Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom: A Cheapskate Guide

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Updated for 2018!

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 a down time anymore to visit the Mouse in Orlando. So if you have the money, you can be among a limited number of guests to enjoy a three hour park experience, but it’s going to cost you a pretty penny.

What do you get and is it worth it?

The Price

When MK After Hours debuted in 2016, the price was $150 per ticket, so you’re getting bit of a price break. 2018 advance purchase prices for adults or children plus tax:

Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the event for $124 per adult or child, plus tax.

Specially priced tickets are available for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members for $89 per adult or child, plus tax.

What You Get

When the regular admission crowds clear, Disney After Hours provides a limited number of guests three hours in Magic Kingdom with way lower crowd levels for shorter wait times, plus snacks and drinks. That’s about $40 per hour per person.

When Can You Go?

This event is available for 7 nights from January 2018 through March 2018.

The event takes place 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM:

  • Friday, January 19, 2018
  • Friday, January 26, 2018
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018
  • Thursday, February 8, 2018

And 9:00 PM to midnight:

  • Thursday, February 15, 2018
  • Thursday, March 1, 2018
  • Thursday, March 8, 20

If this is too late to plan for your trip, then these dates might be a good guideline for 2019. Lots more available dates don’t seem to be added since the inception in 2016, nor does the event seem to be headed toward cancellation.

What’s Open to Ride?

Get ready for lower wait times on more than 25 popular attractions and Character Greetings—including:

  • Astro Orbiter
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Disney Princess Greetings at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Haunted Mansion
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • And much, much more!

What About the Snacks?

Included in the cost of admission, you get ice cream novelties and select bottled beverages, which are available at carts stationed throughout the park.

You also have the option to purchase select menu items at Main Street Bakery and other select locations throughout the park.

How Do You Purchase Tickets?

Remember: only a limited number of tickets are available for each night.

You can call the Disney Reservation Center at 407-827-7185, make your purchase online, or have a Travel Agent book your tickets for you. Mike Ellis, our Disney Vacation Planner with Pixie Vacations, would be happy to provide assistance. Call Mike at 919-606-6725.

All tickets are non-refundable, non-transferrable and are only valid for admission during the special event date and hours.


Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests may use Walt Disney World Transportation after the event for up to two hours.

Read: Disney World Preferred Parking: Do You Need It?

Disney After Hours information

Cheapskate Thoughts

Do you really need tickets to this after hours event. Of course not.

Could you benefit from snacks and park time with lower crowds? 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. That’s over $600 for three hours of entertainment. If my party was smaller or I was traveling for a special occasion, then maybe… People pay big money like this for concert or sporting events all the time, just not cheap people like me! If I was planning a one-time trip, the trip of a lifetime, I just might splurge for the experience.

TwoBits stopped by, “In regards to the after-hours promotion, DVC members and Annual Pass Holders are being offered after hours tickets. 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 might make it worth it. I can’t imagine trying to make this work with young kids, though.”


Read: Disney World Vacation Planning: Non-Holiday Dates to Avoid

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, even if that comes with an add-on price tag?

Disney ticket prices

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you headed over to Magic Kingdom for a late end to a magical day!

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