"Disney After Hours" at Magic Kingdom Event
One thing that Disney does better than anyone is make their guests feel like rockstars with giveaways and special events. This past summer I had the great opportunity to experience one of those special events called the Disney After Hours Event. It was a fun night at the Magic Kingdom where my family and I got to have fun after closing time with attractions, food, and an empty park to ourselves! I want to share with you my experience so on your next Disney trip you can take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime night.
What Is It?
Disney’s After Hours event begins at 10pm with the park closing to the rest of the guests. We entered the front gates under a special turnstile where we got an After Hours badge to wear around our necks to distinguish us from the other leaving guests. We were then free to enjoy select attractions around the Magic Kingdom until 2am with only other After Hours guests.
Most of the attractions open were the main big attractions like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion and others. The attractions that weren’t available were the smaller attractions like Belle’s Enchanted Tales, all Character Meet-and-Greets like Princess Fantasy Faire and Storybook Circus, Jungle Cruise, Enchanted Tiki Room, Carousel of Progress, ect. Most big attractions that we wanted to ride again were open.
Having the park closed to everyone except guests who paid for the event made all the attractions have pretty much no wait at all. We were able to ride some of the smaller rides that we didn’t get to ride during our full day to the Magic Kingdom and more rides on our favorites like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Space Mountain.
While we were running around having fun, we were able to have our late night munchies satisfied with free popcorn, Mickey Mouse ice cream bars, and bottled drinks. We grabbed whatever we wanted from Cast Members handing them out at carts all over the park. Also right before our magical night ended, there was a special projection show at Cinderella’s Castle, which was a great end to a great evening!
How to enjoy your time
If you decide that this event is one for you, then here are some tips for you to get the most out of your all nighter at Disney.
TAKE A NAP
I can’t stress this enough especially if you just had a full day of fun already at the parks. We took the whole day before to relax, do laundry, hang out by the pool after spending Magic Morning at Animal Kingdom riding on banshees. This allowed us to be ready for a night of fun without being sleepy and not having as much fun. This was also our last night before we flew home on an early morning flight.
Go with the Flow
Since this is a special event that not a lot of people get to experience, just in enjoy it and do whatever you want! Even try the rides that you don’t usually like to hit like The Many Adventure of Winnie the Pooh, Mad Tea Party and Tomorrowland Speedway. A favorite of my family is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at night because it feels like you can’t see anything and it’s just so fast and fun!
Eat as much of the “free” food as you can
Because yeah it’s awesome. It’s free… in a way. Plus, you can have as much as you want!
Don’t forget to HAVE FUN!