Magic Kingdom After Hours: Worth the Wait
The Magic Kingdom After Hours party was one of the highlights of our most recent trip to Walt Disney World. The After Hours party is a three-hour event that takes place once the park closes at night either from 8pm-11pm or 9pm-12am. The event runs through March 9th, 2017 and costs $119 per person, however, Annual Passholders and DVC members are eligible for discounts.
If your party decides to attend the After Hours event, you will have to wait all day for the event to begin, but once it does, the waiting is over.
Nearly every single attraction we went on displayed a 5 minute wait time. Including attractions that normally have at least an hour wait- even during less busy times. We were able to walk on to Splash Mountain, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and Space Mountain with ease.
Getting around the park was a breeze, too. While saying “there was no one there” seems like an exaggeration, it often felt like we had the whole park to ourselves. We were able to move around and have fun, without worrying about crowds of people surrounding us.
Going on any attraction we wanted was definitely a major advantage of the After Hours party, but not having to wait in line wasn’t the only benefit of the event. All guests attending the party get complimentary popcorn, ice cream (yes Mickey bars are included) and bottled drinks. While you may not have a lot of time to eat while going from attraction to attraction, it is rewarding to be able to finally eat the popcorn that smells so good everywhere you go without having to worry about dropping a few pieces on the ground.
The only downside of the After Hours party is that it is only three hours. We were able to go on a lot of rides, but we had also been to MK the day before, meaning we didn’t feel the need to repeat longer attractions such as Haunted Mansion and It’s a Small World. Additionally, there isn’t a lot of time to stop and really appreciate the park. In the short span of three hours, we were able to go on around 15 rides. However, we couldn’t have done so much if we didn’t already know what to do, what was worth going on, and the best way to get there.
The After Hours Party was a lot of fun and was definitely worth it, but it isn’t a substitute for a full day at Magic Kingdom. You can do a lot, but you can’t do it all.
Even if rides aren’t your favorite thing to do, it is nice to just enjoy the park without the usual hustle and bustle of crowds. While my family went on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad a few more times,
I went to Mainstreet U.S.A. to enjoy a view that wasn’t blocked by hundreds of heads and the music that wasn’t accompanied by the screaming of tired children. It was really nice to just take a bit of time to appreciate the vision Disney had for the park and all of the magic I’ve been able to experience because of it.
So whether you’re looking to go on as many rides as possible, you want to stroll down Main Street and enjoy the view, or you just want to eat as many Mickey bars as you can, the Magic Kingdom After Hours party is worth the wait.
For more information about the Magic Kingdom After Hours event or to book your vacation contact Nicole@VisitTheMagic.com.