New MK Ticketed Event according to WDW News Today

digdug

Member
Well this has forced me to emerge from lurkdom to ask how Disney handles emptying the park for hard-ticketed events. We will be in MK on 5/19 and I was planning on getting in line at 7DMT around 10:50pm to experience the ride in the dark as I do not want to use a FP+ that late. Then I planned for us to slowly walk toward the entrance, with hopes of experiencing the Goodnight Kiss (which we have yet to do). Will they "force/encourage" us to leave more than a normal night? I know it's speculation at this point but I assume the procedure may be modeled after what they do on party nights?
 

George

wishes he had a pink frolicing llama under his tag
Well this has forced me to emerge from lurkdom to ask how Disney handles emptying the park for hard-ticketed events. We will be in MK on 5/19 and I was planning on getting in line at 7DMT around 10:50pm to experience the ride in the dark as I do not want to use a FP+ that late. Then I planned for us to slowly walk toward the entrance, with hopes of experiencing the Goodnight Kiss (which we have yet to do). Will they "force/encourage" us to leave more than a normal night? I know it's speculation at this point but I assume the procedure may be modeled after what they do on party nights?
You'll be able to ride, and thenyou'll be escorted to the exit (no stopping) afterwards.
 

natfish

New member
So here's what my brain (which is bad at numbers) can't figure out.
WDW has cut character experiences, CM hours, and various other things in order to divert funds to Shanghai/expansions/whatever.
And then their next move is to create another special ticket event. This requires CM's for extra hours, which requires WDW to pay them of course, sooooo are they still saving money, will they make money, or will they just sort of break even?
 

digdug

Member
You'll be able to ride, and thenyou'll be escorted to the exit (no stopping) afterwards.
Ah thanks, got it. We'll plan to do this on our other night instead. Although the thought of being escorted out of MK makes me chuckle for some sad reason.
 

Momof6

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We were in MK during a MNSSHP event in 2014 and nobody said anything to us about leaving. In fact, we had almost exited the park at 9pm when my youngest informed he she needed the restroom. We had no trouble going back under the railroad and visiting the restrooms by Guest Services. We were even able to see Jack Skellington doing a meet and greet there, though only from a distance.
 

R&RMom

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Have you ever been in a situation at work where some boss or supervisor or board member who ranks above you but knows nothing says "I think we should do it this way". And you explain all the reasons why it won't work but they refuse to listen. So you finally give up and say "screw it lets do it your way and see what happens" when secretly you know it will be a disaster.

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You summed it up pretty well. Story of my life. The last few "great ideas" they had at work panned out this way. I'm tired of wasting my breath. I guess not much is any different in any company in corporate America, including Disney. It seems like they are on a "money grab" mentality lately, and this is the latest scheme. Absolutely no value for the customer. Only the suckers will try this one.
 

Nia

Well-known member
I have seen an unconfirmed rumor that the event is for 3000 people. :/
MNSSHP is over 25000 I think. It would be pretty awesome to be in the park with 3000 people only for 3 hours. I hate to admit but this sounds amazing if they have most rides open

I wouldn't pay for considering my son won't last that long
 

Vhaz

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I really really hope they aren't going to use this pricing structure for the Halloween party. $600 for the four of us is too steep for me.
 

George

wishes he had a pink frolicing llama under his tag
Ah thanks, got it. We'll plan to do this on our other night instead. Although the thought of being escorted out of MK makes me chuckle for some sad reason.
They may even take you to the passageway by The Plaza, where you'd have to walk behind Main St. to exit. Talk about being given the old heave-ho!
 

czmom

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Lovely. Our MK day on May 5 will now be filled with extra people trying to grab FP and see MSEP and Wishes. No Bueno :(
 

CathyB

Member
It is just me or is Disney announcing everything BUT the one piece of info everyone wants...Rivers of Light info. This event seemed to come out of left field as in no rumors or no discussion about it - it just popped up.

(On a side note: I might be in the minority - if not the only one - but I am intrigued to buy a ticket to this event just to see what it all entails lol...yes I'm crazy..I know...)
 

tlseege

Member
You're not alone Cathy! When it went "live" this morning I tried to buy it. #FAIL. They said to call back tomorrow.

I mean, I'm paying $85 to run through Epcot for 35 minutes, with about half of that just being the parking lot... so....
 

amk3

Member
Four photos on the event website and three show couples in their 20's. Looks like they are targeting post-college / pre-kids - likely not coming to Orlando for a Disney vacation but might be nearby, nostalgic, and more interested if they aren't dealing with full vacation planning.
 

abfallas

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I usually travel on a "girls trip" with my BFF once a year to WDW. We tend to do some crazy spending - we do a spa day at the GF or dinner at V&A, we even did the Villain Soiree two years ago - we both agree, we would NEVER pay $149 for 3 hours at MK, no matter how empty the park is (that's why we rope drop!).
 

R&RMom

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When I'm spending my money, I try to get as much value as possible. We are vacationing at WDW from April 30th to May 7th. On May 1st MK is open until 12:00 am (not extra magic hours, just normal park hours). On May 5th it's open until 10 pm, and the After Hour event is now scheduled from 10 pm - 1 am. I realize there may be less people, but why would I pay $600 for our family of 4 to stay until 1 am, when we can stay until midnight a few days before with no additional cost. This makes no sense. And pretty much if you Rope Drop you don't have to wait long on Recommended days if you follow Josh's plan. So there's that.
We were planning on doing our 2nd MK day on May 5th and staying for Wishes, and now I'm wondering if it will still be a recommended day with this new event.
 

Southernbelle20

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When I'm spending my money, I try to get as much value as possible. We are vacationing at WDW from April 30th to May 7th. On May 1st MK is open until 12:00 am (not extra magic hours, just normal park hours). On May 5th it's open until 10 pm, and the After Hour event is now scheduled from 10 pm - 1 am. I realize there may be less people, but why would I pay $600 for our family of 4 to stay until 1 am, when we can stay until midnight a few days before with no additional cost. This makes no sense. And pretty much if you Rope Drop you don't have to wait long on Recommended days if you follow Josh's plan. So there's that.
We were planning on doing our 2nd MK day on May 5th and staying for Wishes, and now I'm wondering if it will still be a recommended day with this new event.

I have the same problem. Same dates as you. I am seriously thinking about trying to swap AK and MK days for that week and do MK on Sunday and AK on Thursday. IF I can swap my Fastpasses around. Geesh!
 

RagamuffinKim

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Could these events be designed for afterprom/graduation get togethers for high schoolers? Here in ohio Cedar Point is filled with groups of teens during May. Prom on friday, then Cedar Point on Saturday. If so, I would stay far far away.
 

Anne

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I'm not going to WDW when these events are happening (unless they are successful and extended to July) but I really think it is unlikely they will have a major impact on crowds from 7-10 pm. I wouldn't change my ADRs, FP, etc just because of this event. It is (rumored to be) WAY fewer people than extra magic hours so the "avoid a park with extra magic hours" rule isn't going to apply. Unless Josh were to change the day to "not recommended " I wouldn't change plans. There are way more tickets sold for the Halloween and Christmas parties than the rumors are for this event and it really doesn't seem to cause major crowd issues from 4-7 pm when day guests and party guests overlap. Party days are always recommended at MK. The one difference is evening entertainment on these nights that you don't have during normal operating hours on party days but I still think it is highly unlikely to have a major impact there either.
 

paxsarah

Active member
Yeah, I feel like this is not designed for a family planning a week's vacation. The incremental cost of simply adding another park day is so small, that it's clearly not targeted to compete with that. I second the idea of younger, childless adults looking to have a fun night out, or even night-owl empty nesters. If you feel like it's not aimed toward you (and it's definitely not aimed toward me!), then it's probably not aimed toward you. Time will tell if the intended audience will buy in or not.
 

cboyer

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I don't necessarily think its a bad idea, I am sure there is a market it for it, but it does seem extremely overpriced. $150 a person for this event, when the Halloween party last year was less than half that. Halloween party you could gain access from 4-12, this is 6-2, so same time limit. With the Halloween party you got special characters, parade and fireworks, plus all you can eat candy, which is a favorite of my daughters. With this you get regular MSEP and Wishes. I think they are way out of line on the pricing, and I hope it doesn't indicate that the other party pricing is about to jump like that.
 
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