Disney After Hours is BACK for 2018, with select dates in August and September! The Magic Kingdom will be open for this three hour experience as a separately ticketed event on just a few nights for a limited number of guests. Here we unpack the newest news hitting the Disney universe.
Walt Disney World introduced Disney After Hours in 2017. This special ticketed after-hours experience at the Magic Kingdom on select nights promises an opportunity to “enjoy Magic Kingdom park in the dark at an after-hours special event featuring many of your favorite attractions and characters.” Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?
Disney After Hours Special Event
Billed as a unique 3-hour park experience, Disney After Hours offers a limited ticketed event that promises to have shorter lines
The Disney After Hours ticket allows park entry as early as 7PM, which gives attendees time to enjoy the park’s nightly “Happily Ever After” fireworks, and then remain in the park until midnight and some nights until 1AM.
New in 2018 is that Disney promises to have more than 25 popular attractions and character greetings—including:
- 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
Of course, Disney also leaves some wiggle room, stating that “all attractions, entertainment and experiences are subject to change without notice.” So no hissy fits if your favorite attraction is not included, OK?
Complimentary Ice Cream and Beverage Options
Free ice cream-SCORE! Admission includes ice cream treats and select beverages. Mickey Bars for everyone!
In addition, select menu items will be available for purchase at Casey’s Corner and Starbucks Coffee and specialty beverages from Main Street Bakery.
Admission starts at 7 PM
The Disney World website says that the “[o]fficial check-in for the event will take place at the Main Entrance to the theme park beginning at 7 p.m.” Hours will differ depending on which Disney After Hours date you select.
This is consistent with other special ticketed events like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in that admission is permitted hours earlier than the ticketed time.
Transportation is Available to Disney Resorts Afterwards
Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests (including those staying at Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel and Walt Disney World Swan Hotel) may use Walt Disney World Transportation after the event for up to 2 hours.
Disney After Hours: Just the Facts
Purchase admission to Disney After Hours in advance for $119 per adult or child, plus tax—or day of the event for $124 per adult or child, plus tax.
Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members tickets are $89 per ticket, plus tax.
Here are the upcoming dates for this event (9PM-midnight):
- August 30
- September 30
And 10PM to 1AM:
- August 4
- August 11
TravelingMom Tip: Disney After Hours that run 10PM-1AM are the better deal since you get an additional hour of access to the park before the After Hours event begins.
Reservations can be made online or by phone at (407) 827-7185.
The biggest question? Will Disney add more Disney After Hours events beyond September 2018? My hunch is YES although having the Halloween and Christmas parties firmly in place for September-December, I’d say it may be until January when we see the Disney After Hours again. As more Disney After Hours events are added, we will keep you updated!
Disney After Hours: Is It Worth It?
Having a less crowded, stress-free visit to Magic Kingdom is worth its weight in GOLD! An awesome post about this evening can be found on our brother site TravelingDad.com: Tim’s post about Disney After Hours.
One thing I would add is that Disney has shortened the length of this event. Once 6-7 hours long, it is now 3-4 hours. So keep that in mind when you factor the return on investment–fewer hours but the chance to experience Magic Kingdom with smaller crowds.
Traveling Mom Tip: This is the perfect event for photos! Grab that Christmas card picture with the family and make them wonder how you got the VIP treatment!
So are you in for Disney After Hours? Share in the comments!