Disney After Hours offers shockingly short wait times, no crowds at Walt Disney World

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Disney After Hours at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom offers guests the opportunity to experience the park with no crowds and shockingly short wait times.  As we previously reported this event is running thru September.  Inside the Magic decided to experience this seasonal event at the Magic Kingdom to see if it lives up to its promise.

Disney After Hours is a separately ticketed event with a premium price of $119, and the limited number of guests per event makes for a unique, 3-hour park experience with more than 25 popular attractions and Character Greetings. By unique, Disney really means no lines for any attraction lasting longer than 10 minutes.

Here are the wait times I personally experienced for some of the park’s most popular attractions  These rides generally face wait times of 1 – 2 hours.

Space Mountain’s wait time during the event was only 10 minutes.

Pirates of the Caribbean was 5 minutes.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was 5 minutes.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad had a wait time of 5 minutes.

Peter Pan’s Flight was 10 minutes.

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin was at a 5-minute wait.

In addition to the park’s unbelievably short wait times, there were no crowds. Regardless of what part of the park you visit, you’ll only encounter small family groups.

Restaurants are closed during the event as it doesn’t start until 10 pm. However, bottled sodas, popcorn, Mickey Bars and assorted popsicles are offered to guests as part of admission.

Admission to Disney After Hours is priced at $119 per person so this is by no means a cheap event.  Yet with the cooler nighttime weather, the lack of lines and complimentary food offering some guests may find this event suits them well as its possible to experience more rides in these 3 hours than a full day at the park.  Personally, I would find this particularly attractive on the first day of my vacation when I have been traveling throughout the day and a regular daytime park pass would provide less than a full day at the park.  If you are someone who likes to avoid crowds and wishes to quickly experience all of your favorite attractions in a few hours, this is the experience for you.

During peak season the price of a one-day ticket to the Magic Kingdom will run you the same amount, although you may not be able to experience every attraction when the park is at normal capacity.  Compared to a normal full day park admission, this experience only runs for 3 hours, from 10pm to 1am but you can actually enter the park at 7pm.  Therefore you get 6 hours in the park with the first 3 hours obviously more crowded making that an ideal time to visit less popular rides or watch the fireworks.  The short wait times and small crowds occur once the park is closed to the general public and only event attendees are present.

Price alone makes Disney After Hours an event with a more limited appeal.  But depending on your vacation plans and personal preferences this is an option that should be considered given the number of attractions you can experience.

Disney After Hours will run at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom on July 21, 28, August 4, 11, 30 and September 20.

For more information about Disney After Hours or to purchase tickets, be sure to visit the official website.

3 Comments

  1. frostysnowman

    $120 to go to the Magic Kingdom for three hours in the middle of the night and you’re shocked that the lines are short? Really?!?

  2. We got all the rides done and met most of the characters during the extra magic hours without having to pay extra.

  3. CR

    These used to be called “E-Ticket Nights” back in the early 2000s and were about $30 per person. They used them to train new employees on attraction operation, and some restaurants were open as well. They removed them when the extra magic hour option started, but seems they’ve found a way to make them return even more profitable.

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