Disney World’s After Hours Events Extended to Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom

Disney just announced they are expanding their After Hours events to include Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom in addition to the Magic Kingdom.

Disney After Hours is a separately ticketed event that allows you to enjoy the theme parks for an extra three hours after park closing — with little to no wait time for rides.

In addition to the advantage of limited wait times guests also get to indulge in ice cream treats, popcorn, and select beverages — included with your ticket! Plus, you can enter the park at 7 p.m. on your event night to extend your time in the parks.

Now, this program has been expanded to Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom.  Information on each park’s program is as follows:

Disney World’s Magic Kingdom After Hours

Magic Kingdom offers 25 attractions and character meet and greets during the event. Open attractions include: Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Space Mountain, as well as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

The Magic Kingdom at Night!

The event takes place from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.:

  • Monday, November 26, 2018
  • Monday, December 3, 2018
  • Monday, December 10, 2018

And 9 p.m. to midnight:

  • Thursday, February 14, 2019
  • Thursday, March 7, 2019

And 8 to 11 p.m.:

  • Monday, January 7, 2019
  • Thursday, January 17, 2019
  • Thursday, January 24, 2019
  • Monday, January 28, 2019
  • Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Thursday, February 28, 2019

Learn more and purchase your tickets on the Disney World website.

Disney World’s Hollywood Studios After Hours

Disney’s Hollywood Studios After Hours includes Toy Story Land, Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers, Toy Story Mania!, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror and more. Select quick-service food and beverage locations will also stay open for purchases throughout the night.

Chinese Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Tickets for Disney After Hours events at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be on sale November 15 through the Disney Reservation Center by calling 407-939-7795.

Event nights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be: Dec. 8, 15 and 22, 2018; and Jan. 5, 12 and 19, 2019; Feb. 2, 9 and 16, 2019; March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2019; and April 6 and 13, 2019.

Disney World’s Animal Kingdom After Hours

Attractions and events that are open during Animal Kingdom‘s After Hours include the Tree of Life Awakenings, Pandora – The World of Avatar, and more. Select quick-service food and beverage locations will remain open throughout the night for purchases.

Pandora at Night

Tickets for Disney After Hours events at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be on sale November 15 through the Disney Reservation Center by calling 407-939-7795

Event nights at Disney’s Animal Kingdom are: Dec. 4, 12 and 18, 2018; and Jan. 8, 16, 22 and 31, 2019; and Feb. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 26, 2019; and March 5, 20 and 27, 2019; and April 3, 2019.

All Disney After Hours event tickets cost $125 + tax for advance purchase and $129 + tax for day-of purchases. Disney Vacation Club members and Annual Passholders receive a discounted price $95 + tax.

Have you been to an After Hours event? Let us know in the comments below!

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Sarah has built a career in communications and marketing that started when she was the editor of her high school newspaper. She has written for AllEars.net since 2018, and enjoys sharing Disney news and updates with the AllEars community. She's been a Disney fan ever since her first visit to Walt Disney World when she was 5, and has been known to arrange trips around visiting a Disney park!

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8 Replies to “Disney World’s After Hours Events Extended to Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom”

  1. Let me get this right – We are vacationing (staying on grounds) Dec. 8-16th. During that time we are able to attend EMH for MK on 12/12 and E on 12/11. That is it, so the perk for staying on grounds has gone out of the window, that is unless we want to pay extra.

  2. My family did an after hours even in August at Magic Kingdom (me, my boyfriend, my 14 year old daughter, and my 1 year old son) and WE LOVED IT.

    We were kind of skeptical but went for it and loved it so much we will do it again. All the rides were walk on- I didn’t wait for anything. All the drinks and snacks were free. They were encouraging us to take as many bottled beverages as we wanted with us to take back to the hotel. We got to do character meets with virtually no wait also.

    My boyfriend likes Disney but gets bad anxiety in crowds so this was perfect for him. The place felt almost empty. Since we have a toddler we usually have to do child swap, which is an amazing feature, but also eats up time during the trip. It was a lot easier for all us to take turns doing rides when you could just walk right on them.

  3. A master class in milking the cash cow. Seriously, $125 plus tax for a few extra hours on top of the $$$ Park ticket you have already paid for! At least Bank Robbers had the decency to wear a mask.

  4. Not to mention the fact that the Mouse will sell so many tickets to the special event nights that there’s practically no benefit of smaller crowds.

    1. Yep, it will start out great and then turn into a sold out event where you’ve just paid MORE to do less. Just like the holiday parties. Remember when the dessert parties were $25? My family did one back then and loved it….not since the price went up to a hundred bucks a pop. While it was worth $25 (and honestly that’s still really pricey for tiny desserts) I would never pay any more than that! Insane! As long as people keep forking out the money, Disney will keep pushing the envelope to see how much we’ll pay.

  5. Wonderful…. NOT!!! Here we go now. In order to get the most of our tickets we already paid for, we have to check out what park is the busiest,plan for Extra Magic Hours for both AM & PM hours, figure out what park has special events (forcing us to leave early if we do not have a special$$$ticket). This is getting crazy! Oh that`s right…just get the park hopper @ more $$$$$ and go to a different park. GEZZZZ!!!!

    1. I agree completely. The idea of my favorite place on Earth is now turning very very sour and it saddens me beyond belief. I never thought that would happen but here we are. I just told my best friend that I think we should wait a few years to take my niece back. Normally I go at least twice a year for 4 to 6 days at a time. This year for the first time ever, I booked a cruise and a trip to Paris….both for less than my Disney trips. Now that’s a shame. In fact I leave for Paris Saturday, in place of my cancelled Halloween Disney trip. Time to see the world I guess!