Disney Possibly Eliminating Evening Extra Magic Hours at Magic Kingdom

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Disney Possibly Eliminating Evening Extra Magic Hours at Magic Kingdom

Currently, the calendar on the Walt Disney World website shows that evening Extra Magic Hours at the Magic Kingdom have been eliminated. We are uncertain if this is just an oversight or if they are indeed removing the evening Extra Magic Hours for guests staying on Disney property.

According to the calendar for October 2019, all evening Extra Magic Hours have been swapped for morning Extra Magic Hours at the Magic Kingdom. Morning Extra Magic Hours are being offered on Wednesdays and Fridays.

There is no official confirmation for this information, but evidence from the Disney website shows evening hours have been removed and replaced with an additional morning hour.

It looks like Disney is catching on to the fact that people will pay money to attend “extra magic hour” events. They can earn money for something that was previously offered for free. These events include the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Disney After Hours, and the brand-new Disney Villains After Hours Party. These listed events are offered separately from a regular park ticket for an extra cost.

Previously, Extra Magic Hours were offered to guests staying on Disney property only. This was an added bonus of choosing to stay at one of the Disney resorts.

What do you think about this possible change?

Source: Disney. 

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8 thoughts on “Disney Possibly Eliminating Evening Extra Magic Hours at Magic Kingdom

  1. So we will just pay for After Hours and have no lines. It won’t cost Disney a cent, they’re already booked to capacity year round.

  2. We stay on property for the perks. That is what makes it worth while. Why do I want to spend 150 a night for a room with no balcony or patio and 1 bathroom with a outside entrance and such when I can stay at Bonnett Creek or another recommended hotel that offers the same price with 2 bedrooms and a washer and dryer and complimentary transportation and a continental breakfast. Whether I stay at one of the Disney resorts or not I am going to pay for Parking so does it really matter? They are doing a Ala Carte charge for what use to be perks for staying onsite. Also it is a lot cheaper to rent a vacaton home with a few bedrooms and a kitchen and pool. It is sad to say but I see a lot of families turning to this option!

  3. It basically eliminates the reason for staying on Disney property. Many people will choose to stay at one of Orlando’s premier resorts for less money if they choose the expensive after hours events.

  4. Disney just keeps getting more and more greedy. It’s no longer about the family vacation that Walt had in mind…it’s now only about the money

  5. I have a new theory, or at least… I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say it this way. There has been off an on comments and posts about this topic: “Will Disney ever dive into the realm of “paid fast passes”?” – and here is my thought. They already are!!! It’s just repackaged and reimagineered to feel different, and it’s now in the form of paid special events. Perception is a big issue on this topic for Disney. And they need to continue to look family friendly and different from universal, and it’s totally worked, we’ve been fooled. Instead of creating a “class dividing line” and offering paid fast-passes, they re-shaped the concept into Disney After Dark. Having just returned from a full 8 day trip to DW about 6 weeks ago, it was very apparent to me… I believe there were at least two of these after hours paid events scheduled… and there is the morning Fantasyland paid event, AND the morning paid Toy Story land event. People 100% will pay for no lines AND they will pay a premium in addition to their park ticket. Related, I am a DVC member – and we were lucky enough to attend the free to members private evening event at the Magic Kingdom, and it was phenomenal…. we rode Snow White about 6 times back to back, and just about every other E-ticket ride in the park, with no lines. I would absolutely pay for that “fast pass” again.

    So… while this news stinks, because I actually prefer the evening extra magic hours more than the morning ones (I’m a night person) … I would bet that this is just clearly the way for more open slots for more paid events.

    It is the Disney Imagineered twist, on the “paid fast pass”

  6. This is the only reason I stay on property and if they eliminate the evening extra magic hours I will never stay on property again

  7. I feel it is incorrect and premature to entitle this post as “eliminating” evening EMH for the MK. If anything, they are most likely only suspending the evening ones so they can increase attendance to MNSSHP and MVMCP. If they did eliminate them all together, I would find it better value to stay off property where I can save money and then maybe buy tickets to the Disney After Hours with my savings! This translates into less money for Disney bc I guarantee, tickets to one of those parties in no way equates to 7 nights at one of their resorts!

  8. First off the tickets are way to expensive and it is ridiculous that they overcharge for parking as well. They have too many “special” events in order to bring in crowds and when there is huge crowds the value of your ticket decreases. I have been there in the past when we were only able to go on like 4 rides the whole day. Divide that by the cost of the ticket and see how much each ride cost. I have not been back since.

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