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A guide to Early Morning Magic – Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom

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A guide to Early Morning Magic – Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom

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

This special-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.

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Disney 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 7 of the most popular attractions at Magic Kingdom:

  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Princess Fairytale Hall
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Peter Pan’s Flight

In addition to the rides, guests are also treated to a breakfast buffet at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.

There aren’t any characters at this breakfast, but you will have your choice of several tasty treats.

More on that below.

Note: The previous version of this event included only 3 attractions (The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan’s Flight, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train) with breakfast at Pinocchio Village Haus.

Cost

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

Tickets are $89 for adults and $79 for kids (plus tax).

And, unlike other special-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 throughout the year.

Event dates are typically opened up 1-3 months in advance, so if your travel dates are further away than that you’ll probably have to wait until closer to see what will be available.

Here is the current schedule.

Note: due to worldwide events, some previously scheduled dates have been effected and are indicated below:

2020 Early Morning Magic – Fantasyland

  • January: 6, 8, 14, 16, 19, 21, 28, 30
  • February: 2, 6, 11*, 13*, 18*, 20*, 25*, 27*
  • March: 1*, 3*, 10, 15, 22, 26, 29
  • April: 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 21, 26, 28
  • May: 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
  • June: 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 23, 28, 30
  • July: 7, 11, 12, 14, 19, 21

2019 Early Morning Magic – Fantasyland

  • January: 1, 6, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • February: 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 26
  • March: 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31
  • April: 2, 9, 14, 21, 28
  • May: 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
  • June: 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
  • July: 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30
  • August: 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
  • November: 13, 20
  • December: 3, 5, 9, 11, 17

*Special Cinderella enhancements to Early Morning Magic for these dates. See below for more information

How to book it

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

What to expect at Disney Early Morning Magic – Fantasyland

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 of it.

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.

Minnie Van Magic Kingdom dropoff

If you do plan on using a Minnie Van, keep in mind that there is a limited number of them available.

We recommend planning to request one around 6:45 a.m.

If you wait to request one after that, you may find that none are immediately available.

Minnie Vans would be the best option because they drop off at the same bus stops used by the buses, but their pricing structure and availability 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 a.m.

EMM wristband

There you’ll be given a brightly-colored wristband which lets the Cast Members know you’re cleared to go into Fantasyland early.

Early Morning Magic bracelet

When they let guests into the park, you’ll have time to pause for some photos in front of the castle if you want, but don’t expect the park to be totally empty since anybody with a early dining reservation or ticket to Early Morning Magic will be let in all together.

Typically you’ll find PhotoPass photographers lined up along Main Street, too.

Frequently the first photographer is the most busy, but if you keep walking you’ll find the lines a bit shorter on the ones further down.

Early Morning Magic walking into the park

Guests attending Early Morning Magic will be asked to enter Fantasyland via the bridge to the right of Cinderella Castle.

Guests with dining reservations will be directed to other lines near the castle.

Rides

The attractions that are open during Early Morning Magic 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?

Early Morning Magic seven dwarfs mine train

That is the exit to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. On the right is where you enter the final part of the queue.

When the line to get on is short, the Cast Members open that section up so you can easily get right back on after riding.

The other open attractions have equally short – if not shorter – lines.

Winnie the Pooh queue

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!

Early Morning Magic carrousel

Look at the crowds!

Early Morning Magic Fantasyland

Just kidding. Fantasyland is basically empty during the event.

Empty New fantasyland Magic Kingdom near Philharmagic

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

Early Morning Magic - crowds waiting to get it

All those guests will be let in promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast

Breakfast is served at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe, which is located next to the teacups of Mad Tea Party.

Cosmic Rays Early Morning Magic

Because breakfast continues after the park opens, we recommend you eat around 9:30 and choose an attraction or 2 to visit from 9-9:30.

You’ll find several Cast Members outside directing you where to go.

Cast Member at Cosmic Rays

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

For the main entree, guests receive scrambled eggs, pancakes, fried potatoes, bacon, and sausage and you can have seconds (or thirds) if you want.

You’ll also have the option of coffee, tea, water, juice (apple or orange), or soda.

Breakfast menu for Early Morning Magic

Nearby there is a toppings bar that has some additional offerings.

toppings bar

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

  • fruit
  • yogurt
  • pastries
  • oatmeal and toppings
  • cheese
  • syrup
  • condiments such as ketchup & hot sauce

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, especially the ones that will have the longest lines later in the day
  • 9:00 – 9:30 – Head over to a nearby attraction and do that before the lines build. Any of the attractions in Tomorrowland are perfect for that, but you may want to focus on something where lines build quickly, such as Space Mountain. Depending on what you choose, you may have time for a couple before it is time to eat.
  • 9:30 – go to Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe 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.

Cinderella Royal Treatment during Early Morning Magic

Cinderella EMM

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Cinderella, some royal enhancements will take place for the 8 events from February 11th to March 3rd.

Special Cinderella themed food and drink will be available as part of the breakfast at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe from 8 am to 10 am.

In addition, special characters from Cinderella can be found around Fantasyland. Be on the lookout for Fairy Godmother, Prince Charming, Drizella and Anastasia, Suzy, and Perla,  Cinderella will continue meeting in Princess Fairytale Hall.

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 things, with the main differences being that one involves almost 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.

Another thing to consider: when Early Morning Magic is scheduled, that means the Magic Kingdom opening time will not be moved to an earlier time that overlaps with your breakfast reservation, so your pre-park opening breakfast will stay before the official park opening.

Will the crowds be heavier on Early Morning Magic days?

Having an Early Morning Magic scheduled means a couple of things for people who won’t be attending.

First, it means Disney won’t change the parks to an earlier time which comes in handy if you have a pre-park opening breakfast reservation. It’s frustrating to get that early reservation time and then have Disney change the park hours to overlap with your breakfast, but it won’t be an issue on days when Early Morning Magic is schedule.

Secondly, it means that while there will be people in Fantasyland before the park opens, there aren’t very many tickets sold, and most of those people are likely to be finished riding and headed to breakfast by the time you arrive.

It’s still a good idea to arrive early to put yourself at the front of the regular park guest crowds (arrive 45 minutes before scheduled park opening), but the increase in crowds in Fantasyland should be negligible.

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.

Another option

If you can only pick one extra event and you have the option of doing Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom 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.

Chart comparing Early Morning Magic and After Hours

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Looking for the Hollywood Studios version? Disney used to offer Early Morning Magic – Toy Story Land, however, that hasn’t been scheduled since the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Have you given Early Morning Magic – Fantasyland a try? Let us know how it went in the comments.

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Janet Basso

Wednesday 24th of August 2022

We won't be staying at a Disney Resort so how would we get to Magic Kingdom during Early Morning Magic-Fantasyland? Is the Monorail or Ferry running that early and will we be able to park in the parking lot?

Shannon Albert

Wednesday 24th of August 2022

This event is from the before times and is no longer offered. Would be great if it came back someday.

Craig Paternoster

Wednesday 16th of September 2020

I see that early morning magic hours was not available in October and September of 2019 will these months be available in the future ,(2022)do you think? and why have these months not available in the past.

Josh

Monday 16th of September 2019

When do you expect for the 2020 dates to be released? Before or after November? We are going in March 2020 and are hoping this is available.

Heather

Monday 30th of September 2019

They haven't even released dates for the remainder of 2019. It's frustrating.

Lindsay Z

Friday 21st of September 2018

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?

Shannon Albert

Saturday 22nd of September 2018

Yes, the resort monorail will be open.

Jess Harbison

Friday 21st of September 2018

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

Friday 21st of September 2018

You are sent through the FP line.