When you’re a member of DVC, there are some perks when going on your Disney World vacation. One of them is the fact that you can get an extra hour here and there tacked onto your day at certain parks. This varies day by day and what time of the year it is and between an am hour or a late night one. Usually, the early am hour is the best. That way it’s a true extra hour in the park, with only a few hundred people and not thousands upon thousands.
Late night ones are less effective because leftover daily guests are still there and although some do leave, they often hang around and no one, of course, is going to tell them to get out. You get a wristband when you’re on this type of “perk” and that lets staff know you are legitimate.
Where an extra am hour comes in handy is getting breakfast before anyone else, or being able to go to FastPass and get a couple of tickets to a favorite attraction, or just strolling around without having to avoid waves of people exiting or entering rides or waiting in lines. Not all rides and attractions to Disneyworld utilize FastPasses so you can take that ride or attractions after getting your FastPass for other things, then get a head start on everyone else. New attractions are usually packed while others retain their popularity for years. Here are some popular attractions at all four parks:
Animal Kingdom — Head straight to the back of Africa and get a FastPass for Kilimanjaro Safaris. This is a terrific half hour or so of a real ride through herds of animals like zebras and giraffes and elephants. What you see will vary each time, because they are live animals. Make a reservation early at the Yak & Yeti in Asia, if they have space left.
Disney/Hollywood Studios — Make a beeline towards the back of the park and get a FastPass for the Toy Story 3D ride. This one is popular. You can also see when the first American Idol show starts. They interview early for each show and it could be your chance to win a golden ticket which guarantees you an audition in front of judges at real American Idol auditions.
Magic Kingdom – This park, which is most like Disneyland, is packed on Saturday and Sunday. Use extra hours to get FastPasses to your favorite rides.
Epcot – This a favorite of adults and there are many popular rides and events here. One of them is a simulated hang glider ride called Soarin’, over California and this attraction can be found in The Land, bottom level, which is to the right as you enter Epcot.
These extra hours are only available to guests staying on Disney property and at Walt Disney World hotels and resorts.Tags: disney, extra hours