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Disney After Hours Events Expand to Disney’s Hollywood Studios & Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney After Hours has been a popular event at Magic Kingdom and now Disney is announcing this event will expand to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

In case you aren’t familiar, Disney After Hours are hard ticket events where guests can experience the theme park for three hours after regular park hours, which means little-to-no wait for attractions, experiences and character greetings! Guests can even enter the park as early as 7 p.m. on the event night – before Disney After Hours begins. Ice cream, popcorn and select beverages are also included in your Disney After Hours admission, which is a separately priced ticket from daytime park admission.

Here’s what to expect at each park:

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Magic Kingdom Park
Enjoy classic favorite attractions from Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Space Mountain as well as newer favorites like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, plus many more. Event nights will run on: Nov. 26; and Dec. 3, 10, 2018; and Jan. 7, 17, 24 and 28, 2019; Feb. 7, 14, and 28, 2019; and March 7, 2019.

Tickets are currently available for Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park at DisneyWorld.com/DisneyAfterHours.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Imagine having little-to-no wait for newly opened Toy Story Land attractions, including Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers and Toy Story Mania! Rockin’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror and other attractions will also be available. Select quick-service food & beverage locations will also stay open for purchases throughout the night. Event nights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be: Dec. 8, 15 and 22, 2018; and Jan. 5, 12 and 19, 2019; Feb. 2, 9 and 16, 2019; March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2019; and April 6 and 13, 2019

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Enjoy the best Disney’s Animal Kingdom has to offer at night, including heart-tugging Tree of Life Awakenings, the adventures within Pandora – The World of Avatar and more. Select quick-service food & beverage locations will remain open throughout the night for purchases. Dates at Disney’s Animal Kingdom are: Dec. 4, 12 and 18, 2018; and Jan. 8, 16, 22 and 31, 2019; and Feb. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 26, 2019; and March 5, 20 and 27, 2019; and April 3, 2019.

Tickets for Disney After Hours events at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be on-sale November 15 through the Disney Reservation Center by calling 407-939-7795.

All Disney After Hours event tickets cost $125 + tax for advance purchase and $129 + tax for day-of purchases. Disney Vacation Club members and Annual Passholders do receive a discounted price $95 + tax.

Stay tuned for more updates and information!

Operating Hours for Some Disney’s Animal Kingdom Attractions Being Reduced

Operating hours for some of Disney’s Animal Kingdom attractions are being reduced including DINOSAUR, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Maharajah Jungle Trek, Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail and Kali River Rapids.

New hours are as follows:

  • Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail opening at 9:30 am and closing earlier at 4:30 pm
  • Kali River Rapids and DINOSAUR opening at 9:30 am and closing  at 7:30 pm
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris closing at 7:45 pm this week, and will move to a 6:30 pm closing beginning in November
  • Maharajah Jungle Trek opening at 10 am and closing at 5 pm

Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to Reopen in 2019

Last week Cast Members at Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom were told the area would be closing  on October 21, 2018.  This also included the Wildlife Express Train and Conservation Station.  In addition, Rafiki and Doc McStuffins meet and greets which took place at this location were scheduled to end on September 29, 2018.

Now, Disney is reporting Rafiki’s Planet Watch will return in spring 2019.  It’s still unclear what the reason of the closure is, and if any changes to the area will take place.

Stay tuned for more details!

Check Out These Apple Cider Donut Holes at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

A new fall-inspired treat has arrived at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The Apple Cider Donut Holes can be found at Isle of Java and are freshly-fried donut holes with diced apple pieces, rolled in cinnamon sugar and topped with an apple cider glaze.  And they’re served on a skewer for easy on-the-go snacking.

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Cost is $4.99 or a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan.

Isle of Java is located on Discovery Island at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and serves fresh-brewed espresso, cappuccino, cold drinks and various sweet treats.  For more information on Isle of Java or to view their menu, click here.

Rafiki’s Planet Watch to Close Permanently at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

This morning Cast Members at Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom were told the area would be closing permanently on October 21, 2018.  This includes the Wildlife Express Train and Conservation Station.  Cast Members are also reporting some of the experiences from the area will find new homes in the park at a later date.

Rafiki and Doc McStuffins, who currently meet guests here, will have their last day on September 29, 2018.

It’s still unclear whether the closure is due to budget cuts or perhaps a reimagining of that area in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  Disney has yet to make an official announcement regarding the closure.