UPDATED September 24, 2020: One of the most common questions we hear at Get Away Today is, What's the difference between Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour? We break down the differences and make it easy to understand.
The information below is accurate through March 14, 2020, before the parks closed due to Covid-19. It should be noted that this information may not be applicable when the Disneyland Resort reopens. The Disneyland Resort currently has not announced an opening date. While there is no opening date for the parks, we do know that a theme park reservation will be required once the parks reopen. Other than that, Disney has not released information as to whether Extra Magic Hour or Magic Morning offerings will be available.
When planning a Disneyland vacation, there are a lot of questions that come up. When should I go? Where should I stay? How many days do I need at Disneyland? Once you've answered those questions, there is one question that still throws people off. Many people use the terms "Magic Morning" and "Extra Magic Hour" interchangeably. But they are quite different. And confusing the two can lead to some seriously disappointing vacation moments. Don't let it happen to you.
What's the Difference Between Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour?
Using Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hour always tops our list of how to make the most of your time at Disneyland. Getting to the parks early is a good idea, no matter the time of year you travel. It lets you beat the crowds and get so much done. But, there's nothing worse than waking up early and getting everyone to the park, only to be told that your Disneyland ticket doesn't qualify for early entry. Let us spare you any disappointment and help you understand the key differences between the two. They are incredible perks when used properly.
What is Magic Morning?
Magic Morning is valid for admission into Disneyland Park one hour before the park opens to the general public. It is only valid on select days, and only select areas of Disneyland are open during Magic Morning.
What is Extra Magic Hour?
Extra Magic Hour is a perk that is ONLY available to guests staying at one of the three Hotels of the Disneyland Resort. That means you must be staying at either Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the Disneyland Hotel, or Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel to get Extra Magic Hour. Extra Magic Hour also allows you into the park an hour before it opens to the public.
Magic Morning vs. Extra Magic Hours - Details
Now that you have a basic overview of what Magic Morning and Extra Magic Morning are, we're going to break down the details. We'll answer questions about how to get them, how to use them, where to use them and more. If we miss anything at all, let us know in the comments below.
The Difference Between Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour - How Do I Get It?
Magic Morning: Anyone who purchases a 3-Day and longer Disneyland ticket (either Park Hoppers or 1-Park per Day tickets) will receive ONE Magic Morning. This automatically comes with your ticket when you purchase with Get Away Today.
There are a few exceptions. Military tickets, as well as group tickets normally do not come with Magic Morning included. Additionally, Annual Passholders do not receive Magic Morning privileges.
Extra Magic Hour: Anyone who is staying at one of the Disneyland Resort Hotels receives an Extra Magic Hour for each day that they are staying at the hotel. In order to use the Extra Magic Hour each day of your stay, you must also have valid theme park admission. That means that if you only have a one or two day ticket, you still get Extra Magic Hour for staying on-site. Annual Passholders and other ticket holders who do not receive Magic Morning benefits with their passes will qualify for Extra Magic Hour for the days they are staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel.
The Difference Between Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour - What Days Can I Use It?
As with any offering at the Disneyland Resort, both Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour are subject to change. Regardless of which perk you have, you'll want to check the official Disneyland calendar for your dates. I recommend checking both a few weeks prior to your vacation, and again once you're on your vacation to make sure that nothing has changed.
Magic Morning: Magic Morning is available on select days only. While those dates can change, they are typically available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. You'll want to make sure that you keep this in mind when you decide when to use your Magic Morning.
Extra Magic Hour: If you are staying on-property, you get an Extra Magic Hour each day of your stay, as long as you have a valid theme park ticket. That means if you're staying for four nights and have a three day ticket, you'll get an Extra Magic Hour each of the three days you'll go to the parks. The only thing you'll need to pay attention to is which park is open on which day.
For Disneyland, Extra Magic Hour is offered the same days as Magic Morning. That means your Extra Magic Hour for Disneyland is typically available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. There will be both Disneyland hotel guests and non-hotel guests inside Disneyland during Magic Morning on these days. In Disney California Adventure Park, Extra Magic Hour is typically available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Disney hotel guests will be the only guests inside Disney California Adventure Park during Extra Magic Hour on these days.
The Difference Between Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour - Which Park Can I Visit?
Magic Morning: We have answered this above, but since it is the most commonly misunderstood aspect of Magic Morning, we want to reiterate it. Magic Morning is only valid for Disneyland Park admission. It is not available for Disney California Adventure Park. It's also important to note that Magic Morning typically is limited to Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.
Extra Magic Hour: With Extra Magic Hour, which is only available to Disney hotel guests, you may visit both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park on select days. There is a schedule as stated above, so you don't get your daily choice of park. Extra Magic Hour is the ONLY way to get into Disney California Adventure Park before it opens to the general public. To make this exclusive perk even more special, most attractions inside Disney California Adventure Park are open during Extra Magic Hour. This includes Cars Land, Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! and Pixar Pier.
The Difference Between Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour - What Attractions Are Open?
Because attractions at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park are always subject to change, this list can change. However, these are the attractions that are typically open during Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour:
Disneyland: (available during Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour) Space Mountain, Star Tours - The Adventures Continue, Matterhorn, Peter Pan's Flight, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Snow White's Scary Adventure, it's a small world, Buzz Lightyear Astroblasters
Disney California Adventure Park: (reminder: ONLY for Extra Magic Hour) Soarin' Around the World, Radiator Springs Racers, Incredicoaster, Toy Story Mania!, Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!, Luigi's Rollickin Roadsters, Mater's Junkyard Jamboree, Goofy's Sky School
The Difference Between Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour - How Do I Redeem It?
Magic Morning: Your Magic Morning is tied to your Disneyland ticket. Once it is scanned during a Magic Morning hour, it will reflect as redeemed on Disney's end. You will not be able to use it again.
Extra Magic Hour: With Extra Magic Hour, your perk is not tied to your ticket. Rather, it is tied to your room reservation. You will need to show your room key when you enter the appropriate park with your ticket. Each registered guest should have their room key with them to take advantage of Extra Magic Hour. Although I haven't always had to show mine for my small kids, I always bring them just in case.
The Difference Between Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour - When Should I Get There?
The answer to this is pretty much the same for both Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour. We always recommend getting in line at the Main Gate at least half an hour before either Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hour begins. That normally means that you should arrive to the Disneyland Resort an hour before the Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hour begins. That should give you enough time to get through security. The exact time will vary depending on when the park opens, so you'll want to check the schedule.
The Difference Between Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour - How Much Does It Cost?
Magic Morning: One really nice thing about Magic Morning is that the cost is included in the price of your qualified Disneyland tickets. Magic Mornings can not be purchased separately, nor can an additional Magic Morning be added to an existing Disneyland ticket.
Extra Magic Hour: The cost of Extra Magic Hour is included with your Disneyland Resort hotel stay. The cost of your hotel stay will vary depending on which of the three hotels you choose and the time of year that you visit. Watch for specials from Get Away Today to help you save the most on the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort.
The Difference Between Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour
We hope that answered all of your questions about Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour. It can seem overwhelming initially, but it's really quite simple. If you have any questions that we haven't answered, please leave them below. We'd love to answer them and add them to this article.
And of course, we'd love to help you book your vacation so you can take advantage of either Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hour! You can find all of our Disneyland packages and Disneyland tickets online. Or, you can always call our vacation experts at 855-GET-AWAY during our regular business hours.