October 1 will be the kick-off of not only new fireworks shows, daytime shows, cavalcades, new attractions, and more. In addition, the recently announced Early Theme Park Entry benefit for those staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel will begin being offered on October 1, as well.
For those who don’t know, Guests will be able to enter any of the four theme parks a half-hour early, every day. (This replaces the Extra Magic Hours option that was previously offered which would allow Guests to enter a select theme park either 1 hour early or stay after the park closed an extra 2 hours.) Guests will need a valid ticket or pass and a theme park reservation for the same park on the same date for early theme park entry.
But there’s another perk for those who are staying at a Disney Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort Hotels. Those individuals will also be able to enjoy extended evening hours on select nights in select theme parks. Extended evening hours will begin in early October with specific dates and parks to be shared at a later time. We’ll provide the details about the schedule when it’s released. Please note that Guests will need a valid ticket and a theme park reservation for the same park on the same day to experience extended evening hours. Or, guests may visit with a ticket with the Park Hopper option or an Annual Pass as long as they entered their first park where they made their reservation earlier in the day.
Disney also shared that Guests will find special Disney characters dressed for the 50th, in their EARidescent best, as they stop by select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels.
Finally, Disney also shared that they will be bringing back the Disney Dining Plans, however, they are not quite ready to share the details about that just yet. We’ll share those details when we learn them, as well.
The 50th anniversary is gearing up to be a great time to visit the Walt Disney World Resort!