Updated March 6, 2020
Lots of guests get confused with the details regarding Extra Magic Hour and Magic Morning.
In short, Extra Magic Hour is for Disneyland Resort Hotel guests and allows entrance into whichever park is hosting the early admission that day. Those guests will be allowed to enter the park one hour prior to official park opening.
Magic Morning is for guests who buy a 3+ day park ticket (in advance) or a Southern California City Pass. Those guests will be allowed to enter Disneyland (only) one hour prior to official park opening. Those guests will only be allowed to enter Disneyland one morning during their visit.
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Definitions of Each
Extra Magic Hour (EMH) is open to all Disneyland Resort Hotel guests with a valid room key. California Adventure typically hosts EMH on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Disneyland typically hosts EMH on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Hotel guests may use EMH each morning during their stay, as long as their hotel room key is active. Disneyland Resort Hotels include The Disneyland Hotel, The Grand Californian Hotel and Paradise Pier Hotel.
Magic Morning (MM) is open to guests with a 3+ day park ticket or guests with a Southern California City Pass. Disneyland typically hosts MM on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. California Adventure does not host MM. Guests must choose one day to use their MM during the duration of their stay.
Both Extra Magic Hour and Magic Morning allow qualifying guests to enter the park one hour prior to official park opening.
Here is the link where Disney elaborates:
+The Military Salute 3 day ticket does not qualify for Magic Morning.
+Guests who buy a 3+ day park ticket from a 3rd party source (like Get Away Today) qualify for Magic Morning.
+The 3+ day park ticket that qualifies for Magic Morning may be a one-park-per-day ticket or a hopper ticket.
+The 3+ day park ticket that qualifies for Magic Morning must be purchased in advance.
+The Grand Californian Hotel entrance should be accessible to all Disneyland Resort Hotel guests for EMH. However, I have heard recently of guests not being allowed to use this option. I have also heard rumors of the park transitioning to this entrance being used only by Grand Californian Hotel guests. (I get inconsistent answers when I ask cast members about this. I’ll continue to inquire and let you know more as I learn more.)
+Occasionally, the park will change days for MM and EMH. For example, on 4.28.2017 – a Friday – Disneyland hosted Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour. The days before and after fall within the usual schedule. But, this day is different. Because of that, you should always check the schedule to confirm each day you visit.
How to Use the Disneyland App to Confirm EMH and MM on the Schedule
Take a look at the images, below, to see how to use the free Disneyland app to confirm the schedule for your dates.
To download the free Disneyland app, visit this link:
Pull up the app and find this image first.
When it lands on you, pull up your profile and click on “Park Hours”.
Today’s date will arrive first. Click on the date you wish to learn more about.
For that day, you’ll find the park hours and then also which park is hosting Extra Magic Hour and/or Magic Morning.
As mentioned above, occasionally, you’ll find an exception. Most Fridays are slated for EMH at California Adventure. This Friday includes EMH and MM at Disneyland.
How to Start Your Day With or Without EMH or MM
Before arriving at the Disneyland Resort, know how to most effectively use your morning at each park. Visit each of the links, below, to find out lots of tips.
If you have EMH or MM, arrive 30 minutes prior to your entry time. Meaning, if official park opening is at 9:00am, EMH and MM will be at 8:00am. Arrive at 7:30am to get a good place in line.
If you do not have EMH or MM, arrive an hour prior to official park opening. Every day of the week. Most days, cast members will allow all park guests (even without EMH or MM) into the park 30 minutes prior to official park opening. Don’t miss this opportunity to get into the park and set up at the land you wish to start in.
Open Attractions and Available FASTPASSES
The parks vary regarding which attractions and lands are open during EMH. They also vary on which attractions distibute FASTPASSES.
Although none of this is guaranteed, you can typically find the following attractions at each park distributing FASTPASSES:
Disneyland – Space Mountain, Star Tours, Buzz Lightyear, Matterhorn
California Adventure – Guardians, RSR, Toy Story Midway Mania
As always, let me know what questions you have.
When to Use Your Magic Morning
If you have Magic Morning, remember, you can only use it at Disneyland.
I recommend using your one Magic Morning on the last day eligible during your visit.
By the last day, you’ll be more familiar with the parks and you’ll have a better understanding of where things are. You’ll also have in mind what you want to enjoy or revisit based on how your previous days played out.
Which Gate to Enter & How It Works
Cast members will scan your ticket for proof of Magic Morning eligibility. They’ll also look for a valid Disneyland Resort room key for Extra Magic Hour.
If you have Extra Magic Hour or Magic Morning, look for these gates to enter the park: