Disney After Hours at Walt Disney World- Everything You Need to Know

Disney After Hours is a special ticketed event for guests to enjoy either Magic Kingdom or Animal Kingdom Park for extended hours after the park closes. For some guests this can be a great way to enjoy additional time in the parks with low crowd levels. Our guide has you covered from full event information and cost, tips and strategies, and whether this option is best for your group.

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Disney After Hours Event Cost and Basic InformationThe Tree of Life has the face of a lion projected on its trunk with lights shooting from the top of the branches as a crowd watches below

Disney After Hours Cost

  • Tickets can be purchased in advance ranging from $159 per adult or child to $129 depending on the day you select. Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can take advantage of specially priced advance-purchase tickets for Hollywood Studios After Hours only which range from $119-$99.
  • Only a limited number of tickets are available for each event.

These prices are for tickets bought in advance online on the Walt Disney World website. And since these events do sell out, we recommend purchasing in advance regardless!

Disney After Hours- Time and Length Information

  • Guests with Disney After Hours tickets can enter the park where the event is located at 7:00 PM on that night. Check the details of your ticket for event times as they differ between parks and dates.
  • Guests with Disney After Hours tickets will be allowed to stay in the park to midnight or 1AM (depending on the event) giving you at least five hours of park time.
  • You'll scan your MagicBand or park ticket with the cast members and be given a special After Hours wristband to wear during the event.
  • Limited numbers of tickets are sold for these events so there are no significant waits for any of the open attractions which is the main appeal of this event.
  • Since you can enter at 7PM and the event doesn't officially begin until 9PM that means you can enjoy things not included in the party like fireworks, attractions that won't be open for the event, etc.

As you can see, there are definitely some perks to enjoying this event. I wouldn't recommend using an After Hours ticket on a day you already have a ticket to the park though.

2023 Disney After Hours DatesGuests enjoying Disney After Hours Events Return in January at Walt Disney World Resort

Guests of select hotels at Walt Disney World Resort can purchase tickets to Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios as early as October 4, 2022. All other Guests may purchase tickets beginning on October 7, 2022.

The advance purchase window is available to Guests of Disney Resort hotels, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels, as well as Shades of Green at Walt Disney World Resort.

Magic Kingdom After Hours

This event takes place select nights January 9, 2023 to March 27, 2023.

Event Times
This event takes place from 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM. You can get a head start on the fun by entering the park at 7:00 PM—a few hours before the event officially begins.This event takes place select nights January 9, 2023 to March 27, 2023.

Ticket prices may vary based on date:

Event Date Price (Excludes Tax) Price for Passholders and
Disney Vacation Club
Members (Excludes Tax)
Monday, January 9, 2023 $135 $105
Monday, January 16, 2023 $159 $129
Monday, January 23, 2023 $145 $115
Thursday, February 16, 2023 $159 $129
Monday, February 20, 2023 $159 $129
Monday, February 27, 2023 $155 $125
Thursday, March 2, 2023 $159 $129
Monday, March 6, 2023 $155 $125
Monday, March 13, 2023 $155 $125
Thursday, March 16, 2023 $155 $125
Monday, March 20, 2023 $155 $125
Monday, March 27, 2023 $149 $119

Disney After Hours Hollywood Studios

This event takes place select nights January 4, 2023 to April 19, 2023. You can get a head start on the fun by entering the park at 7:00 PM—a couple of hours before the event officially begins.

Event Date Price (Excludes Tax) Price for Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members (Excludes Tax)
Wednesday, January 4, 2023 $145 $115
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 $129 $99
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 $139 $109
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 $145 $115
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 $149 $119
Wednesday, February 22, 2023 $149 $119
Wednesday, March 8, 2023 $149 $119
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 $149 $119
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 $145 $115
Sunday, April 2, 2023 $139 $109
Wednesday, April 5, 2023 $149 $119
Wednesday, April 19, 2023 $145 $115

Disney After Hours at Magic KingdomCinderella Castle at night for the Disney After Hours Event

The attractions and experiences available during the After Hours events in Magic Kingdom are listed as including more than 20 attractions including:

  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Haunted Mansion
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain

If you have other things in mind, such as fireworks, that aren't included plan on getting to the park right at 7PM when you're allowed to enter to cross those items off your list.

Disney After Hours in Hollywood Studios

The attractions and experiences available during the After Hours events in Hollywood Studios are specified as including:

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Toy Story Mania!

Plus more! I imagine this attraction list includes most of the park. If you want to experience more, showing up at 7PM to enjoy the early access is a must.

Disney After Hours in Animal KingdomPandora at Animal Kingdom

This After Hours even isn't listed as returning for 2023 quite yet.

The attractions and experiences available during the After Hours events in Animal Kingdom are specified as:

Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Any attractions, shows, or character experiences not on this list are not available during the After Hours event. If you have things in mind that aren't included plan on getting to the park right at 7PM when you're allowed to enter to cross those items off your list.

Disney Villains After Hours in Magic KingdomMaleficent, Hades, Meg, The Queen, Jafar and Doctor Facilier pose on stage in front of Cinderella Castle

This After Hours even isn't listed as returning for 2023 quite yet but I imagine it will due to its popularity!

Disney Villains After Hours in Magic Kingdom comes with all the regular access to attractions open during other Disney After Hours events but with a special twist of villain themed entertainment in fun!

The event offers this villainous entertainment in addition to attractions:

  • Villains Unite the Night—a 20-plus minute stage show in front of Cinderella Castle starring Hades, Meg, The Queen, Maleficent, Jafar and other villains.
  • Maleficent- the fire breathing dragon from Sleeping Beauty travels through the park at night.
  • “Villanous Enhancements” to attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain.
  •  Event-themed, limited merchandise plus a curated collection of Villains available for purchase.
  • In addition to the regular food included like popcorn and ice cream, there will also be villain themed food and beverages available for purchase.
  • Villain inspired costumes are encouraged as long as they follow the dress code and costume guidelines.

Keep in mind that this event does not offer special villain meet and greets though!

Food Options during After Hours Eventsdisney world popcorn

Most dining options are not open during the event but that's not an issue since treats are included with the cost of your admission. You can find plenty of carts and kiosks scattered throughout the event offering unlimited ice cream, popcorn, and bottled drinks. In Magic Kingdom, you also have the option of purchasing select menu items from the Main Street Bakery.

Disney After Hours Tips and StrategiesImage result for stage

  1. Decide if it's worth it- each group will be different but if you have a really short trip at Walt Disney World and your group is filled with night owls- then this can be a great way to enjoy a huge number of high ticket attractions without worrying about getting FastPasses! But if you have small children in your group or other members of your party that don't do well with late nights, then it might not be the best option.
  2. Arrive early- since your party ticket allows you entry to the park at 7PM plan on arriving at least 30 minutes in advance so you can be in line and ready to walk through those gates right at 7PM to utilize every second you can get.
  3. Use the hours prior to the party wisely- consult the list of attractions and events available during the party and make a note of what you want to do that is not on these lists. Use those few hours before the party officially starts to check those items off your list. This is also a great way to see the fireworks at Magic Kingdom since they usually begin before the party starts.
  4. Take advantage of the included food- since each Disney After Hours event comes with unlimited food and drink, take advantage and even grab a few extra bottles of beverages to take back to your hotel with you at the end of the night for the next day.
  5. Use this on an off day from the parks- if you plan on doing the Disney After Hours event then I suggest doing this ticketed event on a day you're not planning on using a regular park ticket. Spend the day sleeping in and relaxing at your hotel pool to rest up for the big night ahead.

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About Lindsay Brookshier

Lindsay is a college English instructor and has years of writing experience through various nonprofits, charities, newspapers, and online magazines. As the editor of Mickey Visit, she oversees article content and leads our fantastic team of writers to meet guest vacation needs. You can still find her writing weekly content to help make your Disney Parks trip fantastic here on Mickey Visit and writing Disney culture pieces on DisneyDose.com- you can also view her recently featured posts on Disney Parks travel on Visit Anaheim, Nerd Wallet and SFGate. Lindsay comes from a dedicated Disney family and enjoys taking her son to the Disney parks as often as possible.

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