Guardians of the Galaxy at Night
  • On Apr 9, 2023
    Kelly from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If I am staying at a disney resort, do I still need to make reservations and purchase after hours tickets for the nights it is available?

    Welcome to planDisney, Kelly! I'm glad you found us. You'll be "coming home" to Walt Disney World Resort next month, so if you're anything like me, you've already started packing! I keep a backpack filled with theme-park essentials like a rain poncho and a spare phone charger because I want to be ready at a moment's notice! You're also within your 60-day window to book dining reservations, so I hope you have some yummy options on your itinerary. I can't wait to try Roundup Rodeo BBQ at Disney's Hollywood Studios in a couple of weeks. The plant-based Rip Roarin' Rib Chop looks delectable.

    Kelly, I'm assuming you're referring to the Extended Evening Theme Park Hours offered to Disney Deluxe Resort Hotels guests. This perk allows guests of participating resorts to enjoy some time in either EPCOT or Magic Kingdom Park on select nights after the parks close to the public. I've taken advantage of this benefit, and it was terrific. The crowds were light, so I enjoyed many attractions with low wait times. I could also enter the virtual queue for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT at the special 6:00 PM queue only available to Deluxe Resort guests on that day.

    If you are staying at a designated Deluxe Resort, you'll need a Theme Park Reservation for the park offering Extended Evening Hours to enjoy that extra time there. If you have the Park Hopper Option on your ticket, you'll need a Theme Park Reservation for any park, and you must have scanned into that park earlier in the day. Then you can hop over for the extended hours.

    No extra ticket is needed to access the Extended Evening Hours because your resort reservation is linked to your account when scanning into a theme park. 

    Kelly, there are also Disney After Hours Special Ticket Events at Disney's Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon this spring and summer. These require purchasing a special ticket, but you do not need an additional theme park ticket or reservation to attend the after-hours event. Your ticket to the event is all you'll need, so if you're interested, check for availability as soon as possible since they often sell out.

    I hope you have a magical time next month, Kelly! Please stop by planDisney anytime you have questions. 

    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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