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In my experience, Epcot is best to hit on the Extra Magic mornings (as the only outdoor attraction is Test Track), and the rest are perfect for nighttime excursions. Animal Kingdom is beautiful at night, and Everest and Kali are excellent in the dark. The Tower of Terror at DHS is fantastic at night, and the whole park just feels great once the Fantasmic! crowds has dispersed. The Magic Kingdom, however, takes the cake for the best nighttime excursion. Tonnes of attractions, many of which feature outdoor sections. The lighting is fantastic, too.
But agree with Josh on the evening Magic hours, especially in September when the parks close early, evening magic hours are a great way to extend your Disney experience!
When I have visited on business, I'm usually available to wonder around as I see fit. With my family, we actually stayed off sight with other family members.
We had NO problem taking part in the late or extra hours of night within our week stay! All I had was my regular ticket stubs for the parks, etc......
My question here is..... Can anyone tell me how Disney controls non-resort guests in taking advantage of the extra magic hours??? I mean can anyone, even non-resort guests take part in this??? Especially in the evening like we did??? I have not tried the early morning/early opening hours, so I can't speak on this.
Was I just lucky??? or like I said.....can any regular paying customer, (non-resort staying person) receive the same perks???
Let me know your thoughts and experiences please!
Im not sure how you were able to get on rides without a room key or wrist band...Cast Members were not doing their jobs correctly apparently...so yes, you got lucky
I've ridden Space Mountain, Test Track, Splash Mountain, Expedition Everest, etc. over and over on the Magic Evenings - but Soarin' is ALWAYS a huge line no matter what!
Last time I was there (May of 2007), they made us show our room keys in the mornings prior to entry, and they gave us wrist bands at night. And Shades of Green is now included in the Magic Hours program.
I guess I did get lucky??? Every ride/attraction I encountered either asked the same, or didn't and just let it go! I did Nemo that week also, as I remembered since my kids were so hyped on the movie!
FYI - to all interested....I was just your average guy w/family (2 toddlers and wife). I was never turned away from ANY attraction/ride during the first hour of special Magic hours!
Yes, I was asked whether or not I had a wristband, or a room key. Of course I didn't have a room key since I stayed off site, but a simple, "room key is with other family members" worked. In regards to wristband, I guess dealing with two toddlers and us tryin to deal with them gave us parents a free pass??? Only a suggestion of getting the band to noy encounter further problems was suggested!
I'm NOT against what happened to me, but I only asked because if it happened to me and possible others also, then it kind of takes away from the fact you are a priviledged "on site" staying guest!
I guess I should count my blessings? :)
I've had that happen before. In the off-season, they're a lot more lax about whether guests have wristbands or not. Although I was staying on-site, it was my first time using Extra Magic and I was able to ride several Magic Kingdom rides without a bracelet. I finally got stopped at one of the attractions, and they told me where I could get a bracelet.
It just depends on the Cast Member, I suppose.
Yep I agree with you.
A follow up to my previous posts. Keep in mind folks my admittence to any and all attractions did occur within the first hour and half of each extra magic late day hours offered. True, by the time passing, policy was being inforced more. I don't believe I would have been that lucky if I stretched my stay any longer..
It seems just as busy during this period as it does earlier in the day. But then again we used the Magic Hours to our advantage by going out on the Boggy Creek Airboats during the day and then sliding over for the extended late night at EPCOT.
I suppose that's what a lot of people do if they have unlimited 14 day passes like we had.
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