Disney World has become a really busy place to take a vacation, some would say almost too busy. With some wait times reaching more than three hours during holidays and parents taking kids out of school for trips, there isn’t really ever a down time anymore to visit the Mouse in Orlando. So if you have the money, you can have the parks almost to yourself on certain days before the general public arrives and after they go home, but it’s going to cost you a pretty penny.
What do you get and is it worth it?
Disney Early Morning Magic in Fantasyland
First, you need a regular theme park admission ticket, and that cost will depend on how you bought your tickets, annual passes, single day admissions, seven-day admissions, whatever you purchased. Then add that to $69 per adult and $59 per child (tax not included) for a limited-entry, first-access experience in the park.
What You Get
Rides: Early Morning Magic guests can ride The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Peter Pan’s Flight. Warn the kids – these are the only attractions that will be operational during this special event.
You will receive an event sticker for identification upon check-in.
Breakfast: enjoy a morning meal breakfast at Pinocchio Village Haus featuring the following items:
- Chilled juices, coffee and teas
- Seasonal fruit and berries
- Freshly baked pastries
- Cheese and cured meats
- Scrambled eggs with assorted toppings
- Vegetable frittata
- Smoked bacon
- Pork and turkey sausages
- Fried potatoes with caramelized onions
- Waffles with butter and syrup
When Can You Go?
This ticketed event is available on select Tuesdays and Saturdays from 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The number of available tickets will be very limited. Dates have not been announced as of yet.
How Do You Purchase Ticket?
You can purchase tickets online, call the Disney Reservation Center at 407-827-7350 or have a Travel Agent book your tickets for you. Remember that all tickets are non-refundable, non-transferrable and are only valid for admission during the special event date and hours.
- At 7:30 a.m., check-in near the far left turnstiles of the Main Entrance to Magic Kingdom park starting.
- Starting at 7:45 a.m., event guests will be admitted into the park and guided into Fantasyland.
- From 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., breakfast will be available at Pinocchio Village Haus.
- Around 9:00 a.m., Magic Kingdom will open to guests with regular admission tickets. Your event-only attraction access will end.
Again, dates for this event have not been announced yet; we will update our information when they are.
Disney After Hours
If morning park time with limited-entry is not your thing, maybe you would rather stay up late. You can enjoy Magic Kingdom at an after-hours special event filled with characters and attractions with almost no wait times!
The cost? $149 per child or adult (tax not included).
What You Get
Well, for about $50 per hour, you get three hours in the park with almost no crowds and very short waits, plus ice cream and bottled beverages.
When Can You Go?
Disney After Hours will take place on the following remaining dates in 2016:
- Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM
- Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM
- Sunday, May 8, 2016 from 11:00 PM to 2:00 AM
- Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 11:00 PM to 2:00 AM
- Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 11:00 PM to 2:00 AM
I am sure if these dates are successful, they will announce dates for 2017 as well.
How Do You Purchase Ticket?
You can purchase tickets online, call the Disney Reservation Center at 407-827-7185 or have a Travel Agent book your tickets for you. The number of tickets available is limited. In addition, all tickets are non-refundable, non-transferrable and are only valid for admission during the special event date and hours.
- At 7:00 p.m., check-in for the event at the Main Entrance to the theme park beginning.
- Magic Kingdom park will officially close to guests who haven’t purchased Disney After Hours tickets at 10:00 p.m. on April 28 and May 5, 2016; and at 11:00 PM on May 8, 12 and 19, 2016.
- Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests may use Walt Disney World Transportation after the event for up to two hours.
Do you really need tickets to these events. Of course not.
Could you benefit from snacks/breakfast and park time all to yourself? Certainly. So it all comes down to money; how much vacation money you have and how much you want to spend?
I’m traveling with five adults in my party, so in terms of my cheapskate budget, Disney After Dark is out of the question. If my party was smaller or I was traveling for a special occasion, then $150 might be more of a personal desire. People pay big money like this for concert or sporting events all the time, just not cheap people like me! But if it was a one-time trip, the trip of a lifetime, I just might splurge for the experience.
TwoBits stopped by with a money saving suggestion for DVC members. “In regards to the after-hours promotion, it has been recently reported that DVC members and annual pass holders are being offered after hours tickets for $75. At that price, getting in at 7:00, fighting regular crowds for a couple of hours, then getting the park with virtually no wait AND all the ice cream I can eat may make it worth it. I can’t imagine trying to make this work with young kids, though.”
Without using a DVC discount, I think I’m still out at that price level, but breakfast for my family might be different…
If I wanted to pay for an “experience,” breakfast for $69 per adult and $59 per child is not that much more expensive than a character meal at Chef Mickey’s. Plus you get park time with no huge crowds. This is an extra ticket event I would definitely consider if I was already paying for character meals.
Let us know what you think! Has Disney gone crazy with all these extra ticket options, or are they just offering the public what they want, which is more time on rides with less of a wait?
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