• On Dec 30, 2018
    Janelle from OH 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.

    We haven't been to Disney World since 2015. Can you tell me the difference between Extra Magic Hours (free to resort guests) & Disney After Hours (which looks like there's a charge). I'm not quite sure if we now have to pay to stay late?

    Hi Janelle,

    So excited to know you will be visiting Walt Disney World Resort soon. There's been so many changes throughout all Theme Parks, that is why my family and I keep on coming back year after year.

    One of the many Disney Resort Hotel Guest Benefits, is Extra Magic Hours. Each day, one of the four Theme Parks will open one hour earlier or close two hours later, exclusively for Guests of select hotels. This gives you more time to enjoy many of your favorite attractions, with little or no wait.

    On select days, Special Events are offered which require separate admission, such as Disney After Hours, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, or Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. These also give you more chances to play with little or no wait, but each one offers some unique opportunities as well.

    One last tip: remember to check the Park Hours calendar a few weeks before your vacation starts, as they are subject to change. And pick up a copy of the up-to-date Time Guides, once you check into your Resort hotel. Happy planning!

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Greetings! I'm Ricardo. Originally from Argentina, I am an IT geek by day, and a leader of the Galactic Empire by night. I'm a husband, and father to two Jedi Knights who share their passion for Disney and Star Wars. Join me and together we shall plan the perfect Disney vacation! Learn More About Ricardo

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