Extra Magic Hours - When to Use & When to Avoid

by Mommy Frog on May 9, 2019 293

Hoppin' Good News: Walt Disney World is offering extra Extra Magic Hours every morning in September and October 2019. No doubt this is in anticipation of the additional guests that will be coming when Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens at Disney's Hollywood Studios on Aug. 29, 2019. 

Here are the details for the extra Extra Magic Hours in fall 2019: 

  • Disney's Hollywood Studios - 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. daily. It includes Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and Toy Story Land. (Please note that Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and its experiences are subject to capacity.)
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom - 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. daily. It includes Pandora — the World of Avatar and other attractions throughout the park.
  • Magic Kingdom - 7 a.m.  to 8 a.m. daily. It includes favorites in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. 

These benefits are available to all on-site Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests as well as guests of Walt Disney World Swan Hotel, Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, Shades of Green Resort, Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels, Four Seasons Resort, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

As you hop deeper and deeper into your Walt Disney World vacation planning, you may see the phrase Extra Magic Hours, or EMH, pop up. This is just one of many new Disney terms that is hopful to learn about. Extra Magic Hours are especially important because they have a big impact on park guests.

If you think Extra Magic Hours strictly apply to Disney Resort guests, you are only partially correct. They are only available to Disney Resort hotel guests, but Extra Magic Hours affect all park-goers. This post lays out what they are, how they impact crowd levels, when we recommend using them and when you should avoid the park that has them.

When to Use Extra Magic Hours - Magic Kingdom entrance

What Are Extra Magic Hours?

Extra Magic Hours are extended theme park hours available to Disney resort guests and some non-Disney hotels. On certain days of the week, guests can enter a park one hour earlier or stay in a park up to two hours later than normal park operating hours. The Extra Magic Hours are listed with the regular Disney park hours on our Orlando Crowd Calendar, so you can easily find them. It's worth mentioning that during peak times (and sometimes with the opening of new rides and lands), Disney will add additional Extra Magic Hours to the schedule.

Which Hotels Offer Extra Magic Hours?

All of Disney World's Resorts and Villas offer Extra Magic Hours. Additionally, the following non-Disney hotels offer Extra Magic Hours:

Guests staying at one of the above off-site hotels will need to present a valid resort ID when entering the EMH park, while Disney Resort guests will simply tap their MagicBand/RFID ticket at ride entrances to verify that they are staying on-site. Regular theme park admission is required.

By the way, we offer discounts on hotel rooms at all of these Orlando hotels and more, so you can get a hop on the savings!

How Extra Magic Hours Affect Crowds

When to Use Extra Magic Hours - Epcot

Extra Magic Hours strongly affect crowd levels. Think of it this way ... there are about 30,000 Disney Resort hotel rooms. That total doesn't even include non-Disney hotels that offer Extra Magic Hours. Since most people don't travel alone, that's A LOT of people. And while resort guests don't have to head to the park with Extra Magic Hours, many of them think that is where they are supposed to go, even if they don't actually visit during the EMH! This makes the park more congested during regular Disney park hours. This is why for most park visitors, we think it's best to avoid the park with Extra Magic Hours, but we hop through all of the scenarios below!

When Resort Guests Should Use Extra Magic Hours

When to Use Extra Magic Hours - Hollywood Studios entrance

ONLY if you intend to visit during EMH. There is no benefit for showing up to a park with EMH if you don't actually attend during Extra Magic Hours. And don't froget, it takes time to get to the parks, especially Magic Kingdom. Allow enough time to get to the park, whether you are using Disney transportation or driving and parking at the Ticket & Transportation Center. Keep in mind that evening Extra Magic Hours, especially those earlier in the evening (say, 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. vs. midnight to 2 a.m.), tend to attract more crowds than morning Extra Magic Hours.

If you are park hopping. In this situation, you can go to the park with EMH during those hours and spend the other part of the day at a less crowded park. Example: Epcot has evening Extra Magic Hours from 9 p.m. until 11 p.m. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a recommended park that day. Go to Disney’s Hollywood Studios during normal park hours, then hop to Epcot that evening during EMH.

When to Use Extra Magic Hours - Space Mountain

If you have a Disney Theme Park Base Ticket and the overall crowd level is low. Example: The overall resort crowd level is a 4. Magic Kingdom has morning EMH from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. You can take advantage of the extra hour that morning for popular rides such as Peter Pan's FlightSpace Mountain and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Be sure to use FastPass+ for any other must-do attractions that you don't think you'll get to in the morning such as Splash Mountain.

If you are visiting during (or within the first couple of months after) a major ride or land opening and there are special EMH. During the opening of Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom and Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios, there were additional Extra Magic Hours for resort guests. These were the best way to experience all of the new rides in these lands without waiting several hours. (Because of the tier system in these examples, even if you were able to get FastPass+, it would have only been for one of the new rides.)

When to Avoid the Park with Extra Magic Hours

If you are not staying at a Disney Resort or hotel offering EMH. Since you won't be able to go on any rides during Extra Magic Hours, we recommend avoiding the park that has them. There are a few exceptions, which we'll discuss below.

If you are staying at a Disney Resort or EMH hotel, you have a Disney Theme Park Base Ticket and the overall crowd level is high. In our opinion, the extra hour isn't worth dealing with the bigger crowds brought on by Extra Magic Hours. Unless you have Advanced Dining Reservations at the park with Extra Magic Hours, we recommend choosing another park to visit that day.

When Off-Site Hotel Guests Should Visit a Park with Extra Magic Hours

There are Extra Magic Hours on every day of your visit. As mentioned above, during the busiest times of the year, even more Extra Magic Hours are added to the parks as a perk for on-site guests. During peak season, it's impossible to avoid Extra Magic Hours. For example, during the week of Christmas and New Year's Day, there are typically EMHs every day at the Magic Kingdom.

During these times, it's especially good to have a solid park plan and use your FastPass+ selections wisely. Your best bet is to be at the park entrance before it opens when crowd levels are still at their lowest. If you have park hoppers, this is less of a problem. Spend the morning at Magic Kingdom and then hop to another park that doesn't have evening Extra Magic Hours in the afternoon.

There is special entertainment at a park with EMH. This happens most frequently during the least busy times of year and often affects Magic Kingdom. This is not currently a factor since there is not currently an evening parade at Magic Kingdom, but in the past there were days when the Magic Kingdom evening parade would sometimes only be scheduled on days with Extra Magic Hours. In this case, your plan of attack should again be arriving when the park opens if you have Disney Theme Park Base tickets. If you have park hoppers, you can spend your day in another park and hop over for the nighttime entertainment an hour or so before it starts.

Want more advice about using Extra Magic Hours? Share your questions below! And for those of you who are park regulars, do you take advantage of Extra Magic Hours or avoid the park that has them? For more tips, check out our What to Do in Orlando page inside the Orlando Planning Timeline!

Related: Disney FastPass+ FAQs and Strategies

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Jul 10, 2019 at 2:45 p.m. Angelina Says...

Hi! We're going to Orlando Aug 3-7th. We'll be staying at a off site resort that's not Disney and then on the last day we will be at Shades of Green (Disney Resort). We want to take advantage of the Magic Hours for the Magic Kingdom on 8/5/19, but will not be at Shades of Green that day. Is it possible to take advantage of the magic hours on a day we're not at a disney resort? Or would I have t be checked into Shades of Green on the day we plan to go to the Magic Kingdom to take advantage of the extra hours? We're only doing the one park for one day and I wanted to make the most out of it! My daughter is autistic and wants to only ride Peter Pan, but I'm sure she'll get on others, but I wanted to go with less crowds and lines. So the extra hours would be ideal if we needed to head out of the park to regroup due to sensory overload.

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Jul 10, 2019 at 1:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angelina!

Extra Magic Hours are only available on the days that you're staying at the eligible resort, unfortunately, so you'd need to be at Shades of Green the day you'd like to head into the parks early.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 6, 2019 at 1:02 p.m. Cindy Says...

I am visiting WDW September 2nd thru 6th of 2019. Considering the opening of Star Wars Land, do you think all of the parks will be wall to wall crowds? Or do you think it will be mainly Hollywood Studios?

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Jul 8, 2019 at 1:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cindy!

We don't anticipate things being wall to wall packed, but expect significant crowds, especially in Hollywood Studios. Take advantage of the Extra, Extra Magic Hours being offered if you're staying on-site, and be sure to reserve your FastPasses!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 2, 2019 at 8:08 a.m. Wolfs Says...

Hi there! I’m sorry if this has already been asked in some fashion or another... my husband and I will be at WDW for a few days in August, then moving a Universal hotel. During our days at Universal there is a crowd level ONE at Disney!! This seems too good to pass up, so we would like to return and visit our favorite park one more time... Epcot. On that day there are extra magic hours in the evening. I am wondering if the World Showcase is open during EMH and if a non-resort guest can stay in the park for EMH to continue snacking and drinking? I know we can’t ride on rides or anything, but if we are just meandering around is that permissible? Thank you!!

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Jul 2, 2019 at 12:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

This is a great question, Wolfs! It's our understanding that for evening Extra Magic Hours, you'll only need to scan your bands if you're riding an attraction or seeing a show to verify that you're a hotel guest. In that regard, our guess is that you'd be able to stay in Epcot without issue a little later since you'll just be snacking and drinking. Let us know how it goes!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 13, 2019 at 2:41 a.m. Becky Says...

WDW 9/30-10/6 all adults staying at Animal Kingdom Villas and have 5 day parkhopper passes. First trip for half of our group. I haven't been there since 2007. Torn as to what to do. Initially thought Epcot 10/1 as it has EMH until 11pm but I purchased a beer seminar for 10/3 at 430 so will have to be back at Epcot at least until 6pm (two others in the group want to see the 530 concert with Taylor Dayne). Would it be better to forgo Epcot on 10/1 and just go 10/3 or try to park hop 10/3?

Possible itinerary as of now....

10/1 Epcot

10/2 HS (unless they are not doing FANTASIA)

10/3 MK (with hop to Epcot and possible hop to HS if no Fantasia on 10/2)

10/4 AK

10/5 morning at whichever park we want to revisit/evening at MK (dinner at BOG)

Is there an easier or better way to do this?? Thanks for any guidance.

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Jun 13, 2019 at 12:14 a.m. Judy Says...

I’m planning to go during Sept 1-7. I see magic hours are everyday for Hollywood so I was thinking I would have to stay in a Disney hotel to even see Star Wars. If I stay one night do I get access for both the check in date and check out date? Or is it just for the check out date?

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Jun 18, 2019 at 12:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Judy,

Yes, you would have access to EMH on both check-in and check-out days.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 7, 2019 at 3:44 a.m. Jessica Says...

We're staying at B Resort near Disney Springs that offers EMH for 1 night in late September. Can we take advantage of EMH on the day we check in if it's morning EMH and check in is not until 4 pm?

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Jul 11, 2019 at 8:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica!

You sure can! You'll just need to stop by the hotel first. If your room isn't available for check in, the front desk will have a special EMH ticket to show that you're a hotel guest that you will present along with your valid park admission to take advantage of EMH. Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 3, 2019 at 12:20 p.m. Meaghan Says...

We are staying at an off site hotel- Holiday Inn Waterpark - and plan to be going July2-7. We plan on going to MK on July 3 and I am a little confused about the EMH- is there a way to purchase this since we are staying at an off site hotel? Or during that time (since it is a holiday week) everyone would be able to get in?

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Jun 3, 2019 at 2:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Meaghan!

Unfortunately, Extra Magic Hours is a benefit only offered to Disney Resort hotel guests, or select other partner hotels. It can't be purchased separately. You'll be able to see on our Crowd Calendar which park is offering EMH on which day so that you can plan accordingly. Have a frogtastic trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 31, 2019 at 6:33 p.m. Disha Verma Says...

Hi

We are visiting from 25th june 2019 to 1st July 2019. Do you think its a wise idea to book a hotel that offers magic hours and fast pass plus or it doesnt matter.

Could you also please explain the benefits of Fast pass plus?

Thanks

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May 31, 2019 at 2:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Disha!

It really just depends on how you'd like to vacation! FastPass+ reservations are available to any guests, not just those staying on Disney property. If you think your family will be up for hitting the parks early in the morning or late in the evening for some of the high-demand attractions like Slinky Dog Dash or Flight of Passage, Extra Magic Hours may be a good benefit for you - and unlike FastPass+ reservations, Extra Magic Hours are reserved for Disney Resort hotel guests (and a few select partner hotels). If you are staying on-site, you have access to book your FastPasses at the 60 day mark, where as if you are staying off-site, you can start booking your FastPass reservations 30 days out from your vacation. These benefits are good for families who are looking to hit lots of attractions with little lines. FastPass+ essentially lets you skip the line, which is SO nice, especially in the summer when you're facing long lines and big crowds, along with the heat!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 26, 2019 at 4:25 p.m. Rebecca Greenlee Says...

Some sites say Wyndham Bonnet Creek has extra magic hrs and is a Disney Gateway resort. Is this true? Or is it just Wyndham Buena vista? Thanks°

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May 28, 2019 at 1:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca!

According to Disney World's site, only Wyndham Buena Vista offers Extra Magic Hours, as it's considered a Disney Springs hotel. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 24, 2019 at 3:05 a.m. Lilac Says...

I was told today by a Disney cast member that the Wyndham Bonnet Creek now does offer extra magic hours and 60-day fast passes. I asked if she could point me somewhere "official" on the Disney website or Wyndham website that confirms that, and she said it's been added recently, so they probably haven't been able to update the site. I was skeptical and asked her again to confirm that she's talking about the Wyndham Bonnet Creek and not the Wyndham Grand Resort Bonnet Creek, and she assured me that she found it in her internal system.

Honestly I'm still skeptical, but I'll continue to try to track this info down. If it's true, it's a great deal!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 4:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thanks so much for letting us know, Lilac! We will keep our eyes open, as well :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 23, 2019 at 1:09 p.m. Darlene Says...

I will be going to Magic Kingdom next Wednesday, May 29. We will be driving,so therefore parking in the lot. Does magic kingdom have its own parking area or do we have to catch a monorail or other transportation to get to Magic Kingdom? Thank you

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May 23, 2019 at 8:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Darlene!

Magic Kingdom does have its own parking lot, but once you've parked, you'll need to take either the monorail or a boat to the entrance.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 16, 2019 at 3:21 a.m. Summer Faulk Says...

We planned a trip in mid September to escape the crowds but now have concerns because of Star Wars Land. We also planned on avoiding parks with EMHs during that time. What strategy do you suggest now that the extra EMH is all month long? Thank You for the advice!!!

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May 15, 2019 at 11:17 p.m. Ed Says...

Went to AK in March, got to gate 20 minutes before EMH hours, only to find park already open. Hustled over to Flight of Passage only to find 2-hour wait. Was later told by several separate cast members that "Oh, we will open before posted time if there are many people waiting." Apparently they opened 30 minutes before posted EMH hours. Great for the earliest birds, but bad news for long-time DVC members who never were told of this unpublicized policy.

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May 15, 2019 at 5:42 p.m. Marie Hanley Says...

We will be staying off site and are going 22-26Nov to WDW, and have park hopper tickets and we don’t know (yet) which parks will have EMH’s. Your general guidance is either avoid park with EMH unless you can’t then if you can’t get there how early? Like 45-60 min before general rope drop? Example park has EMH 8-9 am; otherwise to all other guests park opens at say 9:00 am - would you advise us to be there anyway at 8:00am even though we can’t get in until 9:00 am? Strategies for ADR breakfast to get in otherwise at 8:00 am with EMH folk?

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May 21, 2019 at 12:32 p.m. NC_Dad Says...

If you download the My Disney Experience app, you can see park hours about 6 months out. We are going Nov 14th-24th, and right now the app shows all park hours almost all the way through November.

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May 15, 2019 at 1:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marie!

You are correct; we recommend avoiding the park with EMH if you can unless you're able to take advantage of them. You should be able to see the EMH schedule within a couple of weeks for your trip here. If you do end up needing to visit the EMH park, arriving 30-45 minutes prior to regular rope drop is just fine. You'll be able to schedule your dining reservations 180 days in advance, in which case you can try to nab some dining reservations at the parks for an early breakfast, though these generally only begin about an hour before the park opens to the general public. We recommend hopping on reservations as soon as you're able if that's the route you'd like to go as they fill up quickly! Have a frogtastic trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 15, 2019 at 1:57 p.m. Read Gentry Says...

Was hoping to do Early Morning Magic at both MK and HS for our vacation the first week in Oct 2019. Since they will be doing EMH every day does this mean they won't be offering Early Morning Magic tickets?

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May 15, 2019 at 10:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Read!

October's schedule hasn't been released just yet to confirm, but if we had to guess, we'd expect that Early Morning Magic will only be around through the end of August to make way for the expanded EMH and Galaxy's Edge. We've got our eyes and ears open!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 3, 2019 at 2:48 a.m. Himanshu Says...

Me and my partner are going to Disney from Jun 4-11 with Park Hopper+ tickets. My plan is to visit the parks with EMH everyday (MK on 5th, Epcot 6th, AK, 8th and HS 9th, then 10th again at MK - we will spend 7th in the two water parks).

I have already booked FP's for all these days (and managed to snag all the popular ones other than FOP).

My hope is that I'll be able to hit a few rides (that are not in my FP list) during EMH then cover my FP rides and hop over to another park for the last part of the day (except 5th which we'll spend entirely in MK since it has evening EMH).

I'm also hoping that I'll get enough time on one of these park days to visit the water parks again (although that's probably a pipe dream).

Hopefully with this plan, we can cover majority of the rides (we're both adults with no kids so we'll be skipping a lot of the kid's rides).

Does this plan seem do-able? Is there anything I should change/reconsider?

p.s. We'll be staying at Best Western Lake Buena so we'll be eligible for EMH and the hotel confirmed there will be shuttles for EMH as well)

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May 3, 2019 at 9:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Himanshu!

That sounds like a great plan - exactly what we'd recommend! Have a frogtastic trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 30, 2019 at 2:57 a.m. Ryan Says...

Going for 4 days 5/28-5/31 with park hopper. If we take advantage of EMH on 5/30 @ Epcot and 5/31 @ MK can we feasibly get in a couple rides ( Frozen Ever After/ Fast Track, other Tier 1 ; Mine Train / Space Mtn., other tier 1) and still get to AK and HS respectively? I'd love to be able to get a couple big ticket rides in that we couldn't the first time at those particular parks. Is there a guide somewhere of what is open during the EMH? Thanks so much!!

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Apr 30, 2019 at 8:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ryan!

You can find a guide to which rides are open in the parks during EMH here. Catching a few rides during EMH and hopping to another park - in fact, it's what we recommend! While morning EMH are slated to start an hour before park opening, it is well worth it to get there early, as you'll sometimes be able to get in even earlier than that. With this strategy, make sure you grab your FastPasses for the second park you'd like to hop to :) Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 24, 2019 at 7:40 p.m. Danielle Says...

Staying at a hotel that offers EMH. Can you do early morning EMH at one park and then do eveing EMH at another with a park hopper ticket?

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Apr 24, 2019 at 4:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danielle!

Extra Magic Hours are only held at one park each day, but if you have a Park Hopper, you can start at the park with EMH and hop to another later.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 20, 2019 at 1:14 p.m. Samuel Says...

Hello!

(Day going = 8/16, EMH and MNSSHP, Crowds=6/10) I have read that the MK days are light on days that have a night party. Does this hold true if there is a night party AND EMH? We are not going the party but are thinking about taking advantage of the light early morning/afternoon crowds, if that's the case.

Thanks!!

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Apr 22, 2019 at 1:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Samuel,

With the EMH being added, there will likely be more visitors, but we'd still expect it to be a fairly good day.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 5, 2019 at 6:24 a.m. JC Says...

If we are going to AK on an EMH day and we are non-EMH hotel guests, what time would you recommend for us to get there i.e. should we even bother trying to get there before official opening time? Any chance we can still ride FOP with relatively decent wait time if we get there before regular opening time? It's for this Sat Apr 6.

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Apr 8, 2019 at 8:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi JC!

It's still possible, but you'd have a much better wait time on a non-EMH day, as you won't be entering as some of the EMH folks are still lingering. We went this past Saturday with EMH and waited about 35 minutes to ride (and were half an hour early for EMH). When the park opens, they bump the wait time to somewhere between 60/120 minutes in anticipation for the crowds. We recommend getting to the parks about 45 minutes before rope drop and/or EMH to give ample time to get through security and secure your spot.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 2, 2019 at 3:36 p.m. Franklin Says...

Hi, may I use the EMH on a different day of my stay at a Disney Hotel? Let´s say I go a Disney Hotel on monday, but pretend to use EMH on wednesday.

And, what if I buy tickets to a dealer. Can I still use EMH if staying at a Disney hotel?

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Apr 2, 2019 at 1:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Franklin!

As long as you're staying at a Disney hotel, you'll have access to Extra Magic Hours - no matter where you purchased from. However, you won't be able to hop around on Extra Magic Hours days that you aren't staying at the resort. Because you have to scan your ticket (or Magic Band) associated with the hotel reservation, you'll get an error at the turnstiles if you're trying to enter early on a morning when you aren't permitted.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 26, 2019 at 2:19 a.m. Kishore Kota Says...

I am staying at Hilton Orlando for a day and then to Hampton Inn. Can i use extra magic hours beyond my stay in Hilton ?

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Mar 26, 2019 at 7:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kishore!

Your Extra Magic Hours will only be valid during your stay at the hotel offering the benefit (Hilton Orlando).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 19, 2019 at 7:14 p.m. Jenny Says...

I am wondering if characters are out during EMH at Hollywood Studios? We are planning Toy Story Land for EMH and the kids want to see the characters?

thanks

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Mar 19, 2019 at 4:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny!

Character meet and greets unfortunately don't look to be on the schedule for Hollywood Studios during EMH. However, getting in early would allow you to hop in line earlier than other park-goers!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 12, 2019 at 6:11 p.m. Deborah Says...

Hello! We are staying at a Disney Resort and the days we have the option of going to Magic Kingdom both show crowd levels at 6/10. Do you suggest we go on the day that has EMH or the day without? Both days do not have a check or an exclamation point next to Magic Kingdom. Thank you!

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Mar 12, 2019 at 1:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Deborah!

Are you staying on-site? If you're staying on-site and would like to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours, we highly recommend starting at Magic Kingdom, then moving to a different park if you're looking to park hop. If you aren't staying on-site, or won't be taking advantage of EMH, we'd stay away from the parks that have EMH that day.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 12, 2019 at 9:34 p.m. Deborah Says...

We are staying on site, but not park hopping. We are doing 3 parks, but only one a day. The crowd calendar shows 5/10 for both days we are looking into, and not 6/10, sorry. One day has EMH and the other doesn’t. Which one do you recommend on going?

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Mar 12, 2019 at 4:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Deborah!

If crowd levels are the same, we'd recommend taking advantage of Extra Magic Hours and heading to Magic Kingdom on the EMH day. You may see a few more people staying in the park after EMH, but that EMH does give you a big boost in your morning if you'd like to take advantage of it (and with relatively low crowds to begin with, things should still be pretty manageable). If you aren't interested in EMH (not everyone is an early riser - we understand!), then we'd say to pick a different park that day.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 12, 2019 at 10:15 p.m. Deborah Says...

Thank you!!

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Mar 12, 2019 at 5:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Yes ma'am, hoppy to help! Have a frogtastic trip!

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Mar 4, 2019 at 6:12 p.m. Kathy Says...

Doing EARLY EMH at MK in May... how many rides can a family of 4 typically get on during that first hour? what are the better rides to go towards first?

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Mar 4, 2019 at 1:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathy!

This will vary a little depending on crowds and what you like to do as a family (as well as which rides you decide you want to hit)! We'd say between 3-4 is pretty average, and we'd try to hit anything that's more high-demand that you may not have FastPasses for. Those include rides like Peter Pan, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin (keep in mind the order so you aren't zig-zagging across the park - that time is precious!) It's also a great time to meet characters with little to no wait if you have tadpoles!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 25, 2019 at 3:21 a.m. Jules Says...

We are staying offsite and plan to visit Magic Kingdom on March 22, 2019. We see that there are early morning hours that day at Magic Kingdom. Will there be a rope drop for the early morning hour crowd And another rope drop for the regular opening time? Trying to figure out when we should arrive? If we get there 1 hour before normal opening time (in an early morning hour day) will we be allowed to enter or will non resort guestd have to continue to wait at the turnstiles until 9am?

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Feb 26, 2019 at 9:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jules,

It's likely you would not be allowed in until closer to the official opening time to give EMH guests the full benefits. If you decide to go with Magic Kingdom anyway, then you might only want to be at the gates 15 minutes early (as opposed to an hour). Keep in mind you still need to allow for time to park/arrive at Ticket & Transportation Center and take the monorail or boat to Magic Kingdom.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 18, 2019 at 5:55 a.m. Bridgette Gladin Says...

Can you go to early morning magic hours without a ticket for that day but you are staying on site?

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Feb 19, 2019 at 9:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bridgette!

Extra Magic Hours are completely free if you are staying at a Disney property! Early Morning Magic, however, is a separately ticketed event that will come at an extra cost.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 15, 2019 at 7:46 p.m. sandy Says...

I have a question about the EARLY Morning Magic that you can pay for (a ticketed event). Do those days affect the crowd levels for the rest of the day too?

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Feb 21, 2019 at 2:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandy,

Yes, they do affect crowd levels, but not nearly as much as EMH. If you're not doing the ticketed event and can start in another park that doesn't have EMH, it's probably a good idea.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 7, 2019 at 1:52 p.m. TJ Says...

Hello! We will be going to MK Fri 2/15. We are staying at Coronado Springs. We want to take advantage of the EMH, which appears will be at 8 am. What time would you suggest we arrive at the park? Thank you!

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Feb 7, 2019 at 11:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi TJ!

We'd recommend getting to the park about half an hour early to make it through security and be ready to hop in for your magical day :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 31, 2019 at 1:53 a.m. Jenny Says...

Hi! What would be better, going to MK on a 3/10 crowd day with EMH or a 5/10 crowd day without? We're trying to decide between next week Feb 6 or 7. We are not resort guests and just want to pick the day with the least crowds. Thanks!

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Jan 31, 2019 at 9:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny!

Extra Magic Hour crowds are factored into the crowd calendar each day, so we'd say heading to Magic Kingdom on a 3/10 day with EMH crowds would be the best bet :) Have a frogtastic trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 13, 2019 at 6:57 p.m. Danielle Says...

In looking ahead while planning our October 2019 trip, I'm having to choose between visiting Magic Kingdom on a Monday, but with EMH OR on a Saturday, without EMH. Which would you recommend!?

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Jan 23, 2019 at 4:41 p.m. Nicole Says...

Hello!

Where did you find the EMH info for October 2019?! I am also planning a trip for that time, and can’t find the info anywhere. Thank you!

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Jan 17, 2019 at 8:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danielle,

It would depend on the predicted crowd levels for each day and how big of a jump they are, but given most days are only a day or two of difference in October, I'd probably lean toward Saturday.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 13, 2019 at 12:25 a.m. Jennifer Says...

Hi! Your Crowd Calendar recommends MK as best park to visit on both Sunday March 9 and Tues March 12. Disney's site now list special event hours on both those days from 745-9am. Would you still recommend those as the best park options for that day?

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Jan 17, 2019 at 8:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

I do not see the Disney Early Morning Magic on the 9th, but it is on the 10th, that Sunday. We think those dates are still good for Magic Kingdom!

Keep hopping!

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Jan 1, 2019 at 2:35 a.m. Bennie Says...

We will be staying at the Caribbean Resort 6/29-7/6/19. 2 days will be at Universal. Do we get EMH each day? Do you recommend spending the 4th at Disney or Universal?

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Jan 14, 2019 at 12:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bennie,

As a guest of Caribbean Beach Resort, you'll have the availability to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours for each day of your stay, with valid park admission. How fun that you'll be able to hop over to both Disney World and Universal Orlando! Deciding which park to visit when is impacted by a lot of factors, including your interests, park hours and crowd levels. Take a look at our crowd calendar to see the crowd levels at both parks for your stay, as well as park hours. For 7/6, Universal's Islands of Adventure is our recommended park. Have a frogtastic trip!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 18, 2018 at 6:12 a.m. Brianne Says...

So quick question me and my boyfriend are staying at a hotel one night but have 3 park tickets can we still use the EMH and go on rides and stuff?

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Dec 18, 2018 at 9:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brianne!

You can only take advantage of Extra Magic Hours on the days you are staying at or checking in and out of your hotel.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 16, 2018 at 2:48 a.m. Travis Says...

I was wondering if you feel extra magic hours are really necessary for a trip in late January early February. Are the crowds big enough at that time to require them.

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Dec 27, 2018 at 2:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Travis,

In general, we think you're probably better off going to a park that is not hosting EMH that day. The exception would be Disney's Animal Kingdom for Avatar Flight of Passage and you did not have FastPass+ reservations. We'd suggest visiting that park for morning EMH.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 5, 2018 at 1:58 p.m. Steph Says...

Hi Mommy Frog! It’s my birthday whilst we are staying at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace in March and I would love to see the Magic Kingdom firework and laser show without the stress of crowds etc (we will be in a small group with three small children). Which restaurant would you recommend to dine in for the best view and experience please?? Thanks!

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Dec 5, 2018 at 9:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steph!

We recommend dining at any of the restaurants at the Grand Floridian, Polynesian or Contemporary. Make sure you book a time where you'll be finished before the fireworks start, and then you can watch them outside or from a designated viewing location where they have the music piped in.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 27, 2018 at 8:09 a.m. Chris Says...

Hello, quick question regarding the PM Epcot EMH. Rides aside, will all of the World Showcase “things” (food, shops, etc) be open still, or will they be closing down? So much do to in Epcot, I always tend to run out of time during normal hours. Thanks!

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Nov 27, 2018 at 3:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

Great question. While food booths (festival kitchens, etc.) will likely be closed, most shops and other locations stay open during the EMH :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 25, 2018 at 9:18 p.m. Peter Says...

Please help frog family! 1st time visitor from the UK. Me, wife and 2 froglets aged 7 & 11. Staying on site at Coronado. Have to plan Disney parks from 24/05 to 30/05. I want an itinery that gets 2 visits to MK, one to a water park, 1 AK, 1 HS and 1 EP (& 1 spare day). As the parks are going to be getting busy (8/10) and ive never been before, I dont know whether to visit the parks on EMH days or avoid EMH days completely and just visit the parks as if we were staying offsite without EMH??? So confused!! Only gonna do this once so dont want to get it wrong! Please come up with an itinery for me!

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Nov 27, 2018 at 3:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Peter!

We don't offer personal itineraries, but I have good news for you! You can customize our recommended Park Plans in our Orlando Planning App.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 25, 2018 at 12:40 p.m. Joy Says...

Hi, thank you for your great site and all the helpful tips. We appreciate it! How does EMH work for a family of 6 staying at one of the non-Disney hotels listed above in Disney springs? What will we need or receive from the hotel to enable us to enter during the morning EMH? Thank you!

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Nov 28, 2018 at 10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joy!

Upon check-in, the hotel will provide you with an Extra Magic Hours benefit voucher that you will need, of course, in combination with your park tickets.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 12, 2019 at 3:48 p.m. BH Says...

When checking in do you pick what EXTRA you want (Morning or Night) or do you get both?

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Jan 16, 2019 at 2:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi BH,

You choose whichever ones you want!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 22, 2018 at 8:08 p.m. Priyesh Says...

Hi

I intend to go to Animal Kingdom on 19 Dec. I am staying at an offsite non EMH hotel. I have been unable to FastPass Avatar Flight Of Passage. If I were to arrive at doors opening 9am, do you think the wait would be long? I understands that even though it is not officially EMH on this day for this park I understand some onsite hotel guests could still choose to have this hotel as their EMH in the am?

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Nov 26, 2018 at 9:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Priyesh!

It depends on what day you go. If there ARE Extra Magic Hours for on-site resort guests, the line will be much lengthier by the time you arrive. If the park opens at 9AM for everyone, and you arrive no later than 8AM, you have a good shot at being near the front of the line for Flight of Passage!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 21, 2018 at 4:23 a.m. Rob Says...

We are taking a 3 day trip to Orlando, staying at Saratoga. We have decided to visit 3 parks in a marathon day to celebrte my wifes birthday in January. We have been to WDW numerous times so we are familiar with all the parks. AK has EMH hours starting at 8, but we are wondering if rope drop is actually earlier than 8 or will we be ok to arrive 30 minutes early to be at the front of the line.

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Nov 26, 2018 at 9:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rob!

We recommend arriving about 40 minutes ahead of rope drop time if you want to head towards Flight of Passage ... even on EMH days :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 20, 2018 at 3:10 p.m. Candy Says...

We will be landing at MCO at 5:00pm on July 4th, 2019. We will be staying at the Caribbean resort. We planned to purchase 4 day hopper tickets, which Im guessing will only be available the next 4 days 5th-8th? Will we be able to see any 4th fireworks from that resort since we cant go to a park until the next morning?

Thanks for any information!

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Nov 26, 2018 at 9:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Candy!

While you can see some of the Epcot and Hollywood Studios fireworks from Caribbean Beach, they won't have quite the same effect. We recommend hopping on a dining reservation at the Polynesian, Grand Floridian or Contemporary the evening of the 4th so you can hang around to catch the show from one of their prime viewing locations :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 18, 2018 at 2:42 p.m. Rebecca Says...

We are staying at the Magic Village Yards, a Trademark collection by Wyndham. Is that considered a EMH hotel as it is by Wyndham?

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Oct 19, 2018 at 3:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca!

Unfortunately, only the non-Disney hotels listed in this post are eligible for Extra Magic Hours.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 10, 2018 at 9:02 a.m. Les Says...

I am staying onsite with a check-in date of January 28, 2019. But...my check-in time is not until 4:00pm, and I want to take advantage of the EMH at AK on the morning of the 28th. If I do online check-in (before I actually arrive to officially check-in later that evening), will my MagicBand show that I am an on-site guest and allow me to benefit from the EMH, or do I have to wait until I formally check-in?

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Oct 12, 2018 at 3:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Les!

You're able to use EMH on your day of check-in and check-out with no problems. :) We do recommend doing online check-in, but no need to formally check in to take advantage.

Keep hopping!

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Oct 4, 2018 at 12:54 p.m. Megan Says...

I am new to Disney and we are taking our first trip in April. Can you please direct me to an older post or tell me how EMH's works for families staying on Disney property.

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Oct 5, 2018 at 2:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan!

This post shares all of the ins and outs of Extra Magic Hours. Please let us know what other specific questions you have!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 4, 2018 at 12:03 a.m. Jennifer Says...

Hi! We're heading to Animal Kingdom on 11/3, where the EMH are in the morning. We aren't staying on property, but still want to try to get there as early as possible to ride FOP. I've read all about arriving early to join the queue at Pandora, but is that all a wash due to EMH?

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Oct 4, 2018 at 11:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer!

Unfortunately, arriving at park open won't be nearly as beneficial if EMH are taking place. We would recommend another day!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 3, 2018 at 5:18 a.m. Jason Says...

I just purchased my tickets and hotels with you guys and Hope maybe you can help me out here with planning. This will be our first time to Disney World and we’re being brave (or insane) and will be at Magic Kingdom New Years Eve and we have an 8 day ticket. Park days Dec 31-Jan 7. My main question is the crowd level is all 9/10 for my days but some park days have a green check when others are red exclamation EMH days. We are hoping to be able to take advantage of the early morning EMH but on a few days the EMH are red exclamation when other parks on that day have a green check. How much will the crowd level being at 9 make a difference for the parks with green checks compared to EMH with red exclamation. Hope this made sense. Any advice would be welcomed. Sorry for the length. Below is my tentative schedule.

Dec 31, 2018 MON ! Magic Kingdom (9am-12am)

Jan 1, 2019 TUE Animal Kingdom (9am-8pm)

Jan 2, 2019 WED Hollywood Studio (9am-8pm)

Jan 3, 2019 TH Epcot (EMH 8am-9am)

Jan 4, 2019 FRI ! Magic Kingdom (EMH 8am-9am)

Jan 5, 2019 SAT. Animal Kingdom (EMH 8am-9am)

Jan 6, 2019 SUN. ! Hollywood Studio (EMH 8am-9am)

Jan 7, 2019 MON. Epcot (EMH 8am-9am)

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Oct 5, 2018 at 12:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jason!

Even if a Crowd Level of 9 is listed, a green check mark means we expect those parks to be slightly less busy than the others, and a red exclamation mark meaning we expect those parks to be the busiest. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 1, 2018 at 3:44 p.m. Francisco Says...

I will be going to Orlando for 6 days (4 days for DW parks without park-hopper) and 2 for Universal. I will be going from Feb 12 2019 to Feb 17 2019. I was thinking about taking the morning EMH disney parks, and that left me with my first 2 days with Universal Parks. Would you agree with this planning? Thanks!

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Oct 1, 2018 at 9:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Francisco!

That sounds like an awesome plan to us!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 1, 2018 at 7:05 a.m. Sean Says...

Since we have a one day park hopper, can we pay for parking on the day at MK and use that to get into Epcot parking?

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Oct 1, 2018 at 10:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sean!

Yep, just keep the receipt :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 28, 2018 at 1:56 p.m. Sam Says...

Hello! We will be visiting during the last week of January 2019. All dates have crowd level of 3.

1/28 - Animal Kingdom AM EMH

1/29 - rest, enjoy resort.

1/30 - Magic Kingdom PM EMH

1/31 - Epcot AM EMH

3 Adults and 1 Two Years Old Boy. Plan on napping at 1PM-4PMish Daily back at resort. Should we take advantage of EMH when during those time. I am thinking of switching to

1/28 - Animal Kingdom AM EMH

1/29 - rest, enjoy resort.

1/30 - Epcot normal hours.

1/31 - Magic Kingdom (Have Be Our Guest Breakfast at 8AM before park open) MK may be less crowded since night before is PM EMH, resort guests will be at the other parks.

Thank you!

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Oct 2, 2018 at 12:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sam!

Honestly, these both sounds like great plans to us. It totally depends on which parks, meals and activities are your top priority :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 11, 2018 at 9:02 p.m. Lindy Says...

I'm staying at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace, will I be able to take advantage of EMH?

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Sep 12, 2018 at 12:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindy!

Yes, this is one of the Disney Springs-area hotels eligible for Extra Magic Hours. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 6, 2018 at 10:37 p.m. Angie Says...

Hi Mommy Frog!

I am planning a 1 day visit to WDW on my birthday in December. I will not be staying on property, but am still planning on staying in Epcot in the evening during an EMH day. EMH are 9:30-11:30 that night. If I am already in the park as a ticket holder that day, can I stay during EMH and just walk around and enjoy the World Showcase (no rides) during that time? Thanks!

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Sep 7, 2018 at 8:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angie!

While we don't encourage it (since EMH are reserved for on-site resort guests) you are able to stay, walk around, eat and drink. You will not be allowed on any attractions, however.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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