Rumors previously pointed to an eventual phasing out of Extra Magic Hours. They were first reduced during the summer of 2013, and other reductions have occurred since early 2011.
The debut of Disney After Hours in April 2016 as an upcharge after hours event further fueled this rumor. The Animal Kingdom had it's evening Extra Magic Hours removed in February of 2011 and rumors now point to Hollywood Studios having their evening hours removed as well.
With the opening of Pandora: The World of AVATAR, Disney's Animal Kingdom is expected to see a return to their evening Extra Magic Hours.
With little movement on Extra Magic Hours going away, we are currently classifying this rumor as "Dead".
March 17, 2017: WDWNT.com is reporting a rumor that Evening Extra Magic Hours will return to Disney's Animal Kingdom. The rumor states that Disney's Animal Kingdom will have Evening Extra Magic Hours every night from May 27th through July 4th, 2017.
January 27, 2017: WDWMagic.com is reporting that evening Extra Magic Hours are not listed on the times calendar for Hollywood Studios past February of 2017 leading them to speculate that they may be permanently removed.
Per the blog,
“Disney After Hours” is a three-hour event that will take place once the park closes on the following dates:
- April 14, 21 and 28
- May 5, 8, 12 and 19
A separate event ticket is required for “Disney After Hours.” Guests can check in starting at 7 p.m. each night, with the event hours from 11 p.m. – 2 a.m. Pricing is $149 plus tax for both adults and children (ages 3-9).
FYI: Admission to this special event is limited. You might want to hurry and book tickets ASAP. To purchase tickets, guests may call 407-827-7185.
Additionally, on the My Disney Experience website, Disney now includes two new experiences, "Disney Early Morning Magic - Fantasyland" and "Disney Animal Kingdom Special Activities". Both events are listed as table service restaurants but there are no additional details. It is possible these two additions are additional events that may lead to the elimination of Extra Magic Hours.
June 17, 2015: WDWMagic.com user lentesta reported that he confirmed with Disney that Extra Magic Hours would remain for 2016.
June 15, 2015: WDWMagic.com user ISTCNavigator57 has reported that Disney has not listed any Extra Magic Hours on the Travel Agents calendar beginning January 1, 2016. WDWMagic.com user WDW1974 has followed this up saying that he expects Extra Magic Hours to be gone within two years.
January 1, 2013: The Disney World website posted that Evening Extra Magic Hours would be for 2 hours after park opening. Previously Evening Extra Magic hours were 3 hours.
August 1, 2011: The Magic Kingdom monorails reduces its hours to one hour after park close. This means it will not run during all of Extra Magic hours
July 11, 2011: The Epcot monorail reduces its hours to one hour after park close. This means it will not run during all of Extra Magic hours
February, 2011: Evening Extra Magic Hours were cut from Disney's Animal Kingdom