May the Fourth be with you!
Honoring this special Star Wars Day, Walt Disney World gave us all some very interesting news.
Today Walt Disney World announced that guests of Disney Resort hotels and other select hotels will be able to take advantage of the Extra Magic Hours benefit with Extra, Extra Magic Hours for a limited time at the theme parks!
Extra, Extra Magic Hours will include Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as well as Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom theme parks.
Here are the details:
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios — Daily from September 1-November 2, the park will have Extra, Extra Magic Hours from 6-9 AM which will include Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, plus Toy Story Land and select other attractions through out the park. Access to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and its experiences will be subject to capacity.
Disney also announced that that on August 29-31, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will open at 6 AM for all guests. There will not be Extra, Extra Magic Hours on those days.
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Extra, Extra Magic Hours will happen daily August 29-November 2, from 7-8 AM, featuring Pandora – The World of Avatar and other attractions throughout the park. The attractions available will be the same as today’s morning Extra Magic Hours offerings.
- Magic Kingdom Park —Extra, Extra Magic Hours will happen daily from August 29-November 2, from 7-8 AM, the attractions available in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland will be the same as the current morning EMH offerings.
Extra Magic Hours will also continue to be available on select days at Epcot.
If guests are visiting this fall, they are reminded that the Extra, Extra Magic Hours benefit at the Walt Disney World Resort requires a valid theme park admission and hotel ID.
With the opening of Frozen Ever After and the Royal Sommerhus, Epcot has updated its Extra Magic Hours attraction line-up.
Frozen Ever After, the Royal Sommerhus, The Seas with Nemo & Friends, and Turtle Talk with Crush will now be open for both morning and evening EMH.
Mission: SPACE will now only be operating during Evening EMH.
Morning EMH beings 1 hour before regular park opening, and evening EMY begins at regular park close for 2 hours.
The full line-up is:
Epcot Morning EMH
Frozen Ever After
Living with the Land
The Seas with Nemo and Friends
Turtle Talk with Crush
Epcot Evening EMH
Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
Journey Into Imagination With Figment
Living with the Land
O Canada! – Last show starts at 10:55 PM
The American Adventure – 9:45 PM, 10:20 PM
The Circle of Life
The Seas with Nemo & Friends
Turtle Talk With Crush – Continuously 9:00 PM–10:40 PM
Character Spot – 9:00 PM–10:45 PM
Kali Rapids has been removed from the morning Extra Magic Hours line-up at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
The white-water rafting ride was added to the EMH offering in August, with its last morning EMH availability being today. Kali Rapids will now open with the rest of the park at 9 AM on morning EMH days.
One additional note – the test of compulsory use of lockers for personal items has been cancelled.
The park operating hours and Extra Magic Hours schedule for Walt Disney World has been significantly changed in a recent calendar update.
Most of the evening Extra Magic Hours at the Magic Kingdom have been moved to different days from mid-July until the end of the year, along with morning Extra Magic Hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Both parks have seen significant extensions to park hour. The Magic Kingdom has seen an increase in the number of Main Street Electrical Parade performances.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios has also seen changes to EMH days, and a lot of extensions to regular operating hours and additional Fantasmic! shows.
Epcot appears to have escaped any changes so far.
If you are planning, or already have a trip planned, you should double check the calendar for any changes that may impact your trip.