Extra Magic Hours for Beginners

What are Extra Magic Hours?

Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels can enjoy extra time in the parks each day. Extra Magic Hours occur either before parks open or after they close to regular guests.

Which hotels do I need to stay in?

Extra Magic Hours are a benefit for Guests of Disney Resort Hotels, Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotel,  and Shades of Green Resort. In addition they are open for Disney Golden Oak Residents or Guests of Disney Golden Oak Residents.

Which park will be open?

You can find out which park will be open for extra magic hours by visiting the Disney Calendar. Also make sure you have the My Disney Experience App.

Winnie the Pooh Magic Kingdom
Winnie the Pooh Magic Kingdom

How long do they last?

Morning hours are 1 hour before parks open for regular guests.

Evening hours are usually for 2 hours after usual closing.

Can you use Fastpass+?

Fastpass is not available.

Can annual pass holders attend?

No unless staying in one of the above resorts.

Splash Mountain Magic Kingdom Fastpass+ MyMagic+
Splash Mountain

Will all attractions be open?

You can expect all the major park attractions to be open and a selection of others. Actual attractions are subject to change.

Here is a current list.

What do I need?

Valid park ticket and MagicBand or Key to the World Card required. Guests without the Park Hopper Option or Park Hopper Plus Option must spend the day at the same park where they’d like to enjoy the Extra Magic Hours benefit.

Are they worth attending?

Whether Extra Magic Hours are worth attending is the subject of regular debates.

You get to enter early or stay late but so do many more guests. Walt Disney World has over 30,000 hotel rooms and each will hold several guests. All these guests can also attend during EMH. That is lot of extra guests!

If you intend to get to the park early for morning EMH they are probably worth attending. However, if you are going to miss opening it is worth going elsewhere.

In the evening EMH are busier the earlier they are held. If a park’s EMH are to 1am they will be quieter than if they are to 11. In addition they will usually quieten in the last hour. However; they can be very busy and the most popular attractions might have very long waits.

I can’t attend Extra Magic Hours what should I do?

Avoid the park with EMH it will be busier. Attend one of the other parks.

If you are staying offsite plan to avoid the parks with EMH. The only exception to this rule is if entertainment is only held on this day.

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