Extra Magic Hours Being Replaced By Early Theme Park Entry

Close up picture of the new pink and blue paint job on cinderella castle in Walt Disney World

It appears that Extra Magic Hours are indeed being replaced by a new “Early Theme Park Entry” program.

Under this new program Disney Resort hotel guests, and guests of other “select” hotels, will now get to enter 30 minutes early as opposed to getting a whole hour of early or late entry, however it is every day.

Here’s the break down from the Disney Parks Blog:

  • Early Theme Park Entry: We know how much guests enjoy extra park time, so coming later this year as part of our 50th anniversary celebration, Disney Resort hotel guests and guests of other select hotels will be able to enjoy more fun with 30-minute early entry to ANY theme park, EVERY day. It’ll be a great way to get a jump start on your Disney day, no matter the day! As a reminder, the Extra Magic Hours benefit was suspended when Walt Disney World Resort reopened last summer, and as we continue to manage attendance with health and safety top of mind, Extra Magic Hours will not return. The new early theme park entry benefit helps us better spread visitation across all four theme parks, while providing added flexibility by giving guests extra early park time on each day of their vacation and in the park of their choosing. Please note that guests need valid admission and a park reservation made via the Disney Park Pass system to enter a theme park.

As part of the 50th Anniversary celebration you only get a half hour extra, but you get it daily. So it’s actually quite nice if you are a morning, rope drop, type of person.

Disney was sure to clarify that Extra Magic Hours will not be returning. So, does that mean if there are after hours times they will be for paid event or extras only? Or will after hours event be gone forever too?

What do you think? Comment and let us know.

Source: Disney Parks Blog

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