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Disney Confirms Resort Guest Perk to Continue Throughout 2023

As we enjoy the fall decor throughout Walt Disney World Resort and signs of the holiday season arriving soon, we’re shifting gears to focus on 2023 and what’s to come in the new year. Thankfully, Disney has confirmed a Disney Resort Guest perk will continue throughout the new year.

2023 will be an exciting year for Disney fans! Walt Disney World has announced the end of its 50th Anniverary coming on March 31, 2023, which means the return of the beloved Happily Ever After nighttime spectacular at Magic Kingdom Park.

Happily Ever After
Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom (Credit: Disney)

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And while many Disney Resort Guest perks have been removed, such as complimentary MagicBands, FastPass+ service early booking, Disney’s Magical Express airport transportation, and free Resort overnight parking… there is one Resort Guest perk that will remain.

Extended Evening Theme Park Hours are available to Guests staying at a Disney Deluxe Resort, Disney Deluxe Villa Resort, or other select hotels. These are select evenings at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, or Disney’s Hollywood Studios that allow Deluxe Resort Guests to experience attractions and more after the normal closing hours for no additional cost.

The experience is similar to the former Extra Magic Hour but is only available for Deluxe Guests, and the nights available for Extended Evening Theme Park Hours vary.

EPCOT Spaceship Earth
EPCOT’s Spaceship Earth (Credit: Disney)

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Well, as we turn the corner into 2023, it looks like the perk of Extended Evening Hours will not end with the 50th Anniversary celebration but instead continue throughout the year.

@ScottGustin took to social media to share, “Walt Disney World confirms the extended evening theme park hours benefit for eligible hotel guests will continue throughout all of 2023.”

Extended Evening Theme Park Hours is a benefit for registered Guests staying at Disney Deluxe Resorts and Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts, which include:

Disney Deluxe Resorts

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Other Select Hotels

  • Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Swan Reserve
  • Shades of Green® on Walt Disney World®
Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort
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Disney has yet to confirm if Early Theme Park Entry for ALL Disney Resort Hotel Guests (the 30-minute early entry into Walt Disney World theme parks every day) will still be available throughout 2023.

As always, we will be sure to keep Disney Dining readers updated as we learn more about this news.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.