Morning vs Evening Extra Magic Hours at Disney World!

What’s Better: Morning or Evening Extra Magic Hours?

That all depends on the park!  Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom only offer morning Extra Magic Hours.  So if you want to get an extra hour at either of those two parks then morning Extra Magic Hours is your only option.

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, everyone will rush to the popular attractions like Avatar Flight of Passage or Expedition Everest.  At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the popular attractions are Toy Story Land, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and soon it will be Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Expedition Everest - Morning Extra Magic Hours

You have to plan accordingly and take into account your party size.  You do not want to get separated, especially with little ones.  Keep in mind that you may only get to ride one attraction if the queues are long so give yourself extra time before your first FastPass+ of the day.

Magic Kingdom and Epcot both have morning Extra Magic Hours.  And everyone will have the same idea and head straight for the popular attractions.  We chose Seven Dwarfs Mine Train for our morning Extra Magic Hours at Magic Kingdom and we were in the queue close to an hour.  You may only get to ride one attraction during morning Extra Magic Hours.  So make it count!

You will get the most from the evening Extra Magic Hours at Magic Kingdom and Epcot.  We have done evening Extra Magic Hours and we were able to ride several attractions with little wait time.  The views of Magic Kingdom and Epcot at night are amazing and great for pictures.  Plus, it’s a great opportunity to make some memories with Disney PhotoPass throughout the parks.

Magic Kingdom - Evening Extra Magic Hours
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We really enjoy evening Extra Magic Hours at Magic Kingdom and Epcot.  We make our dining reservations and FastPass+ reservations with evening Extra Magic Hours in mind.  On days with evening Extra Magic Hours, we’ll take a break from the park, rest at our resort, and come back later.  Alternatively, if you purchase Park Hopper then you can start your day at another park and finish off your evening at one of the parks that has evening Extra Magic Hours.

Take note, during Extra Magic Hours guests will be asked to scan their MagicBands or Resort ID to enter the attractions.  If you are not staying at a participating Walt Disney World Resort hotel then you will not be allowed to enter the attractions.

You can view the Park Hours on My Disney Experience mobile app or by visiting the Disney World website.  We suggest to make your plans around Extra Magic Hours to get the most of your Disney World vacation stay!

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