• On Jan 23, 2018
    Nivin from TN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can EMH be used on the day of check in?

    Hi Nivin! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    I am very happy to report that yes, you can enter Walt Disney World Resort theme parks to enjoy Extra Magic Hours the same day as your Disney Resort Hotel Check-in date. A valid theme park admission is required to enter, no matter if you stay all day or just a few hours.

    Before we became parents, my husband and I preferred to spend our first 'Disney Day' in a park as soon as we drove into town. We'd arrive in Orlando around 6 p.m., drop our bags off after checking-in, and walk through the gate at 7 p.m. We always planned to visit whichever park offered evening Extra Magic Hours that night. When you think about the math, with a regular closing time of 10 p.m. and Extra Magic Hours lasting until Midnight, that's five hours of fun!

    If your tickets were purchased as part of a 'Magic Your Way package', you might have to take a few extra steps more than just showing up at the gate. You will have to check in, either in person or online, to sort of activate your tickets. Depending on the time you arrive, or if you're trying to check-in really early to get to Early Extra Magic Hours, your room might not be ready. But don't fret! After completing the guest registration process you won't have to visit the front desk again. You can leave any bags with Bell Services to be held (or delivered!) for later. And then when your room is ready your Disney Resort Hotel will send a text message of your room number. Your MagicBand will then serve as your room key and you'll be set for a whole vacation fun!

    I hope this helped with your travel plans, Nivin, and we'll see you real soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I'm a mom to the best ride buddy and a military spouse who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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