Disney After Hours is a private event at Magic Kingdom offered on select dates. It's not cheap, but it might be worth it for many people.
Here's info on what it is, how much it costs, who should plan to attend, and a suggested itinerary if you plan to go.
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What is Disney After Hours?
Disney After Hours is a separately-ticketed event (meaning it's a ticket that is purchased separate from regular park tickets) that allows people to enter Magic Kingdom at 7 p.m. and stay until 11 p.m. or midnight (ending time varies by date).
There are a limited number of tickets sold which means one thing: no waits.
Seriously, the park is almost empty and kind of eerily quiet. And you can walk on rides, meet characters, and enjoy treats and bottled beverages (they're included with the ticket!) as you walk through the park.
Though the ticket allows you to enter at 7, the event doesn't begin until 8 or 9 which means you can do things between 7 and the event starting time that aren't available during the party. Most importantly, that includes fireworks and attractions that won't be open during the event.
Disney After Hours dates
These are the dates the event is being offered in 2018:
- Friday, January 19, 2018*
- Friday, January 26, 2018*
- Tuesday, January 30, 2018*
- Thursday, February 8, 2018*
- Thursday, February 15, 2018**
- Thursday, March 1, 2018**
- Thursday, March 8, 2018**
* event takes place from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
** event takes place 9 p.m. to midnight
As a reference, it was held on January 20 and 27, February 2, 9 and 16, and March 2 and 9, in 2017.
Disney After Hours cost
Tickets to this event are $119 (same price for adults and kids) so it isn't cheap, but might be worth it for many people. Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members can purchase tickets for $89.
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 407-827-7185.
Who should attend?
Although the price sounds high for just 4 or 5 hours in the park, I'd suggest it does make sense if you think of it in terms of number of attractions rather than number of hours. You can get more done at the event than you could in a whole day at Magic Kingdom.
For that reason, I'd highly suggest it for people who have short trips and want to fit in as much as possible because it's a really great way to do that.
Planning your time
Here's how I'd plan to spend time at this event.
- Arrive at Magic Kingdom just before 7:00 so you can enter the park as soon as you can.
- Visit any attractions that won't be open during the event.
- See the fireworks.
- Spend most of your time visiting attractions and meeting characters, picking up snacks at kiosks throughout Magic Kingdom as you go.
- Grab a bottle or two of beverages to take back to your hotel.
- Have a PhotoPass photographer snap your pic on Main Street on the way out. Gotta take advantage of having almost nobody in the park to clutter up your photo!
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