All throughout the year at the Walt Disney Resort specialty ticketed events are offered. These events are separate, hard ticketed events that usually afford you more time in the parks and usually with some added benefits.
We’re going to look at what some of these different events are and how to get the best bang for your buck when attending one.
After Hours Event
During the summer months Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom offer ‘After Hours Events’. These events are an additional 3 hours at any given park after the regular gates close.
You can only get in to one park as the event is held different nights at the different parks, and only a few times a week.
Some other dates are announced throughout the year. We most recently did one at Magic Kingdom in January. We were only down for a long weekend so it was a great way to get in some extra park hours.
It is always good to check the Disney site when you book a trip because they be offered when you are visiting.
The event typically costs $125 plus tax. There are, however, DVC and AP discounts available for most nights.
The event gets you access to the most popular attractions as well as unlimited soft drinks, popcorn and ice cream novelties.
The added snacks and drinks are a nice, unexpected benefit to be included. Although, these snack lines are usually longer than the attractions!
A good money saving tip is to skip buying a park ticket for this day. You can get into the park up to 2 hours prior to the event. This gives you a full five hours in the park, most of the time with very few people.
You can spend your day at the resort or Disney Springs instead of paying for another park ticket ands then use this special event as your park time that day!
H2O Glow Nights
During the summer at Typhoon Lagoon guests can purchase a specialty ticket to visit the water park at night.
The event costs $59 plus tax. This ticket will let you play in the water park after the sun goes down, which is a unique experience as both water parks close around 5:00PM every day.
I have never experienced this event myself but have heard mixed reviews on the experience. I think the general consensus is that it is fun but with the cost you are better off spending your money on a day ticket.
Halloween and Christmas Parties
Each year at the Magic Kingdom they offer Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
The Halloween party runs from August through October. The Christmas party runs through November and December.
The pricing of both events is based on what date you book. For example, a Halloween party in August will run you about $79 plus tax. But, going Halloween night will cost you upwards of $120.
The money saving tip here, obviously, is if you can go earlier in the season you can save quite a bit of money. The only experience difference will be the weather. You get nothing more or less for your ticket going months before the actual holiday.
These parties are also another case of being able to get in to the park a couple hours prior to the actual start of the event. So, again, you can avoid buying a park ticket this day.
It is worth noting that there are not drinks or snacks included. But these parties often have specialty snacks for purchase that you can only get during the event.
The big draw to these events are the special holiday atmosphere, character meet and greets, stage shows, parades and fireworks. Guests can also ride most of the attractions.
These parties are a great way to get into the holiday spirit!
Have you ever attended any of these specialty ticket events? What were your thoughts and experiences? Let us know!
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