Disney has again announced special Disney After Hours events on select Thursday and Friday nights in January through March 2017 giving guests three hours of exclusive access to the park after the regular closing time. Ticket numbers are strictly limited.
The price has been reduced from $149 to $119 (plus tax) for both adults and children (aged 3 to 9). Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can purchase tickets for $89.
The dates and times are as follows:
- Friday, January 20 — 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
- Friday, January 27 — 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
- Thursday, February 2 — 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
- Thursday, February 9 — 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
- Thursday, February 16 — 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
- Thursday, March 2 — 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
- Thursday, March 9 — 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
As this is a special event, you do not need a regular park admission ticket. Using the Disney After Hours ticket, guests can gain admission any time after 7 p.m. If you wish to enter the park before 7 p.m. you have to buy a normal day ticket as well.
Note that the nights for Disney After Hours do not clash with the normal Extra Magic Hours available to Disney resort guests which continue as usual.
The main benefit of the Disney After Hours is the greatly reduced number of visitors which means wait times are very short or non-existent on around 25 rides, attractions and meet and greets that remain open.
In addition you can enjoy all-you-can-enjoy ice cream treats, popcorn and bottled drinks during the event. Other food offerings are available to purchase throughout the evening.
The following rides and attractions remain open during Disney After Hours:
- Astro Orbiter
- The Barnstormer
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Country Bear Jamboree
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- Haunted Mansion
- It’s a Small World
- Jungle Cruise
- Mad Tea Party
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- Princess Fairytale Hall
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Swiss Family Treehouse
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Town Square Theater (Mickey Mouse)
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
Original Disney After Hours
In April 2016, Disney introduced a special Disney After Hours ticket for Magic Kingdom for the first time. The ticket cost $149 per person and numbers were limited but Disney did not say how many tickets were sold.
Admission started at 7 p.m. and gave access until three hours after normal closing which was either 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. The ticket was only valid on select nights in April and May. The first night was April 14 followed by April 21, 28, May 5, 8, 12 and 19.
Amongst the attractions that remained open were Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Peter Pan’s Flight, Princess Fairytale Hall, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain as well as some character meet and greets. Due to the reduced numbers, wait times were minimal.
Guests could also pick up complimentary ice-cream treats and bottled drinks plus purchase other items from the Main Street Bakery and Casey’s Corner.
The first “After Hours” event at the Magic Kingdom was very quiet with an estimated 1,000 guests, many of whom had received complimentary admission.
Disney then offered half-price admission for $75 plus tax to annual passholders and Disney Vacation Club members for the remaining nights; May 5 (10 p.m. to 1 a.m.) and May 8, 12 and 19 (11 p.m. to 2 a.m.) in an attempt to boost numbers.