SCROOGE OR SPLURGE AFTER DARK ACTIVITIES
When the sun goes down at Walt Disney World, the fun starts. OK, there’s lots of fun during the day, but there are some really fun activities that only happen After Dark.
Most of the After Dark activities are free but there are several that cost a little (or a lot) of money. So should you splurge on one of these paid After Dark activities or should you be a Scrooge and just skip them?
What kind of After Dark events are we talking about? Let’s take a look.
The most popular paid After Dark events have to be the parties. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party takes place in the Magic Kingdom on select nights between late August and early November. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is also at the Magic Kingdom, and held in November and December.
During the Halloween Party, everyone dresses up in costumes (adult costumes are allowed), and there is Trick or Treating at different candy spots throughout the park. At the Christmas Party, Christmas is everywhere. There is “snow” on Main Street. The parade ends with Santa Claus, and they serve cookies and hot cocoa. The fireworks shows and parades are the best at Walt Disney World, and even better during the holidays!
If you want a really fun and unique view of fireworks, go on one of the fireworks cruises. The Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage kicks off with meeting Captain Hook and Mr. Smee, followed by an unforgettable voyage to watch the nighttime spectacular light up the sky. If pirates and fireworks aren’t your thing, you can also set up a private cruise on boats ranging from a pontoon boat to a private yacht.
The Starlight Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is an interesting way to experience the animals. Hop on an open-air safari vehicle, don your night vision goggles, and get ready to see the over twenty species who roam the Lodge’s Savannah after dark.
OK, we started this list with holiday events, so why not end it with a holiday event? Holiday D-lights includes a behind-the-scenes look at where the Christmas decorations are prepared. It includes a yummy meal, along with an up close look at the Magic Kingdom Tree, and concludes with a performance of WDW’S beloved Candlelight Processional.
The paid After Dark activities run from around $70 to several hundred dollars per adult. Each provides a unique experience that you wouldn’t get without spending a little extra. But are they worth it?
The Scrooge side of me says, “I'm paying enough money for this vacation, why would I pay extra for some cocoa or to listen to a Disney Cast Member tell me how Christmas decorations are made?”
If money is an issue for you, don’t worry about these paid After Dark events. It’s not worth blowing the budget for them. Yes, Trick or Treating in the Magic Kingdom is cool, but at $70 to $85 per person, it’s not that cool.
On the other hand… All of the paid After Dark events are unique experiences that you just can’t get without splurging. How else would you be able to see how Disney tests the Christmas lights for Cinderella Castle, or experience the Magic Kingdom at its finest, and with free snacks! Or get to hunt for animals using night vision goggles? Spend a little money, and you can watch the fireworks with no crowds jostling you!
If you are looking for a unique experience, then you might want to splurge a little to enjoy the paid After Dark events at Walt Disney World.