• On Feb 23, 2017
    Jay from Bucks 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.

    I'm visiting WDW in the summer from UK and staying at Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista. Does anyone know if this hotel lets guests use the extra hours in the park, if not is it best to avoid the parks on those days?

    Dear Jay.

    Thanks for taking the time to reach out to us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question about off-site hotels. 

    At this time, the only guests who are able to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours are those guests who are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, so your current hotel reservation would not work for that. 

    I have heard a lot of people suggest that guests should avoid a given park on a day where there are Extra Magic Hours, but honestly I would make your schedule the way that you want it and enjoy your vacation. There will be additional people for sure, but I have never noticed SUCH a significant difference that it made me unhappy.

    Moms Panel tip - Arrive early at the parks in the morning. You might find that you will be able to accomplish a few attractions before the crowds start to build!

    Hope that helps with your magical planning!

    - Jan K.  

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Meet the Panelist: Jan, New Jersey

Hello there, Mouseketeers! I am a mother of three and live with my beautiful wife in New Jersey! I spent many years as a Registered Nurse in a pediatric intensive care unit, and I am now a professor of Nursing. I volunteer in my community and I enjoy taking my children here, there, and everywhere. I love to help my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations and I'm thrilled to be a planDisney Panelist to do just that! Learn More About Jan

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