Disney After Hours

Disney After Hours Update - May 1st at Disney's Hollywood Studios


I previously shared that on May 1  Disney’s Hollywood Studios is celebrating its 30th anniversary.  Here’s an another update:

At this Disney After Hours Event, you will be able to meet Disney and Disney•Pixar pals and Star Wars favorites for special photo opportunities.

You'll also experience little to no-wait on park favorites, including The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Toy Story Land attractions and more.

There will also be a special encore performance of “Wonderful World of Animation” taking place exclusively for event attendees.  And special 30th anniversary merchandise will be available for purchase on May 1 as well as a slew of special anniversary food & beverage items, including Kylo Ren Cupcakes, Incredibles Macarons, Tres Leches Verrine and many more.  

Here’s a list of upcoming Disney After Hours dates for Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

  • Wednesday, May 1 – 30th Anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Saturday, May 4  – Star Wars – May the fourth be with you!

  • Friday, May 10

  • Friday, May 17

  • Friday, May 24

  • Friday, May 31

  • Friday, June 14

  • Friday, June 21

  • Friday, June 28

All Disney After Hours event tickets cost $125 + tax for advance purchase and $129 + tax for day-of purchases.


30th Anniversary Special Events at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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2019 Dates for 'Disney After Hours' at Walt Disney World Resort

Walt Disney World After Hours Events 2019

Walt Disney World After Hours Events 2019

If you aren’t familiar with Disney After Hours events, they’re your opportunity to experience a Disney theme park for three hours after regular park hours, with limited attendance, which means little-to-no wait for attractions, experiences and character greetings.  The event ticket also allows you early entry into the park, beginning at 7 p.m. 

New dates for Disney After Hours at Walt Disney World Resort:

  • Magic Kingdom: May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom:  May 7, 14 and 21; and June 4, 11 and 18.

  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: May 1, 4, 10, 17, 24 and 31; and June 14, 21 and 28.

And at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there are two special celebration nights:

May 1 – Celebrate Disney’s Hollywood Studios 30th anniversary with special anniversary merchandise, additional character greetings and more food & beverage offerings to purchase.

May 4 – Celebrate May the Fourth dressed in your best galactic Star Wars attire.  Experience Character Encounters including Chewbacca with REY, Darth Vadar, Kylo Ren with CAPTAIN PHASMA, Ewoks, Jawas and imperial stormtroopers. Plus, specialty treats available for purchase. *Be sure your costume fits within park guidelines.

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Disney After Hours Events Return for Spring 2018

Cinderella Castle  | Magic Kingdom Park

Cinderella Castle  | Magic Kingdom Park

Magic Kingdom Park is once again hosting Disney After Hours events on select nights through March. Available to a limited number of Guests, Disney After Hours allows participants to maximize their time in the park with quicker access to over 25 popular attractions and character greetings. Remaining event dates include Jan. 26, 30, Feb. 8, 15, March 1 and 8, 2018.

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New Details on Magic Kingdom After Hours 2017!

Magic Kingdom After Hours Returns for 2017

Magic Kingdom After Hours Returns for 2017

Disney After Hours events are limited to a small number of Guests, allowing you experience 25 attractions with little to no wait. Some attractions include Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid, Space Mountain (my personal favorite) and many more. The cost is $126.74 (tax included) per person. There is no child rate. 

The Disney After Hours ticket allows park entry as early as 7 p.m., which gives you time to enjoy “Wishesfireworks, and then remain in the park for three hours past the park’s scheduled closing time. In addition, ice cream novelties and select beverages are included in admission.

Disney After Hours event nights are currently set for Jan. 20 and 27, February 2, 9 and 16, and March 2 and 9, 2017. (Please note that Disney After Hours does not replace Extra Magic Hours (EMH) for Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Guests and are instead held on non-EMH dates).

VIDEO: Disney After Hours returns in early- 2017 to Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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New Disney World After Hours Event on Select Nights

Beginning April 28, 2016 guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel can purchase a ticket to Disney After Hours at the Magic Kingdom. The cost is $149 per person. 

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How it works:

This event is similar to Extra Magic Hours except that it's now a hard ticket event. It also includes a few additional perks. Disney veterans might recall the former E-Ride Nights where guests paid extra to be in the park with fewer crowds. I loved when they did that, it was like having the park to all to yourself!  

Check in for the event begins at the Magic Kingdom entrance beginning at 7:00 pm on event nights. The park will close to guests who haven't purchased the Disney After Hours event tickets but remain open just for those who have tickets to the event. 

Disney After Hours events begin at:

  • 10:00 PM on April 28 and May 5, 2016
  • 11:00 PM on April 14 and 21, and May 8, 12 and 19, 2016 

What you can expect

With fewer guests in the park, wait times for attractions will be less for many of the most popular attractions. . The Magic Kingdom will remain open for an additional 3 hours after the park closes just for guests who purchased Disney After Hours tickets. 

Popular attractions will be operating such as:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Seven Dwarf's Mine Train
  • Character meet and greets
  • Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Peter Pan's Flight
Disney World After Hours Event announced for select nights this spring.

Disney World After Hours Event announced for select nights this spring.

Included in the price of admission are ice cream treats, bottled soft drinks and water, Star Bucks Coffee, and select menu items Casey's Corner - I'm guessing hot dogs and fries will be available. 

Tickets are on sale now: call 407-827-7185. Or you can contact your travel agent. >> View more about information about Disney After Hours


Darren is the creator of Save at Walt Disney World and Specializes in Disney Destinations withMagical Vacations Travel. His favorite attractions are The American Adventure, Splash Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean and Spaceship Earth. Favorite Disney Resort hotel: Disney's Wilderness Lodge.