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Disney After Hours Dates 2024: Are They Worth It?

With the rising Walt Disney World ticket costs and crowds, is buying a separate ticket for Disney After Hours events worth the price? If you just want to ride rides with low crowds, then Disney After Hours is for you. The free popcorn and ice cream don’t hurt either.

Disney After Hours Events

2024 Disney After Hours Events 

Disney After Hours events are back for 2024 at Walt Disney World and while tickets are pricey, if you’re all about rides, this may be your best option. Cheaper than a Disney Halloween party 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 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM at Hollywood Studios and from 10 PM – 1 AM at Magic Kingdom. 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, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, and Typhoon Lagoon. Prices start at $125 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 bottled soda. There are also special character meet and greets.

Free Snacks at Disney After Hours

2024 Disney After Hours Event Dates and Prices

How much are tickets to Disney After Hours? Tickets range from $115 – $175 per ticket depending on the time of year and theme park. After Hours tickets to Typhoon Lagoon are less expensive.

Discounts are available for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members for Disney After Hours. Those are the prices listed in the 2nd column.

Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom Dates 2024

Dates for Magic Kingdom After Hours Events usually occur on Monday and Thursday nights.

  • January 11th – $155/$125
  • January 15th – $165/$135
  • January 22nd – $165/$135
  • February 1st – $165/$135
  • February 5th – $165/$135
  • February 12th – $175/$145
  • February 29th – $175/$145
  • March 4th – $175/$145
  • March 18th – $175/$145
  • April 8th – $175/$145
  • April 22nd – $175/$145
  • April 29th – $175/$145
  • May 13th – $165/$135
  • June 13th – $165/$135
  • June 27th – $165/$135

2024 Hollywood Studios After Hours Dates and Prices

Disney After Hours at Hollywood Studios usually occur on Wednesday nights with a few exceptions. Ticket prices range from $115 to $175. The price on the right are for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members.

Hollywood Studios Disney After Hours

  • January 10th – $155/$125
  • January 24th – $165/$135
  • February 21st – $175/$145
  • February 26th – $175/$145
  • March 13th – $175/$145
  • March 20th – $175/$145
  • March 27th – $175/$145
  • April 3rd – $175/$145
  • April 10th– $175/$145
  • May 22nd– $175/$145
  • May 29th- $175/$145
  • June 12 – $165/$135
  • June 19th – $165/$135
  • June 26th – $165/$135
  • July 10th – $165/$135
  • July 17th – $165/$135
  • July 24th – $155/$125
  • July 31st – $155/$125
  • August 7th – $155/$125
  • August 14th -$145/$115
  • August 21st – $145/$115
  • August 29th – $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
  • Tiana’s Bayou Adventure (once open in summer 2024)

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 (under refurbishment until summer 2024)
  • 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 theme parks, 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. I attended an EPCOT After Hours Event and it wasn’t a ton of fun due to long wait times at characters and even snack lines. However, it was the first one since Covid, so that could have added to some disorganization.

I attended Disney After Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and thought it was well worth it – even for just 3 hours! We rode Slinky Dog at the end of the night because it usually has a long wait, and that was 20 minutes, which was the longest wait of the night. Plus some bonus characters and photo ops made it extra special!

Disney After Hours Hollywood Studios

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.