Last year, before heading out on a three-day cruise with my friends, I planned to spend the evening at Walt Disney World. When we learned about the new Disney After Hours event being offered in the Magic Kingdom, we decided to take advantage of it. It was a great option for us, because we only had the evening, not the whole day, to explore the parks. But, if you are headed out on a Walt Disney World vacation, you may be wondering if Disney After Hours is worth the money. After all, it is expensive. Here is my experience.
Is Disney After Hours Worth The Money?
What is Disney After Hours?
Disney After Hours is a very limited event where guests pay an additional fee to visit the Magic Kingdom park late in the evening. It’s only available on 7 days in 2017, and these are not Extra Magic Hours nights. Nights include January 20, January 27, February 2, February 9, February 16, March 2, and March 9th, 2017. While my pass above shows the event running from 10pm-1am, the times this year are different. Guests are able to check in at the Main Entrance of the Magic Kingdom at 7pm, and the parks official close to guests without special tickets at 8pm (on February 2, 9, and 16th), and 9:00 PM (on January 20, 27 and March 2, 9). Dates for 2018 are now available – the Disney After Hours event will run on select dates from January 20th, 2018 to March 8, 2019.
What is included in Disney After Hours?
Guest holding these tickets can enter the parks at 7pm, but the real benefit of the After Hours start when the park closes to the general public. At that time, according to Disney, 25 attractions and character greetings will be open. Here’s the list:
- 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
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
In addition to the attractions, packaged ice cream treats, popcorn, and select beverages are offered at no cost.
During our trip, we were able to visit many popular attractions, including the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, multiple times with no wait at all. Although we didn’t spend the whole time at the park, we were able to experience almost every attraction that we wanted to see.
Disney After Hours Cost
Wondering how much is Disney After Hours? Ticket prices for 2018 are $119 (before taxes) if purchased in advance. The rate goes up to $124 plus tax at the door. A special rate for Disney Passholders or Disney Vacation Club members is available. For this event, the rate for adults and children is the same.
So, is Disney After Hours worth it? I think it would be if you aren’t planning to visit the parks during the day. I probably wouldn’t buy an extra ticket to extend the day. In addition, you really need to spend much of the event time at the park, because that’s when you’ll get the full value.
To learn more about the Disney After Hours event, visit their website.
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