19 January 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Disney World Extra Magic Hours


Over the past few years, Walt Disney World has tried to differentiate themselves from surrounding resorts by adding special perks for Disney resort guests, not available to those who choose to stay off of Disney property. These perks range from the Magical Express to Disney Dining Plans to Extra Magic Hours. These are fantastic, valuable inclusions available to all Disney resorts guests, regardless whether they are staying in a value or deluxe resort.

Extra Magic Hours are special park hours only accessible to those staying in a Disney resort. Disney World offers two different kinds of Extra Magic Hours, morning and evening. The morning Extra Magic Hours are one hour in duration, while the evening ones are three hours. So, if a theme park is normally open 9 – 9, morning Extra Magic Hours would give Disney resort guests access to the park from 8 – 9 in addition to the normal hours, while evening hours would give those same guest access to the park from 9 – midnight.

Now, one thing to understand is that each park does not have morning and evening Extra Magic Hours each day. During a typical week, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom may have one day that has morning hours and one night that has evening hours. Magic Kingdom may have considerably more, depending on the week. During the summer or other busy months, the Magic Kingdom may have as many as three morning and three evening days available. Parks never have morning and evening hours the same day. During summer months, the water parks often have a few days a week of morning Extra Magic Hours, don’t miss them!

So, how do you find out when Extra Magic Hour are? Just head over to the Walt Disney World Park Hours Calendar, put in your arrival date, and Disney will list all park hours for the next 10 days after your arrival, including all Extra Magic Hours.

WDW101 Insight – Morning Extra Magic Hours are great, as very few people make the effort to be at a park by 8AM, so the parks are often dead for the first few hours they are open, a great way to hit many of the popular rides. Evening Extra Magic Hours are very popular, and many people who do not have the park hopper option head to the park with the evening hours for the entire day, making that park unusually crowded. If you have the hopping option, hit another park during they day, then head over to the park with the evening Extra Magic Hours in the afternoon or evening to enjoy the extra 3 hours.

A few notes:

  • For morning Extra Magic Hours, you must show your Key to the World Card (room key) and park pass at the turnstiles to gain admission. Once in the park, no further proof is necessary.
  • For evening Extra Magic Hours, you must show your Key to the World Card (room key) at each attraction in order to ride.
  • You cannot gain admission to the park with the evening Extra Magic Hours unless you have the park hopping option on your tickets, you already entered that park earlier in the day or you have not yet visited a park that day.
  • Extra Magic Hours are only available to guests at the following resorts: Walt Disney World owned resorts, Shades of Green, Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resorts and the Hilton Resort at Downtown Disney.
  • Not all attractions are open, though most of the big/popular rides are. Here is the current list of open rides:

Attractions open during Morning Extra Magic Hours

Magic Kingdom

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

Epcot

Living with the Land
Mission: SPACE
Soarin’
Spaceship Earth
Test Track

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Muppet*Vision 3-D
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Star Tours
Toy Story Midway Mania!
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Animal Kingdom

DINOSAUR
Expedition Everest
It’s Tough to be a Bug!
Kilimanjaro Safaris
Pangani Forest Exploration Trail

Attractions open during Evening Extra Magic Hours

Magic Kingdom

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Haunted Mansion
“it’s a small world”
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Peter Pan’s Flight
Pirates of the Caribbean
Space Mountain
Splash Mountain
Stitch’s Great Escape!
Tomorrowland Speedway

Epcot

The American Adventure
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
Captain EO
Journey Into Imagination With Figment
Living with the Land
Maelstrom
Mission: SPACE
Soarin’
Spaceship Earth
Test Track

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The Great Movie Ride
Muppet Vision 3-D
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Star Tours
Toy Story Midway Mania!
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Voyage of The Little Mermaid

Animal Kingdom

DINOSAUR
Expedition Everest
Festival of the Lion King
It’s Tough to be a Bug!
Kali River Rapids
Primeval Whirl
TriceraTop Spin

Of course, this list of rides is subject to change, and rehab closures may remove the ride from the list, and Disney may add another in it’s place. In addition to certain rides being closed, not all dining locations are available, so check with a Cast Member if you are planning on eating during the Extra Magic Hours.

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