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Extra, Extra Magic Hours in Walt Disney World – Everything to Know

Extra Magic Hours have been a part of the Walt Disney World experience now for years and at times can offer a good opportunity to visit the Disney World parks with fewer guests. However now Disney has taken that to the next level with special Extra, Extra Magic Hours they are introducing this Fall.

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Extra, Extra Magic Hours

What Are Extra, Extra Magic Hours?

Normal Extra Magic Hours allow guests staying in a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel to enter the parks 1 hour before regular guests, or stay in the parks later when the rest have to go home.

Extra, Extra Magic Hours are a new twist Disney has announced which will allow guests staying in a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel to visit the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios a whole 3 HOURS before guests not staying on property.

This is especially of interest for guests who will be visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge this Fall and should allow them to get a jump on what is sure to be the most popular area of Walt Disney World for years to come.

Extra, Extra Magic Hours are for a limited-time only and will be running from August 29 – November 2, 2019. (At least these are the only dates at this time).

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge tunnel in Hollywood Studios

Here are the details and times Extra, Extra Magic Hours will be running:

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Daily from August 29th – November 2nd, 2019. Disney’s Magic Kingdom will be open from from 7-8 a.m. Pandora: The World of Avatar will be open and other rides and attractions in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland will be open, just like just like Extra Magic Hours offerings.
  • Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park – Daily from August 29th – November 2nd, 2019. Disney’s Magic Kingdom will be open from from 7-8 a.m. Attractions in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland will be open, just like Extra Magic Hours offerings.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Daily from September 1 – November 2. Hollywood Studios will be open from 6 – 9am for Extra, Extra Magic Hours.  Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be open as well as Toy Story Land, plus other select rides and attractions. (Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and its experiences subject to capacity.)

If you are planning on being in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge the first few days it opens (August 29 – 31) Disney’s Hollywood Studios will open at 6am for all guests. Extra, Extra Magic Hours start on September 1.

Epcot Spaceship Earth for Extra Extra Magic Hours
  • Epcot – While we don’t have the particulars, Extra Magic Hours will continue during select days in Epcot based on the calendar.

What’s Required for Extra, Extra Magic Hours?

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Concept Art
  • First of all you need to be staying in a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel to take advantage of Extra, Extra Magic Hours.
  • Entrance to the parks during Extra, Extra Magic Hours requires park admission and hotel ID
  • If you don’t have the Park Hopper Option on your park ticket, remember the park you choose to enter during Extra, Extra Magic Hours will be the only one you are admitted entrance to that day.
  • Attraction choices are limited during these special days. There usually is a good choice of attractions, but be aware that not all of them will be available so it’s best to check ahead of time. (Magic Kingdom attractions are the most affected here because only Fantasyland and Tomorrowland are open).

*Applicable theme park, days and times of operation, attraction and service availability may vary and are subject to change without notice. Subject to capacity and cancellation.

Our Thoughts:

Even though we still recommend and prefer staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, the benefits are getting less and less every year. That’s why I’m excited to see these special Extra, Extra Magic Hours come around, even if it’s only for a limited time.

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run

This is going to be very useful for guests to be able to get into Galaxy’s Edge. Yes you’re going to have to get up early, but I think the results are going to be worth it because the facts are that the majority of families, especially with kids, are just not going to be able to be in Hollywood Studios that early in the morning.

That means whoever is willing to sacrifice a little bit in the mornings is going to get a whole lot of exploring done in Galaxy’s Edge before the majors crowds come.

We’ll continue to update our tips for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge as we get closer to the opening, but this is definitely something to keep in mind and can save you a lot of time.

Stay Tuned to Ziggy Knows Disney for more updates for Galaxy’s Edge soon…

Your Thoughts:

I want to know what you think about these Extra, Extra Magic Hours coming to Walt Disney World…

  • Are you going to take advantage of them?
  • What’s the earliest you’d get in line for Galaxy’s Edge?

Let us know in the comments section below!

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christopher cirino

Thursday 9th of May 2019

How early do you think Disney will allow people to start lining up at the entrance of Hollywood Studios?


Monday 6th of May 2019

I will stay at Pop Century from September 25 to October 9. I’m thinking about visiting HS twice during my stay. Do you think that Disney can limit the entrance for Galaxy Edge to 1 time per stay? And another question, since HS will open at 6am, will the resorts food courts open earlier? Thanks :)


Tuesday 7th of May 2019

Hi Cinthia, thanks for the question! No, you won't be limited into GE during your stay, so you can go as many times as you want. I'm not sure about the food courts. I know last year for Toy Story Land they didn't open earlier so I wouldn't expect them to this time for GE either. Hope that helps! :)


Saturday 4th of May 2019

Will the extra extra magic hours be available every morning for Hollywood studios. We are coming in October but not sure what day we will be in HS ??


Saturday 4th of May 2019

Hi Lynn, thanks for commenting. Yes every morning in Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios!