A guide to Early Morning Magic – Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom

(Article last updated September 20, 2018)

If you're looking for a way to knock out some of the most popular attractions in Fantasyland with little to no waits, Early Morning Magic - Fantasyland might be for you.

This premium ticketed event takes place on select days through the year, and although the price may seem steep, there are definitely times when it may be worth it.

Here's what you need to know.

All the details

Early Morning Magic - Fantasyland is an opportunity for guests to get a head start on their day at Magic Kingdom. During the 75 minutes the event takes place, guests attending get unlimited rides on 3 of the most popular attractions at Magic Kingdom:

  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh,
  • Peter Pan's Flight, and
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

In addition to the rides, guests are also treated to a breakfast buffet at Pinocchio Village Haus. There aren't any characters at this breakfast, but you will have your choice of several tasty treats (more on that below).

Cost

Because this is a premium ticketed event, there is an additional cost to attend.

Tickets are $69 for adults and $59 for kids (plus tax).

Unlike other premium ticketed events (like Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, for example), it requires you to have a regular theme park ticket in addition to the Early Morning Magic ticket.

Dates and Time

The event takes place from 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on select dates (typically Sundays and Tuesdays) throughout the year.

Here is the current schedule:

2018 Early Morning Magic - Fantasyland

  • January: 9, 16, 21, 23, 28
  • February: 4, 6, 11, 13, 20, 27
  • March: 4, 6, 18, 20, 25
  • April: 10, 15, 24, 29
  • May: 1, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22
  • June: 10, 12, 17, 24
  • July: 1, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 29
  • August: 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
  • September: 4, 9, 11, 18, 23, 25, 30
  • October: 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 30
  • November: 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27

2019 Early Morning Magic - Fantasyland

Dates for 2019 have not been announced yet.

How to book it

If you're interested in booking you'll have a couple of options to do that:

What to expect

How to get there

Because you're paying extra money to attend this event, we recommend you plan ahead on how you'll get there so you don't miss any event time.

Buses will be running that early; however, they may not run as frequently as they do later in the morning. That means it is very important that you are at the bus stop with plenty of time to spare.

It is an awful feeling to be rushing around only to watch the bus you needed pull away when you're too late to catch it.

Because of that, we do suggest thinking about using a Minnie Van to help expedite the ride to Magic Kingdom.

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Minnie Vans would be the best option (because they drop off at the same bus stops used by the buses), but their pricing structure may make them impractical for lots of guests.

If you aren't interested in using a Minnie Van, be sure to be at your resort bus stop early (buses to Magic Kingdom start around 6:30-7 a.m. daily) and get to Magic Kingdom that way.

Checking in

You'll be asked to check in out front of Magic Kingdom by 7:30 am.

There you'll be given a brightly colored wrist band which lets the Cast Members know you're cleared to go into Fantasyland early.

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When they let guests into the park, you'll have time to pause for some photos in front of the castle if you want.

Typically you'll find PhotoPass photographers available, too. You'll have plenty of time for rides, so take your time and snag those almost-empty shots!

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Rides

The 3 attractions that are open during Early Morning Magic (Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan's Flight, Winnie the Pooh) are some of the most popular in Fantasyland.

Because admission to the event is limited, guests attending will find it very easy to ride their favorites over and over again.

This is true even for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which historically tends to have some of the longest wait times in the entire park.

See that area on the left in the photo below? That is the exit to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Because there are basically no lines, guests are allowed to cross over to the right and hop back on!

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The other 2 attractions, Peter Pan's Flight and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, have equally short (if not shorter) lines.

Sometimes you may get lucky and find Prince Charming Regal Carrousel open, too. But, that isn't one of the publicized attractions. If it is open, think of it as a lovely "bonus" ride!

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Look at the crowds!

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Just kidding. Fantasyland is basically empty during the event.

You can see the crowds on the other side of Cinderella Castle waiting to get in, though:

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Breakfast

Because breakfast continues after the park opens, we don't recommend you eat until after the crowds from the front of the park have caused the lines to build in Fantasyland (typically around 9:30 a.m.).

When it does come time to eat, you'll find plenty to fill you up.

Even though Pinocchio's Village Haus is typically a Quick Service location, they do serve this breakfast buffet-style, so you'll be able to try a bunch of different things if you want.

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The selection may vary slightly but you can expect to find:

  • beverages such as juices, coffee, and tea
  • fruit & yogurt
  • pastries
  • scrambled eggs
  • vegetable frittata
  • bacon, pork and chicken sausages, cheese & cured meats
  • fried potatoes
  • French toast

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If there's a table available, snag a spot in the room overlooking It's a Small World and watch the ride go by as you eat.

Basic touring plan for Early Morning Magic - Fantasyland

In order to maximize your morning, your best bet is to plan out your time so that you ride as many attractions as many times as possible before the crowds hit.

With that in mind, we recommend:

  • 7:45 - 9:00 - Ride the rides that are part of Early Morning Magic as many times as you'd like.
  • 9:00 - 9:30 - Head over to a nearby attraction and do that before the lines build. Any of the other attractions in Fantasyland are perfect for that, but you may want to focus on something where lines build quickly, such as meeting a character. Depending on what you choose, you may have time for a couple before it is time to eat.
  • 9:30 - go to Pinocchio Village House for breakfast.

After breakfast, you can continue on with one of our Magic Kingdom touring plans, but you'll be able to skip over any of the attractions you've already done.

FAQ's

Is this the same thing as Extra Magic Hours?

Disney did make things confusing when they gave 2 morning events very similar sounding names.

But Early Morning Magic and Extra Magic Hours are 2 totally different events, with the main differences being that one involves the entire park and is free to onsite guests (Extra Magic Hours), while the other (Early Morning Magic) costs money and is open to anybody.

Read more in the FAQ: What is the difference between Early Morning Magic and Extra Magic Hours?

I made a reservation at Be Our Guest so I could get onto Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and now Early Morning Magic is scheduled. Is my plan ruined?

Not at all!

At worst, you may wait a couple more minutes than you might have had there not been an Early Morning Magic scheduled that day, but it won't be noticeable. You'll just be held back a little longer, but because you're already in a line while you wait to get into the real line, your early morning breakfast reservation still puts you at an advantage to get onto Seven Dwarfs quickly.

You can see what we mean in the photo below. The guests pictured are ones that dined at Be Our Guest and are now waiting to enter the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train queue. Once the park is fully opened, guests from that line will have a little head over the main park guests to get in the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train line.

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Will the crowds be heavier on Early Morning Magic days?

Not really! And, in fact, you likely won't even notice the difference. Don't let it scare you away from heading to Magic Kingdom on a day one is scheduled.

Is it worth it?

As always, the answer to this is subjective.

But when you take into account the amount of times you can go on the rides, plus the fact that it includes breakfast, it's a good deal for many, especially for those interested in riding Seven Dwarfs Mine Train multiple times (hearing the kids scream "we get to go AGAIN?" is the best).

We definitely think that if you have a shorter trip or if your time at Magic Kingdom is limited, this is a good option to get some extra rides on some of the more popular Fantasyland attractions.

Guest Writer Sarah Tavares shared this with us:

Who hasn’t fantasized about enjoying an empty park? There was something very special about having such exclusive access to the rides. Fantasyland was deserted and there truly were no waits whatsoever.

I visit WDW often, but I don’t imagine I’ve ridden Seven Dwarfs Mine Train 10 times total, let alone more than once or twice in one day! For me this opportunity alone made the ticket price worth it.

I also very much appreciated that the breakfast hours extended until 10 a.m. This, to me, made it a no-brainer to focus on attractions first – even after rope drop – before settling down and truly being able to enjoy my breakfast and not be worried about queuing for another attraction.

This is in stark contrast to the experiences I have had using an ADR to score early access to the parks and attractions when I usually feel myself rushing through breakfast to be among the first in line for an attraction. I was then able to visit less popular attractions at my leisure.

Another option

If you can only pick one extra event and you have the option of doing Disney After Hours during your trip dates, you might consider doing that event instead.

It is more expensive, but most of the rides in the park are open during it so you could possibly see and ride most of the main Magic Kingdom attractions in one evening if you wanted.

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Lindsay Z

Wondering about transportation from a MK area resort (Poly) where there isn’t a bus to MK (right?). Is the monorail running early enough to get to Early Morning Magic?

Jess Harbison

Just curious…for Peter Pan do you get to go through the house or do you use the Fp line? I think going through the house is the best part of the attraction and would not want to miss it!

J. Marshall

You are sent through the FP line.

Shirley Nelson

Love your site! Just found out that our first day at MK on 11/27, which is my daughter’s birthday, is an EMM day. We have an 8:15 ADR for BOG and was hoping to use her DAS after breakfast for a return time after our first FP+. Will this be allowed now since its an EMM day?

MargievMaih

What is an ADR and an EMM?

Amanda Angel

Anyone know if you can rent strollers during early morning magic hours or do you have to go back to the entrance when the park officially opens to get one? Thanks

Kristen C

DId they have an issue with you staying for breakfast after 10? IF we show up at 9:45 with 2 kids and aren’t finished until 10:15 is that ok?Sounds like thats what you did.

Slicepop

we will be going in May of this year and are very excited about the EMM. I was wondering if there would be any info on kid swap for 7 dwarfs? Do they let you stand in the shortened que with the child for easy swapping?

Kathy

We will be there in July with my family of seven, and were SO thrilled to snag an 8:05 am ADR, A great QS value on the DDP, but my joy level fell a few notches when I found out it was an EMM morning…..which may explain partly why 8:05 was available- not sure. Does anyone have experience having an early breakfast BOG on a morning that is an EMM? Is it standard protocol that they allow you to queue early in Fantasyland as Shannon observed during her EMM experience above? I think it is absolutely fair to not allow… Read more »

Jenny

i am interested in this as well. We have a BOG reservation at 8;05 in June on an EMM..

Anjie

I had a BOG breakfast at 8:05 on an EMM day. I finished breakfast at around 8:25 and the CMs had me line up outside the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride queue until about 8:55 when they let us in before the general masses arrived from the castle. I was in the front row of the first train with no EMM people in site.

Daniel

This is an EXCELLENT and thorough summary of the event. Just bought my tickets for August and very much looking forward to it. THANKS!

Lindsay

Hello! Love the Podcast and website!

Is the welcome show still at regular park opening times during these ticketed EMM days? What about access to Main Street shops (and coffee!!) as per the new procedures?

Thanks!

Jaclyn

I was planning to start my day in fantasyland, and I now see it is an EMM day, do you think there will be more of a crowd in fantasyland because of that? Should I start my day elsewhere?

Elizabeth

Love your site! When I was planning our June trip early this year I saw options for this at Hollywood Studios… now I don’t see that offered. Do you know anything about it being available at that park? It seems the only option to get in early is the DJ breakfast.

Katy

Love this site! Thanks for all this amazing info!

Do you think they will still be doing this event this time next year?

Tonia

Thanks! Really, really great for this first timer. I just wanted to confirm that the breakfast meal is included in the price of the ticket for EMM? And that it’s not available to purchase/book online?

Janet

Thanks for the expert advice, it is much appreciated. We are doing this in two weeks and wondered about transportation from our Disney resort to the MK that early in the morning? We are staying at POFQ. Thanks for your recommendation.

Brittany

How did you get a FP+ for Expediton Everest in AK before you left MK? Even with a Hopper I thought that, after using your first three, you couldn’t book FP+ for a different park other than the one you are located in at that time?

Elliott

Good to know! I was probably reading one of the OOOLLLLDDD posts on this website. My 8yo daughter and I are going to Disney for the FIRST TIME next April 6-14, 2017, and I am obsessed with your blog and podcasts. Question two…. How does it work when Magic Kingdom sells Early Morning Magic tickets for a day that already opens early for resort guests via Extra Magic Hours? For example, I want to purchase Early Morning Magic Tickets for Sunday, April 9, 2017, which is already an Extra Magic Hour day for resort guests for free anyways?

Elliott

Thanks again for all you do! Will there be a review of Hollywood Studios’ EMM event coming anytime soon?

Betty

Is this another of the 6 month early to get the reservation. I can’t seem to see any options for my dates, but I am 5 months out in March 🙁 I was able to get a dinner reservation for the BoG so that is a consolation.

Melanie

I am doing the early access on November 8th. I am staying at the Boardwalk. What would be my best bet for transportation? Do they allow you to park at Contemporary and walk over? I heard the monorail is closed down a lot on Tuesday mornings and the ferry doesn’t open until after eight?
Thanks a bunch 🙂

Jeannie

If you have tickets through a Disney package can you still have this opportunity? We just went in September and are planning another trip very soon and this is a great idea!!

Anna Loughridge

how do you go about GETTING the ticket? I am going in February 2017- when do these tickets become available? thanks for the info!!!

ps. i love WDWPrepschool! haha

Kim

I got so excited when I saw that it is currently offered on Sundays and Tuesdays, because Sunday is our first full day at WDW and is one of our MK days. It would be perfect! Unfortunately, it looks like it’s just Tuesdays in November. Sad panda.

Sara

Makes more sense to do EMM for $70 (with a buffet meal and 3 rides) than to eat at CRT for $63 each…

When you compare the numbers it looks like a better deal – though I still think the price is way too high. But then, I remember visiting for less than $30 a day when I was in high school.

Susan

How do you graciously get kicked out of the park following breakfast? Typically the special ticket events are in the evening and the wristband proves you paid, but you could just remove this wristband and stay the rest of the day. Sounds like a fun way to spend the morning on departure day.

Susan

Just reread the article and now I understand. It’s too bad things are getting more and more expensive at the parks. It’s an extra $70 on top of paying to get in at over $100/day.

What rides do they open up at Hollywood Studios?

Sara

You aren’t kicked out after breakfast. You must have a park ticket in addition to the Early Morning Magic ticket.

Jo

For a really cheap ARD solution… go to BOG and get the cupcake. It’s less than $10 but gets you in early! We weren’t wowed with the other breakfast items we had but loved the ambiance and gave us a great location to start the day. Then we just had an early lunch to compensate! Worked awesome!

Dottie

We did this September 6 and cast member at the gate was not going to let us through at 7:45. After 5 moms showed the reservations and security came we were let through. We had 14, 11 and 8 year old. They figured out quickly they could get multiple back to back rides on 7DMT. No wait for anything. Breakfast was one of our favorites. Well worth the money.

Toni Burchett

Please pocast articles like this!…another recent example Guide to Thanksgiving and MNSSHP…I listen on my phone while working around the house, driving, walking…I get more enjoyment out of hearing your voice explain and discuss these issues rather than just read them myself…it’s fun to hear it from you!…I never get around to reading these…but I love to listen while doing other things…thank you!

Jen Noricks

You know you’re a Disnerd when acronyms like PFTH and CRT make perfect sense 🙂 Interesting read. Thanks!

Edward McGowan

What is PFTH? Sorry I don’t know that one.

JMumford

When we did this, they late us in late and 7DMT and pooh were both having technical difficulties and were closed. To compensate they opened the carousel, mad tea party, and small world. They also allowed us to ride 7DMT using the fast pass lane once it opened (after park opening) until noon. Breakfast was delicious but I don’t think I would do it again,

Libbi Thomas

Thanks for the info and review! I have been wondering what the special early morning event was all about!

Jennifer

We are doing this on our trip and my husband has been mocking me endlessly that I am going to bring a ziplock bag to take some pastries with us. So glad I am not alone in my thinking!

Thanks for sharing your experience – EMM didn’t make sense to me until now! I didn’t realize you could wait to have breakfast until almost 10am, that is a super park-hack. We will definitely keep it in mind for our next trip, especially for a peak-crowd day.

Jonathan Cohn

If they opened more of the park I would be in for it. With just 3 rides i’m not sure i see the value in it still. If it was Fantasyland and Frontierland/Adventureland i would be in quickly.

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