What Are Extra Magic Hours?

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Well, I am at it again! From that they apply to, to the way I intend to use mine, it is time for a little magic!

As you may be aware, Extra Magic Hours are added hours those Disney guests staying on hotel have the ability to maintain the park. These additional hours are exclusive to hotel guests, so that is likely to mean less time waiting to be in your favourite rides. Ordinarily, these hours will occur before the park officially opens or after it closes. Usually, 1 park will have Extra Magic Hours each day. You might wish to appear at the calendar on the MyDisneyExperience program and plan your days at the parks so (I think it will appear to 180 days in advance).

Magic Kingdom:

Seven Dwarves Mine Train will be among the big players when it comes to using your Extra Magic Hours. This ride regularly has lines which are 2+ hours. I don’t know about you, but perspiration to “heigh ho, heigh ho” is not actually on my bucket list (and even if it was, I did it with a very grumpy husband! . They have an interactive lineup for the kiddies.

Another ride worth using this excess time for is Space Mountain. This ride is as popular if not more than Seven Dwarves… especially since it is a part of the ‘mountain’ trio – Space Mountain, Rockledge Rat Removal, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Honestly, the prevalence of the ride is beyond me. I felt like I’d be decapitated the whole horror-filled minutes I spent there, and I have made up my mind never to go on again! However, I digress.

Last, Peter Pan’s Flight is just another ride with mad wait times! It’s just about two minutes in length, but is obviously a Disney fan favourite.

This ride does not have a lot of wait time, but it is my all-time favourite.


Ever since Frozen Ever After came out, it has been a hit with numerous hour wait times. But your Norwegian School Bread ain’t gonna continue that long. Speaking of, wait for a review of some of the meals in the World – I intend to provide some updates and thoughts on my trip!

Other popular options are Test Track and Soarin’. Designing cars and going on a trip round the world. Can not go wrong with that. These are especially valuable in hitting during Extra Magic Hours because of the tiered system of Fastpass+ at which certain rides at the identical tiered class can’t have more than 1 Fasspass+ reserved for that particular tier at any given time (this is explained in detail when I talk Fastpass+).

Animal Kingdom:

Ever since the opening of Pandora, the Avatar section of this park, it has been a problem to get on to either of those rides it provides: Na’vi River Journey and Avatar Flight of Passage.

My advice: go immediately to whichever one you didn’t get a Fastpass+ for (more on getting hard-to-get Fastpasses+ forthcoming). That is the only way to ensure riding both rides at least once throughout your journey.

Hollywood Studios:

If past history is to be trusted, these rides will remain a hot commodity for a couple of years to come.

These strategies are only my 2 cents, but I intend to use them for my upcoming trip. Personally, I hate waiting in line so I intend to optimise my time! At any rate, your journey will be private to what you love best, so use those Disney Extra Magic Hours to bring the most joy for you and yours!

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