• On Dec 27, 2019
    Christine from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What is the difference between Disney after hours and Disney magic hours? Is the after hours a separate ticketed event? We are staying onsite.

    Hi there, Christine! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! We appreciate you taking the time to stop by and ask your wonderful Walt Disney World Resort vacation question!

    There is some much to see and do at Walt Disney World Resort, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of information available! Even as a "seasoned Guest" who has visited many times over the years, I often see new changes and alterations being made to make the Guest experience even more magical!

    One great example of this concept is the availability of two different offers: Extra Magic Hours and Disney After Hours! Though these experiences are similar in name, there are some key differences to keep in mind! Extra Magic Hours are times in which Guests staying at Disney Resort hotels may visit one of the theme parks either before or after standard operating hours. These extra hours are complimentary and switch each day. I would highly recommend checking out the Park Hours page to keep track of when and where Extra Magic Hours are being offered each day! 

    Disney After Hours is a special ticketed event that takes place after standard operating hours at either the Magic Kingdom or Disney's Animal Kingdom. This event allows Guests the opportunity to experience popular attractions and Disney Character Meet and Greats with little-to-no-wait due to the limited number of tickets sold for each event. In addition, Guests are also welcome to enjoy as much ice cream, popcorn, and select bottled beverages as they like throughout the event!

    I hope this information has assisted you in differentiating between these two offerings! Please let us know if we can answer any other questions for you!

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Hello! I'm Wyatt and I'm so very excited to provide you with all the best tips and tricks for getting the very most out of your Disney World vacations! I'm married to a fellow Disney enthusiast and, while we don't have any human children yet, we are delighted to be pet parents. Professionally, I work in private practice as a mental health counselor. I'm also knowledgable regarding disability services and accessibility at Disney World due to my own history of chronic illness.  Learn More About Wyatt

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