Disney World Resort guest early access starting in October; Deluxe guests also get evening access; Dining Plan returning

Walt Disney World Resort has announced that, starting Oct. 1, early theme park entry will return — but only for Disney Resort hotel guests and guests of other select hotels.

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These guests will need a valid ticket or annual pass and a theme park reservation for the same park on the same date in order to utilize early theme park entry.

In addition, guests staying at a Disney Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort hotel will also be able to enjoy extended evening hours on select nights at select parks. Extended evening hours will begin in early October; specific dates and parks will be shared at a later time. Guests will ned both a valid ticket or pass and a theme park reservation on the same day to enjoy extended evening hours. Or, guests can also visit with a ticket or pass with the Park Hopper option so long as they have already entered their first park where they made their reservation earlier in the day.

Both of these extended hours options will have select attractions, merchandise, and food and beverage locations available.

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At the Disney Resort hotels, favorite Disney characters will make surprise appearances in their EARidescent attire to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World.

Disney also shared that Disney Dining Packages will return at a later date, though a specific timeframe was not shared.

Be sure to stay tuned for more updates as the 50th anniversary celebration approaches!


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