How Do You Qualify for Disney World’s New Extended Evening Hours?

As part of Disney World’s 50th Anniversary, guests will get to enjoy all kinds of new fireworks shows, new cavalcades, and more.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

But, guests staying at Disney World hotels will get even MORE time in the parks to enjoy all the fun. We already knew that all Disney World hotel guests would get early access to the parks as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, but Disney recently shared that guests at select deluxe resorts will also get extra time in the parks at night. What hotels qualify for this extra evening time? We’re breaking it all down for you here.

First, let’s start with the basics. Previously, Disney had shared that ALL Disney World hotel guests and guests of other select hotels would get a new benefit called “Early Theme Park Entry” as part of the 50th Anniversary. Note that this service is not the same as Extra Magic Hours.

Early Theme Park Entry allows guests at Disney World hotels and other select hotels to enter any of the 4 Disney World theme parks prior to park opening every day of the week. Disney has shared that this special benefit will become available on Disney World’s 50th Anniversary — October 1st, 2021.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

But, guests staying at select hotels will also get extra time in the parks at night! Specifically, Disney has noted that guests staying at one of the “Disney Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort hotels” will get to enjoy extended evening hours on select nights in select theme parks.

These extended evening hours are set to begin in early October. The specific dates and parks haven’t been announced yet.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

So then the question becomes, what qualifies as a “Disney Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort” hotel? Here’s a break-down according to Disney’s own website, which defines what hotels fall into each category.

Deluxe Resort Hotels

There are a total of 8 Deluxe Resort Hotels. They are:

Beach Club Resort

Deluxe Villa Resort Hotels

There are a total of 12 Deluxe Villa Resort Hotels in Disney World. They are:

BoardWalk Inn and & Villas

And that’s a full list of all of the hotels that fall under Disney’s definition of Deluxe Hotels or Deluxe Villa Hotels.

So, what else do you need to access these extended night hours in the parks (aside from a hotel stay booked at one of these eligible hotels)? Well, you’ll need a valid ticket and a Park Pass reservation.

Wilderness Lodge Lobby

If you’ve got a ticket with Park Hopping abilities, then you could hop to whatever park has extended night hours for the Deluxe hotel guests, provided you already entered the park you had a Park Pass for (if it was a different park than the one that has late night access).

Cinderella Castle

Disney has noted that during these extended night hours, select attractions, merchandise, and food and beverage locations will be available. Guests will need to make sure they bring their MagicBands, MagicMobile pass, or Key to the World card which is linked to their stay, or another form of Resort ID in order to enjoy this perk.

MagicBands

And that’s a basic look at this new extended evening hours perk and what hotels qualify. Disney really hasn’t shared any other details about this special perk so just keep in mind that things are subject to change as Disney releases more information.

We’ll be on the lookout for more details. Be sure to check back with us for all the latest!

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15 Replies to “How Do You Qualify for Disney World’s New Extended Evening Hours?”

  1. Any idea for dolphin-swan what “resort ID” is needed for extra hours? Do we all need to carry “proof” as we usually only bring one key card to parks.

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    OG has always been included as deluxe accommodations on you ste. Disney has already included SOG to early morning entry. Can we expect them to add SOG to late evening park access eventually?

  3. Does anyone know how long these extended evening hours will be? That will be the determining factor in us deciding whether to stay at a Deluxe resort or not.

  4. After 25+ visits to WDW in Value thru Deluxe and even offsite properties we have learned that onsite Value resorts provide our family with the best value for our situation. The funds we save are most often used to enhance our total experience with character meals, tours, and other experiences, chosen at our descretion. I have never felt like a second-class citizen at Value until Disney’s latest discriminatory announcement. If Disney just wants more money for a perk – Ask for it. Why not treat this like the new Fastpassses and pay extra for the perk, regardless of your onsite accommodations.
    i would gladly do that to enhance my experience as stated before. Why treat the guests and casts of Value and Moderate resorts as second class. Let guest decide where to spend their money!

  5. Question: How does Shades of Green fit in here? Although it’s not technically a Disney Resort, Disney has always (at least for the past 3-4 years or more) given Shades of Green the same benefits as the official Disney Resorts when allowing early or late park entry, 60 days for Fastpass+ and other benefits. Now that Disney is offering this benefit to only select resorts, do we know how Shades of Green will be treated?

  6. Seems the reason to stay on Disney is once again excluded for the people who can’t afford to stay at a Deluxe hotel. It appears as if Disney is ok with being discriminatory. I guess people who stay on Disney at moderate or value hotels are just out of luck, but i’m sure they’ll still take our money. I wonder what Walt Disney would think of this idea! From everything I’ve seen or read about him, he wouldn’t be happy.

  7. I’m staying at Swan and it’s classified as a deluxe resort but I’m guessing since Disney doesn’t own it that’s why they excluded it. Doesn’t seem right though.

  8. What a treat it would be if access to Rise of Resistance was included. I am somewhat surprised Disney is limiting these nighttime hours to preferred resorts. However, please remember we pay a PRETTY PENNY to stay there. It’s a lot. Dvc members pay a monthly fee whether they are at Disney or not. Corona has limited many members vacations. So I say “Thank You, powers to be at Disney World .” Very nice gesture.

    1. Everyone pays a PRETTY PENNY to stay on Disney property. It is a disgrace that the people who can only afford moderate or value hotels are left out. There should be something for EVERYONE!!!!

  9. Seems like it’s every resort except the value. That’s not right. I am dvc so I would be ok, however it should be for all on property.