One of the most criticized events and decisions in the history of The Walt Disney Company is making a comeback, but with a little bit of a difference. Walt Disney World is bringing back its “Disney After Hours” paid event that allows guests to enjoy Magic Kingdom late into the night with very little crowds, but it comes at a cost. That is what leads to the big change for its return in 2017, though, as this will be able to be enjoyed at a lower price.
As reported by the Inquisitr back in March, Disney introduced the new “Disney After Hours” event and it lasted a few months before fading out and disappearing. Many guests balked at the $150+ price tag to enter the park as they felt it simply wasn’t worth it.
Those who ended up going to “Disney After Hours” realized that having only around 3,000 people in a park that has a capacity of 100,000 people isn’t such a bad idea.
Looking at both sides of things, Disney has decided to bring the paid event back in 2017, but they will be doing it at a lower price. Yes, the same idea and premise is there for “Disney After Hours,” but guests can pay a little less this time around.
The official website for Walt Disney World released the details of the returning paid event that will now cost $119 per adult or child with tax not included. For those who are Annual Passholders or Disney Vacation Club Members, they can pay a price of $89 per adult or child with tax not included.
As of this time, there are only seven dates scheduled for “Disney After Hours” in 2017 and they are based on the closing hours of Magic Kingdom.
The event takes place 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM:
- Thursday, February 2, 2017
- Thursday, February 9, 2017
- Thursday, February 16, 2017
And 9:00 PM to 12:00 AM:
- Friday, January 20, 2017
- Friday, January 27, 2017
- Thursday, March 2, 2017
- Thursday, March 9, 2017
Guests can currently call the Disney Reservation Center at 407-827-7185 to make reservations and they will likely be able to be made online starting soon. These seven select nights in early 2017 will mark the only times that “Disney After Hours” is taking place, but if popular enough, you can be sure they will add more.
During the three extra hours, all other guests will be advised to leave the park after regular closing hours for Magic Kingdom. Anyone who has purchased tickets for this event will be able to enter the park starting at 7 p.m.
Those who have paid to be there will be able to enjoy more than 25 attractions and character greetings with very little wait.
Here is the full list of Magic Kingdom attractions that will be operating for “Disney After Hours” – Subject to change:
- Astro Orbiter
- The Barnstormer
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Country Bear Jamboree
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- Haunted Mansion
- ‘it’s a small world’
- Jungle Cruise
- Mad Tea Party
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- Princess Fairytale Hall
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
Along with the attractions and character greetings, those paying to attend “Disney After Hours” will also be able to enjoy complimentary ice cream treats, popcorn, and select bottled beverages. There will also be food items for purchase throughout the park.
Tickets are very limited for each night and with the new low price, they could sell out fast.
Also, this event will not affect Extra Magic Hours for Walt Disney World hotel resort guests in any way. Those are still included with their resort stays and take place on different nights.
“Disney After Hours” is truly an incredibly fun event and one that may be an extra cost, but it allows guests to really experience a lot of attractions in a short amount of time. They can also do it without having to worry about long lines or a lot of people around them, and also, who can pass up free ice cream and treats? Walt Disney World knew that it was popular with some but that the price tag was an issue, and that’s why the change was made and the problem was fixed.
[Featured Image by Danny Cox]