By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2018, from the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever. Paperback available on Amazon here. Kindle version available on Amazon here.—Disney World Instructions for the First-Time Visitor

Disney After Hours Back in Early 2018

By Dave Shute

Disney After Hours is a separately-ticket opportunity to be in the Magic Kingdom with next to no one, and for three hours ride the best rides (not all are open, but most are) with next to no waits.

It’s expensive, but especially for returning visitors who know their way around Magic Kingdom and want to nail a lot of rides, can be well worth it.

I’ve done it twice–extensive reviews are here for my January 2017 Disney After Hours test, and here for my April 2016 Disney After Hours test.

These are the dates of Disney After Hours in early 2018:

  • Friday January 19: 8 to 11p
  • Friday January 26: 8 to 11p
  • Tuesday January 30: 8 to 11p
  • Thursday February 8: 8 to 11p
  • Thursday February 15: 9p to 12MN
  • Thursday March 1: 9p to 12MN
  • Thursday March 8: 9p to 12MN

Have you done it? What did you think?

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1 Lisa { 09.16.17 at 4:04 pm }

Do you think they will allow for a 4pm entrance? May want to dine in the park before the party but not use my park admission for that day on MK.

2 Dave { 09.17.17 at 9:22 am }

Lisa, I expect they will.

3 Julie { 09.18.17 at 10:02 am }

What if I am already in MK that day? Do I need to exit, turn around and re-enter to get my special pass? I’ve already reserved a ticket for one of the nights in January 2018, so excited!

4 Dave { 09.19.17 at 10:23 am }

Julie, there will be a couple of spots in the park where you can get your pass. Have a ball!!!

5 Mike { 10.31.17 at 4:23 pm }

Hey Dave-

We just received our tickets for our January trip, including the 1-19 After Hours event. We have always wanted to do this, and my daughters cant wait.

When I see tickets….I mean just that. There isn’t a lanyard, and on the sheet the tickets are adhered to, there is the directive “Disney After Hours credentials are required for access to the event. You may pick up your credentials at the Magic Kingdom turnstiles starting at 7:00PM on the day of the event.”

I guess in my mind’s eye, I’ve always envisioned walking up credentialed already, and as early as 4 o’clock (specifically at 4 to tell the truth). Is the issuance of credentials at the turnstile a new phenomenon for 2018, or have they always done it that way? Additionally, do you still think they would do it at or around 4 o’clock, as has been intimated on more than a couple of sites?

6 Dave { 11.01.17 at 8:26 am }

Hey Mike, both times I did it it worked the same way–the credential came in the park. They will almost assuredly let you in at 4p with your sheet. You may or may not get your credential then–it’s possible you might need to pick it up later.

7 Mike { 11.01.17 at 9:05 am }

Thanks again Dave.

8 Sue Frazier { 01.05.18 at 7:26 pm }

What are ticket prices. Do you know how many tickets are sold? Just wondering what “next to no one” means.

9 Dave { 01.06.18 at 8:31 am }

Sue, from Disney’s website: Admission to Disney After Hours can be purchased in advance for $119 per adult or child, plus tax—or purchased on the day of the event for $124 per adult or child, plus tax. Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can take advantage of specially priced tickets for just $89 per adult or child, plus tax.

Look at the photos in one of my reviews (linked near the top of the page) to get a sense of how many people are present. “Next to no one.”

10 Amanda { 01.29.18 at 4:25 pm }

Hi Dave – Just wondering if Mike had any luck entering at 4 PM on his January visit. We are contemplating purchasing tickets but like to be prepared! Would love a follow up review of 2018 experience 🙂 Thanks

11 Dave { 01.30.18 at 7:20 am }

Hi Amanda, nix on the 4p entry. My review from my visit on Friday is here.

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