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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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Mar 21, 2018 at 2:12 p.m. Charlee Says...

Got my tickets!!! Going in September, hoping crowds are a bit low so we can experience as much as we can! Vacation can't come fast enough!

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Mar 20, 2018 at 4:14 p.m. Brittni Says...

I may be being dense here, but if we have already purchased a vacation package and we will be there when this is going on, do I need to call and purchase additional tickets for my family to be able to attend the party?

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Mar 20, 2018 at 12:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brittni,

If the vacation package did not include the party tickets, then yes, you'll need to purchase additional tickets to attend the party! Regular park tickets are not valid for MNSSHP, so you'll need to make sure everyone has a party ticket to attend.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 20, 2018 at 3:57 p.m. Kelly Says...

Good Morning!

This October will be our first time at the MNSSHP and we're excited. We'll be traveling with a 2 1/2 year old and know that she doesn't need park tickets on a normal night. Does she need a ticket to the party ? Thank you!

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Mar 20, 2018 at 12:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly,

No, she won't need a party ticket!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 20, 2018 at 1:45 p.m. Michael Says...

Hello,

Does Disney ever add dates? I have see Nov 1 before and did not see it on the list this year. We were really hoping to attend on Nov 1.

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Mar 20, 2018 at 9:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael!

Disney adds date on occasion if demand permits, but only rarely. We wouldn't count on it -- they will likely be busy putting Christmas decor up on Nov. 1!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 20, 2018 at 3:46 a.m. Iliana Says...

Just want to be sure - a ticket to MNSSHP includes admission to the park? We don't need to use our regular park ticket to get into MK the day of the party, correct?

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Mar 19, 2018 at 11:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Your MNSSHP ticket will get you into the park beginning at 4PM on the day of the event. You will, however, need a park ticket if you wish to visit earlier in the day.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 19, 2018 at 11:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Your MNSSHP ticket will get you into the park beginning at 4PM on the day of the event. You will, however, need a park ticket if you wish to visit earlier in the day.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 20, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. J. Bueti Says...

Hello,

I have heard that The Haunted Mansion is extra spooky for the party, does this added spookiness only begin after 7:00 official party time?

Also, if Moana is our “must see” character, what are your tips?

Great helpful article!

Thanks,

J.

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Mar 27, 2018 at 10:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Yes, the added spookiness starts at party time! You'll see the maids and butlers dressed even more spooky for the party, as well as the hearse driver at front and more. If Moana is a priority for you, then you should definitely get in line early! Some of the more exclusive characters (including Moana) start meeting before the party begins (but you must have your party wristband). We recommend getting to Magic Kingdom at 4 p.m. when party guests are allowed in the park and hopping in line for Moana.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 19, 2018 at 9:22 p.m. Joanne Says...

Are all nights the same with same parade, fireworks, events, treats etc?

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Mar 19, 2018 at 11:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joanne!

Yes - all of the party nights are consistent with characters, entertainment, etc.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 18, 2018 at 3:13 p.m. Tonya Says...

How many nights a week do they normally hold the Halloween party?

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Mar 19, 2018 at 9:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tonya!

The Halloween party usually takes place about 3 nights per week. Even if you're only visiting for a few days during September-October, there's a good chance you'll catch one!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 18, 2018 at 7:17 a.m. Rebekah Says...

We are visiting MK for the first time for 3 days in October. I was not familiar with MNSSHP when I booked. Based on the dates of MNSSHP for the past two years it appears that 2 of the 3 days we will be there the park will close early for the party. I feel very disappointed about that (especially missing the fireworks) and wonder what the likelihood is that on the day there is no party there might be Extra Magic Hours. (I feel like it is quite unfair to close that early and not be able to know that up front when making our travel plans.)

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Mar 23, 2018 at 7:43 p.m. Lori W Says...

I agree with you. I have confirmed that they are closing even earlier this year, at 6 pm. I will be there Oct 18 thru the 27th and there will only be 3 days that MK will be open at night during my stay. Not happy about this at all. In past years they may open 1 hour early (whoopie), be open until 11 pm and have extra magic hours until 1 am, which doesn't do much good with kids. Or they might not have any additional hours for MK. I will avoid this time of year from now on as i have also heard MK is very busy on the nights they are open because of all the early closings.

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Mar 19, 2018 at 9:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebekah!

We totally understand your concerns. The Halloween parties can make it difficult to plan - and with the Magic Kingdom fireworks being our favorite nighttime spectacular, we wouldn't want you to miss them! Dates should be announced very soon. And yes - the park is usually open later on regular nights to make up for party nights. Keep an eye on this post for details!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 17, 2018 at 6:20 p.m. Gayle Says...

Hi there I was just wondering during Halloween season not nessesarily during mnsshp is the pirate pals dessert /fireworks voayage still available ?

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Apr 5, 2018 at 1:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gayle,

You can hop here to check the availability of the Pirates & Pals Fireworks Dessert Voyage for your trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 14, 2018 at 8:25 p.m. Rhianna Says...

Hi, how comes there is websites selling these tickets now and disney isn’t? We’re hoping to go in October. We’ve got Anual passes and it says on the disney website we can get discounted tickets but do you know how much?

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Apr 18, 2018 at 5:28 p.m. Anthony Says...

Pricing is now available on Disney World website. Annual passholders only save $5

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Mar 15, 2018 at 5:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rhianna!

Tickets and dates have not yet been released for this year's Not So Scary Halloween Party. We'll update this post as soon as we hear! Passholder tickets are usually around $25 less, but we'll have to see about this year.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 12, 2018 at 9:28 p.m. Martina. Says...

Hi

If i have a mnsshp ticket, can I enter the park with a regular day ticket at say 12pm? Or before 4pm? To make use of the regular day ticket?

Thanks

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Mar 15, 2018 at 3:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Martina,

Yes, if you have a valid park ticket, then you can enter the park when it opens that day (before the party). You'll just have to make your way to one of the wristband kiosks located throughout the park to show your MNSSHP ticket and receive a wristband for the party!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 12, 2018 at 2:09 p.m. Elke Says...

Hello,

This year me and my fiance will be heading to orlando for our honeymoon. We are planning our visit between 29th-8th november. We are coming from Belgium and we want to do the Mickey's not so scary halloween party for sure.

We are wondering if it really is sold out quickly the tickets. Because we would like to join the party on 30 or 31 october of 1st of november. Is it really crowdy then?

We are planning 4 days in the parks. So i guess it's best to plan the visit with magic kingdom togethet with the party. So you can stay really long in the park after closure :)

Also what weather can we expect during this visit.

Thanks in advance for the answer and tips :)

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Mar 20, 2018 at 12:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elke,

The party tickets do tend to sell out quickly, so we advise booking as soon as you're able to! You'll see moderate crowds, especially with it being Halloween and the following weekend being the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon weekend. Check out Orlando Crowd Calendar to see predicted crowd levels! Historically, the weather is in the high 70s/low 80s (Fahrenheit) and definitely prepare for it to be humid. Hope you have a wonderful trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 11, 2018 at 12:25 a.m. Heather Anne Says...

Trying to plan our trip to the Halloween Party, but can’t find any info on pricing. I know tickets aren’t available yet, but just trying to get a ballpark idea what the cost may be so I can start saving.

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Mar 15, 2018 at 9:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather Anne!

Pricing usually runs between $75-$110 for tickets, depending on the night. For example, nights in late August will be significantly cheaper than Halloween itself. We'll update this post as soon as this year's pricing is announced!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 7, 2018 at 5:44 p.m. M V Says...

When will the parties be expected to start this year? Is late August still on the table? Is there any evidence that the 1st or 2nd week of September would be less crowded?

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Mar 7, 2018 at 12:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

We expect an announcement on the party dates this month and imagine late August will be on the table. You can check out our Crowd Calendar for an idea of what to expect!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 6, 2018 at 3:36 p.m. Heidi Says...

We're coming to Disney for Mickeys Halloween Party. Just wondering, can we get in the park earlier than 7pm so we can plan dinner with Sophia the 1st, Doc McStephen, Handy Manny and Jake the pirate without purchasing a regular day pass?

We thought about doing this prior to the party

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Mar 6, 2018 at 9:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heidi!

You can get into Magic Kingdom at 4 p.m. if you have tickets to that evening's party. This is a great way to get some extra park time! However, there is not a Disney Junior character meal at Magic Kingdom - this takes place at Hollywood Studios during the day.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 11, 2018 at 3 a.m. VG Says...

How long is the event? What time does the event usually end?

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Feb 13, 2018 at 9:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

The event runs from 7 p.m. until midnight. With your party ticket, you can enter the park as early as 4 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 10, 2018 at 12:50 p.m. Claire Says...

Can you please let me know if the park closes early every night during Halloween party time or only on the dates they release with evening parties.

Thanks from down under mum

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Feb 13, 2018 at 9:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Claire!

The park closes at 7 p.m. on the nights of the Halloween parties only. The park is open for normal hours (typically until approximately 10 p.m.) on days when the party is not taking place during the Halloween season.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 8, 2018 at 12:18 a.m. Jackie Says...

I am trying to make the most of our time. I have read that FastPass is not available during the party. Does that mean FastPass times end at 4pm or 7pm?

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Feb 8, 2018 at 9:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jackie!

You are not able to make FastPass+ reservations beyond 7 p.m. We toad-ally recommend using FP+ between 4-7 p.m. to make the most of your time before the party!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 15, 2018 at 6:58 p.m. Misty Says...

Do you have to use a normal park ticket in order to make FP+ reservations between 4:00 - 7:00, or can you make them with your party ticket? We weren't planning on using one of our normal park tickets on the day of the party.

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Mar 15, 2018 at 3:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Misty,

Yes, you can reserve FastPass+ reservations for between 4:00pm and 7:00pm with your party ticket!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 7, 2018 at 3:42 p.m. Charlee Says...

Do we know around when they will release the dates for the 2018 year? I'm trying to see when I can decide which day I will do Disney's and Universal's Halloween Parties

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Feb 7, 2018 at 10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Charlee!

Dates for the Halloween events are usually announced in March. We'll keep you posted!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 3, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. Meredith Santucci Says...

Hi! Is there an email list we can get on when dates are released and tix go on sale? Thanks!

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Mar 5, 2018 at 9:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Meredith!

If you scroll to the bottom of our home page, you can sign up for our newsletter so you can keep an eye on things like this. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 25, 2018 at 8:57 p.m. Lizzy Says...

I had a question about the early entry with the party ticket. If you go in at 4, are you allowed to wear your costume even though the party doesn’t start until 7?

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Jan 26, 2018 at 9:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lizzy!

This is a great question, because normally adults are not permitted to wear costumes at the parks. However, the answer here is YES! You can toad-ally wear your costume when you enter the park at 4, and you won't be alone! Lots of people enter early in full costume. We can't wait to see what you dress up as.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 18, 2018 at 10:10 p.m. Debbie Says...

Do you think the Halloween party will start in August again? I'm starting to plan our trip now. I'm thinking of staying from August the 24- September the 5. I'm hoping they will have at least 1 party during that time.

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Jan 23, 2018 at 12:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Debbie,

We can't make any promises, but we do suspect the Halloween parties will begin in August again this year. Keep an eye on this post for when the dates are announced...we are confident a date will be available during your vacation!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 30, 2017 at 7:10 p.m. Gail Williams Stone Says...

I love seeing all the neat and creative costumes!

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Oct 29, 2017 at 12:32 a.m. Lisa Says...

When do they start selling the official merchandise for the party?

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Oct 29, 2017 at 8:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa,

Party merchandise is usually available by the time the party starts at 7 p.m. Check the Emporium once you arrive.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 12, 2017 at 10:35 a.m. KT Says...

Hello, what time does the 2nd parade start? Does the 2nd parade start right after the firework is done? If that's the case, and we want to watch the fireworks and the 2nd parade, what time do we need to gather around in front of the castle for the fireworks? I image it will be overcrowded already, because people watching the 1st parade are already there!? Thanks for your reply.

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Oct 12, 2017 at 7:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi KT,

The second parade is at 11:15 p.m., with the fireworks at 10:15 p.m. Many people watch the first parade at 9:15 p.m. on Main Street U.S.A., then stay where they are to watch Hallowishes. If you want to see the fireworks in front of the castle, find your spot at least 45 minutes before the show starts.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 4, 2017 at 4:20 p.m. Krissy Says...

how do I get the discounted tickets, I don't see a way to buy

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Oct 4, 2017 at 12:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Krissy,

Here's the link to purchase Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 27, 2017 at 8:27 a.m. Mel Says...

Hi!

Do you think the August dates were popular enough to entice Disney to do some again next year? We are trying to book our 2018 vacation and would hate to miss out if we can. Possibly squeeze one in!

Thank you!

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Sep 27, 2017 at 3:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mel,

We won't know until they post the dates for the 2018 party!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 29, 2017 at 11:34 a.m. Mel Says...

Thank you! We are going to leave our flights until as late as we can in the hope that the dates are announced before them. Stay at AKL booked though (we can adjust the dates if necessary). Free dining swung it for us!

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Sep 26, 2017 at 10:58 p.m. Casey Says...

We have an event ticket in a month. Am I able to use that event ticket to make fast pass selections ahead of time? I have tried to do that today and the system used my last day of my 4 day pass. The Halloween party ticket is linked. Please help!

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Sep 27, 2017 at 3:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Casey,

You may use your event ticket to book Fastpass+ between 4 and 7 p.m. If you're having problems booking through MDE, we recommend calling Disney Fastpass+ Help at 1-407-939-4357.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 12, 2017 at 11:35 p.m. Amy Darley Says...

Hi! When I click on the link it doesn't show the discounted price. Am I doing something wrong?

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Oct 14, 2017 at 9:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy,

The price you see is the discounted price.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 26, 2017 at 1:56 p.m. Annie Says...

Hello, what would you recommend...We have been to the No-So-Scary Halloween at DisneyWorld for the past 3 years with our kids (ages 9, 7, 5, & 2). My question is, do you think it's more worth it to just buy a regular Magic Kingdom full day pass on a day when there is not a NSSHP or do the special event and buy just the NSSHP ticket? We love it, but we also mostly just go to NSSHP for the rides and character meet-and-greets, but not necessarily the special meet & greets of those special ones that are there only on the NSSHP nights. Thanks in advance!

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Sep 26, 2017 at 5:44 p.m. Carole Says...

Hi,

We are planning on going to the Halloween Party in a couple of weeks however left a bit confused after reading the above. We are not planning on buying any other disney tickets this year other than this event. Will we still be able to get in a 4pm or will we need to wait till 7pm? I tried looking on disney website but just says the halloween party starts at 7pm but doesnt actually confirm when the gates open. If we could get in at 4pm we would go for then, but doesnt seem right that disney would give you 3 hours 'free'. We would hate to arrive at 4pm and left stuck at the gates for 3 hours with young kids. Please could you clarify.

Thanks

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Oct 4, 2017 at 9:25 p.m. Haley Brooks Says...

We have went every year for several years and we have always been able to get into the park at 4pm with our event ticket. We did not purchase regular day tickets.

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Sep 26, 2017 at 2:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carol,

While the party does start at 7 p.m., guests may enter starting at 4 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 26, 2017 at 11:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Annie,

If you're not interested in the things that make MNSSHP unique — shows, parades, special characters — it makes sense (to us) that you skip it and spend a full day at the Magic Kingdom.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 24, 2017 at 1:10 p.m. Amanda Says...

We've purchased our tickets to the party.

Made reservations at Cinderella's Castle.

But I just noticed the times for the Hallowishes.

Reservations are at 9:55. Fireworks at 10:15.

Anyway we could pull off both?

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Sep 24, 2017 at 9 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

If you really need to see Hallowishes, we recommend moving your dinner reservations to well before or after the show. Rushing either experience isn't worth it.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 11, 2017 at 3:34 p.m. Tom Says...

I am planning on attending the MK and the party the same day? Can I stash my costume in my bag or do I need to leave it in the car until 4?

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Sep 14, 2017 at 1:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tom,

You should be fine bringing your costume in your bag and keeping it with you during the day.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 10, 2017 at 4:24 p.m. Lori Says...

Hi. I am getting ready to purchase tickets for our family of 4 to the Halloween Party. Is the party totally appropriate in your opinion for a 6-year old?

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Sep 10, 2017 at 8:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lori,

YES. It's great for the tadpoles, though they tend to get tired as the evening goes on.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 8, 2017 at 2:41 p.m. J moo Says...

So i can get into the park at 4 pm for the mnsshp? Also what rides WILL be open? Exspecially want to know if the haunted mansion is open for mnsshp? Thanks!

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Sep 8, 2017 at 9:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Yes, you may enter the party at 4 p.m. Haunted Mansion is scheduled to be open during the party!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 20, 2017 at 11:40 p.m. melissa Says...

Kinda confused. Are the other rides usually open as well? We will mainly be going for the 4:00 entrance and shorter lines.

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Sep 21, 2017 at 8:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

The attractions that are not available during the party will be open between 4 and 6 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 4, 2017 at 6:13 p.m. Carla Says...

I'm sorry but I am getting confused reading the other posts. So if I plan to spend the whole day at Magic Kingdom and would also like to attend the party that evening while we are there, do I need to purchase separate tickets for the party as well?

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Sep 6, 2017 at 1:22 p.m. Danielle Poole Says...

Yes you have to buy a separate ticket. Last year we spent a full day at Magic Kingdom then went back on a different day for the Halloween party.

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Sep 5, 2017 at 10:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carla,

Yes, you will need a purchase a separate ticket in order to attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 1, 2017 at 3:32 a.m. Maureen Hawley Says...

So, do you need a regular park ticket or just a MNSSHP ticket to enter? Also, can you do more than one park per day without the hopper option using two base tickets? Thanks for the clarification!

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Sep 1, 2017 at 8:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maureen,

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is a separate ticket event. Yes, you can use two base tickets to enter two different parks on the same day. Know that a hopper ticket will be less than using two full day tickets on one day.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 9, 2018 at 4:27 p.m. Taryn Says...

This is only accurate if they have two 1-day tickets to the separate parks as opposed to a multi-day ticket. If you have a 3-day ticket, for example, you cannot use two entitlements on it on the same day. The ticket will not allow you entrance at a second park.

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Aug 28, 2017 at 8:15 p.m. Lacey Says...

We are going to the nov 1 mnsshn and was wondering if at some point the meet and greets stop or do they run until closing?

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Sep 1, 2017 at 9:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lacey,

In our experience, they will occasionally shut the line down before closing. This depends on how long the wait time is. We suggest making the characters you want to visit a top priority so you're not shut out.

Keep hopping!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 20, 2017 at 8:34 p.m. Angela Krosnick Says...

Great Tips! I love to go back at halloween. I went in 1999.

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Aug 9, 2017 at 2:28 p.m. Michelle Says...

Thanks for the great tips! Where do you suggest we grab a seat for the earlier parade and how long before the parade starts? I want to make sure my boys (7&4) can see and enjoy it fully! TIA!

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Aug 9, 2017 at 2:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

Read this post, which talks about where to watch the Main Street Electrical Parade. Most of that advice applies to the Halloween-or any—Disneyland Parade. We recommend getting your spot 45 minutes to an hour before the parade.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 7, 2017 at 8:11 p.m. viri Says...

so do you have to buy a ticket for the Halloween party and then the ticket for the main Disneyland entrance?

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Aug 7, 2017 at 4:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Viri,

Mickey's Halloween Party is a separate-ticket event. To attend the party, you only need that separate ticket.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 26, 2017 at 4:43 p.m. Emma hernandez Says...

Were going next month 20-22 for regular ticket to we have to go out early because mickey party thanks

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Sep 26, 2017 at 2:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emma,

The Magic Kingdom will close early for the party on Oct. 20 and 22 at 7 p.m. We recommend visiting on Oct 21, when the park will be open until midnight.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 5, 2017 at 5:31 p.m. Debbie Says...

Hi,

I've been hearing different things and I am a little confused. We want to go to MNSSHP. Do we need to buy a regular ticket and a special event to attend the party? We only want to go to the party itself. However $100 plus the $75 for the party is kind of expensive. Thanks in advance.

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Sep 5, 2017 at 1:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Debbie,

If you just want to visit the party, then you only need the special event MNSSHP ticket. No additional Magic Kingdom admission required.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 7, 2017 at 11:47 a.m. Juliana Says...

The buying page is out... that can I do? There is no more tickets?

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Aug 7, 2017 at 11:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Juliana,

We're seeing many dates have tickets available. Try visiting again and looking at various dates.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 21, 2017 at 1:46 a.m. Molly Says...

The link to the ticket page isn't working. Do you still have tickets?

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Aug 21, 2017 at 9:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Molly,

Hop back over. It should be up and running!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 5, 2017 at 3:21 a.m. Kevin Says...

On the days that it is NOT the Not so Scary party, does Hallowwishes play or the new fireworks show? Thanks!

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Aug 6, 2017 at 2:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kevin,

On non-party days, the fireworks show—if scheduled—will be Happily Ever After.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 30, 2017 at 7:59 p.m. Alison Mellor Says...

Hi There!

Great site guys! Please forgive me if this sounds stupid, but if we buy tickets for MNSSHN is that all we need for entry? IE: We don't have to buy regular park tickets and the halloween tickets are an add on? Many Thanks for your time :)

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Aug 1, 2017 at 2:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alison,

You got it! You only need a ticket for the party if you're just planning on going to the park during this time. The ticket grants you admission to the party and park (during the party hours).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 28, 2017 at 6:17 p.m. Gael Says...

Hello, we will come from France to attend Halloween party at disneyworld. Is it possible to enter at 4pm already dressed with a costume or do we need to take regular clothes with us? Thank you!

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Aug 1, 2017 at 3:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gael,

You can enter the park at 4:00 p.m. already dressed in costume. Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 26, 2017 at 12:14 p.m. Olivia Says...

I know this sounds corny but I cant stop crying at the thought of after literally several YEARS of saving money, that I finally get to take my 5 kids to Disney/Universal! This is a huge, huge cost for us & we know we will never be able to go back so we want to do it up right so to speak! I have already researched budgeting by taking non-perishable food in a back back but do you have any other ways to save? I was also wondering what day of the week is the least busy for Not So Scary Halloween party? THANK YOU for this page because it is by far the best I have read yet! Very informative! Bless you for putting this together!

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Sep 21, 2017 at 7:37 p.m. Caroline Says...

Not it's not corny oh and you made a mistake you said back back instead of back pack

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Aug 27, 2017 at 1:49 p.m. Sue Says...

Don't pack water bottles! A cup of free water is available almost anywhere they serve fountain drinks. Just ask!

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Sep 21, 2017 at 7:39 p.m. Disney Says...

Yes that's true

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Jul 23, 2017 at 11:35 p.m. Michelle Says...

We are planning a trip in 2018 and are trying to decide between September or October. MNSSHP is something we would love to attend. My question is: do you notice a big change in the party either in September vs October? Other than perhaps attendance. Thank you!

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Jul 25, 2017 at 1:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

Besides attendance, there aren't any huge differences between September and October. You might see party goers dressed up and more festive in October, but other than that, the party stays the same.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 20, 2017 at 7:15 p.m. Michel Says...

Hi there, just made a reservation for dinner at the castle for this event, do i need to buy the tickets to the party in addition?

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Jul 24, 2017 at 7:57 p.m. Amanda S. Says...

If your dining reservation is before 7pm, you won't need a party ticket, but if you finish dinner after 7pm, you will probably be escorted to the exit if you don't have a party ticket. If you do have a party ticket, you can stay for the party. But you shouldn't waste precious party time at a sit-down meal. Definitely do that before the party officially starts at 7pm.

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Jul 5, 2017 at 6:03 a.m. Makayla Says...

Can adults bring their own bag (for candy) too?

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Aug 19, 2017 at 12:39 p.m. Erika Garcia Says...

Adults to get candy as well. I have to say that we did not go to all of the candy stops and we got a good amount of candy.

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Jul 5, 2017 at 7:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Makayla,

Yes, adults may bring their own bag for collecting candy.

Keep hopping!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 29, 2017 at 8:07 p.m. Gillian Says...

Hi, I'm assuming that on the nights of MNSSHP. there is no happily ever after fireworks show? I was wondering if the Villainous fireworks show is as nice as the happily ever after show? Which one would you recommend? Thanks!

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Jun 30, 2017 at 7:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gillian,

Because the HalloWishes Fireworks show is only during the party, we would see that one. Happily Ever After is AMAZING and should be around for a while.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 16, 2017 at 6:44 p.m. Lese Says...

What month of the year do tickets typically go on sale? I want to take my kids in 2018. We went in 2016 and LOVED IT! So much fun! No long lines for any ride. SO MUCH CANDY!

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Aug 20, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. Rose Says...

Hi! Do you think we will be able to ride most rides if we arrive at 7pm? Our flight doesn't get in til 6.

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Aug 20, 2017 at 2:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rose,

It's possible. The rides are not the big draw during the parties, as most people enjoy the characters and entertainment instead.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 16, 2017 at 3:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lese,

This year tickets went on sale in May. We'd expect tickets to be available around that same timeframe in 2018.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 14, 2017 at 11:59 a.m. Kerri Says...

Hello Happy Hopper!

Me and my partner are big kids and we are doing MNSSHP for the first time in 2018. Can the adults do trick or treating as well?? or is it a bit frowned upon?? are there queues at the trick or treat stations??

Thank you!!

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Jun 14, 2017 at 7:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kerri,

We're hoppy for your and your family to visit MSSSHP. There are queues at the various treat stations. While trick-or-treating for adults is frowned upon, you'll have plenty of other fun activities to enjoy!

Hoppy Planning,

Mommy Frog

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Aug 18, 2017 at 6:31 p.m. Samantha Says...

Trick or treating is not frowned upon. Everyone is encouraged to trick or treat and is welcome to.

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Jul 31, 2017 at 8:50 p.m. Melissa Says...

I am really disappointed that trick or treating is frowned upon for adults - so I can retreat to my inner child for everything else in the Magic Kingdom but this? - to be honest that has just put me off going and I had really been looking forward to it!

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Jul 30, 2017 at 8:12 p.m. Candace Says...

Did you mean that trick or treating *is* or *isn't* frowned upon for adults? I'm just a bit confused because a few years ago we had treat bags and the CMs didn't seem to have a problem with us getting candy but I didn't know if that had changed. You'd also mentioned further up that adults get bags as well. Thank you! ????

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Aug 29, 2017 at 12:54 a.m. Beth Says...

The Trick or Treating is for everyone! You are given a bag as you enter Main Street...Can't tell you how many times I've been to the party with adults only....we had a great time trick or treating! I've never had a problem with any cast member not wanting to give you candy! That's one of the best parts of the party!

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