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hugo
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Disney After Hours Events
Anybody done any of the after hours events at the parks. Care to share your experiences. Was it worth the price to not deal with the crowds.


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It was a great experience. I wouldn’t mind doing it again, highly recommend.


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TigerScratch
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Was it worth the price to not deal with the crowds.


Those days are mostly over, unfortunately. They are now super crowded with some 30+ minute wait times for a lot rides. It seems like everyone does it so much now that they most sellout. To me, it's almost like paying for an extra day with free cookies, ice cream, etc - but now have to stand in line because there's no FP's for these events.


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Those days are mostly over, unfortunately. They are now super crowded with some 30+ minute wait times for a lot rides. It seems like everyone does it so much now that they most sellout. To me, it's almost like paying for an extra day with free cookies, ice cream, etc - but now have to stand in line because there's no FP's for these events.


You have no clue what OP is asking about obviously.

We did magic kingdom after hours 2 weeks ago and it was amazing. Worth every penny and more.

We rode everything we wanted 2 plus times, that includes seven dwarfs mine train, thunder mountain, haunted mansion, space mountain and others.

Didnt wait in one line, actually was eerie because there were times that we didnt see anyone. Took pictures in front the castle with non one passing in them.



TigerDat
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Now the Christmas party and Halloween party is oversold like crazy and at times worse than a regular day at magic kingdom but magic after hours was great. Still only selling a very limited amount of tickets


TigerScratch
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Now the Christmas party and Halloween party is oversold like crazy and at times worse than a regular day at magic kingdom


Thanks for correcting yourself and agreeing with exactly what I was talking about and what i said ...

The OP asked a question and I answered it as someone who was there just 4 weeks ago. It was nothing like the other times that we've been after hours.

ETA - We've been going to DW for the last 17 years. Have done everything from After Hours, all of the DVC stuff, VIP Tours, Behind the Scenes, etc....
It's not even close to what it once was as far as tickets now being bought for these events! Went last month - the week after Thanksgiving - and it was the most crowded that I've ever seen. While the park levels were relatively light, the AH was slammed compared to years past. I had a friend there last week and they had never saw half that many people at an event before.
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TigerDat
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Thanks for correcting yourself and agreeing with exactly what I was talking about and what i said



But as I said you weren't talking about what OP asked.

The after hours event aren't the Christmas party or Halloween party. They are called After Hours.

So you were telling someone something thsy wasnt true


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TigerCub
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re: Disney After Hours Events
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Those days are mostly over, unfortunately. They are now super crowded with some 30+ minute wait times for a lot rides. It seems like everyone does it so much now that they most sellout. To me, it's almost like paying for an extra day with free cookies, ice cream, etc - but now have to stand in line because there's no FP's for these events.


I think you may be confusing the after hours events with things like the Halloween and Christmas parties which are super crowded.


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You get to bang your favorite princess


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ell_13
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Anybody done any of the after hours events at the parks. Care to share your experiences. Was it worth the price to not deal with the crowds.
We did Christmas.

First, Don't use a park ticket day at all. Even though they're supposed to start at 7 or 8, they let you in as early as 4. It would be a waste of money to use both a park day from a regular ticket along with the extra price of the event.

Second, the appeal to many is the special fireworks and parades and characters. So if you want it simply to ride rides with shorter lines, go for it. You'll get plenty in without waiting long. Also, if you want to see the castle and fireworks, go to the contemporary and eat that day (even lunch) at California Grill. You can either eat during the fireworks for a great view or you can go back for them with your receipt.

The parades and characters aren't really that special, IMO.

When we did it, we enjoyed the free cookies and hot chocolate, easily getting on some high demand rides, and the fireworks up close. When we do it again, we will go for Halloween with our young son who will love the Trick-or-Treating.


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ell_13
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Now the Christmas party and Halloween party is oversold like crazy and at times worse than a regular day at magic kingdom
Lol. No. They're definitely NOT worse than a regular day.
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after hours was great. Still only selling a very limited amount of tickets
You're the idiot here. Extra magic hours aren't a ticketed event. They're for anyone staying on site. Which is the majority of the crowds. There's almost no limit to them unless you count the capacity of every hotel on site. So misinformed.


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the Halloween and Christmas parties which are super crowded.
Maybe we just caught it on a good day last year. Because MK wasn't crowded at all. This was the week after Wine and Dine and either the first or second event night of the year. I suppose it gets worse the closer they get to Christmas day and Thanksgiving week itself.


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Yat27
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There are a few people in this thread that may be confusing several hard ticket events and the free Extra Magic Hours.

Extra Magic Hours are available to WDW Resort Hotel guests (And several affiliated hotels like Swan/Dolphin and Disney Springs area hotels) for no additional cost. This will allow you access to certain parks on certain days an hour early or a few hours after the park closes. There are A LOT of people eligible for Extra Magic Hours and these times are often quite crowded.

There are several hard ticket events (that require an additional paid ticket) where access is restricted. The ones I'm aware of are as follows:

1. Early Morning Magic- This is where you are allowed access into ONE in-demand area of a park, like Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom or Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios, approximately 1.5 hours early. The crowds are EXTREMELY low. We rode 12 rides in an hour and 20 minutes in Fantasyland, and 10 rides in an hour and a half in Toy Story Land last trip during EMM events. It cost us $79 per person, and you will be served a decent breakfast.

2. Disney After Hours- This event is more expensive ($125, $95 for passholders), but much of the park will be open, instead of one area. You and other DAH guests will have the park to yourselves (except a few holdovers that are waiting in line when the park closes) for 3 hours, but you can enter the park a few hours earlier without using a day on your regular ticket. The crowds for this event will also be VERY, VERY low. You will be served some free snacks and beverages.

3. Christmas Party(MVMCP) or Halloween Party (MNSSHP)- These are longer than the other two events at 5 hours, and like Disney After Hours, you can arrive 3 hours before they officially start without using a day on your regular ticket. Nearly all the rides will be open during these events, and there will be special shows, character meet-and-greets, a special parade, special fireworks, etc. You will be served some free snacks and beverages, and several restaurants will be open for you to PURCHASE full meals. Crowds will be lower for these events than a regular park day, but sold-out parties will still be crowded, especially during the fireworks and the first parade. The most popular rides will still have a pretty long wait. During our Christmas party, the wait for 7 Dwarfs Mine Train was still an hour, and people waited multiple hours to meet certain characters. Prices for the parties vary slightly depending on when and which party you book, but will generally be around $95 to $125.

IMHO, the Early Morning Magic and Disney After Hours events are absolutely worth it. We will schedule at least two of these events every trip as long as they're available. We probably will not bother with Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party or Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party again, unless we go with family or friends that really want to attend. Disney is overselling these parties for the price they're charging, and it's just not worth it... Again, just my opinion. If you're really into meeting certain characters, the special parades, Trick-or-treating, etc., then you may feel differently. We think Happily Ever After is better than either of the party fireworks shows, but we do really like the parades at the parties.

ETA- Just to note, we didn't actually ride 10-11 DIFFERENT RIDES during EMM, because there aren't that many rides open. I mean we rode 7 Dwarfs Mine train 6 times, Peter Pan 3 times, etc., etc.
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hugo
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I was asking about the after hours event. We are going on May. We have been plenty of times in the past and I really only wanted to see Toy Story Land and Avatar. Of course wife and kids want to do MK also, so we will still be there multiple days. Knowing that the crowd should be less and also you get a few snacks included, it might be worth the extra.


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Mo Jeaux
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We've been going to DW for the last 17 years.


Yikes.


baldona
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I’ve never heard of After Hours until now and I’ve never done a nightly event like Halloween Party because my kids are young, but my whole thing is it’s expensive basically the same as a daily ticket if not 2-3 times. I mean you can get tickets for in the $50s if you go enough days, $125 for 3 hours?

But what I came to say is A. I have little kids, not worth something after 10pm. But most importantly if you go late you wreck your next day. Now if you want to plan a pool day or whatever in the middle or I guess plan it on your last day that’s one thing.

Call me old fashion, but I’d prefer to simply do it the old fashion way unless After Hours was like a $25 add on.

It also pisses me off they don’t discount the early tickets when they have ‘party’ and kick you out early. The parks are packed so I get it, but I’m less than a casual fan and the monster money grab in every possible manner is a nothing but a turn off to me.
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ell_13
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$125 for 3 hours
It's 8 hours since they let you in at 4 and it goes till midnight. Just to be fair.

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I’ve never heard of After Hours until now
Same. I didn't realize they'd created a whole "event" for something that used to be free for resort guests and, before that, a small fee on some random nights throughout the year only at MK.

I miss those old E-ticket nights where only 8 or so rides were open, it was $10/person and you got a wristband that let you stay in the park for 3 extra hours riding those 8 rides constantly. They were the only things open. You could ride Space Mountain constantly without waiting for all 3 hours. The 8 rides were Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Thunder Mountain, Buzz Lightyear, Peter Pan, and 2 others that would change periodically. One time we had the Country Bear Jamboree.


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We just did the Hollywood Studios After Hour event on Dec. 15th and Very Mickey Christmas Party on Dec. 16th. Both cost around $95/night because I'm DVC.

The After Hours event officially runs from 8:30 to 11:30. The website says they'll start letting you in as early as 7, but we got in around 6:45. Once the park closed at 8pm the crowd was non-existent. You could walk on to any of the 6 rides with no wait (except slinky dog dash which was closed most of the night). Character meet and greets had a bare minimal wait. The only entertainment was the continually played Sunset Greetings on Tower of Terror. They gave out free popcorn and ice cream.

The Christmas party started at 7pm officially but they were letting people in around 4 and it lasted till 12am. The park closed at 6pm for all other guests. They had the parades, firework shows and stage events. The crowd was lighter that it was in the day, but some rides still had 20-30 minute waits. They give out cookies and hot chocolate for free.

For me the After Hours event was better from a ride perspective and had less people. Just causally walking we did all the open rides at least twice and then waited in line for 30mins for slinky dog dash when it finally was working during the last hour. The Christmas party had a lot more entertainment, but it was obviously more crowded.

I was kicking myself for not doing the Animal Kingdom Afterhours and having the opportunity to ride Flight of Passage multiple times.



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LSUFanHouston
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We did this a few months ago at MK. The event itself is 3 hours long and includes popcorn, ice cream, and soft drinks. Lines were, at the most, 5 minutes long. Most rides were walk-up.

Depending on the night you go, the event times are

8-11
9-mid
10-1 am

However, they will let you in at 7 pm disney time so really like 645 or so. So... if you go on an 10-1am event night, you get in for 6 hours... 3 hours regular time and 3 hours event time.

I, personally, did not find a lot of value in it... but that's because we go pretty much every year and have ridden everything tons of times, and know our way around the park and FP+ system and EMH systems pretty well.

If I was going there once every few years, I would absolutely do it - especially on a 10-1am event night. This would probably be a day in which I would either 1) do Animal Kingdom or 2) do other non-park stuff that day. Get a dinner and get to the front gate by 630 pm.


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TigerDat
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You're the idiot here. Extra magic hours aren't a ticketed event. They're for anyone staying on site. Which is the majority of the crowds. There's almost no limit to them unless you count the capacity of every hotel on site. So misinformed


No your the idiot. There are extra magic hours which are included for on site staying guest.

Then there are Magic After Hours TICKETED events. Which include ice cream, popcorn and drinks and are limited in to ket sales amounts.

In magic kingdom the night we went it was 10pm - 1am but we were allowed in at 7 PM.

There are no special fireworks or parades or characters. It's basically a ghost town and you walk right on rides and meet and greets with a few of the regular characters.



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