This is a question I’ve gotten quite a bit from clients and from friends. Going to parks with Extra Magic Hours sounds like a good idea, but is it?
First, what are Extra Magic Hours (EMH)? Each day one theme park in Disney World will either open earlier or stay open later than normal park hours. Disney plans these out ahead of time and you can see the schedule on their website. Knowing the schedule for EMH helps when planning your days in the parks.
Personally, I have found that the morning EMH are better than the evening EMH. The reason being is that people are more likely to stay later in a park when they are already there then they are to get up early to go to a park. Therefore, the crowds for morning EMH are much lower than the evening EMH.
During our last trip we took advantage of morning EMH again. In those first couple of hours we were able to meet so many characters and ride a bunch of rides, because of the low crowds. Some of the experiences we had booked FastPasses for later in the day, so we were able to cancel those FastPasses and book new ones. We were able to experience so much before lunchtime and it was great!
So, my advice would be to take advantage of the morning EMH. You will be able to experience so much early in the day! It’s nice, because then the rest of the day can be taken at a slower pace. You can keep booking FastPasses or head back to the hotel for some relaxing pool time.
Extra Magic Hours are not open to the general public. To take advantage of this perk you must be a guest at either a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, a Disney Springs area hotel, or the Swan and Dolphin Resort.
Have you taken advantage of Extra Magic Hours?
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