Most visitors to Walt Disney World sample all four theme parks, and maybe even the two water parks, too. A key question is: which park do we visit today?
Even if you're not staying at a Walt Disney World resort, the answer depends on a practice called "Extra Magic Hour".
Every day, one of the four theme parks -- Magic Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Epcot, or Animal Kingdom-- opens one hour early, for guests staying at a Walt Disney World resort. (Another park will stay open for evening Extra Magic Hours.)
Morning strategy: if you're entitled to enter one of the four theme parks early, arrive at that park promptly and you'll probably get to ride your favorite rides without standing in line-ups. Be sure to bring your Resort ID (Key to the World Card) with you for park admission.
If you're not entitled to enter early (or if you can't get up early enough!) AVOID that park that morning, and perhaps even all day: the park will be more crowded than usual.
Note the Extra Magic Hour in the morning applies to the waterparks Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach also; and that there are also extended evening hours at either Magic Kingdom, Epcot, or Disney's Hollywood Studios.
-- Find the schedule for Extra Magic Hours.
Evening Extra Magic Hours typically allow three extra hours in a theme park.
A few points to note about Extra Magic Hours:
- Be sure to bring along your Key To The World Card resort ID
- If you want to visit more than one theme park in a day, make sure you have a Park Hopper type of ticket. (See more about park tickets).
- Not all attractions are open during Extra Magic Hours -- see details. Evening hours tend to have a larger selection than morning hours.
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