Are you heading to Walt Disney World when the schools finish this summer?

If you are then it might be a help to know the days when each of the Disney parks has its Extra Magic Hours (EMH) during the holiday weeks.

What are Disney’s Extra Magic Hours?

  • Disney’s Extra Magic Hours are hours in the park that are exclusive to those holiday-makers who are staying as guests at one of the resort hotels.
  • An EMH day is where a park will provide access to hotel guests 1 hour before the park opens to the general public. On occasion it might be that the park will remain open 1 or 2 hours later at night for hotel guests.
  • Each of the four main theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios) will have allocated EMH days on a rotation throughout the week – so 1 day it will be Magic Kingdom, another day Epcot, for example).

Why Does it help to Know?

Knowing when each park has an EMH day can be beneficial to your planning whether you are staying at a resort hotel on site or whether you’re staying off site at a villa or hotel.

If you’re in a resort hotel then it makes sense to know when the EMH day is for a particular park because that’s a day to potentially visit the park and take advantage of the extra hour to get ahead of the queues.

If you’re staying off site, it’s also useful because if you know a park has an EMH on one day then you might want to consider going to a park on the following day as you may find many of the hotel residents will be at a different park that day. Of course, that doesn’t mean it won’t be busy – in the summer it’s busy – but it might just lessen the crowds a little bit which, once you start planning, can help you try to keep queuing to a minimum.

Therefore, to help any of you who are planning for your visit to Disney for the coming summer holidays then this list of Extra Magic Hours days might be a help to you. 

Extra Magic Hours by Date (from July 1st 2015 – August 31st)

July

Morning Extra Magic Hours (Morning Hours are for 1 Hour BEFORE scheduled park opening time)

Magic Kingdom –  1, 9, 16, 23, 30
Epcot –  7, 14, 21, 28
Disney’s Hollywood Studios –  4, 11, 18, 25
Animal Kingdom –  2, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29

Evening Extra Magic Hours (Evening Hours are for 1 to 2 hours AFTER scheduled park closing times).

Magic Kingdom –  3, 11, 18, 25
Epcot –  4, 10, 17, 24, 31
Disney’s Hollywood Studios –  6, 13, 20, 27
Animal Kingdom – None

August

Morning Extra Magic Hours

Magic Kingdom –  6, 13, 20, 27
Epcot – 4, 11, 18, 19, 2
Disney’s Hollywood Studios –  1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Animal Kingdom –  2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 23, 26, 30

Evening Extra Magic Hours

Magic Kingdom –  1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Epcot –  7, 14, 21, 28
Disney’s Hollywood Studios –  3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Animal Kingdom – None

 

 

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