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  • On Sep 29, 2009
    Carrie from IL 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 do Extra Magic Hours work? Does the hotel give each person an id upon checking? Also, do you have to exit the park along with non-resort guest and then re-enter? Thanks!


    Extra Magic Hours are, as you have correctly identified, a special perk just for Disney resort guests. How they can tell that you are a resort guest, and someone else is not, is by your tickets. A resort guest's tickets (typically which are imprinted into your hotel room key, which Disney refers to as your Key to the Magic card), tell the turnstiles that you are a guest. That Key to the Magic card also, as your room key, serves as that Resort Guest ID card.

    On a recent trip I had tickets that were separate from the Resort Key. No problem. Since I had my room key with me as well, I was fine.

    To answer your exit/reentry question, no, you will not have to exit the park, and then re-enter to prove you are a resort guest. Disney staff simply assure that only park guests are in the park by checking IDs throughout the park. It is not a hassle in any way, so don't think that it will get in the way of the fun. Usually they use wrist bands, though they try out other methods occasionally.

    Have a magical vacation!
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