What $139 Will Get You During an After Hours Event in EPCOT

What if we could guarantee low waits and small crowds in Disney World? Would you pay a little extra for the luxury of open sidewalks and spacious walkways? Let’s head into EPCOT for Disney’s After-Hours Event to see what such a privilege looks like!

Spaceship Earth … at night

Disney World’s After-Hours Event is a special ticketed event that gives guests access to some of Disney World’s most popular rides with little to no wait. In addition to smaller crowds, let’s see what else guests can expect at EPCOT’s After-Hours Event.

Event Overview

EPCOT’s After-Hours events will take place on select nights from June 1st through August 24th, 2023. Tickets can cost up to $139 per person, and note that this is a separately ticketed event from your traditional theme park ticket.

Let’s check in!

This is technically a 3-hour event, but guests can enter EPCOT as early as 7 PM! The event officially begins at 10 PM and runs until 1 AM.



We arrived at EPCOT a little bit before 7PM, and there was already a line forming by the After-Hours entrance.

The line just before 7PM

These special event tickets allow guests to avoid larger crowds, ride some of the most popular rides in Disney without a long wait, enjoy snacks that are included in the price of your ticket, enjoy entertainment, and see some characters!

We got a special wristband!

Also included in the price of their ticket, guests have access to unlimited popcorn, select bottled soda, and Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bars and Sandwiches.

Snack: secured.

Throughout the night, guests are able to ride:

The big draw here is that guests are able to ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind without a virtual queue or individual lightning lane!

The posted wait time was just 15 minutes!

We were able to walk straight through the Cosmic Rewind queue without any wait at 9PM, but later in the evening, the wait time increased. We can’t guarantee that this attraction will be a walk-on all night, so head to the ride early if you plan to ride it during the event!


If you’re feeling a bit hungry after all of the rides, characters, and sweets, you can also purchase food from a select few quick services that remain open. 

Here is a complete list of restaurants open during EPCOT After Hours events. Note that the food served at these locations is NOT included in your event admission.

As you can see, most of EPCOT’s restaurants are closed during the event. You may notice that only the Hot Dog Cart and Rose & Crown Pub stay open for the entire night.

Rose and Crown

Additionally, there are some FREE snacks available, including popcorn, select beverages, and ice cream treats.



Here is a list of places you can grab a free snack or drink:

    • Near Mission: SPACE
    • Near Creations Shop
    • Near the Imagination pavilion
    • Near The Seas with Nemo and Friends
    • In the Canada pavilion
    • In the Norway pavilion
Look what we got!

Keep in mind that these free snacks are not available until around 10PM when the park closes to regular-day guests.

We stocked up on free drinks, too!

Of course, we couldn’t forget the free popcorn!


If you want to grab a snack at one of the festival booths, make sure to do so before 9PM!

You can’t walk around the entire World Showcase during the event

Also, keep in mind that you cannot walk around the entire World Showcase during the event — Cast Members are posted by the France Pavilion, directing guests to head back towards the UK Pavilion.


There is also a variety of entertainment available during the event:

  • Event DJ (in World Discovery)
  • Mariachi Cobre (in the Mexico pavilion)
  • Character Meet-and-Greets
  • Disney PhotoPass
We LOVE these guys!

Throughout the night, we heard some classic Disney tunes, plus some hit pop songs. The DJ had a pretty good playlist if you ask us! And if you look closely, you may notice that the crowds are much smaller than they were earlier.



The DJ Dance Party was TONS of fun; we danced with Chip and Dale!

Nice moves, fellas!

Please, feel free to live vicariously through us.


We also caught Pluto hanging out in the World Showcase around 10:30PM. His line was super short!

Hey, Pluto!

Look! It’s Mickey Mouse over in the France Pavilion!

He was giving lots of nice, big mouse hugs!




If shopping is on your radar, Disney is also leaving a few select stores open as well:

  • Creations Shop
  • Treasures of Xandar
  • ImageWorks
  • Mission: SPACE Cargo Bay
  • Test Track SIMporium
  • SeaBase Gift Shop
  • World Traveler
  • Plaza de los Amigos
This shop is still open during the event!

For guests who enter the park before the official event start time, you can catch the nighttime firework show, EPCOT Forever at 9PM, along with the rest of EPCOT’s guests.


If you want to see how After Hours events look in other parks, check out our video here!

We’ll keep you updated on any further news and updates for Disney’s After Hours Events, so make sure to keep following AllEars!

Learn More About The Important Dates You Need To Know For Disney’s After Hours Event HERE!   

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