Walt Disney World is a magical place, but sometimes the parks can feel a little less than magical when you're waiting in endless lines and oppressive heat. What if you could enter the parks an hour early, or hang out in the parks a couple of hours late? Sounds great...and you can if you're staying at any one of the more than 25 Walt Disney World Resort hotels.
Extra Magic Hours is a special perk just for Disney Resort hotel guests. From the Disney website:Extra Magic Hours offer a rare and unique opportunity to enjoy additional time in Walt Disney World parks—above and beyond the standard operating schedule—at no extra charge. This special perk is offered to Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Each day, one of the 4 Walt Disney World theme parks opens one hour early or remains open up to 2 hours after regular closing time. Additionally, Disney Water Parks offer Extra Magic Hours during select times of year.
In order to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours, all you have to do is:
- Check the schedule and see which park has Extra Magic Hours
- Arrive at the indicated park
- Use a valid Disney ticket and show your resort ID
While Extra Magic Hours sound like an incredible perk, it isn't always your best option. Here are some things to consider:
- There are thousands of guests staying at Walt Disney World Resort...and all of them are trying to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours. Often the park that has evening Extra Magic Hours will be the most crowded park and it may be worthwhile to visit a different park that is less crowded. Visit TouringPlans.com and see what the crowd predictions are for each park.
- Extra Magic Hours can be exhausting. Do not plan on doing morning Extra Magic Hours and stay the entire day. You and the members of your party will likely burn out and it will not be enjoyable. Extra Magic Hours are best used when you either take a break during a day or spend a half day at the parks and a half day at the resort.
- If you are visiting one park and hopping to another park for Extra Magic Hours, you must have a valid park hopper ticket. Discuss whether this is cost effective for your family or overkill.
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- 2nd Stop - The Disney Point | Making the Most out of Walt Disney World Magic Hours
- 3rd Stop - Trips with Tykes | 6 Tips for Picking Less Crowded Days at Disneyland
- 4th Stop - Disney Mamas | Top 5 Tips for Managing Crowds at Walt Disney World
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