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Extra Magic Hours - When to Use and When to Avoid

by Mommy Frog on October 9, 2019 346

Extra Magic Hours - PinterestAs 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 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.

What Are Extra Magic Hours?

Extra Magic Hours are extended theme park hours available to Disney World Resort hotel guests and some non-Disney hotel guests. 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 (often your hotel key) when entering the EMH park, while Disney Resort guests will simply tap their MagicBand/RFID ticket at the park entrance 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 period! 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 Transportation & Ticket 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 and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge 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 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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Nov 20, 2019 at 9:03 p.m. Cory Says...

Hello!

We'll be going 6 people but only 4 of us are staying at a Disney hotel. Do you know if they will let us all in for EMH? We all have the same last name

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Nov 20, 2019 at 3:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cory!

Unfortunately, only those staying at a Disney Resort hotel will be eligible to attend EMH (they'll scan your MagicBands for entry, which also serve as your room key).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 7, 2019 at 4:37 a.m. Kelly Rodriguez Says...

Hello!

First timers here! We are planning our Disney Trip for 11/22 to 11\25. Would you recommend hitting up EMH each morning of those says. Literally planned this tripped in 3 weeks and just got our tickets. Our fast pass selections were not that great as all the popular rides were taken. What would you recommend getting to the parks early for emh or hitting up a different park that doesn’t have emh ?

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Nov 7, 2019 at 4:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly!

Since it's a busy time, we'd definitely hop to the parks for EMH on the mornings when you think you'll be up early enough! We'd aim to get to the parks about 30-45 minutes before EMH starts (sometimes they let you in a little early, especially around peak times ;) ) Once you're done, you can pop back for a nap or hop to another park for your FastPasses when the crowds have picked up. Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 30, 2019 at 7:54 p.m. Sara Says...

Hello!

Are crowds still lower in the mornings at parks with EMH in the evenings? We plan on going to Magic Kingdom rope drop with a family of 10 on a day there are evening EMH and wondering if the crowds will still be lower than other times of day since there EMH that day. We are going the second week of June and have lots of little ones so wanting to avoid the largest crowds and get in a few rides without fast passes in the early morning. Then use up our fast passes before a mid day break.

Thanks for the help!

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Oct 30, 2019 at 2:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara!

They sure are! Like you mentioned, with evening EMH, crowds will start to pick up late afternoon, so morning is still the time when the crowds will be the lowest. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 29, 2019 at 4:12 p.m. Raquel Says...

Hi there, we will be visiting WDW next February, we are staying at a Disney Resort and plan to visit one park per day on Feb 22,23, 25 and 26. Which park do you recommend for each day?

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Oct 29, 2019 at 2:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Raquel!

We'd recommend hopping to the park that is hosting Extra Magic Hours that day if you can - which means Animal Kingdom on the 22, Hollywood Studios on the 23, Epcot on the 25, and Magic Kingdom on the 26. If you don't think you'll be up early enough to take advantage of EMH, we'd advise the opposite and say avoid the parks that are hosting EMH; you can also check our Crowd Calendar, where hours and park recs are listed for each day of your trip. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 25, 2019 at 11:56 p.m. Nick Says...

Hi,

We are traveling down in a few weeks and are staying off site. Is it worth getting to the park for EMH, as I’m under the impression we wouldn’t be able to ride any attractions? What would be the benefit of getting there for EMH? Thanks!

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Oct 28, 2019 at 12:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nick!

We'd actually suggest hitting the park that isn't holding EMH that day if you're able, so that you can enter a park that is, in theory, completely empty! If you were to hop there for EMH, you'd be ushered towards the rope drop crowd, who won't be able to fully enter the park until the park's official opening time. Getting there early allows you to park, get through security and the turnstiles and wait in the holding area until you're released (it's our favorite time to grab some coffee!). While it definitely pays to hop to the parks early, an hour early is plenty. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 22, 2019 at 10:55 p.m. Danielle Says...

I love reading all your articles on Disney planning. We are going 11/17-11/21/19. I see emh for Epcot at night 11/19/19 9pm-11pm and Magic kingdom 11/2019 night for 9-11pm. Do you recommend hopping to the park for these emh? Can we still use Disney transportation that late?

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Oct 23, 2019 at 9:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danielle!

We sure do - we love Extra Magic Hours! Disney transportation is available an hour after official park closing (even on EMH nights), so it will be available to you. If you are staying at a resort that offers transportation by boat, you'll want to double-check, as sometimes the only boats running after late park closures are to the Ticket and Transportation Center, in which case you'd need to hop on a bus ... just good to know ahead of time! :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 10, 2019 at 5:23 p.m. Frank Says...

Hi! I am going for a short trip and leave to go back home October 31.. my flight is not until 12 noon and I am a pass holder. I am staying at a Disney springs resort and I am thinking about attending EMH in the morning at either Epcot or magic kingdom.. I only have until 10am before I have to Uber back to the airport.. which one would you recommend For such a short period of time ? Thank you !

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Oct 10, 2019 at 12:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Frank!

This largely depends on your likes and dislikes, as well as what you'd been able to tackle during the rest of your trip, but if it were us, we'd hop over to Magic Kingdom and try to hit some of the Mountains before we had to head back (plus, maybe a breakfast treat with some coffee on your walk in at Main Street Bakery?). Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 2, 2019 at 2:29 p.m. Ashley Says...

This information was very helpful. I previously avoided the parks where they had the early extra magic hours because I felt that's where the majority of people flock. However we are going December 14-18 and am debating currently which parks to go to and when. There is an emh at Hollywood studios and now I think it's crucial to do to be able to get toy story or star wars. There is also one at animal kingdom which I think would be good for Everest a few times before park gets busy. My question is do you still think you would avoid at this time? and if not, we would try to get there at 7:30 but do buses leave Saratoga springs/any resort before 7:30? or do they run buses an hour before opening? Thanks in advance!!!

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Oct 2, 2019 at 2:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley!

We are so hoppy to hear it! Thanks for taking the time to share with us. Yes, during busy times, we definitely recommend utilizing Extra Magic Hours if you're able! Be sure to get there early, as sometimes you're able to get in early :) The buses run an hour before Extra Magic Hours begin at all of the resorts, so we'd either count on the buses or schedule a ride share service ahead of time. Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 30, 2019 at 4:25 p.m. Taylor Says...

Hi! I am going to Hollywood studios extra magic hours in about two weeks starting at 6am. What time should we arrive to the park? 1 hour before 6am? 30 min before? or right at 6am?

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Oct 1, 2019 at 4:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Taylor!

Half an hour before should be perfect! Have fun.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 29, 2019 at 10:36 p.m. BexG Says...

Hi

We were thinking of booking a Disney hotel for a number of nights then possibly moving to a villa. If we book direct with Disney then the only park tickets it will let us book are the UK 14 nights for the price of 7. With undercover tourist we can book 2 or 3 day passes which is all we think we will need as we want to chill on the other days (we have visited numerous times previously). Can we access EMH on any of the days/nights we are booked in the Disney hotel if our park tickets were not booked direct with Disney, ie from an external operator such as UT? Thanks

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Sep 30, 2019 at 9:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

As long as you're staying at a Disney World Resort hotel, you'll be able to hop to Extra Magic Hours (regardless of where/how your hotel or tickets were booked). Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 29, 2019 at 8:14 p.m. Gary Bartram Says...

Can you use magic hours on the day you are due to check in to the hotel?

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Sep 30, 2019 at 9:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gary,

You sure can! Enjoy.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 29, 2019 at 5:59 a.m. Jen N Says...

Hi! We're visiting 12/5-7, staying at the Dolphin (so have access to EMH) and have 3-day park hopper tix. Kids ages 12, 9, and 5 in tow. I realize that the new Star Wars ride opens on the 5th--we're not big SW fans (or Avatar for that matter). So, which order of parks would you do if we are game hitting EMH if it makes sense. Thanks!

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Sep 30, 2019 at 12:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen!

We recommend hitting the parks offering Extra Magic Hours if you're up for using them! In order, that would mean Epcot on the 5th, Magic Kingdom on the 6th and Animal Kingdom on the 7th. If you have Park Hoppers, you can always hop to another park once you've had your fill in these parks! On Epcot day, we'd recommend hopping back over to Hollywood Studios since it's in close proximity so that the kiddos can check out Toy Story Land. We think you'll end up spending most of your day in Magic Kingdom, but if you feel like hopping, we'd suggest hopping to Animal Kingdom to tackle a few rides and maybe take a night safari. On Animal Kingdom day, we'd suggest hopping wherever you may have missed a ride or would like a second turn before you leave (which for us, is always Magic Kingdom!). The hopping portion is definitely a little more flexible :) Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 24, 2019 at 2:27 p.m. Chris Bosken Says...

For hotels like Swan & Dolphin, what is "a valid resort ID when entering the EMH park"? In practice how does this actually work? is it a printed piece of paper from the hotel with the guests name on it?

Is it any different for something like the B resort than the Dolphin?

Thanks!

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Sep 24, 2019 at 10:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

When we stayed at Swan Dolphin, we just presented our room key; we'd assume this is largely the same for all resorts, though we know that a couple also issue paper credentials in the past, so be sure to check with the front desk!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 24, 2019 at 1:50 a.m. Rachel Says...

Hi, thanks for all of this great information. We are new to the Disney parks so this precise planning is a little overwhelming:) We are arriving on Sunday 11/24 and checking out Wednesday, 11/27, staying at the resort. I checked and found that the magic kingdom has EMH on our checkout day that are still eligible! Would you recommend sticking with the EMH schedule for all parks? 11/24 Hollywood, 11/25 Anjmal Kingdom, 11/26 Epcot and 11/27 Magic Kingdom? Thanks so much!

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Sep 24, 2019 at 8:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel!

We are just hoppy to help! Thanks for hopping by! Yes, since it's a busy time, we definitely recommend hopping to the parks that are offering Extra Magic Hours during your trip! Be sure to get there at least a half an hour before EMH begins. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 22, 2019 at 5:44 p.m. Emrist Mustin Says...

Disney first timers for myself, husband, and 4 yr old daughter. In park days will be 12/26 and 12/27. We plan to do one park a day and go to magic kingdom and Epcot. Should we go to the park with extra morning hours or go to the park without the extra hours to avoid larger crowds? From what I have read they will all be busy around this time but just wanted your opinion. Thanks

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Sep 23, 2019 at 8:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emrist!

The parks will all be very busy during this time, so we recommend hopping to the parks with EMH on those days to try to get a (frog) leg up on the crowds if you're staying on-site (and to avoid any capacity closures). Be sure to arrive about a half an hour to an hour before EMH begins, as sometimes they start admitting folks early! Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 16, 2019 at 6:42 p.m. Beth Says...

We will be at the parks Dec. 27-30, with our 2 daughters, 18 & 24. This is our first visit for all of us. We are staying on property, and want to visit one park per day. Any suggestions on what order to visit the parks?

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Sep 17, 2019 at 1:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beth!

Since it's going to be a busy time of year, we recommend heading to the parks that are offering Extra Magic Hours each day to get a leg up on crowds (be sure to get there before EMH officially starts as they sometimes let folks in early, especially during busy times); hop there for low wait times and schedule FastPasses for when the park is officially opened if you plan on staying for a while. During low-medium crowds, we often recommend hitting Extra Magic Hours, hopping back to the hotel for a nap, a swim or some lunch, then scheduling your FastPasses for the afternoon when you return, but during the busiest time of the year, the parks can sometimes hit capacity, so keep in mind that things may pick up while you're gone if you go this route and have a plan B. In order, we recommend Magic Kingdom (27), Epcot (28, though no EMH), Hollywood Studios (29) and Animal Kingdom (30). Have a fantastic time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 12, 2019 at 12:06 a.m. Lisa Says...

Hello, we are visiting Disney Friday, January 3, 2020 through Friday, January 10, 2020. We are thinking the parks are not going to be busy those days. Do you think it’s necessary to do the rope drop for Hollywood studios for Star Wars?

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Sep 12, 2019 at 8:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa!

Crowds will still largely be around from the holidays, and will begin to wane on the 7th (taking crowds from a 9 to a 6, according to our Crowd Calendars). We'd definitely suggest rope dropping for Hollywood Studios to try to get a (frog) leg up on the crowds!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 11, 2019 at 12:47 p.m. Bryan Says...

Hello, We will be visiting next month during the "extra" extra magic hours but are staying at a non EMH resort. A top priority for our 4 yr old is to participate in Jedi training, but I am concerned that with the EMH starting at 6am the slots will be full by the time we can get into the park. Is early entry allowed for the purposes of signing up for Jedi training only for non-EMH folk?

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Sep 11, 2019 at 9:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bryan!

Unfortunately, Extra Extra Hours are only available for those staying at participating resorts (even to sign up for Jedi Training). Our suggestion would be to get there an hour prior to regular park opening and to hop straight back at rope drop to see about getting him signed up. Good luck!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 2, 2019 at 6:02 p.m. Kim Says...

Hi, we will be staying off site but will be visiting Animal Kingdom on a EMH day. Do you suggest we get to the park early to get in, and if so, what time?

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Sep 3, 2019 at 8:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim!

We'd suggest getting there about an hour before official park opening.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 26, 2019 at 9:58 p.m. Bart Says...

Hi, if a park has morning extra magic hours is it still busier than normal later on in the evenings? Wondering if people might tire out a bit earlier but not sure if that would offset the additional people showing up in the first place?

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Aug 27, 2019 at 9:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bart!

Generally, parks tend to taper off a little later in the afternoon in terms of attendance when there's been Extra Magic Hours in the morning. The exception is during busy times such as Thanksgiving or Christmas, or this fall with Galaxy's Edge opening.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 22, 2019 at 10:41 p.m. Glenn Says...

I have seen comments that you can use morning emh before going to the hotel using online check in. Can you do anything similar when staying at the Disney springs offsite hotels. Check in is at 3pm on the 10th of oct but want to go to emh at Hollywood studios at 6am in the 10th.

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Aug 23, 2019 at 8:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Glenn!

If you're staying on-site at a Disney Resort hotel, that's correct! You'll scan your MagicBand to enter the park during EMH, which then electronically is linked to your hotel room. However, when you're staying off-site, you'll need a credential (which is usually your room key) to get in. You'll need to head to the check-in desk before hopping to the park. You should still be able to get into EMH - you'll just need some sort of credential to verify that you're staying at the hotel to gain admittance to EMH.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 10, 2019 at 2:21 p.m. KDofChap Says...

Hi, if I purchase tickets to stay in a wdw resort for 1 week but then also purchase the 2 week unlimited Disney ticket that is available in the uk will extra magic hours be available for the full 2 weeks or just the one I’m on resort? Thanks, K

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Aug 12, 2019 at 8:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Extra Magic Hours are unfortunately only available during the your stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 29, 2019 at 3:26 p.m. Alex Says...

Hi!

Wish day do you think could be less crowded and time worthy?

a. Magic Kingdom on December 3rd?

b. Magic Kingdom on December 4th?

c. MVMCP on December 3rd?

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Jul 29, 2019 at 1:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alex!

According to our Crowd Calendar, both the 3rd and the 4th look to be great days to head to Magic Kingdom! If you head to MK on a party day, be prepared for it to close a little early. As far as which is most worth your time, that depends on the experience you're looking for :) Take a peek at our Guide to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party to see which rides are open and exactly what's in store so that you can determine whether you'd like the "traditional" MK holiday experience or would prefer a few extras! Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 29, 2019 at 3:09 p.m. David Knollman Says...

We are visiting FLorida between october 19th - Nov 3rd and ALL days have EMH but we are staying off site in a VIlla. What would you recommend we do to get around everything? We've been 4 times before and always managed to get everything done but with Avatar and Galaxy's edge I'm very worried as we are from the UK and want to maximise time. Should we go in early during EMH and suss things out on site and hopefully get a heads up on what to do?

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Jul 30, 2019 at 9:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David!

If you're staying off-site, you unfortunately may not have access to Extra Magic Hours. Be sure to check the fine print! We'd suggest booking your three FastPasses in advance and strategizing by which rides are your priority (and sometimes, rope dropping a park and heading to the second most busy ride is the way to do it - i.e., hop to Everest instead of Avatar, or Space Mountain instead of Mine Train). Don't forget to refresh the app as you look for your additional in-park FastPass reservations, as cancellations do hoppen! If you do have access to Extra Magic Hours, certainly take advantage of those for the most in-demand rides (and get there before it officially opens, as they've been known to open a few minutes early to give folks a jump on things!) Be sure to check out our Crowd Calendar so that you know when Magic Kingdom is closing early for parties, and to see expected crowds and recommended parks. We definitely recommend planning in advance, but do leave a little wiggle room for a plan B just in case.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 23, 2019 at 7:18 p.m. Shannon Says...

Hi,

We're staying 4th to 18th December and are thinking about booking a couple of nights at Wyndham Lake Buena Vista, will EMH be available in Decmber?

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Jul 24, 2019 at 12:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon!

Wyndham Lake Buena Vista's website lists the EMH available through 2019, so this should be included in your December stay. Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 23, 2019 at 4:47 p.m. Heather Says...

Hi!

We will be staying on property 12/14-12/20 with 4 day base tickets(ie nonpark hopper). Since both rides for Galaxy's Edge will be open by then, are we better off rope dropping H.S. on Sunday(extra magic am) or Monday? We very much want to do both Star Wars rides, and we're a family of 4 so we know we will need to rope drop, we just weren't sure which day would be better since we can't park hop. Thank you!

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Jul 23, 2019 at 3:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather!

We'd rope drop EMH day so that you'll have less crowds/lower lines for Galaxy's Edge. Be sure to get there an hour before the EMH starts if you can, as sometimes they might open things up a little early!

Hoppy planning!

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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Oct 2, 2019 at 11:28 a.m. Jane Witkowski Says...

Hi! Did you ever find out if Wyndham Bonnet Creek has Extra Magic Hours? We'll be staying there and at Wyndham Reunion later this month.

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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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