Friday, February 23, 2024

Disney World Publicizes After Hours Events in Spring & Summer season 2024

Walt Disney World has introduced extra After Hours occasions in Spring and Summer season 2024 at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and Hollywood Studios. This publish shares dates and particulars in regards to the post-closing events, plus our suggestions about when to do and not do them, and a fast have a look at this 12 months’s exhausting ticket occasions up to now.

Let’s begin with the fundamentals. Disney After Hours are already underway for 2024, having began final week at each Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom. On February 2, EPCOT will host its first After Hours occasion of the 12 months. So that is an extension, as After Hours occasions beforehand ran by Spring Break.

The one park not taking part in 2024 After Hours is Animal Kingdom, which might be as a result of its preliminary experiment with the providing didn’t go so nicely. Folks did appear to take pleasure in Prolonged Night Hours at Animal Kingdom final Occasion Season, however that’s a “free” occasion for sure on-site company, so there’s a distinction in expectations between that and the dear After Hours events.

In case you aren’t accustomed to Disney After Hours, these late-night, individually ticketed occasions allow you to take pleasure in a Walt Disney World theme park for 3 extra hours after common park hours, with treats similar to ice cream, popcorn and choose drinks included.

The primary promoting level of Disney After Hours occasions is that the variety of tickets for these occasions is proscribed, which implies decrease wait instances for a few of your favourite points of interest. In contrast to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Occasion or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Occasion, these After Hours evenings are marketed as low crowds occasions.

Occasion instances at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Occasion instances at Magic Kingdom and at EPCOT are from 10 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. You may get a head begin on points of interest by getting into the park starting at 7 p.m. to squeeze much more enjoyable out of your midnight merriment with household and mates.

Let’s begin by looking at points of interest, occasion date ranges, ticket costs, and different particulars for After Hours at Walt Disney World in Spring & Summer season 2024…

After Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

These particular nights will happen at Disney’s Hollywood Studios now by April 10, 2024 August 29, 2024. Tickets are presently obtainable on-line for occasions happening till April 10, 2024.

Visitors of choose Walt Disney World Resort inns, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Accommodations and Shades of Inexperienced seeking to buy early for occasions from Might 22 to August 29, 2024 should name (407) 934-7639 starting January 24, 2024. Visitors underneath 18 years of age should have mother or father or guardian permission to name. All different Visitors could buy tickets for occasions from Might 22 to August 29, 2024 on-line starting January 31, 2024.

Throughout After Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you possibly can play in Andy’s yard in Toy Story Land, be a part of the resistance with Chewbacca in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and embark on a whimsical journey aboard Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, amongst different favorites.

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, points of interest embody:

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

See our Information to 2024 After Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for full dates and particular ticket costs, technique, and extra.

After Hours at Magic Kingdom

After Hours at Magic Kingdom will happen on choose nights now by April 8, 2024 June 27, 2024. Tickets are presently obtainable on-line for occasions happening till April 8, 2024.

Visitors of choose Walt Disney World Resort inns, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Accommodations and Shades of Inexperienced seeking to buy tickets early for occasions from April 22 to June 27, 2024 should name (407) 934-7639 starting January 24, 2024. Visitors underneath 18 years of age should have mother or father or guardian permission to name. All different Visitors could buy tickets for occasions from April 22 to June 27, 2024 on-line starting January 31, 2024.

At Magic Kingdom, this implies you possibly can take pleasure in greater than 20 well-liked points of interest with decrease wait instances, together with the next:

  • Buzz Lightyear’s Area Ranger Spin
  • Haunted Mansion
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Prepare
  • Area Mountain
  • TRON Lightcycle Run

See our Information to 2024 After Hours at Magic Kingdom for full dates and particular ticket costs, technique, and extra.

There are two very notable particulars for After Hours at Magic Kingdom. First, a standby queue is in use for TRON Lightcycle Run throughout these particular occasions. That is solely throughout After Hours, and never common working hours, but it surely’s nonetheless notable since each MNSSHP and MVMCP are utilizing a digital queue for TRON Lightcycle Run.

Throughout the first After Hours occasions of 2024, the standby line for TRON Lightcycle Run has been (unsurprisingly) the longest within the park. Whereas all different points of interest (save for Seven Dwarfs Mine Prepare) are virtually walk-ons, don’t be stunned to come across a 45-60 minute precise wait time for TRON Lightcycle Run all through the After Hours occasion.

That’s numerous time throughout this brief occasion to dedicate to at least one (very brief) trip, to the purpose that you just may wish to ask your self whether or not you’re higher off paying for an Particular person Lightning Lane, doing this throughout common hours, and skipping it through the After Hours occasion. To every their very own, however that may be our method. (Or higher but, sticking to the free digital queue!)

Moreover, nighttime fireworks spectacular “Disney Enchantment” will return completely to After Hours occasions at Magic Kingdom. Because of this on occasion nights, early arrivals could have the chance to see each Fortunately Ever After and Enchantment.

Bringing again Enchantment is a really curious choice, positive to immediate “nobody requested for this” and “that’s one approach to maintain attendance restricted” jokes in response from Walt Disney World followers.

We’re completely on board with this, as defined in Disney Enchantment Fireworks Return in 2024…And That’s A Good Factor, Truly. To make certain, we want this have been Needs or different limited-time fireworks exhibits seemingly misplaced to Walt Disney World historical past, but it surely’s a great begin. Walt Disney World adopting the “Disneyland method” to rotating nighttime spectaculars can be nice, and it is a small step in that route.

Plus, it’s added leisure that will likely be extremely simple to see with just about no crowd in any way. Onerous to complain about that!

After Hours at EPCOT

After Hours occasions at EPCOT will happen on choose nights beginning February 2, 2024 by April 4, 2024 July 18, 2024. Tickets are presently obtainable on-line for occasions happening from February 2 by April 4, 2024.

Visitors of choose Walt Disney World Resort inns, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Accommodations and Shades of Inexperienced seeking to buy tickets early for occasions from April 25 to July 18, 2024 should name (407) 934-7639 starting January 24, 2024. Visitors underneath 18 years of age should have mother or father or guardian permission to name. All different Visitors could buy tickets for occasions from April 25 to July 18, 2024 on-line starting January 31, 2024.

The next is a listing of a number of the points of interest obtainable throughout EPCOT After Hours:

  • Spaceship Earth
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
  • Check Monitor
  • Soarin’
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Journey

See our Information to 2024 After Hours at EPCOT for full dates and particular ticket costs, technique, and extra.

Word that After Hours nonetheless doesn’t imply the top of the free Prolonged Night Hours. Whereas initially promoted as a particular perk for the fiftieth Anniversary, Walt Disney World has confirmed that Prolonged Night Hours will proceed all through all of 2024 for company staying at a Disney Deluxe Resort, Disney Deluxe Villa Resort, or different choose inns.

About the one factor that may change is the schedule, with modifications alongside the strains of what we’ve seen for the current Occasion Season. However even that’s uncertain, as After Hours doesn’t trigger Magic Kingdom to shut at 6 pm like MNSSHP or MVMCP.

When you’re eligible for it, we extremely advocate Prolonged Night Hours. It’s not so good as After Hours, but it surely additionally doesn’t price additional. On condition that, it’s troublesome for us to justify (or advocate to others) paying extra for After Hours. For more information on the free ‘model’ of this perk, see our Information to Prolonged Night Hours at Walt Disney World.

As famous above, the 2024 After Hours occasions are already underway and some nights at Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are within the books. As of proper now, there’s not a single date that has bought out. To my recollection, each single occasion bought out final 12 months–so demand is unquestionably down year-over-year.

Crowds up to now have been very mild each when it comes to in-park studies and posted wait instances. We wish to ‘warn’ you: we’ve been down this highway earlier than. Prior to now, After Hours occasions haven’t bought nicely at first…till studies emerged of the parks being completely lifeless and just about each trip being a close to walk-on. These gloriously low crowds prompted extra folks to buy tickets, which in flip meant extra crowding for subsequent nights.

Going ahead, it’s troublesome to say whether or not future dates will promote out. The second half of January by mid-February is among the slowest stretches of the 12 months at Walt Disney World, so it isn’t an enormous shock that no dates have bought out but. Nevertheless, that might change in late February by the remainder of Spring & Summer season 2024, as these time-frames are often a lot busier. In fact, it’s additionally potential that the huge value will increase for this 12 months have prompted extra folks to decide out and never purchase tickets to the occasion.

Simply one thing that’s value protecting in thoughts earlier than shopping for tickets now–what you see wait times-wise is probably not what you get. With that mentioned, After Hours is a low-crowds occasion, and even bought out dates will not be busy by regular requirements. Future occasions simply is probably not as lifeless as current ones have been.

One other factor to bear in mind is that standard park hours will not be simply topic to vary, however completely will change. We’ve heard from a few dissatisfied readers who purchased After Hours tickets on the idea of shorter common hours, solely to have hours throughout their journey dates prolonged. (See Walt Disney World Extends Hours in Winter 2024.)

Don’t be stunned when common working hours are prolonged. This positively will occur. Walt Disney World at all times releases “boiler plate” hours which might be just about meaningless, with the three parks that do After Hours open from 9 am to 9 pm. These are virtually by no means the ultimate hours, which begs the query: why launch them within the first place?!

Truthfully, it is a double-edged sword. If Walt Disney World does lengthen park hours by a big quantity (11 pm or midnight Magic Kingdom closing), it means they’re forecasting excessive attendance. If they don’t lengthen park hours in any respect, it means they’re forecasting low attendance…and also you most likely gained’t want After Hours within the first place.

Suffice to say, don’t use presently posted park hours as a foundation for making a choice to purchase (or not purchase) After Hours tickets. You’re finest off buying tickets to the occasion since you need to attend for enjoyable, not since you want to attend as a consequence of hours or expectations about crowds. There are different methods to beat crowds. After Hours is finest considered as a quasi-VIP splurge that makes for a neater and extra pleasing park expertise.

For our half, we’ve completed each single After Hours occasion that Walt Disney World has held, from the themed ones (Villains, Halloween, Christmas) to those vanilla ones at Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios (again in 2018 by early 2020) and once more final 12 months, together with the inaugural After Hours at EPCOT.

For probably the most half, our experiences have been optimistic, though coloured by a bit by annoyance that what was as soon as free now prices cash. At this level, that feels just like the story of Walt Disney World. Magic Kingdom used to shut at midnight on even reasonably crowded days, and on a lot of those self same nights, had Additional Magic Hours till 3 a.m. (Night Additional Magic Hours was 3 hours lengthy).

This was even the case through the Nice Recession when attendance was decrease than it’s now, so daytime crowds have been comparatively mild. Now, attendance is considerably larger (by a number of tens of millions of company per 12 months), and common park hours have been decreased by a number of hours per day. Extra folks crammed into fewer hours, which doesn’t compute.

However, we’ve (begrudgingly) purchased the After Hours tickets prior to now as a result of we’ve felt that the events are value it as quasi-VIP experiences for a extra approachable value. As famous above, After Hours is akin to the Halloween and Christmas events, albeit with considerably decrease crowds and minus the seasonal leisure. The truth is, we’ve been so happy with this occasion in earlier years that it made our Greatest Worth Splurges at Walt Disney World Listing.

You may discover these assessments are prior to now tense. Ticket costs are up fairly considerably for the 2024 Disney After Hours events, by roughly $10 to $36 relying upon the date and park. For a lot of the ones we’d give you the option or wish to attend, the will increase are $20 to $30. Whilst a celebration of two, that’s an excessive amount of for us to justify.

Whereas we do count on future 2024 After Hours occasions to promote out, we will’t assist however marvel if no dates have but as a result of others like us have reached their breaking level. Whilst we actually benefit from the occasion and have really useful it prior to now, the costs are simply too excessive for us in 2024–we’re out. Perhaps we’re alone in that and different followers will fortunately pay the upper costs, however judging by crowds on the first few occasions…it positive doesn’t appear to be we’re the one ones who’re out!

When you’re a first-timer or rare Walt Disney World customer, your calculus most likely differs from ours as Annual Passholders who’re within the parks often. Primarily, the worth proposition of After Hours is whether or not 6 hours (3 with low crowds, 3 with low to average crowds) is best than 10-12 hours within the parks through the day. Even should you used an environment friendly itinerary for Magic Kingdom or Disney’s Hollywood Studios throughout these regular working hours, the reply to that was sure.

With that mentioned, the equation has modified with Genie+ and Lightning Lanes, in addition to Early Entry and Prolonged Night Hours (at Magic Kingdom, not less than). Not less than two of this stuff are controversial, however may be extremely advantageous–particularly at Magic Kingdom. Then there’s Early Entry at DHS, which is much less divisive and provides an incredible head begin.

The opposite factor that it’s vital to not overlook is the timing of After Hours. That is good or dangerous, relying upon your perspective. For a lot of dad and mom, it’s a complete nonstarter, because the prime time for the occasion is post-bedtime for a lot of youngsters.

For others, it’s an enormous upside when contemplating the truth of Florida climate. Humidity may be oppressive and the noon solar may be draining. At night time, the solar is down and it feels higher. That’s one of many explanation why we love After Hours in the summertime months. The climate could be very totally different at the start of the 12 months, however being within the parks at night time remains to be nicer.

In the end, that’s my foundation for reluctantly recommending After Hours at Magic Kingdom or Disney’s Hollywood Studios to first-timers to Walt Disney World with restricted trip time and a ton of additional cash for splurging. (We don’t advocate After Hours at EPCOT to anybody.)

The After Hours occasions are unquestionably costly, but in addition a great way to get quite a bit completed at Magic Kingdom or Disney’s Hollywood Studios with out waking up on the daybreak for Early Entry or criss-crossing the park (or burying your head in your telephone) whereas utilizing Genie+ and Lightning Lanes.

After Hours occasions are additionally friction-less. You don’t want some grand technique or plan-of-attack for experiencing a ton of points of interest throughout these exhausting ticket occasions. They provide a quasi-VIP expertise with out having to be accompanied by a tour information–better of each worlds! On high of that, After Hours happens at night time. Clearly. Level being, you’re getting one of the best of climate, crowds, wait instances and (because of all three) simply common pleasantness. You’re prone to take pleasure in After Hours an awesome deal, particularly as in comparison with a traditional day within the park.

When you’re an Annual Passholder, repeat customer, taking an extended trip, or match into some class aside from the above, After Hours is a a lot more durable promote when it comes to worth for cash. That’s principally since you’re taking a look at paying the value of this ticket on high of your current admission. It’s pretty simple that you just’d have a greater time at this occasion than by making an attempt to contort your schedule to make your time in Magic Kingdom or Disney’s Hollywood Studios this nice (or near it), however the tickets aren’t low-cost.

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Your Ideas

Have you ever attended After Hours at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or EPCOT? What did you consider the occasion? Would you attend, or is it too dear? Do you agree or disagree with our evaluation? Any questions we may help you reply? Listening to your suggestions–even whenever you disagree with us–is each attention-grabbing to us and useful to different readers, so please share your ideas beneath within the feedback!

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