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Guide to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Guide to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 - Disney Halloween Party

You can't exactly feel a chill in the air here in Orlando ... but Halloween season is upon us! We attended the first Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party of the year to help you, the readers, plan ahead for a party night of your own. (OK, we may have had a TOTAL blast along the way ... but no surprise there, right?)

The party we attended not only was the very first of the season, it was also sold out AND saw the debut of new party-exclusive ride experiences. And don't think we forgot to check out this year's delish snacks.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 - Boo to You

We’ve loved all of the classic, family fun Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has offered us for 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. 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.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 - Welcome Sign

Our Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween 2018 Guide is quite thorough, so we've added some helpful links to take you to key topics ... or you can just keep reading :)

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 late August and run through early November. The parties are held in Magic Kingdom after the park closes from 7 p.m. to midnight. (New this year: The park closes at 6 p.m. for regular guests, rather than 7 p.m. in past years.) You can now purchase Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2018 tickets from your favorite frogs!

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2018 Dates:

  • August 17, 24, 28, 31
  • September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
  • October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets start at $70 for children age 3 to 9 ($74.55 with tax) or $75 for those over 10 ($79.88 with tax).

Best Dates to Attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018

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 historically is 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 early September, are 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 Halloween Party 2018 - Coco Costumes

A more restrictive costume policy went into effect for the Disney Halloween party in recent years. These changes were fairly restrictive, especially 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 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

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 - Entrance Truck

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. Starting this year, the park closes for regular guests at 6 p.m., which allows cast members more time to filter out those regular day guests who will not be staying for the party. Party wristbands are given to party guests entering the park and are also distributed to those who present a valid party ticket at select locations on the park. Beginning at 6 p.m., cast members are stationed at critical points throughout the park to direct the wristband-less toward the exit.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 - Pluto Statue

For party guests arriving just in time for the spooky festivities, you will be directed toward Market Street. (We just found out that the back alley between La Chapeau and Tony's Town Square Restaurant has a name!) This path is where you'll find those adorable Halloween character statues (like Pluto seen above), fun photo-ops complete with props 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 2018 Map

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 - Map Outside

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 - Map Inside

Expected Entertainment & Rides at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018

FastPass+ at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018

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 2018 Entertainment:

  • Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade - 9:15 p.m., 11:15 p.m.
  • Happy HalloWishes Fireworks - 10:15 p.m.
  • Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular - 8:30 p.m., 10:45 p.m., 12 a.m.

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 2018 - Wreck-It Ralph

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 Characters and Locations:

One of the biggest draws of the night is meeting characters, especially those who don't greet guests at other times of year or often. Moana was especially popular last year. Below you'll find this year's characters and their greeting spots (popular characters noted with asterisk). 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.

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater

Liberty Square

  • Jack Skellington and Sally *

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 - Alice Friends Fantasyland

  • Anastasia and Drizzella
  • Seven Dwarfs *
  • Rapunzel
  • Queen of Hearts, Alice, Tweedle-Dee, Tweedle-Dum, Mad Hatter
  • Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger
  • Ariel and Eric
  • Belle and Gaston
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Cinderella
  • Cruella DeVil *
  • Daisy Duck
  • Princess Tiana
  • Princess Elena
  • Goofy
  • Donald DuckMickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 - Seven Dwarfs

Tomorrowland

  • Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear a.k.a. Lotso *
  • Stitch

Adventureland

  • Tarzan,  Jane and Terk
  • Moana *
  • Captain Jack Sparrow
  • Aladdin, Abu, Genie, Jasmine
  • Jafar

Attractions open during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018

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. During our party, we waited only 15 minutes for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train!

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

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

New Experiences for 2018

New for this year are three party-exclusive ride overlays that offer special experiences for guests. Pirates of the Caribbean, Mad Tea Party and Space Mountain transform under the moonlight for an extra special experience.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 - Pirates of the Caribbean Overlay

Pirates of the Caribbean invites a live-action character in its queue to warn you of Gunpowder Pete, followed by a man holding a "Wanted" sign in the loading zone explaining your search for the latest pirate villain. Keep an eye out ... you might just see him pop up during your ride.

Be sure to check out Mad Tea Party after dark when it truly comes alive! Special lights and exciting, new music enhance the already spinnin' ride.

Meanwhile on Space Mountain, the lights are out! The red and blue tunnels turn pitch-black (along with all lighting effects) providing a thrilling, new ride experience with galactic rock music playing to match.

We're hoppy we took these new ride effects for a spin, but we wouldn't go out of your way unless you were already planning to ride them or they are your favorite rides and you must see the new effects. The good new is wait times are pretty short throughout the night. It's important to know that the rides don't change over until promptly 7 p.m. and only close briefly ahead of this switch for about 10 minutes tops.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 - Haunted Mansion

While not advertised as an overlay, Haunted Mansion has some interactive ghosts floating about. They're not new, but they are super fun! These characters are residents of the Haunted Mansion ... and as the song says, the grim-grinning ghosts have come out to socialize! They share some ghost humor and stories from the mansion with guests in the outdoor queue, and on your way out of the exit. The "performance" takes place right on the Haunted Mansion lawn.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 - Disney Junior Dance Party

Calling all tadpoles! Storybook Circus is hosting the Disney Junior Jam, featuring some of Lily's Disney Channel faves like Doc McStuffins. Lily LOVED this dance party! I’m excited to have an area dedicated to the extra little ones. It's a great way to quickly meet tadpole faves.

"Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular"

The infamous Sanderson Sisters from "Hocus Pocus" are back for another year 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, and a must see at this year’s party!

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

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 - Treat Bag

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 2018 Expected Treat Locations:

Main Street, U.S.A.

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

Adventureland

  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Jungle Cruise

Frontierland

  • Splash Mountain
  • Dock to Tom Sawyer Island
  • Country Bear Jamboree

Liberty Square

  • Liberty Square Ticket Office (Allergy-Friendly Center)
  • Columbia Harbour House

Fantasyland

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

Tomorrowland

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

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 - Hades Nachos

If the free candy doesn't quite satisfy your sweet tooth, enjoy spooktacular offerings created especially for the season. The buffalo-chicken-nacho-cheese masterpiece pictured above are Hades nachos, found at Pecos Bill's. (The Worms & Dirt found here is the perf tadpole-friendly treat too, by the way.) Right outside at Golden Oak Outpost, our winner for more amazing beverage goes to the Apple Cider Slush. So amazing and refreshing for those fall nights that feel a lot more like summer ;)

A few other party-exclusive highlights include the Hitchhiking Ghost dessert at Aloha Isle, the Oogie Boogie Meringue from Gaston's Tavern and the Muenster Smash Burger at Cosmic Ray's.

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.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 - Ornament

If shopping is your top priority, visit the Emporium, Big Top Souvenirs for apparel, ornaments, pins and more exclusive to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. You can also find costume pieces at Curtain Call Collectibles, and tons of event pins 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 set. If you're lucky enough to be traveling with two "grown-up" frogs, we recommend one waiting for merch while the other takes the tadpoles on a ride or two nearby.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 - Shirts

Tips for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018

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

Now, each of us Frog Family members has a different thing we love most about the party, so that just goes to show you there is a little something for everyone! 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 Halloween Party 2018 - it's a small world Costumes

While it's not required that you wear a costume, it sure adds to my enjoyment, because my favorite part of the night is taking in all of the elaborate costumes! And since this is the one event of the year where you are allowed to wear a costume at Magic Kingdom, I 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. 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 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. That'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.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 - Treats

If you're not planning on hitting every treat spot, try visiting the unique places, such as inside of the Enchanted Tiki Room. Treats with tiki birds = extra fun! 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!

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.

4. Get to the parks early

This is the single-most important tip for maximizing your fun and justifying the cost of this separately ticketed event. While the Disney Halloween party officially starts at 7 p.m., guests can begin entering the park as early as 4 p.m. 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

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 - Disney Halloween Party - Jack and Sally

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

Some of the more exclusive characters (Jack & Sally, the Seven Dwarfs, and this year, Moana) may be found meeting before the party even begins, but only for Halloween party guests with wristbands. We saw Jack and Sally out as early at 6 p.m. — and there was already a three-hour wait! If you arrive at Magic Kingdom when doors "open" for Halloween Party guests at 4 p.m., we recommend heading toward the characters' designated locations and asking cast members where and when to line up. That way, you can spend valuable party time doing other fun activities!

Can't make it early? Have no fear. Our best advice is to wait until just before parade times to hop in line for character meet-and-greets. Pick one of the two parade showings to attend, and then spend the other time snapping pics with your favorite characters. Another great idea is hopping in line toward the end of the night. The park starts to empty out as families head home, so 11 p.m. is a great time to get in line.

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

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

6. Stake out your parade location

Tad's favorite part of the party is watching Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Parade. He loves the Headless Horseman, all of the spooky floats and the characters in costume. You don't want to miss the Grandmaster's entrance — even if he is missing his head. Be sure to find a spot along the parade route at least 15 minutes in advance if you don't mind standing behind other people. If you want to be in the very front row, you should plan on staking out your spot — especially near the Castle and along Main Street U.S.A. — at least an hour ahead of time. You'll spot people snagging the best spots up to two hours ahead of time.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 - Haunted Mansion Ghosts

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 found a spacious area for the family just about fifteen minutes before the parade kicked off. We love the atmosphere of Main Street U.S.A., and that's where you'll find us for the Christmas parade. Halloween is a different story. We think Frontierland fits the spooky ambiance of "Boo-to-You." Since the parade starts in Frontierland, that also means it finishes sooner. So you can hop on more rides and character meet-and-greets while the rest of the audience waits for it to finish up.

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

7. Make time to mingle

Favorite Disney villains make special appearances to meet and greet party guests. In the past, the villains would mix and mingle after their singing and dancing performance on the Castle Stage. This year, the Sanderson Sisters take over the stage in the "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular," also featuring Dr. Facilier, Ooogie Boogie and Maleficent. Although these villains will not be joining the crowd for photo opportunities, 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 characters during either the first or second Boo-to-You parade.

8. Get your boogie on

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 - Sulley

It just wouldn't be a Disney Halloween party without a dance. Mike and Sulley play host to their own Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland. You can dance the night away with your favorite Monsters, Inc. employees … and the adorable Boo!

9. Don't forget HalloWishes!

The centerpiece of the night is the villainous fireworks show Happy HalloWishes! You must not miss the show, as we think it's one of the very best fireworks shows of the entire year. The very best spot for taking in the pyrotechnics is straight ahead on Main Street U.S.A. For a unique (and less crowded) perspective, check out viewing areas near Fantasyland. If you're not worried about seeing the castle, we found fantastic views of the fireworks on the Frontierland bridge, overlooking Tom Sawyer Island.

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. We wouldn't wait any longer than 20 to 30 minutes for any of these. Luckily, the wait times didn't get too crazy for any of these attractions. We anticipated excited crowds lining up, but they didn't seem to pull any longer of a line than they normally would at the party. So if you can catch a short line (like our 10-minute wait for Pirates) you should check 'em out!

Do you have questions about Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018? Share them in comments below! For more vacation planning tips, check out the When to Visit Orlando page inside our Orlando Planning Timeline!

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

Related: DIY Jack Skellington and Sally T-Shirts

Hoppy Halloween!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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May 10, 2017 at 8:53 p.m. Jenna Darby Says...

Any idea how fast the tickets sell out for Oct. 31st? I feel like it would be quick.

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May 11, 2017 at 8:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenna,

Since we don't sell the tickets, we don't have an idea of how fast things sell out. We recommend purchasing them as soon as possible.

Hoppy Planning,

Mommy Frog

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May 1, 2017 at 5:11 p.m. NicoleP315 Says...

I just looked on here to see new info about MNSSHP 2017 and as I was scrolling I saw the video for Jack n Sally and there was my daughter and I at the start of the video at last years Party how funny!!! Love it!

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May 10, 2017 at 4:33 a.m. Steve S. Says...

Tickets just went on sale for 2017. Halloween prices for 2017 are $115 ages 10+ and $110 ages 3-9

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May 1, 2017 at 1:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Nicole,

That's a great surprise!

Hoppy Planning,

Mommy Frog

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Apr 28, 2017 at 5:31 p.m. Abbe Stewart Says...

Was looking at the costume requirements. May be a silly question but what is a transparent wig.

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Apr 29, 2017 at 5:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Abbe,

We looked it up online. It appears to be a normal wig. Do any of our readers have more information on these kinds of wigs?

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 11, 2017 at 7:03 p.m. Marissa Says...

It's actually transparent wings not wigs.

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May 11, 2017 at 4 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Marissa,

We stand corrected. Thanks!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 9, 2017 at 1:15 p.m. Jessica Says...

Hi! Last year I wore a Winifred Sanderson wig and it was totally fine. I did wait to put it on until after we went through security in case they wanted to inspect it ????

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Apr 21, 2017 at 5:39 p.m. mona Says...

Hello! When do the tickets go on sale for this October 2017? Also, how can I purchase those tickets? thank you!

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Apr 22, 2017 at 9:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mona,

The tickets usually go on sale in May or June. You may purchase them here.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 27, 2017 at 9:39 p.m. Beth Says...

I called last week to check and they said they would go on sale this coming Monday, May 1st :)

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Apr 27, 2017 at 4:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beth,

Thanks for note. Hope you have your party date picked out!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 4, 2017 at noon Hannah Says...

Are the tickets on sale now then? I'm from the UK and can't see anything on the Disney website yet?

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May 4, 2017 at 8:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hannah,

Tickets are not yet available for MNSSHP.

Hoppy Planning,

Mommy Frog

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Apr 20, 2017 at 7:02 a.m. Tony Says...

So if they start letting people into the park at 4, with the party at 7 - that means that costumes are a-okay at 4? But before that costumes are verboten, right?

Not a big deal for me I suppose as I'm staying at a park hotel so I can go change whenever I want, but I'm trying to get a sense of how this works.

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Apr 20, 2017 at 7:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tony,

Correct. Costumes are allowed starting at 4 p.m.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 18, 2017 at 1:13 p.m. mariana kawai Says...

Hello. I am from Brasil, and i begin to plan my trip for disney last week, when i discovery that disney sold out the tickets for mickeys not so scary halloween! I am so sad because we do not have this party in my country and my son loves halooween (he studies in a bilingual school)! What can i do? It is possible to buy tickets in another place or site? My little boy cry every day since i told him!!! i tried many sites in brasil, but they even sell this tickets for special events. And i always bought earlier the tickets to ensure our entrance to this special nights! Thanks a lot, really special blog that you did!!!!

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Apr 18, 2017 at 3:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Actually, Disney has not started selling tickets for MNSSHP. Keep checking back to see when tickets go on sale!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 14, 2017 at 1:51 p.m. Jeannie Says...

Hello! Can you typically purchase tickets the day of in September? We will most likely be going September 19. I know you probably couldn't buy tickets the day of closer to Halloween as it will be crowded. Thanks!

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Apr 14, 2017 at 9:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeannie,

You CAN purchase tickets day of, but many of the days do sell out. We recommend purchasing tickets as soon as you know you're going.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 10, 2017 at 1:07 p.m. Steve Fennel Says...

I am trying to plan a Not-So-Scary trip for my family of four. I was debating between Labor Day (Sep 1-4) weekend or the weekend after (Sep8-11). I am traveling with small children, so could you recommend a better weekend as far as crowd are concerned?

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Apr 10, 2017 at 8:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar for Sept 2017, we're forecasting low to average crowds during 8-11. That's your best bet!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 15, 2017 at 12:41 a.m. mommyto3 Says...

when are tickets available?

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Apr 14, 2017 at 9:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Disney has not released on-sale dates. Keep checking back!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 9, 2017 at 1:22 a.m. Samm Says...

Hey. My family is visiting middle of October and plan on attending the Halloween party. I was just wondering if you had to have a park admission ticket as well as the separate special event ticket? Trying to figure out if we can use our extra day to do the party and and take in some extra ride time! Thank you!

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Apr 9, 2017 at 6:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Samm,

You do not need park admission ticket. Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is a separate admission ticket that will usually get you inside the Magic Kingdom at 4 p.m. for the 7 p.m. party time.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 6, 2017 at 7:16 p.m. Michelle Says...

My family of four, two boys aged 7 and 4, will be arriving in Disney World on Nov 1. We've been lucky to do the Christmas Party twice, but have not yet done the Halloween Party. Is it worth doing on November 1 after Halloween has passed? Will the pricing be less?

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Apr 6, 2017 at 2:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

We think that MNSSHP is worth doing any time of the year! There was no party on Nov 1 last year, so we don't know about reduced pricing after Halloween.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 3, 2017 at 1:51 p.m. Laura Says...

Hi guys - Do you know when they've previously released dates? Trying to get a sense for when we can plan.

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Apr 3, 2017 at 9:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura,

We're expecting the dates to be released sometime this month.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 4, 2017 at 1:43 p.m. Mariana Says...

Hi guys!

I'm from Brazil and I'm going do Disney on September, 26th. I am waiting for the dates to Mickey's not so scary too.

Last week, I called to Disney. They don't have the dates yet, but a good tip is look the Park Hours in the official site (https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/calendars/2017-10-11/). We have the park hours until October 11th.

So, the days that Magic Kingdom will close at 7 p.m, probably will have Halloween party.

Sorry for my english (I'm from Brazil!!).

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Apr 4, 2017 at 9:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Great tip Mariana!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 2, 2017 at 7:19 p.m. Maurice Says...

Hello =)

I'll go on September 2017, maybe on Friday 15th. Usually, when does Disney start selling tickets for this event? May? June?

Thank you.

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Apr 3, 2017 at 12:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maurice,

We don’t know when they will go on sale this year, but they went on sale in May last year.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 31, 2017 at 12:37 p.m. Laura Says...

Hi

My sister and I are going to Disney 28 September - 12 October. We are staying at the Caribbean beach and have been told we will be getting a gift card for compensation for works.

We are hoping to get tickets for 10th or 11th October for us and our parents (whose holiday starts on the 9th!) and want to use the gift card for them so won't be buying until we check in.

Do you have any advice on which date might be better? Or any guidance on when those dates might sell out?

And as an aside - thank you for all the brilliant information on the website generally! Even having been to Disney countless times - you have highlighted things we still didn't know!

Thanks!

Laura

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Mar 31, 2017 at 8:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Laura,

We are so HOPPY that you enjoy our site!

As for dates to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, the 2017 dates have not been revealed yet. We'll update the post when we know more. Know that the dates may sell out quickly, so consider purchasing them before you arrive and using the Disney card for dinner or merchandise!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 31, 2017 at 8:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Laura,

We are so HOPPY that you enjoy our site!

As for dates to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, the 2017 dates have not been revealed yet. We'll update the post when we know more. Know that the dates may sell out quickly, so consider purchasing them before you arrive, and using the Disney card for dinner or merchandise!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 26, 2017 at 1:22 p.m. Jay Says...

What was the cost for 2016 on Oct. 30th and what about the crowds? With it being the night before Halloween, I expect it to be busy but maybe ppl will put it off more for actual halloween instead. Maybe it'll be different with that day being a Monday.

Thanks in advance.!

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Mar 27, 2017 at 8:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jay,

The Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 ticket prices ranged from to $72-$105 for adults and $67-$100 for children (ages 3-9). Disney does not release crowd numbers for the parties, but we notice that the higher priced days indicate that's when Disney expects high crowds. We Expect Oct 30th to be very busy.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 24, 2017 at 3:59 p.m. Kara Says...

Hi~

I know you can get into MK for the MNSSHP at 4. Will I be let in MK for a 3:30 or 4:00 dining reservation or do I have to change the reservation to after 4pm?

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Mar 24, 2017 at 2:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

If you don't plan on being in Magic Kingdom earlier in the day and paying the separate admission, then you would need to move the reservation to 4:30 or later.

Keep Hopping!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 28, 2017 at 6:47 p.m. Nicole Says...

Any idea when we'll see the dates go up for MNNSHP 2017? Looking at planning a trip Sept. 28 - Oct. 5 and am curious which days the party will be (so we can attend once, then plan accordingly for early park closures the other days).

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Feb 28, 2017 at 2:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole,

We're expecting the dates for MNSSHP to be released in March!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 30, 2017 at 4:19 p.m. StacyC Says...

Are you hearing anything more regarding dates for the party yet?! Any further word on the release date? We're getting excited and don't want to miss out.

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Mar 30, 2017 at 11:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacy,

Nothing yet. We'll post them as soon as we know!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 3, 2017 at 9:19 p.m. Angie Says...

Hello;

We will be going to the parks on 09/09 to 09/16 my question is do I need Park entrance to attend the party? or can I buy the ticket to the party and do not waste one of my park tickets to attend?? Also when do you recommend for me to buy the tickets I am not even sure when do they go on sale. Thank You

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Mar 11, 2017 at 5:57 p.m. SHANNA WYATTS Says...

We will be there the same time! We are staying at the Fort!

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Feb 3, 2017 at 3:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hello Angie,

Dates for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party are usually announced in February or March, with tickets on sale in May. It is a special ticketed event, meaning your regular park ticket will not allow you to attend the party.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 9, 2017 at 3:50 p.m. Tara Says...

The question wasn't answered. You do not need to buy a regular park ticket in addition to the Halloween party ticket.

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Feb 11, 2017 at 10:38 a.m. michelle Says...

if you are only going in for the halloween party then you just need the halloween event ticket. if you wished to go all day then you would need to purchase both, hope this helps x

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Feb 1, 2017 at 1:34 a.m. Lauren Says...

Hi there, I'm visiting the parks in September/October for the first time in ten years and this is my first trip at Halloween time. The MNSSHP party confuses me, I have to book my dining reservations in march before the tickets go on sale, so how do I know if this falls on a MNSSHP date? It seems as though the 2016 dates were a lot more frequent and close together than other years and I only have a two week visit from the uk. If my reservation to BOG (for instance) is on the MNSSHP night and it's booked for 6/7pm and I don't have a ticket for this night can I not attend my pre booked reservation anyway? It seems silly to get a reservation like that that's always booked up and then have to waste it because it's a party night. Thanks in advance x

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Feb 1, 2017 at 8:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren,

Historically, MSSSHP has NOT been held on Mondays or Saturdays during October. You could try booking BOG on a Monday or Saturday, as well as another day, and simply canceling the reservation that you won't be attending. The dates for the party are announced in the springtime.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 6, 2017 at 3:35 a.m. Lesley Says...

You can also check the park hours. It looks like those are released about 190 days earlier; if Magic Kingdom closes at 7, then it's probably a party night.

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Jan 17, 2017 at 8:15 a.m. Jenna Says...

I am embarrassed to ask this question but for planning and budget purposes it is a must. The specialty treats offered during the party (spider cupcake, worms & dirt) are free? included in ticket price? If not, how much per food item?

I am sure the dining, snack carts, and event merchandise are not included. However, I am not sure about the holiday event themed treats.

I need to know to be able to budget for the event appropriately

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Jan 18, 2017 at 11:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenna,

The specialty treats have different prices. For example, candy apples are usually over $10. The only complimentary treats are the trick-or-treat candies.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 15, 2016 at 4:11 a.m. Heaven Says...

Is there a discount for pass holders? I am trying to buy tickets but if there is a discount I would like to get it

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Oct 20, 2016 at 9:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Normally there is a discount for certain dates. Check with Disney directly.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 1, 2016 at 6:47 a.m. vijay Says...

l Like you

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Oct 11, 2016 at 9:21 p.m. Jenny Says...

Hi,

I have not purchased MNSSH tickets, and have a dinner reservation at 5.30 at Cinderella castle 23/10, do you think this will be ok, providing we leave at 7? Or will they ask to see MNSSH tickets when we go into the castle?

Thanks

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny,

Yes, this will be OK.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 11, 2016 at 7:20 p.m. Barbie Says...

We are planning on making MNSSHN the only time we visit MK while in Orlando. What time can we stay in the park til and do you think this will give us a good experience? My kids are 15 and 12.

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Barbie,

It is a really fun party and lasts until midnight. You can enter the park starting at 4 p.m. with the party ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 7, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Evelyn Says...

Planning a short Orlando trip this month. I have 1-day regular tickets for the Magic Kingdom and tickets for MNSSHP on a specific date. I was thinking we would use the regular tickets on one day, and then return for the Halloween party the next evening to maximize our time in the park. Does that sound wise? It seems like we would get significantly more hours in the park, rather than using both in one day. I think this arrangement would mean I'm still only able to make FastPass+ selections for one day, correct? Thank you!

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Oct 11, 2016 at 12:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Evelyn,

I think this is a good plan. You should be able to make FastPass+ reservations for both days, but for the party date, you would only be able to use them between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 2, 2016 at 3:13 a.m. Valentina Says...

Hi,

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

Thanks.

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

Hi Valentina,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Carolyn,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Wonderful article!

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

Thank you!

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

Hi there,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Hello,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks in advance

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

Hi Jodie,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you!

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

Hi Edgar,

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

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

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Ciara,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Sally,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Hi

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

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

Hi Veronica,

No, it does not.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Hi Veronica,

No, it does not.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Lo,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Hello Mommy Frog,

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

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

Thank you so so much

Adam

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

Hi Adam,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

Thanks!

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

Hi Elaine,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Jen,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Jackie,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Paola,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Vale,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi EJ,

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

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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

Question:

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

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

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

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

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

Hi EJ,

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

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

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

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

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks!!

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

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

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

Hi Paola,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Geena,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Natasha,

Yes, this is correct.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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

Hi Tiff,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Roberto,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi there,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Do You think Sept 23rd Will Be Crowded??

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

Hi Georgiana,

No, we are expecting pretty low crowds.

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Angela,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

Thanks a lot

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

Hi Julien,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Chels,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Hi Julien,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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