UPDATE 8/2/21: Walt Disney World has published the first schedule for Extended Evening Theme Park Hours. The extended hours are being offered to guests staying at Disney Deluxe Resorts and Deluxe Villas.
The current schedule is below, but as Disney states, you’ll want to check often as dates will be added and the schedule is subject to change.
With only 93 days until the kick-off to Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebration, Disney Parks Blog has announced new benefits to staying near the magic in a Disney Resort Hotel.
Early Park Entry
As previously mentioned by Disney, they will be rolling out a new early theme park entry benefit for all guests staying at a Disney Resort Hotel as well as select hotels. This usually includes Good Neighbor Hotels that previously received similar perks. This will begin on October 1st and will take place at every theme park. Previous literature from Disney has stated this time period will be an extra half hour, however, the most recent Disney Parks Blog post does not state a timeframe. Guests will still need a valid theme park ticket and pass to enter the park. This could be a great way to get a jump start on the most popular attractions ahead of the general public.
Extended Evening Hours
Another new perk has been announced for those staying at Disney Deluxe Resort Hotels and Deluxe Resort Villas. These guests will also be able to enjoy extended evening hours on select nights in select parks. This is a big benefit for Disney Vacation Club members and anyone who opts to stay in the deluxe category. This will begin in early October. Current dates and times are not yet available. As with any park entry, a valid ticket is necessary as well as a valid park pass. Guests using this perk may also use park hopping to experience the extended hours as long as they have entered the park in which their original pass was made.
For both of these options, there will be select rides, attractions, merchandise, and food options available. Guests are being encouraged to bring their MagicBand, Disney MagicMobile pass, or other resort identification.
Special Character Appearances
Something we have already seen in action that will be continuing is the presence of characters making surprise appearances at Disney Resort Hotels. It sounds like we should be on the lookout for these characters showing up even more throughout the 50th celebration.
Disney Dining Plan
Lastly, Disney has acknowledged that while they are not quite ready for the return of the Disney Dining Plan, they are planning on bringing this feature back at a later date. They also mentioned they will continue to reopen more resort offerings including restaurants.
Disney has certainly given us some more to look forward to and it’s noticeable they want guests to see the value of staying on property and close to the magic.
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