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2024 Disney World After Hours Dates and Details – New Dates!

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Disney World has announced that After Hours events will be coming back, beginning in January 2024. We’ve got dates and details for After Hours at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and Hollywood Studios below, including the limited return of the Disney Enchantment Fireworks show. And look at you go, TRON / Lightcycle Run, with a standby queue!

New dates have been added to the schedule on January 19; tickets for these new dates go on sale for guests of select Disney World Hotels on January 24, 2024, and to the general public on January 31, 2024.

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 (or more) 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 due to limited attendance

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 always offer themed entertainment extras like parades and fireworks. Some special After Hours offerings with names like “Villains After Hours” may offer entertainment extras, and this year the Magic Kingdom After Hours events will include a showing of Disney Enchantment.
  • Since they begin after regular hours, crowd patterns during the day aren’t affected. And if you’re attending After Hours, you can arrive toward the end of regular hours to see the park’s evening fireworks show before the event starts.

Wondering about the value of an After Hours ticket compared to a regular day ticket? Here’s what you need to know: Best Disney World Ticket Choice: After Hours or More Days?

When, Where, and How Much?

Prices and dates are below for each park. For new dates noted below, guests with a reservation at an eligible Disney World Hotel can purchase tickets beginning on January 24 by calling (407) 934-7639; early purchasing cannot be done online. Tickets can be purchased online by all guests starting on January 31, 2024. If you’ve booked a trip through a travel agent, they may also be able to get tickets for you.

Magic Kingdom 2024 After Hours Dates and Details

Double fireworks! New for 2024, Disney Enchantment will be shown at After Hours events in the Magic Kingdom. Since After Hours takes place … after hours … the regular Happily Ever After fireworks are also shown before closing. That means After Hours guests will have the opportunity to see both shows. For those wishing to ride TRON / Lightcycle Run, it will be using a standby queue during the After Hours event.

Disney After Hours events will begin at the Magic Kingdom on January 1 and are confirmed through June 27, 2024. Dates up to April 8 are currently available for purchase. For dates after April 8 sales begin to guests of select Disney World Hotels on January 24, 2024, and to the general public on January 31, 2024.

Tickets range from $155-$175, 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. using their event ticket. See the event page for complete details.

Dates and prices for Disney After Hours at the Magic Kingdom in 2024

We’ve refreshed our Magic Kingdom After Hours strategy guide based on this year’s event. And if you were wondering how TouringPlans users felt about Enchantment vs. HEA, here’s the skinny. Enchantment: 4.5 stars for pre-school and grade school; 4.0 stars from all other groups. Happily Ever After: 4.5 from every age group except Young Adults, who rate it 5.0 stars.

Hollywood Studios 2024 After Hours Dates and Details

Disney After Hours events will be returning to Hollywood Studios beginning on January 10 and confirmed through August 29, 2024. Dates up to April 10 are currently available for purchase. For dates after April 10 sales begin to guests of select Disney World Hotels on January 24, 2024, and to the general public on January 31, 2024.

Tickets range from $145-$175, 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. using their event ticket. See the event page for complete details.

Dates and prices for Disney After Hours at Hollywood Studios in 2024

One thing that sets Hollywood Studios After Hours apart from the Magic Kingdom event is the rare characters that you can see, including Pinocchio, Duffy, White Rabbit, and others. Trying to figure out how much you can do? See our Hollywood Studios After Hours Strategy and Info article.

EPCOT 2024 After Hours Dates and Details

Finally, Disney After Hours events will be returning to EPCOT beginning on February 2 and confirmed through July 18, 2024. Dates up to April 4 are currently available for purchase. For dates after April 4 sales begin to guests of select Disney World Hotels on January 24, 2024, and to the general public on January 31, 2024.

Tickets range from $149-$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. using their event ticket. Disney hasn’t announced that Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will be using a standby queue during the event, but we expect it will based on last year’s events. See the event page for complete details.

Dates and prices for Disney After Hours at EPCOT in 2024

Are you excited for After Hours in 2024? Have you been to one in the past? Let us know in the comments!

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Jennifer Heymont

Jennifer has a background in math and biology, so 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.

8 thoughts on “2024 Disney World After Hours Dates and Details – New Dates!

  • Great information and so thorough! Do you think Epcot will add any additional dates in August or is this list pretty definitive? I went last year in August and planned on returning in August this year.

    Thank you.

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    • Hi Candy, that’s hard to say. Last year they released another set of dates in mid-February, so I’d say there’s definitely hope. Also we haven’t seen dates for Typhoon Lagoon yet so there probably will be a future announcement for those. But, even if another set drops, there’s no guarantee whether or not it will include more dates for EPCOT. Sorry to be so wishy-washy!

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  • Excellent information …thank you! We are booked on property starting April 25th, 2024 but it looks like After Hours at Hollywood Studios has a seven week gap from April 10th to May 22nd. Do you know if this is correct and if so why the long break?

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    • Hi Theresa, yes the schedule is correct – or at least, it is based on what Disney has announced; the screenshot is directly off the event page. As to why the long gap? No idea. It could be something about the refurb schedule that makes AH not such a great choice at Hollywood Studios during that time, or staffing, or it could just be related to predicted demand.

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  • Good morning
    When it says ‘Guests with a reservation at an eligible Disney World Hotel’ how do I find out which of the hotels are eligible for booking the tickets starting Jan 24th? Thanks

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    • Hi Rebecca, this is a great question and I couldn’t even find the answer on the event page, which is probably why I didn’t spell them out in the article. Based on other release announcements from other years, the early booking is available to those staying at Disney World Resort Hotels, plus the Swan, Dolphin, Swan Reserve, and Shades of Green. So if the hotel says “Disney’s” in its name, like “Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort” or “Copper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort”, then it will be eligible. Hotels that merely say “At Disney World” in their name, or don’t include the world “Disney” at all, will not be eligible, with the exception of the Swolphin and Shades of Green.

      If you’re not eligible for purchase during the early booking I wouldn’t worry about it though. None of them have sold out so far this year.

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  • Are the after hours fireworks’ music played outside of the park, for example, the Poly beach?

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    • Hi Josh, I don’t have a definitive answer on that, but fireworks music at other Magic Kingdom hard-ticket events (such as MNSSHP and MVMCP) is piped out to the surrounding resorts so I think the answer is most likely yes.

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