DHS/Toy Story Land "Early Morning Magic" (EMM) FAQ & Discussion

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  1. GADisneyDad14

    GADisneyDad14 TPAS Moderator Moderator

    Jul 3, 2014
    DHS/Toy Story Land Early Morning Magic ("EMM") FAQs & Discussion

    EMM vs EMH – A Quick Clarification
    • Although similar acronyms, Early Morning Magic (EMM) is NOT the same as Extra Magic Hours (EMH).
    • Early Morning Magic (EMM), the subject of this thread, is a separately ticketed up-charge (aka, paid) event that allows pre-park opening access to Toy Story Land attractions and and includes breakfast.
    • Extra Magic Hours (EMH) are the long-standing Disney-offered benefit where certain parks have extra hours available to WDW resort and otherwise eligible guests. This thread is NOT about EMH. EMM in no way impacts MK EMHs.

    What is DHS / Toy Story Land EMM?

    In short, EMM is...

    • A separately ticketed pre-park opening event which allows unlimited access to select Toy Story Land from 7:30AM-8:45AM. (Note, it is 8:45AM, NOT 9AM! Expect the rope drop crowd to arrive any time after 8:45AM)
    • Open rides include:
      • Slinky Dog Dash
      • Alien Swirling Saucers
      • Toy Story Mania!
    • Character meets include:
      • Buzz
      • Woody and Jessie
    • The event includes a breakfast served at ABC Commissary through 10:00AM. Note: Effective 2/6/2019, the breakfast location moved to the Backlot Express.

    When Is EMM Offered?

    • So far, it has been scheduled on select Mondays, Wednesdays and some Fridays.
    • See Post #2 for a list of past and current EMM dates.

    How Much Does EMM Cost?
    • Adults: $79 per person, plus tax
    • Ages 3-9: $69 per person, plus tax
    • Full cost is due at the time of booking
    • There are no AP, DVC, or other discounts available for EMM
    • Note, for reference, MK's version of EMM was $69 adult/$59 ages 3-9 from 2016-Nov 2018 and is changing to $79 / $69 12/2/2018, so both EMM events will be the same cost.
    • DISers report that you are able to pay for EMM via Disney gift card by calling

    Do I Need DHS Park Tickets To Experience EMM?

    • Yes, you must have an EMM reservation AND valid DHS park admission.
    • Your MagicBand (or other ticket media) will be scanned at the tapstyles before entering the park that morning.

    What Is The EMM Cancellation Policy?
    • There is a 1 day cancellation policy for EMM.
    • The full price will be forfeited if a guest cancels within 1 day or no shows for the reservation.
    • Note: There is language on Disney's EMM page that says "tickets are nonrefundable" - this is NOT accurate. If you go through the booking process and read the actual terms/conditions, it notes the 1 day cancellation policy.

    How Do I Book EMM?

    What's Up with the 7AM & 7:30AM Reservation Times?

    • Disney is doing something different with reservation slots for DHS/TSL EMM compared to MK EMM.
    • For most dates, Disney has first been making a 7:30AM time slot available to book.
    • When/if the 7:30AM slot sells out or gets close to selling out, Disney has been adding a 7:00AM time slot for booking.
    • Most (but not all) dates so far have ultimately had "both" time slots bookable.
    • To date, there is NO difference in how Disney handles 7AM or 7:30AM reservations at the event - everyone is treated the same.
    • It appears this is a "slow loading" technique to encourage a more gradual arrival of guests vs all at once.
      • Note! Disney's website contains the following language: "Guests with a 7:30 AM reservation will first enjoy Toy Story Land followed by breakfast, served until 10:00 AM. Based on capacity, we may make other reservation times available, with breakfast preceding the park experience for these Guests."
      • Again, in practice, anyone can arrive early and eat before the event and anyone can eat up until 10am - there has been absolutely no difference in how 7AM and 7:30AM reservations are treated so far.

    How Does It Work When I Arrive / Event Logistics?

    • These details can vary by a few minutes on any given day, but generally speaking:
      • 6:45-6:50'ish - they'll let you in the front park gate
      • Breakfast is available at this point if so inclined
      • 7:10-7:25'ish - they'll let you past the Chinese Theater and head towards TSL

    How Do I Get to DHS So Early in the Morning via WDW Transportation?
    • Guests have been let in for breakfast as early as approx 6:45AM and the land has been opening for everyone around 7:10-20AM based on recent reports). For most folks, this makes for an early morning and raises many questions about transportation options.
    • Disney has a big fat disclaimer on the DHS EMM "Know Before You Go" info:
      • If using Walt Disney World transportation, be sure to confirm schedules as reservation times may be outside of regular transit operating hours. Please allow up to 1.5 hours to get to your destination when traveling within Walt Disney World property.
    • Generally speaking, your options are going to be as follows:
      • Drive Yourself - if you have a vehicle.
      • Resort Bus - these generally start running 6/6:30AMish every day of the year BUT buses that early can be infrequent. During your stay, you can check the My Disney Experience app for current bus wait times or check electronic boards at the bus stop.
      • Minnie Van - Minnie Vans start running at 6:30AM. Availability at that hour may may be a concern.
      • Uber / Lyft / Taxi - Generally speaking availability should be good even at the early hour.
      • For some large parties and/or specific car seat needs, pre-arranging transportation through a company like Mears may be preferable: http://www.mearstransportation.com
      • As with most "Getting From Point A to B" discussions regarding WDW, I recommend having a good handle on your options and to stay flexible that morning based on conditions. Having a Plan A, B, and C when it comes to early morning travel is usually a good plan as is building in more time than you think you may need.... just in case!

    Does EMM Impact Crowds for Non-EMM Rope Drop Guests?

    • The short answer is no, there is no material impact on normal rope drop procedures on an EMM morning vs non-EMM morning.
    • The guest count for EMM is too small relative to the overall park guest count to have any impact, plus the large majority of EMM guests will have had their fill of TSL and at rope drop will be heading out to do other park rides or eat breakfast.
    • Rope drop guests should expect to arrive in TSL approx 8:45/8:50'ish, which is approximately the same as a non-EMM day.
    • Non-EMM guests may see some impact on Woodie/Jessie (and to a lesser extent) Buzz character waits as some EMM guests wait until the end to meet characters and these are slow moving lines.
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2019
  2. GADisneyDad14

    GADisneyDad14 TPAS Moderator Moderator

    Jul 3, 2014
    DHS EMM Past & Current Dates

    Dates Posted/Made Available for Booking Notes:
    Sept-Dec 2018 dates were posted 8/22/2018
    Jan 2019 dates were posted 9/24/2018
    Feb and March 2019 were posted 10/6/2018
    11/19, 11/21, 12/24 & 12/31 2018 & 1/2 2019 were posted 10/19/2018
    11/5/2018 was posted 10/25/2018
    November 2018 Fridays were posted 11/5/2018
    April 2019 dates were posted 12/18/2018
    March 2019 Fridays were posted 2/8/2019
    May 2019 was posted 2/8/2019
    June-August 2019 dates were posted 2/24/2019

    Last edited: Mar 24, 2019
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    GADisneyDad14 TPAS Moderator Moderator

    Jul 3, 2014
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    @Maine Disney First Timer on 2/4/2019 said: We left and went straight to jedi signups and were in line by 8:58. We waited 38 min to sign up for jedi training. Around 1pm was the earliest available. We chose 3:00 bc of our fp schedule. Had to be there by 2:30.

    @TreeFalls on 1/30/2019 said: We did Jedi training sign ups right after, it took about 15 minutes, only the very first show was full by the time we signed up. Then we rode Star Tours and ate second breakfast.

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    Last edited: Apr 9, 2019
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  5. JackOfHearts

    JackOfHearts Mouseketeer

    May 29, 2016
    It is bookable now for December.
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  6. Staceycs

    Staceycs Mouseketeer

    Aug 13, 2010
    This has made me VERY happy!

    Edited to say that I was just able to complete the booking process for Wed October 3rd. Can't wait!!
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2018
  7. wrestler72

    wrestler72 Earning My Ears

    Oct 31, 2013
    Just booked for the 24th of October. Had to change a couple of other things but I am sure it will be worth it.
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  8. MickeyMinnieMom

    MickeyMinnieMom If you ticket it, they will come... ;)

    Aug 9, 2007
    Boo. Nothing listed over W&D weekend. :(
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  9. GADisneyDad14

    GADisneyDad14 TPAS Moderator Moderator

    Jul 3, 2014
    I was just able to book as well, Post #1 has been updated!
  10. Mrs Cuddlecakes

    Mrs Cuddlecakes Earning My Ears

    Apr 9, 2018
    Thank you for posting this! Just booked 10/15.
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  11. teamharrisdisney

    teamharrisdisney Earning My Ears

    Mar 7, 2018
    Just booked for 10/29! Really excited to try both EMM's this trip!
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  12. DizMinMouse

    DizMinMouse Mouseketeer

    Mar 19, 2018
    Thank you soooooo much for posting all this information! We are now booked for 9/17/2018!!
  13. MIAMouseketeer

    MIAMouseketeer Mouseketeer

    Jan 3, 2017
    YAY! But looks like Disney is totally skimping on the breakfast with this one. Contintental? One of the reasons we find value in the EMM at MK is because the breakfast is so hearty and we use it as a brunch without eating another meal until dinner. We will still totally do this at least once, but it may not be the value that the one at MK is. Although it does seem like they will have the characters out, which is a huge bonus over MK.
  14. dachsie

    dachsie DIS Veteran

    Feb 13, 2014
    It says you get a choice of a main dish like fried chicken with a cronut
  15. Mrs~Incredible

    Mrs~Incredible Mouseketeer

    Feb 18, 2015
    Interesting. Costs more than EMM at fantasyland and can’t wait to hear a review on the breakfast offerings.

    I’m sure it will be super fun for the rides. Just wish it was the same price and a similar menu. My kid is a pretty good eater, but not sure she would like avocado toast or chicken for breakfast.

    Although I think breakfast at these things is just icing on the cake, the rides are the main event.
  16. Mrs~Incredible

    Mrs~Incredible Mouseketeer

    Feb 18, 2015
    Ha! Just saw i cross posted with some friends up above!
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  17. MickeyMinnieMom

    MickeyMinnieMom If you ticket it, they will come... ;)

    Aug 9, 2007
    Can’t wait to see what EMM at Galaxy’s Edge will cost... ... :rolleyes1
  18. Pdollar88

    Pdollar88 DIS Veteran

    Aug 20, 2017
    Sounds awesome! I might try it if it’s offered at a later trip. Eager to hear about the buffet!
  19. GADisneyDad14

    GADisneyDad14 TPAS Moderator Moderator

    Jul 3, 2014
    Already saving. ;)

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  20. ENJDisneyFan

    ENJDisneyFan DIS Veteran

    Mar 4, 2016
    Avocado toast or fried chicken? Very interesting entree choices...
  21. Nixon128

    Nixon128 Earning My Ears

    May 4, 2018
    Thanks so much! On the link, it says nonrefundable, but in guest policies it states there is a 1 day cancellation policy. This is probably true considering EMM is refundable at MK, right? A little bit on the fence about booking unless there is a cancellation policy. Thanks!

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