Hours Extended at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom in Mid-July

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Hours have been extended on select dates in July at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom

Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom

On July 17, Magic Kingdom will now remain open until 11:00 p.m. instead of 10:00 p.m. It will still open at 9:00 a.m.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios


At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, opening has been shifted from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. from July 16 through July 22. Early entry for hotel guests will now begin at 8:00 a.m. The park will still close at 9:00 p.m.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom

Over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, opening has been shifted an hour from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. also from July 16 through July 22. Early entry for hotel guests will now begin at 7:30 a.m. The park will still close at 7:00 p.m.

Walt Disney World Early Entry

Guests staying at all Disney Resort hotels and “select other hotels” are eligible to take advantage of a 30-minute early entry into Walt Disney World theme parks every day. This perk was introduced in 2021 as a benefit for resort guests visiting for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary. It’s clear that the benefit is staying for at least two more years. It replaced “Extra Magic Hours,” a similar benefit that was discontinued during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Disney recently limited several of the “select other hotels” to only have access to this perk through the end of 2023.

The current list of participating hotels is as follows:

Early theme park entry is a benefit for registered Guests staying at Disney Resort hotels and select other hotels, which include:

  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  • The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Swan Reserve
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando
  • Four Seasons Resort Orlando
  • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
  • Holiday Inn Orlando
  • Shades of Green® on Walt Disney World® Resort
  • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista
  • Wyndham Lake Buena Vista

Now through December 31, 2023, the following hotels offer early theme park entry for registered Guests:

  • B Resort & Spa Lake Buena Vista
  • Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
  • Waldorf Astoria Orlando
  • Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista

Disney states, “Please check back later for further details regarding 2024.” We assume that this means the list of hotels limited to 2023 only could still end up being added to the greater list that offers the benefit through 2024.

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