This is your complete guide to Disney After Hours 2023! Does your idea of a perfect Disney day include late nights at the parks, unlimited snacks and super low wait times for your favorite rides? If so, then you’re going to LOVE Disney World After Hours! You’ll get to see the parks come to life after the crowds head home and the hot Florida sun sets. There is so much to love about Disney After Hours Events, and we’re here to tell you all about it!
As fun as an extra dash of magic might sound, it’s important to keep in mind that Disney World After Hours is a time-limited, separately ticketed event.
For a detailed look into everything you need to know before purchasing your Disney After Hours tickets, read on!
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So, what are After Hours Disney Events? Get yourself ready for a night of fun during Disney World After Hours 2023 where you can experience the parks in an entirely different way! Disney After Hours is a completely separate/additional ticket, which does not include park admission until 7:00 PM. It’s important to note the events don’t start typically until 8 PM or later. Guests that participate in Disney After Hours events get 3 hours of extra magical fun with unlimited snacks, drinks and entertainment! We find that Walt Disney World After Hours events are some of the best ways to meet exclusive characters, have low wait times and have an experience that you’ll never forget!
Now that we have gone over the basics you might be wondering, when will Disney After Hours return? And Disney After Hours have officially returned in 2023 with the very popular H20 Glow party at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park. Last year we did have Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash and Disney’s Very Merriest Christmas Party, however we are still waiting to see if Disney will bring back regular After Hours events at the theme parks which we saw prior to 2020.
Disney has recently announced the Disney After Hours event will be returning in January of 2023 at Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The only Disney After Hours event from last year was the Disney H2O Glow After Hours Event. There has been no announcement yet on if this Typhoon Lagoon After Hours event will be returning.
Disney After Hours event tickets at Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios can be purchase by all guests beginning October 7, 2022, with prices ranging from $129 to $159. There are discounts for Annual Pass holders and Disney Vacation Club members.
Although an additional cost of admission we think having the ability to enter the park as early as 7:00 PM is a huge plus! This allows you time to watch the fireworks or grab a bite to eat before heading over to your favorite rides.
*(price/price for Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members)
*(price/price for Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members)
Disney H2O Glow After Hours party starts at $75 per ticket and is on select nights in the summer.
Free. Mickey. Bars.
Need we say more? Actually, we must say more. As a matter of fact, not only are unlimited Mickey Bars free with admission, but so are ALL Mickey novelty ice creams, as well as select bottled beverages (water, Sprite, Coke and Diet Coke) and even popcorn! While most counter service and quick service restaurants will be closed, carts stationed in select locations will remain open for your late-night cravings. Yippee!
It is important to note that depending on what WDW After Hours event you choose to go to, there will be specialty exclusive items for purchase, as well. But the majority of the snacks at Disney After Hours Party come completely included.
This summertime Disney After Hours event is unlike any other because it is in the water park Typhoon Lagoon. There will be free entertainment throughout the night at Disney H2O Glow, as well as free snacks like ice cream, popcorn and bottled soda. For this Disney After Hours Event, guests are given free glowing accessories to wear throughout the night with having fun!
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Our favorite benefits of Disney After Hours events are no crowds and no waiting in lines for some of your favorite Disney World rides. If you ever wondered what Disney parks looked like completely empty, you’ll get a pretty good feel for it by attending Disney After Hours. Disney also keeps almost all of the most popular attractions from Space Mountain to Haunted Mansion, and Flight of Passage to Expedition Everest open so you’ll have the opportunity to ride them as often as your heart desires. A perk that regular ticket holders wouldn’t have the chance to do on any given day!
With H2O Glow After Hours event, we love that there is nighttime entertainment, such as a DJ to start the party right! You can even get glowing accessories and party the night away in the pool.
Special Note: Not all of the rides and attractions are open during Disney After Hours events.
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All attractions are subject to change without notice.
Disney includes character meet-and-greets in every Disney After Hours event. However this does not include all characters you can meet during normal operating hours.
If attending be sure to ask a Disney cast member which characters will be at your Disney After Hours event. You can make sure to save time and skip those characters during the day.
While we don’t know for sure what characters will be available, we can share with you who we saw in 2019! Toy Story overtook Typhoon Lagoon for the night and guests were able to meet all of our favorites!
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As of today, only a few of Walt Disney World’s four parks are currently offering After Hours:
This nighttime event falls on specific dates of the year which we’ve included below.
2023 Magic Kingdom After Hours dates are here and we are so excited to share the news!
As of right now, there are no Disney After Hours dates for 2023 for the holidays. Once we know more about dates for upcoming Disney After Hours Events, we can update here. You can always expect Mickey’s Not-so-Scary Halloween Party to be around Halloweentime, starting usually in August, and Very Merriest After Hours to be around Christmas, starting in November.
We find that Disney After Hours is worth it if:
We find it better to skip a Disney After Hours event if:
In our opinion, there are only a few downsides to After Hours Events. One, when Disney announced Boo Bash After hours, they released that it would only be a 3 hour event. We have found it impossible to do everything in three hours, so prioritize what is the most important to you!
The other downside to this event is the price point. It can be very expensive for families to afford these events, especially with pricing going up each year.
With that being said, you would be surprised with just how much you can get done in an empty Disney park. It’s hard to have a bad time with barely any wait times and unlimited ice cream, popcorn and soda.
If this ticket falls into your families goal and budget we recommend it- you won’t regret it!
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