You may have read that as a visitor to Disneyland Paris, you can take advantage of Extra Magic Time. Of course, that sounds very magical, but what is it really?
Extra Magic Time means that the Disneyland Paris parks open earlier for certain guests. It is only available to an exclusive group. This means that the parks are a lot quieter at that time. Useful for taking pictures without strangers in the background or visiting popular attractions.
To make the most of it, we made a list of the 6 things you need to know about Extra Magic Time. Let’s start quickly with number 1!
1. Not everyone can use Extra Magic Time
It sounds very nice, of course: getting into the park before other visitors. You can quietly go into attractions where there is normally a long line and take pictures peacefully without other people in the background.
That is why many people want to use Extra Magic Time, but it is not accessible to everyone.
Two groups can use this service:
- Disney Hotel guests
- Annual Passholders (Infinity or Magic Plus)
You are a Disney Hotel guest if you stay at the following hotels:
- Disneyland Hotel
- Hotel New York: the Art of Marvel
- Newport Bay Club
- Sequoia Lodge
- Hotel Prinsenhof
- Santa Fe Hotel
- Davy Crockett Ranch
Are you staying at 1 of these accommodations? Then you get access to Extra Magic Time. Are you about to book and want to take advantage of that extra hour at the Disney parks? Then book one of the above hotels.
Do you have an annual pass to Disneyland Paris? Then you can also take advantage of Extra Magic Time. This only applies to the two more expensive annual passes. You don’t have to sleep in a Disney Hotel then.
2. Look in advance which park is open (or both)
You can use Extra Magic Time every day of your stay, but that does not mean that both parks will be open. Sometimes only one of the two Disney parks will open an hour earlier. This can be either Disneyland Park or Walt Disney Studios Park.
Which park is open during your visit you can see on the website of Disneyland Paris. If you go to the opening hours, you will see per day exactly which park opens one hour earlier and what time it opens.
3. Not all attractions and stores will be open
During Extra Magic Time, a Disney Park (or both) opens its doors an hour earlier for Disney hotel guests and certain Annual Pass holders. Although the gates will be open, unfortunately, this does not apply to all attractions.
In fact, only a small selection is available during Extra Magic Time. These are often the most popular attractions where there are normally long lines. Think, for example, of Peter Pan’s Flight and Big Thunder Mountain. If you want to visit these attractions without standing in line, Extra Magic Time is the perfect time to do so!
4. Visitors with Extra Magic Time have their own entrance
When you want to use Extra Magic Time, you go before the indicated time to the Disney Park that is open then. Or – if they are both open – either one you want to visit.
Be on time; I myself leave my hotel about 30 minutes before Extra Magic Time starts. When you arrive then, you’ll be pretty much at the front of the line when the park opens.
There are two lines, one for visitors with Extra Magic Time and one for regular visitors who arrive early.
You have to get in the queue you recognize by a sign and a cast member – staff of Disneyland Paris – who checks if you can already enter the park.
5. Always take proof that you sleep in a Disney Hotel with you
Of course, you have to prove that you are sleeping in a Disney Hotel (the list above). You do this by showing your MagicPass. You will be given this when you check into your hotel.
This MagicPass is your proof that you are sleeping in a Disney Hotel. You can use it in the hotel to get access to the gym and pool. Or pay with it in the restaurant. Plus, it is your ticket for Extra Magic Time. So please keep it safe!
6. Who is Extra Magic Time worth it for?
Extra Magic Time means getting out of bed earlier in exchange for shorter waiting times at popular attractions. For people who are naturally early birds, this is, of course, ideal. But what if you’re not? Is it still worth it then?
Yes, Extra Magic Time is worth it if you:
- are visiting Disneyland Paris for the first time
- do not want to wait long at popular attractions (especially now there is no Fastpass anymore)
- want to make beautiful vacation pictures in an almost empty park
Don’t mind standing in line longer in exchange for an extra hour of sleep? Then I would skip Extra Magic Time.
My own experience with this is twofold. Because I have been to Disneyland Paris so many times, I usually skip that first hour and stay in bed a bit longer or have a leisurely breakfast. Am I only going for one day, and am I already early in the resort? Then I also enter the parks as early as possible. In that case, I make use of Extra Magic Time. Nice to already make some rides in Big Thunder Mountain before the park opens for other visitors. It just depends on how you want to start the day!