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A New Benefit Is Coming for Walt Disney World Resort Guests

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There will soon be a new benefit if you’re staying on property

Earlier today I told you about a Disney Parks Blog announcement that reported the end of Disney’s Magical Express. That wasn’t all that was mentioned in the post that isn’t coming back. Extra Magic Hours were suspended when the parks reopened in July and will not return; but the news isn’t all bad.

A new service will soon be available to people who stay at a Walt Disney World owned resort. Guests will be allowed to enter any of the four Walt Disney World theme parks 30 minutes before opening. You will no longer need to plan your day around which park has Extra Magic Hours. You will need a Disney Park Pass reservation to enter. No date has been given, but it does state that it will be in time for the 50th Anniversary Celebration.

From Disney Parks Blog:

Early Theme Park Entry: We know how much guests enjoy extra park time, so coming later this year as part of our 50th anniversary celebration, Disney Resort hotel guests and guests of other select hotels will be able to enjoy more fun with 30-minute early entry to ANY theme park, EVERY day. It’ll be a great way to get a jump start on your Disney day, no matter the day! As a reminder, the Extra Magic Hours benefit was suspended when Walt Disney World Resort reopened last summer, and as we continue to manage attendance with health and safety top of mind, Extra Magic Hours will not return. The new early theme park entry benefit helps us better spread visitation across all four theme parks, while providing added flexibility by giving guests extra early park time on each day of their vacation and in the park of their choosing. Please note that guests need valid admission and a park reservation made via the Disney Park Pass system to enter a theme park.

I’m willing to give them the benefit of doubt on this one.