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  • On Feb 12, 2008
    Brandy 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.

    Trying to decide if I should utilize the extra magic hours.(1st week Jun) During the extra hours, how quickly can I expect to move through the major attractions or would it be quicker to be in a park without extra hours? This panel is a big help, thanks!


    There are many people who love Extra Magic Hours (EMH), and others that are less enthusiastic.  I am more aligned with the later group.

    You will typically find that during the EMH morning hour you will be able to visit more attractions per hour than at any other time.  However, my experience has been that you sacrifice two other important things:
    1) You lose an extra hour of sleep
    2) Later in the day you may find that the crowds at that park are heavier than at many of the other parks (and therefore you move through the attractions slowly later in the day).

    So, if you don't mind losing the hour or sleep and/or if you plan on leaving the park by mid-day (perhaps for a break, or to swim at the Resort pool), then I say "Go for EMH"!  Otherwise, I think you'll be happier going to a park without EMH.

    For the evening hours, the decision criteria is similar, but the hours of sleep lost may be much more (up to three extra hours), and in my experience the crowds are not as thin as they are during the morning EMHs.

    Hope that helps.
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