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  • On Jun 7, 2024
    Stephanie from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are coming to Magic Kingdom After Hours next week. Is that a separate set of lightning lanes if I use our regular park hopper admission earlier in the day or do I get an additional Liggtning lane slot?

    Hiya, Stephanie, and thanks for stopping by planDisney! Your Walt Disney World Resort visit is just around the riverbend, so I hope your suitcases are by the door. Since I'll be arriving soon and still need to pack, let's jump into how Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park works. Those Minnie ears won't pack themselves!

    Disney After Hours events are separate tickets that allow you access after the theme park closes. With this ticket, you can actually enter the park as early as 7:00 PM with regular guests. I often make a dining reservation for 7:30 PM or so and still have time to enjoy a few experiences with low waits like the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. When the event begins at 10:00 PM, I head for popular attractions like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train to enjoy the lighter crowds.

    If you also have regular park admission to Magic Kingdom Park that day, you can head there anytime you like. You could purchase Disney Genie+ service to schedule Lightning Lane entries during regular park hours, but you won't be able to book Lightning Lanes once the after-hours event begins. The good news is that you probably won't need to since wait times are typically much lower.

    Since you should be able to experience several popular attractions during After Hours, my tip is to skip Disney Genie+ service earlier in the day. My itinerary is to sleep in, head to the pool for a dip, and get to the theme park around 3:00 PM on days I have regular park entry, too. That gives me several hours to enjoy shows and attractions at a leisurely pace until the party begins. And since I take it slow in the morning, I'll have more stamina to enjoy the after-party!

    My final tip is to eat a light dinner because you'll want to leave room for the complimentary snacks offered during Disney After Hours. My husband tends to eat his weight in popcorn while I gravitate toward the ice cream! 

    Stephanie, I'm waving my wand so you'll have a magical visit, and please stop by planDisney anytime. Look for me in the parks this week; I'll be the one with the wrinkled Minnie ears!

    Magic awaits,
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Meet the Panelist: Elaine, Florida

Bright Suns! I'm Elaine, a retired teacher dividing my time between my home state of Kentucky and the Sunshine State. I married my college sweetheart, and now that our only son is grown, we are exploring the empty-nest life. My family has been visiting Walt Disney World Resort for over 25 years, so if you have questions about adult-only visits, plant-based meals, thrill attractions, and Florida-resident perks, I'm here for you in full Force. Like Yoda would say, "Trips, we will plan!" Learn More About Elaine

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