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Disney After Hours Event Returning to the Magic Kingdom

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Disney After Hours Event Guide ©Laurel Stewart

Last year, Disney introduced a special ticketed event at the Magic Kingdom called Disney After Hours. The event, overall didn’t have a large number of Guests attend, however for those who did experience Disney After Hours, they said that it was one of the best experiences they’d had. So, Disney has decided to bring it back once again.

During Disney After Hours, Guests are able to enjoy quicker access to select rides and character greeting locations. The event enables Guests to maximize their time in the park with quicker access to over 25 attractions and character greetings. In addition, Ice cream novelties, popcorn, and bottled beverages are available free of charge. For those who would like to enjoy other options, Guests can also purchase select menu items at Main Street Bakery and at other select locations throughout the park.

Disney After Hours will take place once the park closes on select nights in January, February and March. Event Guests may enter the park as early as 7:00 p.m. and will then be able to remain in the park for three hours past the scheduled closing time for the event.

Dates and times for Disney After Hours for 2018 are:

  • Friday, January 19 –  8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Friday, January 26 – 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 30 – 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 8 – 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 15 – 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, March 1 – 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, March 8 – 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.


Attractions that will be open during the event will include:

  • Astro Orbiter
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Haunted Mansion
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Mickey’s Philharmagic
  • Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
  • And more

Disney After Hours does not replace Extra Magic Hours for resort guests and the event is instead held on non-Extra Magic Hour dates.

Advance pricing costs $119, plus tax for adults and children (ages 3-9).  For those who wish to purchase their tickets on the day of the event it will cost $124 per adult or child, plus tax. Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can take advantage of specially priced tickets for just $89 per adult or child, plus tax. Tickets for Disney After Hours can be purchased here.

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5 thoughts on “Disney After Hours Event Returning to the Magic Kingdom

  • We were at MK last January on an After Hours night. During the day the park was pretty busy, maybe a crowd level 5 or 6. We didn’t have tickets for the After Hours, and it was regrettable. We were there until regular closing time and the park was a ghost town. I’m definitely considering doing this in January when we visit again.

  • I did this late Feb or early March this year when we were only spending 2 days at WDW. It was interesting. I’d say it’s marginally worth it to buy a 1-day for Epcot and this versus the 2-day ticket. I wouldn’t have done it if I were planning to spend another day or 2 at WDW.

  • I’ve gotta wonder how crowded MK would have been on those dates anyway… Seems like a way to make a slow time even slower, and for Disney to get more money for it.

  • Welp. That explains the early closing times in January.

  • We did this last year and absolutely loved every minute of it! Now I need to plan a trip to coincide with the event in 2018! Yay!!!!!

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