**Disney After Hours - Animal Kingdom** FAQ & Discussion Thread

33Legend

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Is the entire park open to walk around? Even though no Africa attractions are open can you still walk around back there? Checking things out in solitude is appealing to me.
 
  • Stoopy90

    Just dreamin' on Main Street
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    Sep 17, 2019
    I have considered doing the event, but felt as though the value might not be as great as MK or HS. I would assume that Flight of Passage is the most popular, and that it would still carry a lengthy line. Can anyone give me some idea whether it is worth or somewhat worth the price?
     

    DisneyCowgirl

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    Jan 16, 2004
    I have considered doing the event, but felt as though the value might not be as great as MK or HS. I would assume that Flight of Passage is the most popular, and that it would still carry a lengthy line. Can anyone give me some idea whether it is worth or somewhat worth the price?
    We did this during spring break this year, so crazy-crowded time! It was worth it for us during such a crowded time, though I agree not as much of a value as it is at MK. I think the first time we rode FOP, it was about 20 minutes from when we walked in until we sat down on the Banshee. The second time, not as long. It takes a bit of time because there's the pre-show that you can't skip, and a lot of queue to walk through. No wait to speak of for River Journey or whatever it is called ("Blue Pirates of the Caribbean").

    We had annual passes, so arrived early enough to use FP+ for Safari and Lion King, had dinner, and watched the regular time Rivers of Light. Then we did every after hours thing except character meet and greets. Rode FOP twice and everything else once. Left shortly before the event ended.
     

    Stoopy90

    Just dreamin' on Main Street
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    Sep 17, 2019
    We did this during spring break this year, so crazy-crowded time! It was worth it for us during such a crowded time, though I agree not as much of a value as it is at MK. I think the first time we rode FOP, it was about 20 minutes from when we walked in until we sat down on the Banshee. The second time, not as long. It takes a bit of time because there's the pre-show that you can't skip, and a lot of queue to walk through. No wait to speak of for River Journey or whatever it is called ("Blue Pirates of the Caribbean").

    We had annual passes, so arrived early enough to use FP+ for Safari and Lion King, had dinner, and watched the regular time Rivers of Light. Then we did every after hours thing except character meet and greets. Rode FOP twice and everything else once. Left shortly before the event ended.
    Cool, sounds like it might be worth it somewhat. I really enjoyed the Magic Kingdom one, was less impressed with HS one, but there were a few unfortunate attraction circumstances at HS. I really enjoy the lack of pressure at these events.
     

    DizMinMouse

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    Mar 19, 2018
    I didn’t get my money’s worth from this event but it was entirely my fault. I should’ve rested a while before the event. My feet were already in pain before the event even started. I didn’t even stay very long. My advice for those of us getting older is to rest before the event & don’t get to AK too early. It’s a big park so know your limitations if you have them. I will definitely do things differently if I have the opportunity to attend an after hours event again in the future.
     
  • Stoopy90

    Just dreamin' on Main Street
    Joined
    Sep 17, 2019
    I didn’t get my money’s worth from this event but it was entirely my fault. I should’ve rested a while before the event. My feet were already in pain before the event even started. I didn’t even stay very long. My advice for those of us getting older is to rest before the event & don’t get to AK too early. It’s a big park so know your limitations if you have them. I will definitely do things differently if I have the opportunity to attend an after hours event again in the future.
    I've found that its best do a park in the morning, take a break for several hours and then head into the DAH park about a hour or two before the event.
     

    GillianP1301

    DIS Veteran
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    Jun 22, 2012
    I have considered doing the event, but felt as though the value might not be as great as MK or HS. I would assume that Flight of Passage is the most popular, and that it would still carry a lengthy line. Can anyone give me some idea whether it is worth or somewhat worth the price?
    I have done both and for me, the value of the MK DAH is much greater than at AK. At MK you get just about the entire parks worth of rides open, at AK it is quite limited. The priority for my son during the AK one was FOP, which we rode 4 times. But, it is about 25 minutes each time to walk through the queue (no waits) and do both pre-show rooms and then the ride and the long exit walk out. We were still able to do Na'vi River and Dinosaur plus 2 snack breaks in our 3 hour event. We left about 20 minutes early. Everest had been closed for most of our night (it was rainy) and it opened up just as we were leaving and decided not to walk all the way back. We could've gotten a couple rides on there if we had. We enjoyed it for sure, but it is definitely not as much bang for your buck as MK unless you really want to ride FOP several times. I would do it again, but if I had to choose only 1 of the 2 events, I would go with MK for sure.
     

    Stoopy90

    Just dreamin' on Main Street
    Joined
    Sep 17, 2019
    I have done both and for me, the value of the MK DAH is much greater than at AK. At MK you get just about the entire parks worth of rides open, at AK it is quite limited. The priority for my son during the AK one was FOP, which we rode 4 times. But, it is about 25 minutes each time to walk through the queue (no waits) and do both pre-show rooms and then the ride and the long exit walk out. We were still able to do Na'vi River and Dinosaur plus 2 snack breaks in our 3 hour event. We left about 20 minutes early. Everest had been closed for most of our night (it was rainy) and it opened up just as we were leaving and decided not to walk all the way back. We could've gotten a couple rides on there if we had. We enjoyed it for sure, but it is definitely not as much bang for your buck as MK unless you really want to ride FOP several times. I would do it again, but if I had to choose only 1 of the 2 events, I would go with MK for sure.
    Thanks for sharing your experience! I may just give it a shot.
     


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