After Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a tough ticket occasion with extremely restricted attendance and wait occasions of 10 minutes or much less for a few of Walt Disney World’s hottest points of interest. On this publish, we’ll share our expertise, supply ideas for getting probably the most out of it, and whether or not it’s well worth the cash.
That is the newest of the After Hours occasions, which debuted at Magic Kingdom a pair years in the past and have lately unfold right here and to Animal Kingdom (you’ll be able to learn our Animal Kingdom After Hours Review & Ideas publish right here). The DHS incarnation of After Hours could be very corresponding to the Animal Kingdom occasion, so that you’ll in all probability discover some similarities right here in the event you’ve learn that evaluate.
The operative query about After Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is what number of rides are you able to accomplish? Narrowing that a bit additional, we assume most individuals studying this are involved with headliners like Slinky Canine Sprint–and the way a lot time could be saved by paying to attend After Hours versus a traditional day at DHS…
Throughout After Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we did the next:
- Slinky Canine Sprint (x6)
- Rock ‘n’ Curler Coaster (x4)
- Tower of Terror (x2)
- Alien Swirling Saucers (x1)
- Toy Story Mania (x1)
- Buzz Lightyear Meet & Greet (x1)
- Woody & Jessie Meet & Greet (x1)
That’s a complete of 16 issues, and we might’ve simply finished extra if effectivity have been our lone objective and we didn’t crisscross the park as a lot. With Annual Passholder pricing of $95 or $125 common pricing at our occasion, that breaks right down to round $6-$eight per expertise.
We additionally ate a few half dozen ice cream novelties and had a number of Cokes, every of that are additionally limitless/included in the price of admission in the course of the occasion. You’ll be able to study extra about pricing and 2019 Disney After Hours dates on the official web site.
After Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios doesn’t require common theme park admission and permits entry as early as 7 p.m. As with the Disney’s Hollywood Studios model of the occasion, the particular occasion begins 30 minutes after official park closing–at eight:30 p.m., and runs for Three hours till 11:30 p.m.
We did Slinky Canine Sprint as quickly because the occasion started at eight:30 p.m., and the road had already almost or completely cleared of day visitors. Sadly, everybody else who had arrived for After Hours had this similar concept, so the road was roughly 10 minutes lengthy. On the plus aspect, we acquired to observe the fireworks whereas driving.
We in all probability might’ve accomplished a bit extra selection and fewer rides on the curler coasters, however these are the issues with the longest daytime waits, in order that they have been our focus. Simply with the highest two gadgets, we conservatively saved 10 hours of time in line (give or take).
In fact, not many individuals are going to decide on to attend in line an hour-plus for Slinky Canine Sprint twice in the identical day, a lot much less six occasions, so the period of time “saved” right here is barely misleading. I imply, we additionally had numerous Mickey Premium Bars, bottled water, and Coke–the worth of which might’ve exceeded $50 have been we paying out of pocket, however I might by no means purchase a bottle of water at Walt Disney World within the first place, a lot much less 6 of them in a day.
Talking of value, within the curiosity of full disclosure, we have been invited friends to Disney to this occasion, and our admission was comped. We nonetheless attempt for objectivity, however you possibly can low cost our opinion should you assume that’s warranted.
As earlier than, we’d recommend that our editorializing doesn’t matter a lot both approach, because the variety of points of interest is skilled is an goal metric by which you’ll be able to measure the occasion. Whereas I nonetheless absolutely intend to ramble on for an additional 1,000 phrases or so, these don’t actually matter.
All through the night time, the one attraction with any line was Slinky Canine Sprint, which tended to be round Three-7 minutes, with an extended line firstly of the night time and a big surge instantly after the fireworks. Tower of Terror additionally had a wait within the boiler room, however that’s a results of the way it masses and never a perform of crowds.
Every thing else was a close to walk-on for the whole thing of the night time. On Rock ‘n’ Curler Coaster, we had our personal practice as soon as, and most rides on that have been lower than one-third full. The excellent news with each RnRC and Tower of Terror is that the pre-shows have been non-compulsory. We watched every as soon as (as a result of in contrast to Flight of Passage, they’re superior) after which skipped each on subsequent rides.
Regardless of this, Disney’s Hollywood Studios felt barely busier than the After Hours at Animal Kingdom occasion. A part of this can be a perform of park measurement, DHS being much more compact. We’d additionally hazard a guess that there have been extra attendees on the Disney’s Hollywood Studios occasion.
Going ahead, we’d anticipate that attendance will improve on the After Hours as constructive phrase of mouth spreads. Nevertheless, even when double the variety of tickets are bought, we nonetheless wouldn’t anticipate the occasion to really feel considerably totally different. As famous, most experience automobiles (save for Slinky Canine Sprint) have been being dispatched partially empty, so there was loads of capability to spare in these ‘walk-on’ wait occasions.
The most important distinction you may see is a 7-10 minute await Slinky Canine Sprint as an alternative of a Three-7 minute wait. We’ll control crowds to see what occurs there. Then again, perhaps this occasion’s reputation gained’t improve–given the attraction lineup, it looks like a distinct segment providing…at the very least till Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge debuts, however we’re not even going to open that speculative can of worms right here.)
Save for a number of meet & greets, none of Disney’s Hollywood Studios main leisure choices run solely throughout After Hours. This virtually necessitates a return go to to the park a unique day, until you’ve already ‘been there, done that’ with all the exhibits.
On the plus aspect, Sundown Season’s Greetings was operating all through the night time. We stopped to catch that with nearly nobody in a 15′ radius of us at one level.
When it comes to ideas, our recommendation can be to start out on the Sundown Boulevard rides (Rock ‘n’ Curler Coaster and Tower of Terror) and finish with Toy Story Land. The latter was undoubtedly busiest proper after fireworks, and by the point that crowd cycled by means of Slinky Canine Sprint a few occasions, it just about dissipated.
Our recommendation can be to plan your arrival to Toy Story Land for the second half of the occasion. At this level, your common cycle time (wait time plus experience plus exiting) for Slinky Canine Sprint or Toy Story Mania ought to be at or beneath 15 minutes, and at or beneath 5 minutes for Alien Swirling Saucers or the meet & greets.
We’d additionally advocate sticking to at least one space, doing that on repeat, and never returning. Despite the fact that Disney’s Hollywood Studios isn’t big, the stroll from Toy Story Land to Sundown Boulevard is a time eater.
We didn’t comply with our personal recommendation right here, as an alternative doing every a few occasions, grabbing a few of the included refreshments, after which slowly meandering again in the direction of the opposite whereas consuming our Mickey’s Premium Bars or what have you ever.
After Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios bears similarities to the Animal Kingdom occasion. As is the case there, this can be a headliner-heavy occasion. Whereas you possibly can go for selection at Magic Kingdom, the lineup right here is extra restricted. To get probably the most worth from a time-savings perspective out of After Hours at DHS, you must be fascinated by driving Slinky Canine Sprint and/or Rock ‘n’ Curler Coaster a number of occasions.
We expect that’s actually what the occasion comes right down to. You definitely don’t have to journey them each a mixed 10 occasions as we did, however you’ll need to do them various occasions. In case you’re a curler coaster junkie, this can be a nice occasion, and the truth that each of those headliners are close to walk-ons (and that you could skip the RnRC pre-show) means you can do loops of each and get your experience counts into the double digits over the course of the night time.
Conversely, should you’re solely desirous about experiencing the whole lot as soon as, arriving for morning Additional Magic Hours, at rope drop (see our DHS Park Opening Technique & Rope Drop Ideas), and even doing our Half-Day Disney’s Hollywood Studios Itinerary with a robust FastPass+ recreation ought to be adequate.
Finally, whether or not you need to do After Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios comes right down to your private attraction priorities (are you a curler coaster junkie who needs to loop the 2 main ones right here?), finances, and averseness to crowds. Should you hate crowds and are prepared to splurge, this might be an excellent occasion for you.
It’s completely a matter of private choice, however we appreciated the Animal Kingdom model of the occasion higher, even having to “suffer” by means of the Flight of Passage pre-show. That’s one thing I’d pay to do once more, this one is just not. I really like curler coasters, however regardless of what our journey rely right here suggests, I don’t really feel the necessity to do them on repeat. In fact, as Walt Disney World regulars who’ve skilled every of those rides numerous occasions, our perspective right here may very nicely differ from yours. Furthermore, our private calculus on that is very more likely to change considerably as soon as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens…however you possibly can ensure that pricing, crowds, and waits will likewise change, so we’ll should revisit this occasion in full as soon as that land opens.
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