After a two-year hiatus, Disney H2O Glow After Hours has returned to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park! The water park is hosting these special parties every Saturday night from May 28 to Aug. 27. 2022. This separately ticketed, tadpole-friendly evening event is a splashin' good way to cool off and keep the vacation party going after a day in the parks! Thinking about getting your glow on? We’re here to share the full scoop!
Overview of Disney H2O Glow After Hours at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon
Held after regular park hours, special lighting effects transform the park into a colorful nighttime paradise. You're able to get your groove on at DJ-hosted dance parties and enjoy much shorter waits for Typhoon Lagoon's most popular waterslides, including Crush 'n' Gusher, Humunga Kowabunga and Miss Adventure Falls. A glowing wristband and free popcorn, ice cream bars and fountain beverages are included with event admission (plus there are toadally cool glow-themed snacks for purchase).
Disney H2O Glow After Hours Tickets & Dates
Disney H2O Glow After Hours is held every Saturday from May 28 to Aug. 27, 2022. A limited number of tickets will be sold for these events. While the party officially runs from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., guests with event tickets can start arriving at 6 p.m. for even more water park party time. Upon entering, you will be given a regular event wristband as well as a glowing wristband for the evening. Oh, and don't worry! Parking is free.
When the water park officially closes, daytime guests will be filtered out from those with wristbands attending the evening's event. If you have already spent the day at Typhoon Lagoon and are sticking around for the extra hours, you can find cast members handing out wristbands near the entrance ... just be sure to have your ticket and ID with you!
Tickets are now available for purchase (psst ... your favorite frogs are offering discounted tickets!)
Disney H2O Glow After Hours Entertainment and Attractions
Nothing says glow party quite like a vibrant DJ dance party on the beach! The main dance party can be found on the beach in front of the surf pool. The DJ keeps it lively as the crowd enjoys dancing to the epic beats, anything from classic 80s to current trendy songs and even some Disney bops (you know we grooved to "We Don't Talk About Bruno"). Smaller DJs may appear throughout the park, such as nearby Crush 'n' Gusher.
Frogs and tadpoles of all ages will love the main DJ dance party, especially because special characters randomly show up! Mickey, Minnie and Goofy pop up on the stage in their awesome summer outfits, along with Lilo and Stitch. They randomly appear and do not have a published schedule. They seemed to appear about every half hour to 40 minutes, so you should hop-fully catch them if spending some time at the dance party. They stay and dance on stage for about 10 to 15 minutes before heading out again. Sometimes one-by-one, the characters come down and dance in the crowd. There are no meet-and-greets at this event, so the dance party is your only option for seeing characters.
And of course, you can use this party to enjoy shorter wait times for your favorite Typhoon Lagoon attractions, including Crush 'n' Gusher, Humunga Kowabunga and Miss Adventure Falls! Take a relaxing change of pace with a trip down the lazy river or head to the iconic surf pool. It was so cool to experience these attractions at night!
Disney H2O Glow After Hours Food and Drink
Like with other Disney After Hours events, complimentary ice cream treats, popcorn and fountain beverages are included with admission. Look for the glowing inflatables throughout the park for the complimentary popcorn and ice cream novelties, including Mickey bars, Mickey ice cream sandwiches and popsicles. These opened around 7 p.m. when the park closed to day guests, so we just showed our wristbands and started enjoying some treats. It was nice not to have to wait until 8 p.m. when the party actually started.
For the complimentary fountain drinks, head to any of the self-serve soda machines. Small cups are provided, and you can choose any of the available drinks from the machines, including water. We liked that you had more variety and could choose how much you wanted, especially when sometimes you only want a small drink after all of the delicious treats.
This is a little different than Disney After Hours events in the theme parks, which provide bottled beverages, but we liked this so much better because we didn't have to carry around a bottle.
Beyond the complimentary options, we were hoppily surprised by the number of glowtastic specialty items available for purchase. There were options throughout the park with such vibrant colors. While there were, of course, lots of specialty ice cream treats and drinks, there were also main dishes as well, which was nice to see.
Many of the locations had these items available for purchase at 7 p.m. before the party started at 8 p.m., so we highly suggest utilizing that window to eat dinner and enjoy those specialty items. You'll have plenty of snack options throughout the party, so it is good to get a meal in before the true party begins.
We started off at Leaning Palms with the Alohilohi Tuna Poke Bowl and Mango Barbecue Chicken and Waffles. Both were delicious options for dinner, and Tad and Lily loved the colorful Mickey waffles. We also had to try the Disco Colada (nonalcoholic) and H2O Cake Shake from here, as well.
Just before heading to the DJ dance party, we conquered the Neon Party Bathtub Sundae, full of confetti cake and ice cream, whipped cream and a glow cube. Other frog favorites of the night were the Unicorn Churro Bites from Typhoon Tilly's and the Pineapple Mango Mai Tai from Snack Shack, which had Dole Whip mango and lime with a mai tai and rum, all served in a whole pineapple!
Disney H2O Glow After Hours Highlights and Tips
We attended the first event of the season and have some cool tips and tricks to share:
- Separate your night into wet and dry. Before diving in, stow your suits in a locker while you eat dinner or hit the dance floor (or should we say beach?). With this approach, you'll be nice and dry AND have your phone or camera with you for pictures throughout the fun. Then, start splashin' and slidin' for the rest of the night!
- Make the most of your ticket and arrive when "doors open" at 6 p.m. While the party doesn't officially start until 8 p.m., this gives you a head start on rides.
- Be sure to try the many specialty food and drink options exclusive to the party!
- Get your groove on at the DJ dance party on the sands of the wave pool. Keep an eye out for special characters to make random appearances on stage. Though they don't have a set schedule, they seem to come out about every half hour. For instance, we saw them at 9 p.m. and again at 9:45 pm.
- Party capacity is limited, and we found the low crowds in the water park to be a huge plus. Not only does this mean shorter lines, but an overall more relaxing experience than during the day. No fighting over beach chairs here!
- Take advantage of the low wait times. During the time you have at the park, you can easily ride every slide (they're ALL open!) and still have time for all of the party fun. Miss Adventure Falls is our personal fave.
- Some may wonder if the weather is still waterpark-worthy after dark, and we promise the answer is YES! The wave pool and water slides feel just as refreshing in the evening when heat and humidity levels are still high.
Disney H2O Glow After Hours — Should You Go?
Many of you momma and poppa frogs visiting Walt Disney World this summer are probably wondering if Disney H2O Glow After Hours is worth the price of admission. We think the answer is yes! H2O Glow After Hours is a great way to have fun with fewer crowds, especially if you don't mind the tadpoles staying up a little later. It's a nice add-on for those of you making first-time visits who may not be planning on hitting the water parks otherwise.
While we frogs enjoy nothing more than basking in the sun, it's awesome to have the option of visiting when the sun goes down, and the lines are short for an action-packed night. Being able to tackle every attraction in Typhoon Lagoon in a matter of hours makes this event worth it alone! Low stress and maximum Disney fun? Count us in! Between the glowing atmosphere, cool treats and all of the fun you can accomplish during party time, H2O Glow After Hours is a winner in our books.
Even if you are already planning on the Park Hopper with Plus Option (which allows you to hit up the water parks for the same number of days as the ticket), you might still want to hop on Disney H2O Glow After Hours for an extra special party night at the water park!
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