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The Best-Kept Secret at Disney World

Slinky Dog Coaster at Toy Story Land at Disney World in Orlando; Courtesy of Disney

Extra Magic can be yours in 2019!

With Extra Magic Hours, Walt Disney World Resort visitors can enjoy more rides, less waiting time and more theme park fun! The amazing added value program provides more early entry and late stay theme park privileges than ever before.

Here’s the lowdown on Disney World’s current early entry and late stay programs, which you’ll want to consider if you’re planning a visit during the second half of 2019, when Star Wars: Galaxy Edge will debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

How to Get Extra Magic Hours

Early entry and late stay theme park privileges are available to Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests and guests of 13 select hotels near the park. They’re available with a valid regular theme park ticket and proof of stay on select days at select theme parks.

New for 2019: Extra, Extra Magic Hours

If you’re among the scores of Disney fans whose enthusiasm for the World has at least once been labeled “extra” by friends and family members, now is the time to cash in on your over-the-top Disney World enthusiasm. Introduced to appease the crowds anticipated with the opening of Star Wars Galaxy Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on August 29, new Extra Extra Magic Hours will give visitors even more early entry and late stay theme park access, including three hours of daily early entry to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Available per the terms for Extra Magic Hours, Extra Extra Magic Hours will be offered for a limited time, from Sept. 1  to Nov. 2, 2019.

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More Off-Hours Access Programs

If you’re planning a short visit, visiting at an extremely busy time, or else want to treat your teens or college kids who can tour on their own, this is your quick ticket to maximum theme park fun!  Two separately ticketed programs (which are different from Extra Magic Hours) are offered throughout the year:

Early Morning Magic

Available at the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this limited ticket early theme park entry program includes breakfast and early exclusive access to  Fantasyland (Magic Kingdom) or Toy Story Land (Disney’s Hollywood Studios). You’ll enjoy front row access to favorite rides, characters and plenty of elbow room before the parks open to regular visitors. Tickets are available for select Sundays and Tuesdays at the Magic Kingdom and Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You don’t need to be a guest of a specific hotel to purchase tickets.

Disney After Hours

Available at three of the four Disney World theme parks—Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios—this nighttime program includes special snacks, exclusive photo-ops, and best of all, the opportunity to experience quick access to all of your favorite attractions in more lands (compared to Early Morning Magic). This program is available to all visitors, and is not tied to hotel status.

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Jackie Perrin has covered the best of family travel for nearly two decades, for media ranging from newspapers and magazines to At home and on the go, she manages a crew of companions. Follow her on Pinterest, TripAdvisor and Instagram, @NYfamtravels.