Disney After Hours

Is Disney World’s Nighttime Special Event Disney After Hours Worth the Cost?

Update: This article was updated January 18, 2024 with additional 2024 event dates.

We all know that Walt Disney World’s theme parks are full of magical experiences. But did you know there’s a way to extend that magic into the nighttime? It’s true. A private event called Disney After Hours is held on select dates throughout the year at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and EPCOT theme parks. It allows you to enjoy the rides after normal park hours without the crowds.

Did you say, “Visiting Disney World without the crowds?!” Yes indeed!

Of course, it does cost extra, and it isn’t cheap. However, this type of event may be worth splurging on if you wish to maximize your limited time and increase your Disney magic.

Below we explain the Disney After Hour event, how much it costs, which rides are included, and if it’s worth the money. So let’s get started!

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What is Disney After Hours?

Disney After Hours is a fun way for you to enjoy a special evening event at a Disney World theme park.

As darkness envelops the park and the lights begin to glow, you’ll enjoy legendary attractions and entertainment long after the regular crowds have departed.

If you’ve ever dreamt of experiencing the magic after the crowds have gone, then here’s your chance!

Disney After Hours is a unique way to see one of these parks in a whole new light (or, should I say, darkness).

And the best part? You’ll be among a limited number of Guests in the park since it’s a separately ticketed 3-hour nighttime event, and most Guests don’t take advantage of it.

Why not? Well, it’s a relatively new event (as opposed to more longstanding after-hours options like the Halloween and Christmas parties), so many people don’t even know it exists.

Other guests don’t want to spend the extra money (see prices below), so they just stick to the normal operating hours.

What is Disney After Hours

Disney After Hours Attractions & Rides

With a valid Disney After Hours ticket, Guests can enter the designated park at 7:00 PM. By doing so, you’ll be able to get a jump start on exploring the theme park as you’ve never seen it before.

The wait times for popular attractions are much more manageable, and Character Greetings are included.

What’s not to love?!

Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park

More than 20 Magic Kingdom rides are open during the event. Of course, the list is always subject to change, but here’s what Disney says may be available:

  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Haunted Mansion
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Tron Lightcycle/Run
  • “And Many More!”

Disney After Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Attractions may include (subject to change):

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Toy Story Mania!

Disney After Hours at EPCOT

Attractions may include:

  • Frozen Ever After
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
  • Living with the Land
  • Mission: SPACE
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Test Track

Disney After Hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park

The event was held at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park in prior years. However, there are currently no 2024 dates announced for Animal Kingdom.

Select Snacks and Beverages are Included

As you enjoy the fun and festivities of Disney After Hours, remember to take a timeout to refuel (compliments of Disney).

Snacks and beverages are included with your ticket (i.e., free), so get your money’s worth and fill your belly.

After hours includes free popcorn, ice cream novelties (Mickey Bars), and select non-alcoholic beverages are available at carts throughout the park.

Several Quick Service restaurants are open during the event, so you can also purchase food items there.

Things to Know About Disney After Hours

  • Disney After Hours ticket prices vary depending on the park you choose and the day you plan to go.
  • A limited number of tickets are available for each Disney After Hours event.
  • Discounts are offered for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members
  • Disney After Hours rides, attractions, and entertainment are subject to change without notice
  • Ticketholders can enter the designated Disney After Hours park at 7:00 PM on the night of the event, giving you a bit of a head start. The event officially begins a few hours later (see the list below).
  • You won’t need a Disney Park Pass theme park reservation or a regular theme park ticket to get in as long as you enter the park no earlier than 7:00 PM. If you want to drop in earlier, you’ll need a standard theme park ticket — and a park reservation (if your ticket type requires one).

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Disney After Hours dates

2024 Disney After Hours Dates

Disney After Hours Event Schedule (So Far)…

2024 Magic Kingdom Disney After Hours Dates, Times, and Prices

  • Thursday, January 11, 2024 — 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM — $155
  • Monday, January 15, 2024 — 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM — $165
  • Monday, January 22, 2024 — 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM — $165
  • Thursday, February 1, 2024 — 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM — $165
  • Monday, February 5, 2024 — 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM — $165
  • Monday, February 12, 2024 — 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM — $175
  • Thursday, February 29, 2024 — 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM — $175
  • Monday, March 4, 2024 — 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM — $175
  • Monday, March 18, 2024 — 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM — $175
  • Monday, April 8, 2024 — 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM — $175
  • Monday, April 22, 2024 — 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM — $175
  • Monday, April 29, 2024 — 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM — $175
  • Monday, May 13, 2024 — 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM — $165
  • Thursday, June 13, 2024 — 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM — $165
  • Thursday, June 27, 2024 — 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM — $165

2024 Hollywood Studios Disney After Hours Dates, Times, and Prices

  • Wednesday, January 10, 2024 — 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM — $155
  • Wednesday, January 24, 2024 — 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM — $165
  • Wednesday, February 21, 2024 — 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM — $175
  • Monday, February 26, 2024 — 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM — $175
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2024 — 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM — $175
  • Wednesday, March 20, 2024 — 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM — $175
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2024 — 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM — $175
  • Wednesday, April 3, 2024 — 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM — $175
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2024 — 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM — $175
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2024 — 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM — $175
  • Wednesday, May 29, 2024 — 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM — $175
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024 — 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM — $165
  • Wednesday, June 19, 2024 — 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM — $165
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2024 — 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM — $165
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2024 — 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM — $165
  • Wednesday, July 17, 2024 — 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM — $165
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2024 — 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM — $155
  • Wednesday, July 31, 2024 — 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM — $155
  • Wednesday, August 7, 2024 — 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM — $155
  • Wednesday, August 14, 2024 — 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM — $145
  • Wednesday, August 21, 2024 — 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM — $145
  • Thursday, August 29, 2024 — 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM — $145

2024 EPCOT Disney After Hours Dates, Times, and Prices

  • Friday, February 2, 2024 — 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM — $149
  • Thursday, February 8, 2024 — 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM — $149
  • Thursday, February 15, 2024 — 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM — $159
  • Thursday, March 7, 2024 — 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM — $159
  • Thursday, March 28, 2024 — 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM — $159
  • Thursday, April 4, 2024 — 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM — $159
  • Thursday, April 25, 2024 — 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM — $159
  • Thursday, May 9, 2024 — 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM — $159
  • Thursday, May 23, 2024 — 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM — $159
  • Thursday, May 30, 2024 — 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM — $159
  • Thursday, June 6, 2024 — 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM — $149
  • Thursday, June 20, 2024 — 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM — $149
  • Thursday, July 18, 2024 — 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM — $149

2024 Animal Kingdom Disney After Hours Dates, Times, and Prices

  • Animal Kingdom does not currently have any scheduled Disney After Hours events

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Crowds are MUCH lighter
  • Lines for attractions are MUCH shorter
  • Popular Attractions and Character Greeting are included
  • No Disney Genie+ (so no planning ahead or reservations required)
  • Snacks are included (bottled beverages, popcorn, Mickey Bars ice cream)
  • DVC and Annual Passholders are eligible for discounts

Cons:

  • Disney After Hours tickets are around the same price as regular, full-day theme park tickets
  • Expensive: Since the event is typically 3 hours long, then the cost per hour is much high compared to normal tickets
  • Disney After Hours is only available on select dates (see below)
  • Not all rides are open
  • No Table Service dining options and only a select number of Quick Service restaurants will be open

Is Disney After Hours Worth the Cost?

Is Disney After Hours worth the money?

The answer to this depends on a few factors:

  • Who you are traveling with?
  • What are your priorities during the vacation?
  • What is your budget?
  • How long is your vacation?

Here are a few possible reasons why Disney After Hours is right for you:

  • If you are only at Disney World for a few days and want to get as many rides in as possible. This allows you to experience the popular rides at night – without waiting in long lines – so that your regular days are free to see and do other things. It’s especially good if you wish to experience Magic Kingdom park without the crowds.
  • Disney After Hours is great for those who don’t like planning ahead or booking their trip on short notice. Since many of the popular Genie+/Lightning Lane attractions are crowded during normal operating hours, these nighttime events allow you to just waltz into the park and go on the popular rides without advance reservations.
  • ou are night owls, and the sound of going on rides when it’s dark out – and maybe sleeping in the next morning – sounds like fun.
  • Experiencing Disney After Hours means you won’t worry about the sun, and the temperatures are likely cooler than during the daytime.
Is Disney After Hours worth it

Decision Time: Is Disney After Hours Worth It?

In summary, yes, it is expensive, but the extra cost may be worth it.

If you fit any of the criteria listed above, then we say, “go for it!”

Think about replacing a day at Magic Kingdom park with a Disney After Hours date for Magic Kingdom.

This will allow you to experience all of the popular rides without the inconvenience of long lines, Disney Genie+ worries, hot temps, etc. And the cost of unlimited Mickey Bars, popcorn, and bottled beverages can add up, so this can be a significant saving (remember: these are totally free at night).

If you stay in Disney World for a week or more, then Disney After Hours separately ticketed event may not be worth it because you’ll have plenty of time to explore the park – and ride all the rides – throughout your stay.

It also may not be the best if you have a large group.

Why? Well, because it’s costly, most people will want to be at the parks during the day.

But again, every group is different, so all these issues should be debated before you book your trip.

Enjoy your Disney World trip!

We hope our Disney After Hours guide helps you decide if this event is worth the money for the extra magic hours.

For more useful Disney World information, please review some additional pages on MagicGuides, like our  Club Level at Disney WorldDisney World HistoryWalt Disney QuotesDisney World Strollers, and RunDisney Marathon articles.

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Thanks for reading, and we hope you have a magical Walt Disney World vacation!

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