One of the great benefits of staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel is the Extra Magic Hours. Unfortunately, many people do not understand what Extra Magic Hours are and those of us who have been around Disney can make it seem more confusing with the acronym of EMH.
Quickly stated, Extra Magic Hours are extended park hours when one of the four main theme parks of Walt Disney World Resort (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Disney’s Animal Kingdom) either opens early or stays open late, but just for guests of one of the many resorts of Walt Disney World.This includes the Value Resorts of All-Star Movies, All-Star Sports, All-Star Music, Pop Century and the upcoming Art of Animation Resort. It also includes guests of the Moderate Resorts of Port Orleans, Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs and the cabins at Fort Wilderness. Included as well are the Deluxe Resorts of the Animal Kingdom Lodge, Beach Club, the Yacht Club, Fort Wilderness, Polynesian, Contemporary, Grand Floridian, Boardwalk and the Wilderness Lodge as well as the associated Deluxe Villas.
Basically, if it is a Disney owned property, guests staying there are entitled to use EMH. Some non-Disney owned resort guests are also able to participate in EMH like those staying at the Swan, the Dolphin or even the Hilton at Downtown Disney.
To use Extra Magic Hours, you need to be staying at one of the qualified resorts and have valid park admission for that day. This will entitle you to choose from either the early morning or the evening EMHs offered that day, or both if you desire.
The Extra Magic Hours are staggered throughout the week. However, typically a park will at least have one day where it offers morning EMH and one day where it offers evening EMH during a given week. The exception is Disney’s Animal Kingdom which typically only offers morning EMH.
Morning EMH is usually one hour before normal park opening. Evening EMH is listed as up to three hours after normal park closing. Together, the two options can give qualified guests some extra time in the parks.
It should be noted that EMH days at the parks tend to be more crowded than non-EMH days. This does not necessarily mean you need to avoid them, however, as the crowd levels only typically swell mid-day and start to go down almost immediately after normal park closing.
To use EMH, just take your resort ID with you along with your park tickets.
Extra Magic Hours are shown on the Park Hours Page of All Things Mouse.