Disney Offers Soft Open for Resort Guests Early Theme Park Entry

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We previously shared the news that Disney has removed the former “Extra Magic Hours”. Officially beginning October 1, Walt Disney World is introducing a new experience for all Disney Resorts Guests. Resort Guests will have a chance to experience the new “Early Theme Park Entry”. This new perk will allow all Disney Resorts Guests a jump-start their day inside the Park with a 30-minute early entry to ANY theme Park, EVERY day. We are now learning however it seems like a soft open is in the works for Walt Disney World Resort Guests visiting next week.

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Writer Brooke Geiger McDonald shares via Twitter: “Per an email from Disney, Walt Disney World Early Theme Park Entry will soft open Sept. 26, giving Disney Resort hotel Guests access to the theme parks 30 minutes before Park opening. Guests are instructed to look for “Early Entry for Participating Hotels” signage to enter.”

Recently, following the pause of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance virtual queue, Walt Disney World added the popular attraction to the list of attractions available during Early Access. Check out the full lists of attractions that will be available here.

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All Disney Resort Guests staying at the following locations can take advantage of the Early Theme Park Access:

  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  • The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • 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
  • 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
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Swan Reserve
  • Shades of Green® on Walt Disney World® Resort
  • Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
  • Waldorf Astoria Orlando
  • B Resort & Spa Lake Buena Vista
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando
  • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
  • Holiday Inn Orlando
  • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista
  • Wyndham Lake Buena Vista
  • Four Seasons Resort Orlando

If you’re staying at a Disney Deluxe Resort, there are also select dates where you’ll have even more time to enjoy the Park as Deluxe Resort Guests are eligible to spend TWO extra hours in select Parks on select days. This new perk is called “Extended Evening Hours“ and is only available to Disney Resort Guests staying at select Deluxe Resorts. Will you be visiting Walt Disney World as a Resort Guest on September 26 to take advantage of this soft open for Early Access for ALL Resort Guests?

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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.