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  • On Jun 24, 2013
    Bill Asked

    I'm trying to get a better understanding, of the Extra Magical Hours. The parks are usually "extra" crowded at these times and fast pass is not available, so the lines are "extra" long. How is this a perk? Thank you!

    Hi Bill!

    Disney's Extra Magic Hours is a perk only offered to guest staying at a Walt Disney Resort, Swan and Dolphin Hotels, Shades of Green Resort and Hilton located in Downtown Disney.  Each day selected parks will open either 1 hour early or stay open up to three hours later in the evening.  FastPasses are typically available during morning Extra Magic Hours, but the return time is usually not until the park's normal opening time.  During busier times of  the year this can be a big benefit for extremely popular rides such as Toy Story Mania.  Evening Extra Magic Hours is when you can have a hard time finding FastPasses, especially during busy seasons.  

    When planning a Walt Disney World vacation, I typically avoid parks with morning Extra Magic Hours because you can expect those parks to be more crowded.  Evening Extra Magic Hours is where this does become a great benefit for guests.  Most of the time guests will tend to spend the day at the park with Extra Magic Hours, but usually leave much sooner than the parks extended closing.  This is a great chance, if you are willing to stay up that late, to wait in shorter lines for your favorite attractions. My suggestion is to make sure you have the Park Hopper option added to your tickets and visit a park with no Extra Magic Hours that day.  Once the park you are visiting has closed, head on over to a park that has evening Extra Magic Hours.

    I hope this helps and let me know if you have anymore questions.

    Best Wishes!
    Mandy
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Meet the Panelist: Mandy, South Carolina

My husband and I are the parents of five rambunctious Disney loving children.I  I'm passionate about helping families find the magic that is Disney , so let me show you all the magic and savings that awaits on your next Disney vacation! Learn More About Mandy

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