Extended Evening Theme Park Hours: A DVC-Adjacent Perk

As aspect of its 50th-anniversary celebration, Walt Disney Globe is now giving prolonged evening theme park several hours for visitors keeping at Disney Deluxe Resorts or Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts on certain evenings in choose parks.  Whilst this is not a DVC-precise perk, visitors (DVC users or not) are qualified when they stay at a DVC vacation resort.  Because the begin of this gain in Oct 2021, it appears that the hrs have primarily been provided for EPCOT on Monday evenings and Magic Kingdom on Wednesday evenings.  All through our Oct DVC stay, Timothy and I resolved to look at out the extended several hours at EPCOT, which were scheduled from 10 pm to midnight.  

How It Performs

By the time we arrived at EPCOT, visitors from previously in the working day ended up leaving the park.  On reaching the tapstiles, forged customers initial checked if you had been being at an eligible vacation resort by scanning your magic band and then permitting you to shift on to the tapstiles wherever you scan in like standard to confirm you have a legitimate ticket for entry.  (Take note that we experienced a park move to check out Magic Kingdom that working day but were capable to park hop for the prolonged hrs due to the fact we had once-a-year passes.) Forged customers also scan your magic band each time you get in line for an attraction, related to how it worked for the now-retired Further Magic Several hours.  

Wait around Periods

EPCOT provided 8 sights in the night: 

  1. Splendor and The Beast Sing-Alongside
  2. Frozen Ever Soon after
  3. Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros
  4. Mission: Space
  5. Soarin’ All over the Environment
  6. Spaceship Earth
  7. Examination Observe
  8. The Seas with Nemo & Good friends

*A ninth attraction, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, was included as of December.

This checklist appears to be light in comparison to the list of 22 points of interest made available for the Magic Kingdom extended hrs.  Nonetheless, even with much less sights, none of the wait around instances exceeded 25 minutes.  The Seas with Nemo & Good friends experienced the shortest hold out of 5 minutes.  By the time that we got to Frozen At any time Immediately after, the wait around time was detailed as 20 minutes but turned out to be nearer to 15 minutes.  We then headed to the Gran Fiesta Tour, which was outlined as a 10-minute wait around in My Disney Knowledge, only to locate a quite vacant Mexico pavilion.  The ride was a stroll-on, and we received the entire boat to ourselves.  Exam Monitor was mentioned as a 20-minute wait around but was essentially a wander-on because we only paused to design our cars.  It was close to midnight by then, and we bought the vehicle to ourselves.  A person experience that was noticeably absent from the listing of participating sights was the recently opened Remy’s Ratatouille Journey.  

Foodstuff Choices and Retailers

None of the Meals & Wine outside kitchens were being open, but there had been a couple of solutions for food stuff and drinks, which include Joffrey’s, the popcorn stand, and the stand in the Norway pavilion that supplied Scandinavian draft beers and ice cream bars.  La Cantina, the speedy services location in Mexico, was the only brief-company cafe we recognized that was open up. In other words, make absolutely sure you consume beforehand probabilities are your preferred eatery isn’t open up.

Most suppliers ended up not open up, but if you had been seeking for souvenirs, the Creations Store was still available as ended up the souvenir stores at the exits of particular points of interest like Frozen Ever Immediately after and Exam Observe. Gateway Gifts and the Digicam Middle by Spaceship Earth were also open up.


Though Walt Disney Earth is also providing early theme park entry for its vacation resort guests, the 30-moment early access definitely only presents you a head start off on 1 attraction, maybe 2 if you are lucky.  These prolonged night hrs felt a great deal more like the Excess Magic Hrs of the previous and were fantastic for a person who isn’t a morning person.  We essentially had a late start off and arrived at EPCOT close to 10:45 pm, and we ended up still equipped to squeeze in 3 rides–not shabby at all looking at we were being using our sweet time!  If you have the opportunity to acquire advantage of the prolonged evening topic park hours, I really suggest it.  With Genie+ and Person Lightning Lanes now out there, the extended several hours offer you a good way to get on some of your most loved rides with a small wait-time and with out the more cost.