My Mom and I are taking my kids to WDW for the first time in December (DH has to have knee surgery and won't be able to hang with all the walking), and I am totally confused about the Extra magic hours. They aren't posted yet for December, but I want to go ahead and make plans for what we want to do at each park including meals, and then we can plug in which day for which park once we know the EMH schedule. I am so ready to use my spreadsheet What I'm confused about is this: I thought one of the benefits of staying on site was that you get to stay for the EMH, but I have seen posts where people talk about avoiding parks on the day that they offer EMH. Is it ridiculously crowded on EMH days? I am hoping that since we're going in early December (12/7-12/14) the crowds won't be horrendous anyway. We are trying to avoid adding the hopper option. I'm thinking if we plan well we can schedule ADRs based on which park we will be in on what day. Same for fireworks/ special events. I'm considering Tour Guide Mike to figure all this out- it hurts my head What do you guys recommend?