INFO: Would you rent Magic Kingdom for $150 dollars By Robyn Brant
INFO: Would you rent Magic Kingdom for $150 dollars By Robin Brant
Would you rent Magic Kingdom for $150 dollars? If the answer is yes, then the Disney After Hours event is for you. That is what it felt like on April 21st at 11pm when my husband and I tried out After Hours. Disney’s After Hours is a special ticketed event that allows you to stay for an additional 3 hours after typical closing hours.
For years, my husband has been saying Disney could charge double the admission and guests would have a better experience. What would you pay to get a low park attendance day? As we had been longing for the “good old days” of being able to experience the park without massive crowds, we decided $150 each was a price we could afford. We got so much more than expected!
The first bonus is that Disney After Hours limits the ticket sales to guarantee this experience. April 21st was not sold out; therefore, we benefited from a low attendance, low attendance event. Even if the attendance had been doubled this evening, my husband and I agree that it would still have been worth the money. It was not just the elbow room that thrilled us, it was the large variety of walk-on attractions - from Peter Pan’s Flight to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. As the night grew the positive experiences increased. Not only were you able to walk on the attraction but you could choose your ride vehicle. Front car of the Mine train? Back car of Big Thunder Railroad? It was your choice. Can you imagine being the only guest on the King Arthur’s Carousel or the Mad Hatter Tea Cups? What a joy it was to be all alone in the Darling’s house, watching Tinkerbell fly around and playing the shadow bells to your heart’s content.
The park seemed so large as we traveled from land to land, enjoying what each had to offer. On Main Street, the transportation was up and running. Guests could travel down Main Street as it was meant to be. Casey’s Corner continued to sell its foot long hot dogs. There were so many stations offering free bottled soft drinks and Mickey Bars! Yes, they had other ice cream, but on a magical night like this, it should be shaped like Mickey.
I believe it is safe to say everyone in the park was happy, no screaming children or disgruntled grandmothers. The cast members themselves were enjoying the less hassled atmosphere. The Jungle Cruise captain seemed a bit cornier this evening, and the City Hall cast members were busy as guests stopped in to thank them. One cast member said it had been the best shift of her life.
So much of what we love about Disney was enhanced by this opportunity to experience the park in this low crowd, low stress way. We all agreed the longest lines at the event were for photo passes - who’d have thought? Photo pass cast members continued to take the iconic pictures - but this time, without having to navigate a shot around the crowds.
The ferry boat and busses are the only options when leaving, yet there were no bottle necks. Listening to the lucky guest talk about the experience was a delight. When one family enthusiastically reported to have taken pictures and having conversations with characters, I realized there really was something for everyone.