Disney After Hours Returns in 2017 with Lower Price, Member Discount

Walt Disney World didn't exactly make a splash with its "Disney After Hours" concept in 2016 but will try again in 2017 with modified pricing and discounts for DVC members.  

Disney After Hours

An evening in the Magic Kingdom with extremely limited crowds is a very attractive prospect, but earlier this year Disney learned that its guests do have a limit to their tolerance for price gouging.  

"Disney After Hours" offered guests access to the most popular Magic Kingdom attractions with crowds reportedly limited to around 3000 guests.  But at a price of $150 per person, most said "thanks but no thanks" to the concept.  Lackluster demand lead Disney to offer free admission to a handful of Disney Vacation Club members and later half-price tickets to owners.  

Trying to strike a balance between demand and profitability, Disney is giving it another shot in 2017 with modified pricing.  Seven nights are planned over January - March 2017 with tickets priced at $119 for the general public and just $89 for Disney Vacation Club members and Annual Passholders.  

Scheduled nights include:

  • Friday, January 20, 2017 (9:00pm to 12:00am)
  • Friday, January 27, 2017 (9:00pm to 12:00am)
  • Thursday, February 2, 2017 (8:00pm to 11:00pm)
  • Thursday, February 9, 2017 (8:00pm to 11:00pm)
  • Thursday, February 16, 2017 (8:00pm to 11:00pm)
  • Thursday, March 2, 2017 (9:00pm to 12:00am)
  • Thursday, March 9, 2017 (9:00pm to 12:00am)

Event ticketholders can enter the park beginning at 7pm each night.  

The park promises access to more than 25 attractions including:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Disney Princess Greetings at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Haunted Mansion
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain

Character meet and greet opportunities will also be offered.  Select beverages, pop corn and ice cream novelties are included in the cost.  

There does not appear to be any limit to the number of DVC discounted tickets a member may purchase.  Although not stated on the Disney ticketing website, assume a DVC member ID card will be required upon arrival.  

For additional details or to purchase tickets, visit the Disney event website.  

Reader Comments
Re: Disney After Hours Returns in 2017 with Lower Price, Member Discount -- simbasmom
2016 Dec 11 09:45:21 PM
It still seems too expensive to me, but maybe I'm just a cheapskate. But I remember buying tickets to E-ride night back in 2002 for less than $15. We bought DVC points direct from Disney the next day. If I increase the price to present day based on the increase in points cost ($75 to $175 versus $14 to X), that's about $35 today, NOT $89 (does that analogy make sense to anyone or is it just this retired math teacher's ratio). Anyways, WAY too expensive for us. And they say they cut the price? Yikes!
Re: Disney After Hours Returns in 2017 with Lower Price, Member Discount -- denlo
2016 Dec 11 10:06:45 PM
I think I am missing something about this offer. Isn't a single day ticket $105 at the Magic Kingdom? So for less hours with less people DVC members pay $89 and everyone else pays $119, I don't see how it is great deal to pay more for 4 or 5 hours versus 12 to 14 hours on a normal day.

It would be good for those:
  1. That are late night folks (I turn into a pumpkin at 10:00).
  2. People that absolutely hate crowds.
  3. Who do not have young children who need their sleep.
  4. If you don't want to or can't get up before noon.
  5. Or if you don't care if you spend more to get less as long as it is more quality time for your lifestyle.

Perhaps the last item is the best way to look at it, especially with the DVC discount. You could ride a lot of rides in a few hours with less people around. But it is still not something for me.
Worth it in this situation -- fireshot25
2016 Dec 11 11:02:45 PM
So we are planning a trip in August and we brought up if we fly in and get there at 1:00pm, it is not worth the price of a whole day for a few hours and waiting in the lines in the park at $100. Although if we were to buy this we get fewer people shorter lines and get to hit what are the most commonly wanted rides. That to me is worth $89 till the cows come home, because the Return on investment is better.
Re: Disney After Hours Returns in 2017 with Lower Price, Member Discount -- UNYboater
2016 Dec 12 05:48:19 PM
fireshot25 wrote:
So we are planning a trip in August and we brought up if we fly in and get there at 1:00pm, it is not worth the price of a whole day for a few hours and waiting in the lines in the park at $100. Although if we were to buy this we get fewer people shorter lines and get to hit what are the most commonly wanted rides. That to me is worth $89 till the cows come home, because the Return on investment is better.
So, this does NOT require a regular ticket (or AP) for that day?
We get off a Disney cruise in January & are spending a couple nights at SSR. Our 3 grown children & their spouses don't have AP's so we weren't planning on going into the parks, just relaxing at the resort & Disney Springs. However, if the $89/pp got us in for 5 hours (entry at 7PM) with 9PM until midnight with reduced crowds, it might be worth it to us as well!
Re: Disney After Hours Returns in 2017 with Lower Price, Member Discount -- denlo
2016 Dec 12 05:55:25 PM
UNYboater wrote:
So, this does NOT require a regular ticket (or AP) for that day?
We get off a Disney cruise in January & are spending a couple nights at SSR. Our 3 grown children & their spouses don't have AP's so we weren't planning on going into the parks, just relaxing at the resort & Disney Springs. However, if the $89/pp got us in for 5 hours (entry at 7PM) with 9PM until midnight with reduced crowds, it might be worth it to us as well!
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Event ticketholders can enter the park beginning at 7pm each night.

You are right you can get in before the park closes at 7:00 PM. It sounds like it might work well for your family.

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