Getting to the park early can be key to riding Disney World’s most popular rides – especially during the busiest times of the year!
Luckily, guests staying at a Disney World Resort hotel have a leg ahead of everyone else! In 2021, Disney introduced Early Theme Park Entry, allowing all guests staying at Disney World hotels and select other hotels (see the full list HERE!) to enter any park 30 minutes before the park opens any day of the week.
But, even with those precious extra minutes, you probably still want to strategize which rides you want to hit first – so here’s the FULL LIST of attractions that are open in each park for Early Theme Park Entry.
- “it’s a small world”
- Astro Orbiter
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- Mad Tea Party
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Space Mountain
- The Barnstormer
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
- Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
- Beauty and The Beast Sing-Along
- Frozen Ever After
- Mission: SPACE
- Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
- Soarin’ Around the World
- Spaceship Earth
- Test Track
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Alien Swirling Saucers
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
- Slinky Dog Dash
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
- Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- Toy Story Mania!
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Avatar Flight of Passage
- Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
- It’s Tough to be a Bug!
- Na’vi River Journey
- TriceraTop Spin
Keep in mind that these are the attractions that Disney plans to have open – sometimes technical difficulties can delay the opening or keep an attraction closed, so these could change.
Now, with only 30 minutes before the park opens to all-day guests, you’ll want to prioritize the rides that tend to get the longest lines (or the ones that you want to ride the most!). For example, at Magic Kingdom you might want to head to Space Mountain or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train first, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios you might go straight to Rise of the Resistance in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, or at EPCOT you might try to tackle Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.
You’ll generally only be able to get through one ride and maybe get in line for another before the park fully opens so it’s important to think ahead!
So, which ride would you choose first in each park during Early Theme Park Entry? Let us know in the comments and stay tuned to The VacationEAR for more on how to maximize your Disney World hotel stay!