Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

P. 322 - Report from Magic Kingdom "After Hours" event!
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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby A.J. » Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:09 pm

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby VACoasterdude » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:25 pm

I will be attending a conference in Orlando next month. Noticed that Magic Kingdom After Hours is offered the Saturday before my conference (July 21). So the park will be open to everyone that pays $119 (plus passholders) from 10:00pm - 1:00am. Has anyone attended Magic Kingdom After Hours this summer? Is it worth it? How are the crowds in comparison to a summer weekday?

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby A.J. » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:05 pm

For $120 (or $90 for me personally with my annual pass), I'd rather deal with the daily crowds. Maybe I'd drop the cash if I were flying into Florida, AND stuck somewhere during the day (like a conference) AND only had the opportunity to go to the park for one evening during my entire trip.

Download the MyDisneyExperience app and periodically check wait times over the next few days. You'll get a pretty good idea.
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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby BlahBlahson » Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:32 am

https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2018/06/new-spooky-experiences-coming-to-mickeys-not-so-scary-halloween-party-at-walt-disney-world-resort/

SPACE MOUNTAIN SEASONAL OVERLAY!!!!!!!

I'm kind of freaking out about that happening. Hyperspace Mountain was my favorite thing at Disneyland and I'd love to see more things like that.
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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby COASTER FREAK 11 » Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:38 am

How cool! I'd love to ride that!

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby Garet » Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:11 am

I wonder if it will be original or if they will make a copy of ghost galaxy from Hong Kong.

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:03 pm

Hey everyone!

Last night TPR was invited out to take part in the "After Hours" event at Magic Kingdom! What is this event you ask? It's a little bit like "Extra Magic Hours" but better, more exclusive, and includes more stuff! It is also open to EVERYONE, not just people staying on property at a Walt Disney World resort. Here's some information:

- The event is $119 ($89 for Passholders) for tickets purchased online in advance. (Check the website though in case prices may change) The event happens on select dates so once again, check the website.

- You get “exclusive park time” three hours after the park closes, but you are allowed to enter three hours before the park closes so you can see fireworks, have more time to play, etc.

- All major attractions and many minor attractions are open along some character greetings You also get unlimited drinks, treats (Mickey Mouse bars, ice cream sandwiches, etc), and popcorn all night long!)

Here is the website for more info: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/magic-kingdom/disney-after-hours/

You can also Google "Magic Kingdom After Hours" and it should come right up! Now onto some photos & video!

Watch this 60 second video first and it should give you a really good idea what the event is like!


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We arrived to the event a couple of hours before the park closed to get in a few bonus rides and take a few more photos. You can enter the park three hours BEFORE the park closes. So with the "exclusive park time" after closing you get a total of 6 hours of park time.

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Let's start out on Big Thunder Mountain!

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This is always a favorite of mine! HANDS UP!!!

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Getting into the park early means you also have time to catch the fireworks before the park closes, and if you haven't seen the new Happily Ever After show, you NEED to see it!

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Once the event starts it's all the Coca-Cola, Mickey Mouse bars, and Space Mountain you can handle! This sounds like a dream to me! :mickey:

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Even compared to resort Extra Magic Hours, attraction wait times are ridiculously short!

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Thunder & Splash Mountain were both 5 minutes.

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Areas like this corridor of Fantasyland that you're used to seeing PACKED with people are totally empty!

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I love walking through the park when it feels like you're almost the only one there!

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This event is also a photographer's heaven! (Jack Crouse was with me and he got these awesome area shots!)

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It's not often you see Space Mountain void of anyone at all around it!

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Not only are the attractions open, but you can also meet several characters with no wait at all as well!

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Rapunzel was teaching me how to smolder because apparently I'm terrible at it! (She's not wrong!) :lol:

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If you want to be on a ride and have a boat all to yourself for some awesome family pics, this is the event where you can do that!

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Did we mention that you can keep getting as much popcorn and soda as you want all night long?

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Haunted Mansion may have been cleverly posted at 13 minutes, but there was no wait at all! :Pr

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Even attractions like Country Bear Jamboree were open! And when CBJ is open, you know it's a GREAT event!

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What about Peter Pan?

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Yep, it's a total walk-on! When was the last time you saw that???

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And Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, you ask?

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Also posted at 5 minutes!

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Attractions like Tomorrowland Speedway also with no wait!

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You can ride Space Mountain as much as you'd like...

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And keep trying for that perfect on-ride photo to share with friends!

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We highly recommend this event. You can do SO MUCH in the three hours of "Exclusive Park Time" that you really can get more done in those hours than you can in most of your day at the park, especially on a summer Saturday which yesterday was!

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Goodnight Magic Kingdom! Thank you again to Walt Disney World for inviting us out to this event!

Now, POST YOUR COMMENTS!!!! After all, we took the time to write this report, the least you can do is post something nice about it! :P
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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby CoasterInk » Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:11 pm

Wow!! That looks incredible! I've never heard of this before, so thanks for sharing, will have to look into this more...

Also that picture of you guys with the glasses was top notch... loved it :lmao:

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby bert425 » Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:17 pm

that really looks incredible, and love the fact that you can enter 3 hours before, so in total you get 6 hours, tho not all is gonna have the exclusivity and the shorter lines.

two quick questions that popped up

- surprised they didn't do this as an "add on" to the daily ticket? one can just purchase this alone and get 6 hours in the park for $119? that itself seems to be a pretty solid deal.

-- totally just a curious question. . how do staff members shoo those lingerers out for the exclusive event? (I see y'all have lanyards, so they can tell who's participating). do the ride operators just not let folks in the lines without the badge?
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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:25 pm

bert425 wrote:- surprised they didn't do this as an "add on" to the daily ticket? one can just purchase this alone and get 6 hours in the park for $119? that itself seems to be a pretty solid deal.

I'm not sure exactly what you mean, but they don't sell it as an "add-on" because you don't need a daily ticket to go to this. You just need to buy this ticket. It's just like Mickey's Not-So-Scary or Very Merry Christmas Party. All of those being "hard ticket" events.

bert425 wrote:-- totally just a curious question. . how do staff members shoo those lingerers out for the exclusive event? (I see y'all have lanyards, so they can tell who's participating). do the ride operators just not let folks in the lines without the badge?

You need a lanyard to get on any rides or to get any of the snacks or drinks. I didn't really see anyone who wasn't wearing a lanyard asked to leave the park, but I did witness people without lanyards be turned away from food and attractions.

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