Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Aug 23, 2010
    Amanda from CA 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.

    Going on our first WDW Jan 25- Feb 2 2011. Trying to decide if going to parks that offer Extra Magic Hours is really a good idea. What I have read says those parks are really busy and should be avoided, but with us going non-peak season would it be best?

    Hi Amanda,

    There are mixed opinions on this question.  Some people love extra magic hours, and some people avoid them at all costs.

    Do you have park hopper passes?  If so, then I recommend taking advantage of extra magic hours.  In the morning you can get some of the more popular attractions in before the crowds arrive.  Once the park starts to fill up, grab an early lunch at a nearby resort and then head off to another park.  If you are night owls, the first hour or so of extra hours at night is crowded, but by the end you can basically walk on attractions. 

    If you don't have park hopper passes, avoid the parks with extra magic hours.  Actually, we like to go to the parks that had extra magic evening hours the night before.  What are the odds that someone who stayed in a park until the wee hours of the morning will return to the same park the next day?  It's not very scientific, but it seems to work for us.

    Hope this helps.  Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Georgia

After spending 25 years in RI, my husband and I relocated to GA with our youngest, who is now in high school. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes. From creating our first itinerary as a honeymooner to later creating magical experiences for our multigenerational family gatherings, every aspect of planning a vacation has been pure joy to me.  Learn More About Diane

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