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2023 Disney After Hours Events: Worth the Cost?

With the rising Walt Disney World ticket costs and crowds, is buying a separate ticket for Disney After Hours events worth the cost? It may be, especially for those who just want to ride rides with low crowds.

Disney After Hours Events

2023 Disney After Hours Events Details

Disney After Hours events are back for 2023 at Walt Disney World and while tickets are pricey, if you’re all about rides, this may be your best bet. Cheaper than a Halloween and Christmas party ticket, you don’t get the extras like special parades and fireworks, but you can get 3 hours of short wait times on attractions.

Disney After Hours events take place from 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM. However, you can get a head start on the fun by entering the park at 7:00 PM. 

Disney After Hours are offered at Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Prices start at $105 if you’re an Annual Passholder or Disney Vacation Club Member. If not, the cheapest Disney After Hours ticket starts at $129-$145 depending on dates and park. 

Also included in your ticket price is complimentary Mickey bars and ice cream bars, popcorn, and soda. 

2023 Disney After Hours Event Dates and Prices

How much are tickets to Disney After Hours? Tickets range from $99 – $159 per ticket depending on date and park. Discounts are available for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members. Those are the prices listed in the 2nd column.

Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom dates and prices:

  • January 9th – $135/$105
  • January 16th – $159/$129
  • January 23rd – $145/$115
  • February 16th – $159/$129
  • February 20th – $159/$129
  • February 27th – $155/$125
  • March 2nd – $159/$129
  • March 6th – $155/$125
  • March 13th – $155/$125
  • March 16th – $155/$125
  • March 20th – $155/$125
  • March 27th – $149/$119

Disney After Hours dates and prices at Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

  • January 4th – $145/$115
  • January 11th – $129/$99
  • January 18th – $139/$109
  • January 25th – $145/$115
  • February 15th – $149/$119
  • February 22nd – $149/$119
  • March 8th – $149/$119
  • March 22nd – $149/$119
  • March 29th – $145/$115
  • April 2nd – $139/$109
  • April 5th- $149/$119
  • April 19th – $145/$115

What Rides Are Open During Disney After Hours Events?

Here is a list of all the rides open at Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios during the After Hours events at Walt Disney World. However, Splash Mountain will close January 23, 2023 and will no longer be an option.

Magic Kingdom Rides Open During Disney After Hours

  • Astro Orbiter
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Haunted Mansion
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain

Hollywood Studios Rides Open During Disney After Hours

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
  • Rock’ n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Star Tours
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Are Disney After Hours Events Worth It?

If you’re looking for short lines for rides and attractions at Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, then Disney After Hours Events are worth the price of tickets. You can even add in those free snacks as part of the value.

Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom traditionally have the longest wait times, so Disney After Hours Events make it worth it even more.

Disney After Hours Events are not worth it if your kids or toddlers at Disney cannot stay up late, and go to bed early. You’re better off staying on property at a Disney Family Suite or Value Resort and using the magic hour in the morning.

If you’re on a tight budget, then Disney After Hours Events are not for you. If you like parades and all the character meet and greets, then Disney After Hours is also probably not for you, unless you want to spend your regular park day watching those instead of focusing on rides.

If your Walt Disney World vacation is short (like for a runDisney race weekend) and you want to do as many rides as possible in a short amount of time, then Disney After Hours is for you. It all depends on what you want out of it. And if you want to take a backpack and shove it with a bunch of sodas and Mickey Bars at the end of the night to maximize your value, then you live your best life. 

Walking around Disney Parks at nights with minimal crowds is also pretty cool, too. If you’re a Disney Vacation Club Member, they actually remind me a little bit of Moonlight Magic

If you have any questions, drop them in the comments below.

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