One of Disney’s most expensive recharge events returns in 2023
Earlier this year, it was announced that after nearly three years, the Disney After Hours event would return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom on select nights early next year. And while much of this event will remain unchanged since its debut in 2018, a lot has changed in the past three years. If you’re thinking of attending this event, here are some important things to keep in mind before purchasing a ticket:
1. Ticket prices in 2023 will be more expensive, especially for DVC members and annual pass holders
Ticket prices vary by park and date, but no matter when you go, you’ll pay up to $30 more for a ticket to Disney After Hours next year.
For Magic Kingdom event nights, Disney After Hours will take place on select Mondays and Thursdays from January 9 through March 27, and tickets will cost between $135 and $159. Special discounted rates are available for DVC members and annual passholders, who can expect to pay between $105 and $129 to attend this paid event.
At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney After Hours will take place on select Wednesdays and Sundays between January 4 and April 19. Ticket prices vary between $129 and $149, $99 and $115 with discount. There are no child-priced tickets for this event, so even if you have children in your party, they will be priced the same as an adult.
These prices are much higher than those last seen in 2020 (especially for DVC members and annual pass holders, who previously paid a flat rate of $99 to attend these events), but this price hike was expected since the cost of a Disney ticket has also increased since 2020, and Disney hasn’t seen any drop in attendance at other ticketed events like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, which is also returned in 2022 with much higher prices.
2. Popular attractions will be available, but no Genie+ services are planned
At the Magic Kingdom, many of the park’s most popular attractions will be available during the After Hours event, including Jungle Cruise, Peter Pan’s Flight, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Buzz’s Space Ranger Spin Lightyear, The Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the lineup of attractions will include Slinky Dog Dash, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Toy Story Mania, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway and Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run.
Frequent guests of Walt Disney World already know that these attractions typically have very long waits during the day, and while many guests use Genie+ and Lightning Lane services to speed up their day, this service is not expected to be available during this event. . Since capacity will be limited for the Disney After Hours event, lines should be kept short, and not using this service will allow everyone to have the same opportunity to experience those short lines. .
3. After Hours event parties will likely sell out well in advance
Although next year’s event will cost more, based on crowd trends and attendance levels at other ticketed events like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, it seems likely that this year’s events will sell out, perhaps weeks or months before they take place. So if you’re sure about your travel plans, be sure to get tickets as soon as you can from the official Walt Disney World website to secure your spot at these high-demand events.