Extra Magic Hours (EMH)
Disney World


Disney World Extra Magic Hours (EMH) are just that – extra hours to enjoy the magic of the Disney rides and attractions!

Every day, one of the Disney World Theme Parks opens up an hour earlyOR stays open up to three hours later (after the regular closing time). Select attractions are open during the Extra Magic Hours, so you have the great opportunity to experience them at a less crowded time.


Along with the regular Park hours, the EMH schedule is released about six months in advance.

That gives you plenty of time to thoroughly plan your Disney itinerary.

I know that sounds crazy but if you pay attention to the park hours and EMHs, you'll be able to maximize your time in the parks and hopefully minimize the crowds that you will encounter.

A little pre-planning is all I mean - simply planning which park you will visit each day is good enough.

That way you can take advantage of early/late hours and plan meals.

Note: Only guests staying at a Disney World Resort can take advantage of the EMH. You also have to have at least a Magic Your Way base ticket to participate. Keep in mind that the base ticket does not allow you to park hop. If you plan on using the EMH benefit with only a base ticket, make sure the park you choose to visit on a certain day is the one with the extended hours.

If you wish to use the Extra Magic Hours at Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon, you must have a resort ID and the Water Park Fun & More option on your Magic Your Way tickets or at least a one day ticket for the water park that offers the EMH on the day you visit.

To get the most out of the Extra Magic Hours, I suggest adding the Park Hopper option to your tickets. That way, you can hop from park to park at your desire. You could start the day off in the park that opens early and end the day in the park that has the evening extended hours. Don't worry - I am not suggesting that you go, go, go all day long - unless you are like me and my family of course!! You can always take a mid-day break - have a nice lunch at one of the resorts, enjoy your resort pool, or just chill out and a take a nap.

To sum it up, using the Extra Magic Hours is a great way to make the most of your vacation time. If you plan it right, you can easily see all of the attractions while maintaining a nice relaxed pace. Or how about using the EMHs to ride just your favorite attractions a second - or third or fourth - time!

Use the following listing of Extra Magic Hours to help plan your vacation itinerary and fill out your Disney Vacation Planning Spreadsheet**. When planning your time, be sure to also consider the following:

**This is a special spreadsheet that I use when planning my Disney Vacations. You can find a copy for your own use under the Planning Tools section.



Happy Planning!



September 2012

Morning EMH

Evening EMH


October 2012

Morning Extra Magic Hours

Evening EMH


November 2012

Morning Extra Magic Hours

Evening EMH


December 2012

Morning Extra Magic Hours

Evening EMH


January 2013

Morning Extra Magic Hours

Evening EMH


February 2013

Morning Extra Magic Hours

Evening EMH


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Magic Kingdom

Mornings:

  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • It's a Small World
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic
  • Peter Pan's Flight
  • Space Mountain
  • Stitch's Great Escape
  • Tomorrowland Speedway

Evenings:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Haunted Mansion
  • It's a Small World
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic
  • Peter Pan's Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Space Mountain
  • Stitch's Great Escape!
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room


Epcot

Mornings:

  • Living with the Land
  • Mission: SPACE
  • Soarin'
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Test Track

Evenings:

  • The American Adventure (in the America Pavilion)
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
  • Captain EO
  • Circle of Life
  • Journey into Imagination with Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • Maelstrom
  • Mission: SPACE
  • O Canada!
  • Soarin'
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Test Track
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush


Disney Hollywood Studios

Mornings:

  • Muppet Vision 3-D
  • Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
  • Star Tours - The Adventures Continue
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Evenings:

  • The Great Movie Ride
  • Muppet Vision 3-D
  • Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
  • Star Tours - The Adventures Continue
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Voyage of The Little Mermaid


Animal Kingdom

Mornings:

  • DINOSAUR
  • Expedition Everest
  • It's Tough to be a Bug!
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Pangani Forest Exploration Trail

Evenings:



Blizzard Beach Water Park

Mornings and Evenings:

  • All attractions will be operational.


Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Mornings and Evenings:

  • All attractions will be operational.


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