How to Visit Disney AFTER the Park Closes

Magic Kingdom at Night
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A trip to Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort is a dream come true for many. While crowds fill the Disney Parks during normal operating hours, there are a few ways to enjoy Disney after the Park closes to the general public… but you’ll need a touch of “magic.”

Disney Extended Evening Hours

EPCOT Moonlight Magic for DVC Members
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While ALL Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Guests can take advantage of the Early Theme Park Entry benefit at the Disney Parks, Guests staying at the most elite and expensive Disney Resort are welcome to enjoy Extended Evening Hours on select nights.

Extended Evening Hours at Magic Kingdom and EPCOT are available on select nights (select Mondays at EPCOT and Wednesdays at Magic Kingdom) at no additional fee for Deluxe Resort Guests staying at eligible hotels throughout 2023.

Disney After Hours

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Currently, Walt Disney World Resort offers “Disney After Hours” at Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios to all Guests willing to purchase a special event ticket. The 3-hour ticket allows entry after the Park closes for normal Guests.

A Magic Kingdom, Disney After Hours takes place on select nights between January 9, 2023 and March 27, 2023, with tickets costing up to $129 per person. Event dates for Disney’s Hollywood Studios are on select nights between January 4, 2023, and April 19, 2023, with tickets up to $119.

Moonlight Magic

Tree of Life Awakenings
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Disney’s Moonlight Magic has returned for 2023! To experience the complimentary Moonlight Magic after-hours events, Guests must be Disney Vacation Club Members and register in advance for the select date. The 2023 Moonlight Magic events will be held at Disney Parks as follows:

  • Disney California Adventure Park: 2/1
  • EPCOT: 2/8, 2/15
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 5/11, 9/13
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park: 7/11, 8/2
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park: 5/23, 8/23

Not only are the evening hours a beautiful time to be in the Disney Parks, but it is also a great time to get away from the crowds and avoid the lengthy attraction lines with no need for Lightning Lane access or Disney Genie+ upcharges. Additionally, for the Disney After Hours event and Moonlight Magic, complimentary special treats are typically offered.

Happy planning your after-hours experience, Disney fans!

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.