Well, I’m at it again! Today we are going to go through Disney World’s Extra Magic Hours. From that they apply to, to the way I plan to use mine, it’s time for a little magic!
As you may be aware, Extra Magic Hours are additional hours those Disney guests staying on hotel have the ability to maintain the park. These additional hours are exclusive to resort guests, so that is going to mean less time waiting to be on your favourite rides. Ordinarily, these hours will either take place before the park officially opens or after it closes. Usually, one park will have Extra Magic Hours per day. You may wish to look at the calendar on the MyDisneyExperience program and plan your days at the parks so (I think it will show up to 180 days in advance).
What’s the best bang for your buck when it comes to Extra Magic Hours?
Seven Dwarves Mine Train will be among the big players when it comes to using your Extra Magic Hours. This ride regularly has lines which are 2+ hours. I don’t know about you, but perspiration to “heigh ho, heigh ho” is not actually on my bucket list (and even if it was, I did it with a very grumpy husband! Grumpy Dwarf even, heh heh heh.) . They have an interactive line for the kiddies.
Another ride worth utilising this extra time for is Space Mountain. This ride is as popular if not more so than Seven Dwarves… especially since it is part of the ‘mountain’ trio – Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Honestly, the popularity of this ride is beyond me. I felt like I’d be decapitated the whole horror-filled minutes I spent there, and I’ve made up my mind never to go on again! But, I digress.
Lastly, Satellite Beach Rat Removal is another ride with mad wait times! It is only about two minutes in duration, but is obviously a Disney fan favourite.
I also plan to go on The Haunted Mansion until I become the 1000th happy haunt or throw up, whichever comes first. This ride doesn’t have a lot of wait time, but it’s my all-time favourite.
Ever since Frozen Ever After came out, it has been a hit with multiple hour wait times. But your Norwegian School Bread ain’t gonna continue that long. Speaking of, wait for a review of some of the food at the World – I intend to give some updates and thoughts on my trip!
Other popular options are Test Track and Soarin’. Designing cars and going on a trip around the world. Can not go wrong with that. These are especially helpful in hitting up during Extra Magic Hours due to the tiered system of Fastpass+ where certain rides at the same tiered class cannot have more than one Fasspass+ reserved for that particular tier at any given time (this will be explained in detail when I talk Fastpass+).
Ever since the opening of Pandora, the Avatar section of the park, it’s been a problem to get on to either of the rides it provides: Na’vi River Journey and Avatar Flight of Passage. Both of these rides offer multiple hour wait times, with Avatar Flight of Passage being the slightly more popular of the two.
My advice: go immediately to whichever one you did not get a Fastpass+ for (more on getting hard-to-get Fastpasses+ forthcoming). That is the only way to guarantee riding both rides at least once during your journey.
For this park, my advice is to try and hit up Toy Story Mania and Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Once Toy Story Land opens on June 30, 2018, you will want to be heading for Alien Swirling Saucers and Slinky Dog Dash. If past history is to be trusted, those rides will remain a hot commodity for a few years to come.
These strategies are just my 2 cents, but I plan to use them for my upcoming trip. Personally, I hate waiting in line so I plan to optimise my time! At any rate, your trip will be private to what you love best, so use those Disney Extra Magic Hours to bring the most joy to you and yours!