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Extra Magic Hours and non-EMH crowds

by Sandy
(Lancaster, PA)

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“Last time we were in Disney World, we got up early to enjoy the Extra Magic Hours in the morning because we were staying at a Disney Resort. We were VERY disappointed to be stuck in the Security Lines behind all the guest that did NOT have access to the park yet but had arrived at the park early. Even after getting through the security lines we had to weave through the throngs of people waiting for the park to open for them.

We are heading down the 1st of April and need a plan of action to avoid the stress and disappointment of waiting in lines and not enjoying the park early. HELP!”

The ticket entrance at the Magic Kingdom

This area does back up in the morning – Photo by Laurie Sapp

Sandy, I would love to say that there’s no need to worry. Disney has changed up security so you can get through. And that’s somewhat true. Disney is always tweaking security procedures. The Magic Kingdom security has been totally revamped and I don’t think you’ll have any trouble there.

We’ve did early Extra Magic Hours at all the parks on our last trip and I didn’t notice any problems or bottlenecks.

Dad’s Extra Magic Hours page

What I would say is the earlier you get there the less problem you’ll see. If Extra Magic Hours starts at 8, if you’re there at 7:30 you won’t have to fight as many people as if you arrive at 8:30.

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Dad’s Bottom Line

Sandy, the early bird gets the worm but sometimes he has to work for it. There are more worms available the earlier you are. The earlier you arrive at the parks the less chance you’ll have of getting into those pesky crowds.


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Apr 13, 2018 Yes! They have made positive changes
by: Sandy

Just wanted to let you know that we did NOT have any trouble with getting into the parks for the Early Magic Hours, even with security.

We didn’t get to the Animal Kingdom early this time, but at Magic Kingdom and EPCOT there were NO PROBLEMS. You just have to look for the signs for Early Morning Breakfast lines.

Thank you for all your help. We had a great time!

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