Walt Disney World has announced the return of H2O Glow After Hours at Typhoon Lagoon Water Park for Summer 2022. This post shares dates, details, pricing, when tickets go on sale, plus entertainment and attractions that’ll operate during this hard ticket event featuring low wait times after the water park closes for the day to regular guests. Also, our commentary about what this could mean for other parties at Walt Disney World this fall and beyond.
Previously known as H2O Glow Nights, this After Hours event returns to the tropical oasis of Typhoon Lagoon starting Memorial Day Weekend 2022. In addition to returning fan favorite features, the hard ticket special event also offer new elements that are sure to “glow-up” your Walt Disney World vacation this summer.
The 2022 H2O Glow After Hours at Typhoon Lagoon Water Park will offer unique, vibrant décor, high-energy DJ dance parties, exclusive glow-themed menu offerings, and more. Imagine your favorite watery attractions glowing under the stars, with shorter wait times. Whether you’re shooting down Crush N’ Gusher, making a splash in the Surf Pool, or showing off groovy moves on the dance floor, you’ll experience this storm-strewn paradise in a whole new light. Here’s everything you need to know about the return of H2O Glow After Hours at Typhoon Lagoon Water Park…
Disney H2O Glow After Hours at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is held on Saturday nights May 28, 2022 through August 27, 2022, from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM. You can get a head start on the fun by entering the park at 6:00 pm, giving you a total of 5 hours to enjoy the water park.
2022 H2O Glow After Hours at Typhoon Lagoon Water Park – Prices:
Adult (ages 10 and up): $75 plus tax
Child (ages 3 to 9): $70 plus tax
H2O Glow After Hours at Typhoon Lagoon – Discounts:
Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can purchase discounted tickets to H2O Glow After Hours at Typhoon Lagoon:
Annual Passholder or Disney Vacation Club Member – Adult (ages 10 and up): $59 plus tax
Annual Passholder or Disney Vacation Club Member – Child (ages 3 to 9): $54 plus tax
That’s a savings of $16 per ticket.
H2O Glow After Hours at Typhoon Lagoon Tickets Go on Sale Soon!
Tickets go on sale April 1, 2022. Guests of select hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort can begin purchasing Disney H2O Glow After Hours tickets as early as March 29, 2022.
The advance purchase window is available to guests of official Walt Disney World Resort hotels, plus the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels and Shades of Green at Walt Disney World Resort.
Tickets to H2O Glow After Hours at Typhoon Lagoon are limited and may not be available for purchase on the day of the event.
What’s Included during H2O Glow After Hours at Typhoon Lagoon?
Attractions that will be open during Disney H2O Glow After Hours at Typhoon Lagoon include the following:
Crush ‘n’ Gusher
Miss Adventure Falls
Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool
Disney H2O Glow After Hours at Typhoon Lagoon will also feature entertainment. In particular, there will be a dance party with a DJ spinning hot beats all night. This spirited celebration is sure to dazzle—with glowing accessories and décor adding to the party atmosphere.
Additionally, you can enjoy unlimited ice cream novelties, popcorn, and select bottled beverages—all included in the cost of this ticketed event—available at carts stationed throughout Typhoon Lagoon water park.
You can also purchase items at select locations throughout the park. Per Walt Disney World, there will be special “glow-themed” menu items available for purchase at select locations in Typhoon Lagoon, too.
Swim attire must be appropriate for a family environment.
Inappropriate swim attire, swim attire with buckles, rivets, zippers or exposed metal, and other sharp objects are not allowed on any of the attractions.
Jeans (denim) and wetsuits (neoprene) are not permitted on Slush Gusher and Summit Plummet at Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park.
For safety, diaper-age children must wear plastic pants or swim diapers in pool areas.
(Not quite sure why Walt Disney World is posting a dress code for H2O Glow After Hours at Typhoon Lagoon. Feels like they’re probably using some template, but it should go without saying that you should wear a functional swimsuit to the event at the water park.)
In terms of commentary, this announcement about the 2022 H2O Glow After Hours events is unsurprising…because it was teased during last week’s planDisney podcast. With that said, it’s noteworthy news in a few ways.
First, nighttime is the best time at Typhoon Lagoon. We’ve mentioned this before, but it’s worth reiterating that sunset and beyond is our favorite time to visit the water parks. We’ve done Typhoon Lagoon in the evening several times, from Moonlight Magic to the now-extinct evening Extra Magic Hours. With that said, the critical distinction is that all of those were free. I’m not sure I’d pay $60 to $75 per person for this experience if I were an average guest. There are a lot of other things I’d first prioritize with that money.
Second, one thing that sticks out to me is that it has been renamed from H2O Glow Nights to H2O Glow After Hours. This might seem like an insignificant change, but the company is usually huge on branding and naming convention.
(“Usually” being the operative word. They also recently brought us the little gems that are Genie, Genie+, Lightning Lanes, and Individual Lightning Lanes. Nothing like mixing characters from Cars and Aladdin, while also using confusingly similar names for the offerings. But I won’t go on that rant again!)
If Walt Disney World made a point of renaming this H2O Glow event at Typhoon Lagoon, there’s likely a reason for that. The obvious one would be that “After Hours” is the brand for hard ticket events going forward at Walt Disney World.
This would mean that we’re likely to see more After Hours events in the coming months. It also suggests that the flagship Halloween and Christmas parties might stick with the After Hours naming convention–meaning we’ll see a return of Boo Bash and Very Merriest After Hours rather than Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
That After Hours name could stick for Halloween and Christmas even if those events end up being materially similar to Mickey’s parties, featuring most of the same entertainment (albeit maybe with a later start time and lower capacity cap). Personally, I think that would be a colossal mistake–Mickey’s parties are far stronger brands–but the same could’ve been said for FastPass, and look where that went!
Speaking of which, the return of H2O Glow After Hours at Typhoon Lagoon Water Park is a signal that we might see more hard ticket events come back this summer. If you asked me what’s the highest priority (e.g. most lucrative) hard ticket event for Walt Disney World to bring back, I would’ve gone with Villains After Hours–not this.
It could be that H2O Glow After Hours is easier and has lower staffing demands, but there’s also less guest interest in it. This is much more of a niche offering, whereas After Hours events at Magic Kingdom are incredibly popular. It could be that Villains After Hours is too similar to Boo Bash, and the company is still working on distinguishing the two.
A better solution–and the one I’d propose–would be distinguishing them by offering Villains After Hours in the summer, and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in the fall. In other words, exactly what was done prior to the closure–no need to reinvent the wheel.
Ultimately, it’s likely that we’ll soon be getting more news about hard ticket special events at Walt Disney World in the coming months. If you’re looking for more speculation about that, we actually just updated our guide to the 2022 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in response to repeated reader questions. (That update was made before today’s development with H2O Glow After Hours, and this event’s name change tilts the scales in favor of Boo Bash slightly, at least in my mind.)
Irrespective of implications for future After Hours events or whether you’re interested in H2O Glow After Hours at Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, this is good news. It’s yet another step in Walt Disney World’s return to normalcy, and is a pretty strong signal that things will be pretty close to 100% by Memorial Day Weekend. Now, we just need updates on Fantasmic, Finding Nemo: Big Blue & Beyond, and the other remaining entertainment and offerings that are still missing from Walt Disney World almost 2 years later. Hopefully more news is coming very soon–we’ll keep you updated!
Will you be attending the 2022 H2O Glow After Hours at Typhoon Lagoon? If not, what’s keeping you away? Crowds? Prices? Lack of interest in water parks? Some combination of the three? Or, would you not attend regardless? Do you agree or disagree with our assessment of the future of After Hours events v. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Christmas Party? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!