Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Jan 22, 2010
    Hazel from GA 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.

    This is our second trip (April) and this time we will stay on property (CFW). We have heard about the Extra Hours. Is it worth it? Will this allow us to see the opening of the parks (AK and MK)? Is it better to do the EH with a 4 year old or not?

    Hi Hazel!

    Taking advantage of the Extra Magic Hours is definitely worth it!

    At least one Theme Park every day normally offers Extra Magic Hours. Extra Magic Hours is generally where a theme park will either open early (generally an hour early) or stay open late (anywhere from 1-3 hours late, depending). If you walk in, say, at 8am, the Disney cast members are already available to make your time at the park magical!

    The coolest thing is the Extra Magic Hours are for resort guests, so the crowds are generally smaller, allowing your 4 year old quicker (and more frequent) access to his or her favorite rides.

    It was also nice being able to stick around a little later some nights, when you weren't ready for the fun to end.

    I brought my 4-year old and they stuck it out to the end of Extra Hours. They'll quickly fall asleep, though, on the bus ride back to the resort (smile).

    When you check in, they should provide you a packet with the theme park schedule, which includes the Extra Magic Hours.

    Best wishes for a magical time!

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