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Extra Magic Hours - When to Use and When to Avoid

by Mommy Frog on October 9, 2019 352

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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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!

Leap

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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!

Leap

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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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Sep 6, 2018 at 5 p.m. zoya Says...

is this accurate. i mean if everyone looks at this and plans won't you end up with opposite issue?

also confused with EMH, is it good to go or not for morning EMH? But it's in the red at each park on those days? I'm very confused how to plan

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Sep 4, 2018 at 4:05 p.m. Cathy Noles Says...

So if you are NOT staying on DW property, can we still take advantage of getting into the “Early” extra magic hour ? ( I know we won’t be able to get onto a ride but can we still go into the park during that extra early magic hour)?

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Sep 4, 2018 at 2:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cathy!

If you are not staying at an onsite Disney resort hotel, you will not be able to enter the parks for morning extra magic hours until the park opens for regular guests.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 28, 2018 at 12:24 p.m. Anita Says...

Any tips of visiting the parks Presidents Week? We have 6 full days to visit the parks.

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Aug 28, 2018 at 4:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anita!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts the parks will be pretty busy that week, so be sure to use FastPass+ wisely.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 25, 2018 at 7:03 p.m. Melissa Hershey Says...

We are staying off site, but I have a BOG reservation for 8:35 at MK on an EMH day. I am considering switching days since I don't want to go on an EMH day, but I doubt I can get a BOG reservation for the day. I was thinking at least we could be well into the park by the time it opens for us off site people? How does that work when you have a reservation?

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Aug 28, 2018 at 7:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa!

You must have valid admission to the park for the time of your reservation. If your reservation is at 8:35 a.m. but as an off-site guest, you're not allowed in until 9 a.m., that might be problematic. We'd recommend asking the reservation agent, or waiting until you have full access to the park to be sure.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 20, 2018 at 3:16 p.m. John Says...

I would be staying at Contemporary hotel for one night on 26/9. I realize I can get benefit of EMH on the day of check-in. What about the day of check out? Could we do morning EMH on 27/9 if we have already checked out? What if we do morning EMH then check out immediately after?

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Aug 22, 2018 at 11:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John!

You can take advantage of Extra Magic Hours on both your days of check-in and check-out :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 15, 2018 at 5:12 a.m. Sylvia Says...

Hi Frog Family! My teenage son and I will be visiting WDW for 11 days in 2019, visiting the parks Feb 8 - 14 & 17 (maybe), 1 park per day, staying on Disney property, quick service plan. Relaxing at the hotel Presidents weekend. Question: Do we hit every park that is assigned Magic Hours or do we go with the parks that you recommend will have a lower attendance? Your crowd calendar dictates either low or average attendance except for the 17th. Thank you!

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Aug 15, 2018 at 4:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sylvia!

As long as you plan on arriving on time (if not early) for Extra Magic Hours, we do recommend taking advantage.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 13, 2018 at 1:59 p.m. Luciana Says...

Hello, wich day is better for WDW (Less crowded), considering i'll be staying off site?

Oct 27th ( SAT crowds) or Oct 29th (MON + EMH at night).

Thanks, Luciana

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Aug 14, 2018 at 11:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Luciana!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but we would recommend arriving early on Monday. The EMH crowds likely won't arrive until later in the afternoon/evening.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 16, 2018 at 12:57 a.m. Luciana Says...

Thanks a lot for your repply.

Luciana

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Jun 12, 2018 at 7:31 p.m. Natalie Says...

Hey, great post

I was wondering if I am staying offsite but have an 8:05 ADR am I allowed to go on rides after breakfast since there is early morning magic hours going on or do I have to wait till 9:00 when the park opens?

Thank you,

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Jun 12, 2018 at 3:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie,

Generally, you'll have to wait until when the park opens. You'll be allowed to stay in the park, but if the park isn't officially open by the time you are done with breakfast, then you won't be allowed on the rides quite yet. We do suggest making your way to those high priority rides so you can jump in line as soon as possible!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 18, 2018 at 11:41 p.m. Natalie Says...

Hi, thank you for the response. I was wondering also how do you check in if your staying on site for extra magic hour? Do they scan magic bands or do I have to bring something?

Thank you

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Jun 19, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie!

They will simply scan your MagicBand for verification.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 19, 2018 at 10:41 a.m. Natalie Says...

Hi,

Thank you so much for all your help

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Jun 12, 2018 at 3:22 a.m. Brandee Says...

Why is Animal Kingdom on Dec. 12 considered a bad park to visit?

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Jun 13, 2018 at 10:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandee!

There are several factors that are used in determining the park recommendations, including historical data, overall crowd levels, time of year, special events, EMHs etc. Hope this helps!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 9, 2018 at 7:40 p.m. Isaiah Says...

If you are staying off property, can you still get into the park during early morning magic hours? We are trying for Jedi training and Hollywood studios has morning magic hours, but we are off property.

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Jun 12, 2018 at 10:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Isaiah,

Extra Magic Hours are reserved for those staying on-site at an official Disney Resort Hotel or at one of the above listed non-Disney hotels!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 9, 2018 at 5:36 p.m. Anisa Says...

We're visiting MK 6/22 and they do have EMH that day but we can't avoid, based on our itinerary. It's our first time to Disney and we're staying off site, but do you have any helpful tips to

1. Combat the crowds and actually get to ride the rides

2. Get into the park without major hassle and headache?

We have a reservation at 8:15 at Be our Guest (EMH is 8-9) which is a little saving grace as we get to get in?

Thanks in advance! I've loved the blog :)

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Jun 12, 2018 at 10:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anisa,

We have some handy Magic Kingdom Park Plans that might help you figure out which rides to prioritize/when to ride them to beat the long lines. Check out this post for handy tips on visting Disney World in the summer! Have a wonderful trip.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 21, 2018 at 10:27 p.m. Stephanie Says...

Hi! Thanks for this insight. I have a question I haven't been able to find an answer for on the internet yet... My family's park plan has pretty much been set and I've just found out that the day we're at Epcot has evening EMH. We have little ones and we're planning on breakfast at Akershus to beat the park opening and won't be taking advantage of the evening extra hours. Are the crowds typically there all day, or if the EMH are evening only, will we not see an upswing in crowds until later in the day? Thank you!

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May 22, 2018 at 1:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

We suggest looking at the crowd level on our Crowd Calendar for the day you're planning on going to Epcot. Parks with EMH do tend to have more crowds, so if you aren't taking advantage of the EMH, we usually suggest avoiding the park that has them. If you're dead set on your plan, though, then it's good you're beating park opening! It sounds like you're getting well prepared with a park plan, so that will definitely help. Have an awesome time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 17, 2018 at 6:32 p.m. Nick Says...

Hi - I made an ADR at 8 a.m. for Be Our Guest a while ago when Magic Kingdom was scheduled to open at 9, hoping to experience the extra hour with fewer people. The hours have now changed and MK opens at 8. Should I look into cancelling my breakfast reservation so we can hit the rides during that first hour? There are no more BOG reservations available so I'm confused as to what to do for a first time visitor with 2 girls, ages 6 and 4.

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May 17, 2018 at 1:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nick,

Sorry to hear this! As to whether you want to cancel, that really depends on what is most important to you. You would likely spend 45 minutes to an hour at breakfast. It is still early enough that you would have low waits on many rides, but since an EMH was added, most likely it's a busy time. For your girls' ages, I would lean toward keeping the reservation at BOG, but perhaps others will share their thoughts.

Keep hopping!

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May 15, 2018 at 4:10 p.m. Lorine Lewis Says...

We love EMH!!????❤️

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May 9, 2018 at 9:19 p.m. Anna Says...

I would like to ask your opinion about our visit to WDW. We will be there 7/18 - 7/20. We will be staying on-site but we don't have a park hopper. Should we go to AK on 7/18 (our first day and busy day for that park according to your Crowd Calendar) and to MK on 7/20 (also busy day but has morning EMH)? Or should we switch it and go to MK on 7/18 and to AK on 7/20 (good day to vivit the park according to your Calendar)? MK has evening EMH on 7/18 but we don't anticipate staying in the park that long. We will go to EPCOT on 7/19. Thank you for your help

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May 17, 2018 at 1:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anna,

We usually recommend avoiding parks with Extra Magic Hours that have an overall high crowd level. So we'd recommend avoiding Magic Kingdom on the day it's predicted to have a high crowd level and has EMH. We'd switch the days and go to Magic Kingdom on 7/18 and Disney's Animal Kingdom 7/20. Have a great trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 17, 2018 at 8:33 p.m. Anna Says...

Thank you so much for your answer!

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May 7, 2018 at 7:41 p.m. KK Says...

We are in Orlando May 31st thru June 6th. We are planning to visit AK, MK, Universal studio or Island of adventure. Which days would you recommend for each of those? Yet to buy theme tickets. Also, is it worth staying in resort for the EMH?

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May 17, 2018 at 9:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Please check our Crowd Calendar as we have recommended parks by day to help guide you! There are are a lot of factors that families should consider on deciding where to stay. EMH is just one, but we probably wouldn't let that be the only factor in deciding.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 30, 2018 at 8:35 p.m. Wayne Augustson Says...

When do kids go back to school in August?

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Apr 30, 2018 at 11:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wayne!

This depends entirely on the location of the school and the district itself. Our tadpoles usually head back around mid-August!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 26, 2018 at 6:54 p.m. Jen Says...

We will be visiting in June, parks from the 7th-11th. Your calendar has the parks at a crowd level of 7. We have a split stay with the first 2 nights at the Yacht Club and the rest at POR. Should we avoid the EMH during times of equal crowds? We are early risers and would like to take advantage of the walking proximity. We will rely on buses after that.

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May 17, 2018 at 9:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen,

If you will use EMH in the mornings, then we say go for it! If you have park hoppers, it definitely makes sense.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 25, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. Kristen Says...

We are going to Disney June29-July7. On the 7/4 we were planning on heading to HS, then go to Epcott because we have a lunch reservation 2:15(8 in our party ages 15-50; one couples 20th anniversary this day) then we were hoping to go to Magic Kingdom in the evening. Would you recommend this strategy? We know it will be crowded but figured we could ride rides in MK while fireworks are happening. Thanks

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Apr 26, 2018 at 10:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristen!

It sounds like you have an awesome day planned! The only potential problem here is that Magic Kingdom usually reaches max capacity on July 4, as the fireworks are incredibly popular. This means you may not be able to gain entry to the park. We'd recommend playing it by ear on that day!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 18, 2018 at 11 p.m. Angelo Says...

We will e staying on Disney property 1nd week in October and extra hour to Magic Kingdom is 8 to 9 Am on a Friday we do not have a hopper should we take advantage of EMH on a Friday how do you think the crowds will be afterwards? Or should we go on a Thursday for regular hours will the crowds be lightly through put the day ?

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Apr 18, 2018 at 10:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angelo!

As long as you arrive right at 8 a.m. (if not earlier) to make the most of your Extra Magic Hour, then we totally recommend it!

Keep hopping!

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Apr 17, 2018 at 2:07 a.m. Candy Says...

Thanks for the helpful info! We’re heading to Epcot and HS this August. HS just added EMH for every day of our 4 day trip; only planning to do one day at each park. There’s one particular day the HS has EMH FROM 7am-12:30am. Would you go on this day or avoid the double EMH?

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Apr 19, 2018 at 8:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Candy!

If you're ready to take on both ends of these Extra Magic Hours, it would be a GREAT day to visit the park and maximize your time. We would recommend arriving around 6:30 a.m. to get in the gate ASAP, taking a pool break at the hotel during the morning + evening crowd overlap from around 1-4 p.m., and then coming back to take advantage of those late night hours!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 24, 2018 at 6:57 a.m. Candy Says...

Thank you!! That’s a great plan.

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