• On Jan 16, 2020
    Carol from SC 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.

    Hi! Wondering when there's an after hours event at MK in January that our family is NOT staying for if 1) the park will be crazy busy for Happily Ever After, and 2) if we can still linger a bit after Happily Ever After to avoid that mass exodus.

    Hi Carol!  Thank you for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My husband and I were just in the same situation that you describe -- we were visiting Magic Kingdom Park on an evening last week when Disney After Hours was taking place but we were not attending the event.  We chose to view Happily Ever After from the end of Main Street, U.S.A. that is closest to the train station so that we could dash out right after the show.  We stood in the area near the Main Street Confectionery.  I would say the day we visited wasn't extremely busy overall, and we did not notice any appreciable increase in crowds coming in for the event.

    Our plan to exit the park ahead of the majority of other Guests worked well.  We even stopped for a Disney PhotoPass photo on our way out and still found ourselves among the first Guests waiting to board a bus back to our Disney Resort Hotel.  If you prefer to linger a bit, you will be able to browse the shops along Main Street, U.S.A. or enjoy a treat from the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor.  Guests with tickets for Disney After Hours will be issued wristbands and will need to show them to be allowed to venture beyond Main Street, U.S.A. and access the attractions.

    I hope that helps!  Please let us know if you have any additional questions as you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation.  Enjoy your stay!

    Anne Marie
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Meet the Panelist: Anne Marie, Illinois

Hi everyone!  I'm Anne Marie from Illinois.  I love escaping our long Midwest winters with some fun in the sun at beautiful Walt Disney World Resort!  It seems our family of six is always on the go, and that is one reason why our Disney vacation memories are so special.  We get the opportunity to have fun while spending precious time together.  I enjoy helping family and friends plan their Disney vacations, and I'd love to help you plan yours too! Learn More About Anne Marie

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