Cast members and Extended hours

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  1. BadDad

    BadDad Mouseketeer

    Oct 25, 2010
    We're going down for Spring break and learned that the MK will have extended hours.
    • Our CP S made F&F reservations.
    • We are staying at POR

    • Can he be a part of extend hours with us as a CP/CM?
    • Are we allowed to take advantage of extended hours if we enter using the Blue pass?
  2. Frizzbird

    Frizzbird CP Alumni, Professional Maker of Magic

    Mar 15, 2009
    You can take advantage of Extra Magic Hours as long as you have a resort card. So if your son is staying with you and has one, he can go to EMH with you. If not, then he can go but he won't be able to get on any of the attractions. It also doesn't matter if you use a blue maingate to get in as you still recieve a regular ticket. You just need your resort card, which they will check to make sure you have during EMH before you can get on attractions.
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  4. davidjaybrown

    davidjaybrown Earning My Ears

    Mar 29, 2011
    Sorry. I dont mean to hijack this thread (but I think the previous response answers the original question).

    Im coming to WDW in May for the first time, and I wanted to
    ask a couple questions about the extended hours, which are
    not addressed on the disney info page about extended hours.

    1) the disney page describing Extra Magic Hours says "Extra
    Magic Hours offer guests OF SELECT WDW resort hotels the
    unique opportunity to enjoy additional time in Disney theme parks..."

    SO, my question is, WHICH resorts are eligible? We're
    staying in a value resort (Pop Century). Will we be
    eligible to get in early and stay late on any days? Or is
    this perk only for those who stay at the mid-value &
    high-end resorts only?

    2) Do different guests at different hotels get into different
    parks early on different days? If the Pop Century resort
    *does* make us eligible, then where can I find out which
    days (at which parks) are good for Pop Century guests?
    (is there a rotation pattern?)

    Thanks for taking the time to help out a dad.

  5. Iris

    Iris Not-so-secretly wishing to own the Disney Wonder

    Jun 21, 2000
    That's funny that it says SELECT because it is ALL Disney Resorts that are eligible for extra magic hours. I never noticed that it said "select". LOL

    If you go to Disney's website>Parks and Travel>WDW>Park Hours (if you don't see it, it will always be at the bottom of the page)...there you can put in your dates and it will tell you park hours and show you which days and where have the EMHs.
  6. osprey6

    osprey6 Cheapskate extraordinaire

    Feb 16, 2011
    In effect, it's ALL the Disney owned and operated resorts. There are several places on Disney property that do not fall into this category, such as Shades of Green, the Swan/Dolphin, and the DTD hotels except for the Hilton.
  7. Iris

    Iris Not-so-secretly wishing to own the Disney Wonder

    Jun 21, 2000
    Actually Shades of Green does participate in the EMH. We have stayed there and have been able to participate. I am also pretty sure the guests of The Swan and Dolphin are able to as well but not positive on those. I also think the Hilton at Downtown Disney participates as well.
  8. aznshents

    aznshents Mouseketeer

    Jan 2, 2009
    I know Shades of Green definitely participates (I'm a Vacation Planner and I get a lot of EMH questions), and as for Swan and Dolphin they're Disney resorts so they participate as well. Both SoG and S&D key cards are on a list for EMH acceptable room keys.
  9. davidjaybrown

    davidjaybrown Earning My Ears

    Mar 29, 2011
    Thank You to all who responded.

    So, if I understand it right, it doesnt matter which hotel
    you're at (as long as its a EMH participating hotel), then
    the EMH hours for a park are for ALL resort guests at
    any disney hotel, right?

    I thought it kind of rotated, based on which hotel parhaps.
    (like Contemporary guests got extra MK on a certain day,
    while Polynesian guests got EMH at a different park that
    same day. etc).

    So are lines, in the late nights, a lot shorter during EMH?
    or do so many resort guests use EMH that lines are still
    long (because of the reduced number of EMH attractions?)

  10. Dreamstuff

    Dreamstuff Sometime Castmember-Lifetime Disney Girl

    May 22, 2008
    I think it depends on when you're at Disney (different seasons, different crowd levels) but that being said EMH SEVERELY reduces wait times, I was there around Halloween at Magic Kingdom for EMH and didn't wait longer than a couple of minuets for any ride, we basically got off, ran through the queue and got back on for basically everything.
  11. Wishes Count

    Wishes Count DIS Veteran

    Aug 10, 2009
    Other posts were correct that he can partake in EMH IF he has a room key.

    HOWEVER, It is very important that if you are using the blue pass you enter the park BEFORE EMH. When my mom came down we were staying at a resort and we wanted to go to Epcot for their EMH. We got to the park and I presented my Blue maingate and my ID and was told that we could not enter because it was for resort guests. We explained that we were resort guests and showed our ID. Basically because they swipe your blue pass and give you a paper ticket for the day to enter the parks, and since we were there after the park technically closed my mom didn't have a ticket to get in. :confused3 The manager ended up letting us in without swiping my maingate or ID.
  12. SportsChick

    SportsChick Mouseketeer

    Feb 28, 2010
    That shouldn't have happened. If you're staying onsite, you can still use your maingate as long as the cast member is staying onsite as well.

    During ESPN Weekend, my fiance and I were at Coronado. After we did the 5K we entered Studios during EMH to get TSM FPs before going back to Coronado to shower. We just had to show our room keys as well as my maingate at the Cast Gate.

    I work turnstiles at Epcot and it's the same there (The breakfast gate becomes the Cast Gate upon official opening, so that's where you'd want to head at Epcot)
  13. ashleykay89

    ashleykay89 Mouseketeer

    Apr 22, 2008
    select means friendly neighbor hotels are not included. all walt disney world resorts are.
  14. cmpw2005

    cmpw2005 Earning My Ears

    Feb 16, 2012
    So am i reading everything right, as long as i'm in the parks before the EMH times, my mom and i can go to the park that we are going to for the day using my blue pass as well as stay in same park during EMH times?
  15. Traveliz

    Traveliz DIS Veteran

    Aug 8, 2000
    As long as both of you have resort IDs; then yes you can stay and ride the rides. If you don't have resort IDs you can stay and just walk around but that is it.


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