Extra Magic Hours

Updated January 27, 2012 with an updated list of open attractions.

Updated January 4, 2012 with a clearer discussion of how to make the most of Extra Magic Hours and new information on current crowd tendencies.

What Are Extra Magic Hours?

Extra Magic Hours are a perk that guests staying at select resorts on Disney property receive.  Everyone staying at a Disney owned resort in the Value, Moderate, Deluxe, Deluxe Villa, and Disney Vacation Club levels receive access to Extra Magic Hours and all guests staying at the Swan, Dolphin, Shades of Green, and Hilton at Downtown Disney are also Extra Magic Hours eligible.  There is no additional charge for Extra Magic Hours – the program is included in the cost of the resort room.

Extra Magic Hours are scheduled at one, two, or three theme parks each day.  Other than the summer months (June, July August) and the weeks around holidays, Extra Magic Hours are generally scheduled at just one Park each day, other than one day each week when they are scheduled at one Park in the morning and a different Park in the evening.  Most often, we see a morning Extra Magic Hour at Animal Kingdom and evening Extra Magic Hours at Hollywood Studios on Mondays, but the schedule changes throughout the year.

There are two types of Extra Magic Hours – morning Extra Magic Hour and evening Extra Magic Hours.  Morning Extra Magic Hour is one hour long and occurs before the Park opens to the general public.  In most cases, morning Extra Magic Hour is from 8:00am to 9:00am.  If the theme park is opening at 8am to the general public, the morning Extra Magic Hour will be scheduled for 7am to 8am.  Evening Extra Magic Hours are three hours long and start immediately after the Park closes to the general public.  For example, Epcot usually closes at 9:00pm.  When it has evening Extra Magic Hours, it will be open from 9:00pm to 12:00am for those with access to Extra Magic Hours.

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