Extended Evening Hours Returning to Hollywood Studios in Fall 2023

Extended Evening Theme Park Hours returns to Hollywood Studios starting in September 2023. This post shares dates, details, and strategy for taking advantage of the on-site perk for Walt Disney World guests staying at a Deluxe Resorts, DVC Villas, and select other hotels.

For those who are new to Walt Disney World vacation planning, Extended Evening Theme Park Hours is nighttime counterpart to Early Theme Park Entry. There are several differences, most notably that guests staying at Value or Moderate Resorts are not eligible for Extended Evening Hours.

Extended Evening Theme Park Hours has two types of resort eligibility, occurs two nights per week, is at two parks, and runs for two hours (pretty much everything about the perk occurs in twos). It’s usually every Monday at EPCOT and every Wednesday at Magic Kingdom. See our Strategy Guide Guide for Extended Evening Hours at Walt Disney World for more ins and outs of the nighttime Deluxe benefit.

By contrast, Early Entry is offered at all 4 theme parks every single day, runs for 30 minutes, and every on-site resort guest is eligible, including the third party on-property hotels. Despite the expanded eligibility, Early Entry is also great–especially at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

For everything you need to know about that benefit, see our Strategy Guide for Early Theme Park Entry at Walt Disney World. That includes where Early Entry works best and worst, rides to prioritize and avoid, and more.

As for Extended Evening Hours, it’ll be available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on the following dates in Fall 2023:

  • September 30, 2023
  • October 5, 2023
  • October 11, 2023
  • October 19, 2023
  • October 25, 2023

Here’s the eligible attraction roster for Extended Evening Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

The conspicuous omission from that list is Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, which was part of Extended Evening Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios last holiday season. This could be a mistake, but we’re guessing that it’s intentional.

It’s interesting that Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is excluded here, still closes early at Disneyland, and will use a virtual queue at Disney Jollywood Nights Christmas Party. I wonder if there are still issues with the ride’s reliability later in the evening.

As a consolation prize of sorts, MuppetVision 3D has been added to the list of eligible attractions.

Normally, Disney’s Hollywood Studios does not participate in Extended Evening Theme Park Hours. However, DHS did participate in Extended Evening Hours a few times last year. I was able to attend one of those evenings, and it was great. We’d expect the same to hold true for Extended Evening Hours at DHS in Fall 2023, and would highly recommend taking advantage if you’re able to do so.

When DHS offers another Extended Evening Hours, our recommendation is starting with Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance a few minutes before official park closing followed by Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. After that, head the other direction towards Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, followed by Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror, before doubling back and finishing in Toy Story Land with Slinky Dog Dash right at the very end of the night. That’ll likely be the best strategy.

Even before this news, we’ve had many readers ask us whether Extended Evening Hours would return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Christmas 2023. We didn’t have an answer then and still don’t know now.

Walt Disney World likely is not doing this as a “gift” to guests. In the past, they’ve done Extended Evening Hours at DHS as an alternative to EPCOT or Magic Kingdom due to scheduling conflicts, such as private events or corporate park buyouts. Those Extended Evening Hours happened on the same nights as their counterparts in Magic Kingdom and EPCOT.

These Fall 2023 Extended Evening Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are happening on a Saturday, and twice on Wednesdays and Thursdays. I can’t explain that. It’s possible these are counterprogramming for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and will help combat crowds and displaced guests as a result of that. I don’t really know, though.

Two of these nights are happening around the busy Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples’ holiday weekend, which has become increasingly busy at Walt Disney World. But other dates are more random, at times in October when I wouldn’t necessarily expect chaotic crowds.

So to answer the inevitable question, I still don’t know about Extended Evening Hours at DHS this holiday season. If the Fall 2023 dates are due to displaced crowds during Party Season, there’s a good chance it’ll happen again around Thanksgiving and Christmas. I wouldn’t bet on that, but I wouldn’t bet against it, either. Very insightful analysis, I know.

Ultimately, we’re big fans of Extended Evening Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and hope that it’s offered more. While we love it being available at 3 parks, we’d honestly rather do it at DHS than EPCOT.

Although few things are as pleasant as a serene stroll through World Showcase after park closing, the ‘country route’ is often closed off after a certain time and ride breakdowns can make EPCOT Extended Evening Hours less enjoyable–or productive. With its more compact layout and top-heavy ride roster, we think that Disney’s Hollywood Studios is much better suited to host Extended Evening Hours.

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Will you be taking advantage of Extended Evening Theme Park Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Fall 2023? Did you do this at DHS last year when it was offered? Hoping Extended Evening Hours return to DHS again for Christmas? Disappointed about the eligibility rules or attraction lineup excluding Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance? Do you agree or disagree with our assessment? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!

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