This event is not offered often. The event began in April of 2018 and has only been offered a handful of times. When purchased in advance, tickets are $119 per adult or child, plus tax. If tickets are still available day of (events up to the time of publishing of this blog have all sold out prior to day of) tickets are $124 per adult or child, plus tax.Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members do receive a discount and tickets are $89 per ticket, plus tax.
Guests can access the Magic Kingdom for lanyard distribution at 7 pm on the day of the event. We entered the event right around 8:30 pm and were directed toward entrance locations that were designated for those attending the event. After we checked in, we were immediately handed our lanyards. As of the time of this post being published, there is only one more Disney After Hours event scheduled and it is from 9 pm to Midnight on September 30.
We grabbed coffee at Starbucks on Main Street and then just stepped onto Main Street to watch Happily Ever After. Following the fireworks, we zig-zagged through the throng of people heading for the exit and took the Tomorrowland Terrace to get to Tomorrowland.
Lines for rides were still crazy because as long as a person gets in line before park close or in this case, before the After Hours event started, gets to ride the ride. So, we rode the People Mover while we waited for the crowds to thin a bit.
We were a bit nervous still seeing a lot of crowds because after all, we paid extra for this event and we didn’t really know what to expect but after we got off the People Mover, we went and did the Incredible Summer Photo Pass shots at night and then made our way to more rides.
By this time, it was about 10:10 and the crowds and wait times were starting to thin. As we walked past Tomorrowland Speedway toward the Mad Tea Cups, it was amazing how quickly the crowd dispersed. We walked onto the Mad Tea Cups. Then we went over to Dumbo and walked onto Dumbo.
There were a large number of snack carts open and, get this! Unlimited bottled beverages and ice cream treats all night long. You read that right; and it was amazing.
We rode Little Mermaid, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, Peter Pan and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
We also got some amazing photo pass shots! There were a number of photo pass photographers wandering around and there was no line for most of them. Of course, there were a couple of exceptions and one of those was the Tangled lantern photo pass opportunity over near the Tangled restrooms had a line but it was nothing like a typical night at Magic Kingdom; there were maybe five people in the line.
This was, by and large, one of my favorite nights in Walt Disney World ever. We had such a blast. We had been up for almost forty eight straight hours and it didn’t matter, we just had an amazing time.
If you are on the fence about participating in an After Hours event, I highly recommend it. The only ride we really waited for all night long was Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and we waited maybe fifteen minutes for that.
It was absolutely worth it. There are very few times when Disney rolls out the free goodies and this was one of those times. Free bottled beverages and frozen treats is a unique thing at Walt Disney World and that alone might have made it worth it; couple that with the ridiculously short wait on rides, you could say we one hundred percent thought it was worth it!
Have you done an After Hours event? Are you planning to? We would love to hear from you.
If you have any questions about After Hours or Disney in general, leave us a comment and we would love to help you out. We posted a vlog featuring the amazing day we had Disney that ended with After Hours and you can check that out HERE!
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