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Old 03-18-2013, 05:17 AM   #1
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EMH Sept

We haven't stayed on site for a few year and are wondering about using EMH in Sept. We are normally -'Rope Drop & leave when we've had enough' type tourers - but have never used AM EMHs under the belief that they make the parks busier - we don't really 'park-hop' either. We've tried the Eve EMH at MK a few years back and it was packed (can't remember time of year but prob end Aug) so we gave up & went back to the hotel. We really enjoyed eve EMH in AK a few years back, park felt really 'magical' in the dark and was quite empty - also loved EE in dark.

This year as both DS & DD will be off to Uni we're able to take advantage of early Sept low crowds (3rd-12th). So was wondering about trying eve EMH (can't see us getting to parks for 8am) - perhaps one park am, couple of hours at the pool then EMH park late - although there are none scheduled for AK

Has any-one experience of eve EMH in Sept - wonderered if MK will be packed as it closed at 7pm several night for MNSHP. What is HS like - never done EMH there - this is probably our most likely to try. Not sure we'll bother staying late at Epcot as we don't spend a lot of time in World Show case now.

Any advise/thoughts welcome
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:25 AM   #2
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We've done it the last 2 years in a row. We are EMH people and we are park hoppers.

What time in September are you going? As soon as the halloween parties start, everything changes.

EMH in the evening have always been hit and miss and our experience for the most part is that it takes the better part of 90 minutes to 2 hours for the day guests/offsite visitors to make their way out of the park as there are usually many in line for attractions already. Since January they have cut evening EMH from 3 hours to 2 and I am interested to hear reports on how this has changed things.

We do pretty much every EMH during our stay, both morning and evening and what I can say is that at MK from when the party season starts, the park on non party evenings is ridiculously busy - even more so on EMH evenings. The other parks have given more reasonable success.
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:51 AM   #3
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Yeah that's what I thought about MK - we went on a non-party (& non EMH) evening at the end of Oct last year - and it was so busy it was at the point of dangerous - we went with the intention of spectro magic parade & fireworks only (knew it would be busy!) - which we managed ok, but rides must have been awful. Not sure we'll bother with MK - kids may take a trip though (20 & 18!!)

Think we'll definately try HS eve EMH though as parks have a different feel at night don't they -think we've got water park booked for next day so we can have a lie-in!

Also if we do go ahead with Wild Africa Trek, think I''ll book on the AM EMH day about 10am so we'll do 2 hours in park & then the Trek.

Just feel I want to do some EMHs so I can use another 'benefit' of staying on site
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:20 AM   #4
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Think we'll definately try HS eve EMH though as parks have a different feel at night don't they -think we've got water park booked for next day so we can have a lie-in!
You've hit the nail on the head here and this is why we do it.

A lot depends on your expectations. We learned years ago not to go with any. We go there to 'be' at the park, enjoy the atmosphere, a meal or snack, some shows ..... If it turns out dead and you end up staying on RnR for the last 45 minutes riding over and over (yep, that happens too) then bonus.

Morning EMH are the ones to use if you have an agenda of attractions to tick off the list. EMH in the evening are for 'being' as we like to phrase it
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:22 AM   #5
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We really enjoy evening EMH due to the feel and look of the park at night
Everything looks so much more magical to me when walking around with all the buildings lit up!

HS is one o our favourite parks to do at night with EMH we go same times as you September into October and have never found HS to be all that busy at night,
We still do MK due to having 3 boys but it does seem busier although I do remember last October riding BTM and SM as walk ons over and over do to us not riding until an hour into the EMH,
The end of the night is when you will get everything done as walk ons, so yes that 1st hour or so might seem busier but you will be rewarded with a pretty much empty park that you can "run" if you wanted to from ride to ride ( perfect for the 18/20 yr olds)

We have never managed to make early EMH yet lol we very much plan now the boys are 10,8,8 to alternate between early mornings an late nights to make the most of the parks!
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:18 AM   #6
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Do note that evening EMH have been slashed and now are often 2 hours only. That kind of steals away the empty last hour theory. Early EMH, if you can get up, are a far more effective use of time if short wait times is your first priority. That said, I really like what the parks look like late at night.
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:00 PM   #7
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The morning after the night before....

Arriving for rope drop the morning after EMH have been held at that park. If people have been in MK till the end the night before - they are unlikely to head there first thing the next day...

Just a thought..
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:31 AM   #8
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Just wondered where I could find the dates for EMH for Nov 2013 ?
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You will find the park hours on the WDW website: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/calendars/

Expect park hours to change as you get closer to your trip. EMH days usually remain the same however they are prone to extending the hours about a month out.
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Old 05-10-2013, 04:18 AM   #10
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I think the benefit of EMH varies family to family. EMH definitely makes the park busier as the day goes on and for the way you're describing your touring pattern, they may not suit you.

We tend to go to the park that has the morning EMH to make the most of the lower crowds, get the headliners done and get out of that park at lunch time. Then we skip over to which every park has the lowest crowd prediction. It works well for us and how we do things, but I don't think it's for everyone.

Having said all that, September is a low crowd period usually so you may not need to maximize the use of EMH.
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