Walt and mickey in front of castle

Early entry is a perk allowing eligible guests to enter a designated Disney World theme park 30 minutes before the scheduled opening time. It grants access to select attractions, dining locations, and shopping venues in the park. To utilize early entry, guests must have a valid park ticket, theme park reservation for the same park on the same date, and be staying at an eligible Disney World Resort hotel or select partner hotel. For early theme park entry, you’ll need valid admission and a MagicBand, Disney MagicMobile pass or Key to the World Card.

Disney's BoardWalk with the Swan and Dolphin at Night in Walt Disney World

Participating Hotels

Early theme park entry is a benefit for registered Guests staying at Disney Resort hotels and select other hotels, which include:
Disney Resort Hotels

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Other Select Hotels

  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Swan Reserve
  • B Resort & Spa Lake Buena Vista
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando
  • Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista
  • Four Seasons Resort Orlando
  • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
  • Holiday Inn Orlando
  • Shades of Green® on Walt Disney World Resort
  • Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
  • Waldorf Astoria Orlando
  • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista
  • Wyndham Lake Buena Vista

The Barnstormer kiddie coaster in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Magic Kingdom

Rides

Shops

  • Emporium
  • Fantasy Faire
  • Mickey’s Star Traders
  • Tomorrowland Light & Power Co.

Dining

  • Casey’s Corner
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café

Olaf, Elsa and Anna dressed up

Epcot

Rides

  • Frozen Ever After
  • Journey of Water
  • Mission: SPACE
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Test Track

Shops

  • ImageWorks
  • Mouse Gear
  • The Art of Disney

Dining

  • Electric Umbrella
  • Fountain View
  • Les Halles Boulangerie Pâtisserie

Red, Blue, and Brown Slinky Dog Dash Entrance Sign

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Rides

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Shops

  • Celebrity 5 & 10
  • Keystone Clothiers
  • Mickey’s of Hollywood
  • Tower Hotel Gifts

Dining

  • ABC Commissary
  • Backlot Express
  • Catalina Eddie’s

avatar-flight-of-passage

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Rides

  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Dinosaur
  • Expedition Everest
  • It’s Tough To Be A Bug!
  • Na’vi River Journey
  • TriceraTop Spin

Shops

  • Chester & Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures
  • Discovery Trading Company
  • Island Mercantile
  • Windtraders

Dining

  • Flame Tree Barbecue
  • Restaurantosaurus
  • Tamu Tamu Refreshments

EPCOT ball with 50th signage and trees

Early Entry History

Early entry replaced previous early admission offerings at Walt Disney World, including Extra Magic Hours and Magic Morning. Previously, early admission was only offered periodically on certain days of the week and alternated between parks. The updated early entry perk was introduced in 2021 as part of the 50th anniversary celebration. It allows access every morning to one designated park for eligible hotel guests, instead of being limited to certain days.

Cinderella's Castle close up

Conclusion

Early entry allows eligible guests to experience popular attractions with little-to-no wait times before the parks officially open. With proper planning, guests can maximize their early park time to accomplish more in the morning when crowds are lower.