Published: August 31, 2008 at 11:17 AMThe Disney Extra Magic Hours one needs clarification.
You should go to extra morning hours and then leave that park about 2 hours after the normal opening time and visit another Disney park without Extra Magic Hours.
The extra evening magic hours can be killer at such parks as Animal Kingdom. We took advantage of the evening hours at AK and rode Expedition Everest about 10 times in a row with no wait.
Published: September 3, 2008 at 3:51 PMAbsolutely go as early as possible. We went to Disneyland the week of August 16-22 and decided to be there at gate opening (8am). The back of the park (New Orleans Square, Adventureland and Frontierland) were literally ghost towns. I even took pictures and it's only us in those areas. We rode Splash Mountain back to back where we didn't have to get out of the boat; the same with Indiana Jones. I've always heard about going early but it was insane. Felt like we had the park to ourselves. Particularly with Disneyland, I think most folks are taking their little tots to do all the Fantasyland stuff right away since it gets so crowded.
Also, late in the evening, around 9-ish, there were no lines or waits for a lot of the attractions in Fantasyland.
We went to Magic Mountain during this time, too, and the only one with a long wait was X2, which by the way felt rougher to me than I remember in '07. Anyway, to ride all the other popular rides the longest wait was maybe 20 minutes, and the park was packed. We arrived at 10:30am and ended up leaving around 3 because we hit everything, and had time to eat in the park.
I think the day of the week factors in, depending on the time of year. More importantly then any of the stuff mentioned above, always give yourself enough days to visit any of the parks so that you don't get frustrated when you are visiting on a busy day.