Extra Magic Hours allow guests of Walt Disney World Resort Hotels & select other resorts to enjoy extra time in the parks each day either before or after regular park opening. However, are they worth attending? Our guide to Extra Magic Hours will help you decide whether they should form part of your Walt Disney World vacation plan.
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. For 2018 this benefit has now been extended to guests staying in any of the 7 Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels.
Which park will be open?
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 park closing.
Hollywood Studios Extra Magic
It has been announced that during July Hollywood Studios will have Extra Magic Hour every morning after the opening of Toy Story Land. It is possible this might be extended to August as well. Keep checking the official Disney Opening Hours.
Can you use Fastpass+?
Fastpass is not available.
Can annual pass holders attend?
No, unless staying in one of the above resorts.
Will all attractions be open?
You can expect all the major park attractions to be open and a selection of other attractions. Actual attractions are subject to change.
What do I need?
Valid park ticket and MagicBand or Key to the World Card is required. Disney Springs’ guests may need to collect a voucher from their hotel.
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 a 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 is busier the earlier they are held. If a park’s EMH is to 1 am 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 still have very long waits even after midnight.
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 certain entertainment is only held on this one day during your visit.