Disney Issues New Offering To Stop Guests From Purchasing Tickets

in Disney Parks, Walt Disney World

Crowds at Walt Disney World Resort

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It appears Disney is looking to keep their attendance at bay as their newest offering seems to be more of a deterrent than a magical enticement for guests.

Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana attraction
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At Walt Disney World, guests have the all they could dream of when it comes to theme parks at their fingertips. Walt Disney World Resort has over 25+ resorts, meaning you can stay nearly anywhere your themed heart desires. If you are a fan of football Sundays, Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort might be the resort for you, if you love animals, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge has an entire safari outside of your bedroom window.

For theme parks, there are four incredible options.

Magic Kingdom has the iconic Cinderella Castle with iconic attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, “it’s a small world”, Peter Pan’s Flight, Space Mountain, and more. Guests get to watch the Festival of Fantasy parade during the day, and in the evening, Happily Ever After will light up the night sky.

Crowds gathering around Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom at Disney World
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Hop on the monorail and you can see EPCOT! The theme park is under construction at the moment, but mesmerizing aspects are beginning to open, such as Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is one of the best thrill rides at Disney, and the World Showcase has tons of food, shops, shows, and rides for guests to enjoy.

Just a Disney Skyliner ride away is Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Drop into the fifth dimension on Tower of Terror or snag some backstage passes on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land have recently been added to the park as well, giving guests a full-rounded experience with thrills and entertainment. Fantasmic! stuns guests each evening, as many dive into Mickey Mouse’s dreams, and nightmares — with new additions from Frozen, Aladdin, Moana, and Mulan.

Toy story themed roller coaster with Disney guests pictured at Disney World
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom has incredible attractions like Expedition Everest, and Kilimanjaro Safaris, which take guests into a real safari. Avatar — World of Pandora was a recent edition that guests love, with Flight of Passage boasting nearly four-hour waits at times. Soon, Encanto or Indiana Jones will find a home in the theme park, with the retirement of DinoLand U.S.A.

Disney has recently announced that they will be bringing back After Hour events. After Hour events allow guests to stay in the theme parks three hours past closing. This allows guests to enjoy complimentary snacks, as well as much lower wait times.

That being said, Disney hosts many specially ticketed events, from crowd favorites like Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party or Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, to more exclusive events like DVC Moonlight Magic. These events can give guests the opportunity to experience the park with a much lower capacity and shorter waits to ride their favorite attractions. Additionally, these events can offer rare character meet-and-greets, themed entertainment offerings, special food and drinks, exclusive merchandise, and more – for a hefty price tag. Therefore, not all ticketed events are created equal.

Disney After Hours is a series of events where guests can visit their favorite park for an extra three hours after it closes. The events usually operate at a very low capacity, meaning wait times are virtually nonexistent for most attractions. The cost of admission also includes unlimited ice cream novelties, popcorn, and select beverages.

Tickets for these events average between $150-$175, which could be more than the average cost of day admission, depending on the date.

Today, Disney announced Disney After Hours events will return to Disney World next year, starting January 10 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, January 11 at Magic Kingdom and February 2 at EPCOT.

Spaceship Earth at EPCOT inside Walt Disney World Resort
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The events include 3 hours in the park after park close, access to select attractions and select snacks.

Below are the After Hours dates available next year:

  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – select nights from January 10 through April 10
  • Magic Kingdom – select nights January 11 through April 8
  • EPCOT – select nights February 2 through April 4

Disney After Hours tickets will go on sale Nov. 7 for resort guests and Nov. 14 for everyone else. Prices range between $155-$175 for Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom and $149-$159 for EPCOT.

Discounted tickets will be available for Annual Passholders and DVC members.

Typically, one would assume Disney is throwing these events in order to make more money; however, another announcement says otherwise.

It has now been confirmed that the nighttime fireworks spectacular ‘Enchantment’ will return exclusively to Disney After Hours events at Magic Kingdom Park in 2024.

On October 1, 2021 Magic Kingdom debuted a brand-new fireworks show, Disney Enchantment, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World. In order to make way for this new nighttime spectacular, we had to say goodbye to the fan-favorite show, Happily Ever After, which sparkled into Disney history on September 29, 2021.

Though many were eager to see what Disney had in store with Disney Enchantment, seeing Happily Ever After come to an end upset many fans.

After fans finally saw Disney Enchantment, unfortunately, disappointment filled the air as the show did not meet many expectations. With this being said, a petition has now begun making its rounds asking Disney to bring back Happily Ever After.

Disney Enchantment fireworks at Disney World Resort
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Then, Disney attempted to scramble to make guests happy, and updated the show.

The new intro shows Walt and Roy Disney, Mickey Mouse, and highlights opening day attractions such as “it’s a small world”, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, and more.

Although this is what fans have been asking for, many feel this should have happened when Disney Enchantment debuted, and not nearly a year later when the 50th anniversary celebrations were almost complete.

Then, Disney finally listened to what guests really wanted, and they brought back the retired Happily Ever After show.

Bringing back a show that was so hated by guests is an interesting way to drive traffic into parks, however.

When Scott Gustin announced the news, the comment section really had a heyday.

Scott said, “NEW: The nighttime fireworks spectacular ‘Enchantment’ will return exclusively to Disney After Hours events at Magic Kingdom Park in 2024.”

Jared Bryant replied, “Must be trying to keep the attendance down”.

Jacob Karnes echoed a similar statement, “This is actually a great tactic by Disney to keep crowds to a minimum at After Hours events.”

Defnotaginger chimed in, “Were they selling too many tickets?”.

Marshall Grayson added, “Guess they won’t sell any tickets”.

The comments clearly indicate that the overall opinion of Disney Enchantment being a larger deterrent than offering is what many guests are thinking. Others did note that they would have far preferred Wishes, a much more beloved nighttime show. The one positive thing about the announcement is that guests will now be able to see two fireworks shows when purchasing an After Hours ticket to Magic Kingdom.

What do you think about Disney bringing Enchantment back? 

Are you looking to visit Magic Kingdom on your next Disney World vacation? There is no better feeling than riding the monorail after parking at the Ticket and Transportation Center (or riding it from a monorail Resort such as Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa) and walking down the middle of Main Street, U.S.A. U.S.A. with Cinderella Castle greeting you in the distance! Indulging in churros and Mickey Premium Bars while waiting in line for attractions like Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Haunted Mansion, or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is always a great way to enjoy the lines, and a midday break to watch Festival of Fantasy doesn’t hurt either. Nothing tops ending the night with their Happily Ever After fireworks spectacle. For more Disney information, information on Disney Genie+, and to look at booking a vacation, the Walt Disney World website is a perfect one-stop shop for all things Mickey Mouse. Plus, it has all the information you need on Disney Genie+, so you will be ready to go on your My Disney Experience app once you download it! Click here to check it out today.

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