Extra Magic Hours

Well, I’m at it again! Today we’re going to go through Disney World’s Extra Magic Hours. From who they apply to, to how I plan to use mine, it’s time for a little magic!

As you may know, Extra Magic Hours are additional hours those Disney guests staying on resort are able to be in the park. These additional hours are exclusive to resort guests, so that’s going to mean less time waiting to be on your favourite rides. Generally, these hours will either take place before the park officially opens or after it closes. Usually, one park will have Extra Magic Hours per day. You may wish to look at the calendar on the MyDisneyExperience app and plan your days in the parks accordingly (I believe it will show up to 180 days in advance).

What is the best bang for your buck when it comes to Extra Magic Hours?

Magic Kingdom:

Seven Dwarves Mine Train is going to be one of the major players when it comes to using your Extra Magic Hours. This ride routinely has lines that are 2+ hours long. I don’t know about you, but sweating to “heigh ho, heigh ho” isn’t really on my bucket list (and even if it was, I already did it with a very grumpy husband! Grumpy Dwarf even, heh heh heh.). At least they have an interactive line for the kiddies.

Another ride worth utilising this extra time for is Space Mountain. This ride is as popular if not more so than Seven Dwarves… especially given that it’s part of the ‘mountain’ trio – Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Honestly, the popularity of this ride is beyond me. I felt like I would be decapitated the entire horror-filled minutes I spent on there, and I’ve made up my mind to never go on again! But, I digress.

Lastly, Peter Pan’s Flight is another ride with insane wait times! It is only about two minutes in duration, but is clearly a Disney fan favourite.

For myself, I will probably hit up Seven Dwarves and Peter Pan. I also plan to go on The Haunted Mansion until I become the 1000th happy haunt or throw up, whichever comes first. This ride doesn’t have much of a wait time, but it’s my all-time favourite.


This one is a no-brainer. Ever since Frozen Ever After came out, it’s been a hit with multiple hour wait times. Sorry, your Norwegian School Bread ain’t gonna last that long. Speaking of, wait for a review of some of the food at the World – I plan to give some updates and thoughts on my trip!

Other popular choices are Test Track and Soarin’. Designing cars and going on a trip around the world. Can’t go wrong with that. These are especially helpful in hitting up during Extra Magic Hours due to the tiered system of Fastpass+ where certain rides in the same tiered class cannot have more than one Fasspass+ booked for that specific tier at any given time (this will be explained in detail when I discuss Fastpass+).

Animal Kingdom:

Ever since the opening of Pandora, the Avatar section of the park, it’s been a difficulty to get on to either of the rides it offers: Na’vi River Journey and Avatar Flight of Passage. Both of these rides offer multiple hour wait times, with Avatar Flight of Passage being the slightly more popular of the two.

My advice: go immediately to whichever one you did not get a Fastpass+ for (more on getting hard-to-get Fastpasses+ upcoming). That’s the only way to guarantee riding both rides at least once during your trip.

Hollywood Studios:

For this park, my advice is to try to hit up Toy Story Mania and Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Once Toy Story Land opens on June 30, 2018, you will want to be heading for Alien Swirling Saucers and Slinky Dog Dash. If past history is to be trusted, those rides will remain a hot commodity for a few years to come.

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

How do you plan to use your Extra Magic Hours?

You may also like...