Disney introduces pricey E-Ride night at Magic Kingdom

On select nights in April and May 2016, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy sparse crowds at the Magic Kingdom theme park...for a price.  

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The new "Disney After Hours" program provides 3 hours of exclusive access to select Magic Kingdom attractions at a price of $149 per person, plus tax.  Disney After Hours ticket holders can enter the park as early as 7pm with the park remaining open until 1:00 or 2:00am (varies by date.)  The last 3 operating hours are exclusive to event participants with attractions and character meets closed to day guests.  

Functionally Disney After Hours is similar to Disney's Extra Magic Hours which provides 1-2 hours of exclusive park access for guests staying at Disney Vacation Club timeshares and Disney resort hotels.  There is no additional charge for Extra Magic Hours.  

The program also resembles Disney's E-Ride Nights, which provided limited access to Magic Kingdom attractions for an added cost of about $12 per person.  E-Ride nights were discontinued in approximately 2004. 

Maximum attendance will be capped for the $149 Disney After Hours nights, although Disney has not provided any details regarding enforced limits.  

Also unknown are the number of attactions and character experiences available to attendees.  The official website for Disney After Hours specifically lists only four attractions (Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Peter Pan's Flight, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Space Mountain) plus character meets at the Princess Fairytale Hall.  

Attendees will receive complimentary ice cream novelties, including the popular Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bars, and select bottled beverages.  Other refreshments will be available for purchase.  

Scheduled dates are as follows:

  • April 14, 2016 (exclusive hours 11pm - 2am)
  • April 21, 2016 (exclusive hours 11pm - 2am)
  • April 28, 2016 (exclusive hours 10pm - 1am)
  • May 5, 2016 (exclusive hours 10pm - 1am)
  • May 8, 2016 (exclusive hours 11pm - 2am)
  • May 12, 2016 (exclusive hours 11pm - 2am)
  • May 19, 2016 (exclusive hours 11pm - 2am)

To purchase tickets, call the Disney Reservation Center at 407-827-7185.  Online purchase is not currently available.  

Reader Comments
Re: Disney introduces pricey E-Ride night at Magic Kingdom -- denlo
2016 Mar 23 10:48:25 AM
I guess Disney is saying this is what it costs them to have Extra Magic Hours. I'll be curious to find out how many people think it is worth it to pay the extra dollars. I am stunned that Disney is even considering it let alone testing it.

Will EMH still be available to Disney Resort guests if E ride night is profitable?
Re: Disney introduces pricey E-Ride night at Magic Kingdom -- kempsted
2016 Mar 23 10:51:54 AM
The thing about this is , is it occurs while I am there this may. May 5th my plans were Hollywood studios until it closed and then over to the magic kingdom . This was possible because I have an annual pass and magic kingdom was scheduled to be open until midnight. Now this comes along and they change the hour to 10 pm for close so they can charge me an extra $149 plus tax for something I was already getting. And the difference? Possibly fewer people and free ice cream. Better be damn good ice cream!!!


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Re: Disney introduces pricey E-Ride night at Magic Kingdom -- JaxFLBear
2016 Mar 23 10:52:33 AM
denlo wrote:
Will EMH still be available to Disney Resort guests?
Yes.

These events are being held on Thursdays and the MK has PM EMH on Wednesdays & AM EMH on Fridays during the same time frame.
Re: Disney introduces pricey E-Ride night at Magic Kingdom -- denlo
2016 Mar 23 10:54:22 AM
JaxFLBear wrote:
Yes.

These events are being held on Thursdays and the MK has PM EMH on Wednesdays & AM EMH on Fridays during the same time frame.

Thanks Michael, I had figured that out looking at the calendar and came back and revised my comment. I still think if it is profitable that it will be end of EMH.
Re: Disney introduces pricey E-Ride night at Magic Kingdom -- simbasmom
2016 Mar 23 10:55:59 AM
VERY pricey! Does anyone else remember E-ride nights, from the early 2000s? I still have my ticket, and it was <$15. Even with inflation, that doesn't amount to nearly what they're charging now. Oh, yeah-you get a free ice cream now-I love ice cream, but even I couldn't eat enough to make it worth the cost. No way! I also wonder how they can charge this amount when they "only" charge about $60 for the Halloween and Christmas parties. Do we see a big increase in cost coming there?

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