Nighttime Bliss: Tips and Strategies for Magic Kingdom Extended Evening Hours

Magic Kingdom Extended Evening Hours


Are you ready to unlock the enchanted realm of Disney’s Magic Kingdom after dark? Extended Evening Hours in Disney World offer an exclusive opportunity for guests to experience the park’s magic long after it officially closes its gates. But how can you make the most of these extra hours of enchantment? This guide will explore Magic Kingdom Extended Evening Hours, including tips and strategies to maximize your time in the park.

What are Extended Evening Hours?

Extended Evening Hours are a complimentary perk reserved for guests staying at Disney Deluxe Hotels, Deluxe Villa Resorts, and select partner hotels. For a full list of hotels participating in Extended Evening Hours, visit Disney’s Website. This magical offering grants guests additional time, usually two extra hours, in one specific theme park after regular closing hours. While available at any of the four theme parks, Magic Kingdom and Epcot are the most common hosts for this enchanting experience.

Be sure to check our Extended Evening Hours Guide for each park for tips, tricks, and strategies to make the most of your extra time:

Hollywood Studios Extended Evening Hours

Epcot Extended Evening Hours

Animal Kingdom Extended Evening Hours

Extended Evening Hours in Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom’s Extended Evening Hours provide access to various attractions, dining, and shopping locations. Guests can secure a virtual queue for the thrilling Tron Lightcycle Run through the My Disney App at 6:00 pm. The schedule for these extended hours varies, so checking Disney’s official calendar for specific dates is essential.

Attractions Included in Extended Evening Hours in Magic Kingdom

  • “it’s a small world”.

Embark on a whimsical boat ride around the globe, encountering singing dolls from various cultures. As you glide through enchanting scenes, the iconic and catchy song “It’s a Small World” accompanies you on this heartwarming journey of unity and harmony.

  • Astro Orbiter

Take flight in your spaceship high above Tomorrowland. Atop the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover platform, Astro Orbiter provides a thrilling and panoramic view of the Magic Kingdom. Control the height of your spaceship as you soar through the air, making this attraction both exhilarating and visually stunning.

Magic Kingdom Extended Evening Hours
  • The Barnstormer

Perfect for young aviators and those seeking a whimsical coaster experience, The Barnstormer is a junior roller coaster located in the Storybook Circus area. Hop aboard Goofy’s makeshift stunt plane as you enjoy mild twists and turns, making it an ideal introduction to coaster thrills for little ones.

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Board a runaway mine train and traverse the rugged wilderness of the Old West on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. This high-speed adventure takes you through twisting caverns, shaking bridges, and breathtaking scenery. The unpredictable twists and turns make it a favorite among thrill-seekers.

Magic Kingdom Extended Evening Hours
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Join the Galactic Alliance and help Buzz Lightyear defeat the evil Emperor Zurg on this interactive dark ride. Spin through various scenes, aiming your laser cannon at targets to score points. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin combines action, competition, and beloved Toy Story characters for an engaging experience.

  • Country Bear Jamboree

Step into Grizzly Hall and enjoy a foot-stomping good time with the animatronic bears of the Country Bear Jamboree. This classic musical revue features a cast of lovable bear characters performing country tunes, providing laughs and toe-tapping entertainment for guests of all ages.

  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Take to the skies with Dumbo on this iconic spinner ride. Located in Fantasyland, Dumbo the Flying Elephant lets you control the elevation of your flying elephant as you enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding area. It is a beloved attraction, especially for younger guests.

  • Haunted Mansion

Embark on a ghostly tour through a haunted estate filled with 999 happy haunts. Haunted Mansion combines a spooky atmosphere, dazzling special effects, and whimsical storytelling. It is a slow-moving dark ride with ghostly apparitions, memorable characters, and a hauntingly delightful musical score.

Magic Kingdom Extended Evening Hours
  • Mad Tea Party

Join the topsy-turvy world of the Mad Hatter and his friends at the Mad Tea Party. Spin in oversized teacups as the Mad Hatter himself oversees the whimsical chaos. It is a classic spinning attraction that lets you control the intensity of your whirl.

  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

 Soar over Agrabah on a magic carpet ride with The Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Located in Adventureland, this attraction allows you to control the up-and-down motion of your carpet, offering a gentle and enchanting experience for riders of all ages.

Magic Kingdom Extended Evening Hours
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Enter the Hundred Acre Wood and join Winnie the Pooh and his friends on a whimsical adventure. This dark ride takes you through scenes inspired by A.A. Milne’s beloved stories, featuring lovable characters, colorful visuals, and charming storytelling.

  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Immerse yourself in a 3D concert experience starring Mickey Mouse and friends. Mickey’s PhilharMagic combines stunning visuals, beloved Disney characters, and classic musical moments for a magical and musical journey that captivates the audience.

  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor

Step into the world of Monsters, Inc. and become part of a comedy show at the Laugh Floor. Interactive and filled with laughter, this attraction features live, animated monsters who engage with the audience in real time, creating a unique and unpredictable comedic experience.

  • Peter Pan’s Flight

Soar over London and into the magical world of Neverland on Peter Pan’s Flight. Board a flying pirate ship and relive the classic tale of Peter Pan and Wendy. The attraction offers a captivating and immersive experience with scenes featuring beloved characters from the animated film.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean

Embark on a swashbuckling adventure through the Caribbean on Pirates of the Caribbean. This classic boat ride features audio-animatronic pirates, lively scenes of pillaging and plundering, and the iconic song “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me).” An immersive journey into pirate lore.

Magic Kingdom Extended Evening Hours
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

Take a spin on a regal and beautifully adorned carrousel in the heart of Fantasyland. The Prince Charming Regal Carrousel features ornate horses, charming music, and delightful surroundings, creating a classic and timeless experience for riders of all ages.

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Join the Seven Dwarfs on a high-speed, family-friendly coaster adventure through the diamond mines. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train combines gentle swaying with thrilling twists and turns, making it a must-experience attraction in Fantasyland.

Magic Kingdom Extended Evening Hours
  • Space Mountain

Blast off into the cosmos on Space Mountain, an indoor roller coaster set in the dark reaches of outer space. The high-speed journey through the galaxy combines exhilarating twists, turns, and drops, all accompanied by a futuristic soundtrack, creating a thrilling and immersive experience.

Magic Kingdom Extended Evening Hours
  • Swiss Family Treehouse

Ascend into the Robinson family’s treetop haven. Explore their cleverly designed treehouse, offering unique rooms and platforms with a touch of ingenuity. Enjoy strolls and captivating views, a delightful glimpse into the family’s resourceful living in the heart of Magic Kingdom.

Tips for Making the Most of Extended Evening Hours:

1. Prioritize the Highlights

Before entering the park, identify the must-do attractions for you and your group. Since time is limited, having a clear priority list ensures you experience the rides and activities you value most.

2. Catch “Happily Ever After”

Plan to start your evening with the mesmerizing “Happily Ever After” fireworks and projection show. This spectacular display usually begins between 8:00 and 9:00 pm, before Extended Evening Hours or during the initial 20 minutes. It sets the perfect magical tone for your extended night.

3. Virtual Queue Strategies

Take advantage of the opportunity to secure a virtual queue for the Tron LightCycle Run at 6:00 pm through the My Disney App. This allows you to experience one of Disney’s newest and most thrilling attractions without the need for lengthy wait times.

4. Priority Rides

Strategically plan your route to focus on priority rides during Extended Evening Hours. 

These may include:

  •       Peter Pan’s Flight
  •       Space Mountain
  •       Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  •       Pirates of the Caribbean
  •       Haunted Mansion

 Prioritize based on popularity and the likelihood of long standby lines. Enjoy the extended hours by enjoying these attractions with minimal wait times.

5. Strategic Pairing

Consider pairing rides nearby to optimize your time and minimize unnecessary walking. 

For example:

  •       Pair Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin with Space Mountain.
  •       Pair The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh with Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

This strategic pairing allows you to cover more ground efficiently and enjoy a variety of attractions without crisscrossing the park excessively. Plan your route for an efficient and enjoyable Extended Evening Hours experience.

Are Extended Evening Hours Worth It in Magic Kingdom?

  • For Eligible Guests:

Suppose you’re already staying at a Deluxe Hotel, Deluxe Villa Resort, or a select partner hotel. In that case, Extended Evening Hours offer a splendid chance to enjoy popular rides with minimal wait times without the need for Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lanes.

  • Considerations:

Extended Evening Hours might not justify the extra expense of upgrading to a Deluxe accommodation if you initially planned to stay at a moderate or value resort or off-property.

Families with small children might find Early Entry more suitable than the late-night Extended Evening Hours.

Conclusion: Nighttime Magic Unveiled With Magic Kingdom Extended Evening Hours

In the quiet hours after the park’s official closing, Magic Kingdom transforms into a realm of exclusive enchantment during Extended Evening Hours. This after-hours spectacle allows guests to savor the park’s delights with reduced crowds and a touch of moonlit magic. Whether you’re drawn to iconic classics or the latest attractions, these extended hours offer a unique and memorable Disney experience. Until your next rendezvous with the midnight wonders of Magic Kingdom, may the memories linger like stars in the night sky.

Magic Kingdom Extended Evening Hours
Magic Kingdom Extended Evening Hours

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