- Jan 28, 2015
Attended the event last night (8/19/19). First time doing an After Hours event. Loved it! Wicked low crowds we thought, but it’s hard to tell because the attractions are so spread out and it’s quite dark in some areas! We went on the safari around 7:30 with FPs booked with the DAH tickets. Had a great ride, lots of animals moving around the roadway (and in the roadway) - looking at you Mrs. Giraffe. The cheetah was pacing, fun to see (him/her?) upright. Lions were spent. Headed towards Asia to Yak n Yeti for dinner (Landry’s Club card for the no ADR win!), and much needed a/c. Finished up about 9:00 ish and swam upstream to EE (RoL just letting out). No line, just the time it takes to walk the FP line. Rode twice and realized eating a big dinner just prior may not have been our brightest move. Totally different ride in the pitch black. Very cool. Second ride the train stopped on the big incline, and again midway through the mountain - that was a hoot. Not at all terrifying... Ride pics haven’t shown up in MDE yet though. Decided to skip EE rides three through twelve and instead got soft drinks and popcorn and an ice cream sandwich at the Thirsty River bar (event snack site...not real obvious). So much for digesting dinner. Walked over to Pandora. Road thru Africa is not an option. Everyone’s directed down past Tough To Be A Bug and around. Stopped momentarily to watch the Lion King projections on the Tree cause they were too darn cute, then continued into the dark, black-lit world of the Na’vi. Why is the path always soaking wet? Passed a snack cart and a beer cart on the way to FOP. It was about 10 PM I think? No line. Just the extreme hike to the beginning of the ride. Debugged and lectured prior to riding. Probably nice for those riding for the first time. Had a great flight and then hoofed it the 26.2 back out. Total commitment maybe 20 minutes entrance to exit..from an overweight, middle-aged, morning at EPCOT, afternoon at Galaxy’s Edge Disney-loving perspective. Not sure if they did away with the two “story development” rooms later or not as there was no way I was making it back up to find out! Got coconut bars and bottles of water and coke at the stand inside Pandora. Rode “It’s A Small Living with A Pandoran Na’vi River Land” next to give me a break. Short wait. Not a walk on for us. The drummers were really going at it and had gathered quite a crowd. Now it was really loud and really dark. Weeeeeee! Being totally atypical travelers we decided to eat more ice cream and popcorn and shop a little and watch more tree projections. We’re not really fans of Dinosaur (that loud thing again...) and we had to be up for a Tragic Express pick up at 4:15 a.m. So we left, leaving over an hour of event time behind. Pretty sure those with more determination could achieve 6 EE at least and depending on one’s walking/ramp/warp speed another 4 or so FOP. Mix in some Dinosaur and cut back on either of the other two I suppose. Bottom line; if you love these rides, free snacks, and you’re at least slightly well-rested; this event is your (dark and humid) friend! ETA we were let into the park at 6:45 p.m.