Disney has started offering "Disney After Hours," a hard-ticket event that extends three hours after the Magic Kingdom's official closing time. Tickets cost $149 per person (plus tax) and can be bought by phone at +1-407-827-7185.
Disney long has offered after-hours parties in its parks, such as the No-So-Scary Halloween Party and Very Merry Christmas Party. The new event extends that concept, but without the holiday theme. Disney's not announced any special entertainment for the After Hours event, however, it will be offering complimentary ice cream and beverages during the event at special carts around the park, much like the free trick-or-treat candy handouts during the Halloween party and the free cookies and cocoa during the Christmas event.
Like with the holiday parties, you do not need to buy a "regular" park admission first in order to attend the event. And for the After Hours event, you can enter the Magic Kingdom on your event ticket starting at 7pm.
Event dates area April 14, 21, and 28, and May 5, 8, 12 and 19. None of those dates are Extra Magic Hours evenings in the Magic Kingdom — Disney's extended park hours for its hotel guests — so only event participants will be able to stay in the park after its official closing time.Tweet
I am not sure who this is really being marketed at. The rich people that used to hire people in wheelchairs so they can skip the line? The parks are crowded, but they are not THAT crowded during EMH.
For those looking for a good park that is a bargain, I highly recommend Knottsberry Farm.
Florida has a population of 20 million. The vast majority of those people are within a 4 hour drive to Orlando. That's a fairly large pool of potential ticket-buyers for this event.
As for the cost, I certainly wouldn't pay it. But, I wouldn't pay $150+ for a Broadway show, live concert, or sporting event. However, lots of people do and each of those things are shorter than this Disney event.
The only way I might do this is if this was offered in the summer and to avoid the heat and crowds of the day, and enjoy the night...but still 5 hours, even 6 doesn't sound like a fair deal.
I do agree with several people here though. If this succeeds, resort guests may start to lose this privilege, or what I think will happen most realistically is that only people who pay for this event and people staying at Deluxe resorts will be able to enjoy after hours.
We vote with our wallets people!
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