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You Won't Want to Miss Disney After Hours at Disney's Hollywood Studios!

by Leap on January 15, 2023 10 Orlando

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Summary

I'm all about maximizing my time at Walt Disney World and trying to get short waits on rides. So you know I am thrilled that Disney After Hours events are now at one of my favorite parks — Disney's Hollywood Studios. Galaxy's Edge, here we come! All rides are open to event guests, including access to the popular Rise of the Resistance. Get ready for those empty nighttime Millennium Falcon and lightsaber photos! We attended the first event of the season and have created this guide with all the details and tips for this frogtastic event. (Psst ... tickets are on sale now — save some extra green by purchasing through your favorite frogs!)

Disney After Hours at Disney's Hollywood Studios

 

Overview of Disney After Hours at Hollywood Studios

Disney After Hours is a three-hour, separately ticketed event that allows guests to stick around after normal park hours with limited crowds. That means you’ll encounter little-to-no lines while you wait for rides, character meet-and-greets and other experiences at the parks. Plus, you'll get complimentary popcorn, ice cream and bottled beverages throughout the night once the event officially starts! Check out our complete guide to Disney After Hours so you can get the full scoop on other parks including Magic Kingdom.

Dates and Tickets

Disney's Hollywood Studios offers an After Hours event about once a week, typically on Wednesdays. Dates are currently available through April 19, 2023. The event runs from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., and you may enter as early as 7 p.m. with an event ticket. If you plan to arrive at 7 p.m. or later, you do not need to make a Disney Park Pass reservation. (Though if you want to enter before 7 p.m., you'll need regular park admission and a theme park reservation.)

  • Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023  (sold out)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 (sold out)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023 (sold out)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023 (sold out)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023
  • Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023
  • Wednesday, March 8, 2023
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2023
  • Wednesday, March 29, 2023
  • Sunday, April 2, 2023
  • Wednesday, April 5, 2023
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Some dates have already sold out, so be sure to book as soon as possible for this popular event! Did you know Undercover Tourist offers discounted tickets to Disney After Hours?

What's Offered at Disney After Hours at Hollywood Studios

Disney After Hours Hollywood Studios — Screenshot of wait times at Hollywood Studios

While the entire park is open for you to explore, not everything will be open during the event. The good news is — all rides are available during Disney After Hours at Hollywood Studios!

Attractions:

  • Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway
  • Star Tours — The Adventures Continue
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Rock 'n' Roller Coaster*
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

* Rock 'n' Roller Coaster will be closed for refurbishment beginning Feb. 20. It's expected to reopen in summer 2023, but no specific date has been announced yet.

Characters (subject to availability):

  • Chip 'n' Dale near Center Stage
  • Woody and Bo Peep in Toy Story Land
  • Green Army Drum Corps in Toy Story Land (intermittently)
  • Rey, Chewbacca and Vi Moradi throughout Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (intermittently)

Entertainment:

  • Disney Movie Magic — 11:25 p.m.
  • Wonderful World of Animation — 11:45 p.m.

Disney After Hours Hollywood Studios — Complimentary popcorn, ice cream and drinks

Dining

  • Ice cream treats (Mickey bar, Mickey sandwich and strawberry bar)
  • Popcorn
  • Bottled beverages (bottled water, Sprite, Coke, Diet Coke)
  • Select items for purchase at Woody's Lunchbox, Milk Stand, Anaheim Produce, Rosie's All-American Cafe and KRNR The Rock Station, as well as select outdoor bars
  • Limited walk-up availability at Oga's Cantina

Shopping

  • Mickey's of Hollywood, Tatooine Traders, The Marketplace at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities, Jessie's Trading Post, Rock Around the Shop, Tower Hotel Gifts
  • Limited walk-up availability at Savi's Workshop and Droid Depot

What's Not Offered During Disney After Hours?

Something to keep in mind for Disney After Hours is while all the rides are open, there are no stage shows and limited characters. Here's what is not available during the event so you know what to expect:

Unavailable Characters:

  • Mickey and Minnie at Red Carpet Dreams
  • Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight
  • Sulley at Walt Disney Presents
  • Chewbacca, BB-8 and Darth Vader in Star Wars Launch Bay
  • Donald and Daisy on the balcony near Oscar's Super Service
  • Goofy on the balcony at Tower of Terror
  • Doc McStuffins, Fancy Nancy, Vampirina and Pluto in Animation Courtyard
  • Jessie and Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story Land
  • Kylo Ren and Stormtroopers near First Order Cargo

Unavailable Shows:

  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Beauty and the Beast — Live on Stage
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Disney Junior Dance Party

Unavailable Restaurants:

  • Quick-service: ABC Commissary, Backlot Express, PizzeRizzo, Docking Bay 7, Ronto Roasters, Kat Saka's Kettle, Dockside Diner, Trolley Car Cafe, Catalina Eddie's, Fairfax Fare, BaseLine Tap House. The Market
  • Table-service: Hollywood Brown Derby, 50s Prime Time Cafe, Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, Hollywood & Vine

Tips and Strategy for Disney After Hours at Hollywood Studios

In order to maximize your time at After Hours, we've compiled our top tips and strategy for your night at Hollywood Studios.

Disney After Hours Hollywood Studios — Guide for Hollywood Studios

  • Arrive as close to 7 p.m. as possible to get the most park time for your money. We recommend eating dinner during this time if you have not already. Since most of the restaurants are closed during the event, the bonus time is a perfect way to try some of the great dining options at Hollywood Studios. Be sure to check the My Disney Experience app for hours as some restaurants are only open for lunch. 
  • The pre-event time is also great for doing anything not available during the event, such as Muppet*Vision 3D. We also highly recommend watching Fantasmic and/or the projection shows.
  • There is typically half an hour between when the park closes and the event starts. Day guests can enter a ride up until 9 p.m., so there will still be some longer ride lines until the day guests are fully filtered out. During the in-between time, you can hop on any available ride by showing your event wristband. The complimentary snacks and drinks will not start until 9:30 p.m.
  • Check the My Disney Experience app just before park close to get an idea of wait times. Ride wait times will not appear in the My Disney Experience app during the transition time, but all event attractions should remain open (wait times will reappear at 9:30 p.m.). We chose to ride Star Tours since it had a five-minute posted time. If looking to do all rides, this is a great one to knock out first anytime before the event starts.

Disney After Hours at Hollywood Studios — Toy Story Land

  • You'll want to decide if your goal is to either do each ride once or ride your favorites multiple times. Every ride is doable, especially if you go on each ride as you come to them instead of hopping around. Unlike Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios is not a perfect circle so your order can vary. You can also decide to repeat rides while you have the chance, especially in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. It's not often you can ride Rise of the Resistance multiple times in one day!
  • Keep an eye out for characters. Chip 'n' Dale have lots of fun roaming around Center Stage and are available for photos and autographs. We also saw Woody and Bo Peep at Toy Story Land with a short line for photos and autographs. Bo Peep no longer meets during the day so that was a toyrific surprise! There were also characters in Galaxy's Edge that we didn't get a chance to see as characters may end early.
  • The shops and food carts close when the event ends at 12:30 a.m., so grab any last complimentary snacks and drinks before then.

What We Love About Disney After Hours at Hollywood Studios

Disney After Hours — No crowds in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Just How Much You Can Get Done

Even with only three hours, you can get just as many rides done as a full park day, and even potentially more! We did every ride with either a walk-on or under a 10-minute wait, which is nearly unheard of for popular attractions such as Rise of the Resistance or Slinky Dog Dash. Doing all the rides during a regular day would mean waiting in lines most of the time, but instead, we could hop right on!

Experiencing the Parks in a Whole New Way

It's always fun to see the theme parks at night, especially Toy Story Land and Galaxy's Edge. It feels extra magical all lit up, plus it is a great way to escape the Florida heat.

The Calmness and Lack of Crowds

Tickets are limited for this event so you'll find the park nearly empty in some places. It's very peaceful with such low crowds. Staying up late can be draining but with very little standing in line, you hardly realize how late it is. Plus at any point, you can get a pick-me-up with free popcorn, ice cream and drinks!

Is It Worth It?

Disney After Hours at Hollywood Studios — 5 minute wait for Rise of the Resistance

Disney After Hours is definitely worth the cost considering how much you can get done, especially with the number of popular attractions at Hollywood Studios. We think the event is highly recommended for the following:

  • You aren't planning to go during the day with a regular park ticket, which will have similar costs, especially if you factor in purchasing Disney Genie+ and/or costs for a Rise of the Resistance individual Lightning Lane.
  • You can book for your arrival day if you know your family can stay up late after a day of traveling. This could be especially ideal for those traveling from the West Coast. Reverse jet lag for the win!
  • You are looking for a little-to-no wait for Rise of the Resistance. We know for many, this might just seal the deal!

After Hours might not be a good fit if ... 

  • You can only get to Hollywood Studios once during your trip and you want to experience everything that a park has to offer. The park has such a variety of shows and characters that are definitely worth seeing!
  • Your budget can't accommodate the extra ticket cost.
  • You have young tadpoles that won't make it past midnight.

Have you attended Disney After Hours at Hollywood Studios? Let us know your experiences in the comments below!

Related: How to Make the Most Out of Disney After Hours Events at Disney World

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Jan 25, 2023 at 8:26 p.m. Tina L Says...

Hello! Do you know if they typically offer after hours events the week between Christmas and New Years?

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Jan 26, 2023 at 8:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina!

Not usually — Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party typically ends just before Christmas, and in the past, there haven't been any normal After Hours events during the busy holiday weeks of Christmas and New Year's.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 23, 2023 at 1:16 p.m. Ainslie Says...

Hello! We are going to after hours in April and can't wait however we thought we would be giving up a chance to go to Savi's workshop. Your article suggests it is open to walk-ins..is that right?! Are you able to book? Thanks for all the info, it's really helpful!

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Jan 23, 2023 at 8:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ainslie!

Thanks for hopping by! That's correct — a limited amount of walk-ins for Savi's is available during Disney After Hours. It does not appear that you can book in advance unless you make a reservation during regular park hours once you can enter at 7 p.m. For example, we just checked availability for March 22 — the furthest After Hours date available to book right now — and there are a few 7-8 p.m. time slots available but nothing beyond 8 p.m.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 23, 2023 at 10:58 p.m. Ainslie Says...

Thank you, it is great to at least have a chance for an appointment. Thanks for replying!

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Jan 24, 2023 at 8:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Of course, Ainslie! Have a frogtastic time :)

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 20, 2023 at 1:48 a.m. Jenny Says...

Does the Skyliner keep running for these After Hours events? I see that it goes until the parks close....but if the park is still semi-open, does that mean Skyliner can take me home after the After Hours event?

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Jan 20, 2023 at 9:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny!

The Disney Skyliner operating hours vary depending on the parks' operating hours, but usually, it only stays open about 60 to 90 minutes after park close. But not to worry! There are buses available later for After Hours guests.

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Jan 19, 2023 at 5:02 p.m. Madeline filion Says...

Need to purchase 3 adult tickets for Disney's Hollywood studios for 02/22/23.for after hours. It seems that it is sold out. Is there a waiting list? What do you recommend? Appreciate any help. Thanking you in advance. Keep safe

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Jan 19, 2023 at 1:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Madeline!

Unfrogtunately, yes, that date for Disney After Hours at Hollywood Studios has sold out. Usually, additional tickets are not released and there isn't a waiting list to join. You could continue to keep an eye out for any potential ticket releases or ask at the gate on the day of, just in case, but availability is unlikely and not guaranteed.

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