What are Extra Magic Hours at Walt Disney World?

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What are Extra Magic Hours at Walt Disney World?

Extra Magic Hours (EMH) are exactly that- extra hours of magic in the parks for guests staying on Walt Disney World property.  On certain days, one park opens early or stays open late for resort guests to enjoy extra time in the parks with smaller crowds on specific attractions.  During EMH, not all attractions will be open.  You can get a park guide for the EMH attractions when you enter.  If you choose morning EMH, the park is open 1 hour before regular park opening.  If you choose evening EMH the select park will be open up to three hours after regular park closing.  During summer months, the water parks may participate in EMH too.

There are two trains of thoughts about EMH:

  1. Go to the park offering EMH
  2. Don’t go to the park offering EMH!

Some guests believe that the EMH parks are busier on those days because everyone staying at the resort goes to that particular park.  I have not found that to be the case during my vacations.  But, if you have park hopper passes, you can hop to the park with morning EMH, hop to another park during the day for lower crowds, then hop to another park with evening EMH!  Play the system, if you like, and take FULL advantage of your park hopper option!

I particularly like the morning EMH because a lot of people sleep in on vacation and aren’t willing to get up that early and it tends to be cooler in the mornings.  Plus, you can participate in “rope drop” prior to EMH.  But, I also like the evening EMH for the same reason!  The sun is down, so it’s not as hot.  Towards the end of the evening EMH the park has cleared out quite a bit since people are worn out from the long day at the parks and are ready to hit the sack to prepare for the next day.

Which do you prefer?  Morning or Evening Extra Magic Hours?


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