• On Jun 6, 2018
    Gabriela Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Im travelling to WDW and staying at a local hotel. I know I will not be able to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours but I wanted to know if its more crowded to go to MK when they have EMH or is it better to go on a day when there are no EMH?

    Hi Gabriela,

    I hope you're getting excited for your trip to the most magical place on earth! It's only a couple of months away, and it will be here before you know it! SO FUN!

    I think you're on to something! If I were you, I'd probably avoid the parks with Extra Magic Hours, especially morning ones. While there may be slightly higher crowds on those days, the reason I suggest this is that early mornings are often the least crowded time of the day. I usually suggest arriving around 45 minutes before the park opens so that you have plenty of time to go through security and ticketing and are ready to go as soon as the park opens. My family has always found that we're able to experience several attractions with very little waiting first thing in the morning. If you visit a park that has already been open to Disney Resort hotel Guests for an hour, you'll miss out on the chance to be one of the first ones in the park and some of those shorter lines. I'd encourage you to check out the park hours calendar and try to find days with longer hours, but not Extra Magic Hours. Also, don't forget to schedule your FastPass+ selections 30 days in advance! That will definitely help you enjoy shorter lines, too! 

    Thanks so much for visiting us at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Gabriela, and please let us know if you have any other questions. We're always here and happy to help! I hope that you have a truly magical vacation!

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Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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