Adults and the After Hours Event at Hollywood Studios
Adults and the After Hours Event at Hollywood Studios!
Jeff and I recently attended the After Hours event at the Magic Kingdom and loved it! After Hours events also take place at Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. Our friend Mal recently attended the Hollywood Studios After Hours Event, so we recruited her to be a guest writer and review the event.
In this post, Mal will cover all of the details about the After Hours Event in Hollywood Studios. She will also let you know if it is worth the $125 price tag. We met Mal through her awesome Instagram account (@travelswithmal). Please see the bottom of this post to learn more about Mal and her Instagram account. Thank you so much Mal for writing this post and sharing your insight! All photos in this post were provided by Mal.
Should Adults Do This?
Adults should absolutely do this event! I was a little hesitant at first because I thought it might be a money grab and I have had bad experiences with extra magic hours not being so magical. However, the After Hours event was 100% worth the money. There are no crowds and hardly any wait for the rides or characters. You really get to enjoy the park without the hassle!
During the event, I didn’t see a lot of families with children. Since the event is so late at night, it was mostly couples and groups of adults. This type of atmosphere is not common at Disney World, so if you are an adult looking for this type of environment, I highly recommend the After Hours at Hollywood Studios.
The Cost Of The Event
The ticket is $125 if you purchase in advance ($95 if you’re an annual pass holder). If you purchase your ticket the day of the event, it is $129. Information about the price of the event and the current dates for the Hollywood Studios After Hours event can be found here.
Regardless of the After Hours Event start time, the Hollywood Studios After Hours ticket allows you to enter the park at 7:00 PM, even if you do not have a regular theme park ticket for that day. The After Hours Event start time will vary based on the date of the event, most either have a 9pm or 9:30pm start time. The event is 3 hours long.
How It Works
To buy your ticket, you can go online here or call Disney. The event is only offered on select nights. There are also a limited number of tickets available each night, so I would highly recommend purchasing your ticket in advance. You can also purchase your tickets at Guest Services, but I wouldn’t take that chance.
When you arrive at Hollywood Studios, go to the After Hours section of the park entrance (look for cast members with wristbands). There security will check your bags, scan your ticket, and give you your wristband. And that is it! People who are in the parks without wrist bands will be funneled out as soon as the After Hours event starts (typically 9pm or 9:30pm depending on the date selected). This aspect is nice because the people who are not a part of the event cannot just wonder around, like what is common with Disney World’s Extra Magic Hours.
Mal’s Quick Tips
1- Eat dinner before you go. The table service restaurants and most quick service places are closed. Woody’s Lunch Box and one other quick service was open, but that was it. Those 2 locations were pretty busy because they were the only places open for food. Don’t waste your time getting a full dinner during the event.
2- Make sure you get your popcorn, drinks, and ice cream before it’s over. While I don’t recommend having dinner during the event, I would recommend taking advantage of the free snacks. Also, the event has a hard stop at the end of the event. This means that once it is the event end time, rides and food are closed.
3- Plan your time wisely. 3 hours goes by very quick, so if theres a wait longer than 25 minutes, go do something else and come back.
Food and Drinks
As I mentioned before, there are no Table Service restaurants open during the event. If you’re okay with eating at Woody’s Lunch or another quick service spot, then you will be okay. During the event you can get unlimited bottled water, bottled sodas, popcorn, and ice cream. And for the adults, there are 2 standalone bars open: one by the Hollywood Brown Derby and another on the way to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.
Here is what is open: Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers, Toy Story Mania!, ,Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, Star Wars Launch Bay. There were hardly any wait times when we went. I literally walked onto every ride and had the row to myself. I saved Slinky Dog Dash till the end of the night because it was 25 minutes right when the event started. When I went before midnight it was less than 10 minutes.
Here is what was closed: Muppet Vision 3D, Star Wars Path of the Jedi (open seasonally), Some character meets that are found during the day, Jedi Training Academy, Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, Disney Junior Dance Party!, For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Nighttime shows like Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular and Fantasmic!
Characters and PhotoPass
Character Greetings (including Star Wars characters, Toy Story Land Pals, Mickey, Minnie, and Olaf) were all available during the event. There was one point of the night when we had the whole Star Wars Launch Bay to ourselves. It was pretty cool. We met all the characters in there including Kylo Ren twice. The characters spent more time with us as well because they knew no one was waiting. I actually had the best interaction with Kylo Ren, saw him do new poses, and he even stood in the exit door watching us walk away. It was great!
The photopass photographers were also out. They were not all over the park like they normally are, but they are available for the characters and some other spots around the park.
Mal’s Overall Recommendation
I highly recommend doing Hollywood Studios After Hours event if you get the chance! If I do this event again, I would relax at the hotel all day, eat dinner, and then go to the event well-rested. It is a bit pricey to go to the event when you’re already an annual passholder, but I think it is worth every penny. The event is also great if you are not an annual passholder. During the After Hours Event, there is hardly any wait for the rides or characters, you’re not in the heat, and no crowds! Overall, I highly recommend the event for all adults visiting Disney World.
Hey there! I’m Mallory but people call me Mal. I’m originally from Los Angeles, CA and recently moved from San Francisco, CA to the Tampa Bay area with my husband. When we’re not at Disney we’re usually traveling, trying new restaurants, or relaxing. Even though we don’t have kids we are a great example that Disney is not just for families with little ones but for adults as well. Follow me on my Disney adventures (@travelswithmal) and if you ever see me in the parks, say hey and let’s grab a drink!
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