On Site Itinerary vs. Off Site
Itinerary for Disney World
Extra Magic Hours! If you
are staying off site, you might think you can
skip this, but it is as important to planning
your Disney World Itinerary
as it is if you are staying on site.
of all, let's be sure everyone knows what Extra
Magic Hours are: Each day one Disney World theme
park opens one hour before regular admission
time and/or one park stays open up to three
hours after closing. Who gets Extra Magic Hours?
The guests who stay at the Disney World Resorts,
the Dolphin, the Swan, and the Hilton in Downtown
Disney. This is a great opportunity to visit
attractions when it is less crowded and the
lines short. So you can be sure that guests
who are entitled to these will plan their Disney
World Itinerary to be in those designated
parks early and/or late. Follow these tips for
planning your Disney World Itinerary.
Morning Extra Magic Hours:
on site—Begin your day at the park with
the extra morning hour. Because there are so
many Disney guests who will be there already
when the park opens, by 11:00 a.m. or so it
can get very crowded. That is a good time to
head out to lunch and a different Disney World
park (providing you have a Park Hopper ticket
off site—you will avoid the park with
the Extra Magic Hour, going to another one instead.
Planning of your Disney World itinerary is key.
Evening Extra Magic Hours:
on site—Move from the park with the extra
morning hour to the park with the extra evening
hours if you plan to take advantage of both;
if you are not planning to stay for the extra
evening hours, choose a different Disney World
park for your itinerary that will be less crowded
in the evening.
off site—If you have a base ticket which
allows you to visit only one park per day, your
itinerary will want to avoid both the park with
the extra morning hour and the extra evening
hours. If you have a Park Hopper ticket option,
you can simply move to another park when the
one with the extra evening hours begins to fill
Budget Tip: If you are staying
at one of the Extra Magic Hours qualifying Disney
resorts, you may find yourself using the resort
only to sleep. You would miss out on all the
magic the resort has to offer...like swimming
pools and water parks, planned activities, playgrounds,
biking, nature walks, boat rides, casual strolling
around the beautifully landscaped grounds and
the themed resort buildings.
Plan your Disney World Itinerary to allow some
days to stay just at the resort and have a good
time, perhaps with a trip out for Downtown Disney,
the Disney Discount shopping stores, a resort
Disney Character meal or one of the dinner theater
performances, or other local mini-activity.
The resorts are so much fun, you might even
consider staying there only for the resort experience,
and stay at an inexpensive off-site hotel while
you spend full itinerary days at the parks.