Worth can mean something different to different people. I hate waiting in line. Maybe it is my ADD, or maybe it is the pain I get in my lower back when I stand on concrete too long. Probably both. I would pay a pretty penny to not wait in line. OK well, maybe a reasonable pretty penny - is that a thing?
We took a nap that afternoon and had dinner at our hotel. (My favorite moderate hotel, Disney's Port Orleans Resort ~ French Quarter. Check out my post on that resort!) We headed to Magic Kingdom before the party started, around 5:00 p.m. You are able to get into the park at 7:00 p.m. with the event ticket - however, we had regular Theme Park Tickets that day also. The park was packed so we spent some time doing things without a long wait long time - People Mover, Under The Sea, etc. We also watched Wishes. And then it was time to get the party started!
Here is a list of everything we rode and how long the line was:
Of course, we had to get a Cinderella Castle picture. There was no wait at all for this.
|Where is everybody?!|
|All is quiet on the Frontier(land)!|
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - rode 3 times in a row and didn't even have to get off to walk the queue again. Wait time - 0 minutes. OK, we will say 1 minute just for fun.
At this point in time, it was 9:35 p.m. We were getting cocky and headed over to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Posted wait time was 20 minutes. We waited for 15 minutes. Whaaaa?
|I can see the ground in Fantasyland!|
We headed to The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Wait time 1 minute. Maybe.
One quick stop at Peter Pan's Flight. The displayed wait time said 10 minutes. It was maybe 1.
|No wait to Neverland!|
We then headed over to Adventureland where Pirates of the Carribean and The Jungle Cruise were walk-ons with no wait.
|I found the stroller parking!|
|There were several people who hung around the park that did not have an After Hours ticket.|
They were not at all let on to the attractions. Bless their hearts, they sure did try!
My youngest and I rode Astro Orbiter. We NEVER ride that because I hate waiting for those dumb elevators. Wait time during the party? None! We walked right into the elevator.
|This is the saddest dance party ever.|
|Child, stop wasting time with those treats - we need to RIDE ALL THE RIDES!|
Finally, it was 11:50. There was one more mad dash to Big Thunder Mountain where there was no wait at all. I decided to take the opportunity and get this shot that I wanted to get all week but the line was so long! I waited maybe 3 minutes.
|I've got a dream!|
The Haunted Mansion: 35 minutes
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: 50 minutes x 4 rides = 200 minutes
Seven Dwarf's Mine Train: 90 minutes x 5 rides = 450 minutes
The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: 35 minutes
Peter Pan's Flight: 75 minutes
Space Mountain: 70 minutes
Astro Orbiter: 30 minutes
Jungle Cruise: 40 minutes
Pirates of the Caribean: 40 minutes
This equals a grand total of 975 minutes. That is over 16 hours, people! Of just standing in line. That doesn't even include the time it takes you to walk to these attractions and actually ride them or take some time to eat something!
A one-day Magic Kingdom ticket is currently $107.00 during the regular season. So yes, a full day ticket costs LESS than the $112 after hours event which is three hours. (You could technically enter the park early and be in the park for 5 hours on the ticket.)
Is this event worth it? I do believe, a thousand times - YES! Is it expensive - absolutely! However, if it wasn't it wouldn't be worth it. Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party are less expensive and I feel those things are packed.
If an event like this is offered again during our visit, we will absolutely be attending again. The time savings is completely worth it to me.
And the best part of the evening - the car was easy to find!
|Dude, where's my car?|