Walt Disney World expands 'After Hours' dates at the Magic Kingdom

September 14, 2017, 8:25 AM · The Walt Disney World Resort will expand its "Disney After Hours" event with new dates in 2018, the resort announced today.

Disney After Hours is basically a upcharge Extra Magic Hours that are open to anyone who wants to pay for it. Disney offers Extra Magic Hours of extended operation at its theme parks to on-property hotel guests at no extra charge on select mornings and evenings. Disney After Hours extends the day at the Magic Kingdom on non-EMH days for participating guests.

Like with other hard-ticket events, such as Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, there is a "mix in" time, starting here at 7pm, when you can visit the park during regular operating hours on your special event ticket. Then, when the park closes to day guests at 8 or 9pm, you can stay and ride any of the 25 participating attractions, with little or no wait, for the next three hours until the event ends, at 11pm or midnight.

Tickets are $119 each for adults and children and are available for January 19, 26, and 30, February 8 and 15, and March 1 and 8, 2018. Ice cream, popcorn and bottled soft drinks and water are included in the admission price.

Disney has dropped the price $30 from when it introduced the program last year. But is that enough to entice people to buy this ticket?

What is the price that you would pay for a no-wait, after-hours, load-up-on-Mickey-bars special Magic Kingdom event?


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September 14, 2017 at 8:53 AM · $119 is more expensive than Disney's Stock price. Just dropped to $97.74 per share. Was $110 in August. Disney must make it's money back. Maybe they should dump ESPN.
September 14, 2017 at 8:54 AM · But does the stock come with a free Mickey bar? I'm a sucker for Mickey bars.
September 14, 2017 at 8:55 AM · Four people can stay in a Value resort for a total of less than a hundred dollars a night and get EMH at no additional charge. You don't even have to physically go to the room to get the benefit.
September 14, 2017 at 9:54 AM · This seems kind of along the lines of the old Magic Kingdom "E-Ticket Nights." I don't remember what the price was for that in comparison to a regular ticket at the time. I would definitely consider this if the experience of others gave me a reasonable expectation that I could get on everything with little to no wait.
September 14, 2017 at 11:03 AM · So only some of the rides are open?

For that price, the whole park needs to be open.

September 14, 2017 at 11:33 AM · Utterly absurd price for 3 hours of extra time.
September 14, 2017 at 1:06 PM · We previously did this and it ROCKED!

The $30 price drop is good, but $99 is more psychologically appealing.

Will DEFINITELY do it again!

September 14, 2017 at 3:39 PM · We went last year on our anniversary and it was a blast.
September 14, 2017 at 4:24 PM · Total ripoff, on not in the sense of a rocket launch.
September 14, 2017 at 5:36 PM · I remember the e-ticket nights. I think it was about $35.00.
September 15, 2017 at 1:39 AM · Rip off park should be open to guests who have paid their admission price.
September 15, 2017 at 5:00 AM · It appears that there was some interest in this after hours event since Disney is now in year 2.

As stupid as this is, people appear to be buying this.

September 15, 2017 at 5:34 AM · If I was at a convention or on a business trip to Orlando at the time, this would be very tempting. Ride all the major rides in MK in one evening.
September 15, 2017 at 7:27 AM · Guess what!!?? You dont have to buy it! It doesnt take anything away from anyone. This is something people have asked for, people who have done it loved it.
September 15, 2017 at 8:15 AM · I would do this in the blink of an eye...just for the thrill of doing so!
September 15, 2017 at 2:04 PM ·
September 15, 2017 at 2:04 PM ·
September 15, 2017 at 2:11 PM · I wonder what the "limited number" actually is ... ??
...... and I would hope that Splash Mountain is included in the "much much more" !
It's a lot of $$$ for 3 hours. I bought a 4 day pass for $232, so I'll take my chances with fastpass+ and weekdays in October and November.

I have no idea how those previous 2 posts got into the forum ... sorry guys.
Is there any way to delete them ?

September 15, 2017 at 2:53 PM · I get it, WDW lacks desirable rides, so to give guests a change to ride them those rides that are desirable they added a paywall instead of keeping the park open until everyone who bought a ticket that morning could ride the low capacity, low quantity, desirable rides.
That is just wonderful for the Disney Company that they are able to get away with this.
September 15, 2017 at 6:16 PM · O T IS SPOT ON about "desirable rides" at Universal and WDW!

Universal's internal studies are showing the public is growing weary of screen based rides. They are working on plans to plus Despicable, Jimmy, F&F and even Kong!

Disney's internal studies are showing the public feels no need to visit a park with nothing new. Thus, the hugely successful overlays! And, massive E-ticket expansions.

September 18, 2017 at 5:54 AM · "Universal's internal studies"
"Disney's internal studies"

So are you saying you have information regarding these internal studies. Perhaps you might be able to cite a source that has provided you details regarding these internal studies.

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