What is Early Morning Magic Hour? Walt Disney World offers an extra hour in various parks for Disney Resort guests. It’s a perk of paying that little extra to stay at a Disney Resort to get into the Magic Kingdom or one of the other three parks an hour before all the other guests can arrive. Walt Disney World also offers Extra Evening Magic Hours for some parks.
But recently, Walt Disney World began offering the opportunity for anyone to take advantage of Early Morning Magic Hours for a price at some of their parks. Anyone can purchase tickets to these Early Morning Magic Hours on the Disney World website. Early Morning Magic Hours are currently available at Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Not even Disney Resort guests have access to these special events without purchasing the extra ticket. Disney World is limiting the number of guests who can purchase tickets, too, so it will be something you’ll want to reserve early enough that it doesn’t sell out.
There has been some debate as to whether it’s really worth it to purchase the tickets to these special events. You do also have to have a valid admission to the park for that day. And the number of attractions is limited. For instance, at the Fantasyland Early Morning Magic Hour, you can ride The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and Peter Pan’s Flight. If you choose the Early Morning Magic Hour at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll have your pick of Star Tours- The Adventures Continue, Toy Story Mania!, and Red Carpet Dreams- a photo opportunity with Minnie and Mickey in their finest Hollywood garb as well photos with Olaf from Frozen. You also receive an “all you care to enjoy” breakfast buffet with your price of admission. With Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Toy Story Mania! being two of the hottest attractions in Orlando, you can see why some people would jump at the chance for a small crowd to compete against.
The price of admission for these Early Morning Magic Hours is $69 plus tax for adults and $59 plus tax for children (ages 3 through 9) for each of the parks who currently offer this event.
I recently had the opportunity to try out the Early Morning Magic Hour at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I found it to be well worth the price of admission. We arrived right on time for the 7:45am opening time. We walked in to find a spotless park with no other guests in sight. We had the place to ourselves! We took some photos in front of the Chinese Theater that houses the Great Movie Ride (one of my favorites), but did not dally too long because Toy Story Mania! was the first goal. If you’ve ever been to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and like Toy Story Mania!, you know that the standby waits often span an hour or more. On this morning, though, we walked right onto this great attraction! And then, once we’d taken a spin through Andy’s Room, the cast members invited us to ride it as many times as we wanted WITHOUT GETTING OFF THE RIDE! It was so amazing! We ended up riding it FOUR times without even getting off and waiting in line again, because, well, there was no line. We had the same experience at Star Tours- no wait! And again, with Red Carpet Dreams, we walked right in and met the Big Cheese, Mickey Mouse himself and his sweetheart, Minnie Mouse. What a morning! We ended our Early Morning time with an excellent breakfast buffet at the ABC Commissary. The cast members were attentive and excited to be serving us. The breakfast is served until 10am and you must have the wristband handed out at entry to receive it. The park usually opens to regular park guests at 9am so it’s a good idea to ride all you can from 7:45am until 9am and then go for breakfast.
My opinion is that if any of the attractions offered at these Early Morning Magic Hours events are on your list of favorites that you might consider paying extra and riding them to your heart’s content. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is currently one of the most difficult attractions to get FastPass+ for, so that might make it well worth your money if you were unable to obtain that FastPass+. I hope you will consider these events when you book your next Walt Disney World Vacation Package with me!
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