All the Glimmering Details of Disney H2O Glow Nights After Hours

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Disney H2O Glow Nights After Hours has returned to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park! The water park is hosting these special parties every Saturday night from May 20 to Sept. 2, 2023. 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 after attending the first night of the season!

Guide to Disney H20 Glow After Hours- Entry Signage

Overview of Disney H2O Glow Nights 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 a DJ-hosted dance party and enjoy much shorter waits for Typhoon Lagoon's most popular waterslides, including Crush 'n' Gusher, Humunga Kowabunga and Miss Adventure Falls. A glowing souvenir cup, 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 Nights After Hours Tickets and Dates

Guide to Disney H20 Glow After Hours - Entrance photo-op

Disney H2O Glow Nights After Hours is held every Saturday from May 20 to Sept. 2, 2023. 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 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 available for purchase as of March 3, 2023! Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels were able to purchase as early as Feb. 28, 2023. Psst ... your favorite frogs are offering discounted tickets!

Disney H2O Glow After Hours Entertainment and Attractions

H20 Glow Nights — Goofy with Chip and Dale on the DJ Dance Party Stage

Nothing says glow party quite like a vibrant DJ dance party on the beach! The 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").

H20 Glow Nights — Captain Hook appearance at the DJ Dance Party

Frogs and tadpoles of all ages will love this DJ dance party, especially because special characters randomly show up! We were so excited to see Goofy, Chip 'n' Dale, Captain Hook and Mr. Smee up on the stage. Goofy and Chip 'n' Dale were even sporting their summer outfits! They randomly appear and do not have a published schedule. They seemed to appear about every 30 to 40 minutes, so you should hopfully 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.

Guide to Disney H20 Glow After Hours - Wave pool

And of course, you can use this party to enjoy shorter wait times for all of 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. While we were there, most rides did not have any lines — we only waited for Crush 'n' Gusher!

Disney H2O Glow After Hours Food and Drink

Guide to Disney H20 Glow After Hours - Complimentary popcorn and ice cream

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 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.

H20 Glow Nights — Beverage Station

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 6 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.

Guide to Disney H20 Glow After Hours - Alohilohi Tuna Poke Bowl and ManGLOW Barbecue Chicken and Waffles from Leaning Palms

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.

H20 Glow Nights — Dole Whip Bathtub Sundae

Just before heading to the DJ dance party, we conquered the DOLE Whip Bathtub Sundae, full of five different Dole Whip flavors, vanilla soft-serve and topped with boba pearls. Another frog favorite of the night was the Pineapple GLOW Mai Tai from Snack Shack, which had Dole Whip pineapple with a mai tai and rum, all served in a whole pineapple!

H20 Glow Nights — Pineapple GLOW Mai Tai

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 the festivities.
  • 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 to 45 minutes. 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 Nights 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 Nights After Hours is worth the price of admission. We think the answer is yes! H2O Glow After Hours Nights 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.

Switch it up and skip the hot, sunny day at Typhoon Lagoon. Visiting after dark creates a fun atmosphere, plus the wait times are short and sweet.

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 Nights 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!

Get your Disney H2O Glow After Hours tickets and view all of our discount Disney World tickets to maximize your savings alongside the fun! Have questions about Disney H2O Glow After Hours at Typhoon Lagoon? Share them in the comments below! 

Related: The Frog Family's Splashin' Guide to Disney's Typhoon Lagoon

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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May 26, 2023 at 6:07 p.m. Robert Stephens Says...

Is there any discount on tickets if you have an active Park Hopper Plus ticket?

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May 31, 2023 at 9:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robert!

Not that we're aware of.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 22, 2022 at 4:24 p.m. Crystal Says...

Do you recall what selection of ice cream novelties/popsicles are available included in the admission price?

We are going to the last event 27th August - do you think most things will have run out by then?

Specialty items etc....

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Jun 24, 2022 at 8:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Crystal!

The complimentary ice cream choices include Mickey premium bars, Mickey premium ice cream sandwiches and strawberry fruit bars. Those should not run out! As for specialty items, there could certainly be a chance that some may run out, but we don't think it'd be super likely.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 31, 2022 at 7:06 p.m. Val Sage Says...

How do WDW hotel guests get back to their hotel? Do buses run to Disney Springs and then you get your normal bus.

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May 31, 2022 at 4:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Val!

Disney bus transportation is available to Disney Springs, where you can transfer to a bus for your hotel.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 15, 2019 at 5:28 a.m. bev godwin Says...

I'm concerned about crowds, I see they LIMIT the #..but limited as in what? less than an average day at the park? Those attending the park during the day...I assume they have to purchase h20 for the night? Last question, if I do h20 night, I get to start riding slides at 6 pm right? thank you!

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Jul 15, 2019 at 2:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bev!

The limited guests are far less than are generally in the park each day. You can expect low wait times (walking on most of the time.) Since it's a separately ticketed event, if you're visiting the water park during the day and would like to stay, you'd need a separate event ticket to head to H2O (there are wristband stations at the park so you wouldn't be required to leave and re-enter). However, if you just have the H2O Glow Night ticket, you can head into the park at 6 p.m. and start sliding!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 11, 2019 at 2:16 a.m. Rich Says...

Are all of the water park rides available as well as swimming with the sharks?

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Jul 11, 2019 at 8:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rich!

Unfortunately, the swimming with the sharks experience closed in 2016 to make way for a new attraction, Miss Adventure Falls. All of the attractions will be open for H2O Glow Nights!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 10, 2019 at 12:12 a.m. Justina Says...

Are you able to bring a cooler in with food and water?

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Jul 10, 2019 at 9:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Justina!

Coolers are permitted with food and water, but there are a few restrictions. There can be no loose ice, dry ice, alcohol or glass, and the cooler itself cannot be larger than 24" long x 15" wide x 18" high.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 4, 2019 at 6:48 a.m. Judey Yudkin Says...

Just bought our tickets for August H2O glow nights. Can’t wait. Looks like a great time!!

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Jun 2, 2019 at 6:27 p.m. Simon Says...

If you don’t have park tickets and only buy the glow party tickets can you still get access from 6pm.Aldo do the Disney buses run before and after the party from Disney hotels including Dolphin and Swan?

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Jun 3, 2019 at 4:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Simon!

Your party entry grants you access to the party beginning at 6 p.m. Buses will be available after the party, as well. Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 27, 2019 at 9:28 a.m. Crystal Says...

We dont have water park tickets, we have base 1 park per day tickets. Do we get to ride the water park rides if we purchase an H20 Glo ticket? (during the time of the event of course). I am trying to make sure I dont need an extra park ticket + H20GLO ticket to attend the event.

Thank You

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Mar 27, 2019 at 7:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Crystal!

The H20 Glow ticket will be enough to get you in to ride the rides during party time! As you noted, anything outside of party time would require regular park admission. Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 8, 2018 at 7:41 p.m. Jacqui Says...

Are towels provided?

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Aug 9, 2018 at 2:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jacqui,

You can rent towels!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 5, 2018 at 2:22 p.m. fiona Says...

hi , do you know if the party night food is included in the dining plan? I e can we use our credits at the party?

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Jul 5, 2018 at 10:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Fiona!

Yes, you can! The meals are standard quick service.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 20, 2018 at 4:25 p.m. Anne Says...

Will all the rides be open? Thanks!

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Jun 20, 2018 at 9:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anne!

We believe so! We'll be attending the first event and will update this post with further info. All rides have been open for nighttime events in the past.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 17, 2018 at 3:27 p.m. Christy Says...

My daughter wants to go but my concern is safety. How dark are the rides going to be since it is at night?

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Jun 19, 2018 at 12:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christy!

No worries at all - the park is very well-lit.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 5, 2018 at 1:48 p.m. Julie Says...

Hi,

As far as meet and greet, do we have to pay extra for that? Is it just waiting in aloneto meet the characters? ( Our first time to Disney)

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Jun 5, 2018 at 10:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie,

Nope, you don't have to pay extra; meet-and-greets are included with your ticket!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 27, 2018 at 4:56 p.m. Jason Says...

Do you know what happens if it rains? The official site says no refunds but does not make mention of rain or other possible closures. Thanks for your help!

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Jun 14, 2018 at 6:35 p.m. Shenise Says...

I asked that same question to someone in customer service. She said that they will not cancel the event even if it rains. They would only close the pool for a short amount of time if it starts lightening and will only cancel the event if there is a hurricane!! We are going to the first one June 21st. I was nervous about the whole "no refund" thing.... hope that helps

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May 27, 2018 at 2:34 p.m. Mattie Says...

Do you know if the "specially crafted eats" are included in the price of the party? Or do they cost extra?

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May 29, 2018 at 3:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mattie,

Food and drinks are not included with the party ticket and do cost extra!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 16, 2018 at 8 p.m. Michelle Says...

Can you use a Fun Visit for admission to the party?

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May 16, 2018 at 3:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

You'll need an actual party ticket for admission to H2O Glow Nights!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 10, 2018 at 7:49 p.m. Caitlin Leslie Says...

Do you know if the buses will be running for the event? Or will we have to drive?

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May 17, 2018 at 1:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Caitlin,

There will be buses!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 10, 2018 at 12:30 a.m. Pam Says...

Is the cost of the glow nights just the glow night ticket or is it admission to the water park and a glow night ticket? Thanks!

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May 10, 2018 at 11:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pam,

The H2O Glow Nights ticket only grants you admission to the party. If you want to go to the water park during the day before the event starts, you'll need to purchase a separate Disney's Typhoon Lagoon ticket!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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