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Your Complete Guide to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2024 — Tickets On Sale Now!

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Boo to you! Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is back on select nights from Aug. 9 to Oct. 31, 2024. This special, separately ticketed event at Magic Kingdom Park offers unique characters, attraction overlays, treat stops, photo opportunities and specialty food and drink. Enjoy exclusive entertainment such as Mickey’s Boo-To-You parade, Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show and Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks. Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets are on sale now (and you can save some green when you purchase through Undercover Tourist!) Here's all the information you need to know if you're attending!

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

What Is Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?

Maybe we're a tad bit biased, but we think Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom is not to be missed.

This special event occurs after regular park hours and requires a separate party ticket to enjoy all its exclusive offerings. Enjoy five hours of party time to meet rare characters, trick or treat and catch spell-bounding entertainment. Since we've been hopping to this event for many years, we have plenty of advice to help you get the most out of this special event. As details for 2024 materialize, we'll continue to provide updates as they become available. (We've left in some details from the 2023 season for planning purposes!)

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

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Dates

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will take place select nights at Magic Kingdom from Aug. 9 to Oct. 31, 2024. The parties go from 7 p.m. to midnight, though party guests can enter the park as early as 4 p.m. The park closes at 6 p.m. for daytime guests without an event ticket (which means no showing of Happily Ever After fireworks on those evenings).

Tickets are available to all guests now! Select Disney World Resort hotel guests had a special early booking opportunity for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets beginning May 8. For 2023, party dates gradually sold out as the season approached, and all dates sold out by early October. If you're planning ahead, we highly recommend purchasing tickets early!

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

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

The biggest question we get for this event, as well as for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, is which are the best days to attend. Many parties sell out quickly so we recommend purchasing tickets as soon as you know you want to attend. Disney does not usually release any additional tickets.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — 2023 Event map and guide

Oct. 31 is historically one of the most popular dates to attend the Disney Halloween parties, along with Fridays in October, when more locals attend. Tuesdays and Thursdays, especially those in August and early September, are typically less popular. However, in 2023, we saw all August dates, a couple September dates and Halloween sell out before the first party — all parties were sold out by Oct. 1. We always recommend booking as soon as possible so your date doesn't sell out! Check out our Halloween trip planning guide for more tips.

Disney does not publicly release its party capacity, but we estimate that a sold-out party is around a crowd level 7 using our Crowd Calendar. Disney's variable pricing is a strong indication of the expected most popular dates.

What Time Is Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — And How Do I Get In?

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Entrance Sign

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

Once you arrive at the entrance, cast members direct you toward specific touchpoints for entry (often on the right-hand side, but be sure to double-check with signage or cast members). While there can be long lines close to 4 p.m., they usually move quickly (close to 10 minutes). Party wristbands are then given to party guests after going through the touchpoints.

If you've entered before 4 p.m. with regular park admission, you don't have to go all the way to the entrance! Wristbands are also distributed to those who present a valid party ticket at City Hall in Town Square, Tortuga Tavern in Adventureland, Mickey's PhilharMagic in Fantasyland and across from Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor in Tomorrowland. 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 - Cast Member with Sign

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Park PlanFor 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 and be provided your small reusable bag for your first treat station. Select Halloween merchandise can be purchased here, as well. What a grand entrance to the party!

Enjoy special 3D photo backdrops throughout the park for a perfect photo-op! We saw some near Tomorrowland Terrace, across from Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor and by the Magic Carpets of Aladdin.

Want to know the best way to organize your night? Hop over to our Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party park plan! (This plan was for 2023, but it will give you an idea of what to expect for this year's party. We're hard at work making updates for 2024 and we'll report back ASAP. Stay tuned!)

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Map

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — 2023 map

Interested in how exactly things work at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? Guests can pick up a specialty map highlighting some of the activities and entertainment, trick-or-treat locations, allergy-friendly options and more in store at the party. You can also find party information in the My Disney Experience app.

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

There's lots of exclusive entertainment to enjoy at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

Disney's Not-So-Spooky Spectacular

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

A special fireworks show with projection effects, lasers, lights and fireworks first debuted in 2019. Hosted by Jack Skellington from "The Nightmare Before Christmas," Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular features Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy on a trick-or-treating adventure, as they are drawn to a mysterious haunted house. The show also showcases appearances from dancing skeletons and ghosts, along with some troublemaking Disney villains, during their journey inside the house. We LOVED the stunning castle projections (they're super fun and colorful) and as usual, Disney didn't disappoint with its booming fireworks. It was the only time of the night we weren't saying "boo," but instead, "ooh" and "aah."

Fireworks dessert parties are available for booking with a buffet of treats such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, cheesecake mousse, cupcakes, seasonal fruits, cheeses and special drinks. Enjoy your sweets and reserved seating at the Tomorrowland Terrace or a reserved standing view at the Plaza Garden. (Check out our overview of the regular Magic Kingdom fireworks dessert parties to know what to expect). Reservations open June 7, 2024.

Note that on party nights, Disney's Not-So-Spooky Spectacular is the only fireworks show at Magic Kingdom, so there will be no showing of Happily Ever After. The show may be delayed or canceled due to inclement weather.

Showtimes: 10:15 p.m.

American Sign Language interpretation will be offered at select shows on the following dates: Aug. 23, Sept. 26 and Oct. 24. Additional interpretation dates may be requested, based on availability, with at least two weeks' notice by emailing Guest Services.

Mickey's Boo-To-You Halloween Parade

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Headless Horseman Trotting Down Main Street

Catch your favorite Disney characters in Mickey's Boo-To-You Halloween Parade! About 15 minutes before it begins, the Headless Horseman trots over Liberty Square, continues in front of Cinderella Castle (but does not go all the way around the hub) and down Main Street. Note that he will not ride if affected by rain. (Psst ... did you know you can visit the Headless Horseman's horse, Rocky, among other working horses at Disney World, over at Tri-Circle-D Ranch at Fort Wilderness?!)

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Powerline Max

To those waiting for the parade on portions of Main Street, U.S.A., you can reminisce on classic '90s nostalgia with a dance crew led by Max Goof — cosplaying as Powerline from the popular "A Goofy Movie"!

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

In the parade, you'll see lots of characters all dressed up including Mickey, Goofy, Pluto, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Aladdin, Jasmine and others. Catch Minnie, Daisy and Clarabelle dressed as the Sanderson Sisters from "Hocus Pocus"! They are featured on the top of the first float. 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. You'll also see scarecrows, Hitchhiking ghosts, Disney villains and more! In the finale, there is an updated section with Ursula, Cruella de Vil and the Queen of Hearts before rounding out with our favorite villain band and final trio of Jafar, Maleficient and the Evil Queen.

Note that the parade may be delayed or canceled due to inclement weather.

Showtimes: 8:15 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.

American Sign Language interpretation will be offered at select shows on the following dates: Aug. 23, Sept. 26 and Oct. 24. Additional interpretation dates may be requested, based on availability, with at least two weeks' notice by emailing Guest Services.

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

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

The infamous Sanderson Sisters from "Hocus Pocus" are a must-see at the Disney Halloween party! Watch out — they may put a spell on you as they conjure up the "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular" show at the Castle Forecourt Stage. The show is held exclusively during the party and features the Sanderson Sisters, Winifred, Mary and Sarah, along with other Disney villains such as Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie and Maleficent. The show is still a wicked-good time, especially for fans of the film! Shows can be delayed or canceled due to weather.

  • Showtimes (Aug. 9 through Sept. 28): 9:05 p.m., 10:40 p.m. and 12 a.m.
  • Showtimes (Sept. 29 through Oct. 31): 7:40 p.m., 9:05 p.m., 10:40 p.m. and 12 a.m. 

American Sign Language interpretation will be offered at select shows on the following dates: Aug. 23, Sept. 26 and Oct. 24. Additional interpretation dates may be requested, based on availability, with at least two weeks' notice by emailing Guest Services.

Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Cadaver Dans

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

Showtimes: TBD

(NEW in 2024!) DescenDANCE Party

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Dance Party

Over in Tomorrowland at the Rockettower Plaza Stage, do it like the villains do with the DescenDANCE Party. Show off your best dance moves with music from the upcoming Disney Original Movie "Descendants: The Rise of Red."

Disney Junior Jam

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party — Vampirina at the Disney Junior Jam

Calling all tadpoles! Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland hosts the Disney Junior Jam, featuring some of Lily's Disney Channel faves, from 7 p.m. to midnight. You might see characters such as Vampirina, Fancy Nancy, Doc McStuffins and even Timon. Lily also LOVES this dance party!

Rusty Cut Glass

New in 2023 — and returning for 2024 — Adventureland featurs a spirited pirate band and crew — arrgh! The band plays sets intermittently on the stage across from Pirates of the Caribbean. We heard classic pirate shanties and even "Under the Sea."

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Characters and Rides

Character Greetings

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Jack Skellington and Sally

One of the biggest highlights of the night is meeting characters, especially those who don't greet guests at other times of the year. The most popular characters are Jack Skellington & Sally and the Seven Dwarfs, who draw big lines. Other popular characters in past years include Elvis Stitch, Pooh and friends in their Halloween costumes and more! There are more than 20 characters meeting throughout the park at select times and locations. For 2024, Disney has promised more villain sightings and we couldn't be hoppier! Additionally, Bruno from "Encanto" will meet alongside Mirabel at their Casita in Fairytale Garden. But that's not all, Mickey and Minnie Mouse will don brand-new neon spiderweb outfits! Eeek! :)

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - New Costumes for Mickey and Minnie

Check out our 2023 not-so-scary character guide for all character locations, photos and tips for meeting. Our 2024 guide is coming soon!

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

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Mad Tea Party overlay

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. In 2023, we saw rides such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan's Flight and Haunted Mansion go up to 45 minutes but come down later at night. Most attractions end up being 5- or 10-minute waits most of the night, so you can hop on lots of rides if that's your priority.

Disney Genie+ is not available during the party. You could utilize Genie+ or an individual Lightning Lane between 4 and 6 p.m. if attending with a party ticket. Because wait times are typically so low during the party, we don’t think it’s necessary to purchase just for that short window.

Note that wait times between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. will not appear in the My Disney Experience app, but all attractions should remain open to party guests during that time. (The app sees the park as closing at 6 p.m. and then reopening at 7 p.m., but don't worry, the park is very much open during this time for you to enjoy before the real party begins at 7 p.m.)

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. Mickey's PhilharMagic, Carousel of Progress and the Enchanted Tiki Room are closed during the party. These attractions are available in 2024:

Adventureland:

  • Jungle Cruise
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Swiss Family Treehouse

Frontierland:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Liberty Square:

  • Haunted Mansion

Fantasyland:

  • 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

Tomorrowland:

  • Astro Orbiter
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor*
  • Space Mountain*
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  • TRON Lightcycle / Run 

*Some attractions may receive spooktacular, party-exclusive overlays and enhancements, including Mad Tea Party Space Mountain and Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor. 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.

Virtual Queues During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Tron virtual queue

For 2023, TRON Lightcycle Run was available during the party via a virtual queue! If 2024 follows suit, guests with a party ticket will have an opportunity to join the virtual queue at 6 p.m. through the My Disney Experience app. Guests do not need to be inside Magic Kingdom to join the virtual queue. We were able to confirm our party shortly before and then secure a boarding group right at 6 p.m. The virtual queue filled up within a minute, so you'll want to be prepared.

Our boarding group was called almost exactly at 7 p.m. when the party officially started. Once called, you have one hour to tap into the ride. Due to long lines for food, we arrived just after the official one-hour window. We arrived about 8:30 p.m., so an hour and a half after we were called. While there is no guarantee after the arrival window expires, we were able to still tap in and the touchpoints turned green. Another member of our party arrived hours after and the touchpoints turned blue. When this occurs, cast members have to turn you away and you are unable to ride. There is not an officially published grace period for being late for your boarding group, but we would not risk more than 20 to 30 minutes beyond your one-hour arrival window (and of course, this is not guaranteed).

Once we tapped in, we waited about 30 minutes before riding. While this is a little shorter than you may get during regular hours, it can take up a good chunk of the party time. You'll want to decide your priorities and if you want to include riding Tron.

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

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party — Kids dressed as "Encanto" characters

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

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

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

For guests ages 14 and up:

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Guests Dressed Up as Powerline

  • 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 lightsabers, toy swords and tutus are OK. Headwear must not cover the face.
  • Costume masks are not allowed.

For guests ages 13 and under:

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

Be sure to check out our Not-So-Scary costume guide for more tips and costume ideas!

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

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party — Treat stop

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

All party guests receive a reusable trick-or-treat bag with a fun Halloween design, so no worries about bringing your own bag (though we know some frogs like to bring their own to secure lots of candy). All of the candy is individually wrapped and there is usually a mix of chocolate, peanuts and non-chocolate treats.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Allergy-Friendly Station

Concerned about allergies? Disney has special allergy-friendly stations so everyone can trick-or-treat. Guests can pick up an allergy-friendly treat bag at the Chamber of Commerce near the entrance (available until 12:30 a.m.) or in Liberty Square (available until midnight). Collect blue coins at regular treat stops and return to the two locations to redeem your goodies! Selections can vary, but we saw treats including Smarties, gummy bears, rice-milk chocolate bars and more. They provide lists of the full ingredients so there's something for every allergy!

All of the trick-or-treat stops are marked with a large glowing inflatable. Listed were the treat locations for 2023:

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

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Candy Distribution

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Market Street (available until 8 p.m.)
  • Chamber of Commerce (allergy-friendly station; available until 12:30 a.m.)

Adventureland

  • Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Tortuga Tavern

Frontierland

  • Sawyer Island dock (near Big Thunder Mountain)
  • Country Bear Jamboree

Liberty Square

  • Columbia Harbor House
  • Liberty Square Ticket Office (allergy-friendly station; available until 12 a.m.)

Fantasyland

  • Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic
  • Gaston's Tavern
  • Ariel's Grotto

Tomorrowland

  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café
  • Near TRON Lightcycle / Run
  • Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

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

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Jack and Sally cake pops

If the free candy doesn't quite satisfy your sweet tooth, you can enjoy spooktacular offerings created especially for the season. We thoroughly enjoyed the Terrifyin’ Twice-Spiced Chicken Sandwich and The Snarling Meatball Sub from Cosmic Ray's. Treat-wise, there are lots of great options like the Jack and Sally Pops, Mickey-shaped Cinnamon Roll, Black Velvet Whoopie Pie and MMMummy Treat. Check out our 2023 spellbinding guide to Halloween treats for more details! We'll hop back with 2024 treat deets, once we know more!

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

For an extra special celebration, you can book Disney's Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party for special Halloween-themed treats and a reserved viewing of the fireworks from Tomorrowland Terrace. Reservations open June 7, 2024.

@undercovertourist Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is here and with it comes all the good (& spooky) eats! 🎃 We found some frightfully fun monster treats that really tickled our taste buds! 🧻 MMMummy Treat- flaky pastry with chocolate filling topped with white icing stripes 📍 Cheshire Cafe 💀 Skull Brownie- Mexican-spiced chocolate brownie with dulce de leche filling 📍 Outdoor vending near Haunted Mansion 🧟‍♂️ Zombie Fingers- Almond cookie fingers, key lime pie/ white chocolate ganache & salted caramel crisp pearls 📍 Cosmic Ray’s Which one of these spooky good treats would you try? #mnsshp #disneyworld #waltdisneyworld #disneyparks #mickeysnotsoscaryhalloweenparty #mickeysnotsoscary #disneyhalloween #spookyszn #spookyseason #disneyeats #disneytreats #disneyfoodie #disneyfood #disneydessert #disneydesserts #disneygram #instadisney #disneycreator #disneyplanning #disneyplanner ♬ original sound - Undercover Tourist

Speaking of sweets — while we, of course, advise you to save some room for treats throughout the party, we recommend grabbing a meal ahead of time. Sitting down for dinner with your tadpoles can eat up anywhere between thirty minutes to over an hour of the five-hour party time, so it's much better to enjoy a nice meal before you start partying. Also, some restaurants may not be open once the party starts (another reason why we recommend using the 4 p.m. pre-party arrival window). We generally take this time to enjoy a quick-service meal at Casey's or the Friar's Nook so that we can get to hoppin'. Mobile ordering also stops at 6 p.m. once the park officially closes.

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

  • Aunty Gravity's Galactic Goodies
  • Cheshire Cafe
  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe
  • The Friar's Nook
  • Golden Oak Outpost
  • Main Street Bakery
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn
  • The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Storybook Treats
  • Sunshine Tree Terrace

For those interested in booking a table-service restaurant, Be Our Guest Restaurant, Cinderella's Royal Table and The Plaza Restaurant are open during party time. Advanced reservations can be made online. You must have a party ticket in order to dine during the event.

Not attending the party? Certain table-service restaurants such as the Jungle Skipper Canteen, Liberty Tree Tavern, The Crystal Palace and Tony's Town Square Restaurant are often open until 6:55 p.m. on party nights and may have reservations available until then. Regular guests may book these late reservations, even after park close. Once you are done with dinner, you will not be allowed to remain in the park and cast members may escort you to the exit.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Merchandise

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Merchandise

If shopping is your top priority, visit the Emporium for apparel, ornaments and more exclusive to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. 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 those exclusive items. If you're lucky enough to be traveling with two "grown-up" frogs, we recommend one waiting for merch while the other takes the tadpoles on a ride or two nearby.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Tips

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

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

1. Wear a Costume

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Family in Costume

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 adults are allowed to wear a costume at Magic Kingdom, I like to take advantage of it. And, in case you're wondering, you're never too old to enjoy Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. We have seen so many creative costumes over the years — we saw lots of the Familia Madrigal!

2. Keep It Light

While temperatures in Orlando are cooling down a bit, the average high is 91 in August, 90 in September and 85 in October. It can still be quite muggy, especially after those still-frequent afternoon rains, so parents should dress their children (and themselves) accordingly for the Disney Halloween party. Think twice before outfitting your little monster as Sulley (or at least a head-to-toe furry Sulley). Consider bringing a change of clothes for younger children "just in case" and picking up rain ponchos at your nearest dollar store before you leave for the trip.

3. Get to the Parks Early

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

When you arrive, Halloween Party attendees will be directed to a special entrance to receive wristbands. If you've already spent your day at the Magic Kingdom, you can secure your wristband from a cast member at specially designated locations in Tomorrowland, Fantasyland and Adventureland. 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.

And don't froget to join the virtual queue at 6 p.m. if you are interested in riding TRON Lightcycle Run!

4. 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.

Popular characters such as the Seven Dwarfs or Jack and Sally may meet 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!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party — Stitch dressed as Elvis

Can't make it early? Have no fear. Our best advice is to wait until just before parade times to hop in line for character meet-and-greets. Pick one of the two parade showings to attend, and then spend the other time snapping pics with your favorite characters. However, some characters 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. You can check the My Disney Experience app for exact timeframes for character appearances.

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.

5. Stake Out Your Parade Location

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

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

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

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. But if they can't and you need to stick to their normal bedtime, the first parade will start earlier this year.

6. Don't Miss the Show and Fireworks 

The Sanderson Sisters take over the castle stage in the "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular," featuring other villains including Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie and Maleficent. This is one of our favorite shows in all of Walt Disney World — you won't want to miss it! You'll find it less crowded at the later showings, especially the midnight show if you can hold out the extra time.

With only one showtime at 10:15 p.m., you'll want to prepare for Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular. 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!

*Note: The entertainment times listed were for 2023. We'll continue to make updates for 2024 as more information becomes available. 

7. 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. 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.

8. Get Your Boogie On

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party — ZOM-BEATZ BASH

It just wouldn't be a Disney Halloween party without a dance party! Do it like the villains do with the DescenDANCE Party at the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland or dance the night away with Disney Junior Pals at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe.

9. 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 Space Mountain and Mad Tea Party are fairly minor, so don't get your hopes up on having a toadally different experience. (The rides may 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, you should check 'em out!

10. Save Trick or Treating for the Last Hour

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Cast Member Giving Out Candy

Upon entry into the park, guests 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. During the last hour of the party, trick-or-treat lines are basically non-existent, so you can quickly hop around!

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

Related: Schedule of Disney World Special Events

Hoppy Halloween!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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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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Jul 10, 2019 at 5:47 p.m.
Laura Says...

This will be our first experience with Disney. If we buy tickets to the MNSSHP and arrive at 4pm, can we ride the rides or would we have to buy separate admission tickets? Thank you!

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Jul 10, 2019 at 1:07 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura!

If you arrive at the park at 4 p.m. and have party admission tickets, you'll be able to enter the park and start riding! Any time before then would require a separate admission ticket to Magic Kingdom itself.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 7, 2019 at 10:08 p.m.
Ivan Tobar Says...

Hey! I am travelling from Chile to Mickey's not so scary halloween 2019, but I wonder if I get my tickets for this party, do I have my magic bands for this party? Or do I have to pay other amount for this? (if I go inside the park at 4pm for the Halloween Party, How will Disney team know I am part of this party if I don't have my magic band? How can I get it?)

Thank you very much

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Jul 14, 2019 at 2:49 p.m.
Elena Says...

My father is from Chile! We are going to the MNSSHP for the first time this year. We purchased party tickets from UnderCover Tourist and linked them to our account in the MDE app. When we get to MK, Disney will scan our bands and give use a special paper arm band to show we are suppose to be in the party. Can't wait to attend the party!

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Jul 8, 2019 at 2:21 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ivan!

Mickey's Not So Scary is a separately ticketed event, so if you'd like to stay for the party, you'll need to purchase separate admission. If you buy online, it can be linked to your MagicBand and you can scan in at the special event entrance. Upon entering, you'll receive a wristband that signifies that you're a party-goer and able to stay all night (woohoo!). Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 7, 2019 at 4:02 p.m.
Colleen Says...

Do the rides stay open the entire time between 4 o’clock and seven When the party starts?

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Jul 8, 2019 at 11:18 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Colleen,

They sure do!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 3, 2019 at 10:04 p.m.
Stacie Says...

Is it the same for Disneyland as it is for Disneyworld, as I'll be going Sept 19 & 20 to Disneyland for my birthday? And I was thinking of getting a onsie do you think they will allow that into the park?

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Jul 8, 2019 at 10:51 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacie!

Disneyland has a separate Halloween party of its own. This year, it's the Oogie Boogie Bash at California Adventure park. You can find all of the details here. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 28, 2019 at 11:10 p.m.
Terrell Says...

I will have to choose between a standard ticket and MNSSH. Will my kids get the same experience as buying a standard ticket for a full day a magic kingdom.

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Jul 1, 2019 at 8:42 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Terrell!

Both experiences are magical, though they are a little different. Mickey's Not-So-Scary includes trick-or-treating and special spooktacular entertainment, though not all rides will be open during the party (and some will have specially-themed overlays). If you're wanting your tadpoles to experience Magic Kingdom decked out for Halloween and are okay with skipping out on some rides, we think the Halloween Party is a super fun experience. If you are wanting a more traditional experience, with the ability to ride all of the rides, we'd recommend springing for a standard day ticket instead.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 26, 2019 at 3:31 p.m.
Cindy Eldridge Says...

Hey! I understand the new fireworks show, and specifically the castle projection, is not to be missed. Do you have a favorite, less-crowded, place to catch the show? Thanks!

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Jul 1, 2019 at 2:14 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cindy!

The crowds tend to be a little better for parties, so you may be able to nab a spot next to Mickey and Walt for a close-up view! Centered in front of the castle, of course, is the best place to view the show. We also like watching from the Main Street U.S.A Train Station, when it's open. It's a bit further back, but it's elevated, giving you a nice view of the show. The entrance of Tomorrowland, as well as Casey's Corner and The Plaza, are also good locations (though note that at the entrance of Tomorrowland, it'll be a side view of the castle rather than head on, so some of the projections may be more difficult to see).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 26, 2019 at 3:48 a.m.
Sallie Says...

Do you know if there are handicap viewing areas for those in wheelchairs?

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Aug 27, 2019 at 9:25 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sallie!

There sure are - they are on either side of the hub (by Plaza Inn or Crystal Palace). You'll see the areas roped off and cast members will be hoppy to direct you from there.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 25, 2019 at 6:54 p.m.
Jessica Says...

Hi Mommy Frog! Do you happen to know which allergies are covered at the allergy-friendly center? We are going in October and are super excited! Thank you!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 3:45 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica,

The allergy-friendly treats are free of the eight major food allergens (milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy). When you go trick-or-treating throughout the park, you'll be given teal tokens to redeem at one of the two Allergy-Friendly Centers. At these centers, you'll find a list that states the exact ingredients of each treat. There are also non-food treats available!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 22, 2019 at 11:53 p.m.
Deb Says...

We plan on going to the party on October 1, just found out that is also Disneyworld anniversary, will that make the park extra busy that night?

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Jun 25, 2019 at 11:46 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Deb,

We don't think this will have a tremendous effect on crowds for this night.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 19, 2019 at 4:42 p.m.
Amelia Says...

Just wanted to say THANK YOU for creating such a thorough guide for MNSS! I was a WDW cast member in 2013 and LOVED working these parties. Such a fun way to experience Disney. I'm excited to take my family back this year and utilize all of your recommendations. :)

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Jun 19, 2019 at noon
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amelia,

We're so glad you found the guide to be hopful for you and your family. Have fun at the party this year!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 15, 2019 at 2:30 a.m.
Maureen Says...

Hi! We are going to Mickeys Halloween Party on the 31st for my daughters 6th birthday! Looking to make it really special. Is it worth it to book a dessert party to view the fireworks at Tomorrowland terrace or better to view the fireworks somewhere else? Also any other recommendations for a birthday celebration! Thank you!

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Jun 19, 2019 at 8:38 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maureen,

That's such an exciting birthday trip you've got planned! Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is a great time to celebrate with the rare characters you don't normally see in the parks. It's really up to you, but the dessert party could certainly make the night extra special. If you decide not to, you truly can't find a bad spot to view the fireworks ... though our favorite viewing place is in front of Cinderella Castle. We also have some other general tips for celebrating a birthday at the parks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 14, 2019 at 4:10 p.m.
Vivian Says...

We have purchased ticket to the NSSHP, but would also like to purchase tickets to the Halloween dessert party. Should we do this on separate nights?

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Jun 19, 2019 at 12:45 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vivian,

The Halloween dessert party requires admission to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, and it is not included with the cost of admission. So, if you're already planning to attend multiple nights, then it's up to you if you'd like to go to the dessert party on a separate, second night! It may be hopful so you have more time around the park during your first night.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 12, 2019 at 9:24 p.m.
Vince Says...

Have our tickets for October 24th and would like to have dinner at Be Our Guest that same evening. The earliest time slot open as of today is at 7pm. Are we making a mistake "missing the party" for an hour or so to have dinner at 7pm?

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Jun 18, 2019 at 12:20 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vince,

It's really about what is most important to you. We personally wouldn't recommend missing the party time, but if dining in Beast's Castle is a must-do for you, it might be worth it.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 11, 2019 at 5:18 p.m.
Maria Manriquez Says...

Hello! :) Thank you for sharing all these great tips with us! Question...do you think Elvis Stitch will be there again this year? He's the main reason why I want to go to the MNSSHP. :) I need a pic with him. LOL! Thanks!!

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Jun 12, 2019 at 7:37 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria!

We love Elvis Stitch, too - so fun! We sure hope so, but haven't heard any confirmation just yet. We'll keep our eyes and ears open!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 10, 2019 at 7:52 p.m.
Emily Says...

If I enter the park at 4 PM with my MNSSHP ticket, will I still have normal access to the park rides from 4-7 PM before the party technically starts?

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Jun 10, 2019 at 2:53 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily!

You sure will! Enjoy :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 9, 2019 at 10:39 p.m.
Michael Lyn Says...

If I come into the halloween party at 5pm and have to leave and come back at 7pm, will I be let back in if I have my wristband on. I have a special needs child and will have to tend to his needs.

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Jun 10, 2019 at 8:55 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael!

Yes, as long as you have your wristband and your ticket, you'll be toadally fine to exit and re-enter.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 9, 2019 at 9:42 p.m.
Amy Says...

Just a question when purchasing the MNSSHP...when you go to check out you need to pick a date. If that date ends up not working out for me am I able to change the date later on somehow?

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Jun 25, 2019 at 8:48 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy,

You may switch dates as long as there is availability for the date that you'd like to switch to!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 29, 2019 at 7:50 p.m.
Jen Says...

Hello, I have purchased MNSSHP tickets on your website. Once they come in the mail is it easy to link to the magic band? And do I have to assign a ticket to each person traveling? We have other tickets and hotel reservation already, nothing should get messed up correct? Also, I see mixed information on FP. Could we get 2 FP for halloween ticket only? Thanks!

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May 29, 2019 at 3:22 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen!

Yes, you can connect your party ticket to My Disney Experience (and thus, your MagicBands) using the code on the ticket. For organization purposes, we would recommend assigning a ticket to each person. Adding the party ticket will not affect the reservations and tickets already in My Disney Experience. FastPass+ reservations are not available during the party; however, if you heading into the parks earlier with your regular admission ticket, you will be able to make your advance 3 FastPass+ reservations as usual, up until official party start time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 30, 2019 at 2:28 a.m.
Jen Says...

Thanks so much for getting back to me so quickly. Planning is stressful!

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May 30, 2019 at 8 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

It is our pleasure, Jen! Let us know if we can do anything to help take some of that stress away as you plan! :)

Mommy Frog

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May 28, 2019 at 2:40 p.m.
Fernando Says...

Hi, I have a question regarding the passes stored in my magic bands... We have 2 day park tickets that we will use on Tuesday and Wednesday and tickets for MNSSHP that we will use first on Sunday.

If we get into the park at 4PM, is there a way to specify to use the MNSSHP ticket and not the parks tickets? Thanks

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May 29, 2019 at 1:37 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Fernando!

There are specially-marked entrances for party-goers, where scanning your MagicBand should only result in the party ticket being used. Alternatively, you can head to Guest Service to be certain; you can also print out your paper ticket to bring through with you instead of your MagicBand. If you run into any issues, Guest Services will be more than happy to make it right :) Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 26, 2019 at 5:11 p.m.
Shelb Says...

I see that tickets are required for 3+, I have a 2.5 year old and a 5 month old- can we stay for the event somehow? Or will we have to leave since they don’t get tickets?

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May 28, 2019 at 1:46 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shelb!

As long as you have a party ticket, the three of you will be able to stay. Tadpoles under 3 won't need a ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 20, 2019 at 7:17 a.m.
Jen Says...

On days when they have the Halloween party, are the regular Park tickets cheaper?

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May 20, 2019 at 9:07 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen!

No, unfortunately the admission price is the same on party days. It makes planning ahead all the more valuable (literally) to know when you may run into reduced park time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 15, 2019 at 2:28 a.m.
Kasandra Says...

Hello!

My family and I are going on the DCL on october 21st. We are considering doing MNSSHP on the 20th (the night before). But we are not 100% we are going to do this.

There are going to be about 16 of us. Do you think we would still be able to purchase tickets if we wait until july to purchase ?! Or do you think it will sell out !

Thank you

~kasandra

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May 15, 2019 at 10:44 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kasandra!

The party tickets tend to go quickly, so we'd recommend purchasing as soon as possible if it's a must-do.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 10, 2019 at 9:24 a.m.
Jessica Says...

Hi! We will be attending Disney the last week of September. We have a standard ticket for the 27th and a ticket for the Halloween party. I’m assuming from your info we can stay at Magic Kingdom until the Halloween event starts. Is this correct? And are the rides/attractions still running from 6-7pm?

TIA

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May 13, 2019 at 11:50 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica!

That's correct; you'll be able to stay in the park! Be sure to look for the Wristband station when you enter. For those with just park tickets (and not party tickets), they'll be able to stay in the park until the party begins at 6 p.m. At this point, cast members will start looking for party wristbands and corralling non-party-goers towards the exits. Rides will continue to run throughout the night.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 8, 2019 at 7:58 p.m.
Reese Says...

Hello,

I was able to prepay for dinner at Cinderella's Royal Table on Sunday, October 27th at 6:55pm (reserved via a Disney employee over the phone). We are not planning on attending the halloween party that evening , but rather on Tuesday, October 29th. Will there be any issues will staying in the park for this reservation if we don't have wristbands for the halloween party? We will have been at Magic Kingdom all day.

Thanks in advance!

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May 28, 2019 at 1:18 p.m.
NC_Dad Says...

Back in 2013, We had dinner reservations at Be Our Guest. While we were eating, the Night of Joy began. Once we finished our meal, a castmember had to escort us all the way out of the park. He said that the reservation system should not have allowed us to make a reservation that would stretch into the hard-ticket event. I would imagine WDW would have fixed that in their systems by now. Good Luck!

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May 8, 2019 at 3:49 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Reese!

As of last year, park guests not attending the party were able to snag reservations up until 6 p.m.; anything past 6 was for party guests only. We'd recommend calling the reservation line back to confirm just to be safe.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 8, 2019 at 3:47 p.m.
Andrea Says...

We have tickets for the Halloween party, and I made reservations for CRT at 7pm. Is this a bad idea? I went back to see if I could get something earlier, but of course they are fully booked now. I'm hoping that since it is at the start of the party we'll be able to get in right on time and not miss too much party. My daugher's birthday is Halloween and we're going Nov 1, so I'm hoping for an unforgettable experience.

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May 8, 2019 at 3:58 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrea!

What an amazing birthday! A reservation at 7 should be just fine. Until then, keep checking back to see if something opens up. On the day of, stop by when you arrive to see if they can squeeze you in earlier. Even if they can't, try to arrive a little early for your regular reservation time in case they can seat you (or at least start that process) a few minutes early. Hoppy birthday to your tadpole!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 8, 2019 at 9:18 a.m.
christine spisak Says...

Considering making reservations at be our guest for 9:30 during this event. Any thoughts on this? Thank you

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May 8, 2019 at 8 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christine!

We would personally avoid a reservation that late, only because that may overlap with some of the entertainment for the night (which you will only have access to during the party!)

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 3, 2019 at 10:34 p.m.
Sallie Says...

Is there a wheelchair viewing area for either the parade or the Hocus Pocus show? Thanks!

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May 6, 2019 at 4:18 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sallie!

There is wheelchair viewing for the fireworks and the parade! The map is a little difficult to zoom in on, but the viewing areas are just in front of Cinderella Castle (one near the Walt and Mickey statue in the little wheel spoke just in front of the castle, and the other by Crystal Palace). This tends to stay the same, but check your map when you arrive (it'll even designate which viewing area is meant for the parade and which is meant for the fireworks/parade). We are not entirely sure about the Hocus Pocus show, but we'd imagine it'd be in a similar area. Be sure to ask a nearby Cast Member if you have any questions and they'll be able to point you in the right direction. These areas tend to be first come, first served, so arrive early if you can!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 2, 2019 at 11:27 a.m.
Heather Says...

If I only have a party ticket, will I be able to snag available fast passes from 4-7 prior to the actually party starting? If so can I book them ahead of time? TYIA for your response.

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May 2, 2019 at 8 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather!

You sure can! You'll have access to make FastPass+ reservations until the "official" 7 p.m. start time. Have a frogtastic time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 30, 2019 at 12:46 a.m.
Nick Says...

Is it known exactly what time the tickets go on sale on the 30th of April? I’m from Australia and want to get them as soon as they are available for non-annual pass holders!

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Apr 30, 2019 at 8:05 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nick!

Tickets for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Disney World are on sale now directly through Disney here or through Undercover Tourist here. Oogie Boogie Bash, the new Halloween party at Disney's California Adventure in Disneyland, are on sale as of today and ready for you here.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 27, 2019 at 4:58 p.m.
Melanie Says...

I must see the first parade with my young kids, but would also love to splurge on the dessert party for the prime fireworks seat. Is this possible, or is the timing just too tight?

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Apr 26, 2019 at 8:45 p.m.
Kate Says...

We have tickets for MNSSHP and dinner reservations at Liberty Tree Tavern at 4:05pm. Are we going to be able to get to our reservation on time? Will they let us in a few minutes before 4pm to get there on time?

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May 1, 2019 at 1:03 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kate,

Worst case scenario is you'll be a little bit late to your dinner reservation, but you'll probably be ok getting in to the park early.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 24, 2019 at 9:53 a.m.
Mark Says...

Are any food and drinks included with the party? If so what & is there a limit on how much?

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Apr 24, 2019 at 4:37 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark!

No, food and drink are not included with the party ... though candy from trick-or-treating is! You'll be given a bag to fill, or can bring some of your own.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 13, 2019 at 3:50 a.m.
Julia Says...

Would you please explain a bit more about the trick-or-treat?

Do we have to have a customes to get a candy? Is it one candy per ticket? Is the treat bag you mentioned is free or we need to purchase them?

Thanks for the great blog and tips!!

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Jul 15, 2019 at 9:21 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julia!

All guest at the party, regardless of whether or not they are wearing a costume, are able to trick-or-treat! When you arrive, you'll receive a map detailing which trails are open (and there are usually several stops per trail). There are LOTS of treats! The treat bag will also be given upon arrival and is included in the price of your party ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 24, 2019 at 1:07 a.m.
Tanya Says...

What a great page! I just stumbled on it. We are going to MNSSHP on October 20th. It is our honeymoon! My fiancé is not as big of a Disney fan as I am. I am hoping for lower crowds since it is a Sunday. Any advice?

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Apr 26, 2019 at 7:22 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tanya,

These events are fairly well attended. There are typically lower crowds than a high crowd day in the park, but you should expect some crowds. Disney is never "not busy." Hope this helps! It is a fun party. Sunday is busier, generally than the early mid-week party dates.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 22, 2019 at 12:30 p.m.
Sarah Says...

Hi. Just found your page and all the wonderful information.

We have planned to attend the Halloween party on the 29th. Have just seen that we are still in Disney for the first Christmas party. Is it worth doing both events?

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Apr 22, 2019 at 9:17 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

That's toadally up to you and your family. We tend to use party days in lieu of general admission that day to keep costs down, and we really enjoy the theming (and shorter lines!) as well as the party-specific merchandise and snacks. In our opinion, if you can swing it, that sounds like a terrific memory!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 18, 2019 at 8:13 p.m.
Kim Says...

We will be there for the first party on the 16th. Is the first party extremely crowded?

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Apr 22, 2019 at 12:38 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

It typically is not. However this year, with the opening of Star Wars so close, we cannot say for sure! We still think it will be a good time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 17, 2019 at 4:50 p.m.
Megan Leone Says...

Are all rides open during the Halloween party?

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Apr 17, 2019 at 1:25 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan!

Not all, but a wide variety are open. Last year, the following attractions were open during the party:

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 7, 2019 at 4:39 a.m.
Sarah Says...

So no Big Thunder Railroad (at least not last year)? Is it worth the $ to get more rides in than a regular day? We did a Christmas Party as well as an After Hours party last fall and LOVED being able to get on all the rides... Splash Mt we literally got off and right back on a few times. Besides the special fireworks and parade, my husband and I are most interested in shorter lines for rides. We’d be going Oct. 24 or 25- assuming the 24th will be less crowded out of the two though. ????

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Aug 6, 2019 at 2:43 a.m.
Sealed Says...

Big Thunder was open last year for MNSSHP.

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Jul 8, 2019 at 11:57 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

This is toadally up to each family as to whether or not it's worth it. Much like your experience at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, the parks are less crowded and you can often jump on a ride more than once. If you loved Mickey's Very Merry, we think you'd be hoppy with Mickey's Not-So-Scary :) And you're correct - Thursday, Oct. 24 should be less crowded than Friday the 25. Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 16, 2019 at 2:38 a.m.
Heather Says...

Are you going to be selling tickets to the Halloween party? I was hoping to buy all of my tickets with you guys! :)

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Apr 16, 2019 at 9:11 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather!

We are - you can find them here. Have a frogtastic time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 14, 2019 at 4:14 p.m.
Dan Says...

hi there- i'm interesting in watching the MNSSHP fireworks from outside the MK park, as I only have day tickets the day I'm going. for 2019, it looks like 10:15pm is the start time- is that time confirmed for party dates, do you know? Thanks!

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Apr 15, 2019 at 8:25 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dan!

Last year, 10:15 was the start time for the fireworks. We don't have entertainment times for 2019 just yet, but we'll be sure to update as soon as we do! (We imagine it'll be around the same time this year.)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 17, 2019 at 3:17 p.m.
Shannon Says...

As we are a month away (I am going opening night 8/17/19), is there any additional entertainment/map information yet?

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

Hi Shannon!

No new news pertaining to the map itself just yet, but as soon as we get a look at this year's map, we'll be sure to update this post accordingly! Other than the map, this post has all of this year's details we've been able to get our froggy flippers on :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 14, 2019 at 2:24 p.m.
Sandra Says...

Jack and Sally where at the Town Square Theater in October 2018. Which was really great.

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Apr 15, 2019 at 8:14 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

We agree, Sandra - they are so fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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