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Boo to You! Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Returns This Fall — Tickets Now Available!

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Summary

Ghoulishly good news! Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returns on select nights Aug. 12 to Oct. 31, 2022. This special, separately ticketed event at Magic Kingdom Park offers unique characters, attraction overlays, treat stops, photo opportunities and specialty food and drink. Enjoy exclusive entertainment such as Mickey’s Boo-To-You parade, Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show and Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks. Tickets are now on sale, and your favorite frogs are offering discounted tickets! Read on for more spooktacular information (and stay tuned as more details are announced!)

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2022 - Sanderson Sisters

Overview of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Hoppy Halloween! OK, so perhaps it's not yet time for Halloween, but it's never too early to start planning for one of the most popular Walt Disney World events. Maybe we're a tad bit biased, but we think Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom is not to be missed. Normally hoppening every fall, after three years, the frog-favorite event is making its triumphant return!

This special event occurs after regular park hours and requires a separate party ticket to enjoy all its exclusive offerings. Enjoy five hours of party time to meet rare characters, trick or treat and catch spell-bounding entertainment. Since we've been hopping to this event for many years, we have plenty of advice to help you get the most out of this special event. We've noted what is confirmed for 2022 and what occurred in past years. We'll continue to update for anything that may be new or different at this year's party, so keep hopping back as more details are released!

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2022 Dates and Tickets

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Dates Infographic

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will be held on select nights at Magic Kingdom from Aug. 12 to Oct. 31, 2022. The parties go from 7 p.m. to midnight. Party guests can enter the park as early as 4 p.m. The park often closes at 6 p.m. for daytime guests without an event ticket.

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Tickets are now available for purchase! Ticket prices range by date from $109 to $199 (but you can save some green by purchasing through Undercover Tourist). Disney World Resort hotel guests were given a special early booking opportunity. Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can save $10 per ticket to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on select event nights

Even if you aren't attending the party, for planning purposes, it's a good idea to check out when the party IS happening since Magic Kingdom will be closing early. If you won't be attending, you'll want to hop away from Magic Kingdom if you have park hopper tickets, or plan to visit a different park that day if you have base tickets.

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

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2022 - Guests in Frozen and Tangled costumes

The biggest question we get for this event, as well as for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, is which are the best days to attend. 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. 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. Disney's variable pricing is a strong indication of the expected most popular dates.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Entry Procedures and Event Map

Entryway to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - sign on car

Party guests are allowed to enter the park starting at 4 p.m., which we recommend taking advantage of. If arriving between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., all you need is your party ticket — a separate day ticket or park reservation is not required. A popular question that comes up is how Disney handles the transition between park close and the start of the party. The park typically closes for regular guests at 6 p.m., which allows cast members more time to filter out regular day guests who are not staying for the party.

Once you arrive at the entrance, cast members direct you toward specific touchpoints for entry. Party wristbands are then given to party guests after going through the touchpoints. 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. 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!

New for 2022, enjoy special 3D photo backdrops throughout the park for a perfect photo-op!

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 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? Here's an example of the map from 2019, highlighting some of the activities and entertainment, trick or treat locations, allergy-friendly options and more in store at the party. Stay tuned for a 2022 map!

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Special Entertainment

There's lots of exclusive entertainment to enjoy at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. We've noted what is confirmed to return in 2022, what's new and what occurred in previous years.

Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular (Confirmed for 2022)

Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular Fireworks - Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

A special fireworks show with projection effects, lasers, lights and fireworks debuted in 2019. 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 showcases 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." For 2022, the fireworks are held at 10:15 p.m.

The fireworks dessert parties will return in 2022 with treats such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, cheesecake mousse, cupcakes, seasonal fruits, cheeses and special drinks. Enjoy your sweets and reserved seating at the Tomorrowland Terrace. (Check out our overview of the regular Magic Kingdom fireworks dessert parties to know what to expect). Bookings are available beginning August 9.

Note that on party nights, Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular is the only fireworks shown at Magic Kingdom, so there will be no showing of Disney Enchantment.

Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade (Confirmed for 2022)

Mickey's Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party - Constance Hatchaway in the Boo To You Parade

Catch your favorite Disney characters in Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade! About 15 minutes before it begins, the Headless Horseman trots over Liberty Square, continues in front of Cinderella Castle (but does not go all the way around the hub) and down Main Street. While Boo Bash took place in 2021 in place of Mickey's Not-So-Scary, one of the things we missed most was the Headless Horseman! (Psst ... did you know you can visit the Headless Horseman's horse, Rocky, among other working horses at Disney World, over at Tri-Circle-D Ranch at Fort Wilderness?!)

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 was new to the parade in 2019 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.

The parades kicks off at 9:15 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. Note that the parade may be canceled due to inclement weather.

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular (Confirmed for 2022)

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular - Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2022

The infamous Sanderson Sisters from "Hocus Pocus" are a must-see at the 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. The show is still a wicked-good time, especially for fans of the film!

Showtimes: 8:35 p.m., 10:45 p.m. and 12 a.m. (August and September)

Showtimes: 7:40 p.m., 8:35 p.m., 10:45 p.m. and 12 a.m. (October)

Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet (Confirmed for 2022)

This Dapper Dans-style ghostly group pops up throughout the night for performances in front of The Frontier Trading Post in Frontierland. They'll crack jokes with their deadpan humor and sing songs, including "Happy Trails To You" and "Boo to You."

Showtimes for the Cadaver Dans are: 7:00 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:50 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam (Confirmed for 2022)

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

Calling all tadpoles! Storybook Circus hosted the Disney Junior Jam, featuring some of Lily's Disney Channel faves. Last time we spotted Vampirina, Fancy Nancy and even Timon. Lily LOVES this dance party!

Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball

Over in Tomorrowland at the Rockettower Plaza Stage,in 2019, guests could join Mike Wazowski and Sulley, who were hosting the Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball all night long! Show off your best monstrous dance moves.

Cruella's Halloween Hide-a-Way

Mingle with Cruella de Vil at Tony's Town Square Restaurant during this special dining experience. In 2019, the event started at 9:30 p.m. and continued through the night until 12:30 a.m. during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party nights. You could pop in and out during the event to enjoy savory hors d’oeuvres, samplers and sweets. It also included access to a reserved viewing section for the 11:15 p.m. parade. Cruella's Halloween Hide-a-Way was a separately ticketed experience (previously running at $99 per guest) and required Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party admission, which is not included in this price.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Character Greetings and Rides

Character Locations

One of the biggest highlights of the night is meeting characters, especially those who don't greet guests at other times of year. Some of the most popular characters, such as Moana or Jack Skellington and Sally, draw big lines, but they may start meeting guests before the official party time. (In 2019, for example, 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 a list of 2019'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. Here's a list of previous characters — we'll update this list to reflect the characters available at the 2022 event as soon as more information is released!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Moana

Main Street, U.S.A.

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

Fantasyland

  • Seven Dwarfs
  • 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)
  • Cruella DeVil (roaming)
  • Anastasia and Drizella (roaming)
  • Cinderella and Elena
  • Rapunzel and Tiana

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2022 - 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 and Abu alternate with Genie and Jasmine
  • Jafar

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

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. Last time, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train line had a maximum 35-minute wait! We expect that this list of rides will remain the same in the future. Note that Disney Genie+ may not be available during the party (in the past, FastPass+ was not available). Luckily, there is generally less need for it as most people are enjoying the party activities and spending less time on rides.

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. Here's which attractions will be available for 2022:

  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • 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
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • 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 Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor (confirmed for 2022). 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.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Costume Information

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - family in Toy Story costumes

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is one of the few times that adults can dress up in costumes! Be sure to double-check the costume guidelines for these special events.

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.
  • Costume masks are not allowed.

For guests ages 13 and under:

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

Trick-or-Treating at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Treat stop

One of the big "treats" of the Disney Halloween party is trick-or-treating around the park. And best yet, it's for all ages! 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.

New to 2022, all party guests will receive a reusable trick-or-treat bag with a fun 50th anniversary and Halloween design, along with a commemorative print! So no worries about bringing your own bag (though we know some frogs like to bring their own to secure lots of candy). All of the candy is individually wrapped and there is usually a mix of chocolate, peanuts and non-chocolate treats. Concerned about allergies? Disney has special allergy-friendly stations so everyone can trick-or-treat.

All of the trick-or-treat stops are marked with a large glowing inflatable. Here are the stops from 2019 to give you an idea of what's in store:

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Treat Locations

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Town Square Theater
  • Market Street

Adventureland

  • Tortuga Tavern
  • Jungle Cruise

Frontierland

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

Liberty Square

  • Liberty Square Ticket Office
  • 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

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Food and Merchandise

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – Treats from Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies and Casey's Corner

If the free candy doesn't quite satisfy your sweet tooth, you can enjoy spooktacular offerings created especially for the season. We're looking forward to special treats like the new Not-So-Poison Apple Pie Milkshake, Winifred's Elixir of Youth, Hades Hot Dog, and more! They'll also be speciality popcorn buckets, sippers and a candy glow cube. Keep an eye out for our spellbinding guide to Halloween treats.

Some items are available during regular park hours as well, while some are only offered during the party. It's important to note that some of these unique, event-exclusive treats for purchase have long lines and can sell out later in the night, particularly if crowd levels are high. So, if you've got your eye (and stomach) set on a specific treat, we'd recommend hopping to it — the earlier, the better!

For an extra special celebration, you can book Disney's Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party for special Halloween-themed treats and reserved viewing of the fireworks from Tomorrowland Terrace.

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. Also, some restaurants may not be open once the party starts (another reason why we recommend using the 4 p.m. pre-party arrival window). We generally take this time to enjoy a quick-service meal at Casey's or the Friar's Nook so that we can get to hoppin'.

For those interested in booking a table-service restaurant, Be Our Guest Restaurant and Cinderella's Royal Table will be available during the party. Advanced reservations can be made online beginning Aug. 9. You must have a party ticket in order to dine during the event.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Merchandise

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.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Tips

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.

Moana and Family at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween PartyWhile 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 adults 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 have seen so many creative costumes over the years! Moana, Aladdin and Toy Story characters were popular choices in 2019 — we're sure we'll see some of the Familia Madrigal this year!

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 (or 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. Also, if the cast members tell you to use two lines, go for the shortest one. For some reason, we noticed everyone will line up on one side despite them saying that, and the other line barely gets used!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Treats

For allergy-friendly offerings, a teal chip is handed out at the entrance of the party. Previously,  you could make your way to the street behind Tony's Town Square Restaurant to pick up your chip. You'd then 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 (we'll confirm these locations for 2022 once we know more!).

4. Get to the parks early.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Aladdin Family

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.

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.)

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Jack Skellington

Some of the more exclusive characters (Jack and 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!

When we attended the party again on a Tuesday night in September, Jack and Sally started meeting people at 4:30 p.m. The Seven Dwarfs came out at 6:15 p.m. but already had a two-hour wait! Meanwhile, Moana had an hour wait when she started greeting at 6 p.m.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Seven Dwarfs

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. It was only a 30-minute wait to meet the Seven Dwarfs! However, some characters (Alice, Mad Hatter, Tweedle-Dum, Tweedle-Dee and Queen of Hearts specifically) do leave their spots because they're in the parade. Additionally, don't wait until the very end of the night. We tried getting in line to see 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.

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

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.

Don't want to spend so much time holding your ground? We recommend viewing it in Frontierland. You can get a great spot with 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.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Main Street before Parade

7. Spot your favorite villains during the Hocus Pocus show.

The Sanderson Sisters take over the stage again in the "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular," but the show also features 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 - Sulley

It just wouldn't be a Disney Halloween party without a dance. Mike and Sulley play host to their own Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland. Or dance the night away with Disney Junior Pals at Storybook Circus.

9. Don't froget the fireworks show!

The centerpiece of the night is 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.

We think it's best to see it in front of Cinderella Castle so you can see the frogtastic projections. However, if you really don't want to mess with the crowds in the hub (or if you're attending multiple parties), it's cool to watch the fireworks in Fantasyland. You get more of a 360-degree show with fireworks booming all around you!

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 walk-on 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? Share them in the 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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Oct 2, 2016 at 3:13 a.m. Valentina Says...

Hi,

When do tickets typically go on sale? Or when do you recommend purchasing tickets? They are all sold out this year :( but would love to take our girls next year!

Thanks.

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Oct 20, 2016 at 3:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Valentina,

Tickets went on sale in May this year for the Halloween and Christmas parties.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 27, 2016 at 6:59 p.m. Carolyn Says...

We're going to be at the park on the 14th with a 2 year old and an infant. Are there any specific attractions that is geared toward the toddler crowd? Thanks in advance ????

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Oct 20, 2016 at 12:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carolyn,

Sorry for the delay, but your comment ended up in our spam filter! We hope you had a fabulous time with your daughter.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 22, 2016 at 6:31 p.m. Happeh Says...

Wonderful article!

We will be going to our first Not-So-Scary this year and were wondering...is it alright to show up in costume by 4:00 p.m.? We'll be staying in the Animation Resort and taking the bus to the park. How unusual is it to see guests in costume by this time and will they let us in?

Thank you!

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Oct 3, 2016 at 12:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Absolutely! You will see many other folks arriving in costumes at this time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 20, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. Kat Says...

Hello,

I love you all the info on the party that you have posted!! We are looking at attending either Sept 30 or Oct 4. How much crazier is the Friday night?

My daughter doesn't want to miss school otherwise I would go on Tuesday for sure. Just looking for some outside input on the Friday night crowd.

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Sep 16, 2016 at 7:57 p.m. Jodie Says...

Hi, I am so confused! Just to check, on the days where there is a Halloween party (if we just have a standard ticket) we will only be allowed in the park 9-7, unless we pay again for the party? This will mean we do not get to see the fireworks?

On the days where there is no party we can enter the park 9-10 and get to see the fireworks?

Sorry, not been before and really confused by this in addition to the extra magic hours and really want to see the fireworks

Thanks in advance

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Sep 27, 2016 at 8:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jodie,

Yes, you are correct on park hours, although some days, the park is closing to regular guests at 6 p.m. The fireworks are not scheduled every day, so you would need to check the schedule for the day you plan to attend.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 15, 2016 at 3:44 p.m. Edgar Says...

Hi, first of all congrats on the post, it's most enlightening!

We are planning to attend MNSSHP on Thu Oct. 6th, adults and two 6yo. and want to experience all the events.

In what order would you recommend us to view the shows and how long do each of them last?

Halloween Parade, Celebrate Magic, Hallo WIshes then Hocus Pocus, or would you recommend us to see the Hocus Pocus first then CM, HW and finally the Parade?

Thank you!

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Sep 20, 2016 at 3:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Edgar,

The priorities for us are the parade and HalloWishes. You don't want to miss these. If there is a chance of inclement weather or you think your boys will not make it up late enough for the second parade, we would plan to attend the first one at 8:30 p.m. If you want a prime spot with no one in front of you anywhere along Main Street or around Cinderella Castle, you should plan to get your spot at least 45 minutes and preferably an hour ahead of time. If you are less concerned about a prime view, you can walk up much closer to the parade time and find good spots.

If you aim for Cinderella Castle, then you are in a good spot to see Hocus Pocus at 9:15 p.m. and then could stay there for Celebrate the Magic and Happy HalloWishes. We think the best location for HalloWishes is in the FastPass+ viewing areas (FastPass+ is not effect on party nights, but you can watch from this area if there is room). This plan essentially ties you down for most of the evening.

A better option is to plan for the second parade. With this plan, you have more viewing options for Celebrate the Magic and Happy HalloWishes (watch them from the same spot) and could get in place just after the parade passes through Main Street/Cinderella Castle or around 9:15-9:30 p.m., see Hocus Pocus at 10:40 p.m. and then get in place for the second parade.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 15, 2016 at 1:47 p.m. Ciara Says...

Do you know what restaurants or food places will be open during MNSSHP? My friends and I are getting there at 4pm Sunday, so I know we're going to get hungry hahaha Also are there any special party foods we should look out for???

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Sep 20, 2016 at 3:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ciara,

Barring any restaurant refurbishments, the event guide map in the post includes the restaurants expected to be open after the party starts at 7 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 14, 2016 at 10:38 a.m. Sally Says...

Hi we will be arriving on 19th Oct for 16 nights. Husband wants to do MNSSHP on 31st but do you think this will be really busy and we might be better going earlier? Plan to get 5 days Magic your way and then MNSSHP as an add on. We have 4 kids aged between 6 and 14. As we are coming from UK not sure they'll be able to stay up until 12?

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Sep 14, 2016 at 3:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sally,

The parties get busier as it gets closer to Halloween, but Oct. 20 and 25 would likely be better in terms of crowds.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 19, 2016 at 9:04 p.m. veronica Says...

Hi

Does the Halloween party tickets include food other than the treats please?

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Sep 21, 2016 at 10:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Veronica,

No, it does not.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 21, 2016 at 10:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Veronica,

No, it does not.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 13, 2016 at 6:16 p.m. Lo Says...

Wow! What a wonderful site with great information. I know adults can dress up along with children. Would Jasmine be acceptable (belly showing) for an adult? She is a princess after all :) thank you!

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Sep 14, 2016 at 2:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lo,

Jasmine should be fine so long as it's tasteful.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 12, 2016 at 12:53 p.m. Adam Says...

Hello Mommy Frog,

I have to say this page is so incredibly insightful, there is so much wonderful information. I will be taking my girlfriend to the Parks for 2 days for Oct 4 and 5. So my question is this:

What is the main difference at MK with the dates with MNSSHP versus a regular night at the park? During the off nights what is the Castle Stage show situation, Main Street Parades, etc? And would it be a good idea to pair (haha, pun) Food and Wine Festival in the Morning and Afternoon with MNSSHP?

Thank you so so much

Adam

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Sep 12, 2016 at 10:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adam,

Thank you for the compliment! The main difference is that you only find Halloween entertainment during the party. On non-party nights, you will find the regular entertainment, such as Mickey's Royal Faire, Main Street Electrical Parade (which is having its last day at Magic Kingdom on Oct. 9), etc. I think your plan to do Food & Wine in the morning and the party in the afternoon is a good one. We have done this several times!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 9, 2016 at 2:29 a.m. Elaine Says...

Hi! Great article! We wanted to take our son to theHalloween Party on Friday, October 28th. Being that the price is higher on this day, do you think it will be very crowded?

Thanks!

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Sep 14, 2016 at 2:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elaine,

Yes, we think this will be one of the very busiest party days and will likely sell out.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 4, 2016 at 6:03 p.m. Jen Says...

We have annual passes and have a Be Our Guest lunch reservation at 2:10 before our party night. Will they let our daughter in with a costume on that early? My husband and I are not wearing full costumes - he will have an Anger shirt and I will have a Joy dress from Inside Out. My 6 year old daughter's is a Disgust costume that includes a wig.

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Sep 14, 2016 at 3:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen,

Yes, a child can always wear a costume in the park.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 1, 2016 at 10:35 p.m. Jackie Says...

We are planning on going to the MNSSHP on Friday Oct 28, how far in advance should I buy the tickets? I was hoping that Oct 1 would not be too late!

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Sep 14, 2016 at 3:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jackie,

I would purchase these as soon as you can. This date is likely to sell out.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 31, 2016 at 8:55 p.m. Paola Says...

Hi,im plannig on entering the park for the MNSSHp at 4pm,can i enter at that time already in costume? Or as an adult i can olnly enter in costume until 7pm?

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Sep 1, 2016 at 2:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paola,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 31, 2016 at 12:18 p.m. Vale Says...

Im attending next week Halloween party and I just realice that mask are not allowed , I just got us the Incredibles costumes, do you know if this kind of mask are allowed last year and this year are not anymore?

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Sep 14, 2016 at 2:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vale,

Hmmm. This is a good one. I am not certain. Technically, I think it's a no, but they would be very minimal masks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 24, 2016 at 6:54 p.m. EJ Says...

Very sorry. I just noticed that your blog is focused on Florida attractions, not California. Please feel free to not post my comment on your post, but would very much appreciate if you could respond via email. I'm very sorry for the trouble caused.

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Aug 26, 2016 at 9:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi EJ,

No worries at all. We do have a post on Disneyland Halloween Time too that might be helpful:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/guide-disneyland-halloween-time/

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 24, 2016 at 6:47 p.m. EJ Says...

Didn't see my comment posted. Testing it again. Sorry if spam.

Thank you so much for this wealth of knowledge and tips! You are absolutely wonderful. God bless you. I have some questions, would highly appreciate your 2 cents.

Context: Husband and I will be taking our almost 4-year-old to Disneyland (CA), most likely on Oct 12-13. We plan to stay on property at the Spa Resort for those 2 days.

Question:

1) Husband is not keen on Halloween. I checked dates on the official website and it looks like Disneyland has Halloween Party every other day, so 10/12. This is also Wednesday, which means as hotel guests we get EMH for CA Adventure Park. Do you have high-level tips to 1-day visit to CA Adventure from 8am - 7pm?

2) I guess to enjoy the party from afar (hopefully get to see the fireworks??), we'll have to book a room with Downtown Disney view? Noticed that this room costs $100 more than Woods/Courtyard view, I'm only guessing what "Downtown" view entails, based on your experience, would you recommend that the extra 100 bucks will be well worth the money?

3) I think I may have missed the detail, but are hotel guests allowed move between the 2 parks on the same day, or no? Would you even recommend that we attempt to cross in-between on the same day?

Thank you again for your extensive and extremely helpful posts! Will study more and ask more questions, if any!

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Aug 26, 2016 at 9:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi EJ,

There is a hotel entrance at Disney's Grand Californian into Disney California Adventure that anyone can use.

Aim to go through the entrance 30 minutes before the EMH begins so that you are in the park and ready to go. A great ride to do early would be Radiator Springs Racers or Toy Story Mania (the latter has no FastPass option). A little before the park officially opens to the public, go get in line in Hollywood Land to get your Frozen Fast Pass tickets, then get World of Color FastPass tickets if you want to catch World of Color. Then pick up Soarin' FastPasses right away.

A 4-year-old will enjoy all of Cars Land, Bugs Land, Monsters Inc., The Little Mermaid ride and likely the Pixar Play Parade and Operation Playtime. There is a Disney Jr. show, and your child can meet Disney Jr. stars in that area as well as Anna, Elsa and Olaf. Turtle Talk with Crush (near Anna and Elsa) is a great way to escape the sun.

Ask the hotel if you have a fireworks view. If so, that would be a great place to watch the fireworks. Another place you can see the fireworks from outside of the park (for free) is from the roof of the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure. You can walk there from Downtown Disney. You will not get the Halloween music and projection outside of the park, but you will be able to see the fireworks well.

Only people who purchase Park Hopper tickets may hop between the two parks. The entrances are close and we hop between them all the time, but if you have one day in each park, you can fill a whole day in each park, one park per day without needing to hop (but it is nice to have the option).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 22, 2016 at 9:39 p.m. Amanda Says...

We just found out yesterday we will be making a trip to Disney World October 29-Nov 2. Due to the last minute planning we are staying at Shades of Green. I know they have trick or treating and a cupcake party scheduled for Halloween. we aren't decided on doing the party or the event at the hotel since the cost for our family will be close to $500 or more depending on which night we attend Oct 30th or 31st. Our kids are 8, 5 and 3. We are wondering if we would see a difference in crowds if we went on the 30th vs the 31st or if they would both be extremely busy given the dates. I have also read that we might be able to attend trick or treating at the Polynesian and then head to the beach to watch the fireworks. When I called to verify I was given the ok for the fireworks but I was told trick or treating was just for resort guest. Has anyone had luck trick or treating at a different resort than the one you are staying at? I wasn't sure how they would check that and haven't seen any mention on any blog about it. If we could participate there it might easily save us the $ on the party.

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Aug 22, 2016 at 4:21 a.m. Paola Says...

Hi,my family and i are going to Orlando from Sep 29th to Oct 5, we are planning to buy a 5 day ticket 1 park per day + MNSSHP and we were planing to go to MK for 2 days. Now knowing we can enter the park at 4pm and rides are open until the party ends,maybe that would be enough/count as our second MK day?Do you think we could buy the 4 day ticket 1 park per day instead of the 5 day?

We were planing on going to MNSSHP the 29th the day we arrive at Orlando,since we have the rest if the day free and the next days for the parks? Do you think the 30th could be less crowded?

Thanks!!

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Aug 24, 2016 at 9:35 p.m. Diane Says...

I downgraded my tickets for the same reason. We are going to go in for 4pm (already made our FastPass picks) & then enjoy the party. It really depends on how often you get to the Magic Kingdom?? Often, downgrade, if not, take one day just to enjoy it alone :) Have fun !!!

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Aug 22, 2016 at 8:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paola,

This could definitely work, but I would consider doing a later party, so that you would already have experienced Magic Kingdom one day and then do the party, so you can focus on the Halloween entertainment.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 22, 2016 at 12:32 a.m. Geena Coroba Says...

Hi! We have tickets for the party for september 29th. I just want to know if we can wear costumes for any date. Thanks!

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Aug 22, 2016 at 8:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Geena,

Adults can only wear costumes during the parties. Children can wear costumes anytime. There are new costume policies in place, so make sure to read the costume information in the post!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 20, 2016 at 6:17 p.m. Natasha Says...

Just want to make sure, if I go after 4pm than I only need a ticket for the Halloween Party and do not need a day pass. I've missed out on the Party twice before so when I go this year I want to only do the Party, this is possible, yes?

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Aug 22, 2016 at 8:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natasha,

Yes, this is correct.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 16, 2016 at 8:45 p.m. Tiff Says...

Thanks for a great site. I tell everyone about it.

We are AP holders but have never been to MNSSHP. Will either go for 3-4 days for labor day and do the party on Sept. 2 or 3-4 days the weekend of Oct. 21. and do the party Oct. 23. We spend most of our time at MK so like the fact that in Sept. the party is only open one night so we can stay in park later other nights. But our primary concern is weather and crowds. Any advice?

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Aug 24, 2016 at 1:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tiff,

As far as crowds go, September will be much better, especially as it concerns the party. During your October dates, though, you could also experience Epcot Food & Wine and Halloween Horror Nights if you wanted. As far as weather, September tends to be rainier.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 14, 2016 at 2:21 p.m. Roberto Says...

Hi I am planning to go to MNSSH on Sep 8. Do you recommend to purchase the tickets in advance online? I am flying into Orlando that very same day and I am supposed to arrive at 2 pm which gives me enough time to go to MK for the event starting at 4. But since there is the potential of delays, I rather purchase the tickets at the park gate. Do you think I will still find availability?

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Aug 16, 2016 at 1:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Roberto,

That early in the season, I think you would be OK. You just never know.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 13, 2016 at 7 p.m. Elzs Says...

Is there a place to queue outside the park before you are allowed in at 4pm and does being in the front of this queue give you a better chance of getting to the front of the Queue queue to see the Seven Dwarfs

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Aug 16, 2016 at 1:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Generally, you don't need to queue at this time. Typically you cannot meet the characters until party time, but you could get in line at that time. If you get there at 4 p.m., you should be at the front of the line.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 11, 2016 at 1:45 a.m. Georgiana Says...

Do You think Sept 23rd Will Be Crowded??

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Aug 16, 2016 at 12:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Georgiana,

No, we are expecting pretty low crowds.

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/September-2016/

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 8, 2016 at 1:53 p.m. Angela Says...

Hi! We will be in Disney Oct 2-8th, which day would be better for MNSSH? Also, do you need park admission ticket for that day in conjunction with a MNSSH ticket?

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Aug 8, 2016 at 1:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angela,

If you arrive before 4 p.m., you need regular park admission and a party ticket. We think Oct. 2 is the best date.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 4, 2016 at 6:40 p.m. Julien Says...

We have the possibility to go to Mickeys not so scary party on September 2nd or September 8th. What will be the least crowded day?

Thanks a lot

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Aug 8, 2016 at 9:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julien,

The 8th is likely slightly less crowded, but both should be good.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 8, 2016 at 5:09 p.m. Chels Says...

Hi.. I know this is probably a very silly question but I'm confused. I plan to come to florida for 2 days at MK then go to the beach.. Do I have to pay admission to MK and then buy tickets to the Not so scary party also?

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Aug 8, 2016 at 12:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chels,

If you wish to visit before 4 p.m., you would need regular park admission plus a party ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 8, 2016 at 9:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julien,

The 8th is likely slightly less crowded, but both should be good.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 1, 2016 at 1:02 a.m. Alice Says...

Hi. The MNSSHP night that works best for our schedule is opening night September 2. I have heard it was super crowded and crazy last year on opening night. Do you think it will be better this year and / or less crowded? Or should we try to rearrange our schedule so we can go on a different night? Thanks!

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Aug 9, 2016 at 11:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alice,

With the new Hocus Pocus show last year, it brought in more bloggers and media on that first night, which contributed to some of the crowds. In general, with it being so early in the season and fewer international tourists because of their economies, we think it will be less busy. These parties are popular though. There will be crowds.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 23, 2016 at 12:20 a.m. Sherree Says...

We will be at WDW Oct 8 thru 16. Which day would you recommend for the party?

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Jul 25, 2016 at 1:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sherree,

I would choose Oct. 10 or 11.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 18, 2016 at 11:47 a.m. Amy Says...

I see that we can enter the park at 4 and do some rides. But do the rides stay open once the party starts?

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Jul 18, 2016 at 12:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy,

Yes, they do!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 17, 2016 at 3:27 p.m. Trey Says...

Hi, I was planning on visiting MNSSHP on Oct 14, if we wanted to go just for the rides is it worth it to spend the 8 hours during the party or the 12 hours the park is open? So are the wait times significantly less during the party on this night where we can get on everything if we bypass everything else? Thx for your help

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Aug 17, 2016 at 2:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trey,

Wait times are significantly less during the party, but the Friday parties later in October tend to be pretty crowded, so you will find more people walking around and in lines for food etc.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 13, 2016 at 2:31 a.m. MiaJ Says...

You indicated you went to opening night last year, was that also in September

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Jul 13, 2016 at 6:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Yes it was.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 5, 2016 at 1:48 a.m. Stephanie Says...

If I have a 1 day ticket and use my 3 fastpass reservations at another park before 4pm the day of MNSSHP, will I still be able to book 3 fastpass reservations between 4 and 7pm with the MNSSHP? All of the tickets are linked to the same My Disney Experience account, but I haven't receieved the MNSSHP tickets in the mail yet.

Thanks!

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Jul 18, 2016 at 12:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

This is a great question. I am not sure on this one, but perhaps someone else reading has had this same scenario and can share their experience.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 4, 2016 at 3:36 a.m. Alissa Says...

Hi,

We are coming to Disneyworld 17th Oct-22nd Oct. I was going to book tickets for MNSSH for 18th. Would it also be worth our while to come back for another night viewing of regular parades and fireworks or are they similar?

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alissa,

Yes, it's worth it.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 20, 2016 at 5:41 p.m. Paul Says...

Will be at WDW for MNOSHP on Sept 20 with my two. Have ADR for Cinderella's Round Table for 8:30 pm. This is our first time at WDW so was not thinking of everything to take into consideration when choosing the 20th rather than one of our other days. Haven't seen much in regards to the details of the events to take place. Now wondering if our ADR is going to affect us enjoying the most out of the party. I know it may be late to change the ADR. I have noticed there is a 10:40 opening but not sure if that would be better. Thoughts?

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Jul 11, 2016 at 8:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paul,

It's a long time to spend away from the party. That said, you could stay and watch HalloWishes from inside the castle, which is a treat and then do the 2nd parade. It's really about what is important to you. Let us know what you decide!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 13, 2016 at 1:01 p.m. Paul Says...

Hi,

I was able to change the date of our MNSSHP to Sept 16. The other up side of this change is that I was not aware the party went until midnight. And have an early ADR breakfast at Hollywood & Vine so I can get my two in early to sign up for the Jedi Training. this is very important as it is my son's birthday on the 21st and this is very high on his list. And I know my two would like to stay, and they would, at the party till the end meaning we won't be getting back to our hotel until early morning and making for a very difficult morning wake up. Now I don't have to worry about this and we can go to another park on the 20th.

I was also to change our CRT ADR to a late breakfast for another day.

Thank you for your advise.

Paul

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Jun 18, 2016 at 7:48 a.m. Hannah Says...

I just want to clarify something before I purchase tickets for the MNSSHP.

My partner and I are visiting Florida in October from Australia, with 5 of our family members. We're all going to be buying the 10 Day-Park-Hopper + Water Park Fun & More. I just wanted to know if the MNSSHP is an extra added event or is this included in the ticket I'm buying? I read through a fair amount of questions but can't see anything related, and it may be a dumb question I just wanted to make sure before I do spend the extra money.

Thanks from Australia!

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Jul 7, 2016 at 1:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hannah,

It is an extra ticket and must be added on directly from Disney.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 16, 2016 at 5:32 p.m. Courtney Says...

How do I link my MNSSHP tickets to my Disney Experience so that we can do FP from 4-7?

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Jul 18, 2016 at 1:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Courtney,

You would need to add your ticket to your My Disney Experience account under My Reservations & Tickets.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 31, 2016 at 2:39 a.m. Karina Fuller Says...

My tickets are linked to my account, but no matter what I have tried I am unable to get FastPass+ for them. Any tips? They show up in my tix and reservations tabs and then when I go to the Fastpass section it says I have no tickets. :(

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Aug 3, 2016 at 1:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karina,

Is your FastPass+ window open? If not, I would reach out to Disney directly.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 28, 2016 at 3:25 p.m. Jenny Says...

I think you have to have regular admission in order to book FP for a party day (from 4-7), because there are no FP during the party. I don't think you can book FP with only a party ticket linked to your magicbands. Do you know if that's right?

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Jun 14, 2016 at 9:43 p.m. erick Says...

does this schedule also apply to disneyland in anaheim ?? ....

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Jul 5, 2016 at 1:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erick,

No, it does not. Those ticket dates/prices should be announced later in the summer.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 5, 2016 at 1:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erick,

No, it does not. Those ticket dates/prices should be announced later in the summer.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 13, 2016 at 8:34 p.m. Sabine Says...

Are there ANY other websites that sell tickets outside of the official Disney site??

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Jul 5, 2016 at 1:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sabine,

No, there are not.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 30, 2016 at 5:42 a.m. TC Says...

Planning on visiting WDW Oct 10-15. We have 4 day park passes without the park hopper option. If we were to spend a day at a different non-MK park, but then want to attend the Halloween events later in the evening, are we required to buy a regular MK admission ticket on top of the event ticket, or is just the event ticket needed for admission to the park during party hours?

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Jun 2, 2016 at 3:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi TC,

If you arrive at Magic Kingdom after 4 p.m., then you wouldn't need to purchase regular park admission.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 29, 2016 at 11:52 p.m. Kyly Says...

Hi

travelling between Aug 26th through sept 9th from UK so can only go either 2nd or 8th Sept what day would you recommend us to visit?

Also my son will turn 3 whilst there does the party do anything for birthday guests?

Thank You :o)

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Jun 2, 2016 at 3:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kyly,

Either of those dates should be good. While there isn't anything specifically at the party for birthday guests, if he is wearing his birthday button, the cast members and other park guests will tell him "Happy Birthday!"

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 27, 2016 at 7:07 p.m. Colleen Says...

Hi! My fiance and I are going to Disney World for our honeymoon and I purchased tickets to MNSSHP for Oct 18th, but we also have dinner reservations at Chef Mickey at 7:40 pm. Do you know if we'il be able to go back into Magic Kingdom after our dinner or should I move the reservation to an earlier time?

Thank you!

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Jun 2, 2016 at 1:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Colleen,

If you have party tickets, getting back in will be no problem. That said, I would try to move the dinner reservations so you don't miss out on any of the party.

Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials and honeymoon!

Mommy Frog

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May 26, 2016 at 6:30 a.m. Hsiao Han Says...

Hi,

my friends and I will arrive Disney on Oct 16. And our plan is buying two days ticket for Oct 17-18.

1. Can we now buying MNSSHP tickets and use on Oct 16 without reducing my 2 days ticket?

2. If we buy the MNSSHP tickets,do I need to buy one more day ticket? or I can just use the MNSSHP ticket to enter MK?

Thanks

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Jun 2, 2016 at 1:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

You can buy your party tickets now. If you do and still want to go to Magic Kingdom on one of your days before 4 p.m. and spend another day in the parks, you would need a 2 day ticket in addition to the party ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 18, 2016 at 2:16 a.m. Pismobeachgirl Says...

Do you know when tickets go on sale for Disneyland in Anaheim? I check daily but the website says to check back closer to the event date.

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Jul 7, 2016 at 1:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

These typically go on sale to passholders first, usually at the end of summer. Unfortunately, continuing to check is the best way to find out, although we will announce it here on the blog.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 12, 2016 at 5:09 a.m. Jacob Says...

Hey I'm fifteen years old and I accidently booked the wrong date and I payed for six people with all my saving and it was the wrong date and I'm wanting to know if there was any date they could change the ticket date

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Sep 12, 2016 at 10:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jacob,

Your best bet is to reach out to Disney directly to see what they can do.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 23, 2016 at 5:50 p.m. Susan Says...

Hi. I was wondering what night you think would be less busy for the Halloween Party. Tuesday October 11 or Thursday October 13th. Thank you.

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May 31, 2016 at 3:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susan,

I would go with the 11th.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 18, 2016 at 4:29 p.m. Anthony Says...

Hi, we booked tickets for MNNSHP on 31 st October and linked them via My Disney. I noticed that the FP+ button seems to show a padlock symbol on it so cannot access, do you know if this will 'unlock' on the 30 days mark?

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May 18, 2016 at 12:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anthony,

FastPass+ is not available for these tickets.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 16, 2016 at 5:57 p.m. Kysersoze Says...

I attended MNSSH on October 31st 2015. It was busy so I thought that I'd offer a couple of tips:

1) We ate a late brunch at Cafe Mickey and parked the cars in the Contemporary Resort parking lot. It was difficult to get a table in the park for 10 people in the early evening so an all-you-care-to eat buffet was great (+ character dining). Booked for 2.05pm which meant that we got to the park entrance for 4pm. Guest Relations where happy for us to leave the cars in the Contemporary Resort parking lot and get the monorail to the park. This made it very easy for us to make our escape at 11pm dodging the crowds to the main parking lots after the fireworks.

2) Watching the Hallowishes fireworks at 10pm. The Main Street gets very busy. We found that using the special viewing gardens - located at either side of the plaza - gave us great views without the crowds. We could even lie on the artificial turf - all 10 of us! - and gaze up at the fireworks as there were so few people in the area. Usually these gardens are only available via FastPass+ but FastPass+ isn't used during MNSSH and I presume that most people thought that it was required to enter these gardens (it wasn't) so no one appeared to using the space. The views are spectacular!

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May 30, 2016 at 1:09 a.m. Shelley Says...

Hi!

Do you know if this also works at the GF? We have lunch reservations there so now I'm curious if we can park there and simply take the monorail over to MK. Any info is appreciated!!

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May 23, 2016 at 11:58 a.m. Felicia Says...

Thank you for the tips. I plan to go in October for my daughters 6th birthday (her birthday is on Halloween). I've been waiting on these tickets to go on sale. Where did you stay? So the all you can eat buffet had characters?

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Jul 5, 2016 at 9:55 p.m. Kysersoze Says...

Hi Felicia. Sorry for the delay in responding to your question. We actually stayed offsite at a rented house near Highway 27. Yes, it was a Character Brunch at Chef Mickey's. We ate at 2.05pm with Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald & Goofy. It's very spacious area with great views over Bay Lake. You can even catch a glimpse of the abandoned Disney Park (Discovery Island) in the middle of lake. Hope you have a super time!

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May 13, 2016 at 5:51 p.m. Martin Says...

Currently planning my trip to Disneyworld this October. I would be getting a 2 day park hopper ticket to go to the parsk on Monday and Wednesday and I would like to go to the MNSSHP on the 25th October. I have a few questions before making my purchase:

Will there be issue with regards to my entry on the MNSSHP as they might count my park hopper ticket?

Once I linked all my tickets in my MyDisneyExperience, can I book the FastPass+ on the Halloween ticket as well. Similar to my first question, I’m thinking that this would deduct a day from my 2 day park hopper ticket

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May 16, 2016 at 11:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Martin,

The best way to avoid any use of the wrong ticket is to print the E-Ticket for the party and not link it in My Disney Experience (print extra copies just in case!). Then when you get to the park, you would just scan the E-Ticket.

If you use your FastPasses in the park on that day, it would deduct from your 2 Day Park Hopper, but it might be worth it, since Magic Kingdom has so many rides.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 17, 2016 at 2:01 a.m. snow white-hair Says...

I don't follow your reasoning on fastpass + . What is that about MK having so many rides and so it is ok to lose my fastpass+ I will need for my second parkhopper day?

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May 17, 2016 at 2:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

This is a personal choice. Because Magic Kingdom has more FP+ options, you would at least have more availability. At parks that have fewer attractions, such as Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot, there may not be much FP+ availability at all.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 23, 2016 at 9:59 a.m. Martin Says...

Thanks for clarifying! Just a few follow up questions:

What happens if I do link the special ticket and the 2 day hopper ticket in MDE? Would it deduct a day in my hopper ticket? and will I be able to get a total of 9 FastPass reservation on my stay (given that I can use fastpass for the MNSSHP 4pm to 7pm)

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May 31, 2016 at 3 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Martin,

No, you would have three FP+ reservations per day of your 2-Day Park Hopper. As to the question about linking, I am not 100% certain how this would work. I know that when we've had multiple tickets in MDE, we have called to have the one we wanted to use "prioritized." Sometimes we have been told this is not possible to do over the phone and have had to do it at guest services outside of the park. If you want to do this, I would be sure and ask the cast member before you scan your band!

Perhaps someone who is reading this has been in a similar situation and can share how it worked for them.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 12, 2016 at 1:43 p.m. Will Says...

Hi,

Is it only children who can trick or treat or can adults get in on the fun too? Visiting with my wife between October 21 and November 1 and would love to go trick or treating.

Thanks

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May 17, 2016 at 3:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Will,

The whole family can trick-or-treat!!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 10, 2016 at 3:54 p.m. Laura Says...

We have a reservation at Be Our Guest at 7:25PM on a night of MNSSHP. If we arrive at 7PM for our dinner will they allow us to eat and then leave the park without purchasing a ticket?

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Jun 2, 2016 at 5:43 p.m. Courtney Says...

Hi Laura,

You must have tickets to MNSSHP to be able to stay for those reservations. I asked this very question when making out reservations.

Courtney

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May 17, 2016 at 3:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura,

I don't think so, but I would call Disney to confirm for sure.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 8, 2016 at 9:24 p.m. Eric Says...

Great article and very informative! Can't wait till early October for my wife and I to finally go to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!!!! We are debating between Sunday October 2 or Tuesday October 4. Any idea which might be the better day?

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May 16, 2016 at 1:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eric,

Oct. 2 should be better.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 18, 2016 at 1:49 a.m. Melissa Says...

Hi - Relating to question above - any reason you suggest Sunday 10/2 over Tuesday 10/4? Wouldn't a Tuesday be less crowded? Thanks!

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May 18, 2016 at 9:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

I based it off of Disney's pricing for the tickets, the strongest indicator of what Disney is expecting crowds-wise.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 8, 2016 at 5:37 a.m. Amanda Says...

Hello!

First off I want to say thank you for this most helpful we page! I'm taking my mom to the Oct. 31st party, already have the tickets ;) We are going to the park in the morning and then going back to our room to rest before the party. My question is should we drive our own car to the park, take the bus, or take a cab? We are staying at Disney's All Star movie resort. I have read that taking the buses could take longer than just driving yourself? Any advice would help! thanks

Amanda

Amanda

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May 8, 2016 at 8:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

Taking the bus can definitely take longer than driving yourself, but you would get dropped off directly at the park vs. having to park at Ticket & Transportation Center and then taking the boat or monorail. I think driving does have an edge in that you would not have to wait for a bus or potentially more than one bus at the end of the night.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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