• On Sep 16, 2017
    Lrrie from WI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    What time do parks open if you are staying on grounds?

    Hi Lorrie,

    Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel with this great question!

    There are many fabulous benefits of staying at Disney Resort hotels. One of my family's favorite is the ability to access the Disney theme parks during Extra Magic Hours. This is when one of the parks opens one hour earlier and closes up to two hours later than the listed park-operating hours.

    The Extra Magic Hours perk is only extended to guests staying at Disney Resort hotels, Walt Disney World Swan Hotel, Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel and Shades of Green® Resort—plus Disney Golden Oak Residents or guests of Disney Golden Oak Residents.

    To determine your itinerary and plan ahead, take a look at the Walt Disney World Resort calendars. If you have younger children traveling with you, I recommend the morning Extra Magic Hours. If you are visiting with teens, then perhaps the evening Extra Magic Hours might be preferable. However, if your family is anything like mine you'll probably take full advantage of both!

    Did You Know? Now you can ride on the back of a mountain banshee when visiting Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Be sure to book FastPass+ for Avatar Flight of Passage. If you are staying on-property FastPass+ selections can be made 60 days ahead of time.

    Wishing you an unforgettable vacation at the place where The Magic is Endless!

    Ritzy ºOº
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Meet the Panelist: Ritzy, Rhode Island

People describe my love for Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line as intoxicating and contagious! My family fell in love with the Disney Magic aboard our first Disney cruise with Captain Mickey in 2006. I personally love to spread pixie dust, as I truly enjoy sharing my Disney experience with everyone! Learn More About Ritzy

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