Guide to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween PartySummer vacay might be over, but Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party has only just begun! Halloween season at Magic Kingdom is finally here, and we kicked it off by attending the very first party of the year. Starting earlier than ever on Aug. 16, 2019, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party will continue on select nights until Nov. 1, 2019. Two-and-a-half months of Halloween?! We're all for it!

We’ve loved all of the classic, family fun that the event has offered us over the years … but there is so much to do. With only five hours of party time to meet rare characters, trick-or-treat and catch spell-bounding entertainment, a game plan is essential. Keep in mind that "Disney's Not-So-Spooky Spectacular" is debuting for the 2019 event. Lucky for you, the Frog Family is here with our best time-saving advice to help you get the most out of your favorite Halloween Party. Let's boo this!

Our Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween 2019 Guide is quite thorough, so we've added some helpful links to take you to key topics ... or you can just keep reading!

Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Parade

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Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 Dates, Tickets & Best Days to Attend

Disney Halloween parties typically start in mid-August and run through early November. The parties are held at Magic Kingdom after the park closes from 7 p.m. to midnight. The park closes at 6 p.m. for daytime guests without a party ticket. Disney has added two additional nights this year, extending the spooktacular fun. You can purchase Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2019 tickets from your favorite frogs!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 - Welcome Sign

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2019 Dates:

  • August 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
  • September 2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29
  • October 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31
  • November 1

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets start at $74 for children ages 3 to 9 ($78.81 with tax) or $79 for those over 10 years old ($84.14 with tax).

Best Dates to Attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019

The biggest question we get for this event, as well as for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, is what the best days to attend are. These Disney Halloween parties can and do sell out, especially closer to Halloween, so we recommend purchasing tickets as soon as you know you want to attend.

Oct. 31 is historically one of the most popular dates to attend the Disney Halloween parties, along with Fridays in October, when more locals attend. Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, especially those in August and early September, are typically less popular.

Disney does not publicly release its party capacity, but we estimate that a sold-out party is around a crowd level 7 using our Crowd Calendar.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Costume Policy

Mickey's Not So Scary family in costumes

A revised costume policy went into effect for the Disney Halloween party in recent years that is more restrictive for adults.

General Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Costume Guidelines:

  • Disney may deny admission to anyone or remove anyone who is wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or could detract from other guests' experiences.
  • Guests may dress as their favorite characters, but cannot pose for pictures or sign autographs.
  • Costumes must be family-friendly and not obstructive, offensive, violent or objectionable.
  • Costumes must not contain weapons that resemble or could be mistaken for real weapons.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp or pointed objects, or materials that might accidentally strike another guest.
  • Guests who do not abide by the guidelines may be refused entry or removed unless their costumes can be modified to acceptable standards.

For guests ages 14 and up:

  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and subject to additional security screening.
  • Costumes may not reach or drag the ground.
  • Capes should not go below the waist.
  • Themed T-shirts, shirts, sweatshirts and hats are acceptable.
  • Transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords and tutus are OK. Headwear must not cover the face.
  • Masks are not allowed.

For guests ages 13 and under:

  • Costumes and some masks may be worn. Masks cannot cover the entire face, and eyes must be visible.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Entering Procedures

Entryway to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

The party officially begins at 7 p.m. inside Magic Kingdom. Disney Halloween party guests are allowed to enter the park starting at 4 p.m., which we recommend taking advantage of. A popular question that comes up is how Disney handles the transition between park close and the start of the party. The park closes for regular guests at 6 p.m., which allows cast members more time to filter out those regular day guests who are not staying for the party.

Once you arrive at the entrance, cast members direct you toward specific touch points for entry. Party wristbands are then given to party guests after going through the touch points. If you've entered before 4 p.m. with regular park admission, you don't have to go all the way to the entrance! Wristbands are also distributed to those who present a valid party ticket at select locations inside the park. We saw a few of those wristband distribution areas near Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, Mickey's PhilharMagic and Pirates of the Caribbean. Beginning at 6 p.m., cast members are stationed at critical points throughout the park to direct the wristband-less toward the exit.

For party guests arriving just in time for the spooky festivities, expect to be directed toward Market Street. (That's the name of the back alley between La Chapeau and Tony's Town Square Restaurant!) This path is where you'll find adorable Halloween character statues, fun photo-ops AND your first treat station. Select Halloween merchandise can be purchased here, as well. What a grand entrance to the party!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 Map

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party front of the map

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party back of the map

Interested in how exactly things work at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party? This 2019 map highlights some of the activities and entertainment, trick-or-treat locations, allergy-friendly options and more in store at the party.

Entertainment & Rides at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019

FastPass+ at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019

FastPass+ is not available during the party. Luckily, there is generally less need for FastPass+ as most people are enjoying the party activities and spending less time on rides.

Show Times for Key Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 Entertainment:

Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular

  • Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade - 9:15 p.m., 11:15 p.m.
  • Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular - 10:15 p.m.
  • Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular - 8:30 p.m., 10:45 p.m., 12 a.m.
  • Dance parties - all night long!

If inclement weather may be on the horizon during your visit, be sure to catch the early stage show and parade in case the later ones get cancelled.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 Characters and Locations:

One of the biggest highlights of the night is meeting characters, especially those who don't greet guests at other times of year or often. Some of the most popular characters, like Moana or Jack Skellington and Sally, draw big lines but may start meeting guests before the official party time. (We passed by Moana at around 5 p.m. She hadn't started greeting just yet, but when we walked by again around 6:30 p.m., the line was moving.) Below, you'll find this year's characters and their greeting spots. With waits as long as three hours for some characters, you need a strategy! Hop down to tips to see our best strategies for meeting them.

Mickey's Not So Scary - Moana

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
  • Jack Skellington and Sally at Town Square Theater

Fantasyland

  • Anastasia and Drizella
  • Seven Dwarfs
  • Rapunzel
  • Queen of Hearts, Alice, Tweedle-Dee, Tweedle-Dum, Mad Hatter
  • Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger (dressed in Halloween costumes)
  • Ariel and Eric
  • Belle and Gaston
  • Minnie Mouse (dressed in Halloween costume)
  • Daisy Duck (dressed in Halloween costume)
  • Goofy (dressed in Halloween costume)
  • Donald Duck (dressed in Halloween costume)
  • Cinderella
  • Cruella DeVil
  • Princess Tiana
  • Princess Elena

Mickey's Not So Scary - Minnie Mouse

Tomorrowland

  • Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear a.k.a. Lotso
  • Stitch (dressed in Elvis costume)

Adventureland

  • Tarzan, Jane and Terk
  • Moana
  • Captain Jack Sparrow
  • Aladdin & Abu alternate with Genie & Jasmine
  • Jafar

Attractions Open During Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019

One of the major perks of ticketed events such as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is the shorter lines for some of your favorite attractions. This year, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train line had a maximum 35-minute wait!

Rides are subject to closure at any time. For a list of refurbishments during your specific dates, please see our full list of Disney World ride closures:

  • Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • A Pirate's Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas
  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Splash Mountain
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • “It’s a small world”
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • The Barnstormer
  • Astro Orbiter
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Space Mountain
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

Some attractions receive spooktacular, party-exclusive overlays and enhancements, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Mad Tea Party, Space Mountain and new this year, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor. A crew of live pirates takes over your journey on Pirates of the Caribbean. Meanwhile, Mad Tea Party gets special lighting and music, while Space Mountain goes completely dark. Over at the Laugh Floor in the Monster World, the comedic monsters learn more about the Human World holiday called Halloween.

New and Returning Party-Exclusive Experiences for 2019

Aside from rides and character meet-and-greets, experience the special event's dance parties, "Boo-to-You" parade, Hocus Pocus Villains Spectacular and an all-new fireworks show.

Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular — NEW!

Disney Not So Spooky Spectacular

A new fireworks show with projection effects, lasers, lights and fireworks is debuting this year! Hosted by Jack Skellington from "The Nightmare Before Christmas," Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular features Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy on a trick-or-treating adventure, as they are drawn to a mysterious haunted house. The show also showcased appearances from dancing skeletons and ghosts, along with some troublemaking Disney villains, during their journey inside the house. We LOVED the stunning castle projections (they're super fun and colorful) and as usual, Disney didn't disappoint with its booming fireworks. It was the only time of the night we weren't saying "boo," but instead "ooh and aah."

As an extra way to celebrate the new show, the park is hosting fireworks dessert parties with treats such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, cupcakes, ice cream, seasonal fruits, cheeses and special drinks.

Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam

Mickey's Not So Scary - Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam

Calling all tadpoles! Storybook Circus is once again hosting the Disney Junior Jam, featuring some of Lily's Disney Channel faves like Vampirina and Fancy Nancy (who's joining this year). We even spotted Timon jumping in on the fun. Lily LOVES this dance party!

Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball

Over in Tomorrowland at the Rockettower Plaza Stage, join Mike Wazowski and Sulley who are hosting the Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball all night long! Show off your best monstrous dance moves.

Disney DescenDANCE Party — NEW!

As the third and brand-new Halloween dance party, the Disney DescenDANCE Party has taken over the stage at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe. Inspired by the Descendants movie franchise, dance the night away, as your favorite Villain Kids appear in dance videos from Isle of the Lost.

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

The infamous Sanderson Sisters from "Hocus Pocus" are back for another year at the 2019 Disney Halloween party! Watch out — they may put a spell on you as they conjure up the "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular" show at the Castle Forecourt Stage. The show is held exclusively during the party and features the Sanderson Sisters, Winifred, Mary and Sarah, along with other Disney villains such as Dr. Facilier, Ooogie Boogie and Maleficent. "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular" replaced the Villains Mix 'n' Mingle. There are typically no picture-taking opportunities with the Sanderson Sisters or the villains. The show is still a wicked good time, especially for fans of the film!

Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade

Mickey's Boo To You Parade - Constance Hatchaway

Catch your favorite Disney characters in Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade! About 15 minutes before it begins, the Headless Horseman trots over the Liberty Square, continues in front of Cinderella Castle (but does not go all the way around the hub) and down Main Street.

Mickey and Minnie lead the parade along with their friends, including Goofy, Pluto, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Aladdin, Jasmine and others. Tinker Bell and Captain Jack Sparrow follow along on their floats. The Gravediggers precede Constance Hatchaway, better known as The Black Widow Bride from The Haunted Mansion. She is new to the parade this year and glides down the street alongside dancing ghoulish couples. The Tomorrowland floats are also new, featuring The Incredibles, Edna Mode and Buzz Lightyear with a crew of aliens.

Cruella's Halloween Hide-a-Way — NEW!

Mingle with Cruella de Vil at Tony's Town Square Restaurant during this brand-new, special dining experience. The event starts at 9:30 p.m. and continues through the night until 12:30 a.m. during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party nights. You can pop in and out during the event to enjoy savory hors d’oeuvres, samplers and sweets. It also includes access to a reserved viewing section for the 11:15 p.m. parade. Cruella's Halloween Hide-a-Way is a separately ticketed experience ($99 per guest) and requires Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party admission, which is not included in this price.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Trick-or-Treating, Specialty Food & Merchandise

One of the big "treats" of the Disney Halloween Party is trick-or-treating around the park. You can haul in quite a lot of candy if that's the goal, but we prefer to enjoy the entertainment and hit a trick-or-treat trail or two as we hop around.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 Treat Locations:

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Town Square Theater (Allergy-Friendly Center)
  • Market Street (party entrance; open until 8 p.m.)

Adventureland

  • Tortuga Tavern
  • Jungle Cruise

Frontierland

  • Splash Mountain
  • Miner's Cove (by Big Thunder Mountain)
  • Country Bear Jamboree

Liberty Square

  • Liberty Square Ticket Office (Allergy-Friendly Center)
  • The Diamond Horseshoe

Fantasyland

  • Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic
  • Walt Disney World Railroad Station
  • Ariel's Grotto

Tomorrowland

  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café
  • Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress

Not So Scary Halloween Party - Amuck CupcakeIf the free candy doesn't quite satisfy your sweet tooth, enjoy spooktacular offerings created especially for the season. We tried the Amuck, Amuck, Amuck Cupcake, which can be found at Main Street Bakery. The cupcake itself was perfectly fluffy and moist, but fair warning, there is a lot of sweet frosting packed on top. Watch out for that black frosting — you may want to wait until after you take all your photos before your teeth turn colors ;)

It's important to note that some of these special, event-exclusive treats for purchase have long lines and can sell out later in the night. However, we noticed they started selling before the official party time. So, if you've got your eye (and stomach) set on a specific treat, we'd recommend hopping to it the earlier, the better!

Speaking of sweets — while we, of course, advise you to save some room for treats throughout the party, we recommend grabbing a meal ahead of time. Sitting down for dinner with your tadpoles can eat up anywhere between thirty minutes to over an hour of the five-hour party time, so it's much better to enjoy a nice meal before you start partying.

If shopping is your top priority, visit the Emporium and Big Top Souvenirs for apparel, ornaments, pins and more exclusive to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. You can also find tons of event pins and MagicBands at Frontier Trading Post. We're not overstating this — lines for exclusive merchandise can rival the lines for the characters. Items can sell out quickly if you wait until later in the night. Before you arrive at the party, decide how much time you're willing to spend to get that limited-edition pin. If you're lucky enough to be traveling with two "grown-up" frogs, we recommend one waiting for merch while the other takes the tadpoles on a ride or two nearby.

Tips for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019

As we've mentioned a time or two, 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! For those of you wondering whether the party is worth the additional expense, for us, it's a resounding "Yes!" To make it the absolute best experience for your family, follow these tips:

1. Wear a costume

Mickey's Not So Scary Moana CostumesWhile 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 like to take advantage of it. And, in case you're wondering, you're never too old to enjoy Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. We saw so many creative costumes this year! Note: Masks are not allowed to be worn at the Magic Kingdom, so keep this in mind when choosing your costume.

2. Keep it light

While temperatures in Orlando are cooling down a bit, the average high is 91 in August, 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 for the Disney Halloween party. 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 trick-or-treat bags

Upon entry into the park, guests will receive treat bags. It's a cool perk, but they are on the smallish side. If your children are there for the loot, consider packing extra bags. 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. You'll find candy stations throughout the park. Save time and skip the crowds by trick-or-treating later in the evening. If your treat line is long, don't wait. Visit a different one, or come back later. You'll find the same candy at each one!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 - Treats

For allergy-friendly offerings, a teal chip is handed out at the entrance of the party. Make your way to the street behind Tony's Town Square Restaurant to pick up your chip. You'll exchange this token for a teal treat bag and special candy at the allergy-friendly locations located at Town Square Theater and Liberty Square Ticket Office.

4. Get to the parks early

This is the single-most important tip for maximizing your fun and justifying the cost of this separately ticketed event. While the Disney Halloween party officially starts at 7 p.m., guests can begin entering the park as early as 4 p.m. (And yes, you can wear your costumes into the park at that time!) We highly recommend you get to the park early, so you can spend as much time in Magic Kingdom as possible.

When you arrive, Halloween Party attendees will be directed to a special entrance to receive wristbands. If you've already spent your day at the Magic Kingdom, you can secure your wristband from a cast member at specially designated locations throughout the park — don't worry, you can't miss the signs! Receiving your wristband is an absolute MUST-DO. Cast members are around every corner to usher non-party attendees out of the park.

5. Visit the most "in-demand" characters first or during the first parade

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 - Jack Skellington

Leap's favorite part of the party is meeting all of the characters who greet guests in different locations. "Rare" characters are out for photo-ops, and your usual favorites are wearing their best Halloween garb. Lines can get very long for the most popular characters (up to three hours or more!), so be sure to prioritize. (If you want a costume idea, check out our DIY Jack and Sally T-shirt.)

Some of the more exclusive characters (Jack & Sally, the Seven Dwarfs and Moana) may be found meeting before the party even begins, but only for Halloween party guests with wristbands. If you arrive at Magic Kingdom when doors "open" for Halloween Party guests at 4 p.m., we recommend heading toward the characters' designated locations and asking cast members where and when to line up. That way, you can spend valuable party time doing other fun activities!

Can't make it early? Have no fear. Our best advice is to wait until just before parade times to hop in line for character meet-and-greets. Pick one of the two parade showings to attend, and then spend the other time snapping pics with your favorite characters. However, don't wait until the very end of the night! We tried getting in line to see the Seven Dwarfs and Stitch around 11:30 p.m. but cast members said they were finishing up for the night and weren't letting anyone else in line.

As a time-saver, try meeting characters who are joined by a friend. This may also make your tadpoles hoppier. Lily was dying to meet Jasmine, but Tad was all "whatever." Once he saw Genie join Jasmine, he hopped right in line with his sister.

The lines for characters have grown longer than in years' past. We recommend deciding as a family who your "top priority" characters are and making a game plan before you go. If a photo isn't a must, it's fun just to walk around and see the characters and their unique outfits. A majority of them meet outside, so it's easy to check them out in passing.

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. Be sure to find a spot along the parade route at least 15 minutes in advance if you don't mind standing behind other people. If you want to be in the very front row, you should plan on staking out your spot — especially near Cinderella Castle and along Main Street U.S.A. — at least an hour ahead of time.

Mickey's Boo-To-You Parade - Mrs. Incredible

Don't want to spend so much time holding your ground? We recommend viewing it in Frontierland. You can get a great spot with a much shorter notice. We love the atmosphere of Main Street U.S.A. (and that's where you'll find us for the Christmas parade), but Halloween is a different story. We think Frontierland fits the spooky ambiance of "Boo-to-You." Since the parade starts in Frontierland, that also means it finishes sooner. So you can hop on more rides and character meet-and-greets while the rest of the audience waits for it to finish up.

The parade happens twice nightly and kicks off in Frontierland, 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. It's usually much less crowded.

7. Spot your favorite villains during the Hocus Pocus show

The Sanderson Sisters take over the stage again in the "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular," also featuring Dr. Facilier, Ooogie Boogie and Maleficent. In the past, the villains would mix and mingle after their singing and dancing performance on the Castle Stage. Although these villains do not typically join the crowd for photo opportunities anymore, the performance is worth making time to see.

The lines for character meet-and-greets are typically a lot shorter just prior to and during parade performances, so plan to see some villains, such as Anastasia and Drizella or Cruella de Vil, during either the first or second Boo-to-You parade.

8. Get your boogie on

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 - Sulley

It just wouldn't be a Disney Halloween party without a dance. As we mentioned before, there are THREE opportunities to show off your moves. Mike and Sulley play host to their own Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland. Join the Villain Kids at the new Disney DescenDANCE Party over in Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe for a groovin' good time. Or dance the night away with Disney Junior Pals at Storybook Circus.

9. Don't froget the fireworks show!

The centerpiece of the night in years past has been the villainous fireworks show, Happy HalloWishes. It was one of our very favorite displays ... however, the brand-new fireworks spectacular, Disney's Not-So-Spooky Spectacular, exceeded our expectations! It's important to know that there is only one fireworks show, which begins at 10:15 p.m.

10. Don't spend too much time waiting for the ride overlays

While it's always neat to experience your favorite attraction with a twist, we didn't find any of the special Halloween party attraction experiences worth waiting too long for. The difference in the party-exclusive changes on Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain and Mad Tea Party are fairly minor, so don't get your hopes up on having a toadally different experience. (The rides close and undergo a short transition period before the party begins.) We wouldn't wait any longer than 20 to 30 minutes for any of these. If you can catch a short line (like our 15-minute wait for Pirates), you should check 'em out!

11. Knock out Hocus Pocus, the parade and fireworks all at once

If these three experiences fall at the top of your must-do list, we'd recommend finding a good viewing spot in front of Cinderella Castle and staying put through all three — starting with Hocus Pocus at 8:30 p.m. While the second parade has lower crowds, trying to get through the crowd that has already been in the hub from the first parade who stay for the fireworks is not easy. If you're just coming for the fireworks, Casey's Corner or Plaza Ice Cream Parlor would be great options for a quick escape, but you'd still need to arrive early.

Do you have questions about Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019? Share them in comments below! For more vacation planning tips, check out the When to Visit Orlando page inside our Orlando Planning Timeline!

Related: Schedule of Disney World Special Events

Hoppy Halloween!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Sep 23, 2015 at 3:19 p.m. Brandy Says...

Hi! My husband and I are attending the party Sunday night. Can we enter in costume at 4pm or do we need to take them with us and change at 7? Thanks!

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Sep 23, 2015 at 11:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandy,

You can enter at 4 p.m. in costume!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 22, 2015 at 8:50 p.m. Mayleen Says...

Hello,

Thanks for all the helpful info. This will be our first time attending. You mentioned we can get in the park at 4 PM with the party tickets. Are we allowed to wear our costumes since 4 PM or do we have to wait till 7 PM and change then?

Thank you

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Sep 27, 2015 at 5:51 p.m. Victoria Says...

do you know if Tony's will be open during the parade?

Thanks !

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Sep 23, 2015 at 12:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mayleen,

You can get in at 4 p.m. with costumes.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 21, 2015 at 5:28 p.m. Luis Says...

Hi, we bought tickets to Disneyland and were planning on going on September 25th, but I see there is an event after 7pm, after they kick as out of the park can we enter with the same ticket to DCA? or do we have to buy a new ticket?

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Sep 23, 2015 at 1:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Luis,

You would need a Park Hopper ticket to do this, but yes, you can!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 20, 2015 at 9:17 p.m. Stacy Says...

This post is very helpful! My question is...we plan to be at another park the day we would like to attend the Halloween party...do you have to have a hopper pass or is purchasing tickets all you need? Thanks!

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Sep 23, 2015 at 1:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacy,

You would need a party ticket to attend the party. To spend the day in another park, you would need regular admission.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 20, 2015 at 7:28 p.m. Renee Says...

Hello!

Do you know if there will be any photo ops with Maleficent or the Evil Queen? We are attending the Party on 10/27 and my daughters are dressing up as Mal and Evie from Disney's Decendents and I just wanted to try and plan to do that if the opportunity was there. Like during the dance parties maybe?

Thanks for your help!

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Sep 23, 2015 at 1:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Renee,

Awww. Lily is going as Evie this year too! Unfortunately, the Evil Queen and Maleficent are not greeting guests this year.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 20, 2015 at 2:25 a.m. Christy S Says...

We are visiting family near Orlando and planning to go to MNSSHP but can't decide on a day. Parties are 10/12 or 10/13 or 10/15. We prefer to do 10/15 but it will be whatever night weather is best. Will there be a huge crowd difference in ties and thurs?

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Sep 23, 2015 at 1:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christy,

As far as crowds, Monday or Tuesday will be the better days.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 19, 2015 at 5:52 p.m. Kacie Says...

Will you be selling tickets this year for the Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party? And if so when? We are planning to go to the Oct. 8th party, but waiting to buy tickets to see if you got any.

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Sep 23, 2015 at 1:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kacie,

Unfortunately, we will not be selling tickets for the parties this year.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 18, 2015 at 4:37 p.m. DeltaFan Says...

Hello, i've been to the party before but this will be my first time attending alone (I am a 19 year old male). I was still interested in collecting candy, would this be frowned upon or will I be fine?

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Sep 23, 2015 at 1:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Delta Fan,

Absolutely, you can trick-or-treat! Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 18, 2015 at 1:59 a.m. Lani Says...

Hi there,

we are a family of four - we have been participating in this event 6 consecutive years. This year, we would like to dress up as KISS band members. Are there any costume restrictions?

Thank you,

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Sep 30, 2015 at 7:52 p.m. Kristin Says...

I saw a family dressed up as KISS members last year!!!!!! It was so very very memorable and the most stand out costumes of any I have ever seen at any of the parties Ive been to (3).

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Sep 18, 2015 at 7:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lani,

I can't say for sure about this, but costumes should be not be offensive or obstructive and no masks will be allowed.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 22, 2015 at 8:37 p.m. Ashli Says...

Is the no masks rule new? In previous years, the only masks that weren't allowed were ones which obstructed the eyes.

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Sep 21, 2015 at 12:27 a.m. Jen Says...

Just called disney. masks are allowed. My son wants to be a storm trooper with the mask and they said it was perfectly fine :-)

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Sep 19, 2015 at 12:53 a.m. Sean Says...

Hello! I am definitely getting the MNSSHP Magic band, but does it sell out in a blink of a eye or will I be able to wait? I am asking this because I want to meet Jack and Sally so should I wait for the meet in greet or get the band and then meet jack and Sally.

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Sep 17, 2015 at 4:42 p.m. Stefanie Says...

Hi,

This is thee first time I will be attending MNSSHP with my boyfriend. How long do the lines usually get for the character meetings? Also, when do the character come out and if they are there the whole night?

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Sep 18, 2015 at 8:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stefanie,

Lines for the character meet and greets vary, some are quite short (5-20 minutes), while others such as Jack and Sally take longer (up to an hour or so). The lines definitely taper off later in the evening and during parades/fireworks/shows and are busiest during the first hour or so of the party. Keep in mind that characters spend time chatting with each guest, and times vary because of this.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 17, 2015 at 3:08 a.m. Lindsay L Says...

Hello! With the 1st party done and a better feel for what's happening I have a question about when/where. Going with dd's (6&8). Plan to head to Cruella 1st. We want to see the show, see the parade and fire works. I'm thinking if we get to the hub for the show- should we then just wait for fireworks at the same spot? And what time would be best to stake out a spot? Planning on heading to different area for 2nd parade afterwards. Does that work?

Thanks!!!!

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Sep 18, 2015 at 8:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindsay,

You have a couple of options here. If you get to the party early, go ahead and scope out the characters you want to meet and plan to be one of the first in line for them, then by about 9 p.m., find a spot to see the Hocus Pocus show and stay for Celebrate the Magic/HalloWishes fireworks. That will end about 10:15 p.m. or so, giving you time to perhaps swing by another character or stop by a trick-or-treat station on your way to Frontierland. My suggestion would be to end up in Frontierland (where the parade steps off) by about 10:45 p.m. to get a good spot.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 15, 2015 at 3:42 p.m. Melissa Says...

Hi there! This is very helpful, thank you! One question for your opinion. We will be attending Disney for our Honeymoon September 27th - October 2nd. I have a 5 day pass (I didn't bother with the Hopper) Monday-Thursday we plan on doing all 4 parks, 1 each day. On Friday, October 2nd, I was hoping to hit Epcot in the morning to use my 5th day pass, and then buy the tickets to the Halloween party for the evening. Does purchasing the ticket include your admission to the park? I think I read in a previous post that it does, I have heard that from a friend who often attends, which is what I'm hoping for!!!! However, when I look to purchase the tickets online for the party, it has a note that says "*Valid Park Entry Required"...thoughts? Thanks!!

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Sep 15, 2015 at 2:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

Sounds like you've got a good plan! Purchasing a party ticket is all you need to attend the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 23, 2015 at 11:44 p.m. areys Says...

so dowe need our admission ticket

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Sep 29, 2015 at 10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Areys,

You don't need regular admission to attend the party — just a party ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 12, 2015 at 4:19 a.m. Sophia Says...

I will be at Disney on Halloween not for the party, but for the regular day pass. Can my husband and I dress in costume on Halloween during the day?

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Sep 15, 2015 at 5:03 a.m. Mark Says...

Dear Frogs,

This all has been very helpful.

Any thoughts on the HallowWishes Premium Dessert and viewing Package?

Little Bryan is 5 and cannot see over the crowds but is this worth the extra cost? Is it really better viewing? We are going tonight promptly at 4 to best maximize our candy take and see the villains !

He loves the headless horseman:)) and cannot wait to see him make his appearance but maybe the street may be better??

Thanks

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Sep 14, 2015 at 10:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sophia,

I am not certain about this and would suggest you contact Disney directly. On any day that is not a party day, for sure you cannot. I am just not so sure on actual party dates, since some guests will be staying all day at Magic Kingdom and then going to the party. Here are Disney's costume guidelines:

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/faq/parks/recommended-dress/

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 11, 2015 at 10:40 p.m. Bessy Says...

is this event only for the kids?

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Sep 14, 2015 at 10:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bessy,

Definitely not! Even adults will have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 10, 2015 at 4:34 p.m. Isabel Says...

We are trying to decide if it's better to book our all-day MK and MNSSH visit on either Sunday 10/18 or Tuesday 10/20. Can you advise me as to which day you think would be best crowds-wise? And do you know if these tickets sell out very fast? I was hoping to wait a bit and see what the weather will be like those days, but I'm afraid I'll be risking them being sold out if I wait too long. Btw, all of your info and tips are the BEST I've found anywhere! Thanks!

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Sep 15, 2015 at 3:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Isabel,

Thanks so much for the kind words! We love to help out. I would go with Tuesday. Typically, most dates sell out the day of or a few days in advance of the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 9, 2015 at 1:50 p.m. Meagan Says...

We will be renting a car, so do you know what is the cost of parking for this event? Same as if you were visiting the park?

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Sep 9, 2015 at 10:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maegan,

Yes, it would be the same as regular entry. Currently, it's $17 a day for cars.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 14, 2015 at 2:56 p.m. Omer Says...

I am using a walking stick so I am not sure if I will be considered as disabled, but Is there a special parking spot?

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Sep 18, 2015 at 10:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Omer,

As far as parking spots go, there are designated handicap spots. You must have a valid permit, however, to park there. Here's more information:

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/plain-text/#ACCESSIBLE PARKING

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 8, 2015 at 4:32 p.m. Marilyn Says...

are the tickets mailed or available by printing?

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Sep 9, 2015 at 10:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marilyn,

Both options are available.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 8, 2015 at 3:51 a.m. Jennifer G. Says...

First time we went to MNSSHP was in 2011 and the princes were all with their princesses, this was my daughters favorite part. I read they were not last year and am wondering if there is any way to know for this year as we are attending again. She's really hoping to Flynn gives mommy the smolder again! Also any way to know what villains will be in the hall to meet?

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Sep 8, 2015 at 7:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

Meeting the princes is my favorite part too — it just makes the whole event more special. We don't yet know for sure, but we are hoping they are back again! We'll have more details about the villains and princes after the first party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 6, 2015 at 2:24 a.m. raen Says...

One quick question, do you HAVE to buy the day ticket? or can you just purchase the party ticket and go in then?? Thanks!!

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Sep 8, 2015 at 7:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Raen,

You don't need regular admission, just a party ticket, if you enter after 4 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 10, 2015 at 4:42 p.m. Katherine Giere Says...

Hi! This is my first time to the parks during the Fall season, we currently have regular day tickets but not tickets for the Party. So we will have to leave at 7? Or are we allowed entrance because we already bought a whole day pass? Thanks!!

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Sep 15, 2015 at 9:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katherine,

You will need to leave at 7 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 4, 2015 at 12:40 a.m. joanne Says...

Will be attending Oct 6th but midnight I turn 53 lol happy birthday to me!....we have our 18 months baby granddaughter making her first time.....any help appreciated...what to do first.

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Sep 8, 2015 at 8:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joanne,

Happy early birthday! I hope you've already got your costume planned ;) If you arrive earlier than the start of the party at 7 p.m., we recommend grabbing an early dinner and riding a few of the anytime rides suggested on our touring plans. About 6:30 p.m., I would start lining up for your favorite characters, maybe Halloween Mickey, the princesses with their princesses or the Seven Dwarfs. Jack and Sally are especially popular, but your 18-month-old granddaughter may find them too scary.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 9, 2015 at 1:13 a.m. joanne Says...

I have a pair of mmears from disneyland the glow pair that glow with the show? will they work at Disney World for the Halloween party hallowishes? Getting so excited made us all matching tee's to wear as we will only be attending this one night of magic for this year.

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Sep 9, 2015 at 11:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joanne,

The Glow Ears will work on HalloWishes, but it's not clear if it's available for Mickey's Boo to You Parade. Take them and see!

Matching tees are the best :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 3, 2015 at 9:09 p.m. Nikki Says...

Trying to figure out if it is worth getting the Not so Scary Halloween party? I have a 2 year old? Please help!!

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Sep 8, 2015 at 1:37 p.m. Lauren Says...

We're taking our 2 year old this year, but she's a night owl and does pretty well staying up late. When my son was little, though, there's no way it would have worked for him because he was a creature of habit. If he wasn't in bed by 8, he melted down. Pushing him to stay up late would have been a disaster when he was 2.

A friend did tell me that some of the characters during the parade might be too scary for my daughter, so we're going to take a blanket so she can hide in her stroller if she needs to. We'll also be avoiding some of the character meet and greets for the same reason.

I think if your 2 year old can stay up late, it might be a lot of fun for your family!

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Sep 1, 2015 at 9:57 p.m. Tara Says...

Any idea whether October, 6th, 8th or 9th would be a less crowded day! And if it rains do they continue with the party?

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Sep 2, 2015 at 8:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tara,

We have a post about the best days to attend the party, and if it rains, it still continues :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 1, 2015 at 5:09 a.m. Derek Says...

deciding between sunday oct 25 and tues oct 27, what do you recommend? we will be @ disney from sunday- weds. planning on doing mk, hollywood and ak. thanks!!

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Sep 1, 2015 at 9:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Derek,

These are both likely to sell out, so I would pick which one works best with your schedule.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 8, 2015 at 5:38 p.m. patty Andersen Says...

we will be there from October 22 to October 25 - When getting event tickets I was told that the MNSSHP is only Thursday 10/22 and Friday 10/23 that week - no 10/24 or 10/25

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Sep 9, 2015 at 10:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patty,

There are dates Oct. 22, 23 and 25.

Mommy Frog

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Sep 2, 2015 at 5:10 a.m. Derek Says...

Are both days equally as crowded or do you think tuesday less crowded? Thanks!!

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Sep 2, 2015 at 8:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Tuesday would have the best shot at being less crowded.

Mommy Frog

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Aug 30, 2015 at 4:28 a.m. Cindy Says...

Our trip is planned for Oct 5,6 & 7 Mickey's Halloween party is 2 of those nights. Is California Adventure open after we have to leave Disneyland at 7pm? We will prob buy tickets for one of the nights, but not both. Thank you.

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Aug 31, 2015 at 11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cindy,

We have a full post about Disneyland's Halloween Time and Mickey's Halloween Party that includes more information about the event. Yes, Disney California Adventure will be open later on nights of the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 29, 2015 at 6:35 p.m. Dianna Says...

We will be at MK all day the day of the party. I remember in years past, you would have to head to Main Street to collect your wristbands for the party, and these would usually start being given out at around 4. Its been a while since I've been so I wanted to know if this was still the process, or do we get them as soon as we get in the park that morning?

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Aug 31, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dianna,

Yes, you will go pick up your wristbands after 4 p.m.!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 29, 2015 at 1:58 a.m. Sharon Michele Says...

We have reservations for sun sep 20-sun sep 27. And plan to buy tickets for the mnsshp one night that week and already have a 4 day park hopper. Would you suggest going to the mnsshp on Tues or Fri? Also, would you go to MK on Sat since there are extra magic hours until midnight or should we avoid MK that day since it is a red day for crowds? It is the only day that week that the MK is open late.

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Aug 31, 2015 at 10:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sharon,

I would do the party on Tuesday. As far as Magic Kingdom on Saturday, I would do it if you plan to take advantage of the later hours.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 28, 2015 at 4:37 p.m. Brian Says...

I went last year and the 2 things I strongly agree with is

1. Get there early, we got there around 10 and my wife and I only got to see 1 parade and ride on about 3 rides.

2. Stake out a spot for the parade early. We waited for about 15 minutes in the same spot and still felt like it wasn't a good spot. Very cramp and when taller people adjust their standing position they can block you even though it was perfect for 10 straight minutes.

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Aug 31, 2015 at 9:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brian,

Thanks for the suggestions. What day did you go on last year?

Mommy Frog

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Aug 27, 2015 at 5:38 p.m. Tania Says...

Can adults with no custome trick or treat at Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party too? :)

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Aug 27, 2015 at 2:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tania,

Absolutely, but we think it's more fun when the whole family dresses up :)

Mommy Frog

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Aug 27, 2015 at 11:12 a.m. Michelle Says...

I have been to Disney hundreds of times growing up but this will be my first time going with the fast pass plus as well as the first time we are going to MNSSHP. We planned on spending the entire day at Magic Kingdom that day so we are using our regular park admission pass plus the event ticket for after 7pm. Because they are two separate tickets, are you allowed to make 3 additional Fast Pass reservations from 4-7 on that ticket? Or because we already have 3 on our regular admission for that morning is that all we can have? I just want to make sure we are getting the most magic out of the day :)

Thank you,

Michelle

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Aug 27, 2015 at 9:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

This is a great question. I don't think you're going to be able to get additional FastPasses for that day, but you should try it out when your window opens and report back.

Mommy Frog

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Aug 26, 2015 at 9:37 p.m. susie Says...

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 3 kids.

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Aug 27, 2015 at 11:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susie,

We have a post about Disneyland Halloween Time, which includes the party. There is already plenty of Halloween fun in the park if you don't attend the party. If you've already bought your tickets, I am not sure you would want to add it.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 26, 2015 at 2:02 p.m. Emily Says...

Hi,

We have tickets booked allowing us entry to the parks for our 14 day holiday. I have a dinner reservation for 7pm on the night of September 20th 2015. Do i need to purchase separate tickets for the mickey's not so scary halloween party in order to attend my dinner reservation?? Thank you

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Aug 31, 2015 at 7:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily,

I would recommend you call to confirm that you will be allowed to stay in the park for your reservation without the party ticket. Please report back :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 24, 2015 at 8:41 p.m. Miriam Says...

Hi!

I'm thinking to go to this party, my question is if I can take photos with the villains? Like the Evil Queen or Maleficent...

I don't know if it would be a good idea, cause it expensive for me, but on the other hand it sounds really good... I don't know what to do...what do you recommended to me?

Thanks!

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Aug 31, 2015 at 11:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

So far, there has been no word on the whereabouts of Maleficient and the Evil Queen, but you will find other villains scattered around the park. Last year, these two were exclusive to the Sinister Soiree, a party within the party so to speak at Cinderella Castle. The Soiree, which was an additional charge, hasn't yet been announced for this year.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 24, 2015 at 6:58 p.m. Andy Says...

Hi, Love your blog, it's been so helpful with our WDW planning so far :) We are planning to visit WDW the first week of October and have purchased a 5 day Park Hopper with Water Fun and More. We were planning to get tickets for NSSHP as well, but were thinking we'd use the daytime for a Fun Visit then attend NSSHP in the evening and save one of our Magic Your Way/Park Hoppers for the following day. How do we ensure the MYW/PH doesn't get utilized for the evening we want to go to NSSHP? Or is that not allowed?

Thanks again for all your super tips!

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Sep 10, 2015 at 11:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andy,

I don't have a definitive answer to this question, but I bet Disney has a way to avoid this. I think the answer is that when you enter the park on the party day, you will want to use your Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party physical ticket or E-Ticket to enter and not your MagicBand (even if the ticket is linked). You could also call Disney directly to find out.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 24, 2015 at 5:06 a.m. Alice Says...

I am going to Disney and the MNSSHP. I have dinner reservations at Be Our Guest at 7:30 during the party. I've seen multiple places that there are no reservations and only quick services during the party. Is this true?

Thanks!

Alice

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Aug 24, 2015 at 10:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alic,

No, the table service restaurants are still operating during the party. Enjoy!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 24, 2015 at 1:17 a.m. Sharon Says...

I see on the Disney website that on Sept 20th there is a pirate event. Will this interfere with the mnsshp event? I am considering buying tickets for the mnsshp and want to make sure I am not choosing the wrong date if there is another event occurring on the same date. Do you know anything about a pirate event on Sept 20th?

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Aug 26, 2015 at 11:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sharon,

I am not familiar with a pirate event on this date, but I don't think it would interfere with crowds at Magic Kingdom.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 23, 2015 at 7:34 p.m. Lauren Says...

MNSSHP will be the only time we visit park on our trip to WDW this time around. If I link my Halloween tickets to My Disney Experience account to use the fast pass+ option from 4-7, how will we use the use the fp at the park without bands? Will we still have a fp+ option?

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Sep 10, 2015 at 11:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren,

This is a good question, and I don't have a definitive answer. If you opted for a physical ticket for the Halloween Party, you should be able to use that for FastPass+. If you opted for an E-ticket, I am not certain that you can. The ability to make FastPass+ reservations on the MNSSHP ticket has always been a loophole. We would look at it as a bonus if it works.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 23, 2015 at 12:05 p.m. Tricia Says...

Hello,

I plan on going to the Magic Kingdom on the same day that there is the Halloween Party. Do I need to buy a day pass and a Halloween party pass (so 2 tickets for that day). I hope this makes sense. Thanks!

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Aug 26, 2015 at 10:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tricia,

Yes, you do.

Mommy Frog

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Aug 21, 2015 at 4:39 p.m. Bailey Says...

During the Halloween Party are the regular meet and greets (Anna and Elsa) available?

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Aug 26, 2015 at 8:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bailey,

Yes! Anna and Elsa are available to meet during the Halloween Party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 21, 2015 at 4:33 p.m. Lauren Says...

Hello! It will be my first time going to Disneyland (not Disneyworld) around Halloween. I was wondering on the days where there is no party does the park stay open until the normal hours? Also do people dress up on non-party days? I was thinking of getting a park hopper on a non-party day and then getting a party ticket for the next day :)

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Aug 26, 2015 at 8:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren,

I think you've got a good plan!

We have a post dedicated to Disneyland's Halloween Time. All of the Disney parks adjust park hours based on crowd levels, so "normal hours" is always a bit in flux. On nights without the party, the park will be open later, though, than nights with the party.

Disneyland has specific costume guidelines, and adults are not allowed to wear costumes at other times.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 18, 2015 at 11:11 a.m. Adam Says...

Hello! Your site has been such a great resource for planning our DW trip this September - thank you! We just managed to score a table at Cinderella's Castle on the night of the 22nd - at 7pm. We don't have Halloween tickets for that night, though. We have them for the following Friday. Do you think it will be a problem? Should we call Disney and ask to move the reservation to 6.55pm? We're coming from Australia - so it's truly a once in a lifetime event!

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Aug 18, 2015 at 9:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adam,

You will be allowed to stay for your dinner reservation. I would make sure to head over there just a little bit early. Have fun!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 18, 2015 at 9:16 p.m. Adam Says...

Thanks for that! I wasn't going to tell my daughter just in case but now I will. She'll be so happy. It was so hard getting a reservation there. :)

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Aug 20, 2015 at 6:55 p.m. kelly Says...

I would really call and check on that. It specifically says on the 7 pm reservation that you need a ticket. I was told anything after 6:55 would not be allowed without a MNSSHP ticket.

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Sep 7, 2015 at 7:25 a.m. Adam Says...

Hey Kelly,

Our reservation details on the website doesn't mention it, and I have printed that out to take with me. When I called the WDW Dining they suggested we get there early. Apparently if you don't have tickets someone literally walks you out of the park at the end of your dinner.

I am still a little worried about it though, but I guess the worst that will happen is we'll have to pay for the Halloween tickets on the night. I can't see them doing that, though. We're staying on site for ten days.

Adam

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Aug 18, 2015 at 2:01 a.m. Tiffany Says...

where do the kids actually Trick-or-Treat?

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Aug 18, 2015 at 9:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tiffany,

There are several treat locations and trick-or-treat trails throughout the park.

Mommy Frog

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Aug 17, 2015 at 9:49 p.m. Cheri Says...

I managed to snag reservation at Be Our Guest Restaurant during a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party night. But I’m having second thoughts. We have never done either and not likely to do another Halloween party. My question is do you think it will be worth an hour out of the party for dinner with the Beast? Reservations are at 7:55 with the 1st parade at 8:30 with the 2nd parade at 10:30. I’m not sure about any other special Halloween activities. Do you think the dinner take up to much time to be worth it?

Thank you for your thoughts.

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Aug 25, 2015 at 8:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cheri,

This is a tough question. Ideally, you would have the reservation on a non-party night. It is going to take you away from the party activities, but it is also a very cool experience to dine with the Beast. If you are staying until midnight and plan on seeing the second parade, I think it will be OK, but up to you!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 17, 2015 at 7:38 p.m. SFT Says...

We will be in the park all day before the start of the MNSSHP. I have already booked FP for the morning. Do we have to use those before booking FP during the party? And do you think we will be terribly exhausted to get there early morning and stay until midnight? Probably a silly question!

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Aug 25, 2015 at 8:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

FastPass+ is not offered during the party, so what you did is great! Crowds will peak in the afternoons, so having FastPass+ then is best. Whether you will be exhausted depends a lot on you and your group, but, yes, if you stay all day and then until midnight without a break, I think you will be exhausted (a good kind of exhausted). It would be better if you could take a break in the early afternoon, have a nap or a swim, or just something to recharge.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 8, 2016 at 12:13 a.m. April Says...

So excited to attend our first MNSSHP. We will be there Oct. 13th - 18th. Any ideas which night is the best to go? We are currently thinking the 18th. Ut totally open to other ideas.

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Apr 8, 2016 at 8:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi April,

Yes, that would be the best. The 13th is also a good choice.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 16, 2015 at 10:02 p.m. Collette Says...

do you know if the Sinister Soirée is being held this year?

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Aug 18, 2015 at 2:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Collette,

It has not yet been announced for this year. Judging by the popularity of it, our guess is that it will be back. Stay tuned.

Mommy Frog

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Aug 16, 2015 at 8:24 p.m. Jessica Says...

Hi, my husband and I are planning on going to disney on 10/23. We were thinking of also purchasing tickets to the halloween party also, but were confused as to if we could even do a regualar park day and the party on the same night. Would they just give us our wristbands when we entered the park in the morning, or would we have to exit and then come back in? Just wanting to know what's best.

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Aug 18, 2015 at 2:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica,

You don't have to exit. Just head toward Main Street after 4 p.m. but before 7 p.m. and get your wristbands!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 15, 2015 at 8:58 p.m. Jay Wood Says...

Hi!! We love your tips. Me and my daughter who is 12 go to Disney for a week every year. This past Aug was our 8th. I have tickets on my My Exp- Magic Band for MNSSH for Oct 16. Also on my Band is my last 4 days of my No-Experation 10 day passes. When we get to the park at 4 to enter for that Scary nite I worry that my 10 day pass will read and not my Scaary pass. Should I worry?? I just want to make sure I dont lose a day by accident on my 10 day pass. We want to Maximize that day since I already have FP from 4-7 that day. Thanks for your answer and God Bless!!

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Aug 24, 2015 at 2:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jay,

We have had a similar issue. The best bet to insure that this doesn't happen is to visit guest services at the park before you enter and have the cast member reassign your MNSSHP ticket to make sure it is used first. You could also try calling to get this done in advance, but the last time I called about this, the cast member I spoke with said it had to be done in person.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 13, 2015 at 3:08 p.m. Lori Says...

We are attending WDW for the first time. We were planning to be at MK on 10/15, Epcot on 10/16 and MK on 10/17. We are not planning to attend the Halloween Party. Does the park close early for the Halloween Party? Will that affect our ability to make the most of our time there?

Also, we were planning to see the 9:45 Celebrate the Magic and 10:00 Wishes fireworks on Sat 10/17. Are those the regular ones or Halloween themed? Will we still be able to see those shows if we don't have a Halloween Party ticket?

Feeling confused. Thanks in advance for your help!

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Aug 24, 2015 at 10:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lori,

Magic Kingdom closing early shouldn't be a huge impact on your ability to see and do everything. Generally, though, the non-party days will be a little bit more crowded than party days because of the shortened hours. There are seasonal changes to Celebrate the Magic, but the overall show doesn't change significantly. On non-party nights, Wishes is the normal show. If you wanted to see HalloWishes, you could watch from Ticket and Transportation Center, the beach at Disney's Polynesian and at the observation deck at California Grill. You'd need a reservation for some time in the evening at California Grill (if you dine early, you'd just need to show your receipt to come back). Each of these locations also pipe in the music! TTC is probably the easiest to get to, but we think California Grill has the best view.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 12, 2015 at 10:01 p.m. Flo Says...

Hi there! Thanks for all the great info! We are going this year to MNSCHP for the first time. I was wondering if you knew when the schedule for this year will be available so that we can start planning!

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Aug 20, 2015 at 1:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Flo,

The schedule typically isn't available in advance, but it doesn't change too much from year to year. You can view last year's to get a good idea for this year.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 12, 2015 at 2:01 p.m. Rena Says...

Hi, thanks so much for your informative posts. I have tickets for October 13 for MNSSHP and am wondering if it would be a good idea to purchase a 2nd night for this, didn't know if we will be able to fit it all in into one night? Thanks

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Aug 20, 2015 at 1:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rena,

You should be able to experience the biggest events in one night. If you wanted to experience EVERYTHING, including every character meet-and-greet and every trick-or-treat trail, then yes, you would want two nights.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 10, 2015 at 1:34 p.m. Natalie Says...

we'll be disney for this event. if we are attending all day from 9, how will they know to kick us out if we don't have party tickets? i.e. can you sneakily stay all day on just a regular ticket??!?

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Aug 18, 2015 at 2:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie,

Only party guests receive party wristbands. If you are not wearing a wristband starting at 7 p.m., you will be directed toward the exits.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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