Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom : A Simple Guide

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Updates for 2021

SInce the theme parks reopened in 2020 there were not any After Hours events. For the Halloween and Christmas season it was recently anounced that Disney would offer 2 After Hours events in place of the normal holiday parites.

For the Halloween season Disney is offering Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash. This is like previous after hours events with a little bit of a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party sprinkled in. We wrote a guide to help explain all of the changes and everything that you will need to know.

For the Christmas season Disney is offering Disney’s Very Merriest After Hours event. This again is like previous after hours events with a little bit of a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party sprinkled in.

Hopefully next year the holiday offerings will go back to parties and the regular after hours events will make a come back!


Have you ever been to the Magic Kingdom and wished that the crowd were lighter, allowing for shorter wait times for your favorite rides? Are you a bit of a photographer and on every trip to Disney World you find that the parks are too full of people to get that perfect shot? Well, there is an event called Disney After Hours that you may want to check out!

What is Disney After Hours at The Magic Kingdom?

Disney After Hours is a special ticketed event, meaning that you need to purchase a special ticket, where you get to stay after the park is closed to regular guests and have 3 hours of walk-on rides, character meet and greets and tasty treats! You get a special lanyard ticket that allows you to stay in the park after the main crowd leaves. If you are a BIG Disney Fan like I am this is something you have to do at least once.

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Eating at the Magic Kingdom During After Hours

While you are enjoying riding all of your favorite rides, over and over again you can have unlimited Mickey Ice Cream bars, popcorn, and select beverages included in the price of the ticket. If popcorn and ice cream isn’t your thing, there are select menu items available for purchase at the Main street bakery as well as other locations around the park.

When is Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom? (Dates and Times)

The event times may change with the hours of the park, but it is always 3 hours after park closing. Guests with event tickets are not required to have regular admission, so it kind of nice that you are able to enter the park at 7 pm on the day of the event and have access to everything the park has to offer before the event starts and the crowds thin out. This gives you a chance to ride something that won’t be open during the event or grab a meal at a restaurant that will be closing with the park.

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What Characters Can You Meet?

If you like meeting Characters then this is a very opportune time to meet Mickey, Minnie, and Tinkerbell at Town Square Theater as well as the Princesses at Princess Fairytale Hall will all be available for meet and greets during the event. What is better than being able to meet all of them without having the long lines? As the most popular meet and greets you will save hours of waiting by visiting during the After Hours event.

What Attractions Are Open During Disney After Hours?

Unfortunately, not all of the rides are open during these events, but over 25 of your favorites are included with this list. We found that there were plenty of rides open to fill the 3 hours. In fact, you shouldn’t have any problem riding all of these rides at least once. Not only that but the crowds are usually so low at these events that you may be able to get off a ride and then go again right away! There’s nothing like walk-on ride opportunities at Disney World!

  • Astro Orbiter
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Haunted Mansion
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • And much more!

If you want to see how easy it is to get on these rides or what the experience is like in general check out this video from Tim Tracker…

How Much Does After Hours Cost?

If you buy your tickets ahead of time you can save a few dollars and get them for $125 per person, any age. If you buy them the day of the event they are $129 per person. Personally, I would not wait until the day of. These events are popular and only a limited amount of tickets are available and they can sell out.  If you are an Annual Pass holder or a DVC member you can get a discount on your tickets and pay just $95 per person.

How To Get Tickets

If you are visiting Disney world when Disney After Hours is happening there are a few ways that you can get tickets. You can book them online directly from Disney Worlds website, or you can call (407) 939-7795 or purchase them at the parks. I recommend getting the tickets when you book your trip to guarantee that you have them.

Do Any Other Disney Parks Do After Hours Events?

Throughout the year you’ll find that the Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom all hold Disney After Hours events. They are all basically, all the same, each park chooses the rides and attractions that are open. As with the Magic Kingdom, they are always held for 3 hours after the park closes.

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Is Disney After Hours Worth It?

Is Disney After Hours worth it… In my opinion yes, I feel that it is totally worth the cost. To be honest, the first time that I heard about it I was skeptical as to whether it was worth it or not, but then we encountered long lines during our trip and waited 2 hours to meet Anna & Elsa… if we had gone to the After Hours event we would have waited around 10 minutes. We could have done a ton more rides or meet and greets in those 2 hours, instead of waiting in line.

An average 1-day park ticket will cost you just over $100. For a few dollars more you can have FAR fewer people in the park and get to rise the most popular rides with little to no wait times. Most of the time the wait times listed are the amount of time it takes you to walk through the queue. I call that walk on. You will almost NEVER have wait times like that for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain or splash mountain. If you are only able to travel to Disney during super busy times I think the ticket for this event is totally worth it.

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Here are some of my favorite things to bring on my WDW Travels!

Thank you for reading this article. I hope you found it helpful as you plan your magical vacation. Here are some things that I used on my own magical trips and I hope you’ll also find them helpful as well.

These are affiliate links, so if you do decide to use any of them, I’ll earn a commission. But in all honesty, these are the exact items that I use and recommend to everyone, even my own family.

General Carry Items: These are probably some of the most important things that everyone should have with them at Disney World.

A Good Pair of Disney Sunglasses – (I use this cheap pair all the time)

Every Day Chapstick – (I always have this on me anyway)

Sunscreen – (This is my Every Day Carry Sunscreen Ladies)

Park Bag: I’ve seen lots of people go to Disney World and make the simple mistake of not coming prepared. You can pick up a nice Loungefly park bag like this one and save the day for your family.

A Good Pair Of Sandals: Ladies, there’s nothing like a good pair of sandals like these in the parks. That way when it rains and your feet get wet you aren’t stuck walking around in a wet pair of sneakers all day.

Portable Neck Fans: These are just the most amazing little invention that you NEED to have at least for the kiddos. They charge via USB and are highly recommended, especially if you are going in the summer heat. You can check them out over here on Amazon.

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Heather Noyes is the founder of this website and formerly a Disney travel agent. Ever since she was a little girl she's loved Disney. Over the years she has planned several trips for her family, friends and former clients to go to Disney World.

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