My family and I had the opportunity to attend the premiere Disney After Hours event at Magic Kingdom last night and it was incredible. Hands down, one of the best Disney experiences we’ve had and will likely be one of the most memorable too. Disney Vacation Club offered a very limited number of complimentary passes to the event and we were among 300 other fortunate members that practically had the entire Magic Kingdom park to ourselves for three hours.
1. No Crowds
There were literally no crowds throughout the park. The event runs for three hours after Park closing, which was from 11pm until 2am last night. However, guests are allowed entrance to Magic Kingdom beginning at 7pm. So for approximately 4 hours the crowd level was minimal but by 11:30pm we basically had the entire park to ourselves and it was pure magic. Every major attraction was open and select characters were available with absolutely no wait. We were able to fit two days worth of touring into one evening. I’m not sure of the exact number of guests at the park for this event but I’m going to say it couldn’t have been more than 2,000.
2. Photo opportunities
This was truly a once in a lifetime type of event and I will likely never get to experience the Magic Kingdom in this way again. There were so many amazing photo ops throughout the park that I could have easily spent the 3 hours simply taking pictures of them all. PhotoPass Photographers were scattered along Main Street and captured some incredible photos of our family. Is it too early to start thinking about Christmas cards?
3. Unlimited Ice Cream & Bottled Beverages
How many Mickey Ears ice cream bars do you think you could eat in one night if there was an unlimited and free supply throughout the park? Ice cream, soda and adrenaline carried us through the evening until we sadly left the park at 2:30am.
There is no doubt that $149.00 a ticket is a hefty price tag. As a family of five I wasn’t sure that paying $745.00 for this event would have been the best use of our vacation dollars. But as we wandered around the empty streets of Magic Kingdom I got to thinking that when all things considered, it might not be that crazy after all. Hear me out…
- One Day Park Ticket – The cost of a 1-Day Magic Kingdom theme park ticket ages 10+ during the Regular season is $110. A Disney After Hours ticket costs $149 per ticket and includes 7 hours of admission. Add to that little to no wait time for the most popular attractions with snacks included and the price doesn’t sound as crazy. The extra $39.00 per ticket was totally worth it to us.
- Ultimate VIP Experience – Guests are willing to pay $200 an hour for a VIP Tour Guide with a 4 hour minimum. That would have cost us at least $800 and we still would have had to share the park with other guests and pay for snacks and drinks on top of it.
5. Memorable Event
My 8 year old son summed the evening up best when he said “Mom, this is a really magical moment.” The evening was indeed magical and absolutely worth the price of admission to our family. Those with younger children may not be able to take full advantage of the entire evening but our 3 boys ages 14, 12 and 8 held out until after 2:00am and that’s a new record for us. Of course as I write this it is now almost noon and everyone but me is still sound asleep. I’m going to need coffee today in order to be ready for the Star Wars Half Marathon – Dark Side 10K race tomorrow morning. Lots and lots of coffee.
Event Dates and Times
April 14, 21 and May 8, 12 and 19: 11pm-2am
April 28 and May 5: 10pm-1am
Check in as early as 7pm!
Disney After Hours is currently only available for a total of 7 nights in April and May on select Tuesday and Saturday evenings for $149 per ticket. Hopefully ticket sales will pick up and there will be enough interest in order to continue this event into the future.
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