Yesterday, Disney announced a new “premium experience” available to all guests (not just on site guests) at the Magic Kingdom on select nights beginning on April 14th. For the low price of $150, you can access the park for three hours after it closes to the general public. Basically, they will be charging for Extra Magic Hours.
Select attractions and character meet and greets will be available during the new Disney After Hours, although the official list has not yet been released. At this price, I’m willing to bet the park will be virtually empty and all the attractions will be walk up with little to no wait.
Is it worth it? I suppose if you’re fairly wealthy and would rather be in the park with no crowds and cooler temps, then sure! But if you are like most of the guests that visit, the price tag might be a little out of reach for you and your family, especially since the price is the same for adults and children. Also, if you have young children, are they really going to enjoy themselves at midnight or 1 in the morning? Depending on where you are staying, it could very well be at least 2AM before you get back to your room if you stay the entire time.
I will be watching closely to see if this idea takes off, which I don’t believe it will. Disney seems to be quick to develop and charge insane prices for “premium” experiences lately, including the latest scheme of premium parking spaces at $35 a day (regular rate is $20). There were also screen shots of a survey given to recent guests asking about possible resort fees being added on top of the daily rate at Disney resorts. The $15 per night fee would include perks such as Magical Express, Extra Magic Hours, Magic Bands, theme park parking, priority FastPass+ reservations, and wifi at the resort, you know…stuff that is currently included with your stay.
Dates for Disney After Hours include 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/05, 5/08, 5/12, and 5/19. Tickets will go on sale 4/06. Will you be buying a ticket?
Edited to add:
More details have been released by Disney about the new Disney After Hours event. General park admission is not required, and guests may enter the park as early as 7PM on event nights. I would assume cast members will begin to immediately usher non-event guests out in a similar way as on Halloween and Christmas party nights. If not, then the park will still feel crowded with shoppers, photographers, and guests who just want to hang out on Main Street for a while.
Attractions include Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Princess Fairytale Hall, Peter Pan’s Flight, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain, and “much more.” I really hope there is “much more” at $150 a person. Paying that much for 5 attractions would be a serious ripoff.
Included with the cost of admission are ice cream novelties and select bottled beverages found at various snack carts throughout the park. Casey’s Corner and the Main Street Bakery (Starbucks) seem to be the only quick service food options available. At least something is included with the amount guests are paying for this kind of park access.