Disney World replaces Extra Magic Hours with 30-minute early entry for resort guests

The Extra Magic Hours park that Walt Disney World hotel guests enjoyed and loved is officially gone. In its place, Disney has rolled out Resort Guest Early Entry, which allows resort guests to enter a park of their choice 30 minutes before the general public.

Disney positioned the change as one that gives guests more options on how to plan their vacation. Resort Guest Early Entry will be available at every park, every day for Walt Disney World resort guests.

Unfortunately, Resort Guest Early Entry is a far cry from Extra Magic Hours. Though Extra Magic Hours were limited to one theme park each day, they offered significantly more value. Who wouldn’t want to stay at the Magic Kingdom two hours after it closed to the general public?

Disney’s announcement came out at the same time they announced the elimination of the Disney Magical Express. It’s disappointing to see one perk eliminated and another watered down at a time when Disney is charging steep prices at all of its hotels.

David is a Disney travel expert who created Notes from Neverland in 2018. This site is a source of news, information, and reviews about all things Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disney Cruise Line. Click here to learn more or contact us.

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