If you are staying on-site, you are eligible for an exclusive amenity called Extra Magic Hours For Walt Disney World Resort Guests. Each day, at least one Disney park either opens 1 hour early or stays open 2 hours later for Disney Resort guests. The parks vary each day, so make sure you check the park schedule to see which parks will have Extra Magic Hours.
There are over 25,000 resort rooms on Disney World property and because Extra Magic Hours is so heavily advertised to the guests of Disney Resorts, many guests are aware of this perk and take advantage of it. Which means that often these Extra Magic Hours are very crowded. Also guests tend to visit parks that offer Extra Magic Hours even if they aren’t taking advantage of it because they feel like they are getting their money’s worth by visiting that park.
Tips and Advice
- Typically Evening Magic Hours die down about 1 hour before the park closes. If you can make it until the last hour, usually you can walk on everything.
- There are less rides and attractions open during the morning than during the evening. The evening is typically the best one to do.
- If you are going during the summer, Evening Magic Hours are awesome because it isn’t hot!
- If you want to avoid the crowds, the rule of thumb is to visit the park the day after they had Evening Magic Hours. So if Magic Kingdom had Evening Magic Hours on Monday night, you would visit on Tuesday.
- If you aren’t taking using a park’s Morning Extra Magic Hours, don’t go to that park! It is going to be crowded.
- If you have Park Hopper and you are planning on using the Evening Extra Magic Hours, visit a different park during the day and then return to the other park for Extra Magic Hours that evening. Typically a park that has Extra Magic Hours is busy all day long.
- If you aren’t staying on property, don’t go to a park that has Extra Magic Hours that day. Especially not the one that has Early Magic Hours.
Our kids are young so we don’t do Evening Magic Hours with them because they usually go to bed by 9 pm est. Twice we have tried Morning Magic Hours and both times it felt like total chaos plus there is less open during the Morning Magic Hours than the Evening Magic Hours. We also don’t usually get Park Hopper, so we avoid the park that has the Extra Magic Hours because we know it will be busy.
When my husband and I went on our anniversary trip, we did the Evening Magic Hours at the Magic Kingdom and it was AWESOME! Towards the 2nd and 3rd hour, the park was pretty deserted and we were able to walk on almost everything. Plus it is so hot during the summer, so it is nice to be able to take advantage of the darkness.
Please leave a comment letting us know what your family does!
If you are traveling with little ones, make sure you take advantage of the Rider Switch program.