The After Hours Party at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is a temporary thing, and my guess is it isn't long for this world. At a whopping $149 plus tax per person, you can enter Magic Kingdom at 7 PM on specific party dates, only seven dates. May 12 and 19th are the two remaining parties.
I attended in April. Would I attend if I had to pay for my whole family? No. But for me, a chance to be in an empty park to take awesome pictures was a dream come true.
Details: Although you can enter at 7 PM, the party doesn't start until the park closes. If it closes at 10, party is over at 1. If it closes at 11, party is over at 2. Either way, you have three glorious nearly empty park hours to explore and enjoy. Included is a special lanyard listing the open rides and character meet and greets, and unlimited soda, water, and ice cream treats.
There were an amazing number of rides open, and I think there might have been more cast members present than guests.
I walked in right around fireworks time, and got to enjoy the finale of Wishes before beginning my party adventure!
Then I stumbled on the beginning of the electrical parade in Frontierland, which completely shocked me since I didn't even know there would be a parade since the park had technically closed. This photo shows the lack of crowd at the parade. I had no people at least 20 feet on either side of me.
You can see the rides available on the lanyard. I experienced Dumbo (alone), "it's a small world" (I had my own boat), The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan's Flight, Prince Charming Regal Carousel (nearly alone), Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Under the Sea - Journey of The Little Mermaid, Haunted Mansion, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin (alone), Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean (had my own boat), Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Astro Orbitor (the first time I had ever ridden, and I had it all to myself), Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, and Space Mountain.
I only waited for ONE thing...to see talking at the end of the evening. I think everyone had the same idea...see Mickey on the way out! Many rides I had completely to myself.
Fun with the Castle
Is it worth it?
I spent three blissful hours riding whatever I wanted, walking around empty pathways, taking pictures of the castle in every lighting and weird camera configuration I could think of, and I smiled the entire time.
Was it worth it? A parade, 16 rides (zero waits), 5 characters visited twice each, 4 sampled ice cream treats, 2 sodas, 2 waters, and an empty park in three hours. It was pure, undeniable magic. Was it worth it? YES.
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