Ride Test Track without a wait - Photo by Cliff Wang
We get a lot of questions about Extra Magic Hours (EMH). Since this month is Crowds month and EMH is a REALLY good way to avoid WDW crowds, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about how to use Morning Extra Magic Hours this week.
Next you have to check and see what day’s Extra Magic Hours is offered. You can see it on the Disney World website. (Disney might add EMH but usually that’s only in the evening.)
Morning Extra Magic Hours are typically 1 hour before the park is scheduled to open. So if the park opens at 9, Morning EMH will start at 8. If the park opens at 8, EMH will be at 7, etc.
It works best if you're in the park ready to enter a few minutes before morning EMH is scheduled to begin.
Example, for the Magic Kingdom, if you were going to the Magic Kingdom on a morning Extra Magic Hour day that started at 8:00, you'd want to be there at 7:45, or before, through security and ready to go.
Good to know
The morning Extra Magic Hour park will be a little busier than it would be on a non extra magic hours day. Just a little bit, not a lot.
I know some people say, you got to avoid the morning Extra Magic Hour park. That's not really what I see. Yes, the EMH park will be a little busier than a normal day, but not all that much.
BUT morning Extra Magic Hour crowds are absolutely the lowest crowd you'll see during the day unless there's a freak storm or something, that runs everybody off. It is the lowest crowd period you will see on a normal day. BY FAR.
Dad does Morning EMH
I went to Epcot. This was a year and a half ago. I went to Epcot on a morning Extra Magic Hour day.
I was running late and got to the first ride at about 8:20. I did Test Track, I did Mission Space, and I did Soarin' between 8:20 and 9:40, an hour and twenty minutes, I did those three rides and probably could have done them quicker than that. If I'd been there at 8:00 (when the park opened), I probably could have done them in an hour.
At 10:00 I decided I was going to try again and see how fast I could do it. I had a FastPass for Test Track for 10:00, so I went over, I used my fast pass for Test Track. I rode the green line for Mission Space, which is the fast line. Then headed over to Soarin'.
It was already 11:05. The line for Soarin' was showing 65 minutes.
What I was able to do in just over an hour during morning Extra Magic Hours was going to take over 2 hours even with a FastPass. Without the FastPass you can add at least another 45 minutes.
Dad's Bottom Line
Morning Extra Magic hours will save you a ton of time, a ton of time. Just no two ways about it. It's the best way to avoid crowds at Walt Disney World.
Morning Extra Magic Hours are "the best of the best of the best... with honors", as Will Smith would say.