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Guide to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party PinterestMommy Frog's Note: After a temporary closure due to COVID-19, Walt Disney World Resort officially reopened its theme parks July 11 and 15. Check here for the latest information about Disney's park reopenings and proceduresUnfortunately, with stage shows, parades and fireworks unable to take place due to new health and safety measures, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2020 has been canceled. Tickets purchased for this year's event will be automatically refunded. 

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! That said, with only five hours of party time to meet rare characters, trick or treat and catch spell-bounding entertainment, having a game plan is essential. 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. 

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

Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Parade - Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2020

Dates, Tickets & Pricing | Crowds & Best Days to Attend | Costume Policy | Entrance Procedures | Map | Entertainment, Rides & FastPass+ | Trick-or-Treating | Tips | Comments

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 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, typically from 7 p.m. to midnight. The park closes at 6 p.m. for daytime guests without a party ticket.

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

In 2020, Disney made the difficult decision to cancel Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party due to COVID-19. We are saddened that the event is not hoppening, but we toadally understand it's more important to keep guests and cast members safe if proper social distancing cannot be maintained for the event's special parade, fireworks show and character greetings.

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

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2020 - Siblings in Costumes

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. Disney's variable pricing is a strong indication of the expected most popular dates.

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

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - 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 Entrance Procedures

Entryway to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

In recent years, the party has officially started 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 in 2019. 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? Last year's 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

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

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 Entertainment

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

  • 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!

*These times are based on the 2019 event.

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 canceled.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 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. Some of the most popular characters, such as 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 a list of last 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 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 - 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 year, 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.

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 (enlist at the Firehouse)
  • 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
  • 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 last 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 Expected-to-Return Party Experiences 

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

Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular

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

A 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 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."

The park also hosts 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 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 year 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, 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

The Disney DescenDANCE Party took over the stage at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe. Inspired by the "Descendants" movie franchise, you can 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 - Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

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. "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.

Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet

This Dapper Dans-style ghostly group pops up throughout the night for performances in front of The Frontier Trading Post in Frontierland. Show times aren't advertised on the event map, but we caught them for the first time not long after 7 p.m. when the party officially started. They'll crack jokes with their deadpan humor and sing songs, including "Happy Trails To You" and "Boo to You."

Cruella's Halloween Hide-a-Way

Mingle with Cruella de Vil at Tony's Town Square Restaurant during this 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 - Country Bear Jamboree Treat Trail

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 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

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Amuck Cupcake

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

If 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 in 2019. The cupcake itself was perfectly fluffy and moist, but there was a lot of sweet frosting packed on top. The black frosting turned our teeth different colors, so beware before snapping a selfie!

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, particularly if crowd levels are high. However, we noticed some treats, like the Pumpkin Spice milkshake, 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!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Jack Cake Pop

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

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 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 last year! Moana, Aladdin and Toy Story characters were popular choices. 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 (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. 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.

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 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.

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. 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.

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 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? 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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Apr 18, 2016 at 2:42 p.m. Charles Says...

We will be arriving on Oct. 30th would the 30th or 31st be best?

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Apr 25, 2016 at 1:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Charles,

Both of these dates are likely to sell out.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 11, 2016 at 10:27 a.m. Felix Says...

How does this work if you want to attend during regular hours and stay for the party? Do I have to buy two seperate tickets for the day? And if so, how do I get my wrist band once I am in the park if I arrived in the morning with a regular park hours ticket plus a party ticket. Do I have to go back out and re-enter with the party ticket and get a wrist band?

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Apr 25, 2016 at 12:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Felix,

You would need regular park admission and a party ticket if you want to do this. Starting at 4 p.m., cast members around the park will have wristbands and will be able to scan your party ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 9, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. Becky Says...

Hi,

My family and I are visiting Orlando Thurs 6th October - Fri 21st October 2016 from the UK, and were planning on going to MNSSHP as we've never been before. I was planning on us attending Tuesday 11th (as I've read Tuesday's are quieter?), however, as this is the day after Columbus Day, do you reckon it will be super busy? Are we better off going another night? We can attend any night throughout our holiday, so your expertise on suggestions would be much appreciated!

Thanks,

Becky

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Apr 14, 2016 at 3:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Becky,

This should still be a good day!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 7, 2016 at 7:26 p.m. Rebecca Says...

Hi! I am looking to plan a trip to MK on one of the Halloween Party days. Is the park usually open regular hours (ex: open at 8am until the end of the party) and you buy a regular ticket and an additional ticket to stay for the party? I just want to make sure the park isn't only open for the party that day from 4-end of party.

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Apr 14, 2016 at 2:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca,

The park will close at 7 p.m. on party nights, and you will need the party ticket to stay after that time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 6, 2016 at 11:32 p.m. Stephanie Says...

I realize that this is primarily in regards to Disneyworld... any thoughts on dates for Disneyland?

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Apr 7, 2016 at 1:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

These dates are typically announced in late summer. Stay tuned!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 4, 2016 at 9:09 a.m. Daniel Says...

Hi

If I plan on visiting MK during the party days, I need a pass for the day ( regular ticket ) and then around 4PM what do I do to get my bracelet for the party ?

Do people usually visit MK during the party days (before 4pm), or they spend time somewhere else and show up at 4pm for the rest of the day?

Thanks

Dan

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Apr 4, 2016 at 7:22 p.m. Krissy Says...

What would you estimate the crowd level to be 1-10 on a sold out party night?

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Apr 4, 2016 at 1:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daniel,

You will bring your ticket and exchange it for a bracelet. Some spend the day in Magic Kingdom and stay for the party, but we like to spend the morning somewhere else, then take a break so we can get dressed up for the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 3, 2016 at 7:57 p.m. emily Says...

does anyone have any idea when tickets will go on sale?!

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May 5, 2016 at 1:13 p.m. Adriana Says...

They are on sale today! I just bought mine for October 31st.

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Apr 4, 2016 at 12:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily,

I would think within a few weeks. We'll announce it here when they do!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 5, 2016 at 7:26 a.m. Kelly Says...

Hi, we are looking to but tickets to mickeys halloween party. When do they usually go on sale? Is there a particular place most people go the buy them? Thanks

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May 8, 2016 at 8:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly,

They are already on sale!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 3, 2016 at 4:59 p.m. Marilou Says...

I know it's early in the season, but we can only be there during this time period of Oct 5-10. Would you suggest the night of Oct 6 or 7 for the MNSSCH?

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Apr 4, 2016 at 12:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marilou,

Oct. 6 should be a better day.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 3, 2016 at 3:31 a.m. tammy Says...

Will you be putting out recommended dates for the 2016 Halloween party? Trying to decide between Friday, September 23rd or Sunday, September 25th. Do you think there will be a big difference in crowd levels? Thanks

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Apr 4, 2016 at 12:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tammy,

Both of those days might sell out, but I would say Sunday is a slightly better day.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 16, 2016 at 8:26 a.m. David Ybarra Says...

Does any know how the new costume restrictions will affect MNSSHP. If the current restrictions stay in effect I will not attend. Dressings up is half the fun. I understand the need for security but we have gone to far.

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Mar 16, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David,

It's unclear as of now how Disney will be handling this, but we will update this post once we do.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 14, 2016 at 3:19 p.m. Jennifer Says...

Hi! Looking for some advice on MNSSH. We are going to be in Disney Oct 29-Nov 4 and are trying to decide which day to attend the party. I know tickets are not on sale yet, but I am wondering if the weekend would be more crowded than actual Halloween night since it is a Monday this year. Any thoughts?

Thanks!!

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Feb 25, 2016 at 10:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

Yes, the Friday and Sunday parties generally be more crowded than week day parties, but they all typically sell out toward the end of the season.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 7, 2016 at 8:58 p.m. Onix Says...

Hi there! thanks for all the tips. I'm planning trip this and wanted to know if you know when do they start selling tickets for the event so I can put it on my calendar Thanks in Advance! love, Onix

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Jan 8, 2016 at 12:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

These usually go on sale in late spring or summer.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 21, 2015 at 12:12 a.m. Maria Says...

Unfortunately we missed out on party tickets, but have decided to still attend for the day since we're pass holders. We are trying to decide between Monday (non party day) or Tuesday (a party day) and just attending from 9-7. We would be leaving early around 7-8 even if it's a non party day. Do you know what day might be less crowded?

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Oct 21, 2015 at 7:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria,

Check out our Crowd Calendar. Party days are generally always better to visit during the day as far as crowds go.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 20, 2015 at 8:05 p.m. Kari Says...

Thank you for all your tips! We are only planning to buy event tickets and come at 4 pm for the party. I know that Fastpass are not allowed during the ticketed event, but can we get Fastpasses to be used during the 4-7 block if we only have event tickets?

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Oct 21, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kari,

Yes, you can. You just need to link your ticket in My Disney Experience or use your party ticket to book your FastPasses when you get to the park.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 25, 2015 at 2:40 a.m. Kari Says...

Thank you! One more question. Do you know how far in advance the tickets become available? I am planning for next fall.

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Oct 26, 2015 at 2:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kari,

Tickets usually go on sale in late spring/early summer.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 20, 2015 at 1:36 p.m. Kristi Gibbs Says...

I just wanted to send a kudos to you and your amazing website! I have personally been to WDW many times. I took my kids down for the first time in February and used your website for info then because I had not been down in several years. We attended MNSSHP this past Sunday night. I,of course, turned to your website before literally taking an overnight 5 hour trip down. It was amazing! It was packed in the park at 4 when we went in but as soon as the party started at 7 it seemed as though "the seas parted". We walked on most every ride and waited for characters in amazing short lines.The mother-load of candy,parades,dance parties and shows were the greatest! I have personally been down every holiday except Halloween, this was the best experience by far. Your site has and is the best go to for everything I needed to know! Thank you so much!

Kristi

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Oct 19, 2015 at 6:36 p.m. Nanna Parrish Says...

Is it necessary to have a park entrance ticket as well as the ticket for the Not So Scary Party, or can you get in after 4:00 with just the Not So Scary Ticket? Thanks.

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Oct 19, 2015 at 2:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nanna,

You can get in with just the Not So Scary ticket at 4 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 20, 2015 at 6:11 p.m. Becky Says...

YES! If you just want to go to the Not So Scary party, all you need is that ticket :) We have gone for 4 years not and love it

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Oct 18, 2015 at 5:50 p.m. Bella Says...

I’m trying to do last minute planning for this year’s MNSSHP and am scared to go based on mixed reviews of increased crowds :\ does anyone think that Thurs. 10/22 or Tues. 10/27 will be better in terms of crowd? Any help is welcomed!!

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Oct 15, 2015 at 3:03 a.m. Jenny Says...

Is mickeys not so scary Halloween party crowded whenever they are sold out?

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Oct 19, 2015 at 1:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny,

We included some of this info in our best dates post. We estimate a sold out party is a 7-8 on our crowd calendar. Keep in mind that more people are on the streets watching the entertainment than in ride lines, so it sometimes feels more crowded.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 15, 2015 at 12:09 a.m. Katie Says...

Do they change the color/type of wristband for each night of the party?

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Oct 14, 2015 at 4:49 a.m. Ben Says...

Can I still buy a event ticket at the door ???

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Oct 17, 2015 at 5:14 a.m. Y. Aday Says...

Thank you much for a great job in providing such thorough information, but there is one thing that I might have missed that I'd like to know. Is it absolutely necessary to buy general admission tickets even if we are to arrive @ 19:00 for the party?

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Oct 14, 2015 at 11:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ben,

If tickets are not sold out, then yes.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 13, 2015 at 3:25 p.m. kim Says...

Thank you for the great info! We are going to the Party tonight, and I wondered where you were in the park during the parade that you filmed and posted above? It seems like a great spot!

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Oct 14, 2015 at 12:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

Thank you! We filmed this one at the hub in front of Cinderella Castle, but there are lots of terrific spots along the parade route. Our absolute favorite is just to the left of Cinderella Castle if you are looking toward Main Street.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 13, 2015 at 3:13 p.m. Leonardo Says...

Our party have a reservation for Be Our Guest Restaurant at 4 pm on October 29th, We have tickets just for the Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Do you think we can make it, or should we drop the reservation?

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Oct 14, 2015 at 12:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leonardo,

You should be fine. You'll need to get there just a little bit before 4 p.m. to get there in time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 6, 2015 at 7:25 p.m. Victoria Says...

Hello! This is absolutely fantastic, thank you for giving us great tips!

My family and I have a reservation for Be Our Guest at 6:30pm. Since those are so hard to come by, I don't imagine just being able to change it and everyone is excited. BUT, We'll probably finish dinner well after the party starts. My question is, will we have to leave the park, after our meal, in order to exchange our tickets for the wrist bands for the party? I'm wondering how that works...

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Oct 7, 2015 at 12:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Victoria,

No, you won't need to leave the park. Starting at 4 p.m., you'll find cast members around the park with wristbands to help you out.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 6, 2015 at 2:12 p.m. Samantha Says...

Hello! We will be going to the Halloween party but have dinner reservations at Narcooses at 5:30. I read about going early to the party for a better experience. Should we change our reservation to be earlier? Also, we are planning to stay until the end of the party. What is the best plan for us: parade time, fireworks time, trick or treating. Thanks,Samantha

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Oct 6, 2015 at 10:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Samantha,

I would rebook Narcossees if possible, so that you don't miss any of the party.

The best plan is to visit characters first, fireworks, second parade and then trick-or-treating. You may be able to work in some of the trick-or-treating between the other events, but the earlier in the evening you trick-or-treat, the more busy it will be.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 5, 2015 at 7:50 p.m. Sol Says...

Hello I have a question, does a guest from disney resort still needs the special ticket event or is just for general admission?

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Oct 6, 2015 at 10:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sol,

All guests need a party ticket to attend the party. If guests just want to visit the park during regular operating hours, they need regular admission.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 5, 2015 at 10:29 a.m. Melissa Says...

We are going for the Halloween party on Oct 15th. We have been there in previous years and have taken part in the early entrance which is great. My question about that is, with the early entrance at 4, if we were driving, how long would it take us to park, get the monorail, etc and be there to enter right at 4. I can't remember from previous years.

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Oct 5, 2015 at 6:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

I would allow at least 35 minutes from the point where you pay to park at Ticket and Transportation Center. More than likely you would need to take a tram to the loading area for the boats and monorail that will get you across the Seven Seas Lagoon and to the park entrance.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 2, 2015 at 5:53 p.m. Liz Says...

Can we still enter the park without a “Party” ticket during the time of the event?

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Oct 2, 2015 at 2:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liz,

No, you cannot. The party is just for party attendees.

Mommy Frog

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Oct 2, 2015 at 5:43 p.m. Taylor Says...

We were planning on going to Disneyland today. We do not want to pay extra for the "party". Are we allowed to just go into Disneyland during this time but not attend the party? Or is the entire park closed and reopened for those who have admission into the party?

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Oct 2, 2015 at 2:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Taylor,

The park closes early for the party, usually 6 or 7 p.m. You can stay in the park without a party ticket until this time. You can read more about Disneyland's Mickey's Halloween Party here:

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 2, 2015 at 8:01 a.m. Anna Says...

This will be our first time at MNSSHP, just wondering if at the meet and greets will the characters sign autographs?

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Oct 2, 2015 at 2:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anna,

Yes! The characters at each of the meet-and-greet locations will sign autographs.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 1, 2015 at 3:29 p.m. Donna Says...

Hi there, I've been reading the comments and my question just occured to me. We are attending MNSSHP in 20 days (Whoo-hoo) but we are also going to MK that day. My daughter has a BBB appointment to become Elsa and my niece Anna. My son has an appointment for TPL as well. That will be their costumes for the party. My mother-in-law, SIL, husband and myself are all planning to dress up as well. My question is how should we (the adults) plan on doing our costumes. Are we allowed to be in costume before 4:00? Is there somewhere to change at the park if not? Would it be better to hop back to the hotel and change? We are staying at the Contemporary so that is an absolute option. What would you suggest? Thanks for all the great information. One last question, is it honestly possible to try and meet Anna and Elsa, they are our highest priority characters but will it honestly even be worth it?

Thanks in advance!

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Oct 2, 2015 at 2:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Donna,

Personally, I would save the costumes for later. It's still quite hot in Florida, and it will be nice to take a break from Magic Kingdom and slip into your party attire. With you being at the Contemporary, this will be no problem at all.

During the party, Anna and Elsa will have lower waits because most people are trying to meet the characters exclusive to the party. Also, if you don't mind seeing the second parade, meeting them during the first parade will also save time. I'm assuming you weren't able to get FastPass+ reservations to meet them? That is our recommended method for meeting them.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 1, 2015 at 4:07 a.m. Lori Says...

I will be going to the party in Disneyland. How similar are the parties and the tips that you have provided for WDW? Thank you!

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Oct 1, 2015 at 9:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lori,

We have a post with the full lowdown on Disneyland's Halloween Time and Mickey's Halloween Party! Check it out:

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 29, 2015 at 3:15 p.m. Laura Says...

Will princess aurora be anywhere? She's my daughter's absolute favorite right now.

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Sep 29, 2015 at 11:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura,

Yes, Aurora is in Town Square of Main Street.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 27, 2015 at 9:33 p.m. jen Says...

What is the most magical thing to do with a 5 year old annual pass holding princess at this party? It will be her first MNSSHP!

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Sep 27, 2015 at 8:51 p.m. ALYSON DAVIES Says...

Hi we have booked tickets for Magic Kingdom and MNSSHP on Tuesday 27th October. Will we have to leave the park and reenter at 4pm or can we stay in all day and through the evening? Thanks.

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Sep 28, 2015 at 1:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alyson,

You can stay there. No need to leave and come back unless you want a break!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 30, 2015 at 2:52 p.m. Anita Says...

Question.. We are in Orlando right now on vacation. And we didn't know about the Halloween party kicking us out of Magic kingdom at 7pm. Which we waited to go to on our last day here :( .. So our time is cut short and would have to miss the firework show what we wanted to see before we left back to Canada. Can we buy tickets tomorrow oct.1st at the park if we decide to stay longer??

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Sep 30, 2015 at 10:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anita,

Yes, you can upgrade your ticket. Just head to guest relations at any of the parks!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 27, 2015 at 2:40 p.m. Marcy Says...

I've heard some horror stories about this year's event due to overcrowding and ToTing let down. Have you attended yet this year? Any positive feedback? I've spoken to 3 people who said it's a waste, and I'm starting to panic for next week when we attend.

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Sep 29, 2015 at 3:34 p.m. Amy Says...

We went on Tuesday 9/22/15 and it was way overcrowded. The lines for the candy were at least 20 mins to 30 mins long and the wait times for rides were very long also. It was still fun but they should not let it get so crowded that you can barely walk.

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Sep 28, 2015 at 2:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marcy,

The crowds have certainly increased over previous years, but the trick-or-treat lines moved quickly and we got some good candy. The Hocus Pocus Villians Spelltacular is incredibly entertaining, and along with the Boo to You Parade makes the event worth it for us. I definitely suggest arriving early and prioritizing rather than trying to see and do everything.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 24, 2015 at 8:54 p.m. Joanna Says...

I purchased event tickets for October 25th. I keep seeing on the web site where is says park admission sold separately. Will the event tickets get us in at 7pm or am I required to also purchae a one day ticket for everyone even if I'm only planning on attending the event?

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Oct 19, 2015 at 1:48 p.m. Janice Says...

Another person asked the same question and your reply was that they also need a park ticket also

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Sep 25, 2015 at 12:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joanna,

Event tickets are all you need to attend the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 27, 2015 at 6:43 a.m. Katie Says...

Hi.

I have been to Mickey's Halloween party a number of times now but always entered at 7 (not knowing get you could go earlier!) If we go at 4 are we able to get a wrist band then or would we need to go back to the entrance at 7 for one?

Thanks

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Sep 28, 2015 at 1:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie,

You can get a wristband at 4 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 24, 2015 at 5:50 p.m. KAREN Says...

can you just buy the not so scary Halloween ticket and get in the party that evening at 4 will out using a Disney ticket?

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Sep 28, 2015 at 3:38 a.m. Rebecca Says...

You need a park ticket too

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Sep 28, 2015 at 2:27 p.m. Craig Says...

Hi Rebecca, Just contacted cast member via chat. No park ticket required to get in at 4:00 PM just event ticket.

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Oct 1, 2015 at 7:52 p.m. Victoria Says...

Hi

i have been reading the reviews and they are very helpful. Just wanted to confirm that all i need to attend is my Halloween Party ticket and can enter from 4pm ? I do not need a general park admission ticket if i am arriving for the party.

Thank you

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Oct 2, 2015 at 2:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Victoria,

You are correct.

Mommy Frog

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Sep 25, 2015 at 1:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

Yes, if you have a party ticket, you do not need regular admission to attend.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 23, 2015 at 11:07 p.m. Mike Says...

MommyFrog (and anyone else):

We're a group of 3 20-somethings visiting MNSSHP for a birthday celebration. One of us has NEVER been to WDW before. What's the best course of action to meet as many characters as possible and have a good time? We're planning on staying late, but don't know if we should hit the later performances/parades for a smaller crowd, or the characters for shorter lines!

Also we have no idea where Characters will be! Is there a map that you know of? HELP!

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Sep 28, 2015 at 8:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike,

Do you want to meet Jack and Sally, and the Seven Dwarfs? If so, you'll want to arrive early, and get in line for Jack and Sally first. We'd be in place by 6:00 p.m. at the latest, since this is the most crowded line. From there, hop over to the Seven Dwarfs. Most of the other characters' lines should be more manageable. If these characters are not priorities, skip them and instead focus on meeting other characters early in the evening. Definitely do the second parade. It will be much less crowded, and give you more time to do other things.

Hoppy planning!

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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