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Should I avoid parks the day they have extra magical hours?

by bob

I am staying at a Disney hotel and am not sure whether I should take advantage of the extra magical hours. Some people recommend against going to a park the day it is offering the extra hours. What is your opinion? My first day at Disney is Wed, Nov 6 and I plan to go to MK. The next next I plan to go to EPCOT. The next 2 days are AK & HS which both have extra hours on Fri & Sat respectively. Do I go to those parks with the extra hours or avoid them?

The entrance to Disney's Hollywood Studios in the morning

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Dad Answers


That’s a real good question. Extra Magic Hours are one of the best perks for those staying at a Disney Hotel. Getting into the park an hour before everyone arrives or staying 2 hours after they shew everyone out is a great way to experience the parks with small crowds.

Dad’s Extra Magic Hours Page

However, for most days, the morning Extra Magic Hour park will be the busiest park of the day. So yes, Bob, you probably will want to skip the morning Extra Magic Hour park.

Evening Extra Magic Hours don’t have as big an effect on crowds in the parks. Most people with small children won’t stay that late and they don’t plan to use late Extra Magic Hours as much.

This pattern is not always true. During slow periods or when there is a special event (like Star Wars Weekends) the early EMH park won’t necessarily be the busiest.

I rely on TouringPlans to help me decide which park to choose. You might want to check them out for your next trip.

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Dad’s Bottom Line

Bob, it’s not a set in stone rule, but for most days, it’s a good idea to avoid the Extra Magic Hours park.

Comments for

Jul 08, 2014 extra magic hours
by: Anonymous

Bob, if you aren’t going with real small children….I definitely recommend doing the evening extra magic hours!…..especially for the time you’re going (last year we went in November, a week later than you), and we(my husband and I)had a blast! We were able to ride without any wait times, or very minimal!…..and we would get off a ride and get right back on! Have a magical time!

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