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Is Disney Very Merriest After Hours Worth It?

Yesterday we attended Disney Very Merriest After Hours at Magic Kingdom. It was a sold out night, and we wanted to see if buying a special ticket for this event was worth it. The event runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., although they let you in starting at 7. There was an extremely long line to get in since you had to enter through the special event gate. Once inside, we were able to catch Disney Enchantment which was crowded but not overbearing. We were able to get a good spot about half an hour before the show began.

Credit: Tricia Kennedy

Credit: Tricia Kennedy

At 8 p.m. the Park officially closed. To get to certain areas after that time you need to show your wristband that they give you once you go through the gate for the special event. There are different areas to grab treats, and you can see more about the special food options available herePlus unlimited popcorn, soda, ice cream bars, fruit bars, cookies, and hot cocoa all included with you admission. 

Credit: Tricia Kennedy

Credit: Tricia Kennedy

There are character opportunities where you can take socially distanced photos with characters in their special holiday attire. There is also a parade called Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade with two showtimes at 9:45 p.m. and 12:05 a.m. You can see photos of all the characters and that parade here as well. There is a special firework show called Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime fireworks show at 11:15 p.m. Plus a stage show called Mickey and Minnie’s Very Merry Memories with four showings. There are also special PhotoPass magic shots available for this event. It may not be the most flattering photo of us (it was a long rainy night), so we blocked out our faces, but we wanted to share what could be available.

Credit: Tricia Kennedy

 

Credit: Tricia Kennedy

Wait times for rides were long at the beginning of the night. Most of them were at least half an hour which when you only have a four hour event that can take up a chunk of your night. It’s up to you to decide which rides are priorities and if it’s worth it to wait or not. As the night went on, wait time started to drop, but that also may be because the weather started to get rainy as well. Many Guests also left after the fireworks show. By that point, wait times were basically walk on for each ride, and we could get on Space Mountain and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train with no wait.

Credit: Tricia Kennedy

Credit: Tricia Kennedy

 Many have the question, is it worth it to buy a ticket to Very Merriest After Hours? If you do not have an Annual Pass, I would say it is worth it. Wait times are drastically cut, and if you are hoping to be at the Park when there are fewer people, it is an excellent option for you. If you are someone that has an Annual Pass, then it may not be as worth it. Tickets are pretty pricey, and although we are Annual Pass Holders and bought a ticket to this, we did have a great time. You have to decide for yourself if it’s worth the money or not. There are still nights available for this event, but there is a good chance that they will sell out, so you need to decide soon if you want to be a part of this holiday celebration or not.

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About Tricia Kennedy

Tricia lives in Orlando and loves having Walt Disney World pretty much in her backyard. She can be found at Disney several times a week. She will often stop by a park for an hour or two, but she also enjoys spending a whole day there with her friends. A lifelong Star Wars fan, Tricia especially enjoys Star Tours and has ridden over 200 times. Tricia's other favorite thing is Disney's BoardWalk, where she can often be found taking a walk or watching the nightly street performers. If Tricia is not at the parks she's out playing drums or with her dog Yoda.