Review: Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park

Disney After Hours Magic Kingdom

Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom is a nighttime, 3-hour special event that takes place on select nights throughout the year. This event begins at park closing but you can enter the park as early as 7 PM with your ticket. Tickets are sold to a limited number of guests.

This is not extra magic hours. Extra magic hours are when one Disney park opens one hour early or stays open two hours later for guests of Disney resorts. That’s a perk of staying at a Disney resort but there are still quite a lot of people in the parks for extra magic hours. This special ticketed event really feels like you have the whole park to yourself (and maybe hundreds of your closest friends) but on our night it was really sparse and I loved it!!

We attended the event on February 10, 2020. We spent the day at Hollywood Studios and, having arrived there early in the morning to secure a boarding group for Rise of the Resistance, rested just a bit before heading to the Magic Kingdom. We entered the park around 8:00 PM to enjoy some favorites before the event started.

After scanning our magicbands, we were given a plastic wristband that identified us as After Hours guests along with an Event Guide. Cast members at each ride line asked to see our wristbands.

All of the main attractions are included in the price of the ticket. We started with Dumbo, then continued to the Barnstormer, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and then Little Mermaid. We rode all of those within 45 minutes. Throughout the night we rode everything we wanted to ride, except for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad which was down on the night we visited. Here is a list of all the rides that are included in the event ticket:

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Space Mountain

Splash Mountain

Haunted Mansion

Peter Pan’s Flight

Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin

TTA PeopleMover

Princess Greetings in Fairytale Hall

Jungle Cruise

It’s A Small World

Pirates of the Caribbean

…and much more.

Popcorn, ice cream and select beverages are included in the price of your ticket. The carts are positioned all around the park. We got Mickey ice cream sandwiches and Mickey on a stick, popcorn, Coca-Cola drinks and ice cold waters.

You can also purchase food items at Main Street Bakery or Casey’s Corner. However, I do suggest that you eat before you arrive as those are the only two dining locations I saw that were open. Plus, Casey’s had a crazy long line.

Some of the shops are also closed during the event also. The Emporium is always open, though, and what can’t you get at that massive store?

Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom ticket prices are $129 plus tax per person if purchased in advance, $139 plus tax per person at the gate or $99 per person plus tax for AP holders. Did I mention that a limited number of tickets are sold? Did I mention that we almost had the park to ourselves? Check out these photos.

Tomorrowland sign at night


Having visited Walt Disney World so many times I know that the numbers will vary depending upon time of year, normal crowd levels, etc. but this was one of the best events I’ve attended, especially considering that this trip was a short visit with lots to accomplish.

In my opinion, Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park is one of the few extra-cost events that is totally worth the price!! I will definitely include it in my trip plans anytime it is offered during my future visits.

Have you experienced a Disney After Hours? What did you think? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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