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  1. Dave
    April 12, 2017

    Patty, I think it’s unlikely…

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  2. Patty
    April 11, 2017

    Hi. Have you heard any rumors if Disney will offer the after hours in the spring this year. Now that we’re into April is there still hope.

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  3. Joe Peck
    February 28, 2017

    I was there on the same day and had a BLAST!! As a matter of fact, I am in the third picture down under “And later during the event” I am the one about to step in the circle, and my wife is behind me, trying to keep up!

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    • Dave
      March 4, 2017

      Cool, Joe!!

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  4. G
    February 22, 2017

    So much good info! Thanks! I have a question about the time when you can enter. Officially it says 7, I was going to show up (we’re going the 9th) at 6 thinking they might let me in, but you mention 4 pm. We always go to the Christmas party and get in at 4 so since this is basically the same kind of event, do you think we can get in at 4 for the after hours event?

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    • Dave
      February 23, 2017

      G, it’s 4p, several people I trust have confirmed…

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      • Brad
        February 26, 2017

        Will you get your lanyard at 4pm? Someone mentioned being allowed in fast pass lines while day guests are in the park? Is this after 7pm?

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      • Dave
        February 28, 2017

        Brad, I’m not sure how early you can get your lanyard. And I have seen the same reports about FP+, but not tried it myself.

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  5. Colene
    February 16, 2017

    Besides the rides, were there characters available for pictures and autographs? If so, do you know which ones offhand? Also, were stores open and photopass photographers out?

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    • Dave
      February 17, 2017

      Colene, on characters, just the standard (indoors) meets and greets. My recollection is that stores were open, but I don;t have the paperwork with me. Did not notice photopass.

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  6. Heathir D
    February 13, 2017

    We were there on the 27th as well. Rode most rides multiple times. We were told that they only offer it at this time of year because they close early anyways. That tells me that it is unlikely they would do it at other times of the year

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    • Dave
      February 13, 2017

      Heather I could see it happening in late April and the first two thirds of May, but only if the close is 9p–they did it last year in this period, but on dates with 10 and 11p closes, far too late, in my judgement

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  7. Joe
    February 9, 2017

    How would you rate the crowds compared to Early Morning Magic?

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    • Dave
      February 10, 2017

      Joe, crowds are similar on a per-attraction basis. Many more attractions are open for longer hours in the after hours event, and you don’t need a park ticket, making it the obvious winner to me.

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  8. Claire
    February 1, 2017

    Hi Dave,

    We are going to Florida in May this year and I was wondering if you thought there might be after hours events then? If so, when do you recon they will announce them? We are travelling from the UK so having to do quite a lot of prep!

    Many thanks

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    • Dave
      February 2, 2017

      Claire, I think its possible that it will be added at the end of April and the first three weeks of May. For the current set, the news came out 6 weeks before the first date. So that suggests an announcement early/mid-March…

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  9. Shannon N.
    February 1, 2017

    I’m a first timer, but I’m pretty dang excited about this!

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  10. Alicia
    January 31, 2017

    I was just curious if you knew anything about how they empty the park and make sure that only “After Hours” guests are inside. Thanks.

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    • Victoria Berry
      February 1, 2017

      Hi Alicia – we were there on the 27th as well and they scanned our bands to make sure we had the ticket on there and they gave us the passes pictured above, which you had to have out to go on rides or get treats. We went on Mine Train and they put us in the fast pass line while regular day attendees were in the regular line.
      If it helps, we came in at about 730-8 and we watched Wishes and then rode:
      Carousel
      Tea cups
      Dumbo
      Barn stormer
      Mine Train x3
      Space mountain x2
      Buzz x2
      Big thunder x2
      Peter Pan x2
      Small world x1
      + two stops for treats

      The bus took a while (understandable as they grouped resorts together)
      It would have been great to have a few more lights on!
      I spoke to a cast member who said an average day at MK sees 45000 and they thought there was about 2000 guests that night (it was a little chilly).

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      • Dave
        February 2, 2017

        Thanks Victoria!!

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  11. Kirsten
    January 31, 2017

    What are your thoughts on whether this event will be offered the last week of August? Educated guess? Thanks : )

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    • Dave
      January 31, 2017

      Kirsten, I’m just guessing, and my guess would be that an early start to the Halloween Party is more likely that week than the After Hours event.

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  12. Eric
    January 31, 2017

    Hi Dave, how would you rate the crowd versus the Halloween & Christmas parties? Specifically Halloween. You waited about 5 min for Mine Train(?) at a relatively early time in the event. Wondering what the wait for it at 9:30pm during the Party would be like – to compare.

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    • Dave
      January 31, 2017

      Eric, I walked right on to every ride, waiting at most for the next ride vehicle. While the 8p start parties will likely be more popular and see longer lines at Mine Train and Peter Pan early in the evening, there’s really no comparison to the parties–see the images for how empty the park is…

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