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Guide to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

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

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

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

Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Parade

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 2019 Dates, Tickets & Best Days to Attend

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween - 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.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Costume Policy

Mickey's Not So Scary family in costumes

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

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

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

For guests ages 14 and up:

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

For guests ages 13 and under:

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

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Entering Procedures

Entryway to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

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

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

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

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 Map

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular

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

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

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

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

Mickey's Not So Scary - Moana

Main Street, U.S.A.

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

Fantasyland

  • 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 - Minnie Mouse

Tomorrowland

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

Adventureland

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

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

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

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

  • Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom (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 this year, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor. A crew of live pirates takes over your journey on Pirates of the Caribbean. Meanwhile, Mad Tea Party gets special lighting and music, while Space Mountain goes completely dark. Over at the Laugh Floor in the Monster World, the comedic monsters learn more about the Human World holiday called Halloween.

New and Returning Party-Exclusive Experiences for 2019

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

Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular — NEW!

Disney Not So Spooky Spectacular

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

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

Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam

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

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

Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball

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

Disney DescenDANCE Party — NEW!

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

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

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

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

Mickey's Boo To You Parade - Constance Hatchaway

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

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

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. Showtimes 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 — NEW!

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

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

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

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Country Bear Jamboree Treat Trail

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

Main Street, U.S.A.

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

Adventureland

  • Tortuga Tavern
  • Jungle Cruise

Frontierland

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

Liberty Square

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

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, which can be found at Main Street Bakery. The cupcake itself was perfectly fluffy and moist, but fair warning, there is a lot of sweet frosting packed on top. Watch out for that black frosting — you may want to wait until after you take all your photos before your teeth turn colors ;)

It's important to note that some of these special, event-exclusive treats for purchase have long lines and can sell out later in the night, 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 2019

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

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

1. Wear a costume

Mickey's Not So Scary Moana CostumesWhile it's not required that you wear a costume, it sure adds to my enjoyment because my favorite part of the night is taking in all of the elaborate costumes! And since this is the one event of the year where you are allowed to wear a costume at Magic Kingdom, I like to take advantage of it. And, in case you're wondering, you're never too old to enjoy Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. We saw so many creative costumes this year! 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, at least a head-to-toe furry Sulley. Consider bringing a change of clothes for younger children "just in case" and picking up rain ponchos at your nearest dollar store before you leave for the trip.

3. Bring your own trick-or-treat bags

Upon entry into the park, guests will receive treat bags. It's a cool perk, but they are on the smallish side. If your children are there for the loot, consider packing extra bags. You can also purchase souvenir bags that do the trick! Trick-or-treating is Lily's favorite part of the party, but she loves saying "trick-or-treat" as much as she loves the candy. You'll find candy stations throughout the park. Save time and skip the crowds by trick-or-treating later in the evening. If your treat line is long, don't wait. Visit a different one, or come back later. You'll find the same candy at each one! 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 2019 - Treats

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

4. Get to the parks early

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 2019 - Jack Skellington

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

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," also featuring Dr. Facilier, Ooogie Boogie and Maleficent. In the past, the villains would mix and mingle after their singing and dancing performance on the Castle Stage. Although these villains do not typically join the crowd for photo opportunities anymore, the performance is worth making time to see.

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

8. Get your boogie on

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 - Sulley

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

9. Don't froget the fireworks show!

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

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 2019? Share them in comments below! For more vacation planning tips, check out the When to Visit Orlando page inside our Orlando Planning Timeline!

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Hoppy Halloween!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Aug 31, 2019 at 4:19 a.m. Margarett Grissom Says...

I was wondering if body paint was allowed for older guests, it says no masks so I wanted to make sure.

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Sep 3, 2019 at 10:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Margarett!

Face painting is allowed! Keep in mind that Disney has the final say on what's appropriate in terms of the overall theming, but face paint itself is permitted.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 30, 2019 at 1:54 p.m. Steven Says...

Hi,

Sorry to be a party pooper - I've got a family holiday booked for 2 weeks this October/November. Does this Halloween thing mean that Magic Kingdom will close to everyone with a normal pass every night? Will I not be able to watch the 'normal' parade/fireworks show at all? That's not the same for all the other parks as well is it?!?

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Aug 30, 2019 at 9:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steven!

You're not a party pooper at all! It's understandable to what to know what's going on and how it will impact your family's vacation. Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween party is only on select nights (generally Tuesdays and Fridays, but you can see the exact dates in the post above or on our Crowd Calendar), so we'd suggest making your park plan around those specific party nights. Since Magic Kingdom will close early on party nights and will not be showing the normal fireworks show (the parade is still available earlier on in the day), we'd suggest either starting your day with Magic Kingdom and hopping to another park on a party night, or not heading to Magic Kingdom at all on a party night. The other parks do not have similar events and will be open normal hours of operation (in fact, Extra Extra Magic Hours will be available each day at all parks except Epcot to give you a little extra time).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 28, 2019 at 5:10 p.m. Sarah Says...

Hello! Thank you for this wonderful guide! It has been so helpful! My girlfriend and I will be attending MNSSHP for the first time at the end of September. We plan to go to the park a little earlier in the day, but don't want to arrive too early to MK so we won't be tired out for the halloween party. Do you have any suggestions on a good time to go?? Thanks!

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Aug 28, 2019 at 2:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

This largely depends on what you'd like to do! Keep in mind that your party ticket only grants you admission to Magic Kingdom after 4 p.m. If you'd like to head in before then, you'll need separate park admission. If that's still of interest to you, we'd recommend heading in mid-morning (maybe even rope drop in some comfy clothes?) then heading back early afternoon for a nap, some lunch and to change into Halloween attire if you'd like before heading back at 4 - hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 27, 2019 at 10:58 p.m. Belle Says...

When is the MNSSHP merchandise available to purchase; will I be able to purchase at 4? or do I have to wait till 7?

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Aug 28, 2019 at 8:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Belle!

You'll find some at 4 when you head to get your first bag, but otherwise, most of the party merchandise isn't out and available until 7 :) You'll see the little kiosks get rolled out with shirts, pins, etc. General Halloween merchandise is available any time though!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 26, 2019 at 3:04 p.m. Margie Says...

Hello. I was at MNSSHP last year and can't recall if the party only items were one per customer. Thinking of heading down again this year but am just curious. Thanks!

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Aug 27, 2019 at 10:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Margie!

We can't recall, either! We didn't hear or see any disclaimers when we purchased, so we think you're safe purchasing more than one. The exception I believe is Passholders exclusive pins.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 25, 2019 at 1:53 p.m. Danielle Colegrove Says...

Do they usually change the fireworks show every year? We are planning a 2020 trip in September and I’m hoping they’ll do it again. We love Jack!

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Aug 27, 2019 at 2:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danielle!

These don't tend to change very often, but it's not out of the realm of possibility! Happy Hallowishes played from about 2005-2018, so we'd expect that Not So Spooky Spectacular will still be around next year, maybe with a few tweaks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 23, 2019 at 3:05 p.m. Daniela Says...

Hi! Love this blog ! I am sorry if this question has already been asked, but do I have to buy a regular disney pass and a MNSSHP ticket to enter the party? My family and I are only going to the party after 4.

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Aug 23, 2019 at 11:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daniela!

Your Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party ticket will get you admission to both the party and Magic Kingdom beginning at 4 p.m. If you'd like to head to Magic Kingdom earlier, you'd need separate park admission.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 23, 2019 at 2:43 p.m. Nicole Says...

Are any of the special snacks counted as DDP snacks?

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Aug 27, 2019 at 10:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole!

Quite a few snacks available have the DDP icon, including the party exclusives, such as the slushy, Jack and Sallie Push Pops, Headless Horseman Cheesecake, Waffle Sundae, and the Donald Duck brownie - just keep an eye out for the DDP icon as you pass the specialty offerings!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 22, 2019 at 8:16 p.m. Katie Says...

How far in advance do they generally start selling MNSSHP tickets? We are looking at going in 2020.

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Aug 23, 2019 at 1:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie!

These were on sale in mid-January 2019 :) We'll let you know as soon as we know exact dates!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 22, 2019 at 7:26 p.m. Chris Says...

I was able to book fast passes for rides at 4pm and 5pm on a day I only have tickets to the Not So Scary Halloween Party. Will I have any issues using them if I show up early to Magic Kingdom for the party at 4pm?

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Aug 22, 2019 at 3:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

Nope, that should be just fine! You'll be able to head through the turnstiles at 4 and FastPass reservations will be available until the party officially begins.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 4, 2019 at 4:04 p.m. Michele Says...

What if we have dining reservations at Be Our Guest for 2:25pm? Is there anyway that we can get into Magic Kingdom just to eat lunch if we only have a party ticket?

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Sep 4, 2019 at 11:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michele!

Your party ticket will unfortunately only grant you admission to Magic Kingdom beginning at 4 p.m.; for any reservations before then, you'd need separate Magic Kingdom admission to enter the park.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 4, 2019 at 4:19 p.m. Michele Says...

And there is no way that they will make an exception?

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Aug 26, 2019 at 3:47 a.m. Sallie Says...

So if I don’t have a regular park ticket that day, just a ticket to the party, will I be able to book fast passes from 4-7? Or is that only if I’m visiting MK that day with a regular ticket?

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Aug 26, 2019 at 8:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sallie!

Nope, FastPasses are available even if you just have a party ticket! The FastPass option will only be available from 4-6 (the time you enter to the time that the park closes to the general public).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 22, 2019 at 2:05 p.m. Rachel Mondello Says...

since you can enter the park at 4pm for the party can you also start riding rides at this time? or do you have to wait for the party to start?

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Aug 22, 2019 at 9:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel!

You sure can! Rides are open without interruption throughout the evening, so hop along to your heart's content!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 22, 2019 at 6:43 a.m. Nichole Says...

I am taking my 7 y/o son and husband to our first MNSSHP. I purchased the dessert party at the terrace but I did not know about the Cruella party until I came across your blog. I'd rather sit in reserved section for parade than be seated for fireworks. If it's not already sold out, should I change it? Is the food better in one than the other? Do you have a list of the foods at each? Thank you for your time and recommendations :)

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Aug 22, 2019 at 9:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nichole!

We'd actually recommend sticking with what you've got! There is only one (really awesome) fireworks show and seating is pretty scarce; the reserved seating for the parade happens for the second parade, where there's actually a lot more room to find a spot. Of course, YOU know your priorities best! The dessert party is themed desserts, while Cruella's actually has some more dinner-type fare such as flatbreads, spinach and artichoke dip and cheeses, along with desserts and drinks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 22, 2019 at 3:23 a.m. BC Says...

Can anyone confirm if there will be a meet and greet with Moana this year?

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Aug 22, 2019 at 8:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi BC!

There is! She's at the Tiki Room.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 21, 2019 at 7:27 p.m. Stan TheMan Says...

Where is the special parade viewing area located for those going to Cruella’s Halloween Hide-Away at Tony’s?

Happy Summer Halloween

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Aug 22, 2019 at 8:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stan the Man!

The viewing area is in the circle where the flag pole is across from Tony’s for the second showing of the parade.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 21, 2019 at 2:01 a.m. Jen Says...

Do the special photo spots begin at 7pm also? If yes what is your best suggestion if we are entering the park early 4-5pm and still want to take advantage of the ones at the entrance and at the beginning of Main st USA? We have tickets for Cruella’s hideaway, would it make sense to just do them then? I am trying to avoid running back and forth from one end of the park to the other. Thoughts?

Ps I really appreciate all the information your site provides- it’s my go to for information!

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Aug 21, 2019 at 12:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen!

Yes, the special PhotoPass options and Magic Shots are only available once the party officially starts. We'd suggest entering and hopping to some early rides, then getting your PhotoPasses towards the front of the park closer to your reservation time. The very first photo spot down Main Street with the Mickey pumpkin isn't specific to the party itself, so you can nab that one when you first enter since lines will be shorter before grabbing your trick-or-treat bag!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 20, 2019 at 2:45 p.m. Lilly Says...

Hi there! Is there a candy theme this year? Last year it was M&Ms of all flavors and it was awesome!

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Aug 22, 2019 at 11:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lilly!

Not that we've seen, but we'll keep our eyes and ears open!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 20, 2019 at 2:10 p.m. CB Says...

I'm bringing my 6 yr old son to WDW in October. First time for both of us. Do I need a general admission ticket AND a ticket for the Halloween festivities? Or just the Halloween ticket? Does the Halloween ticket get us access to rides? If rides are included is it best to do rides early and then the parade/fireworks show?

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Aug 20, 2019 at 9:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi CB!

So excited for you and your tadpole - lots of fun in store! If you'd like to attend the Halloween party, then you'd need a separate ticket for the event. Otherwise, you can catch the decorations and a lot of the merchandise and food during regular operating hours. Rides are included in the party, though it's a little more limited in what's running during the party (there's a full list in this post for easy reference!). Have a wonderful time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 20, 2019 at 2:43 a.m. tkh1036 Says...

We will be attending MNSSHP next week; if we arrive at 4p, will the trick or treating stations be open? Or do they open at 7p when the party officially starts?

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Aug 20, 2019 at 7:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

You'll head to one treat station when you enter the party to get your bag and your first "treat," but the remainder of the stations won't open until 7 p.m. as the party starts.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 19, 2019 at 11:05 p.m. Marco Says...

Do the ride enhancements start only when the party begins or are they an all day thing. Trying to decide what to FastPass before the party starts

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Aug 20, 2019 at 7:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marco!

The ride overlays are only for party time, though there is a little bit of a "down time" for Pirates to get up and running once the party officially starts (15-20 minutes - nothing terrible!).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 19, 2019 at 5 p.m. Jessica S Says...

Is my party ticket linked to my magic band if I’m staying on property and what are the run times for boo to you, hocus Pocus, and the fireworks?

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Aug 20, 2019 at 7:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica!

If you purchased online using your My Disney Experience account, then your party ticket should be linked to your account and you can use your active MagicBand to enter the party. (You should be able to see the ticket in your account under "My Tickets.") Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade takes place at 9:15 p.m. and 11:15 p.m.; Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular at 10:15 p.m.; and Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular at 8:30 p.m., 10:45 p.m. and 12 a.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 19, 2019 at 10:39 a.m. Lisa Says...

Will most characters sign autographs or do they only pose for pictures? (I realize some don't normally)

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Aug 20, 2019 at 9:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa!

Characters can sign autographs, too, so bring your autograph book if you have one! (Though as you noted, there are some that aren't able to no matter the time :) )

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 18, 2019 at 10:28 p.m. Marion Says...

Our vacation is booked October 26th through November 2. We plan to attend the Halloween party one night but do we have to leave at 6pm all other nights? We have 6 day park hopper tickets.

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Aug 19, 2019 at 8:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marion!

The party doesn't hoppen every night, so on nights when the party isn't going on, you'd be able to stay until the later closing time (usually 9 or 10 p.m.). On nights when the party is occurring (which looks to be 10/27, 10/29, 10/31 and 11/1), if you don't have a party ticket, you'd need to leave Magic Kingdom at 6 as you mentioned. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 18, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. tommy dulaney Says...

hi moana, disney heroes, disney all villains, disney all princesses, disney/pixar characters and all characters,

how are you today? the greatest my name is tommy-man/adult good boyfriend tommy dulaney of bronson florida. take a my pictures disney all characters. thanks i appreciated, i'll be there, see you later shows, good luck, have fun.

your friends,

tommy, john, teresia and jack dulaney of bronson florida

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Aug 18, 2019 at 11:47 a.m. Sabine Says...

Best wishes from Germany! Does the D.A.S. for handicapped peoples work ? My husband is not able to stay longer in lines. Thank you!

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Aug 20, 2019 at 8:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sabine!

Yes, the DAS will work during Mickey's Not-So-Scary, but sometimes in a slightly modified format. Cast members at each attraction will be able to help you!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 18, 2019 at 2:19 a.m. Kimberly Says...

Can anyone confirm if there is a meet and greet during the party this year with Lotso? My son and I are excited to possibly be able to meet him!!

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Aug 21, 2019 at 10:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kimberly!

Confirmed - enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 21, 2019 at 5:36 p.m. Kimberly Says...

YAY!!!! We are so excited! Thanks so much!!

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Aug 15, 2019 at 2:56 a.m. Carissa Says...

If you enter the park at 4 for the party are you alloweed to enter in your costume or do you gave to wait until 6 or 7 to enter in costume?

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Aug 15, 2019 at 11:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carissa,

You can enter at 4 p.m. with a costume. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 19, 2019 at 2:54 a.m. Larry Says...

I often head into the park at opening in my "costume" anyway, but my costumes generally consist of normal clothing that looks like the character I'm dressing as, such as Nick Wilde's shirt & tie, or Fear's shirt vest and bowtie, or a MU jacket with Sulley tail, basically what is called "Disney-Bounding", and I have yet to be told not to, although I carry spare normal clothes just in case. If my costume is more elaborate, such as Aug 30 when I'll be wearing a Stitch onesie with an Elvis jumpsuit over it, I'll change into it at 4. I'm hoping to be allowed into Epcot on Sept 2 in my Fear clothes that I'll be wearing later to the Party, so I can meet Joy & Sadness dressed like that.

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Aug 14, 2019 at 8:04 p.m. Teresa Says...

How does the party work? What are some of the events that go on? How many parades/shows are there and around what time?

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Aug 15, 2019 at 11:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Teresa,

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a separately ticketed event that takes place at Magic Kingdom from 7 p.m. to midnight. It features a special parade, Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular fireworks show (which is brand-new for this year!), rare character meet-and-greets, trick-or-treating and more. The parade and Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular have multiple performances throughout the night, while the fireworks show will likely start around 10:15 p.m. (based off last year's Happy HalloWishes Fireworks show).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 14, 2019 at 1:41 p.m. Amanda Says...

Hello! We will be in Disney on Halloween, attending the MNSSHP. We have a dinner reservation at 6:25 at the Crystal Palace. Is that going to conflict with all the fun things going on for the party? I've never been so I'm really not sure what our best bet would be. I figured we'd get tot he park at 4, maybe hit a few rides and then get dinner, then party the rest of the night.

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Aug 14, 2019 at 8:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda!

You should be finishing up right as the party "officially" starts at 7, so you shouldn't be missing anything just yet ... but if you'd like, you may look into moving the reservation up just to be safe!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 14, 2019 at 1:08 p.m. Rebecca Due Says...

We were able to make a Be Our Guest reservation (called "Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Dining - Be Our Guest Restaurant") for Oct 15 at 7:25pm - but we did NOT purchase the MNSSHP tickets. Would we be able to get into the park for our dining reservation WITHOUT the special event tickets, or would we have to purchase them to get in and go to dinner? We're going for our Honeymoon, so not sure if the Halloween Party is a good investment as we don't have kids yet :)

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Aug 16, 2019 at 4:39 p.m. Ericka Kulm Says...

I got married years ago at Disney and we went to the Christmas Party as part of our honeymoon, it was fun. You should definitely do the party as part of your dinner. You will like it.

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Aug 14, 2019 at 8:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca!

Unfortunately, you'll need Mickey's Not So Scary tickets to enter and make the reservation, as the party will be in full swing at 7.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 14, 2019 at 5:37 a.m. Dave L. Says...

I've heard that this year we'll be able to see some of "Descendants" cast in DescenDANCE event during the party - is it true?

And if so, what is the best time to catch a glimpse of them?

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Aug 14, 2019 at 8:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dave!

From what we've heard, the Descendants cast only pops in on a pre-recorded video, not live and in person, unfortunately!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 13, 2019 at 8:28 p.m. Jenny Says...

Hello. Attending party for first time this year. We are planning to arrive at 4pm. What is open from 6-7? Do treats, characters or dance parties come out yet? I plan to be in fantasyland about 5:45...but don't want to go back there and hoping to be finished in that area around 6:30. Thanks!

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Aug 13, 2019 at 4:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny!

From 4 until the party "officially" starts at 7, the park is pretty normal - the real festivities don't start until after that 7 p.m. mark. In the interim, it's a great time to get some rides in (FastPass will be open!), catch a show or do some meet-and-greets before characters change into their Halloween costumes. This is also when we tend to grab some dinner if we haven't already :) Have a spooktacular time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 19, 2019 at 6:43 a.m. Sandy Says...

Can you get fast passes for the 4pm-7pm times if you aren’t in the park for that day? We were planning on arriving at 4pm and hitting some rides during the 3 hour overlap. We will not be entering any park that day until we use our tickets for MNSSHP.

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Aug 19, 2019 at 8:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandy!

You sure can! You may not be able to book them in advance depending on your ticket type, but you can use FastPass before the party officially starts.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 13, 2019 at 4:41 p.m. Rien Says...

Hi, we are going to Magic Kingdom 16-8 at 10.00 all day. We also want to see the party fireworks in the evening. Are our day tickets also valid in the evening or?

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Aug 13, 2019 at 1:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rien!

If you are arriving on a day that Mickey's Not-So-Scary is happening, the park will unfortunately close at 7 p.m. to anyone without valid party tickets. If it's a night when the party isn't hoppening, your daytime admission will allow you to stay until the park closes and enjoy the fireworks!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 12, 2019 at 5:26 p.m. Ginger Says...

Hi! Is it worth getting a reservation at the Cinderella castle during the Halloween party? I already reserved. I can always cancel. Should we just try the different halloween treats offered for that night?

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Aug 12, 2019 at 1:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ginger!

It toadally depends on your family's preferences! If Cinderella's Castle is a must-do and you won't have other Magic Kingdom days, or your kiddos aren't super into Halloween, then go for it! If the Halloween experience is more of an appeal to your family, then we'd cancel the reservation and instead enjoy the Halloween treats as you noted. It also depends on the timing for your reservation - if it's earlier (from 4-5, for example), it may be worth keeping, as the official festivities won't have begun just yet. Just know that CRT is a super popular reservation, so you may not be able to snag another one (though it's worth continuing to check!) If you need a more accessible alternative, we love Akershus at Epcot.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 10, 2019 at 9:41 p.m. Holly Says...

Thank you for this amazing guide! Going to the party for the first time this year and it will also be my first time to WDW (I'm usually a DL gal). How long is the Hocus Pocus show and where was it located last year? Do you need to get to the show area early at all?

Thanks!

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Aug 12, 2019 at 1:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Holly!

How fun! I'm sure Disney World will be hoppy to see you. The Hocus Pocus show generally runs about 20 minutes; you don't really need to line up early. We'd recommend popping into that area about ten minutes before showtime. Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 10, 2019 at 3:42 p.m. Amy Says...

Hi, We are planning to attend MNSSHP the first week of October. We will also be in MK for the day & have dinner reservations at Artist Pointe (Storybook Dining) at 4:00 PM. With consideration of lines to enter & exit MK at park time, do you think it’s advisable to skip this dinner reservation & do something inside the park? Trying to decide whether to keep the dinner reservation or modify. We are staying at AKL, so will have to return to the room mid-afternoon to change into our Halloween attire. We appreciate your advice!

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Aug 12, 2019 at 1:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

We'd suggest moving the reservation at Artist Point to another day if you can! We had SO much fun there, but with the party open to guests as early as 4, we'd want to make sure to hop back so as not to miss anything. Instead, like you mentioned, we'd plan to take a midday break at the resort and maybe take a nap or grab some lunch before heading back to the park in late afternoon in your spookiest attire. If you aren't able to move the reservation, and are fine with foregoing a nap, it's still do-able! It just means you'd be arriving at Magic Kingdom closer to the "official" party start time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 9, 2019 at 8:28 p.m. kat Says...

the mickeys not so scary Halloween party covers admission? so you can just come in at 4 and do anything in the park until 7 when its just the party? do you get the wristband right when you go in? this is the first time im going and i just want to be prepared, lol

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Aug 9, 2019 at 3:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kat!

While the party officially starts at 7, you can get in as early as 4 p.m. with your party ticket - that's correct! When you enter, look for signs that designate party entry, which is where you'll scan your ticket or MagicBand. Before you even leave the turnstile to proceed into the park, a cast member will be waiting a few steps away with a wristband ready for you :) so you'll be all set!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 8, 2019 at 7:58 p.m. Sophie Says...

Hi can adults in costumes still enter the parks at 4pm in costume or do we have to wait until the party starts at 7? X

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Aug 8, 2019 at 2:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sophie!

You can enter in your costume at 4 :) Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 5, 2019 at 1:16 a.m. RP Says...

Our family is staying at contemporary resort for 5 nights-we have 5 day park hopper. We got a to let for ou 10 yr old for MNSCHP. Do we need tickets for the adults with our child?

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Aug 5, 2019 at 8:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi RP!

Have a wonderful time! Everyone over the age of three in your party will need an event ticket to attend the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 2, 2019 at 4:51 p.m. Samuel Pinizzotto Says...

Trying to find out if anyone has seen people wearing the inflatable costumes at the Halloween party events? My son wants to wear one and I'm not sure... Please help asap we leave in a few days?

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Aug 2, 2019 at 12:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Samuel!

It’s up to security’s discretion if they would allow an inflatable costume. While not prohibited explicitly, but there are possible guidelines that an inflatable might be in conflict with: "Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent. Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening." We'd err on the side of caution and suggest leaving an inflatable at home :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 2, 2019 at 12:19 a.m. Amanda Cooper Says...

When do the Halloween decorations usually come down in Disney?

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Aug 2, 2019 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda!

These generally come down in the first week of November.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 31, 2019 at 6:25 p.m. Shelly Says...

Just wondering if I should just purchase one day ticket? Can I see it all in one night?

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Jul 31, 2019 at 2:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shelly!

It really does go by quickly! If you only have one day, we'd suggest taking a peek at the rides and experiences available in the day vs. at the event and seeing which you'd prefer to try to tackle (either way, it's hard to get everything done in one day/evening). If you LOVE Halloween, we think the party is a great choice!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 24, 2019 at 9:55 p.m. holly Says...

if you enter the park at 4 for the party are you able to make fast passes as that time until the actual event starts? are any of the Halloween snacks for the party free does everything cost except the candy?:) Thanks

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Jul 25, 2019 at 3:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Holly!

Yes, FastPasses are available up until the start of the party. Enjoy! The candy from the treat trails are free, but everything else will be an additional cost.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 24, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. jessica Says...

Hello, we are coming as two adults and are not terribly interested in the Halloween activities other than fireworks. When do the rides shut down? Is the party something you would recommend to adults? Do you think we will be able to ride more rides as a result of the party happening? Thank you so much!

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Jul 24, 2019 at 2:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica!

You can expect shorter ride lines at the party since there will be more limited guests, which means getting more rides in! However, as you noted, not all rides will be operational during the party. Those that are not will close as the party begins. We'd recommend taking a peek at the ride list and making a decision from there :) Many adults attend and have a wonderful time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 23, 2019 at 8:36 p.m. JBird Says...

Planning to go this year, so excited. If I'm going to be in the park all day and then go to the party, do I wear my costume all day? Is there a way to change/makeup? Where do I keep my stuff?

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Jul 24, 2019 at 2:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

For guests 14 and older, costumes aren’t allowed during the day (only during special events). Your best bet is to rent an all-day locker and change in a bathroom if you aren't heading back to a hotel or home before the party begins.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 22, 2019 at 2:12 p.m. Meghan P Says...

Hi! We have MNSSHP tix from Undercover for Fri 8/23. Our first time! I’ve been receiving so much conflicting info (even from certified Disney TA’s) about FastPasses during the 4-7pm window. Several have told us that if the system recognizes that I’ve tried to get FP+ for that time, that Disney will cancel my actual 3rd day of FP associated with my 3-day Hopper (our last park/hopper day is Sat 8/24). I’m hearing they see this as a loophole if I try to book FP with my special event ticket and will “count” that against us, cancelling our regular park FP for the next day. Have you heard this? For every person that tells me it’s no problem, I find another that tells me not to do it! Thanks so much! (PS are rides open after 7pm party time or only up until 7pm?)

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Jul 25, 2019 at 12:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Meghan!

There is so much mixed information out there - we toadally get it! The system should not cancel any FastPasses for the next day, and FastPasses during the 4-7pm window are OK. If you try to add a FastPass reservation and get a notice on the app (which is generally what happens before any other changes are made to existing FastPass reservations), then we'd back off, but from the cast members we've spoken to, this should be just fine. Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 22, 2019 at 4:34 a.m. Angeline Says...

What a great blog! We're planning on a WDW trip in mid Oct and have 4 children with special needs. We will have a DAS pass for our times in the parks. I see that no FP's are available during MNSSHP, would the DAS pass be able to be used for meet and greets? There is just no way our party could wait in long lines. I would consider going to MNSSHP for the shorter ride lines and special meet and greets. Would the MNSSHP not be worth it for our family?

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Jul 22, 2019 at 9:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angeline!

Thanks for hopping by! You should be able to use your valid Disability Access Service (DAS) pass during the party, but it will likely be in a modified format. Because the FastPass+ lanes are not open during the party, you will need to visit the Cast Members at the regular entrances of the attractions to take advantage of DAS. It is possible that the Cast Members will be giving out paper return times instead of connecting them to your tickets electronically. Also, because there are often very short wait times for the attractions, Cast Members will generally only do this if the wait time for the attraction exceeds 20 minutes. We still think your family would have a fantastic time, but you know what works best for your family!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 21, 2019 at 6:26 p.m. Barb Says...

Is the $79 cost in addition to the cost of buying the park ticket?

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Jul 22, 2019 at 8:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Barb!

If you'd like to visit the park outside of party hours, you'd need separate park admission. If, however, you're just planning on attending the park during party hours, you'd just need a ticket to the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 18, 2019 at 5:01 p.m. Gray Says...

Hi!

We will have our 4 year old in tow so definitely need to do the first parade. If we did the costume promenade in Frontierland and watched the parade from there, would we still have time to get to Main Street to snag a spot for the new show with projections on the castle? Or is there a location you recommend heading to post Frontierland parade watching.

One other question:

We are eating at Crystal palace at 5. We currently have 4 attractions we are thinking about hitting: Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pans Flight, and Little Mermaid. Do you think that is too many to do before the parade? If so, how many would you recommend?

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Jul 22, 2019 at 2:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gray!

You should have plenty of time to head to see the new show after the parade! You should also have time to get in all of the attractions you mentioned. Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 17, 2019 at 1:54 a.m. Jarlie Says...

I'm a member of the Disney Vacation Club and the website says, as members, we can get in as early as two pm with party tickets. Do you think they'd have the special entrance open that early or would it be safer to wait until four?

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Jul 17, 2019 at 1:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jarlie!

We aren't sure if they'll have the special entrance ready, but we'd imagine they'd have at least one turnstile, or cast members at the ready with wristbands to prepare for DVC members! Regardless, they'll be ready for you at 2! If you have any questions at all, just let a cast member know and they'll be happy to help.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 13, 2019 at 12:40 a.m. Raquel Says...

Hi,

What do the *’s next to the character names mean?

Thank you

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Jul 15, 2019 at 2:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Raquel!

The * just designates a popular character in years past.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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