Disclosure: I was provided tickets to attend this event to review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own.
I am SO excited to share my “Disney After Hours” experience with all of you. If you love Disney, you will absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE Disney After Hours. This event made my top 3 trips to Disney list…and I’ve been to the Disney World parks and Disneyland many, many times.
What is Disney After Hours?
Disney After Hours is a 3-hour park experience—featuring more than 25 popular attractions and character greetings with little-to-no wait! Only a limited number of tickets are sold to each After Hours event, meaning a very small number of people in the park at one time. This also means that you will need to buy your ticket in advance to be sure you get one. Go here: Disney After Hours to purchase your ticket! At that website you can also find out ticket prices, times, dates, and more! Note: Disney Pass holders receive a discount! Another awesome benefit to be a pass holder.
The event takes place 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM:
- Thursday, June 28, 2018
- Saturday, June 30, 2018
- Saturday, July 7, 2018
- Monday, July 9, 2018
- Saturday, July 14, 2018
- Saturday, July 21, 2018
- Saturday, July 28, 2018
- Saturday, August 4, 2018
- Saturday, August 11, 2018
And 9:00 PM to midnight:
- Thursday, August 30, 2018
- Thursday, September 20, 2018
What is included?
When you purchase your Disney After Hours Ticket, you will be able to enter the park at 7pm. The event actually begins at 10pm (or 9pm on certain dates), but you can enter as early as 7pm. Your ticket also includes all open rides and character meet and greets. You will also get unlimited bottled soda and bottled water, popcorn, and ice cream. Yum!
What’s not included?
Your ticket allows entry as early as 7pm, it does not include entry to the park all day long. The ticket is only for after hours at Magic Kingdom park, so no park hopping. Also, parking is not included.
RIDES & ATTRACTIONS:
My son and I attended Disney After Hours last weekend and had an amazing time. We went on multiple rides, multiple times, because there were NO LINES the night we attended. The longest line I was in was for popcorn! HA! Below are just a few of the rides that are included:
- 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
- And much, much more!
We have some tips to share with you to be sure you make the most of your night at Magic Kingdom:
Take a nap. We had many events to attend the weekend we went, but we still took a 2 hour nap before heading to the park. We are not used to being up so late at night or spending that much time on our feet, so a nap was necessary. Both adults and kids alike should probably rest up before heading out. We knew we would stay until they kicked us out at 1am, meaning not getting to bed until 2am. So yes, I’ll say it again, naps are necessary! We also stopped so mom could grab some caffeine…thank goodness Magic Kingdom has a Starbucks on Main Street. That was our first stop!
Wear comfortable shoes. This is a no-brainer when you go to the parks. But, I don’t want anyone thinking that because you’re there for 3 hours that you won’t be walking a lot. I promise, you WILL be walking a lot. Wear comfortable shoes!!
Go hungry. We skipped dinner! We had a late lunch, or “Linner” as my kids call it because we knew we would be eating in the park. It’s hard to pass up free unlimited ice cream and popcorn. Have you had Magic Kingdom popcorn yet? It’s SO good! Buttery, hot, fresh, and delicious. Just follow your nose to find the popcorn carts located throughout the park. For ice cream your choices are fruit bars, Mickey Ice Cream Sandwiches, and the famous Mickey Ears Ice Cream Bar! Remember, calories don’t count at Disney..haha!
Arrive early. You can arrive as early as 7pm. I highly recommend that you do. Yes, the park will still be full from the daytime visitors, but this is a great time to look over the map to make your plan for the night. You can also watch the fireworks show or shop Main Street. If you do plan to have a meal in the park, this would be a great time to do that. Make a reservation ahead of time and eat at a table service restaurant like Be Our Guest! We also rode the Tomorrowland Speedway during the fireworks. This was before 10pm, but the line was very short because everyone was watching the fireworks. PS: The fireworks show is long and awesome. We watched most of it before we got on the Speedway, but they were still going on during and after the ride:
Make a plan. Map out your night and make a plan. Usually when we head to the parks we keep an eye on wait times on the Disney App. When a line wait time is low we rush over to that ride. That means we are all over the park all day – back and forth. Not for After Hours! There are little to NO wait lines at all, so you can get through all your favorite rides land by land. We started in Tomorrowland and rode every ride that we wanted, a few multiple times, then headed to the next land, while stopping by a cart for our free waters and popcorn!
Don’t forget the character meet and greets. We love all the attractions at Disney, but don’t forget about the character meet and greets. NO LINES for your favorite characters means you can see more characters is record time. Don’t forget to add them into your night plan.
Transportation. When the night is over, the monorails are already closed for the night. So, you will need to take the ferry. We absolutely LOVE the ferry boat, but if you want to experience both the monorail and the ferry boat, I just wanted to let you know that you’ll want to do the monorail on the way TO the Magic Kingdom, since that is not an option on your way back. I don’t want any disappointed kiddos.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. You may think this is a given, since it’s Florida. But, I think many people assume that since the sun is down, it’s not necessary to drink as much. Not the case here in good ole’ Florida. It’s still humid at 10pm on most nights, so be sure to take advantage of the free water bottles and stay hydrated.
Don’t lose your lanyard! Your lanyard is your “ticket to stay” after 10pm. Those without a lanyard must exit the park at 10pm. So keep that lanyard on and safe!
We had such a great time. AND, we finished every ride we wanted to ride in record time. We were all done at 12am! We went on 11 different attractions. Here is a list of what we went on and how many times we rode on them:
Tomorrowland Speedway (once prior to 10p and once after 10p)
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Thunder Mountain x 2
Winnie the Pooh
Peter Pan’s Flight
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train x 2
Pirates of the Caribbean
At 12am, we were heading to the exit. I couldn’t believe what Main Street looked like. Look at the difference from the daytime to the “After Hours Event”.
Getting out of the park was a piece of cake. The Ferry Boat was waiting for us and was nearly empty. The tram to our car was also waiting for us and nearly empty. I was able to grab a few pics on the way out without having a million strangers in my shot!
I highly recommend buying tickets to Disney After Hours. It’s the best way to see the park. Whether it’s your first time or your 50th time visiting, you will love it. You just can’t beat walking on every ride. It sounds like 3 hours isn’t enough, but it is plenty of time to get everything in. As I said earlier, we had an hour to spare!
Get all the information you need and purchase your ticket here —> Disney After Hours Event.