So what exactly is the difference between the old Extra Magic Hours and the new Extended Evening Hours? We’re breaking it down for you here!
There are a lot of similarities between these two programs, but there are also a couple of key differences. To start, we’ll summarize the Extra Magic Hours system that was in place before Disney World closed for the pandemic.
Extra Magic Hours
Extra Magic Hours was only available to guests staying at a Disney World hotel, including on-property resorts like the Walt Disney World Dolphin & Swan Resorts, Shades of Green, select Disney Springs area hotels, and Four Seasons Resort Orlando.
One Disney park per morning night would have Extra Magic Hours, which was usually 1–2 hours before or after normal closing time. Each of the four parks took part in the program and alternated hosting the extra hours.
Guests could start their morning before park opening, or stay after and enjoy select rides and attractions during that time!
Extended Evening Hours
The biggest difference between these two programs is that Extended Evening Hours are only available to guests at Disney’s Deluxe Resorts and Villas. Also participating are the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotels, the Walt Disney World Swan Reserve, and the Shades of Green hotel.
The full list of hotels qualifying for Extended Evening Hours are:
Disney Deluxe Resorts
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Disney’s Beach Club Resort
- Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts
- Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
- Disney’s Beach Club Villas
- Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
- Disney’s Old Key West Resort
- Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
- Disney’s Riviera Resort
- Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
- The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Other Select Hotels
- Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
- Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
- Walt Disney World Swan Reserve
- Shades of Green on Walt Disney World
So far, Extended Evening Hours have so far only been announced for Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, although Disney has said that all parks will be participating eventually. For those two parks, the Extended Hours will be two hours after normal closing time.
Like with Extra Magic Hours, only select rides, attractions, shops, and restaurants will be open during Extended Evening Hours. Guests will also need admission and a theme park reservation for the same park on the same day to experience the Extended Evening Hours.
Keep following AllEars for more info on Disney’s new policies!
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