New ‘Disney After Hours’ Provides Loads of Nighttime Fun at Walt Disney World Resort

Certainly the Magic Kingdom is fun during the day time, but at night, there is a special kind of “magic” – pun intended – that happens, with everything lit up. From the colorful spires of Cinderella Castle to the twinkling lights of Storybook Circus in Fantasyland, the park comes alive in a very unique way.

Starting March 23rd, guests will have the opportunity to experience more of that nocturnal splendor and enjoy more time in the park with “Disney After Hours,” a special, ticketed event at Magic Kingdom taking place on select nights throughout April and May.

This event will enable participants to enjoy more exclusive time in Magic Kingdom – with quicker than typical access to popular attractions like Space Mountain and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and character greetings like the ones in Town Square and Princess Fairytale Hall. Ice cream novelties and bottled beverages also will be available for guests during the three hours of the event. [NOTE: Disney Resort Guests will continue to be able to enjoy Extra Magic Hours, while this new event takes place on different dates and is another option for enjoying Magic Kingdom.]

“Disney After Hours” is a three-hour event that will take place once the park closes on the following dates:

  • April 14, 21 and 28
  • May 5, 8, 12 and 19

A separate event ticket is required for “Disney After Hours.” Guests can check in starting at 7 p.m. each night, with the event hours from 11 p.m. – 2 a.m. Pricing is $149 plus tax for both adults and children (ages 3-9).

‘Seven Dwarfs Mine Train’ Officially Opens to Magic Kingdom Guests

Article by Christi Erwin Donnan, May 28, 2014

This morning, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Walt Disney World Resort’s new family-style coaster inspired by the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, officially opened at Magic Kingdom. The attraction completes the expansion of New Fantasyland and perfectly complements the land’s exciting attractions, entertainment and offerings such as Journey of the Little Mermaid, Be Our Guest Restaurant, Enchanted Tales with Belle and Storybook Circus.


As part of the grand opening, seven “Littles” and their “Bigs” from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida were the first official guests to board the attraction and experience the unique and thrilling new ride system that allows the cars to sway back and forth. And with brand-new Audio-Animatronics® technology, characters from the classic film truly come to life!