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Disney After Hours Returns to the Magic Kingdom in 2018

Disney After Hours Returns to the Magic Kingdom in 2018

Disney World has announced that the Disney After Hours event will return to the Magic Kingdom in 2018. This event gives attendees after hours access to some of the parks attractions and character meet and greets.

The 2018 events will allow guests to enter the park as early as 7PM. This entry time will allow guests to experience the “Happily Ever After” fireworks show. Guests then get to remain in the park for three hours after closing and access 25 attractions and experiences.

Disney After Hours Includes Many Attractions

Attractions currently include:

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Under the Sea – Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Big Thunder Mountain
  • Country Bears Jamboree
  • Dumbo
  • Haunted Mansion
  • It’s a Small World
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Aladdin’s Magic Carpets
  • Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Barnstormer
  • Mickey’s Philharmagic
  • Astro Orbiter
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Prince Charming Regal Carousel
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover.

Available for meet and greet will be Princesses Tiana and Cinderella, Rapunzel and Elena of Avalor at Fairytale Princess Hall, Ariel at Ariel’s Grotto, and Mickey Mouse and Tinkerbell at Town Square Theater.

Guests to this hard ticketed event will be offered complimentary ice cream novelties, popcorn and select beverages as part of the event. Main Street Bakery will be open during the event. Other unnamed food items will be available for purchase throughout the park.

Disney After Hours Details

The dates for Disney After Hours are as follows: January 19, 26, and 30, February 8 and 15, and March 1 and 8, 2018. Cost is $119/person regardless of age. Annual Passholders and DVC Members will have discounts available for tickets.

Fastpasses will not be available during Disney After Hours. It is uncertain if Disney will allow fastpasses between 7PM and park close as they have for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tickets.

Disney After Hours does not replace Disney’s scheduled Extra Magic Hours that are offered to onsite resort guests. It is held on days that do not have Extra Magic Hours scheduled for the Magic Kingdom.

Are you glad to see the return of Disney After Hours in 2018?  Is the appeal of shorter attraction lines enough for you to consider attending such an event?



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  1. People can stay in the park, but can’t ride rides, and are generally all gone in the first 20-30 minutes unless they have the lanyard.

  2. If you have GenAd tickets you can enter anytime during the day, but you need to make sure you get your lanyard for the AH, before people start exiting… last year we lost 1/2 hour almost, fighting the exiting traffic to get our lanyard.. Because they don’t clear the parks of everyone with GenAd tickets, they just can’t get on any rides without the AH lanyards.

  3. Agree with Nezumi fan.

    These upsells just feed Disney’s greed and help pay the bills for new projects.

    Sheer greed IMO. Disney can easily afford to pay their own bills.

    The After Hours event is nearly empty because only a few stupid people are willing to fork over the extra money.

    We used to get EMH evening hours during our Spring Break trips that lasted into the early a.m.

    This was included in our general park admission for resort guests.

    Disney are not fools. They see that people will pay extra, so they come up with these ridiculous extra charge events.

    Stop paying for these extras people!!!!!!!!

  4. My husband and I did this last March and had an amazing time. We lost track of how many times we rode each ride but we hit all of the headliners at least once. We got to ride Seven Dwarfs over and over and over again and try all sorts of ice cream treats that we wouldn’t normally splurge on! The park felt very empty and it was really fun. IMO the cost was totally worth it and we really got a great value out of it!

  5. I guess my question is this. On the dates of Jan 19, 26, 30 & Feb 8th the event goes from 8pm-11pm. On the later dates of Feb 15, March 1, and March 8th the event goes from 9pm – 12am. Fireworks are at 8pm on all of these dates (that I can tell). Would it be better to go on one of the later dates?

  6. So, what time can I enter if the event starts at 8pm? I believe the website says 7pm? So after 8pm, only those with After Hours tickets may ride rides? Thanks!

  7. My question is this. The After Hours party event goes from 8pm – 11pm on the date that I am looking at. But the Fireworks are at 8pm. So we get into the park at 7pm. The fireworks are very crowded. Doesn’t it take like an hour for people to leave, thus meaning you are only getting a couple hours of “alone time” instead of the 3 hours they advertise??

  8. I did this last year in January with my 8 year old. It was awesome – she got on all rides without any wait –
    it was completely empty (so empty that you would not see another person on the walk from one ride to another in Fantasyland). It is pricey – but worth it in my opinion. We will try to schedule our trip next year to coincide with this again.

  9. We did this last year. It was certainly on the pricey side but the park was empty. Literally walk right on any ride, and we enjoyed it. We will probably look to do it again. I thought it was a nice option for those who wanted to participate.

  10. I agree, Nezumi. “It will not replace scheduled EMH”… which were already cut a few years ago. Althoguh you might justify this cost by staying offsite and putting the hotel savings towards this paid EMH.

    • Depending on an individual’s family, younger ones may fare better earlier in the morning than later at night. No one wants to pay an additional ticket cost for their kid to end up sleeping the whole time! It is good that Disney offers two different times to accommodate different families.

  11. I am not, and here’s why: All these upsale add-ons, while great if they work for you individually, encourage the kind of ala carte pricing that we were able to avoid with the discontinuation of “E-ticket” attractions. I mean, I get it, for Disney, it’s a win-win: lowered attendance, higher profits. Ultimately, though, is this really in our best interest?

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