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Disney World Adds New Restriction, Many Guests Turned Away

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A highly-anticipated Walt Disney World event sells out!

Walt Disney World Resort has four theme parks, two water parks, numerous resort hotels, and dining, entertainment, and recreational offerings. Since its opening in 1971, Disney World has remained a symbol of fantasy and wonder, drawing guests from around the globe to feel the Disney magic.

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Since Walt Disney World Resort is a popular tourist location during certain times of the year to help with crowd control, Disney adds special events to lower the crowds. Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are no strangers to crowd control and events. One event that is supposed to help with massive crowds during the day is After-Hour Events.

After-Hours events are held after the Disney parks close and are ticketed events, so if guests want to stay later at Magic Kingdom, they will need an After-Hours ticket. These events are select days and select parks for the After-Hour events.

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One major way that After-Hour events help guests is that they are an exclusive opportunity to experience the parks after dark, with shorter wait times, limited crowds, and special entertainment offerings.

Because of its exclusive nature, Disney After Hours events can occasionally reach capacity, leaving some guests disappointed and unable to secure tickets for their desired date. In the event that Disney After Hours sells out, Disney typically employs several strategies to manage guest expectations and ensure a positive experience for all.

Disney After Hours Guests

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Guests looking to attend EPCOT After-Hours in April have already started selling out. The next opportunity to experience Disney After Hours at EPCOT will be on Thursday, April 25. With only a limited number of dates available for Disney After Hours at Walt Disney World, it’s highly recommended to purchase tickets well in advance.

The pricing for Disney After Hours in the summer months varies between $145.00 and $175.00, with a $30.00 discount available for Disney Vacation Club members and Walt Disney World Annual Passholders. However, if there are certain dates guests are looking dates sell out quickly.

Disney After Hours Characters

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For those interested in attending Disney After Hours, here is a breakdown of the pricing for the various parks and dates:

Magic Kingdom

  • Mondays and Thursdays in January to March: General – $155 to $175
  • Mondays and Thursdays in April and May: General – $175
  • Mondays in June: General – $165
  • Thursdays in June: General – $165

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Wednesdays in January and February: General – $155
  • Wednesdays in February and March: General – $175 (some dates sold out)
  • Wednesdays in May to August: General – $165

EPCOT

  • Thursdays in February to July: General – $149 to $159 (some dates sold out)
  • Thursday, April 4 (sold out): General – $159
  • Thursday, April 25: General – $159

Have you snagged your After-Hour tickets already?

About Brittni Ward

Brittni is a Disney and Universal fan; one of her favorite things at both parks is collecting popcorn buckets. While at Disney World Resort, Brittni meets the princesses and rides Kilimanjaro Safaris. At Universal, Brittni enjoys the Minions and watching Animal Actors on Location! When not at Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando, Brittni spends time with her family and pets.

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