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7 Tips for Attending Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party With Kids

by Mommy Frog on September 16, 2014

UPDATE: We have the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2015 dates, including details on when tickets will go on sale. The party will run for 25 dates in 2015, one day fewer than last year, and it's starting later. The full dates for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2015 are as follows:

  • September 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27
  • October 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
  • November 1

Tickets will go on sale in April, and we will let you know when they do! Stay tuned, because we'll be bringing more updates on Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2015 in coming weeks.

Previous: The party officially begins at 7 p.m. inside the Magic Kingdom, although party guests are welcome to enter the park starting at 4 p.m., which we do recommend (see tip no. 4 below).  If you have any questions, please see the many comments below and add your own! Do know that FastPass+ is not available during this event.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2014 Entertainment and Times:

  • Mickey's Boo to You Halloween Parade - Begins in Frontierland at 8:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
  • Celebrate the Magic - 9:15 p.m. at Cinderella Castle
  • HalloWishes - 9:30 p.m.
  • Club Villain - 7 p.m.-12 a.m. at The Diamond Horseshoe
  • Villains Mix and Mingle Live on Stage - 7:45 p.m., 8:55 p.m. and 10 p.m. on the Castle Forecourt Stage

List of attractions open during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2014: 

  • Astro Orbiter
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
  • Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station
  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Enchanted Tales With Belle
  • Haunted Mansion
  • "it's a small world"
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic
  • Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Peter Pan's Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • Stitch's Great Escape
  • The Barnstormer
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  • Under the Sea~Journey of the Little Mermaid

Here is our guide to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2014!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2014

As we've mentioned a time or too, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is one of the Frog Family's absolute favorite events! For those of you who love Halloween, it is definitely not to be missed.

Now, each of us Frog Family members has a different thing we love most about the party, so that just goes to show you there is a little something for everyone at this event! For those of you wondering whether the party is worth the additional expense (it is a separately ticketed event), for us, it's a resounding "Yes!!!" To make it the absolute best experience for your family, we recommend the following tips:

1. Wear a costume.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2014 - black widows

While it's not required that you wear a costume, it sure adds to my enjoyment, because my favorite part of the night is taking in all of the elaborate costumes! And since this is the one event of the year where you are allowed to wear a costume at Magic Kingdom, I, for one, like to take advantage of it. Wearing a costume also gives you the added bonus of planning what you are going to wear -- which for me just adds to the magic! And, in case you're wondering, you're never too old to enjoy Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

2. Keep it light.

While temperatures in Orlando are cooling down a bit, the average high is 90 in September and 85 in October. It can still be quite muggy, especially after those still-frequent afternoon rains, so parents should dress their children (and themselves) accordingly. Think twice before outfitting your little monster as Sulley, at least a head-to-toe furry Sulley. Consider bringing a change of clothes for younger children "just in case" and picking up rain ponchos at your nearest dollar store before you leave for the trip.

3. Bring your own bags.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2014 - trick or treating

Upon entry into the park, guests are given treat bags, but they are on the smallish side. If your children are there for the loot, then pack your own bags, so they can fill up. You can also purchase souvenir bags that do the trick! Trick-or-treating is Lily's favorite part of the party, but she loves saying "trick-or-treat" as much as she loves the candy. If you have older children who are just in it for the candy, be sure to read this post!

4. Get to the parks early

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2014 - entrance

This is the single-most important tip for maximizing your fun and justifying the cost of this separately ticketed event. While the party officially starts at 7 p.m., guests can begin entering the park as early as 4 p.m. We highly recommend you get to the park early, so you can spend as much time in Magic Kingdom as possible. As the non-party-goers make their way out of the park, this is the perfect time to ride a few rides and grab an early dinner. By the time 7 p.m. rolls around, the whole family will be ready to party!

5. Visit the most "in-demand" characters first.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2014 - Jack and Sally Skellington

Leap's favorite part of the party is meeting all of the characters who are greeting guests in different locations. Many of your favorite Disney characters are wearing costumes. This year, it's all about the villains, who will be meeting at locations around the park. Jafar will be in Adventureland, the Queen of Hearts near Mad Tea Party and Lotso near Buzz Lightyear. And perhaps the biggest character question this year is "What about Elsa and Anna?" At Princess Fairytale Hall, guests can visit Anna and Elsa. This will be a bit of a disappointment for Lily, but the princes will not be meeting with the princesses this year. Because the lines can get very long for the most popular characters, we recommend meeting them either right when the party begins at 7 p.m. or at the party's end. Last year, Jack and Sally from "Nightmare Before Christmas" made their debuts at Magic Kingdom. They will be back this year at Town Square Courtyard, and we expect them to be popular again. (If you want a costume idea, check out our DIY Jack and Sally T-shirt.)

Mickey and Minnie

Of course, if you're like us, it just wouldn't be right to not stop by and say "boo!" to Mickey and Minnie, but make sure to wait until the party's started or they won't have their costumes on!

6. Stake out your parade location.

Tad's favorite part of the party is watching Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Parade. He loves the Headless Horseman, all of the spooky floats and the characters in costume. You don't want to miss the grandmaster's entrance (even if he is missing his head), so be sure to find a spot along the parade route at least 5 minutes in advance (30 minutes for the best locations). For the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2014, Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope will be joining the parade. And look for the Phineas and Ferb Creepa Crew pre-parade on more of the parade route!

The parade happens twice nightly and kicks off in Frontierland® Area, follows the waterway until it reaches Liberty Square, crosses the Liberty Square bridge, circles Central Plaza in front of Cinderella Castle then heads down Main Street, U.S.A.®, where it ends next to Harmony Barbershop. If you don't mind the kids staying up late, go to the second parade, because it’s usually much less crowded.

 7. Make time to mingle. Several times a night, Disney's villains put on a singing and dancing performance — this year called Villains Mix and Mingle - Live on Stage — at Cinderella's Castle. In past years, the villains would come down and mingle with guests, making this a most-popular event. This year the villains are spread throughout the park

8. Get your boogie on. 

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2014 - Lady Tremaine

It just wouldn't be a Disney party without a dance. Additionally, for you villain lovers, Club Villain makes its party debut at The Diamond Horseshoe in Liberty Square. The wicked dance party will feature the likes of Cruella De Vil, Dr. Facilier, Anastasia, Drizella, Lady Tremaine and more. Mike and Sulley also play host to their own Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland.

9. Don't forget HalloWishes!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2014 - Happy Hallowishes

The grand finale is the villainous fireworks show Happy HalloWishes! You must not miss the show, as we think it's one of the very best fireworks shows of the entire year. The very best spot for taking in the pyrotechnics is straight ahead on Main Street U.S.A.

Do you have questions about Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party? Share them in comments below!

Related: Trick-or-Treat Tips at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and SeaWorld's Spooktacular

Related: DIY Jack Skellington and Sally T-Shirts

Hoppy Halloween!

Mommy Frog

 

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Layne Feb 7, 2015 at 6:30 a.m.

Hi there!

I just wanted to know if there is a significant difference in crowds between September and October. I went early in October 2014 and it was pretty crowded - I think there was a school break when we were there. I am planning a trip from September 18-25 and I am hoping to go to the party one night. Also, do you know how common it is to have the party on the Sunday night of that week? I'm trying to plan my ADR's and I think Sunday the 20th would fit best with our other plans. I know that they have it on Sundays sometimes but not as often as Tuesdays and Fridays.

Best,

Layne

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FrogBlog Feb 9, 2015 at 8:37 a.m.

Hi Layne,

What fun! September is generally less busy for the parties than October. Usually, there are Sunday parties, and they are not too bad crowds-wise, but a week day other than Friday is better.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Bex Jan 5, 2015 at 9:46 p.m.

Hi Mommy Frog!

My family and I are staying on resort in October 2015. Despite having park tickets for 2 weeks, do we still need to order the not so scary tickets? Do you know how much this costs and where we can buy them from if we do need to order them?

Thank you for all of the info!

Bex

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FrogBlog Jan 6, 2015 at 9:25 a.m.

Hi Bex,

Yes, you will need to order party tickets to attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. The tickets typically go on sale in the summer, and we hope to offer them again this fall!

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Kyla Nov 28, 2014 at 6:07 p.m.

Thanks so much for all the info!

Do you know if fastpass+ is still available during the party? for rides specifically or are the lineups light enough that fastpass is not really needed?

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FrogBlog Dec 1, 2014 at 7:57 a.m.

Hi Kyla,

Fastpass+ is not available once the party starts, and you should not need it for the rides.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Chrisitne Nov 8, 2014 at 3:12 p.m.

I've noticed that this year they started Sept. 1, and was wondering if there is any talk about next year starting at the same time?

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Alicia Oct 29, 2014 at 3:01 a.m.

We have 4 people in our party that have kids with no tickets for the 31st party. If our other friends want to give them their tickets can they? Everyone has a day pass into MK as well.

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Mon Oct 23, 2014 at 2:46 p.m.

Hi,

Since it was mentioned here that you can actually enter by 4pm to attend MNSSHP, do we just go in and show the tickets for that party night or will we be stopped at the gate and be told to wait until 7pm?

Just wanted to know this since if it's not possible to enter earlier than 7 pm, then will just go there when the party is about to start.

Hoping for your speedy reply.

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FrogBlog Oct 23, 2014 at 2:15 p.m.

Hi Mon,

You will have no problems entering at 4 p.m. Have fun!!

Mommy Frog

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Dennis Oct 21, 2014 at 1:31 p.m.

Hi, This site is great. I do have a question. We are going on halloween night, and I was wondering if speed passes are allowed, and any suggestions on which rides/attractions should we hit? Time is limited and there is so much to do.

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FrogBlog Oct 21, 2014 at 9:11 a.m.

Hi Dennis,

FastPass is not available once the party starts, but ride lines should be fairly short since most people are focused on the Halloween party activities!

Mommy Frog

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tricia lewis Oct 17, 2014 at 1:36 a.m.

We have tickets for the halloween party on halloween night. Is it super busy that night? And is there anything I should try to do right away? I am taking 3 small kids with me.

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FrogBlog Oct 17, 2014 at 7:23 a.m.

Hi Tricia,

It will be one of if not the busiest party nights. I would suggest getting in line ahead of 7 p.m. (at least by 6:15 p.m.) for any high-priority character greets, particularly Jack and Sally or the Seven Dwarfs. Alternately, you could save these until the very end of the evening and spend the first few hours before the party starts eating dinner or riding rides. Plan on catching the second parade unless so that you don't have to spend too much time staking out a good viewing spot.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Denise Oct 16, 2014 at 2:01 a.m.

Just found out we will be in Orlando for Halloween. Kids (9 and 10) have never been to Disney and want to attend MNSSHP and there are no tickets available. I just saw tickets for sale on craigslist. I am actually willing to pay the amount asked but don't know how to identify whether or not the tickets are authentic. Thoughts?

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FrogBlog Oct 16, 2014 at 7:30 a.m.

Hi,

Unfortunately, we do not recommend purchasing from Craigslist as tickets are non-transferable.

Mommy Frog

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jo Oct 14, 2014 at 3:05 p.m.

is there a park brochure for the event listing parade times, dance party times, etc?

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FrogBlog Oct 14, 2014 at 11:20 a.m.

Hi,

We have added the event times listings to the top of this post!

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Laura Oct 14, 2014 at 3:01 a.m.

great site! thank you! we are going primarily to see Princesses and entering at 4. Will they be in the Princess Fairy Tale hall from 4-7 and would a fast pass be available? or will they be there after 7? WE need to see as many as possible. Thanks!

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FrogBlog Oct 14, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.

Hi Laura,

Yes, you can see the princesses from 4-7 p.m., and FastPass+ is available during this time. They will also be there after 7 p.m. during the party.

Mommy Frog

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Lauren Oct 11, 2014 at 2:42 p.m.

Hi!

We are going to the Halloween party on Halloween and are planning on arriving at 4PM but are not going to any of the parks during the day so that we will not be burning one of our park ticket days. My question is that if we book any fastpasses for that day only during the 4PM-7PM free time hours will that cause us to use a day in the parks from our tickets? Want to be able to use pastpass during that day but not if it costs us an actual ticket day in the park.

Thanks!

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FrogBlog Oct 13, 2014 at 9:34 a.m.

Hi Lauren,

No, it won't count toward your ticket quota.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Elisabeth Oct 8, 2014 at 3:34 p.m.

Hi there!

Thank you for the loads of information!

I'm going to Paris the 24th of October, but only found out about the party this week. It seems I've been living under a rock. Anyway, the date is sold out. Is there any way we could still get tickets?

Thanks!

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FrogBlog Oct 9, 2014 at 12:56 p.m.

Hi Elisabeth,

Unfortunately, if the party is sold out, there is no way to get tickets.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Kathryn Pierce Oct 6, 2014 at 7:01 p.m.

Is there any way to still get tickets. I'm heartbroken that I didn't know this was going on. It's my daughters first trip to disney and I had no idea it was going on. It's our only day there. We'll be there for a wedding. I'm so disappointed that we can't go AND that we will have to leave the park early. We would definitely pay extra to get them. Do they sell any day of tickets? Any ticket services that sell them?

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FrogBlog Oct 7, 2014 at 7:33 a.m.

Hi Kathryn,

You can buy tickets directly from the Disney website or the day of if it is not sold out. I would recommend buying now if you for sure want to attend.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Christina Oct 4, 2014 at 7:27 a.m.

oh my gosh I'm so excited!! my mom got us tickets, for the Mickey Mouse Party.. where I'm meeting my brother from New Jersey, my new niece, and my 11 month year old son, me and my husband and a few more family members are going... there looks so much to do, but not enough hours.... can not wait!!!! I will be sure to comment and tell everyone. Thank You Disney!

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Kim Oct 3, 2014 at 4:49 p.m.

Does the Headless Horseman ride during both parades? We were thinking of only going to the 2nd parade but don't want to miss this.

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FrogBlog Oct 6, 2014 at 1:46 p.m.

Hi Kim,

Yes!! We like the second parade better because it is less crowded and you don't have to wait as long to get a good spot.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Trevor Oct 2, 2014 at 2:47 p.m.

What night is likely to be less crowded: Thursday, Friday or Sunday?

Thanks,

Trevor

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FrogBlog Oct 6, 2014 at 1:48 p.m.

Hi Trevor,

Thursday and Sunday are generally less busy than Friday.

Mommy Frog

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Kim Oct 2, 2014 at 5:39 a.m.

Hi :) we will be there for the 21st!!so excited! Do u know if there will be pictures with Mickey (out of halloweencostume) at any point between 4-7 and where??

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FrogBlog Oct 2, 2014 at 7:49 a.m.

Hi,

Mickey will not be in his Halloween costume until 7 p.m. He appears at Town Square Theatre at the entrance to the park.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Tiffany Sep 27, 2014 at 9:38 p.m.

My best friend and I are planning a visit and I was wondering if you knew what time the two parades are each night for the party?

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FrogBlog Sep 29, 2014 at 7:40 a.m.

Hi,

Yes, the Boo to You Parade is held at 8:15 and 10:30 p.m.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Jennifer W. Sep 23, 2014 at 2:48 p.m.

Were going to Disneyland in a couple weeks. Is it worth paying the extra money for the Mickey's Halloween party if we already have a 3 day park hopper? Or should we just skip it? We have 2 adults and 2 kids.

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Casandra Thomas Sep 21, 2014 at 7:24 p.m.

My family and I are planning on attending Not So Scary Disney on October 9th. We have 3 children which one is an almost 3 yr old at the end of October. Will we need to purchase a ticket for him since he's still under 3? Do we need to bring anything to prove his age? If not, will he be giving a wrist band in order to participate along with the rest of the family?

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FrogBlog Sep 23, 2014 at 9:24 a.m.

Hi Casandra,

You will not need to purchase a ticket for the almost 3-year-old nor will you need to show proof. Enjoy the party!

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Amy Sep 19, 2014 at 7:41 p.m.

We are planning a trip for October 14th to disneyland. My kids are older (youngest is 12) and aren't that interested in the party but love the idea of staying until midnight and having shorter wait times for rides. My question is - would it be worth it to purchase a regular hopper pass for the day and also attend the party in the evening?

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FrogBlog Sep 23, 2014 at 9:31 a.m.

Hi Amy,

The party is a separately ticketed event. Since ride wait times are usually low for the party, that might be a good strategy even if your kids don't want to do the party activities. You would need to purchase regular park admission if you want to enter the park before 4 p.m. and then the party ticket to stay past 7 p.m.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Ana Sep 19, 2014 at 3:11 p.m.

Don't Know that went wrong with my comment, sorry! So i'm copying it:

Hi Mommy Frog, thanks a lot for all the good info! This year i'm visiting magic kingdom with my family. We are not attending the halloween party and We don't Know wich day is best to visit.

So i have some questions for you:

October 31: are the kids allowed to use costumes even if they are not attending the party?

Are they allowed to trick or treat?

Do they receive candy?

Do they have the wishes parade?

November 3th:

Are park hours back to normal?

Do they have the christmas decoration in this date?

In which of this dates would you prefer to go?

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FrogBlog Sep 23, 2014 at 9:35 a.m.

Hi Ana,

Small children can wear costumes to the parks, but their is only trick-or-treating at the party, and the Oct. 31 party date is sold out.

The Christmas decorations will start going up at Magic Kingdom the week of Nov. 3, but they would likely not all be up by this time.

If you are OK with shorter park hours, Magic Kingdom crowds will be lower on Oct. 31. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day vs. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 3.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Annette Sep 18, 2014 at 3:05 p.m.

First timer! We were planning to go to WDW for two days Oct 20 and 21. Staying the night in a Disney Resort. Taking a two year old and a three year old, after reading about this Halloween Party I'm thinking that spending Monday at the Magic Kingdom and then Tuesday afternoon/evening for party, my question is this. Can you get a late check out at any of the value resorts or is there something to keep us busy from checkout till 4pm?

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Kristy Sep 18, 2014 at 1:25 a.m.

I am so excited, my daughter turns 6 tomorrow and she requested MNSSHP. Is there anyway I can download the schedule for the event? Such as times for character meet and greets, their locations, fireworks, and shows. We are only going for one night and I want to make sure we get the most out of it. I know they will be available at the gate but I would like extra time to learn the map. But, on behalf of everyone, I am thankful and grateful to Disney for the extra 3 hours we can take advantage of before the party!!

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FrogBlog Sep 23, 2014 at 10:07 a.m.

Hi Kristy,

We have uploaded the guide! Here it is.

Best, Mommy Frog

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Natalie Sep 16, 2014 at 5:16 p.m.

Such great information! Thank you so much! We are coming the week before halloween and wondered if you know when the parade and fireworks start? Thanks again!!

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FrogBlog Sep 17, 2014 at 11:37 a.m.

Hi Natalia,

You're going to have a great time! The parade starts at 8:15 p.m., and the second one is at 10:30 p.m. Celebrate the Magic is at 9:15 p.m. followed directly by Happy HalloWishes at 9:30 p.m.

Mommy Frog

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Karen Sep 16, 2014 at 4:28 p.m.

I know you only get 3 fastpasses per day. We have a ticket we are using for MK in the morning and a ticket to MNSSHP. Do you get two sets of fastpasses until 7 if you are using two tickets that day?

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FrogBlog Sep 17, 2014 at 10:55 a.m.

Hi Karen,

You cannot use your party ticket to make FP+ reservations, and FastPass+ will not work once the party starts at 7 p.m.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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jean arden Oct 13, 2014 at 12:43 p.m.

NOT SO! We are ONLY attending the MNSSHP and absolutely made Fast pass+ reservations with our magic bands. BUT the catch is, they have to be between 4pm and 7pm. Most of the rides "cut off" time was actually about 6:30pm. But our family made all 3 fast pass reservations in that time slot for that day!

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Anet Sep 14, 2014 at 12:22 a.m.

We are going on 10/3 are Friday nights usually busier?? And do they give candy to children only?

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FrogBlog Sep 15, 2014 at 9:31 a.m.

Hi Anet,

Yes, Friday nights are generally a little busier than the other days. They give candy to anyone who wants it!

Mommy Frog

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Melanie Mittan Sep 12, 2014 at 5:25 p.m.

Is there any way to find out what rides and attractions will be closed during MNSSHP?

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FrogBlog Sep 23, 2014 at 1:57 p.m.

Hi Melanie,

Most attractions are open during the party. I've added the full list to this post.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Renee Sep 12, 2014 at 2:37 p.m.

Can we get our tickets here on Undercover or do we have to go through Disney?

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FrogBlog Sep 16, 2014 at 11:09 a.m.

Hi Renee,

We are offering tickets to the party on select dates. You can see all of them here.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Rebecca Sep 9, 2014 at 7:43 p.m.

We will be visiting the park the week of Oct 5th and are trying to decide on the best days to do MK. The crowd number is low on 10/5, but as that is the MNSSHP night, it seems like the park will get quite busy at about 4pm. What are your thoughts on going on 10/5 for a first time visit - 3 children ages 2 1/2, 6 and 11

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FrogBlog Sep 10, 2014 at 8:17 a.m.

Hi Rebecca,

You all must be getting very excited!!! The 7th would be a better day in terms of crowd levels for the parks, and Magic Kingdom is recommended. You could do the 5th and have a great time too. We always recommend arriving ahead of park opening to be one of the first in the park when crowds are at their absolute lowest, but you would definitely want to do this if you visit on Oct. 5 because the park closes at 7 p.m.

There is a staggered effect on crowds starting at 4 p.m. as many people are not aware they can come that early for the party, so I would not let that stop you.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Layla Sep 9, 2014 at 1:46 p.m.

Do you find that people tend to "camp out" along the parade route? When we went for the VMCP there were people with ice chests and blanket spreads the whole night. We couldnt even get close enough to see the parade. I hope itll be better for yall with the NSSHP. Is there a difference from one party to the next...in your past experiences.

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Rhianna Sep 9, 2014 at 6:45 a.m.

I have a Chase Disney debit card that says they offer a special meet and greet daily with characters, as well as a free souvenir photo. Do you have any experience with this? The info I found was vague. I don't know where to go or if it's truly a "members only" type of perk. Also, could the character meet and greet be void because of the special time of year? It would be awesome to not wait in long lines for pictures! Thanks for all the great info.

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FrogBlog Sep 9, 2014 at 2 p.m.

Hi Rhianna,

The meet and greet is at Innoventions West in Epcot, and the characters vary. Waits can also vary for this, so if they are too long, you are better off trying again later. You get a free 5x7 photo with it!

Mommy Frog

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laura Sep 9, 2014 at 4:05 a.m.

Thanks for the great info! We are going to be there the week of Halloween. Still deciding on a day for the party.... Sun 10/26, Tues 10/28 or Thurs 10/30. I was wondering if you have any idea what would be the best day. I know that Tues is usually the best but I am unsure that this applies the week of Halloween. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

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FrogBlog Sep 9, 2014 at 2:01 p.m.

Hi Laura,

We would pick Tuesday for the lowest crowds this week.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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james Sep 8, 2014 at 1:19 a.m.

We are going to Disney the end of September. My question is if we bought a 5 day "package" can we use one of our days of tickets for the Halloween party or are the halloween tickets completely separate?

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FrogBlog Sep 9, 2014 at 2:04 p.m.

Hi James,

The Halloween party is a separate ticket.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Heather Sep 8, 2014 at 1:07 a.m.

This may have been answered, but will we be able to pick our fast passes for the night we purchase Halloween Party tickets?

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FrogBlog Sep 9, 2014 at 2:05 p.m.

Hi Heather,

You can use FastPass+ until 7 p.m. but not during the actual party.

Mommy Frog

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emily Sep 7, 2014 at 9:11 p.m.

hi i want to know if i need 2 tickets for mnsshp. i mean do i need the normal ticket to magic kingdom and the ticket for mnsshp? or do i need only the mnsshp ticket?

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FrogBlog Sep 9, 2014 at 2:06 p.m.

Hi Emily,

You do not need regular admission to attend the party, just a party ticket. The party starts at 7 p.m., but you can enter as early as 4 p.m. with your party ticket.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Summer Sep 7, 2014 at 2:47 a.m.

We will be enjoying MNSSHP on 10/10. We are staying at Ft. Wilderness...because we are staying at a Disney resort are we allowed to enter before the 4 p.m. MNSSHP enter time? Thanks!!

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FrogBlog Sep 9, 2014 at 2:12 p.m.

Hi Summer,

Unfortunately, no. You can enter no earlier than 4 p.m. unless you would like to use a regular park ticket.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Kandi Sep 6, 2014 at 11:18 p.m.

This is our first time going we are so excited!! Our daughter is in LOVE with Dopey..... Is he there and where could we go to see him for a picture?

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FrogBlog Sep 9, 2014 at 2:14 p.m.

Hi Kandi,

You're daughter is in luck! Dopey will be there along with the other Seven Dwarfs. Look for them near the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster. Lines can get very long to meet them, so we recommend lining up early!

Mommy Frog

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Cindy Sep 5, 2014 at 12:58 p.m.

We'll be there for the Halloween party on October 31!!! so excited :) My question is.. will Magic Kingdom be closing at 4 from Sept. through October for the Halloween events or will it be closing only at 4 on October 31.

It's our first time and can't wait

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FrogBlog Sep 9, 2014 at 2:23 p.m.

Hi Cindy,

Magic Kingdom closes at 7 p.m. on party days only. With your party ticket, you can enter the park early, starting at 4 p.m. You can see all park closing hours on our crowd calendar!

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Amanda Oct 2, 2014 at 12:47 a.m.

I wish I'd of done some research, I had no clue there would be extra party's celebrating Halloween! It's my little ones birthday that day to! :-( looks like we will be kicked out early then...

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Cristy Sep 5, 2014 at 3:54 a.m.

I'm planning to go for the day and have pre-purchased military tickets, is there a discount for the party ticket if you already paid for the day? Also my son will almost be 3 will I need to prove he's under to get him in for free?

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jenny Sep 10, 2014 at 10:28 p.m.

Yes there are discounted tickets available for military members but there are black out dates. Im not positive but I believe September is available @ $46.00 adults $42.00 children over 3. Under 3 free. :-) good luck, jenny

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FrogBlog Sep 5, 2014 at 7:28 a.m.

Hi Cristy,

There is no discount on the party tickets. You will not need to offer proof of your child's age.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Christy Sep 4, 2014 at 10:04 p.m.

We made last minute plans for this event next week. My nephew doesn't currently have a Disney costume. Do kids wear non Disney costumes?

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FrogBlog Sep 5, 2014 at 7:30 a.m.

Christy,

Non-Disney costumes are fine. They just should not be obstructive, offensive or violent.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Mike Sep 4, 2014 at 3:14 a.m.

I was there and a few things you are mistaken about...the villians do not mingle after the villians show at the castle...and maleficent and evil queen do not meet at fairy tale hall...you need to buy the $100 villians soirée ticket to meet them, along with hook...the others you can find around the park

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FrogBlog Sep 4, 2014 at 7 a.m.

Hi Mike,

Good catch! I wrote the post ahead of this year's first party, and the Queen and Maleficent were supposed to meet at Princess Fairytale Hall. Apparently, that changed last minute with the Villains Sinister Soiree. Here's more about it: http://kennythepirate.com/2014/08/29/are-maleficent-and-the-queen-from-snow-white-being-eliminated-from-mickeys-not-so-scary-halloween-party24282/

Mommy Frog

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Chhavi Sep 3, 2014 at 2:20 p.m.

May be this questions has been asked several times. I understand, we can enter the park at 4 PM with MNSSHP tickets. Will we be able to enter into different rides offered at the park between 4 PM and 7 PM(how about after that)? We are thinking to visit next Tuesday to attend this event.

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FrogBlog Sep 3, 2014 at 11:20 a.m.

Hi Chhavi,

Yes, you can experience everything in the park at 4 p.m. We suggest having dinner before the party starts so that you can fully enjoy all of the Halloween events.

Mommy Frog

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Daisy Sep 2, 2014 at 11:55 p.m.

Is there any way I can buy four tickets for halloween party?

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Holly Sep 2, 2014 at 1:20 p.m.

Thank you so much for these tips and videos! We went last night (Labor Day, 9/1) and we had a great time! We "dressed up" the whole day: dad in a Jack Skellington shirt and cap, mom in an Elsa running costume, teen in a Capt. America shirt, and toddler in a Buzz Lightyear short set. There were more costumed guests than not, and of course, they were fantastic (albeit probably very sweaty). It was hot and it poured during the day, but cleared up by parade time. The reserved section on the parade route for the "Villains Sinister Soiree dessert party" encompassed the entire inner circle in front of the castle, so do get your parade spot early. Definitely take a backpack or something to hold all the candy! Our first bags were full just after a few stops. They were very generous!

Also, if you want to dine in a restaurant after 5pm, you need to show your MNSSHP tickets. We ate at Be Our Guest with a short wait and were the last family to leave (6pm dining time). And definitely try the the special treats! Beast had a special "Blood Orange Cupcake" with a chocolate spider web, and we also shared a Wormy Apple slush at Gaston's Tavern - really fun! Lines for rides and characters were short, even though the park seemed pretty full. It felt a little silly saying "Happy Halloween" to everyone on Labor Day, but Disney does such a fabulous job, you will truly feel like it's Halloween!

Lastly, the monorail is on a limited service. Listen for when service stops (11:30pm last night). Have fun!

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FrogBlog Sep 3, 2014 at 8 a.m.

Hi Holly,

Thanks so much for the party report! Did you meet any special characters? I am most excited about meeting Maleficent at Princess Fairytale Hall!

Mommy Frog

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Greg Sep 2, 2014 at 12:32 p.m.

Did you go to last nights party? Is there any new attractions? Is the 4pm rule still enforced?

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FrogBlog Sep 2, 2014 at 7:44 a.m.

Hi Greg,

We are planning to go to the Sept. 21 party!

Mommy Frog

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lisa Sep 2, 2014 at 2:03 a.m.

Hi there...thanks for all the info! This is our second trip to Disney and our first big trip (last trip was a stake out trip as our children were small we only stayed for 2 days). Are there "candy routes" or does pretty much every place hand out candy? I wasn't able to fast pass Anna and elsa for any of the days we would be in MK (2 days plus the party) can i get confirmation that they are there for the party? And do I just get in line asap to see them?

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FrogBlog Sep 2, 2014 at 7:46 a.m.

Hi Lisa,

There are candy routes, and you can go through them as many times as you would like. Anna and Elsa are there for the party, and FastPass will not be available starting at 7 p.m. on the nights of the party, so, yes, you can get in line. It's possible waits will be shorter for them than normal, since there will be other "rare" characters to meet.

Mommy Frog

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debbie Sep 1, 2014 at 4:19 p.m.

Are all rides open or just a few?

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FrogBlog Sep 2, 2014 at 7:47 a.m.

Hi Debbie,

Most of the rides are open during the party, and lines are generally fairly light since there are so many other fun activities going on.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Norma Aug 31, 2014 at 3:46 a.m.

How will i know which characters will be at each spot ??????

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FrogBlog Sep 2, 2014 at 7:48 a.m.

Hi Norma,

You will be handed a party map upon entering that lists all of the characters.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Kimberly Kelly Aug 31, 2014 at 2:36 a.m.

Hello- We have always attended the party on a Tuesday in October about two weeks before Halloween and it has been fantastic. This year we have to go in September so our two choices are Sunday, Sept. 14th or Tuesday, Sept. 16th. I am tempted to go on the Sunday because we are FL Resident seasonal weekday passholders and otherwise would not be able to get in on Sunday. BUT if it means significantly lower crowds on Tuesday the 16th I would be rather go then. Does it matter this early in the season?

Thank you for your thoughts.

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FrogBlog Sep 2, 2014 at 7:48 a.m.

Hi Kimberly,

Tuesday is likely to be a less crowded day. That said, this early in the season, Sunday should be a great time to attend too!

Mommy Frog

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Linda Aug 31, 2014 at 1:20 a.m.

I have 3 tickets and one of our family members will be in town and wants to go with us. The tickets are sold out for that night (Halloween). Is there any way I can buy one more ticket?

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FrogBlog Sep 2, 2014 at 7:49 a.m.

Hi Linda,

It might be worth calling Disney directly, but my guess is that this won't be possible. Let us know what you find out!

Mommy Frog

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Debra Glen Aug 30, 2014 at 3:49 p.m.

Hi there,

Just watched your video of the Boo To You Parade and wondered where is the best place to watch it from, where you were looks like a great location (were you in front of the castle facing Liberty Square)?

Thanks for all your great tips!

Love Debra x

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FrogBlog Sep 2, 2014 at 7:50 a.m.

Hi Debra,

Yes, that was our location, and it is a favorite spot for watching the parade. Another good one is just to the right of the castle between the walkway to Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Liz Aug 30, 2014 at 11:27 a.m.

What are the most popular characters? In other words who will have the longest line?

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FrogBlog Sep 2, 2014 at 7:53 a.m.

Hi Liz,

Snow White, Aurora, the Evil Queen and Maleficient at Princess Fairytale Hall are likely to be the most in-demand characters this year. Also, Jack and Sally Skellington, Elsa and Anna, the Seven Dwarfs and the villains.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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JC Sep 10, 2014 at 5:54 a.m.

Maybe too late in posting, last year my wife and 8 went and wait an hour and a half to see Jack and Sally. So get to them early. People were lining up by 5.

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Missy Aug 29, 2014 at 2:48 p.m.

We have watched Wishes from the Contemporary in the past? I'm sure there are things on the castle we cannot see, but do you know how good the view is of HalloWishes from the Contemporary porch or bridge to Bay Lake?

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Lisa Barch Aug 28, 2014 at 1:45 p.m.

I just want to say thank you for confirming the 4pm early entry time. I know that my family plans on getting as many rides in as possible before the party starts. The idea about putting your costumes and treat bags in a locker is great and I plan to do so. Love your blog and helpful advice.

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ME Aug 25, 2014 at 6:16 p.m.

My daughter is dressing as Elsa (long dress) will she be miserable at the end of Sept?

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FrogBlog Aug 25, 2014 at 8:03 p.m.

Hi,

The Elsa dresses are long, but the ones I've seen are fairly light fabric. I think it will be ok for the most part, just might be a bit warm before sundown. Lily is going as Maleficent, and I am a little worried the dark fabric and is going to be a little bit too hot, but she was insistent!

Mommy Frog

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Tom Aug 24, 2014 at 1:12 p.m.

Hello,

We are planning to go to Magic Kingdom during the day as well as attending the MNSSHP in the evening. Two questions...1) will we need to leave and re-enter at any point, and 2) can we wear our costumes all day?

Thanks!

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FrogBlog Aug 25, 2014 at 12:54 p.m.

Hi Tom,

You will not have to leave and re-enter, you would just show your party tickets after 4 p.m. and get a party wristband. As for costumes, I don't think you will be able to wear them until after 4 p.m. You could store them in a locker until party time. Also keep in mind that it can still be quite hot during the day, so make sure your costumes are weather appropriate.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Maryna Aug 14, 2014 at 12:49 a.m.

Hi, there! This looks like so much fun! My mom and I are planning to go this October, and we're both planning to dress as Disney characters--so we're being extra-sure that we understand the costume guidelines (like not posing for pictures or signing autographs). We're unsure about the admission time, though! If you're allowed to enter the park as early as 4:00 with a Halloween ticket, can you already be in costume that early? Thanks, Mommy Frog! Your advice and experience are very helpful! Love the pictures, too!

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FrogBlog Aug 14, 2014 at 2:25 p.m.

Hi Maryna,

Yes, you can go to the park at 4 p.m. dressed as your favorite character. Who are you going as? I'm going as Maleficent this year!!

Mommy Frog

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Chad Jul 9, 2014 at 7:39 p.m.

We will be visiting in September of 2014.. are they still allowing Halloween Party ticket holders into the park at 4:00 PM?

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FrogBlog Jul 14, 2014 at 4:13 p.m.

Hi Chad,

Yes, they are! It really is the most fantastic party. You will love it.

Mommy Frog

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Melissa May 19, 2014 at 9:53 p.m.

Thanks for all the information! We are planning to go to the party this year, but we will not be doing the park earlier in the day. We will just have the party tickets for that evening. If they let us in at 4:00, do you know if we will be allowed to book and use fast pass + in that time until the party actually starts if we don't have park tickets? Thanks!

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FrogBlog May 19, 2014 at 11 p.m.

Hi Melissa,

This is all still quite new, but you should be able to book FastPasses leading up to party time.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Margaret May 19, 2014 at 1:13 a.m.

This question might seem redundant! Do you need a regular ticket in addition to your not so scary ticket? We are considering going on a trip but may not go into the park before the party this day. Is that allowed?

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FrogBlog May 19, 2014 at 12:48 p.m.

Hi Margaret,

If you plan on attending just the party, you only need a party ticket. If you want to enter Magic Kingdom before 4 p.m., you will need regular admission.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Joe Sep 30, 2013 at 4:35 p.m.

Where do we purchase tickets for this event?

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FrogBlog Sep 30, 2013 at 5:57 p.m.

Hello Joe,

You'll need to purchase these tickets directly from Disney:

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/magic-kingdom/mickeys-not-so-scary-halloween-party/

Let us know how you like the party!

Mommy Frog

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Katie Sep 10, 2013 at 1:18 p.m.

We are going this Friday... trying to find out what characters will be where. Any ideas? I know last year the dwarfs were near Splash mountain, but I"m wondering if they will be back in Fantasyland somewhere? I do not see a "character greeting" near splash mountain on the 2013 map.

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FrogBlog Sep 11, 2013 at 12:16 p.m.

Hi Katie,

At least for last night's party, the Seven Dwarfs were camped out in Fantasyland near Prince Charming's Regal Carrousel and Pinocchio Village Haus. Have fun and let us know how you liked the party!

-- Mommy Frog

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Maria Sep 9, 2013 at 4:48 p.m.

To be able to enter the park at 4.. Is a separate ticket required to enter or can guest enter with the Halloween party ticket??

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FrogBlog Sep 9, 2013 at 6:07 p.m.

Hi Maria,

All you need is your Halloween party ticket! Have fun.

-- Mommy Frog

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Dan Sep 6, 2013 at 11:49 a.m.

We Have done the Halloween party at Disneyland several times and find that it pays to skip the candy lines and go straight for the rides as the rides are empty and the lines are packed. I can get candy at any store. Later in the evening the candy lines die down and you can pretty much get a bag full as the park employees were handing out handfuls by the end after most of the little ones go home.

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Bev Sep 6, 2013 at 12:48 a.m.

If you don't have tickets for the Halloween Party, will you be asked to leave the park?

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FrogBlog Sep 6, 2013 at 2:41 p.m.

Hi Bev,

Yes. If you are in the park after 7 p.m. without a wristband, you will very politely be directed to the park exits.

Best,

-- Mommy Frog

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Nick Sep 5, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.

Where are the speciality candy hand puts this year? We will be going for our first time ever next week!

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FrogBlog Sep 5, 2013 at 9:46 p.m.

Hey there Nick,

We're not sure yet, but we will let you know as soon as we find out!

-- Mommy Frog

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Delmy Sep 5, 2013 at 4:58 p.m.

When you purchase the tickets for the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, until what time will the park be open?

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FrogBlog Sep 5, 2013 at 9:45 p.m.

Hi Delmy,

The party goes until midnight! Have fun!

-- Mommy Frog

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Jill Sep 5, 2013 at 2:24 p.m.

Do you know about any "extra magic" hours at MK for Oct 25 or 26? Do they ever add them on? I'm shocked not to see them on the calendar... we are going to WDW specifically for MNSSH that weekend and staying at a resort hotel so we can have access to late hours - but nothing is showing late...

any inside scoop?

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FrogBlog Sep 5, 2013 at 3:11 p.m.

Hi Jill,

These are good questions. There will not be Extra Magic Hours on the night of the party, since it is a separately ticketed event.

EMHs are typically posted about six months in advance. Disney adjusts park hours based on anticipated crowd levels as the actual date gets closer, and I have seen evening EMHs pushed back later in the evening if a park close time gets extended.

Best,

-- Leap

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