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Old 05-15-2019, 02:07 PM   #1
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Default AK after hours May 14

I bought the tickets with DVC discount and 5% target Disney gift card off.
We arrived 630 to the lot. A few minutes to 7p they let us in. Lots of CM to put on party bands.
ME and 3 college students we wanted the high lites rides.
We hit sarfari first During regular hours because we knew it was going to close and not be offered during the party. The wait was with listed 45 minutes and it was correct.
After the party started rides were walk on. FOP was wait one time then ride .
We ate three popcorn and drinks for everyone and ice cream for everyone we thought it was well worth it.

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Old 05-15-2019, 06:40 PM   #2
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So glad you enjoyed it and were able to get on all the rides you wanted!

We just did one at MK and rides were all walk on too.
Crowds were definitely low. We used the DVC discount as well , but I should look into the gift card angle better, thanks!

Iím thinking the After Hours events are probably almost better to do than the Parties. The parties are just getting way way crowded!
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Old 05-15-2019, 07:43 PM   #3
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Glad to hear the lines were short / none... we're doing this in about 3 weeks...can't wait!

We even have a FP for the safari just before the party starts.
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Old 05-15-2019, 08:23 PM   #4
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I had a FP for sarfari with my AP but they didnít so I chose to go through the regular line with them.
I just got 999,999 on Buzz.
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Old 05-16-2019, 10:03 AM   #5
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Thanks for sharing, glad you enjoyed.
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Old 05-16-2019, 01:58 PM   #6
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We are heading to WDW in a few weeks and pretty much all of our park visits will be after hours events in lieu of regular park tickets. I constantly see people asking if these events are worth the money. We've been to the parks so many times that I don't need to see all of the shows, visit all of the characters or ride every single ride so having 5-6 hours in the parks at night when its cooler, with significantly shorter wait times, free mickey bars and, with the DVC discount, a lower price point than a regular one day ticket, I say Yes Please. Maybe my perspective would be different if I was new to the parks or if I had already paid for an AP/vacation package with tickets so this was truly an incremental charge but given neither of those circumstances apply to us, I suspect we are Disney's target market for these events and I'm excited to try them.
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Old 05-24-2019, 09:15 PM   #7
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We just did the ak after hours. Originally wasnít going to because our fp and park days were set and going to ak after hours meant switching fpís . Akv front desk cm was super helpful in getting our fpís switched around To make the last minute decision to purchase. It was worth it for us to be out of the heat of the day and enjoy the park after the crowds thinned out. I think it was $101 pp tax inclusive with the dvc discount.

The downside? I got a little woozy. I had a Mickey bar and an ice cream sandwich for my dinner and a couple waters. That might have played into the feeling a little sick but coupled with multiple times on fop and mt Everest and I thought I was going to lose my ďdinnerĒ. I heard quite a few others saying the same thing. It was thrill ride overload for me. Initially there was zero wait for fop but the last time we stood in line for 30 minutes.

we saw a few uninvited guests- a bunny, a rat and a snake.

We arrived in the park at 8:45 with a 9pm park close. We hit safari first and it was really fun to ride as the only passengers on our vehicle in the dark. Was also interesting to look up and around and examine the fop machine knowing I could get right back on to get the full experience. Thereís stacks of people on the ride- kind of like sorin.
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