I love being in the theme parks at Walt Disney World when it is quiet. I got the chance on opening night to experience Epcot’s After Hours Wind Down. There is something magical about being in the parks when you don’t have to share it with thousands of people.
This experience allows you to linger in Epcot until 11 PM. You don’t have to fight the crowds after IllumiNations and you can stroll leisurely out of the park after spending a few hours with friends in one of the lounges. This event takes place in La Cava del Tequila in Mexico, Rose & Crown Pub in the United Kingdom, Spice Road Table in Morocco, or Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar in Italy.
For $35 per person, you get a flight of drinks and snacks. They still hadn’t announced all the menus the night we went. You do need to make a reservation in advance, so be sure to bring your confirmation number and check in at the door of your chosen lounge. We were pleasantly surprised to see that we had 6 choices of the snack plate. You can mix the wine or drink with the other food choices.
We all thought the food was very good and enjoyed our choices. You can order other drinks from their menu or purchase different food items from the cold case by the bar. They don’t have a full menu for this experience. The bill is presented at the end of the evening and there are cast members standing there to escort you out at 11 PM.
We all decided that we would do this event again. It wasn’t crowded the night we went. We had a fantastic waitress named Barbara that took great care of us.
My only con about this event is that you can only choose one lounge to visit during the evening. They should have an option where you could visit more than 1 lounge for an additional price. You are give a paper wristband when you check in so they can tell you are part of the After Hours Wind Down experience.
Would I do this again? Yes, in a heartbeat!! The evening was fun, nothing beats watching IllumiNations and spending time with friends. The experience of walking out of an almost deserted Epcot was priceless. If you are looking for a new adult experience while you are on vacation, I suggest this experience. See you in the parks!
Category: Disney World