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Early Theme Park Entry is a perk for guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, plus the Swan and Dolphin hotels, Shades of Green, the Disney Springs Resort Area hotels, and the Bonnet Creek Resort hotels. (See the full list here.) These resort guests may head to select attractions at all Disney World theme parks 30 minutes earlier than the official park opening time.
A similar program (but at night, after the park closes to other guests) called Extended Evening Theme Park Hours is available to guests staying at certain Disney hotels on select evenings.
Valid admission is required to enter the park, and your admission must be associated with an eligible hotel stay in My Disney Experience to get access to Early Theme Park Entry. (If you are staying in a hotel not operated by Disney, we recommend also bringing your room key or some other proof of your hotel stay as a backup.) Prior to January 9, 2024, all guests must also have an appropriate park reservation.
Those not eligible to participate in Early Theme Park Entry are held back from the attractions until the official park opening time.
Early Theme Park Entry (ETPE) is a HUGE advantage for Disney resort guests. In our testing, we've found that using ETPE can save you 1-2 hours of waiting in line each day. We think Magic Kingdom benefits most from ETPE, since it has the most eligible attractions.
ETPE is also useful at Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. It's less useful at EPCOT because of how much time it takes to walk between EPCOT attractions.
ETPE is also helpful if you're trying to get on a park's hottest ride, such as Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance or Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. If you're trying to get on a ride that's not eligible for ETPE, you can still use ETPE to get in line for it earlier than the general public.
The following charts list the usual roster of attractions for Early Theme Park Entry. Note that unexpected downtime and scheduled closures can impact availability on any given day.
Note that at Magic Kingdom the Early Theme Park Entry attractions are located in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. Expect attractions in other Magic Kingdom lands to remain off-limits until official park opening.
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