A great debate among Disney veterans is using extra magic hours. Is it better to enjoy the extra time in the parks without day guests or is it better to skip that park completely? It’s something that’s variable and completely dependently upon how want to tour the parks and your family.
Early Magic Hours
- All four Disney theme parks have at least one day each week with early morning magic hours. This typically occurs from 8-9 am in the morning and only select attractions and rides are available. The queuing process is fairly simple since cast members know all guests in the park are active resort guests by their entry into the park. Unless you plan on arriving at the park before that 8 am opening, don’t bother with early magic hours as this particular park more crowded earlier in the day than others.
- Early magic hours may be for you if you are an early rising family, you live in a household with a built in alarm clock (a.k.a. a baby or toddler who often wakes up early and goes to bed early), you are interested in a select few attractions at the morning park and you have an escape route of park hoppers.
- Early Magic Hours are NOT for you if you enjoy taking part in Disney’s evening activities (don’t try and do it all – you’ll be burned out for the second half of your trip), you like to sleep in, you don’t know if you can make it to the bus stop no later than 7 am for that 8 am rope drop!
Evening Magic Hours
- Only 3 of the 4 Disney theme parks have evening magic hours (Animal Kingdom is the exception). Most evening magic hours are 2 hours in length. The later you get into the extra evening magic hours, the lower crowd levels become.
- Getting into each queue may take a bit longer. A cast member will have to scan one MagicBand from each party to confirm you have an active reservation.
- Evening magic hours may be for you if you have a family that enjoys staying up late (or a family from the west coast who is used to being awake at that hour), families with older children/teens, to skip over the heat of some summer days, or if you have a day off following a late night.
- Evening magic hours are NOT for you if you got up very early that morning for AM magic hours or you have a younger child who doesn’t do well with a variable bed time.
Do Magic Hours really make lines shorter?
- Yes they do, but don’t expect to walk on headlining attractions like Toy Story Mania or Soarin’. You’ll still have a line at many attractions, but you won’t see anything soar into the high double digits or the dreaded triple digits.
Additional Tips/Suggestions when using Extra Magic Hours
- Do not eat during morning extra magic hours as this takes time while the general public is not allowed entry
- Make sure that your entire party has MagicBands as each guest will need to prove they are resort guests
- Some moderately popular attractions are only available during evening extra magic hours (see list below).
- If you only choose to do Extra Magic Hours once, your best bet is Magic Kingdom evening hours as there are the most available attractions. Hours are often longer than other parks.
- The park that has evening magic hours is often less crowded the next day. This is usually a good option if you do not have a park hopper pass.
- There is no FastPass+ during extra magic hours, just standby lines.
What attractions are available during extra magic hours?
Attractions available during Extra Magic Hours
- Expedition Everest
- It’s Tough to be a Bug!
- Kilimanjaro Safari
- Pangani Forest Exploration Train
- Primeval Whirl
- Living with the Land
- Mission Space
- Spaceship Earth
- Test Track
- The American Adventure (PM only)
- Journey Into Imagination with Figment (PM only)
- Honey I Shrunk the Audience (PM only)
- Grand Fiesta Tour (PM only)
- The Maelstrom (PM only)
- Muppet Vision in 3-D
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
- Star Tours
- Toy Story Mania
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- The Great Movie Ride (PM only)
- Voyage of The Little Mermaid (PM only)
- Astro Orbiter
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- The Barnstormer
- Prince Charming Regal Carousel
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- Under the Sea, Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Meet Cinderella & Rapunzel at Princess Fairytale Hall
- Meet Anna & Elsa at Princess Fairytale Hall
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover
- Haunted Mansion
- “it’s a small world”
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Mickey’s Philharmagic
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Space Mountain
- Stitch’s Great Escape!
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (PM only)
- Country Bear Jamboree (PM only)
- Enchanted Tiki Room (PM only)
- Jungle Cruise (PM only)
- Magic Carpets of Aladdin (PM only)
- Pirates of the Caribbean (PM only)
- Pete’s Silly Sideshow (character meets) (PM only)
Remember, all attractions are subject to change without notice. Check with a cast member when you are on site with any questions.
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