Disney has added new dates, and a new theme, for its "Disney After Hours" special events at the resort.
Disney After Hours is a hard-ticket event at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios that gives you between four to six hours in the park, including three hours after it closes to the rest of the public. That means low-to-no waits on major attractions, plus Disney throws in free unlimited popcorn, ice cream, and selected soft drinks after the park closes.
We've said that the event offers a smart alternative to buying a one-day ticket to the parks, if you're only looking for a quick visit to the Walt Disney World Resort, given how much you can do during the event versus a full day at the park (and we mean "full" in terms of time and crowds).
The drawback is the limited time, of course, and the sense that some of the park is "closed" during the event. You won't find the shows, parades, and same atmosphere as you would by visiting when the park is open to day guests. However, Disney's now taking steps to address that with its Magic Kingdom "After Hours" events later this summer.
Disney announced today that it will introduce a "Disney Villains" theme to the Magic Kingdom's Disney After Hours events, on select dates between June 6 and August 8. On those night, Disney will send the Maleficent dragon float through the park as well as providing (unspecified) "villain-inspired additions" on the Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain rides. There will be villain-inspired special food and beverages for sale, along with event merchandise. And the highlight will be a new Disney Villains castle stage show, "Villains Unite the Night," featuring Hades and Meg from Hercules along with Jafar, Dr. Facilier, Maleficent, and more.
But don't plan on getting your selfies with any of these characters. Unlike at other hard-ticket events such as Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, there will be no meet and greets with the characters at this event. (This is where you might start thinking that the biggest Disney Villain here is whoever made that decision.)
Tickets for all but the Villains nights are $125 plus tax in advance and $129 on the day of the event. Discounted tickets are available for $95 to AP/DVC members.
The current line-up of dates for the events is:
*The May 1 DHS event includes special celebrations for the park's 30th anniversary that day and the May 4 event will be Star Wars-themed.
Tickets for all evenings are available on Disney's website or by calling +1-407-939-7795.Tweet
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