Vacation Planning Specialist – Nicole!

Independent Travel Agent with The Vacation Wizards!

Extra Magic Hours!

on August 18, 2015

Extra Magic Hours provide Disney resort guests with some extra park time. Disney uses Extra Magic Hours in two ways; one is a way to allow guests that are staying on property extra time in the park on days that certain parks are traditionally more crowded and the other is an incentive to visit a park on days when another park is typically more crowded than the rest. Example: If Epcot is offering Extra Magic Hours on one day then that usually means that it will take some of the crowds away from Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom because guests will want to enjoy the park with a lighter crowd. I would recommend taking full advantage of morning and evening Extra Magic Hours. In order to be able to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours you have to at the least purchase a general theme park admission and stay on property at a Walt Disney World Resort. The resorts and hotels that offer Extra Magic Hours to their guests are: any Walt Disney World Resort on property, Swan and Dolphin, Shades of Green and Hilton Orlando Resort. 

You can check to see which theme parks are having Extra Magic Hours by viewing the Today’s Park Hours Calendar on the Disney World website or check the Times Guide that can be found in your Welcome Folder that you will receive when you check-in at any Disney World Resort. Times Guides are also available at each of the parks.

– Morning Extra Magic Hours – 

Guests staying on property are allowed into the parks one hour earlier than the regularly scheduled park opening. Be advised that even though the park opens early that does not mean that all of the rides, attractions or areas will be open. Here is a list of all of the rides and attractions that will be open during morning Extra Magic Hours:

Magic Kingdom:

  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Haunted Mansion
  • “its a small world”
  • Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Mickey’s Philharmagic
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Space Mountain
  • Stitch’s Great Escape!
  • Tomorrowland Indy Speedway

Epcot:

  • Living With the Land
  • Mission Space
  • Soarin’
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Test Track

Hollywood Studios:

  • Jim Henson’s Muppet Vision 3-D
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  • Star Tours
  • Toy Story Mania
  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Animal Kingdom:

  • Dinosaur
  • Expedition Everest
  • It’s Tough To Be A Bug
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Pangani Forest Exploration Trail
  • Primeval Whirl

Here are a few things to take note of if you are going to be taking advantage of Morning Extra Magic Hours:

  • Magic Kingdom has the most rides and attractions that will be open with morning Extra Magic Hours, meaning that you will get the most out of morning Extra Magic Hours by going to Magic Kingdom on the days they offer morning Extra Magic Hours.

  • Make sure to arrive early to the park that’s offering morning Extra Magic Hours.

– Evening Extra Magic Hours –

Guests staying on property are allowed to stay in the particular park offering evening Extra Magic Hours for an additional two hours. Be advised that in order to ride any rides during evening Extra Magic Hours you may be required to scan you magic band before riding. Here is a list of all of the rides and attractions that will be open during evening Extra Magic Hours:

Magic Kingdom:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Country Bear Jamoree
  • Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Splash Mountain

Epcot:

  • The American Adventure
  • Journey Into Imagination with Figment
  • Honey I Shrunk the Audience
  • Grand Fiesta Tour

Hollywood Studios:

  • The Great Movie Ride
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Animal Kingdom:

  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Kali River Rapids (seasonal)
  • Triceratop Spin

Here are a few things to take note of if you are going to be taking advantage of Evening Extra Magic Hours:

  • Magic Kingdom evening Extra Magic Hours are usually more crowded than the other parks when they offer Evening Extra Magic Hours. Magic Kingdom has the most rides still open plus they have the most popular nighttime shows than any of the other parks.

  • You do not need a special ticket to experience evening Extra Magic Hours. You will only need a general admission ticket and a valid resort ID. However, you will need to have a park hopper if you would want to experience evening Extra Magic Hours after attending another park that morning,

– Not Using Extra Magic Hours –

Sometimes using morning or evening Extra Magic Hours could cause you to deal with more of a crowd than less than a crowd. So sometimes it may pay off to not use Extra Magic Hours entirely. For morning Extra Magic Hours, you could go to one of the parks that is not offering Extra Magic Hours. Be advised that you should arrive 30 minutes early to “rope drop” at whatever park that you should choose. The same goes for evening Extra Magic Hours. If you want to experience a nighttime show with half the crowd you could go to one of the parks that is not offering evening Extra Magic Hours.

I recommend using Extra Magic Hours to your advantage. Our plan during our Disney World vacation is to go to the park that is offering morning Extra Magic Hours and try and ride all of our main rides first. Then we will see shows, meet characters, ride additional rides even though they may have more of a line at this time and then eat lunch at one of the Dining Plan Locations at whatever park we are at. Then we will head back to our hotel and take a break, maybe take a nap, cool off and refresh ourselves for an hour or so. Later on that evening we will head to the park that is offering evening Extra Magic Hours so that we can enjoy the nighttime show or ride that one ride one more time with less of a line to wait in. We also schedule our FastPass+ ride times and events for the park that we are going to in the evening as well. 

If you have any more additional questions about Extra Magic Hours please don’t hesitate to ASK ME! Want to know more insider tips, ways to save money and time and how to get the best out of your Disney vacation? Feel free to stay a while and snoop around on my page, Get The Magic Started! If you are ready to Get The Magic Started for you and your family, please feel free to fill out my Free Quote Sheet! I hope to hear from ya real soon!

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