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Early Birder Days

Disney Wilderness Preserve opens early several times a year, allowing visitors to enjoy nature’s beauty in the magical moments just after sunrise.

Florida scrub-jay perched in a tree.
Florida Scrub-Jay TNC preserve staff protect the Florida scrub-jays that call the preserve home with habitat management and by sharing conservation best practices and data with partners. © Hannah O'Malley/TNC


Event Overview

Early Birder Days are for anyone who wants to access Disney Wilderness Preserve earlier in the day to hike or observe wildlife that are more visible in the early morning hours. The preserve will open at 7 a.m. on these special early-access days.

Here are the 2023 dates:

  • August 19
  • October 21
  • December 16

Disney Wilderness Preserve is a beautiful place, and we invite our visitors to enjoy the unique experience of hiking through our longleaf pine and wetland habitats in the magical moments just after sunrise.

This is not a guided experience, and there's no need to register in advance. The preserve gates will open early at 7:00 a.m. on the designated dates listed above.