Walt Disney World Resort within the summertime could be scorching, sticky and crowded. Whether or not it is a day on the resort pool or an air-conditioned meal at one among Disney’s desk service eating places, I’m all the time searching for a strategy to beat the warmth. Whereas planning my most up-to-date Disney journey, I discovered a strategy to keep cool and keep away from the crowds and lengthy strains whereas additionally having fun with free snacks, free drinks and quick wait instances.
I am not one to maintain Disney secrets and techniques to myself, so I’ll inform you all about my newfound discovery. Right here is all the things you want to find out about this “splashy” new strategy to expertise the magic of Disney: H2O Glow After Hours at Hurricane Lagoon.
What’s H2O Glow After Hours?
H2O Glow After Hours is at Hurricane Lagoon, one among Disney World’s two water parks. Ticket costs are $75 for adults and $70 for kids ages 3 to 9 (although reductions can be found for annual passholders and Disney Trip Membership members). Children underneath 3 years of age don’t want a ticket.
The three-hour occasion technically happens from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., however ticketholders can get into Hurricane Lagoon as early as 6 p.m. to start having fun with the points of interest. Disney solely sells a restricted variety of tickets to this occasion, so the park is way much less crowded than it’s through the day. Additionally, there are shorter (or nonexistent) waits for the waterslides.
When the occasion formally kicks off, Hurricane Lagoon transforms right into a glowing, music-filled celebration. There is a DJ-led dance celebration on the sand with Goofy, Chip ‘n Dale, Captain Hook and different Disney characters becoming a member of the gang on the dance ground.
Additionally, as a result of the occasion begins after the warmth of the day has handed, the temperatures are way more nice outdoors (all the higher for dancing the evening away with Goofy and his buddies).
What’s included within the value of H2O Glow After Hours?
It is exhausting to seek out something free at Disney, however H2O Glow had a large seashore bag’s price of goodies that have been all included within the ticket value. Once we entered the park, Disney solid members handed us reusable glow-in-the-dark cups to make use of at fountain beverage machines all through the night. I’ve by no means seen my youngsters so pleased after they discovered they might have all of the soda they might drink .. till they discovered they might even have limitless ice cream and popcorn.
There have been carts stationed throughout the park with popcorn and ice cream bars. Lots of the fast service eating places have been additionally open when you wished to buy a meal, snack or alcoholic beverage.
My youngsters did tear themselves away from the free meals and drinks lengthy sufficient to benefit from the included leisure and points of interest, too. We danced barefoot within the sand to the DJ’s tunes. There have been even solid members within the crowd handing out hula hoops and main conga strains.
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Not each attraction is open through the occasion, however the most well-liked ones are. My household spent a whole lot of time using the big surf waves within the wave pool (they alternate with smaller bobbing waves) and floating alongside the lazy river. We additionally checked out a few of the park’s greatest waterslides, Crush ‘n’ Gusher and Miss Journey Falls.
What are the crowds like at H2O Glow After Hours?
The small crowds are among the many greatest issues about Disney’s after-hours occasions. Disney sells a restricted variety of tickets to those occasions, and the capability is way decrease than what you’ll discover on a typical day.
I am not all the time an enormous fan of wave swimming pools as a result of I get nervous attempting to observe my youngsters in a sea of individuals, however the wave pool wasn’t crowded in any respect throughout our go to. The lazy river wasn’t both, and we had no bother discovering empty tubes to drift round in.
The waterslide waits have been what I used to be most to see. Wait instances through the day could be half-hour or extra for a few of the greater slides, however we did not wait greater than quarter-hour all evening. Actually, most slides had wait instances nearer to 5 minutes or no wait in any respect.
Ready in line could be powerful, particularly while you go to Disney with youngsters. Not having to maintain them entertained whereas ready in line was virtually well worth the ticket value by itself.
Is H2O Glow After Hours price it?
In a phrase, sure! Tickets for H2O Glow After Hours value solely barely greater than an everyday one-day water park ticket at Disney, and also you get a lot extra. My household beloved the included treats and the low crowds, which gave us extra time to benefit from the points of interest regardless that we did not spend the entire day within the park.
There was one factor we could not get throughout this occasion, although, irrespective of how exhausting we tried — a sunburn. I assume that is simply one other level in favor of visiting Hurricane Lagoon after the solar goes down.