Walt Disney World is a great place to go (I know big surprise you would find that opinion here) but that does not mean everything is great. One thing that is not great is sharing the parks with up to 50,000 other people. Disney knows this and Disney also knows some people will pay for the privilege of having lower crowds. That is why they offer Disney After Hours. This year the event will be returning the Magic Kingdom on select nights from June through September.
What is Disney After Hours?
Disney After Hours is a hard ticket event. That means your standard Disney admission ticket will not get you into the event. You must purchase a special ticket for the event and Disney limits the number of tickets available. Unlike normal theme park tickets the tickets for this event are date specific and are normally non-refundable.
During the event guests will be able to experience some of the best Magic Kingdom attractions with much lower crowd levels.
Ice cream, popcorn and select beverages are included in the price of the ticket. Other food and beverage options will be available at select locations.
When Is Disney After Hours being offered?
The event is being offered on select nights from June through September. The hours are either from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. or 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Even though the event starts at 9 p.m. at the earliest guests with tickets can enter the Magic Kingdom at 7 p.m.
- Thursday, June 28, from 10 p.m.- 1 a.m.
- Saturday, June 30, from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
- Saturday, July 7, from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
- Monday, July 9, from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
- Saturday, July 14, from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
- Saturday, July 21, from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
- Saturday, July 28, from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
- Saturday, August 4, from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
- Saturday, August 11, from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
- Thursday, August 30, from 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
- Thursday, September 20, from 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
How much does Disney After Hours cost?
Tickets purchased in advance cost $119 (adults or child. There is no discount for children) plus tax. Tickets cost $124 plus tax the day of the event (again there are no discounts for children.) Disney Vacation Club members pay $89.
What attractions are available during Disney After Hours?
25 attractions and character greetings will be open for guests. Disney lists the following:
- Astro Orbiter
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Disney Princess Greetings at Princess Fairytale Hall
- Haunted Mansion
- “it’s a small world”
- Jungle Cruise
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- And much, much more
How do I purchase my tickets?
If you are using a travel agent I recommend contacting your travel agent. (If you are looking for a travel agent I would be glad to help! Fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page.) If you booked your own trip call the Disney Reservation Center at (407) 827-7185.
Why is Disney doing this?
There are two reasons that jump out to me. The first is people want it. They love the Magic Kingdom but they hate the lines. Some are willing to pay to help cut down on those lines.
The second reason is tied to the first. Some people are willing to pay! And Disney is willing to collect. At the end of the day Disney is a business and they always have an eye on the bottom line and are looking for ways to add profit.
Is this a good deal?
In all honesty I have never been able to attend one of these events myself (but if anyone is willing to sponsor me on a research trip I would be glad to go!) Reports I have seen generally indicate that crowds are low, lower than one of the season parties offered later in the year. We may not be talking about walking right on to the ride but close to it. So if you have the money I would go for it.
For complete details visit the official Walt Disney World Website.
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