What is the difference between “Early Morning Magic” and “Extra Magic Hours”?

QOTD Pattern option 3 SQUARE 4 - What is the difference between "Early Morning Magic" and "Extra Magic Hours"?Disney really knows how to make things confusing!

There are a couple of different ways you can get into Magic Kingdom "early", and Early Morning Magic and Extra Magic Hours (2 very similarly named events) are a couple of those ways.

But, what's the difference between the 2?

Extra Magic Hours

Who can attend?: Anybody staying onsite at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, guests of the Swan and Dolphin hotels, guest of Shades of Green, PLUS the following Disney Springs area resorts:

  • B Resort
  • Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort
  • DoubleTree Guest Suites
  • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
  • Holiday Inn Lake Buena Vista
  • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista

Cost: No extra cost outside of your regular park ticket.

Crowds: The earlier the start of the Extra Magic Hour the better the crowds, however, we generally don't recommend Extra Magic Hours as they typically tend to draw higher crowds than non-Extra Magic Hour Days.

When is it offered?: You'll find at least 1 day/week with a morning Extra Magic Hour.

During the holidays (and other busy times) you'll often find Extra Magic Hours for every day of the week. In those instances, just make sure you arrive at least 45 minutes before the Extra Magic Hour starts in order to maximize your morning.

What attractions are open?:

  • Astro Orbiter
  • The Barnstormer
  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • "it's a small world"
  • Mad Tea Party
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic
  • Peter Pan's Flight
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress

Read more about Extra Magic Hours

Early Morning Magic

Who can attend?: Early Morning Magic is a specially ticketed event which means that only guests that have purchased a ticket (separate from their park ticket) are allowed entry.

Cost: $69/adult, $59/child in addition to the cost of your regular theme park ticket. The cost includes unlimited rides on the available attractions plus a buffet breakfast at Pinocchio Village Haus.

Crowds: Since this is a special ticketed event the crowds are significantly smaller and even if you aren't planning on attending Early Morning Magic but you are still going to Magic Kingdom on one of the days it is offered, the crowds won't be significantly impacted by the event.

When is it offered?: Early Morning Magic is typically offered twice a week on Sundays and Tuesdays. The holidays (and other busy times of the year) are usually excluded.

What attractions are open?: Unlike Extra Magic Hours where you'll find lots of things open, Early Morning Magic only has 3 attractions open:

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

Read more about Early Morning Magic

Looking for other ways to get into the parks before the crowds? Check out our post on Breakfast Reservations and a Ride - Before the Park Opens!

Related questions:

Ready to book a trip for 2018?

The handpicked team of agents at Prep School Travel can help you out. Fill out the info below to get started.

Leave a Reply

Epcot Magic Kingdom Hollywood Studios Animal Kingdom Water Parks
hollywoodstudiostouringplans 1 300x215 - Toy Story Land touring plans (with FastPass+ suggestions)
Toy Story Land touring plans (with FastPass+ suggestions)
Epcot updates_ everything that we know is happening (plus a few rumors)
Epcot updates: everything that we know is happening (plus a few rumors)
Disney After Hours badge
Disney After Hours available this summer! Here’s how it works.
Step 3: Make a Daily Plan Step 4: Dining Step 5: Park Touring Step 6: Extra Magic Step 2: Lodging Step 1: Pick a Date Planning Process Overview
hollywoodstudiostouringplans 1 300x215 - Toy Story Land touring plans (with FastPass+ suggestions)
Toy Story Land touring plans (with FastPass+ suggestions)
Ideas for how to plan a Disney World surprise
Ideas for how to plan a Disney World surprise
A review of Disney's Family Magic Tour
A review of Disney’s Family Magic Tour
General Reference Saving Money Technology Babies and Toddlers Special Needs Group Travel Characters Luxury Transportation
Pre-vacation checklist
Pre-vacation checklist: everything you need to do before you leave home
all about Minnie Vans at Disney World
Minnie Vans now available at all resorts! Here’s how they work.
How to handle the crowds at Disney World
How to handle the crowds at Disney World