The All Things “EMM” Thread – MK/Fantasyland Early Morning Magic FAQs & More

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by GADisneyDad14, Dec 1, 2017.

  1. MIAMouseketeer

    MIAMouseketeer Earning My Ears

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    I agree with the above poster. Try SM and AO and then see on timing. Speedway shouldn't be too busy by that time.

    Funny that you said not to do HM, because that's exactly what we did at 9am and it worked perfectly. We were the first people on that morning. When we went, 7DMT was down until 8:40a. Because we did Rider Switch, we each only had time to do it once because we had to wait 3 trains each. But they did open Small World early so we were able to get that out of the way before 9am.

    For anyone going, just be prepared that 1 of the 3 rides may not be running or will start late. They usually open another ride early when that happens, but it helps if you are mentally prepared if that happens. There were alot of unhappy people our morning, since many purchase EMM solely for 7DMT.
     
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  2. GADisneyDad14

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    Having done IASW in that first hour after EMM before, I don't recommend it. It takes too long and just eats valuable minutes!

    My personal recommendation would be to at least get in one E-ticket ride (a big, popular ride) right away. Something like Space, BTMR, Splash. Of your options, I'd probably do Space, Astro, restroom to get sick, Speedway if you have time, then breakfast.

    Good luck!
     
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  4. Babs1975

    Babs1975 Loves Eeyore

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    Have a blast! We did 7DMT 10 times during our EMM! Was so much fun. Worth every penny!
     
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  5. REEREEG

    REEREEG Mouseketeer

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    It may have just been that we were there on a pretty quiet day (a Tuesday during the first week of school) so it took a while for enough people to get to haunted mansion.
     
  6. DizzyDis

    DizzyDis Mouseketeer

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    Want to say thank you to all who have posted for EMM tips, we have bought our tickets for Feb 4, our first park day. We are thinking about heading over to meet the princesses right at park opening, since we have 2 LOs with us (including a 6yo big time princess fan) and then eat breakfast. Anyone have experiences for when the princesses come out and success at seeing them right away? Ideally, we will see both sets, but would e satisfied with one if that is what works out, so we are sure to get to breakfast by 9:30 or 9:45 (may also have hangry kids at that point). If required, I may run over to grab a muffin to hold them over before we have our full meal.

    We have FP for Splash at 11 and BTMRR at 12:15. Hoping we will all go on (3yo is pretty tall), but are mentally prepared for rider swap if he isn't according to their measurements or just isn't up for the thrills (we will see how 7DMT works out and decide from there).

    Any issues you see with this strategy? Am I forgetting some aspect of EMM that will throw this for a loop?
     
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  7. GADisneyDad14

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    Sounds good to me! AFAIK, all four princesses start meeting at Fairytale Hall right at 9AM, I don’t think there is usually a delay for those meets (@hiroMYhero, would you mind correcting me if I’m wrong?).

    I’d say you can probably do all four princesses, another ride, then circle back for breakfast - if you wanted to squeeze something else in. Have fun!
     
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  8. DizzyDis

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    Thank you!!@GADisneyDad14 ! I am being told I must not over-plan this trip (refer to earlier note on 3yo and 6yo :earboy2:) but that sounds like an excellent idea! Due to little legs (and he always hated the stroller, so we aren't bothering this time), we won't go far, but I will keep a couple of options in my head in the event that everything moves very quickly... I feel like it is a waste of early park time, but they love things like Dumbo, Tea Cup and the Carousel, so those may just happen because they are right there!

    Thanks for the validation that I am not over-planning, I am just right-planning :)
     
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    ADS2508 Earning My Ears

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    We actually did this with our 1 and 3 year old. We met all 4 princesss and were eating at 9:25. We were in line to meet Gaston at 9:45. We hit Little Mermaid, met Ariel, rode the tea cups, saw country Bears and still had plenty of time to make our 11am FP for Splash.
     
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  10. jkostlevy

    jkostlevy Earning My Ears

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    Looking for 4 tickets for March 25 if anyone decides to cancel!
     
  11. nicolispicoli

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    Thanks to @steve_rob and @GADisneyDad14 , I've got our plan down for arriving at EMM on 2/20.

    I think the only thing I'm still worried about now is the drive from our offsite rental to the MK parking area. I'm not familiar with the area (at all), but is there any reason why a normally 15-20 minute drive (it's 10 miles from the house to the TTC according to google maps) should take longer than that at 6:30AM on a Tuesday? I was planning on leaving the house at 6:30AM arriving around 6:50 or so. To be honest, we're a group of 12 and 5 of those are kids, leaving earlier than 6:30 would be difficult. Any insight would be awesome, thank you!

    I'm including the route in case that helps.

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  12. fiasco32

    fiasco32 Earning My Ears

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    Do I need to bring anything with us to check in for EMM or can I just use my Magic Band? I don't see it in my "Plans" on the app so I'm worried it's not linked to my account for some reason.
     
  13. My3SweetSuns

    My3SweetSuns No. I don’t want to build a snowman.

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    Check your MDE from your web browser. I have EMM & a dessert party scheduled. The party won’t show up on my app, but it is on MDE when I check it from my web browser.
     
  14. fiasco32

    fiasco32 Earning My Ears

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    Yes, it's there. But now I'm concerned because my DAH reservation for the following Friday is not there. Does that one work differently? It told me when I checked out it would be linked to my Magic Band.
     
  15. My3SweetSuns

    My3SweetSuns No. I don’t want to build a snowman.

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    I think it still is linked to your band - especially if you can see it on your MDE, I don’t think it will be a problem, but if you’re looking at it from your web browser and you don’t see it, I’d try linking it again & see what it says.
     
  16. fiasco32

    fiasco32 Earning My Ears

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    Sorry but how do I link it?
     
  17. ArielSRL

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    Why oh why couldn't one of those 2018 dates be when I needed it to be? And no PPO at BOG either. Ugh. Disney messing with my plans.
     
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  18. GADisneyDad14

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    They knew you were coming. :rolleyes1
     
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  19. ArielSRL

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    Apparently so! ;)
     
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  20. My3SweetSuns

    My3SweetSuns No. I don’t want to build a snowman.

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    I think just like a dining reservation.
     
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  21. GADisneyDad14

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    Ok, dumb question... 2/20 is a Tuesday. You say Saturday above. I assume you meant Tuesday? I'd expect relatively light traffic that early, generally speaking. You plan sounds pretty legit to me (good luck, that's a large crew!).
     

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