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  • On Feb 20, 2010
    Diane Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    If we are not staying at a Disney Resort can we still make use of Magic Hours and how? Also, Magic Hours occur a couple of times a week, can you use them more than once if you are an off site guest?

    Hi Diane!

     Currently, the Extra Magic Hours benefit offered at the Disney World parks are for guests staying at eligible Disney resorts. In addition to the Disney resorts, it also currently includes Disney Swan and Dolphin resorts, Shades of Green resort, and Hilton at Downtown Disney resort.

     This benefit is only extended to the guests staying at those resorts, so if you are not planning to stay at one of those, you would not be able to participate in the Extra Magic Hours. During Extra Magic Hours, cast members verify a guest is eligible by asking to see resort ID (their Key to the World card).

     If you are staying on site, then there is no limit to how often you use the Extra Magic Hours during your vacation, so long as you have a valid admission ticket for the park you are visiting of course.

     When I plan my Disney family vacations and am deciding where to stay, I definitely take into consideration the benefit of the Extra Magic Hours, among the other great benefits, provided to Disney resort guests.

     However, if your plans are to stay elsewhere, then I think the next best thing to participating in the Extra Magic Hours is to play at the parks in contrast to them. I personally have not seen Extra Magic Hours offered at the same park two days in a row. So I would suggest you take notice of what the hours for the parks are during your visit, and start your days off early at the parks where Extra Magic Hours were given the night previous. By starting off early, you'll be getting more of the park covered because there should be less of a crowd. The hope is, also, that you'll find less guests are up early visiting the same park they stayed up late visiting the night before.

     I hope this helps! Come back to the Moms Panel if you have any more questions!
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I am a Mom of two boys, and I love enjoying the Walt Disney World magic with my family. Helping others with their trip is something I hold dear because I know I'm helping families create some of their most cherished memories while at Walt Disney World. Learn More About Maria

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