Disney After Hours

Disney After Hours – An Amazing Night-time Experience

The Disney Parks are the most favorite family fun destinations that Orlando has to offer. However, for many, things are not so exciting given the increasing crowd and long wait times. But thanks to Disney for coming up with new and exciting ways of dealing the inevitable crowd issues time and again. The unique Disney After Hours program is a great example in this regard, featuring 3-hours of most memorable theme-park experience with little-to-no wait time.

Disney after Hours event offers the most exclusive excess to over two dozen top-of-the-line attractions inside the happiest place ever. Guests have the privilege of being a part of the thinnest crowd ever. They are able to maximize their involvement with no wait across 25 unique Magic Kingdom attractions, including Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight, Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, Space Mountain, and many more.

Disney After Hours 2017

Disney After Hours 2017


The 2017 Disney After Hours event is available on select dates from January through March – January 20 and 27 from 9 pm to 12 midnight, February 2, 9 and 16 from 8 pm to 11 pm and March 2 and 9 from 9 pm to 12 midnight. It’s a hard ticket event and tickets are available at a reduced price for all guests at $119.00 + taxes. Disney is also giving away the special ticket at discounted rates for its annual pass holders and Disney Vacation Club members at just $89 a ticket. Along with the exclusive access to the Park attractions, the tickets include complimentary ice cream, popcorn, and select beverages too. Other food items are available for purchase as well.

It’s to be noted that the Disney After Hours event allows park entry as early as 7 pm i.e. more than an hour ahead of the Event. Due to this guests have the advantage of enjoying some extra magic moments, such as the nightly – Wishes fireworks show prior to the scheduled closing time. Moreover, the special Event doesn’t affect Extra Magic Hours in any away. Both the programs are scheduled to be held on different nights. So guest staying at a Resort hotel will continue enjoying their share of Extra Magic Hours as usual.

Castle Projection Show Magic Kingdom

Brand New Projection Show Transforms Cinderella’s Castle into Living Art

The night-time experience at Magic Kingdom Park takes a new leap with the launch of a brand new castle projection show that replaces the old ‘Celebrate the Magic’ projection show. During the occasion the entire Cinderella Castle transforms into a living art. And guests will experience a magical adventure amidst vibrant images and scenes from favorite Disney films. Begins November 4, 2016, the new – Once Upon a Time projection show features many characters and favorite Disney moments from tales such as Peter Pan, Cinderella, and Frozen. Also include scenes from Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland and the many adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

Once Upon a Time has its inspiration from the Tokyo Disneyland show of the same name. With one of a kind projection technology, 3D effects and more, it brings to life some of the most unique story-telling moments that Disney has to offer. In the Show you have Mrs. Potts (from Beauty and the Beast) sharing the favorite bedtime stories with Chip. The one of a kind Show takes you on a never-before magical trip that ends in a grand finale with the appearance of more characters from timeless classics and spectacular fireworks display above the Castle.

Whether it’s a fantasy flight with the forever young Peter Pan from London to Never Land or the sight of Mad Hatter’s whimsical tea party, watching Winnie the Pooh and his rise to the top of the castle or the duel between Gaston and Beast waltzing, everything is extra magical about it. Like its predecessor Once Upon a Time uses the best in projection mapping technology to re-create the most fascinating three-dimensional effect, covering every corners and contours of the iconic Castle, from the base to the tips of its towers and turrets.

Once Upon a Time Castle Projection

Once Upon a Time Castle Projection

Once Upon a Time is about 14 minutes long and is essentially the pre-show to the most popular Magic Kingdom fireworks show ‘Wishes’. Once Upon a Time brings an end to the existing ‘Celebrate the Magic’ projection show – one of the most anticipated night-time attractions for the last four consecutive years. November 3, 2016 is the last day for fans to catch this old Show. And if not one can always enjoy the video of the full show by visiting the YouTube Video here.

Theme Parks, Screaming Parents and Disfunction Oh My!

Have you ever been on vacation and witnessed a situation that made you cringe or better yet made you want to rethink your choice of destination? I can’t count how many times I have been at a theme park in Orlando and witnessed a parent yelling at a tired child or worse seen grown adults getting into fights over the dumbest things. The other day I was waiting for the Ferry Boat to take me and my little princess back to the parking lot and Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park and a older man walked right up next to us and started clipping his nasty nails within feet of my little girl. When I said excuse me sir, he just looked at me and went right back to making his nasty little pile of fingernail clippings. When he was done, he just kicked them around and spread them for the people to walk through.

Nastyness is everywhere and I guess it is all in how you deal with it. You may remember not to long ago, two women at one of the other Disney parks got into a fistacuf over someone getting to close in line and then started beating the crap out of one another with umbrellas all while children looked on. Such an ugly site for anyone to witness but those little souls were probably scared for life after seeing the ugly side of adults at such a magical place. I have to admit that there have been times that I have lost my cool, but was smart enough to take a deep breath and walk away, but all to often this is not the case. When you mix long days with heat and add a little beer to the mix, things are going to get a little testy from time to time.

Last week I was at Universal Studios Orlando and witnessed a man yelling at the top of his lungs at his little boy for not moving in the right direction for dads perfect vacation photo. I think he knew he was losing it when everyone around him just liked at him with shame, but some people just do give a damn about how they are acting or how they look doing it! When you start mixing long hot days with screaming kids and throw in a beer or two, things are going to get a little ugly. Some of the worst times that I have been at a theme park and just saw absolute chaos had to be at Epcot during their International Wine & Food Festival. Not a place for non-drinking people who do not like to see loud obnoxious people have a good time.

If you are a traveler who wishes to visit during the least stressful time, I recommend going during time when kids are in school and the season is cool with no 100 degree days. The hottest times seem to be the most stressful times as many travelers are not used to our hot steamy Florida days. It can suck the life right out of someone, leaving them stressed and dehydrated. This is not good if you are supposed to be taking of kids or elderly people. Just remember to stay cool, come during the right time and try to stay away from drink festivals if traveling with small children. For discount Disney tickets or Universal Studios tickets, please call our office toll free at 1-877-406-4836.

Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Tree Tavern Closure Due Summer 2015

If you are a big fan of Americana Cuisine and just happen to be visiting the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom park, then you have probably already heard of the Liberty Tree Tavern located in Liberty Square. This colonial style inn has been serving New England inspired fare for many years and has built up quit a fan base among Disney travelers. Starting this July 2015 until November 20th this time capsule of the days of Colonial Willamsburg, will be closed for refurbishment. There have been rumored reports that this is for typical face lift issues that are needed from time to time due to the traffic that this restaurant receives or it could be upgrades for more easier access for the disabled (ADA). If you recall, Disney did the same thing back in 2014 at Memento Mori when it was still the Yankee Trader. For whatever reason, I’m sure that it will look fantastic when it is done! If you are planning a visit to the Magic Kingdom this year and before it closes for the year, advance reservations are strongly recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit.

Disney World’s Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Brings the Most Amazing Family Ride Experience Ever

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Mixes Disney Charm, Technology & Thrills

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Mixes Disney Charm, Technology & Thrills

Enjoying the favorite coaster ride is one of the most anticipated fun activities among theme park lovers worldwide. But when it comes to family friendly ride experience, perhaps the WDW (Walt Disney World) resort is the best place to look for in Orlando. And the coming of the very last attraction that completes the new Fantasyland expansion program of Magic Kingdom is definitely the most unique and inspiring gift WDW has to offer in this regard. It is neither the tallest nor the speediest of all, but it definitely boasts a whole new ride experience for sure. Truly, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train keeps its promise of taking family friendly ride to the next level. Continue reading

Hunting Hidden Mickeys Is a Favorite Sport Among Disney World Mouse Lovers

Keep Your Eyes Open... They are Everywhere!

Keep Your Eyes Open... They are Everywhere!

Beyond the magical theme-park attractions and rides the existence of the legendary mouse – ears in ultimate disguise doubles our Disney delights. As a great fan of the Mouse I believe that the concept of Hidden Mickeys plays a unique role in strengthening our connections with the famous Disney World parks every time we visit them. Whether it’s at the Magic Kingdom or the Epcot the opportunities of finding Hidden Mickeys are many. Moreover, being able to figure out the magical ears in their most elusive formats during a Disney vacation is always a rewarding experience for me. In fact hunting for those secret images and shadows of the mouse is an ever-challenging fun opportunity one should not miss while visiting the world’s most beloved theme parks. Continue reading

Tips for Buying Discount Disney Hopper Tickets

Is the Disney Hopper Ticket Right for You?

Is the Disney Hopper Ticket Right for You?

Have you ever been to any of Walt’s theme parks in Orlando, Florida and found yourself either wanting to see more of the other Disney theme parks or that the park you are in is just too crowded? Well you wouldn’t be alone. With all of the different tickets you can buy to see all of Walt Disney World’s world famous theme parks, the one ticket that has been the most popular has to be the famous Walt Disney World Park Hopper Ticket!

Working for the mouse for 8 years I have seen it all and the one thing that I would hear the most was how guests wish that they had bought the hopper ticket when they were planning and buying their passes. The main reason people wished they had purchased the Hopper Ticket was that they had accomplished most of what they had set out to do at a certain park and wished to go over to another park in the same day and finish the evening off at another Disney park. On some nights for example, the Animal Kingdom might close at 6pm. and the Magic Kingdom on that night might close at 12am midnight. When you have a 1 Day Base Ticket, you are closing out your night early at the Animal Kingdom. If you had spent an extra $30 to upgrade your ticket to a Hopper Ticket, you would be spending the evening at the Magic Kingdom or Epcot with everyone else being the hero of your vacation. Most people go in with the mindset that they are going to be content with just spending the day at one park, but you would be amazed at how people’s moods and energy change once they are in Walt’s parks.

The biggest advantage to buying a Park Hopper Ticket in my opinion is that if a theme park gets a little too busy for your taste and it does happen quite frequently, you have the ability to travel over to another park where the crowd is much more manageable. For instance I have personally had my own Disney Park Hopper Ticket and started out at the Magic Kingdom and by 3pm or 4pm the park was an absolute mad house. Having the Park Hopper Ticket I and my guests were able to jump on a Monorail and stop by a Disney Resort for a cold beverage on our way to Epcot. Epcot is my default park to head to for a little elbow room. Epcot also closes every night at 9pm. so it is a great park that stays open semi-late and you do not feel the crowd factor as much as you would at any other Disney park.

To add a little curve ball to this equation, you can also buy a Walt Disney World Water Park Fun & More Ticket or the Premium ticket of all tickets the Park Hopper Water Park Fun & More Ticket. Both of these tickets are Hoppers in a sense. The Water Park Fun & More ticket is NOT a Hopper ticket for theme parks i.e. Epcot, Hollywood Studios etc. but a Hopper ticket from your one theme park that you are allowed to visit in that day, to an “Optional” item of your choice. The “Optional” items are the 2 Disney Water Parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach, Disney Quest, ESPN Wide World of Sports, Disney’s Miniature Golf Courses at 2 locations or a round of golf at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course. So for example with this ticket you could start off at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and stay until 4pm., then you could walk to the front of the park and jump on a Disney bus and go over to Typhoon Lagoon and spend the rest of the day there soaking up the evening sunshine before returning to you humble abode for the night.

Now if you had bought the Walt Disney World Park Hopper Water Park Fun & More Ticket you could do the same thing as the Water Park Fun & More ticket but now you have the ability to Park Hop between theme parks in the same day as well as Hop over to one of the “Optional” items as well. It all boils down to how much money you want to spend, how many days you are going to be here and do you want the ability to change course within you day in order to visit multiple parks. If money is tight and you do not want to visit more than 1 park within a day, or you think that you or your kids will not be able to handle this type of traveling, then stay with the Disney Base Tickets. They are a great ticket and have served many a traveler with just the right amount of Disney Pixie Dust, but if you are the type of person who can handle a little more action in you day then the adventure ticket you are seeking is definitely the Disney Park Hopper Ticket.

To purchase any of these tickets that I have mentioned at a discount, please contact The Official Ticket Center in Orlando, Florida. There are many online ticket brokers, but they are local and have an actual Guest Service location within 5 miles of Disney and other Orlando theme parks.

©Patrick Pulliam 2014

How Effective Is Disney World’s New Ride Reservation System?

Will Fastpass+ Work for You?

Will FastPass+ Work for You?

The Official Ticket Center ~ Making products and services easily accessible is an important determinant in the success of a business. And I think Disney is probably the best in capitalizing this very crucial aspect in the theme-park industry today. Being the world’s biggest entertainment conglomerate, Disney is unique in handling both its core businesses as well as the demands of fans since inception. It’s not just a source that enables you to connect with your ultimate dreams, but also understands the importance of making things available in the most hassle-free and convenient way possible. One great example of this amazing quality is the implementation of the new ride reservation system at the WDW (Walt Disney World) resort in Orlando.

Intended to provide more flexibility in the booking of favorite rides and bring improvement in the wait-times is the new Fastpass+ (FP+) system and it comes with many great promises. Unlike the legacy paper Fastpass, the ability to obtain reservations in advance becomes a reality now for all those passionate about Disney World rides. If you are staying at a Disney resort then you are good to have a reservation as early as 60 days prior to your trip.

The new Fastpass+ reservation system also puts an end to the need of visiting a Fastpass machine in person. Guests have the advantage of choosing from multiple reservation options now. Moreover, if you are a Disney resort guest you can obtain reservations right from the comfort of your home at a mouse click, or on a smart-phone or tablet while in the parks. Besides, there exist many new Fastpass+ reservation kiosks as well as staff members to assist, throughout the parks for all guests. Another great feature the new system offers is the ability to change the attractions for which you have the reservations. One can also control the return times of attractions reserved and thus eliminate the risk of losing any reservation times.

However, there are also certain speculations about the latest reservation system that suggest otherwise. It’s observed that unlike its predecessor, the new Fastpass+ program brings discrimination among guests or vacationers. There are fans not as happy since the new reservation system mostly favors a particular section of guests specially, those staying at a Disney owned resort. So chances are if you are staying offsite then you are missing some great features. Again with the old legacy Fastpass one can have the ability to obtain reservation at more than one park per day. But the same is not the case with the new system as guests are limited to obtain reservations at one park per day.

But whatever may be the speculations, the ultimate objective of the new program is to cut wait-times and bring more flexibility to ride reservations. And I believe Disney is always a champion in adding more value to our dream vacations.

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The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – A New Dawn for Dark Rides

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train - The latest roller coaster at Disney World will open in 2014

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train - The latest roller coaster at Disney World will open in 2014

The Official Ticket Center ~ Being able to step inside the world of your most beloved and award winning Disney Classics of all times and become a part of those favorite actions is a dream come true experience. And the same is happening out there with the new Disney World ride. Imagine a journey through the mine where the Seven Dwarfs spend their days digging for gems. Imagine an adventure ride onboard the most unique theme park coaster train ever created. Well! For all those passionate about dark ride fantasies at Disney World parks, the magic is just getting more and more impressive. Thanks to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride attraction which comes as part of WDW’s (Walt Disney World) epic expansion program in the new Fantasyland area of Magic Kingdom Park.

I think it’s a whole new, family friendly ride experience we should not miss. For the first time in the history of Disney adventure-rides we have seen a ride with such amazingly new concept both in technology and in design as well. Moreover, the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction comes with many great and intriguing features. Whether it’s the magical train that takes you right into the most immersive and award-winning animated ambience ever, or those aesthetically designed cars of the train that reflects the most amazing concept of swinging coasters for the first time, I think the imagineers had left no stone unturned in shaping this one-of-a- kind ride-attraction till date.

Another most striking fact about the new train ride is its wide accessibility. Unlike the other extreme thrill rides, there is no age or height restriction for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train riders. Guests of all ages can enjoy the ride and its incredible story-line without missing the much needed thrills. Also factors such as the use of variable speed vehicles to incorporate the best of dark ride features, the application of new animatronics concept to bring to life the iconic characters (Snow White and the Dwarfs) and the magical environs where the Dwarfs live and work are sighted as some of the incredible highlights of the new attraction.

The new Fantasyland which opens in phases is WDW’s biggest expansion plan ever. Since 2012, as the construction continues, we have seen the advent of some extremely creative and exciting evolutions in the ten new acres of Disney Magic. First it was the dueling Dumbo rides and Storybook Circus section. Then comes the themed sections for The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast and later the Princes Fairytale Hall that replaces the Snow White’s Scary Adventures in 2013. And finally, it’s the opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride in 2014 that probably marks the end of this historic expansion program in Disney Orlando.

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The Spirit of Christmas Is Best Experienced With A Disney Christmas Vacation

Holiday Season at the Disney World Parks

Holiday Season at the Disney World Parks

The Official Ticket Center ~ The Holiday Season is one of the most wonderful times for Disney fans visiting their favorite parks in Orlando, Florida. It’s that time of the year when the entire WDW (Walt Disney World) Resort transforms into a unique festive experience, comprise of world premier entertainment opportunities and events, including special attractions, treats and live shows, shopping and dining extravaganza against the backdrop of an incredibly decorative and dazzling ambience. Truly, WDW offers the ultimate settings for festival lovers during the Holidays. And when it comes to celebrations, a Disney Christmas Vacation is undoubtedly one of the most family favorite holiday options you can have.

With the advent of November, when the thrills and horrors of the departed Halloween are just beginning to settle down, the Resort comes back to live once again with the cheers and joys of the Christmas celebrations. Thanks to the ever glittering and special Disney Event – the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for a magical Christmas experience. Famous for its spectacular Fireworks, Parades, including live entertainment shows and more, this premier Christmas event enables visitors to celebrate the occasion unlike any other.

Being a great Disney fan I’m always fascinated about the thought of joining Mickey for that ultimate Christmas Cheer and New Year celebrations right in the middle of the happiest place on earth. Though the Park is a bit crowded and mostly the Christmas weekends are the busiest time around, yet I feel that the pleasures and fun the occasion offers have reasons enough to justify the overwhelming ambience.

Imagine what happens when both Santa and Mickey joins your family in the Christmas celebrations. Imagine the sights of your favorite Disney attractions and rides as they welcome you with a new and more sensational seasonal remake. All these and many more special festive wonders are just at your disposal as you celebrate and enjoy the most memorable Christmas Vacation of your life.

On every select night the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party presents a sea of entertainments right in the heart of the WDW’s Magic Kingdom Park. Starting 7 pm onwards until midnight it’s a saga of everlasting celebrations. Right from the moment you step inside you are exposed to a whole new world of unforgettable moments and merry-making in the company of favorite Disney characters and extravagant holiday decorations. Among the major Party highlights this year includes the spectacular Christmas Parade – Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, the Fireworks Spectacular – Holiday Wishes and attractions with special Christmas makeovers such as the holly jolly joy ride Jingle Cruise (previously called the Jungle Cruise) and breathtaking castle projection shows and more. A visit to this most favorite Disney hosted Christmas Event is just extra-magical and a unique vacation experience that you don’t want to miss.