Since 2004, Walt Disney World hotel guests have been able to enjoy the exclusive benefit of Extra Magic Hours. Each night or morning, hotel guests have the opportunity to spend extra time in a designated theme park, which is open either one hour prior to park opening or three hours after park closing exclusively to those with a valid room key from a Walt Disney World hotel. This week, however, Disney announced that this benefit will now be slightly reduced, with evening Extra Magic Hours shortened from three hours to two.
Effective January 1, 2013, Walt Disney World hotel guests will now only have the opportunity to stay in a park with evening Extra Magic Hours for up to two hours after the official park closing time. The official Walt Disney World website has been updated to reflect the new change; in its description of Extra Magic Hours, the site now reads: “Each day, one of the 4 Walt Disney World theme parks opens one hour early or remains open up to 2 hours after regular closing time. Additionally, Disney Water Parks offer Extra Magic Hours during select times of year.”
Disney has not yet announced if normal park hours will be extended due to the limited Extra Magic Hours, or if any new perks will be added for hotel guests to offset the change. Will this new change in evening Extra Magic Hours affect your vacation? Leave a comment and let us know.