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  • [Question] Extra Magic Hours

    This year will be the first time I have taken advantage of EMH. Are the lines much shorter during these hours compared to earlier in the day? I understand that not ALL the park rides are operational during these hours which makes me wonder if everyone who's left in the park after all the non-resort guests leave, do they just crowd the attractions left open for EMH? I don't expect to not have a wait of some sort but if I am waiting 45 minutes for say, BTMRR, then how is that "extra magical"?

  • #2
    Re: Extra Magic Hours

    The parks are pretty quiet during the late extra magic hours. Some attractions will have a small wait but I've never waited 30 mintues or an hour for an attraction. Soarin, well that's a different story at Epcot. Everything for me is usually 20 minutes or less, mostly walk ons. I see people getting off Splash Mountain and running to ride it again. I remember once during a rainy Extra Magic Hours at night that after I was done riding Splash Mountain the CM asked me if I wanted to ride it again and I said yes without having to exit and come back on the "right way".

    Same goes with early magic hours.

    Just remember to head to the arm band stations to get your extra magic hours arm band. The signs around the parks will tell you were they are at and if you don't see the signs ask a cast member. You'll be asked to present your resort room key to prove you are staying on property. They'll scan it and you get your wrist band.

    They are a btch to get off so use something sharp to get them off at the end of the night. Morning hours you don't need the wrist bands, just at night.

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    • #3
      Re: Extra Magic Hours

      They no longer use wrist bands. You just have to show your room key like you would a fast pass, to enter the line.

      I went to every EMH when I was there 3 weeks ago and they were worth it. The early ones are a breeze, everything is a walk on. The evening ones a little more crowded, but they are 3 hours long.
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      • #4
        Re: Extra Magic Hours

        Awesome! Sounds like a good deal, can't wait!

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        • #5
          Re: Extra Magic Hours

          Is it one room card per person?
          Just wondering if both the hubby and I will have to have our room keys out
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          • #6
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            Yeah, everyone has to show one as far as I saw. We were two adults and we both had to show them. I don't know if they let little kids just go in with parents since they probably don't have their own room key. It's not that bad, I just kept the key in my pocket out of my wallet since I knew I'd be taking it in and out all night.
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            • #7
              Re: Extra Magic Hours

              So if they do not use wristbands.. exactly how do the park CMs know who is there from the hotel and who from the daytime regular hours is crashing the park when only "on property victims" are supposed to be there????

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              • #8
                Re: Extra Magic Hours

                thanks Mel.
                No biggie, just good to know in advance
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                • #9
                  Re: Extra Magic Hours

                  Originally posted by TDLFAN View Post
                  So if they do not use wristbands.. exactly how do the park CMs know who is there from the hotel and who from the daytime regular hours is crashing the park when only "on property victims" are supposed to be there????
                  You have to show your room key to ride anything. They don't check people walking around. So in theory, you could just stay and enjoy EMH in the evening, but you wouldn't be able to ride anything.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Extra Magic Hours

                    Originally posted by NeverNeverland View Post
                    Is it one room card per person?
                    Just wondering if both the hubby and I will have to have our room keys out
                    Yes, one per Guest. If Guests are staying at a non-Disney owned and operated Resort that still participates in Resort Extra Magic Hours (Swan & Dolphin, Shades of Green or Hilton located on Hotel Plaza Blvd) then you will need to stop at Guest Relations soon after EMH begins to obtain alternative admission for EMH attractions and shows.

                    Originally posted by TDLFAN View Post
                    So if they do not use wristbands.. exactly how do the park CMs know who is there from the hotel and who from the daytime regular hours is crashing the park when only "on property victims" are supposed to be there????
                    You would think this and many Resort Guests do too. It isn't as bad as you think because they will not be granted admission to any of the attractions or shows during EMH. Just like a normal park closing, Guests are able to linger and make their way out of the park, shopping and taking photos as they wish. Disney doesn't "kick" Guests out of the park on closings unless it's a "hard close," in which the re-direct Guests in another way.

                    Originally posted by Mel- View Post
                    You have to show your room key to ride anything. They don't check people walking around. So in theory, you could just stay and enjoy EMH in the evening, but you wouldn't be able to ride anything.
                    Yes, Extra Magic Hours are not freely posted for all Guests. The times guides that are available inside of the parks do not include them. While this may confuse some Resort Guests, it is also why they have their times guide from the Resort that include Extra Magic Hours information. Non-Disney Resort Guests would have to ask to find out why it appears things are still open and at that point they would quickly learn that the park is closed for them.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Extra Magic Hours

                      My experience with EMH is that you pretty much breeze into every ride.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Extra Magic Hours

                        Wow, no wrist bands anymore? You'd think crap loads of people would be losing their hotel "key to the world" cards showing it over and over, dropping it, misplacing it... I should know, a family member lost their card on our last trip to WDW, it had my credit card on there for charging and I had to call the resort to put a stop on it quickly.

                        Just be careful with your cards people, super glue it to your hand or something. I'm kidding of course. ;o)

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                        • #13
                          Re: Extra Magic Hours

                          I only went to one late night EMH. That was back in June of 2005, at Magic Kingdom. It definitely was not walk right on the rides. It was so crowded, that we didn't get to do much.

                          I prefer the one extra hour in the morning.

                          Although for my August vacation, I am going to go to Animal Kingdom for their late EMH. I have planned that day a little different than usual. I usually arrived at AK at opening, and stay for the parade. I usually then hop over to another park. However, I am not doing a parkhopper on this trip.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Extra Magic Hours

                            That sounds like Disney trying to save a dime by not using the wrist bands anymore. You don't have to put a credit card on your key to the world card do you? Just in case it does get lost your bank info cant be used.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Extra Magic Hours

                              Now that I think of it. I suspect you are asked to put a credit card on your account but it is not connected to the card. I'm thinking the resort gives you "credit" to spend the card on then at the end of your stay the resort charges your card the entire collected amount at the end of your trip.

                              I remember this now as my credit has gone up and up over the past few stays. I remember the last amount they told me I had on the "credit" card aka the key to the world and I was like... "don't worry there's no way I'm spending THAT much here on this trip!"

                              I believe your credit card info is NOT on the card but on your resort account and I believe they do need a card on your account for reasons they can tell you.

                              And on my last trip I was told that I didn't have to use my card as a charge card, to use just as a key to my room but I did need a card at the resort account for my stay there.

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