Disney After Hours will be the newest ticketed event at Walt Disney World. The Magic Kingdom will be open to Guests for this three hour experience as a separately ticketed event on select nights in May. During this exclusive event, Mouseketeers can explore and enjoy the park’s attractions and character interactions. Let’s unpack the newest news hitting the Disney universe.

UPDATE:

Disney is offering 50% off to Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members.

Read all about Tim’s experience at Disney After Hours at TravelingDad.com. This answers some of my speculation below on which attractions would be open.

There are still four more dates available: May 5, 8, 12, and 19! Hours on May 5: 10 PM-1 AM and on May 8, 12, and 19: 11 PM to 2 AM.

Just the Facts

Walt Disney World introduces Disney After Hours, a nighttime after hours experience at the Magic Kingdom on select nights in April and May. Disney promises guests 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?

 

Cost: $ 149 plus tax. Tickets are available online through the Disney World website.

Select attractions. During the event, the following attractions are slated to be available:

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

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad; Disney Princess Greetings at Princess Fairytale Hall; Peter Pan’s Flight; Seven Dwarfs Mine Train; Space Mountain; “and much, much more!”

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. “Ice cream novelties and select bottled beverages—included with the cost of admission—available at carts stationed through the park.” 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 three hours earlier than the ticketed time.

Transportation is Available to Disney Resort Guests 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.

Photo by Sherry Boswell, Melodious TMOM

Still Unanswered

How Many Tickets Will Be Sold? Disney says the number sold will be “limited.” Translation: if you want to go, grab those tickets now! Since we have no idea about the crowd levels, chances are ticket sales for the first event will be sluggish until word gets out about what is offered. Disney requires planning, and this is need to know information. (Case in point: Disney dining!)

With the attractions, what is the “much, much more”? This remains to be seen. Will there be one-of-a-kind special character greets? Special shows or parades? These would be a-maz-ing! But I’m feel like Ariel with her collection of human stuff: I’m saying, “I want more.” I need to know which attractions are included besides the 5 listed and a teaser.

How will this affect the Extra Magic Hours Being Offered in the Future for Disney Resort Guests? So far, the nights Disney After Hours will be available are evenings where there is no evening Extra Magic Hours. How will this trial run of Disney After Hours impact the late EMH perk for Disney Resort Guests? Hard to tell. Maybe I should check my Madame Leota’s crystal ball for the answer.

Is this a Mad Tea Party Idea? Or a stroke of brilliance? The pricing seems hefty for a potential six hour window of time. I mean, Disney After Hours is more expensive than a one day ticket! Between the high price, the fact that many resort guests have grown accustomed to Extra Magic Hours, and generally shorter lines late in the evenings anyway, I think this may not be as popular as Disney expects. I’m not sold, but I could be swayed with more information about what might be unique to this event. Only time (and ticket sales) will tell.

One thing’s for sure, we’re “curiouser and curiouser” about what it will be like at Disney After Hours! How about you?