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Extra Magic Hours At Walt Disney World — Everything You Should Know

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With the latest news about Extra, Extra Magic Hours coming to Walt Disney World for a limited time in fall 2019, I thought it would be helpful to explain Extra Magic Hours (EMH) in detail. For those who aren’t familiar with Walt Disney World and also don’t have experience, this post serves as a great guide to help you better understand the ins and outs of EMH.

What Are Extra Magic Hours?

These are special hours that allow certain guests to spend extra time in a park either in the morning, before opening, or in the evening, after closing. Typically, EMH are available at only one of the four theme parks (Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or Epcot) each day.

GIF of the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland
Image: Giphy

Who Can Take Advantage Of Them?

Only guests staying at Official Walt Disney World Hotels and participating Walt Disney World hotels can utilize EMH. Regarding both sets of hotels mentioned, they include:

When Are EMH Available?

Days and times change for EMH, so it’s best to check the calendar on the official Walt Disney World website or the park hours listed on the My Disney Experience App. EMH are also listed on the Times Guide available for each park, which you can grab at each park’s entrance located next to the maps. The front desks at Disney Resort hotels should also have an up to date Times Guide.

How Do They Work?

All you have to do is show up to the park that has EMH and you’ll be allowed to enter after scanning your MagicBand and finger. As previously mentioned, you must be a registered guest at either an Official Walt Disney World Hotel or a participating Walt Disney World Hotel to enjoy EMH.

*Tip for morning EMH: Like with regular park hours, if you want to be first in line or experience a popular attraction/your favorite ride before everyone else, arrive before EMH begin. I’d say about 15-30 minutes prior. However, when it comes to  Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and utilizing EMH, you may want to get there even earlier. And, remember, if you’re using Walt Disney World transportation, i.e. the bus, be sure to factor in travel time, because you never know how long it will take for transportation to pick you up and how many other people will be waiting.  As someone who’s experienced this many times, long bus times/lines aren’t fun and can ruin your schedule.

Photo of Kilimanjaro Safaris at Animal Kingdom

Can You Use FastPasses During EMH?

The answer is simple: no. The idea is you don’t need FastPasses during EMH, when the crowds are expected to be much lower compared to regular park opening. That said, once the park officially opens, you can begin booking FastPasses.

What Attractions & Experiences Are Available During EMH?

At the time of publication (May 13, 2019), these are the select attractions and experiences open at each park during EMH:

  • Magic Kingdom (Mornings)
    • Astro Orbiter
    • The Barnstormer
    • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
    • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
    • “it’s a small world”
    • Mad Tea Party
    • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
    • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
    • Peter Pan’s Flight
    • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
    • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
    • Space Mountain
    • Tomorrowland Speedway
    • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
    • Under the Sea — Journey of the Little Mermaid
    • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

  • Magic Kingdom (Evenings)
    • Astro Orbiter
    • The Barnstormer
    • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
    • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
    • Country Bear Jamboree
    • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
    • Haunted Mansion
    • “it’s a small world”
    • Mad Tea Party
    • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
    • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
    • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
    • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
    • Peter Pan’s Flight
    • Pirates of the Caribbean
    • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
    • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
    • Space Mountain
    • Swiss Family Treehouse
    • Tomorrowland Speedway
    • Under the Sea — Journey of the Little Mermaid

  • Hollywood Studios (Mornings)
    • Alien Swirling Saucers
    • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (EMH begin Sept. 1, 2019)
    • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
    • Slinky Dog Dash
    • Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
    • Toy Story Mania!
    • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

  • Animal Kingdom Park (Mornings)
    • Avatar Flight of Passage
    • DINOSAUR
    • Expedition Everest
    • Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail (subject to availability)
    • It’s Tough to be a Bug!
    • Kilimanjaro Safaris (subject to availability)
    • Na’vi River Journey
    • Primeval Whirl
    • TriceraTop Spin

  • Epcot (Mornings)
    • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
    • Frozen Ever After
    • Living with the Land
    • Project Tomorrow: Inventing the World of Tomorrow
    • Soarin’ Around the World
    • Spaceship Earth
    • Test Track Presented

  • Epcot (Evenings)
    • Advanced Training Lab
    • The American Adventure
    • American Heritage Gallery
    • Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
    • Epcot Character Spot
    • Frozen Ever After
    • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
    • Journey Into Imagination With Figment
    • Living with the Land
    • Mission: SPACE
    • O Canada!
    • Project Tomorrow: Inventing the World of Tomorrow
    • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
    • Soarin’ Around the World
    • Spaceship Earth
    • Test Track
    • Turtle Talk With Crush

Is There A Difference Between EMH and EEMH?

Here’s what you need to know:

  • EEMH work exactly the same way as EMH. That said, unlike EMH, which are typically available at only one of the four theme parks each day, EEMH this fall will be available at three of the parks. That’s right, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios will have daily EEMH starting at the end of August/beginning of September through Nov. 2. As for Epcot during this time frame, only EMH will be available on select days.

EEMH are major and something visitors should definitely take advantage of. With the opening of Galaxy’s Edge on Aug. 29, there will most likely be even more park goers than normal. So, EEMH are pretty much Walt Disney World’s way of not only encouraging guests to stay at an official or partnering hotel, but trying to get guests to spread out so not everyone is at the same park on the same day, especially for the usual EMH. If you think about it, on days when Epcot’s EMH are in effect, that means all four parks will have magic hours for guests to enjoy. That. Is. Huge. Also, it will most likely help thin out the crowds.

Photo of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
Image: Courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

Now, regarding the schedule for EEMH this fall, here are the dates and times to remember:

*Hollywood Studios: Daily from Sept. 1-Nov. 2 from 6-9 a.m. These hours include Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Toy Story Land attractions, and other select other attractions. IMPORTANT: on Aug. 29-31, the park will open at 6 a.m. for ALL guests and EEMH will not apply.

*Animal Kingdom: Daily from Aug. 29-Nov. 2 from 7-8 a.m. These hours include Pandora —The World of Avatar and other attractions across the park.

*Magic Kingdom: Daily from Aug. 29-Nov. 2 from 7-8 a.m. These hours include favorite attractions only in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.

Oh, and one more tip before I bid you farewell:

  • Never rope drop (for more on that term, click here) on days that have either EMH or EEMH. There is no point, especially because anyone who has access to the hours will already be inside the park, meaning lines have already formed.

And there you have it. That’s what Extra Magic Hours are all about. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment, email me, or message me on social media!

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