I go in December when the parks close "early". I do use EMH to get extra park time.
I agree with the above but it also depends on who you're travelling with. My friend and I (who don't travel with children) went to MK during Easter break for EMH in the AM and it was the best decision ever. It was actually an unannounced one too...(We confirmed with castmembers that during holidays they occasionally open early to just start getting people in) we got there at 6:55 thinking the park would open at 8 and it opened at 7. We ran through all the Fantasyland rides and got a FP for Space mountain, headed over to Frontierland when it opened at 8 and then could just leisurely make our way through it all and leave while chaos started to ensue. We would do this with other parks too and come back to different ones (usually EPCOT) at night since walking around EPCOT in the evening is the best!
i usually avoid EMH, especially at the magic kingdom. they make the rest of the day just way to busy to make it worthwhile in my book. so if you use them my best advice is make sure you have a park hopper.
We have some wonderful memories of having Fantasyland all to ourselves and our youngest got to ride Dumbo WITH Donald Duck during an Evening Extra Magic Hours at the Magic Kingdom. So, we were sold on doing Evening Extra Magic Hours on that trip alone.
We don't go to every EMH during our vacation. We mix it up. Sometimes like the other post, we'll visit a park that had an EEMH the night before and have experienced NO CROWDS! It was surreal and this was during peak season. We've also been to Disney's Animal Kingdom during an EEMH and the park was packed and we had to wait an hour for EE. Now, that was NOT fun! (Note: DAK no longer does EEMH.)
I am NOT a morning person and we have only been to a handful of MEMH. The old saying "the early bird catches the worm" is so true. In that one hour, we accomplished a lot. Not having offsite guests in the park DID make a BIG difference when trying to navigate the parks to our desired attractions. We made sure to do fast-loading rides to make the most of our hour.
I suggest, don't go commando and do EVERY EMH. But, try it out at least once during your vacation. :thumbs:
EMH are great at night. If you go to MK and it is open until 3:00 by 1:30 or so the park is pretty much empty and you can walk on just about anything.
We always take advantage of the EMH. We always get park hopper tickets and if we do the morning EMH, we usually go till about mid day and go back to our resort for a swim or nap. After refreshing our batteries, we go to another park, sometimes doing an evening EMH as well. If we do an evening EMH, we try to sleep in the next day. I try to go fo about a 10 day stay usually so we can build in some down days.
One of my best memories are at the EMH at the Magic Kingdom at night. We had an amazing time and loved being there after hours in the dark. Had never really been able to ride the attractions after dark and it gives a completely different feel to them. It was great!!!!!! Can't wait to get back there this summer and do it again.