What You Should Know About Disney World’s Extra Magic Hours

Staying at a Disney World Resort can be more expensive than staying “off property,” but they offer a huge perk other off-property hotels don’t: Extra Magic Hours.

On certain days of the week, Disney resort guests can enter the parks one hour earlier and stay up to three hours later than guests staying off property. They will not ask you to leave the park in the evenings if you are staying off property, but you will not be allowed on the rides, shows, or attractions. Why do they allow you to stay?  Because you can still shop and eat, which can be a lot of fun!

All the theme parks offer some sort of Extra Magic Hours, as do Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beachwater parks.

To get on rides or into shows during Extra Magic Hours, you will need to show a Cast Member your ticket and your room key. Last summer, we left my husband in the room to relax, and I mistakenly grabbed his ticket. I had to go back to the hotel and get the right ticket so they would let me in. If you lose either of these two items in the parks, they do not take your word for it. To get through the entry gate during Extra Magic Hours, you’ll need a ticket and a valid room key.  Most of the Cast Members we have seen were inspecting the room dates on our room keys. Whatever you have to do, you better have that room key and ticket in hand and on display.

How do you know when there are Extra Magic Hours?  Here’s three ways.

1) Touringplans.com posts this information on their website.

2) Phone WDW information at 407-824-4321 or 407-939-6244. Press zero for a live Cast Member

3. Check the parks calendar at Disneyworld.com

So you will have to weigh your rooming options carefully. Staying on property is more costly than staying at a hotel off-property. But during busy times a year, those extra hours in the parks can make your added expense seem worth the effort. I have been at the Magic Kingdom at 2:45 in the morning, watching my kids go back through line after no-line with the only wait time being how long it took them to walk to the ride. And I will tell you, Extra Magic Hours are a wonderful thing; no wait, 70 degree temps. at night in June, yet it’s definitely more expensive.  But how often do you go on a Disney vacation?

Thanks for stopping by for a photographical Disney ride, and we’ll see you up late for those Extra Magic Hours. At 1 a.m., you’ll find me walking slowly to the monorail! Very slowly…

See ya soon!

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  1. Great post!

    Brenda and I plan our parks around the Magic Hours.

    We love early openings. We go to Animal Kingdom, do the Safari two times in a row, then head to Pizzafari for breakfast (by then the park is open to the public), and catch the first show of Festival of The Lion King.

    During the holidays, the late nights are our favorites.

    At Magic Kingdom, Cinderella’s castle just before closing is NOT to be missed!

    And of course in Disney Hollywood, the Osborne Family Lights.

    Brenda’s been two years in a row–this year will be her third and my second!

    Thanks for the great advice!

    Brenda & Roger

    • I’m still trying to get you two kids to come do a little writing for the Mouze! You obviously know your way around the place!! As always, thanks for stopping by…
      Amanda

      • We’d love to!

        What do you need? How do we get it to you? And when do we start!

        (We’re excited.)

        Brenda & Roger

      • Are you on facebook?
        Send me an e-mail to onemajor@gulftel.com, and I will send you a reply e-mail specifically outlining exactly what sort of articles we are looking for.
        Have you done anything different? (Tours, stayed in interesting hotels, restaurants, etc.) What are you most interested in writing about? Send me that e-mail to start out…A.

  2. I have a question. We plan on staying in a Disney Resort but getting our tix either for free or discounted through a friend of mine who works at Disney. Since we will be staying at a Disney Resort can we still take advantage of the Magic Hours even though our tix will be discount or free passes? We will have actual tickets, but they might be different.

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