• On Jan 28, 2018
    Staci from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    . I see magic hour at Animal kingdom Saturday June 2nd and Monday June 5th. What day would be best and are the new Pandora rides open during magic hours. Also will be doing Epcot on the day I don't go to Animal kingdom

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Staci!

    Hooray for a wild day at Disney's Animal Kingdom during your upcoming visit! I'm thrilled to learn you are also able to enjoy one of the many benefits of staying right inside the magic, Extra Magic Hours. During these special hours, the theme parks will open exclusively to guests staying on property which means you'll get to enjoy more of the magic on those days with fewer guests. So much fun!

    Staci, as an Orlando local, I can tell you, weekends will usually be busier because you'll have an influx of local Annual Passholders, like me, visiting during their days off. That being said, when you take advantage of your Extra Magic Hours, FastPass+, and some smart planning, you'll have a magical day, no matter which day you choose. If you want to get an idea of crowd predictions, you can search "crowd calendars" online and that might give you some helpful insight as well. I often use the one at UndercoverTourist.com. 

    Make sure you arrive early for your Extra Magic Hours at Disney's Animal Kingdom, especially if you are hoping to enjoy one of the two new attractions at Pandora- The World of Avatar, with shorter waits. If you have a FastPass+ for those attractions, then take advantage of the shorter waits elsewhere in the park since most guests will probably be heading to Pandora during rope drop.

    I hope you enjoy Disney's Animal Kingdom and Epcot during your visit! Don't forget to mark your calendar with all your important planning dates. 60-days in advance for your FastPass+ and 180-days for all your Advanced Dining Reservations.

    Thanks for stopping by and we hope to see you again real soon! 


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Meet the Panelist: Emille, Florida

Hi! My name is Emille. I’m a mom of two and wife to a wonderful fellow Disney nerd! As a current Florida resident and Annual Passholder, I love being able to visit the Walt Disney World Resort frequently. When I’m not at the Parks, you can find me leading worship at my local church or traveling with a prison ministry I sing and speak for. I look forward to answering your questions and sharing some of my favorite tips to help you plan your next magical Walt Disney World vacation! Learn More About Emille

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