regularly for new dates. There were even Extended Evening Hours at Hollywood Studios on a Wednesday earlier this month. Unlike Early Entry, Extended Evening Hours are limited to Guests staying at Disney Deluxe Resorts, Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts, and other select hotels. In my experience, the crowds are much less during Extended Evening Hours and you can experience multiple attractions during the two hours. Be prepared for every Guest to scan in at every attraction with a MagicMobile pass, MagicBand, or admission card

    Take some time to digest this information, Nancy. As soon as you're ready, you can make theme park reservations using the Disney Park Pass reservation system. Valid admission linked in My Disney Experience is required.

    Plan magic; planDisney.


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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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