Special theme park access for Disney resort hotel guests!
On certain days of the week Disney offers Extra Magic Hours (EMH) during which its theme parks are available exclusively to those staying in select Disney World resorts and residents (and their guests) of the Golden Oak community. Combining Morning and Evening Extra Magic Hours, there are days around Christmas when Magic Kingdom is open 20 straight hours!
Generally, some form of Extra Magic Hours is offered each day in at least one Disney World theme park. As the Crowd Calendar suggests, parks with Extra Magic Hours are often the most crowded. Also note that Extra Magic Hours may be available at Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon during times of year that are busy and warm.
At Walt Disney World, there are two types of Extra Magic Hours. Click below for more information:
- Morning Extra Magic Hours: the park opens to resort guests 1 hour earlier than to the rest of the public.
- Evening Extra Magic Hours: many of the park's attractions remain open to resort guests 3 hours after they close to the rest of the public. (This changes to 2 hours after park closing effective January 2013.)
Each resort guest needs to show his or her valid room key (or Golden Oak resident card) to enter the park during Extra Magic Hours and to board attractions during Evening Extra Magic Hours.
Also note that Disney maintains an official list of frequently asked questions about Extra Magic Hours.