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Recently, Disney released a new VIP event for annual passholders (AP), called VIPassholder. The event is free with your annual pass and allows AP’s to get exclusive access to certain parks on certain nights after the parks close to the general public.
Disney is communicating these events via email to AP’s and interested parties must register in advance. If you are looking to take advantage of this opportunity be sure to be regularly checking the email you use for Disney purposes.
Spots must be secured prior to the event and guests are allowed in at 4 pm the evening of the event to get wristbands. The event runs from 10 pm until midnight.
The event dates that have been released at the time of this article being published are as follows:
- August 5th, 2018 at the Magic Kingdom from 10pm to 12am
- September 6th, 2018 at Epcot from 9pm-11pm
- October 25th at Epcot from 9pm-11pm
The first event was held at Magic Kingdom and officially began at 10 pm. Disney actually has a pretty good system for getting folks out of the park who aren’t involved in the event. For extra ticketed events such as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, castmembers line up at certain points throughout the park and check every single person’s wristband who is trying to get into that part of the part. If a person doesn’t have a wristband they are not allowed in that part and eventually it ushers them to entrance of the park.
For smaller events where only rides and certain drink and snack kiosks are open, everyone must show their wristband before entering the queue line after the official close of the park and people eventually show themselves out since there are no rides to go on.
We had no idea what to expect before this event because August 5, the event we attended, was the first of its kind and very little information has been released by Disney prior to the event.
When we entered Magic Kingdom around 3 pm, we asked a castmember when wristbands would be available and we were informed that wristband distribution was not going to be available at the entrance of the park but over in Adventureland and at Stitch’s Great Escape in Tomorrowland. The lines were insane. When we got in line at 3:30 pm, the line was stretched about halfway over the bridge that connects Stitch’s Great Escape to the Hub. By 4 pm, the line stretched all the way in front of the castle.
It took us over an hour to get through the line to get wristbands; it seemed quite confusing as though Disney wasn’t quite sure how the distribution was going to go or maybe didn’t expect as many people to get in line right at 4. Hopefully these issues will get ironed out before the next VIPassholder event that will take place at Epcot.
Once we got through the line we had a few hours before the event actually started but we met up with several of our vlogger friends in the park after the fireworks to get the party started.
One of the things we were really unsure about was whether or not we would get any complimentary treats. It turns out there are no complimentary treats available at this event; but important to remember that this is not Disney After Hours and is an event complimentary to AP’s.
We decided to see how many rides we could do in the two hours of the event. We were able to get six! We did People Mover, Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Big Thunder Mountain. We hit up a lot of the more popular rides so I think we definitely could have done more rides but we rode a ton of popular rides and didn’t wait in long lines.
The average line for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was around 45 minutes to an hour from what we could tell. There were no restaurants open for the event, which we expected. Several kiosks were open to get popcorn, ice cream and drinks. Those were not complimentary, which would have been awesome but again, not expected.
It was really interesting for us because the night before we had purchased tickets and gone to Disney After Hours which was also at Magic Kingdom. There will be a separate review of After Hours but I will say that you absolutely get what you pay for and although yes, we pay for our annual passes to Walt Disney World, we did not pay any additional money to be at the event so it was essentially just extra magic hours that was capped at a certain number of people and only available for annual passholders; which is still pretty darn cool.
Important to remember about VIPassholder, is that it begins at 10 pm and ends at midnight. Up until 10 pm, guests without wristbands can get in line for rides, it isn’t until after 10 pm, that castmembers will not allow people without wristbands to enter the line so it will take a while for the line to go down but once it does, the lines are significantly shorter for the rides than during normal park times.
There are photo pass opportunities available during VIPassholder. There was even a special VIPassholder frame available in front of the castle.
The best part of VIPassholder for us, was getting to experience a fun, less crowded and more exclusive night with our Disney friends. Bryson and I have rarely done Disney with other people but to experience it with people who do the same things we do, vlog and blog and post on social media all about Disney and who are just all self-proclaimed Disnerds, was a really special night for us. Be sure to check out our vlog HERE! Also check out some of the amazing people we hung out with on that night and their awesome YouTube Channels. Bob and Ashley, Tip of the Ears, DisLyfeofOurs, and Spokesmayne! We truly enjoyed it and reinforced for us, our love of Disney and of this Disney community we are a small part of.
That’s it for this post. Are you heading to a VIPassholder event? Did this help with your expectations? We would love to hear from you! Thank you for stopping by and for the love of the mouse, never forget, that it all started with a mouse.