The first Disney After Hours event at Magic Kingdom has passed, and the reaction on social media ranges from ecstatically happy to, well, confused. And some people would rather just keep their money.
Holders of a ticket to Disney After Hours have access to key parts of the park for three hours after regular day guests have left. Walt Disney World is selling a limited amount of tickets to the event, which is on select nights only. After Hours guests can actually enter Magic Kingdom at 7 p.m. The cost is $149 per person.
So while photos from the event appear to show nearly deserted attractions ... that's kind of the point. (Disney isn't saying what the upper limit of its After Hours ticket sales is.) Reports from the event said that most rides were on a walk-right-on basis. And some beverage and ice-cream treats, including the Mickey Bar, were available for free.
A favorite tweet from the evening comes from @laughing_place: "Able to throw a turkey leg and not hit another guest."
Among the available rides and attractions during After Hours were Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Barnstomer, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, "it's a small world," Mad Tea Party, Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mickey's PhilharMagic, Peter Pan's Flight, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Astro Orbiter, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, Stitch's Great Escape, Tomorrowland Speedway, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Jungle Cruise, Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Pirates of the Caribbean, Swiss Family Treehouse, Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room and Under the Sea -- Journey of the Little Mermaid. Guests could also meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater or royal characters at Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland.
Other Twitter posts from the event:
"Our best guess is that there are about 1,000 guests at the #DisneyAfterHours event at Magic Kingdom tonight." (@attractions)
"I want to know how many of the estimated 1000 guests at #DisneyAfterHours tonight got in free with DVC membership???" (@DJDisnerd)
"Even with #DisneyAfterHours meeting Anna & Elsa is the longest line... Of about 10 minutes." (@Jsilsb)
"Disney After Hours works for people who aren't bloggers, locals, casual goers etc. It's for people who don't live here and can splurge." (@figmentjedi)
"If I was a vacationer from out of state, Disney After Hours would be a cool splurge for a MK day INSTEAD of a regular park day." (@drunkatdisney)
"Disney- 'how do we get rid of all the old ice cream we never sold...?' 'NOW INTRODUCING, DISNEY AFTER HOURS @ $159!" (@diegodrummer69)
"Empty park and free ice cream. I love after hours. Thanks. #Disney" (@mfinder3)
"Just walked on to mine train. #DisneyAfterHours rocks!" (@waltdisneydad)
"These photos from Disney After Hours make it pretty much look like heaven." (@mfwit)
"I love that people are reporting from the extra pay Disney After Hours event at WDW that there are like no guest there" (@scjacka)
"Im confused. Technically #DisneyAfterHours looks like a flop but isn't nobody showing up and having the park to yourself kinda the point?" (@coastineast)
"Looks like there were very few people at the #DisneyAfterHours event. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?" (@disneymagicwdw)
"The first #DisneyAfterHours has concluded and 3 hours is not enough time to do all 26 attractions even with no wait." (@laughing_place)
Other scheduled Disney After Hours dates include April 21, May 5, 8, 12 and 19. For more information, go to disneyworld.com.