How to Make the Most Out of Disney After Hours Events — New Dates Added!

by Tad on February 20, 2024 95 Orlando

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'Sup! Tad here. Free, unlimited popcorn and ice cream plus staying up super late is basically my jam, so I toadally love attending Disney After Hours Events. Enjoy little-to-no waits on your favorite attractions at Magic Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios and EPCOT. In recent news, even more dates have been added for spring and summer 2024! In this guide, we cover everything you’d need to know, so you can decide if an After Hours event would be a good fit for you — as well as our top tips for attending. (Psst ... 2024 tickets are now on sale — save some extra green by purchasing through your favorite frogs!)

Disney After Hours - Event guide at EPCOT

Disney After Hours Events Overview

Disney After Hours — Signage at Magic Kingdom

First appearing in 2016, Disney After Hours events turn Disney World parks into a whole new world. You get to see the parks come to life under the stars, and you don’t have to deal with large crowds or the mid-day Florida heat. It’s a win-win! On the other hand, Disney After Hours is a time-limited, separately ticketed event, so you also have to consider whether it’s right for your schedule and budget.

Disney After Hours events allow guests to stick around the participating parks after normal park hours with limited crowds. Yipee! 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 during the official event time!

These three-hour nighttime events typically happen during non-peak periods, and batches of dates are released throughout the year. Be sure to check out some of our park-specific After Hours guides — Magic KingdomHollywood Studios, EPCOT, H2O Glow After Hours — for even more details.

They may have a similar name, but it’s important to point out that Disney After Hours events are NOT the same as Extended Evening Hours. The extended evening theme park hours are a benefit for Disney Deluxe Resort hotel guests that allows them to stay in a park a few hours later than normal park hours. This offering is exclusive to deluxe resorts and does not require a separate purchase beyond valid park admission, unlike Disney After Hours events.

Disney After Hours Dates & Tickets

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Disney After Hours is back for 2024 with select nights at Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and EPCOT. The event takes place from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Hollywood Studios and 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Magic Kingdom and EPCOT. You may enter as early as 7 p.m. with only an event ticket.

Magic Kingdom

  • Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024
  • Monday, Jan. 15, 2024
  • Monday, Jan. 22, 2024
  • Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024
  • Monday, Feb. 5, 2024
  • Monday, Feb. 12, 2024
  • Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024
  • Monday, March 4, 2024
  • Monday, March 18, 2024
  • Monday, April 8, 2024
  • Monday, April 22, 2024
  • Monday, April 29, 2024
  • Monday, May 13, 2024
  • Thursday, June 13, 2024
  • Thursday, June 27, 2024

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024
  • Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024
  • Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024
  • Monday, Feb. 26, 2024
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2024
  • Wednesday, March 20, 2024
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2024
  • Wednesday, April 3, 2024
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2024
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2024
  • Wednesday, May 29, 2024
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024
  • Wednesday, June 19, 2024
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2024
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2024
  • Wednesday, July 17, 2024
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2024
  • Wednesday, July 31, 2024
  • Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2024
  • Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2024
  • Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2024
  • Thursday, Aug. 29, 2024

EPCOT

  • Friday, Feb. 2, 2024
  • Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024
  • Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024
  • Thursday, March 7, 2024
  • Thursday, March 28, 2024
  • Thursday, April 4, 2024
  • Thursday, April 25, 2024
  • Thursday, May 9, 2024
  • Thursday, May 23, 2024
  • Thursday, May 30, 2024
  • Thursday, June 6, 2024
  • Thursday, June 20, 2024
  • Thursday, July 18, 2024

For Disney Resort guests, tickets went on sale, as of Nov. 7, 2023 (including guests booked at Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Hotels and Shades of Green). As of Nov. 14, 2023, ticket sales have opened to all guests for dates through April 10.

For the newest set of dates from April 22 to Aug. 29, 2024, Disney Resort guests could begin purchasing beginning Jan. 24. As of Jan. 31, tickets are available for all guests (and don't worry – your favorite frogs are offering discount tickets for all event dates!).

Arriving at Disney After Hours Events

Disney After Hours — Event check-in

Even though Disney After Hours officially starts sometime between 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. (depending on the event), event guests are able to enter the parks as early as 7 p.m. You’ll definitely want to take advantage of that extra time! If arriving at 7 p.m. or later, only an event ticket is required. If you'd like to enter before then, you’ll need regular park admission. Park reservations are no longer needed for those with date-based tickets. (Annual passholders may still need to make a park reservation.)

If you arrive at (or after) 7 p.m., head to the specific event turnstiles where you'll receive a special event wristband. But if you have regular park admission and you’re already inside the park for the afternoon, you won’t have to go all the way to the entrance. There are typically stations inside the park with cast members distributing wristbands. Just be on the lookout for special event signs!

Once the park closes, guests without wristbands are directed toward the front to exit the park. There are typically 30 minutes to an hour from when the park closes to when After Hours officially starts to allow for this transition. Expect some overlap, especially near the front of the park as they are leaving at the beginning of the event, but the process happens fairly quickly. Depending on the park hours, there may not be any transition time. On our Magic Kingdom night, the park closed at 10 p.m., the same time as the event started, so just know you may have some crowds up until the event starts.

Before the event starts, we recommend eating dinner if you have not done so previously. Most restaurants are closed during After Hours, plus you'll want to maximize your event time. The overlap with regular park hours is a great time to do anything not open during the event. We recommend Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios or the fireworks at EPCOT or Magic Kingdom as the perfect time filler.

Disney After Hours Rides and Entertainment

As one of the most significant perks of Disney After Hours, you’ll be able to hop right onto your favorite rides with no — or very short — lines. However, it’s important to note that while most rides will be available, not all attractions will be open during the event. (Note that during the possible transition time from park close to event start, you can hop on any available ride by showing your event wristband. Ride wait times will not appear in the My Disney Experience app during this time, but all event attractions should remain open).

If you're headed to Magic Kingdom, you'll want to note that TRON Lightcycle / Run, intends to implement a standby queue during the After Hours events.

Here's what's open during the events in 2024:

Magic Kingdom

  • Jungle Cruise
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Haunted Mansion
  • "it's a small world"
  • Mad Tea Party
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic
  • Peter Pan's Flight
  • Prime Charming Regal Carrousel
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
  • The Barnstormer
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Astro Orbiter
  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
  • Space Mountain
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  • TRON Lightcycle / Run (available via standby)

Hollywood Studios

  • 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!
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

EPCOT

  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
  • Remy's Ratatouille Adventure
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
  • Living with the Land
  • Mission: SPACE
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Soarin' Around the World
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Test Track

Note that the World Showcase section from China through Morocco is closed during the event, so you'll need to go from Norway, Mexico, the entrance to World Showcase, Canada, the United Kingdom and then France.

At these events, you're able to enjoy nearly every ride, either before or during the event! Most rides are typically under a 10-minute wait, often even a walk-on!

Characters at Disney After Hours 

Character meet-and-greets may also be available at every After Hours event. However, character greeting locations may be limited. At Hollywood Studios, there are lots of rare characters that rotate throughout the night, such as Stitch, Jimmy Cricket and even Duffy. At Magic Kingdom, you can visit Mickey at Town Square Theater or the princesses at Princess Fairytale Hall. You can expect that character greetings will be more limited during the party than during daytime hours, so if characters are a priority, hop to it during that early entry period!

Entertainment at Disney After Hours

The nighttime fireworks spectacular "Enchantment" is back just for Disney After Hours events at Magic Kingdom. If you come early on event nights, you can catch both "Happily Ever After" and "Enchantment." It's double the fun!

PhotoPass photographers are also available at select locations during the event. At Magic Kingdom, we got to knock off a unique and popular photo opportunity by holding Rapunzel's lantern by the "Tangled" area in Fantasyland — with almost no wait!

At EPCOT, there is an awesome DJ spinning some rad tunes — be sure to hit the dance floor with Chip 'n' Dale!

Disney After Hours Dining & Shopping

Disney After Hours — Complimentary popcorn, ice cream and drinks

While exploring the park after hours, you’ll definitely crave a late-night snack. Included in the cost of event admission are unlimited ice cream treats (Mickey bar, Mickey sandwich and strawberry bar), popcorn and select beverages (bottled water, Sprite, Coke, Diet Coke), available at carts stationed throughout the park once the event officially begins.

Most table-service and quick-service restaurants will be closed, but some select locations may remain open. We recommend eating dinner before the event starts so you can easily grab the complimentary snacks as you walk.

Though we don't recommend spending too much time shopping during the event, select merchandise shops may be open during event hours. Limited walk-up availability may be offered at both Savi's Workshop and Droid Depot.

Themed Disney After Hours Events

Disney H2O Glow After Hours

Guide to Disney H2O Glow After Hours

Typically held each summer, Disney H2O Glow After Hours is a separately ticketed event at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. This tadpole-friendly event features DJ dance parties, specialty food and drink, and a chance to enjoy your favorite water attractions glowing at night. Check out our guide to H2O Glow After Hours for all the hoppin' details in case you want to attend in 2024.

Tips and Strategies for Disney After Hours Events

Here are our top tips for attending Disney After Hours events:

Disney After Hours — Guide for Hollywood Studios

  • Arrive at 7 p.m. for early access during normal park hours. You’ll want to maximize your time during the event, and this allows up to two or three extra hours that you can spend inside the park before the event officially begins. Remember that you can get in at 7 p.m. with just your After Hours ticket. If you want to get there earlier, you'll need to have valid admission — and possibly a park reservation if you're an annual passholder. (Those with date-based tickets do not need a park reservation.)
  • If you arrive before After Hours officially begins, visit any attraction or show that is unavailable during event hours. For example, we watched Fantasmic while at Hollywood Studios. At EPCOT, be sure to enjoy the World Showcase pavilions during regular park hours, as most of the countries are roped off during the event.
  • Eat dinner before you arrive. While snacks and drinks are provided, only select food locations remain open. You’ll probably want to spend more time in line for rides and character meet-and-greets anyway!
  • Prioritize your options. We highly recommend figuring out which rides or experiences are must-dos and tackling those as soon as you get there. Three hours pass by in the blink of an eye!
  • Start with your #1 must-do experience and continue to move from one part of the park to the next. You don’t want to lose precious time hopping back and forth from opposite sides of the park.
  • Don’t hesitate to take a short break. You might feel pressured to get everything done in the short amount of time you have, but don’t get so overwhelmed that you don’t enjoy the experience. (Plus, a break is the best time to eat a Mickey ice cream bar.)

Is Disney After Hours Worth It?

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

We’ve laid out all the details before you, and now it’s time for you to decide. Whether Disney After Hours is worth it truly comes down to whether it’s right for your family, schedule and budget. To sum it all up, these are the main pointers to consider.

After Hours could be a good fit if ...

  • You want to hop on those popular rides with minimal wait times.
  • You want to avoid long lines, large crowds and the daytime heat as much as possible.
  • You're a huge Star Wars fan. Honestly, with this year's event taking place in Hollywood Studios, we think it's an incredible opportunity to visit with shorter wait times AND get a fun nighttime ambiance.
  • You are a big TRON fan and would like to experience it without a virtual queue (plus, you're guaranteed a nighttime ride, which is our favorite time to experience the attraction!)
  • You're only visiting Disney World for a short vacation and you just want to hit the highlights. This event can help squeeze in a park that you otherwise might miss due to your schedule's time constraints.

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

  • You want to experience everything that a park has to offer. Many shows stop performances after the daytime hours, and some rides are not available during After Hours events.
  • Your budget can't accommodate the extra ticket cost.
  • You have tadpoles. My sister, Lily, did not come with me on this one, since she's little and heads to bed so early. Instead, my dad, Leap, and I headed in to take advantage of all of the thrills and ice cream we could handle.

Overall, you're bound to have a great time in a nearly empty park with unlimited snacks no matter which park you choose!

If you're ready for a fun night at the parks, be sure to get your Disney After Hours tickets before they sell out. Have any questions? Ask away in the comments below!

Related: All the Glimmering Details of Disney H2O Glow Nights

Stay cool!

Keep hopping, Tad!
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Feb 13, 2024 at 3:34 p.m. Caverly Says...

We're coming in April, but not going to an After Hour Event. Would it be fair to assume that we'd want to not plan our park days to line up with those After Hour Event days and avoid some extra crowds? For instance, we'd planned to go to Hollywood Studios on April 10, but since there's an After Hours Event that day in that park, should we hit up Magic Kingdom instead? Thanks!

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Feb 27, 2024 at 8:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Caverly!

If you want to avoid After Hours crowds completely, then it's best to visit a different park that day. Though we don't see as much of an impact from After Hours crowds compared to the special parties at Halloween and the holidays. It's a smaller capacity event, and the event guests aren't allowed to enter until 7 p.m. (which is only two hours of park time since the park closes at 9 p.m.). The park also does not close early (unlike the Halloween and holiday parties), so you would still be getting the full day.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Nov 27, 2023 at 2:21 p.m. Leanne Says...

If I arrive at 7pm can I go on rides, with normal que times.??

Then when 10pm comes there ride times will shorter just be nice to arrive at 7pm and go in them x

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Nov 27, 2023 at 8:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leanne!

Absolutely!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 15, 2023 at 3:56 p.m. Kristi Says...

Your dates seem to differ from those published on the Disney site? For instance, there I see HS in March 13th. Also their ride list is shorter than yours but maybe yours is based on past years and Disney is likely to add rides to the list as we get closer (for instance that don’t list Rock ‘n Rollercoaster). I’m trying to figure out if it’s worth it for us so this article was insightful, but I’m still on the fence! We will be there for 7 days so adding something like park hopper and Genie + for our entire trip is still cheaper (I think) than paying for this extra ticket.

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Nov 15, 2023 at 10:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristi!

We've updated the list of rides to reflect what's currently confirmed on the website, but Star Tours, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror were available during After Hours events this previous year.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Nov 1, 2023 at 8:10 p.m. Hope Says...

I hit the link to buy After Hour Event tickets and it doesn’t specify anywhere for it. It looks like all General Admission tickets. (1 day, 3-day, Park Hopper)

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Nov 2, 2023 at 7:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hope!

After Hours event tickets go on sale Nov. 14, so hop back then!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Oct 31, 2023 at 6:06 p.m. Ddavoust Says...

Hello, your after hours article says, "If you'd like to enter before then, you’ll need regular park admission and a theme park reservation."

But I thought park reservations go away in January. Is that not the case?

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Oct 31, 2023 at 2:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

We've updated — Disney Park Pass reservations will not be needed with standard date-based tickets starting Jan. 9, 2024. (Though if you're an annual passholder, you would still need to make a reservation.)

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jun 10, 2023 at 2:30 p.m. BILLY AND KAREN Says...

If we have yearly passes to WDW, would we still have to buy tickets for After Hours?

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Jun 12, 2023 at 7:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Billy and Karen!

Yes, After Hours events are separately ticketed events. Hope this helps!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 9, 2023 at 10:21 p.m. Sharon Says...

I'm planning a trip in August and have Epcot After Hours tickets. Do you think the other three parks will have After Hours events? When will they decide?

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Jul 8, 2023 at 3:47 a.m. JS Says...

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Jun 13, 2023 at 11:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sharon!

Historically, After Hours events have run from early in the new year to the summer, so we don't expect we'll hear of more dates until later this year. However, H2O Glow After Hours at Typhoon Lagoon should still be going on during your trip! We'll continue to keep this post up to date as we hear more.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 9, 2023 at 2:09 p.m. Steve Says...

Can you confirm whether Figment is open during after hours as you state above? The Disney AH page does not list it.

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Jun 9, 2023 at 1:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve!

Figment is included :) Enjoy!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jun 15, 2023 at 2:50 p.m. Steve Says...

Hmm. You can look at the app today and see that Test Track. Soarin', etc. say they are open today from 10pm-1am for a Special Ticketed Event, but Figment does not...

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Jun 15, 2023 at 10:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve!

How strange! Figment is listed in the official After Hours events guide you receive when attending and was open when we went. We'll keep an eye and ear out and will update if that changes!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jun 4, 2023 at 10:51 p.m. Vangie Says...

Hi, we’re trying to decide between after hours at Epcot on June 22 or Hollywood Studios on June 21. Whichever park we do after hours, we will do the other park for a regular daytime visit. I was a bit surprised to see that the event at HS is more expensive than at Epcot (given that y he event at Epcot is new.) Would you have any idea why? We’re thinking Epcot to take advantage of the lesser waits to get on rides but also wondering if the after hours event will leave us feeling like we missed a lot. Which park would you choose? We’re traveling with older teenagers.

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Jun 5, 2023 at 2:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vangie!

Great question! Both are solid choices, and you really can't go wrong with either, but we give the slight edge to Hollywood Studios. It has more of the popular thrill rides, especially for teens, that often get long waits during the day such as Rise of the Resistance, Tower of Terror, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and Slinky Dog Dash. So in terms of value, though more expensive, we still think you're saving a lot more time riding these during After Hours compared to daytime wait times. Again, EPCOT is a solid choice too because you've got Guardians of the Galaxy (the only time it has a standby line, which is a big pro of After Hours at EPCOT), Test Track, Frozen Ever After, Remy's and Soarin', but you may want to have the time to explore the different countries, see unique entertainment and eat Flower & Garden Festival food (which is not open during After Hours) during the day. EPCOT is also a much bigger park, so you have to physically cover more distance than you would at Hollywood Studios in the same amount of time during an already shorter time window.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jun 5, 2023 at 8:05 p.m. Vangie Orozco Says...

Thank you so much! Very helpful!

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Jun 5, 2023 at 3:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Of course, Vangie! Hope you have a frogtastic time :)

Stay cool!

Tad

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May 13, 2023 at 2:39 p.m. Christine Says...

We would like to do Epcot after hours in July- which park do you recommend pairing with it during the day between MK and HS?

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May 15, 2023 at 2:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christine!

We think it largely depends on your schedule — will that be the only day you'd be able to go to either Magic Kingdom or Hollywood Studios? Because if so, the question becomes, "Would you rather see Fantasmic! or Happily Ever After?" and pick the other park (MK, if you want to save Fantasmic for another day, or HS, if you want to see HEA on another night). But if you plan to go to this park a second day so you don't miss the nighttime entertainment, then we'd say Hollywood Studios. It's closer, and we think it's easier to hop between HS and EPCOT (you could take the monorail from MK but have to transfer at TTC).

Stay cool!

Tad

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Apr 24, 2023 at 10:16 p.m. Mickey4life Says...

We are planning to do after hours EPCOT in June 2023. We would like to have some drinks. Will any quick service be open for alcoholic beverages?

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Apr 25, 2023 at noon FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mickey4life!

This is the first time After Hours will be hosted at EPCOT, so we don't know exactly which restaurants will be open. Based on After Hours at other parks, most dining locations will be closed but a select number of quick-service restaurants may remain open. We'll be sure to update once we attend!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Mar 14, 2023 at 4:29 a.m. Avani Says...

Hi! we are visiting Disneyworld (May 6-13), I still haven’t bought any tickets to theme parks. We are staying at Disney swan reserve. We are mostly focused on magic kingdom and hollywood studios, but I couldn’t find information on what days will be after hours available for the dates I’m visiting? If disney hasn’t released the days do you think it’s wise to wait and purchase tickets ? I only fear that if I purchased MK ticket for a particular day fir eg wednesday and if they change the after hours day to someother day will I be able to change my reservation? same question with hollywood studios! Appreciate any pointers in planning the trip. I am traveling with my 8 and 4yr old.

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Mar 14, 2023 at 1:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Avani!

There are a couple of options at play, so I want to be super clear with the following:

After Hours Events: After Hours events are currently taking place on select nights at Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom. Additional After Hours dates were announced a few weeks ago, but it did not include an extension for Magic Kingdom dates, so as far as we know, those will end March 27 for the time being. Disney could bring it back in the future at Magic Kingdom, but not likely for your dates of travel. For Hollywood Studios, After Hours had been extended to June 28, so if more dates are added in the future, it would be more than likely for dates beyond June 28 and not during your travel dates.

Extended Evening Hours: Because you are staying at the Walt Disney World Swan Reserve, you would have the Extended Evening Hours benefit at Magic Kingdom and EPCOT. If this wasn't already on your radar, wanted to bring attention to it, especially for Magic Kingdom.

Overall, we think you can go ahead and purchase your park tickets! If, by any chance, more After Hours dates are released during your visit (but again, not too likely), you would be able to modify your theme park reservations, as long as there's availability.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Feb 28, 2023 at 8:41 p.m. Micheál Murtagh Says...

Hi when will the Epcot tickets for early August go on sale ?

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Feb 28, 2023 at 2:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Micheal!

If you're at Walt Disney World Resort hotel guest, you can buy tickets starting today! If not, the general sale begins March 3, 2023.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Feb 28, 2023 at 7:13 p.m. Frankie Says...

Do you know if these events will run through November and December? And if so, when will they go on sale?

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Feb 28, 2023 at 1:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Frankie!

At this time, we don't know any future dates beyond what has been announced (though in the past, Disney has extended dates throughout the year), so we'd just keep hopping back — we'll update our post if we hear any news!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Feb 28, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. Kari Says...

Will the back entrance to Epcot be open for the event? I'm making a reservation at Boardwalk now so I'd love to just walk over!

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Feb 28, 2023 at 11:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kari!

That's a great question! We would think so (as it's open during Early Entry), but since After Hours at EPCOT hasn't happened before, we're not 100% positive. Though if you arrive during the pre-event time, which starts at 7 p.m., it should be open!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Feb 28, 2023 at 4:44 p.m. Addie Bender Says...

Is the World showcase all open for the event?

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Feb 28, 2023 at 11:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Addie!

Good question! We don't know all of the details since After Hours hasn't taken place at EPCOT before, though we have an idea of what will be open since Disney has listed the attractions that would be included — Frozen Ever After, Gran Fiesta Tour, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, Living with the Land, Mission: SPACE, Remy's Ratatouille Adventure, The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Soarin' Around the World, Spaceship Earth and Test Track.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jun 5, 2023 at 11:52 p.m. LGM Says...

It was reported that World Showcase on first night of EPCOT AH event that most of World Showcase is blocked off. You can't walk from France around to Norway you have to go from France toward the front entrance around the lake that way to get to Norway/Mexico. It seems they think we only want the rides, but I'd enjoy a walk through the countries with little crowds for pics. So if you want to see the other countries or shop come in at 7 before offical close

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Jun 6, 2023 at 9:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

That's another good point, LGM! Thanks for chiming in — we do mention this in our EPCOT After Hours post, as well.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Feb 27, 2023 at 5:42 p.m. Jill Says...

If you arrive at 7:00 pm for the event, are you able to ride any rides you choose before the event officially starts?

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Feb 27, 2023 at 2:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jill!

Toadally :) in fact, we suggest doing anything that isn't available during the event. Enjoy!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Feb 27, 2023 at 2:14 a.m. Abby Schlehuber Says...

Do you know what time the tickets will go on sale? Looking to get tickets for EPCOT!

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Feb 27, 2023 at 8:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Abby!

We don't know an exact time tickets will be available (usually, released in the morning though), but tickets go on sale March 3. Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels can purchase as early as Feb. 28. This includes Disney Resort hotels, Swan and Dolphin, Swan Reserve and Shades of Green.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Feb 28, 2023 at 3:52 p.m. Maxims Says...

I bought tickets for EPCOT today (staying at SSR so had early access) at 6:00 am.

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Feb 28, 2023 at 10:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thanks Maxims!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Feb 18, 2023 at 9:56 p.m. Marisa Says...

So I’m in Disney for a short time and unfortunately when I searched after hours it was sold out . Is it worth me going to guest services on the day of and see if any cancellations ?

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Feb 20, 2023 at 9:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

We think so! Generally, you'll see a sign out front indicating that tickets are still available. Good luck!

Keep hopping!

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Jan 25, 2023 at 3:03 p.m. Mel Says...

I am due to go to Disney May-June and would love to be able to attend after hours. Based on previous years, what is the likelihood of the after hours tickets being extended to cover this time frame as currently they both finish March/April time. Or is there another event that takes its place? Thank you

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Jan 26, 2023 at 8:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mel!

Yes, in the past, Disney has extended After Hours dates, though we still don't know exactly what's in store for this year. Other past themes have been Disney Villains After Dark at Magic Kingdom and H2O Glow After Hours at Typhoon Lagoon.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jan 11, 2023 at 11:50 p.m. Vern Woodruff Says...

Is there a way to find out in advance if Savi's Workshop and Droid Depot would be available during the After Hours event? My kids would like to participate in these experiences, and I am trying to decide if we should try squeezing it in after entering at 7 or wait until the event starts. Thanks!

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Jan 12, 2023 at 1 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vern!

Both Savi's Workshop and Droid Depot have limited walk-ups available during After Hours events.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jan 11, 2023 at 12:30 p.m. Kate Says...

If you are staying offsite, do you still have to pay the full day rate for parking to attend the MK After Hours event?

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Jan 11, 2023 at 9:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kate!

So, our answer is a bit complicated — at a certain point near the end of the day, the parking toll booths close and people who are arriving can just drive through and not pay. However, there isn't a specific time when this hoppens, so it's hard to guarantee that the toll booths will be open or closed when you arrive. Though if they are open, you would need to pay full price. We can say that based on our personal experience going to After Hours events this past week, there was still a parking toll attendant at one park but not the other (and we aimed to arrive around 7 p.m., give or take a little, for both events at Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios). If you arrive closer to the event's official start time, there's definitely a better chance of not paying for parking. But that leaves you with less time in the park since you can enter at 7 p.m. so you wouldn't be able to maximize your time. Let us know if you have any other questions!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jan 11, 2023 at 4:52 a.m. Cid Says...

So just going at 7:00 PM and no earlier park I don't need to make a park reservation?

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Jan 11, 2023 at 9:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

That's correct, Cid! Have a frogtastic time!

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Jan 9, 2023 at 5:39 p.m. Jen Says...

Should day guests pick a different day to visit Hollywood Studios when an after hour event is planned? For example would 3/23 be less busy overall then 3/22?

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Jan 9, 2023 at 4:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen!

While it wouldn't hurt to avoid Hollywood Studios on the dates that After Hours takes place, it's not toadally necessary since the regular park hours aren't affected (unlike Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, which close Magic Kingdom to the general public earlier than usual). If you do go on an After Hours date, you may see a spike in crowds starting at 7 p.m. when After Hours guests can enter the park. However, After Hours attendance should be very limited, so it really shouldn't be a significant increase.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Dec 15, 2022 at 8:40 p.m. Megan Says...

Would you recommend After Hours vs. another day in the park for tweens and teens? For example, we are considering 5 park days or 4 park days plus one LATE night "After Hours" event in March. Which park would you recommend for ages 12, 14, 17 to pick for After Hours?

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Dec 15, 2022 at 3:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan!

If visiting in March, you'll likely face spring break crowds, so the After Hours event may be a good option if you want to avoid the normal daytime crowds since attendance is limited during After Hours. After Hours will only be available at Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios, so considering the age group, we'd recommend Hollywood Studios, which has more thrill rides such as Tower of Terror and Rock 'N' Roller Coaster. (However, we'll say that Magic Kingdom wouldn't be a bad choice either because it has a larger number of attractions, so there are more things you could do during that time.)

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Tad

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Oct 4, 2022 at 4:28 p.m. Katherine Says...

When do tickets go on sale for afterhours events in March? I couldn't find them.

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Oct 4, 2022 at 12:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katherine!

Disney After Hours tickets are on sale now for hotel guests at Disney World (including Swan & Dolphin and Shades of Green), and tickets for the general public go on sale starting Oct. 7, 2022.

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Tad

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Oct 4, 2022 at 2:19 p.m. Nellie Says...

Do you think this will be in place of deluxe extra magic hours? Its hard to make decisions without knowing all the information!

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Oct 4, 2022 at 9:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nellie!

No — while the Extended Evening Hours schedule has not been released past December, we'd expect the Extended Evening Hours benefit for Deluxe Resort hotel guests to continue into 2023. The After Hours events and Extended Evening Hours would fall on separate nights during the week.

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Tad

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Aug 5, 2021 at 10:02 p.m. Steven Says...

Me and my brother are a bit confused about the wording of "Disney After Hours events are open to anyone, but require a separate ticket". Does this mean that we would need a standard theme park ticket and event ticket to attend After Hours or can you just buy the event ticket and come at 7 pm (the earliest).

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Aug 6, 2021 at 7:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steven!

To attend just an After Hours event, you would only need the After Hours ticket (no theme park ticket is necessary unless you're hoping to explore Magic Kingdom or another park earlier in the day). Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 5, 2020 at 11:51 a.m. Kelley Murray Says...

Will they still provide transportation (busses and such) back to your Disney resort or will you have to pay to use a Lyft/Uber.

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Mar 6, 2020 at 7:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelley!

Buses will still be running after the event.

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Tad

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Feb 19, 2020 at 8:50 p.m. tam1MI Says...

For those of us unlucky souls who do NOT have an After Hours wristband, will we be allowed to see the fireworks before we have to leave the park?

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Feb 19, 2020 at 3:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Yes, even without a wristband, you can stay for the regularly scheduled fireworks, "Happily Ever After," before Magic Kingdom closes :) It's only the event-specific shows, such as the stage show at Villains After Hours, that are limited to event guests only once the park closes to the general public.

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Tad

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Feb 12, 2020 at 8:11 a.m. Linda Says...

Are merchandise shops open during after hours?

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Feb 13, 2020 at 3:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Linda!

Yes, but only select gift shops remain open during the parties. If there's something you have your eye on, we recommend shopping before the park officially closes for the evening and tucking it away into a backpack or bag for safekeeping :)

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Tad

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Feb 6, 2020 at 6:35 a.m. Brittany Says...

Hi! My family is really wanted to attend the party on March 23rd at magic kingdom! We heard it will be pretty busy so we were thinking it would be a good idea to get tickets to have the park much calmer! We are pretty energetic and quick walkers and want to get a lot done! I planned on making a list for us to start at with rides and where to go to next and so on to try and help us avoid running back and forth. What land do you think would be the best to start at and what would be the best finish at?

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Feb 6, 2020 at 4:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brittany!

We are so excited for you - we really love these events! We'd suggest planning a few FastPass reservations (if it's for some of the bigger rides) before the party officially starts to maximize time before the event. We'd also plan to tackle any rides that won't be open during the event first. You can continue to check wait times on the app as the night progresses, and wait times will drop off as the night goes on, so we'd suggest saving some of the bigger rides for later in the evening if you can wait that long. Keep in mind that, just like on normal nights, the castle will be closed off for fireworks, so you'll want to plan your route accordingly so you don't have to get rerouted (we made that mistake and had to try to make our way past fireworks crowds into Tomorrowland!) if you aren't watching them. We started at Casey's Corner for a hot dog dinner, then made our way to Adventureland and around to Frontierland, before Fantasyland and Tomorrowland - then back to Big Thunder and Pirates for another ride :) We essentially worked counter-clockwise, but it's toadally up to you and your family's priorities! You can also check general wait times when you enter the park to see which land seems to be the best overall and work your way around that way to avoid trekking back and forth. Have a great time!

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Tad

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Feb 3, 2020 at 11:34 p.m. R M Says...

Can you enter the park early for after hours event if you have a dining reservation? Say a 615 reservation for BR Guest with only after hours ticket?

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Feb 4, 2020 at 7:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi R M!

No, unfortunately the ticketed early entry time (7 p.m., for example) is the earliest After Hours guests can enter without regular park admission.

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Tad

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Jan 20, 2020 at 6:12 a.m. Bea Says...

I’ve noticed there is now an hour gap between regular park closing and the extra hours opening.

What happens in this time especially if you can enter the park at 7

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Jan 21, 2020 at 4:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bea!

Likely this gap is just to allow cast members some extra time to filter out anyone without a wristband for the party; expect that rides, shows, etc. will continue on as normal, but you may need to show your wristband before you're permitted to hop on a ride.

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Tad

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Jan 17, 2020 at 12:27 a.m. Pam Says...

Do you have to wait for the official event start time to take advantage of the snacks? Thanks!

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Jan 17, 2020 at 8:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pam,

Yes, the stations with the free snacks don't open up until the event starts. (But once they do, get all the Mickey ice cream bars your froggy heart desires.) Have fun!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jan 12, 2020 at 10:43 a.m. Ron Hunt Says...

Hi,

Can you tell me if Fastpass is available during After Hours events? I thought I read somewhere that you could not enter the parks until the event actually starts at 9:00pm - unlike Not so Scary when you are allowed to enter at 4:00pm so that's good news. Thank you.

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Jan 13, 2020 at 8:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ron!

No, FastPass is not available during the After Hours events since lines are so short (but just during official party hours). You will, however, be able to enter the park early (be sure to check the fine print on your ticket, as the entry time varies!), and FastPass will be available from the early entry time until the official event starting time. Hope this makes sense!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Feb 28, 2023 at 7 p.m. Chris Says...

Hello! Can you please clarify..in order to use “Fast Pass” this would only be for prior to after hours official opening, and you would need a regular park ticket and park reservation as well as purchasing Genie+…is that accurate?

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Feb 28, 2023 at 1:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

That is correct (our previous answer was from early 2020 when FastPass was still around)! In order to use Genie+ before the event, you would need regular admission and a park reservation. Because attendance is limited, Genie+ is not available during the event.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jan 7, 2020 at 5:01 p.m. Sheri Says...

Are you able to start riding rides once you are let in at 7:00 pm or do you have to wait until the start time of the event?

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Jan 7, 2020 at 11:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sheri!

You can start riding right away! Event-specific activities and decor won't be active until party time, but your access to the rides is good as soon as you're able to enter the park.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Aug 25, 2019 at 3:02 p.m. Jeannie Says...

Hello,

can you tell me which quick service/ table service restaurants at Animal Kingdom after dark are still open?

In the very first picture it looks like they are listed on the paper guide, but it's hard to see from the picture. I'm especially interested if the Pandora quick service is open.

thanks!

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Aug 26, 2019 at 11:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeannie,

The following locations offer additional food and beverage items for purchase at Animal Kingdom's After Hours events: Pongu Pongu in Pandora, Snack Cart near Tiffins Restaurant, Thirsty River Bar in Asia and Dino Diner in Dinoland U.S.A.

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Tad

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Jul 25, 2019 at 11:02 a.m. Jason Says...

What happens if you have after hours tickets, the park closes at 10pm for traditional guests, and at 10pm there is still a 90 min wait for a ride? If I am after hours, do I have to wait in that line or does after hours get to use a fast pass line?

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Jul 25, 2019 at 8:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jason!

If you were in a line at 10 p.m. as the park closes, you'd still need to wait in the regular line. Our strategy (when lines have been long) have been to hit the most in-demand rides later in the evening after park closing when lines are shorter and instead hit the lines with the shorter rides early to maximize our time.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jul 21, 2019 at 12:56 a.m. Mandy Says...

Do you recommend eating in the Magic Kingdom, say at 720pm or so. Then watching the fireworks- or would you think it would be a wiser use of time to eat before the after hours event and just do some rides and character meets before the fireworks? We are going to the last villians after hours and it is our first after hours experience!

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Jul 22, 2019 at 8:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mandy!

We would definitely suggest eating prior to the event and planning on taking advantage of some villainous treats during the party itself. Then, you can catch the fireworks and start riding (and/or meeting!) One other tip: take a peek at the rides that will be open during the event (and there's a lot of them, so you're in luck!) If there are any NOT listed, you'll want to ride those before official park closing. Have fun!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jun 20, 2019 at 5:46 p.m. Alexandra Valdez Says...

What if you are staying at a Disney Resort and get the Extra Magic Hours after the park closes. Can you still enjoy the Disney After Hours Event? Or will you need to buy a separate ticket for the event?

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Jun 21, 2019 at 9:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alexandra,

Good question! Extra Magic Hours and After Hours events do not happen at the same park on the same day. You will need a separate ticket for an After Hours event.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jun 18, 2019 at 3:19 a.m. Frank Thomas Says...

Will After Hours dates be set for the rest of the year? My family will be visiting WDW in mid-November.

Thanks.

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Jun 19, 2019 at 1:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Frank!

Right now, After Hours dates have only been announced up until September at Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. But from what we've seen, Disney seems to release new batches of dates throughout the year, so keep an eye out for any November dates. We'll update here!

Stay cool!

Tad

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