What is Disney Extra Magic Time?

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Thinking of making your kids (and maybe even yours) dreams come true? Are you ready to unleash your inner child at Disneyland® Paris? We don’t blame you! But we want to let you in on the best way to make the most of your magical stay…and that’s with Disney Extra Magic Time!

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned Disney enthusiast, we’re here to help you navigate the benefits, rides, characters/meet and greet opportunities, and provide tips for maximising your experience during Extra Magic Hour!

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What is Disney Extra Magic Hour?

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Previously known as Disney’s Extra Magic Hour, it’s an exclusive benefit for guests staying at Disneyland Paris hotels. Allowing them to enter both Disneyland Paris parks one hour before the regular park opening time!

Whether you’re eager to get to Disneyland® Park or Walt Disney Studios® Park, it’ll give you a much-needed head start! With early access to the parks, you’ll be one of the first to enjoy your favourite rides such as Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, and more magic rides!

But it’s not just about the rides. The Disney Extra Magic Time also offers unique character meet-and-greet opportunities. Start your day by rubbing shoulders with beloved Disney Characters like Mickey and Minnie or catch a glimpse of your favourite Disney Princesses.

So, if you’re a Disney hotel guest and are looking to add that extra sprinkle of enchantment to your Disneyland Paris adventure, be sure to take advantage of the Disney Extra Magic Time.

What Are The benefits of Extra Magic Hour?

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During the special opening hours, Disney hotel guests can enjoy Extra Magic Time at Disneyland Paris, you’ll discover that exclusive access is a brilliant benefit. Why? We’ll tell you!

  • You can take advantage of shorter queues for popular attractions! Giving you and the kids the chance to start the day off with a blast on your favourite rides without having to queue for hours!
  • Always like to snap the best selfies or upload the most picturesque posts? Well, with the Disney Extra Magic hour you can enjoy fewer people crowding around the popular spots and avoid the usual hustle and bustle of the daytime crowds! So, whether you want a family pic outside of the Sleeping Beauty Castle or even at the Disney park entrance! Capture memorable photos without an abundance of people photobombing! 
  • Not only are there shorter queues for rides, but also for meet and greets with beloved Disney Characters at both Disney Parks! From Disney Princesses and Super Heroes to classic Disney Characters!  It’s the perfect time to capture amazing photos and create unforgettable memories with your beloved characters!

Remember, to enjoy the benefits of Extra Magic Time at Disneyland Paris, you must be staying at one of the official Disney Hotels! This exclusive perk adds an extra touch of enchantment to the Disney experience, making it even more memorable for all guests.

What Rides Are Open During Extra Magic Time?

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During Extra Magic Time, Disney hotel guests have the chance to enjoy amazing thrills and fantastic attractions an hour before the Disney parks open! The opening times for some rides can vary, but generally, you can go on any during this hour! 

Disneyland Park

Disneyland Park offers an enchanting experience with its Extra Magic Time, giving guests additional time to explore and enjoy the park’s attractions and rides.

From Fantasyland with popular rides such as Peter Pan’s Flight, “it’s a small world, and Dumbo the Flying Elephant to Big Thunder Mountain in Frontierland! 

Walt Disney Studios

At Walt Disney Studios with Extra Magic Time, you can experience the magic of several exciting rides. One of the highlights is Crush’s Coaster, where you can join Crush on a whirlwind underwater adventure. Or enjoy an action-packed activity with Spider-Man W.E.B. Adventure, where you can become a superhero and help defeat the forces of evil!

For fans of the beloved movie Ratatouille, the Ratatouille: The Adventure ride is open during Extra Magic Time. Guests can shrink down to the size of a rat and follow Remy on a culinary escapade through Gusteau’s restaurant.

Unfortunately, the Cars Road Trip attraction is closed during the Disney Extra Magic Time. However, you can still enjoy the excitement of Cars Quatre Roues Rallye, where they can hop aboard a car and race around in a fun-filled adventure!

Are there Characters/Meet and Greet During Extra Magic Hour?

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Of course! As mentioned before, you can meet your favourite Disney Characters for a quick pic and to sign in your autograph book! From Mickey, Minnie and Goofy to Disney Princesses and more!

For those who enjoy a bit of mischief, you can share laughs and create lasting memories with Stitch!

How Can You Make the Best Use of Extra Magic Time?

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For thrill-seekers staying at a Disneyland Hotel, you can use your Extra Magic Time to experience the biggest and most popular rides while there are fewer crowds in the park. Meaning queue times are shorter and you’ll have more of a chance of exploring the park with super speed before the gates open for the regular guests! 

Your little ones can also benefit from the Disney Extra Magic Time because it hopefully won’t be so over-stimulating for them. With smaller crowds and fewer waiting times, they can enjoy classic rides like Dumbo the Flying Elephant or go on a magical journey with Peter Pan on Peter Pan’s Flight!

What Disneyland Hotels Offer This Exclusive Benefit?

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All of them! We’ll list them below:

  • The iconic Disneyland Hotel – which will reopen on the 25th January 2024!
  • Disney Newport Bay Club
  • Disney Hotel Cheyenne
  • Disney Sequoia Lodge
  • Disney Hotel Santa Fe
  • Disney Davy Crockett Ranch
  • And Disney Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel!

With so much choice and amazing perks, it’s a no-brainer!

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Whether it’s exploring the enchanting lands of Disneyland Park or experiencing the magic of Walt Disney Studios Park, Disney Extra Magic Time offers an exclusive and unforgettable experience for Disney lovers all around. It’s the perfect excuse to stay at a Disney Hotel on your next visit to Disneyland Paris!

Don’t forget to dine at the PYM Kitchen or enjoy a magical experience with character dining at Auberge De Cendrillon! Marvel at the Disney fireworks and learn all about the Disney Princesses and Disney Villains! And of course, there’s the seasonal events like Halloween and Christmas – there’s always so much to do in Disneyland Park!

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