Disney World After Hours Events Returning January 2023

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Disney World has announced that After Hours events will be coming back, beginning in January 2023. Tickets go on sale for guests of select Disney World Hotels on October 4, 2022, and to the general public on October 7, 2022.

What Are Disney After Hours Events?

These are a separate “hard-ticket” event that are held after regular park hours. After Hours attendees can enter the park up to 1 hour before closing without needing regular admission, and the event itself is 3 hours. These events offer

  • A selection of snacks and treats included free
  • Shorter lines for attractions

They are similar to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, but with some important differences:

  • After Hours events don’t offer themed entertainment extras like parades and fireworks unless. (Some special After Hours offerings with names like “Villains After Hours” may offer entertainment extras).
  • Since they begin after regular hours, crowd patterns during the day aren’t affected. And if you’re attending a party, you can arrive toward the end of regular hours to see the fireworks before the event starts.

When, Where, and How Much?

Disney After Hours events will begin at the Magic Kingdom on January 9 and are confirmed through March 27, 2023 – more dates may be added later. Tickets range from $135-$159, with discounts available for Disney Vacation Club members and Annual Passholders. The event runs from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., with event guests allowed to enter the park at 7 p.m. See the event page for complete details.

Schedule and prices for Disney After Hours at the Magic Kingdom beginning January 2023
Dates and prices for Disney After Hours at the Magic Kingdom

Disney After Hours events will be returning to Hollywood Studios beginning on January 4 and confirmed through April 19, 2023 – more dates may be added later. Tickets range from $129-$149, with discounts available for Disney Vacation Club members and Annual Passholders. The event runs from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., with event guests allowed to enter the park at 7 p.m. See the event page for complete details.

The schedule and prices for Disney After Hours at Hollywood Studios
Dates and prices for Disney After Hours at Hollywood Studios

 

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Jennifer Heymont

Jennifer Heymont has a background in math and biology, but since she couldn't pick between the two she ended up in Data Science where she gets to do both. She lives just north of Boston with her husband, kids, and assorted animal members of the family. Although it took three visits for the Disney bug to "take", she now really wishes she lived a lot closer to the Parks.

25 thoughts on “Disney World After Hours Events Returning January 2023

  • September 27, 2022 at 6:12 pm
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    I never thought that WDW would have these events during marathon week, when is our typical time to go, but now they are, I am so excited! Do we buy these tickets on the Disney website?

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    • September 27, 2022 at 6:25 pm
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      Hi Andrea, I love it when people are excited about going to Disney World! Yes, you can buy directly from Disney’s website. Once sales open you should see a link on the event page.

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      • October 2, 2022 at 1:13 am
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        Thank you!

  • September 28, 2022 at 3:02 pm
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    Great news! Do you know if these event tickets are refundable? I ask because the Wed Jan 4 event at HS falls the same time as Extended Evening Hours typically are offered at Magic Kingdom (Wednesdays), but the EEH calendar for January isn’t out yet. Not sure how far in advance Disney announces those event dates.

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    • September 28, 2022 at 4:55 pm
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      I am wondering the same, will Extended Evening hours at Magic Kingdome be the same night as Hollywood Studios after hours event? Will they change the dates for Extended Evening hours? Or discontinue them all together? I have been planning a vacation Jan 1-8 and worried that Extended Evening hours may not happen starting that week….

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    • September 28, 2022 at 5:14 pm
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      Hi Angela, Disney World tickets are not refundable, including special event tickets. Disney is known to sometimes accommodate people who need to cancel due to hardship (job loss, illness preventing travel, etc.) with refunds, but you shouldn’t count on it.

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    • September 29, 2022 at 3:47 pm
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      How sad, why don’t you have an event in the first week and second week of February?

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  • September 28, 2022 at 10:18 pm
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    Do you think that they might add events for the end of January/early February. Seems odd that they skipped those weeks. Thank you!

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    • September 29, 2022 at 10:24 am
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      Hi Kelly, I agree there’s an odd gap there, but I can’t think of anything else around then that would cause those weeks to be skipped. As to whether they will add more dates, I don’t know. Usually when Disney adds dates they are at the beginning or end (and I do expect that we might see more dates added to the end), but rarely in the middle. But I’m pretty sure that’s usually, and not always, so …

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      • September 29, 2022 at 4:13 pm
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        Thank you for the reply! I’ll cross my fingers they add an event for our travel dates

  • October 1, 2022 at 6:51 pm
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    What time will tickets go on sale on October 4th? The same time as dining reservations are released- 5:45 a.m. EST?
    Thanks in advance for any help or wisdom.

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    • October 2, 2022 at 1:11 am
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      They go on sale at midnight EST, a DVC cast member also recommended to be sure your hotel reservations are linked in your MDE

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  • October 2, 2022 at 11:57 am
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    I notice Rock n Roll Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror are not listed. Anyway to find out if they will be included. Logically you’d think they would be but also they are so popular you would think they would be listed if included.

    Thanks.

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    • October 2, 2022 at 12:13 pm
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      Robbie I think the key words here are right under the listed attractions: “subject to change without notice”. RnR and ToT have been open at Hollywood Studios After Hours events in the past, so the fact that they aren’t explicitly listed doesn’t mean they won’t be included. My personal opinion is that they’ll be included, but that’s just based on – as you say – knowledge that they’re popular and they’ve been included in the past.

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  • October 3, 2022 at 10:38 am
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    Are there any hints about Animal Kingdom After Hours returning? That was a great time to take in the Pandora rides (as well as the others) plus the light show on the Tree of Life. The early evening safari wasn’t so great as it really got too dark before the end of the tour.

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    • October 3, 2022 at 11:36 am
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      Hi Connie, I don’t think we’ve heard anything. It’s been almost 2 years since reopening and Disney World is still adding staff and slowly re-adding events like this back into the regular schedule, so I wouldn’t give up hope.

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  • October 10, 2022 at 12:34 am
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    Also keen to know if Extended Evening Hours for Deluxe Guests will be discontinued and replaced by these paid events. Was planning on booking a Deluxe Resort for that benefit – but won’t if it is no longer included.

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    • October 10, 2022 at 12:40 am
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      Hi Simone, Extended Evening Hours are part of WDW’s 50th Anniversary celebration. We don’t know what will happen to them when the celebration ends in March, 2023 – they may be continued, or maybe not. But the After Hours events are a separate thing; even if EEH are not continued I wouldn’t say that the After Hours have replaced them.

      Have a great trip!

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      • October 15, 2022 at 1:03 am
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        Hi Jennifer, thanks for the helpful information. We are planning on a stay at a deluxe resort in January 2023. I just want to confirm that you believe the extended hours will continue from at least January through March of 2023 (in addition to the after hours offering)?

        Thanks for all your help!

      • October 15, 2022 at 1:41 am
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        Hi Ryan – the top of Disney’s Extended hours page (https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/guest-services/extended-evening/) uses the language “With the kickoff of the 50th anniversary, enjoy extended evening hours on select evenings in select theme parks when you stay at a Disney Deluxe Resort or, Disney Deluxe Villa Resort or other select hotels.”

        That has been generally interpreted by myself and others in the Disney community to mean that Extended Hours is a 50th Anniversary offering, which will be available until the 50th Anniversary is officially over.

        But I want to be clear: I’m unaware of anything from Disney that confirms that interpretation or guarantees that they will continue through the end of March (which is when the 50th Anniversary ends). Unfortunately Disney has not yet announced any dates in January 2023 that might clear this up.

        So do I believe that they’ll be available in January 2023? Yes, I do – but that might turn out to be wrong.

        Have a great trip!

  • October 15, 2022 at 2:43 am
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    Much appreciated, thank you Jennifer!

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  • October 23, 2022 at 1:57 pm
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    Hi! Thanks for the information! Any word about After Hours to happen also in late 2023 (september, october…)?? Thanks so much!

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    • October 23, 2022 at 2:18 pm
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      Hi Pedro, I don’t think anyone knows yet. In the past Disney would add these events to the schedule over time, in the same way that they update Park Hours. We’ll just have to wait and see if they will continue past the dates confirmed above.

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  • October 23, 2022 at 8:13 pm
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    Hello!
    Wondering about transferring back to the hotel (Art of Animation) if we were to purchase the after hours tickets. I assume the skyliner would be closed, but would the buses still be operating? Thank you!

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    • October 23, 2022 at 9:32 pm
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      Hi Stacey, I wouldn’t be so sure about the Skyliner. Disney typically coordinates transportation based on when the last guest leaves the parks, not the park closing time, and there is no bus between Art of Animation and EPCOT unless the Skyliner is not running. Either way, you should be able to count on getting Disney transportation back to your resort when the event is over.

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