I know that the title of this post might seem like fightin’ words. Especially coming from a Disneyphile who thinks the sun rises and sets around Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom. I mean come on, HalloWishes fireworks, Boo to You Parade and all the candy you can get your hands on?!
But believe me when I say there may be a new hard ticket event to rule them all in the kingdom of magic, and that event is Disney After Hours.
When I first saw the price tag for this night time spectacular I had a bit of sticker shock. $119 per person? And it’s not even a holiday? No special parade? No perimeter fireworks? What gives? So the WDW powers-that-be invited me out to experience Disney After Hours and report back to you.
Wanna know what it is? The special sauce? The reason why I’d shell out $119 (well $89 with my Passholder discount) to do this all over again and again?
Complete and total ghost town. Ghostville USA. Nada people land. I mean an almost literal empty Magic Kingdom. Like if you were a billionaire and rented the entire park out just for you and a few of your closest friends to play in…by yourself. I’m not joking either.
Queue line. What’s that? Want to ride Peter Pan or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ten times in a row? Done! Need to have an hour long convo with Punzie on that cookware line you’ve been dying to collab with her on. You don’t even need to make an appointment.
Um, hello? Where are are the people? Is this the work of Thanos?
Oh and don’t even get me started on the free food and drinks. Yeah, you heard that right. Complementary eat until your pant button flys off.
You get your pick of soda pop or bottled water as well as ice cream novelties and unlimited warm ‘buttery’ popcorn throughout the duration of the evening.
Oh, and Disney isn’t skimping on the attractions either. Virtually everything that’s fit to ride is open for business. twenty five attractions to be exact along with character and princess meet n greets.
The most popular of the popular too.
The night officially runs from 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. but your ticket gets you into the park as early as 7:00 p.m. We arrived around 8:30 p.m. as day guests were exiting the park and tucked in behind Cinderella Castle to start our evening by watching Happily Ever After fireworks over Beast’s Castle.
What an amazing vantage point!
There aren’t enough superlatives to describe my Disney After Hours experience.
If you’re considering going don’t sleep on it. Book your tickets now. There are only a limited amount sold each evening and just a few dates left to experience it in 2018.
For more info visit the official Disney website.
Special thanks to the PR Team at Walt Disney World for hosting me at this hard ticket event for the purpose of this review. As always, all opinions are my own.