Disney After Hours is BACK for 2018! The Magic Kingdom will be open for this three hour experience as a separately ticketed event on select nights in January, February and March. Here we unpack the newest news hitting the Disney universe.

Disney After Hours

Deciding whether to attend Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom? We’ve got the skinny on what it’s all about, what you get, and is it worth it. Photo by Sherry Boswell, Melodious TravelingMom.

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 7 p.m., which gives attendees time to enjoy the park’s nightly “Happily Ever After” fireworks, and then remain in the park until 11 p.m. and some nights until midnight.

Select attractions

Disney After hours awesome hugs with Mickey

Character greets with Mickey are on the menu of available “Disney After Hours” attractions. Photo courtesy of Sherry Boswell, Melodious TMOM.

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
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain

Of course, Disney also leaves some wiggle room, stating that “all attractions, entertainment and experiences are subject to change without notice.”

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 p.m.

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 events in 2018

Disney After Hours: Just the Facts

Admission to Disney After Hours can be purchased in advance for $119 per adult or child, plus tax—or purchased on the day of the event for $124 per adult or child, plus tax.

The price for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members is $89 per ticket, plus tax.

The event takes place 8-11 PM:

  • Friday, January 19, 2018
  • Friday, January 26, 2018
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018
  • Thursday, February 8, 2018

And 9 PM to midnight:

  • Thursday, February 15, 2018
  • Thursday, March 1, 2018
  • Thursday, March 8, 2018

For booking, options include online or via phone at (407) 827-7185 for assistance.

Disney After Hours fireworks and shows

Cooler temps? Check. Fewer crowds? Check. Disney After Hours may be like having unlimited FastPass+ to all the attractions–and no hassle! Photo by Sherry Boswell, Melodious Traveling Mom.

Disney After Hours: Is It Worth It?

Some would say 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: When the park is not crowded, it’s the optimum time 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!