Extra Magic Hours Are Busy Disney Days

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A look at the most frequent EMH days per park, from January 2006 through February 2007:

MK

Morning

EP

Morning

DS

Morning

AK

Morning

MK

Evening

EP

Evening

DS

Evening

AK

Evening

Most

Frequent

Morning

Most

Frequent

Evening

Sun
4
16
0
0
59
0
1
1
EP
MK
Mon
3
0
14
46
2
0
31
4
AK
DS
Tue
14
46
0
0
0
15
13
0
EP
EP/DS
Wed
3
0
0
14
0
4
14
43
AK
AK
Thu
60
0
0
0
0
15
1
1
MK
EP
Fri
3
0
14
1
14
42
1
3
DS
EP
Sat
3
0
46
14
1
0
0
0
DS
none

In the “Most Frequent” columns, parks in bold are the ones we’d bet on if we had to predict what some future day’s EMH schedule would be.

The parks’ most frequent EMH assignments have remained almost consistent since we looked at this first earlier this year. Major changes since then are that the Animal Kingdom has emerged as the clear winner on Monday mornings, and the Studios on Monday evenings.

Broadly speaking, it appears that morning EMHs are assigned to parks on their busiest days, and evening EMHs are assigned to parks on their slower days. (Our theory: morning EMHs are designed to benefit Disney resort guests by giving them a head start. Evening EMHs are designed to increase the park’s revenue by keeping people in longer.)

For example, Thursday is tied (with Monday) as the Magic Kingdom’s busiest day of the week, and it’s got the most frequent Thursday morning EMH. Similarly, Tuesday is Epcot’s busiest day, and it’s got the most frequent Tuesday morning EMH. Monday is the Animal Kingdom’s third-busiest day, and Saturday (where this idea doesn’t work) isn’t a busy day for any park.

Similarly, Friday’s one of Epcot’s slower days, and it’s got an evening EMH. Wednesday is the second-slowest day for the AK, and it’s got an evening EMH. Monday’s the third-slowest day for the Studios, and is somewhere in the middle for the Magic Kingdom. (The again, we have eight EMH assignments to fit into seven days – something has to give somewhere!)

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Posted on August 22, 2006

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