One of the hallmarks of a summer Walt Disney World visit in the past has historically been extended hours, as parks typically stay open much longer into the night to deal with the increased crowds that show up during this busy season. And while its true that Disney's Animal Kingdom is now offering daily Extra Magic Hours and Disney's Hollywood Studios will be extending its own hours once Toy Story Land opens in June, it looks like Walt Disney World's flagship park is actually cutting hours this summer so it can host a familiar upcharge event.
Disney After Hours returns this summer
Earlier this year Disney reintroduced the Disney After Hours event, which gives guests extra time in the Magic Kingdom to enjoy attractions with little to no wait after regular park closing. And while this event hasn't exactly been all that popular in the past, Disney lowered the price slightly recently and also began offering an annual passholder discount, which, coupled with the increased guest levels we saw earlier this year, really drove guests to this event in 2018, which sold out almost every night it was offered this past spring.
It might come as little surprise then that Disney has decided to extend Disney After Hours into the summer at Magic Kingdom, and have announced that there are 11 event dates now available for booking:
- June 28 & 30
- July 7, 9, 14, 20, 21 & 28
- August 4, 11 & 30
As has been the case in the past, guests with a ticket to Disney After Hours at the Magic Kingdom are able to get into the park slightly before closing at 7:00 PM, and then can stay for three hours past closing, all while enjoying complimentary bottled drinks and ice cream novelties.
The cost is once again $119 plus tax for ages 3+ with advance purchase,or $124 for guests who purchase tickets that day. Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members can get a discounted rate of $89 plus tax.
As of right now, existing Extra Magic Hours for Disney resort hotel guests at the Magic Kingdom will not impacted by this event. However, what will be affected are the regular operating hours for this park, which are currently being cut on the official Magic Kingdom calendar, which may be a bit of a bummer for guests who were hoping to enjoy the longer hours at this park during the summer months.