Disney World offers a variety of fun events throughout the year, whether they be during regular park hours (like all of the festivals at Epcot) or after. Over the time that I’ve been in Orlando, I’ve been to a few of these. But, even though the regular events are magical (who doesn’t love Food and Wine?!), there is something far more special about the after hour events. Keep reading to find out our reasons for attending a Disney After Hours event or party.
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There are lots of events throughout the year that occur after hours. Some of those include the regular Disney After Hours events, including a fun-filled night with some of the most famous Disney villains. I’ve been eyeing these after hours events, which occur at both Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom – well, the Disney Villains After Hours event is held at just Magic Kingdom.
Now, these aren’t the only events held after hours at the parks. There are also the famous parties that occur in the fall and winter. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are amazing, themed parties that help to bring the spirit of the season to Orlando. These offer themed snacks and drinks, amazing parades, and much more.
Now, I’ve been to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary twice, and I can’t express how amazing it was! I plan to attend this event each year – and I’m going to tell you why I like to attend these Disney After Hours events right now!
reasons for attending
The first thing you need to know: these events and parties are not pass holder exclusive. Yep, you heard that right! You don’t have to be an annual pass holder to attend any of Disney’s after hour events. And, for those that don’t have the time or money to splurge on an annual pass, this is the best way (in our opinion) to visit the parks.
Pro Tip: Pass holders do get a discount to some of these events.
one: the price isn’t bad at all.
The price for an these events and parties varies but, oftentimes, it’s still cheaper than a one day ticket. For example, the first time I went to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary, I spent $75. The second time, which was a year later, it was about ten dollars more.
Now, it’s also important to note that the prices for the Disney After Hours events or the seasonal parties varies by day. Each time I went to Not-So-Scary, I chose to attend in September, as the tickets were cheaper.
For the regular Disney After Hours nights, tickets cost $129 if purchased in advance. The Disney Villains After Hours event costs $145 if purchased in advance.
However, it’s important to note that this villainous event is likely more expensive due to the specially themed food, parade, and show. With the villains event adding these little extras on, it reminds me a bit of Not-So-Scary – and, as I said before, it was amazing!
To be honest, it makes me wonder if the Not-So-Scary prices will be higher this year.
two: some events even come with perks.
I kind of spilled the beans, but some of the events come with special food, parades, and/or shows. The Boo to You parade, which is featured at the Not-So-Scary event, is still one of my all time favorite parades at the parks.
The themed food is fun – and delicious too! And, obviously, it’s totally Instagram worthy! The Disney Villains After Hours event also offers some free popcorn and ice cream too! Such a great perk!
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There is also special merchandise for some of these events. Cute tees or pins to add to my ever-growing collection? Yes, please!
three: the lines are almost non-existent.
There is nothing like going to Disney World and waiting in – gasp! – no line! Some might think that this should be the main reason for going to one of these events – and, for those that don’t have a pass, we completely agree.
Each time I’ve been to Not-So-Scary, I’ve been able to ride all of the rides that I wanted – roller coasters included! I’ve even ridden the roller coasters multiple times in a row before! Waiting in short lines for my favorite rides is amazing and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
four: it’s such a unique experience.
Disney World during the day is magical – but Disney World at night is something spectacular. Most often (unless you’re one of those people that loves to head to the parks in the evenings) guests spend time at the parks during the day. Even I like to go early, before the biggest crowds, and leave early.
But there really is something about wandering around underneath the bright lights of Magic Kingdom – and wandering around the World of Avatar amidst its glow. It’s a different experience, one that a lot of people don’t ever really get to have. It really is beautiful and, in the darkness, it’s an incredible sight to see.
The people that worked so hard to create the magic that one feels when entering the parks focused on the departure too. I will never forget the first time I walked down Main Street amongst the white lights and colorful window displays.
In conclusion, I can’t wait to head back to one of these events, and I hope I’ve been able to help you decide if you really want to go – or not! One day, I’ll share info about each of these events on their own (it’s def. a goal of mine to go to them all one day!) but, until then, check out the rest of my bucket list.
PS: If the cost doesn’t sound that great, Disney Springs is totally free – and still magical! Check out our guide!