• On Aug 18, 2010
    Jerald from MI 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.

    how does the extended hours work? Do you have to get a wrist band, check in at the service desk, exit the park at normal closing and then re-enter?

    Hi, Jerald!  The Extra Magic Hours are for Walt Disney World resort guests only.  There will be a different park each day with either an extra hour in the morning, or up to three hours extra in the evening.  This is before and after the park is open to the general public, so it can be a great time to visit some of the attractions that will be busy the rest of the day.

    When you stay at a Walt Disney World resort, each member of your party is given a Key to the World card.  The cards are even given to children (although these are done without charging privileges, unless you indicate otherwise) in your party.  These cards are going to be what you need to present to take advantage of the Extra Magic Hours. 

    When you arrive at the turnstile in the morning, you just have to show your Key to the World card.  If you are staying for evening Extra Magic Hours, you will have to present your Key to the World card at each attraction.

    The Extra Magic Hours can be a great day to make the most out of the time you have on vacation!  I hope you get to enjoy a wonderful visit!
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My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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