Great news (maybe?) if you’re going to be a Disney World hotel guest after Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens on August 29th!
Disney is extending park hours AND adding more Extra Magic Hour options to alleviate the Galaxy’s Edge crowds that will be flooding the Orlando parks this fall. So…yeah…it’s gonna be CROWDED in Disney World, but at least you can plan to get up really early and maybe not get as lost in the sea of humanity as you would have otherwise.
FYI, Extra Magic Hours are times when the parks are open exclusively for guests staying at resort hotels that offer the Extra Magic Hour benefit — those include the Disney World-owned resort hotels and several good neighbor hotels in the area.
They’re usually only offered at one or two parks per day, but this year, from September 1-November 2, those guests will be able to experience Extra Magic Hours at three Disney World theme parks…EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Yep, Hollywood Studios — Galaxy’s Edge’s home park — will be open for Extra Magic Hours every day until November 2nd from 6-9AM. So if your goal is to ride Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ten times with low waits, be sure to be at the gates no later than 5:30AM! During these Extra Magic Hours, Galaxy’s Edge, Toy Story Land, and other “select attractions” will be open.
AND, if Star Wars isn’t your thing (or you’ve already been there), you’ll be able to experience Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom for an extra hour every morning this fall. NOTE, however, that not ALL attractions will be open during Extra Magic Hours in the parks. For example, in Magic Kingdom, you’ll only have access to Fantasyland and Tomorrowland — no Big Thunder Mountain for you.
And the best part is that there are some days showing two sets of Extra Magic Hours for some parks like Magic Kingdom. On this date, you’ll be able to do EMH in Magic Kingdom in the morning and the evening! (Who needs sleep?!?!)
It’s also important to note that from August 29-31, Hollywood Studios will open at 6AM for ALL guests — you don’t need to be an Extra Magic Hours-eligible hotel guest to take advantage of the early opening on those first days after Galaxy’s Edge opens.
So, super exciting, right? And yes — this IS a measure to disperse crowds…because there WILL be crowds. Are you staying at a Disney resort hotel this fall? Let us know with a comment!