Walt Disney World's new early entry perk will begin several days prior to the start of the 50th anniversary celebration.
Throughout the 18-month anniversary event, guests staying at Disney Vacation Club resorts and other qualifying properties at Walt Disney World will be able to enter all four theme parks 30 minutes before their scheduled opening time. The perk was set to launch on October 1st, however Disney has announced a soft opening beginning September 26, 2021.
Early Entry is offered every day at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom. A theme park ticket, Park Pass reservation and qualifying resort ID are required in order to take advantage of the perk.
In related news, Disney revealed that Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance has joined the attraction lineup during the early entry period. Rise of the Resistance eliminated its virtual queue system as of September 23, 2021 leaving the Standby queue as the only option for riders. The ride is expected to join Disney's Lightning Lane service, offering a line skipping option for an additional fee.
The complete list of Early Entry attractions can be found on the Disney website.
Extended Evening Hours provide 2 additional hours of late night park access exclusively to guests at Disney Deluxe and Disney Vacation Club resorts. Evening Hours are currently planned for most Mondays at EPCOT and Wednesdays at Magic Kingdom beginning October 4, 2021.