You may finally get to ride Avatar: Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom, or even Slinky Dog Dash without waiting for hours on end. Walt Disney World announced today that they would be expanding their “Disney After Hours” events to two more parks beginning in December. The event will be offered on select dates at Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The events give guests the opportunities for lower crowd levels, and all you can eat ice cream, popcorn and select beverages. It’s honestly a pretty good deal, if you’re not a passholder, or just want the park to yourself as attendance is very limited.
The parks do have the majority of the rides open, including many character meet and greets. It truly makes for an amazing in park experience. However, like many amazing in park experiences these days it comes at a price. The tickets start at $125 plus tax when you purchase on line and $129 day of event. Passholders and vacation club members get a discount on tickets, at $95 dollars each. While not EVERY single experience is open to guests, the majority are. Tickets for the Magic Kingdom events are on sale at DisneyWorld.com/DisneyAfterHours
Here’s the dates for each park:
- Magic Kingdom: Nov. 26; and Dec. 3, 10, 2018; and Jan. 7, 17, 24 and 28, 2019; Feb. 7, 14, and 28, 2019; and March 7, 2019
- Animal Kingdom: Dec. 4, 12 and 18, 2018; and Jan. 8, 16, 22 and 31, 2019; and Feb. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 26, 2019; and March 5, 20 and 27, 2019; and April 3, 2019.
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Dec. 8, 15 and 22, 2018; and Jan. 5, 12 and 19, 2019; Feb. 2, 9 and 16, 2019; March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2019; and April 6 and 13, 2019.
The Magic Kingdom event is completely worth it. We had the chance to experience it back in 2016, and while some of the crowd levels have changed, we had unlimited access to everything for about 3 hours. While that doesn’t sound like a lot of time, when you take out the crowds and literally walk onto everything, you can do the entire park multiple times in just over an hour. We rode things like Peter Pan’s Flight four times, Haunted Mansion six times and things like Seven Dwarfs without even getting off the coaster. With the limited ride capacity at Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios, however, it doesn’t feel like there’s enough to sustain enough interest for three hours. Now, if they offer this once Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens, that’s a different story.