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Your Complete Guide to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2023

by Mommy Frog on October 3, 2023 4460 Orlando

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Boo to you! Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is back on select nights from Aug. 11 to Nov. 1, 2023. 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 is now sold out for all 2023 dates — 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. We attended the first party of the 2023 season and have updated our guide with all the exciting details!

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

Best Times to Visit Disney World - Train Station Lit up for Halloween

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is held on select nights at Magic Kingdom from Aug. 11 to Nov. 1, 2023. 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).

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is now sold out for 2023. Tickets were available to all guests beginning May 2. Select Disney World Resort hotel guests were given a special early booking opportunity for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets beginning April 27. Party dates gradually sold out as the season approached, and all dates sold out by early October. If you're planning for future years, we highly recommend purchasing tickets early!

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

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

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.

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, this year, 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!

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.

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).

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.

Showtimes: 10:15 p.m.

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

weens and Teens at 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

Back this year, those waiting for the parade on portions of Main Street, U.S.A. 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. New for 2023, 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 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.

The parades kick off at 9:15 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. Note that the parade may be delayed or canceled due to inclement weather.

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.

  • August and September Showtimes: 8:35 p.m., 10:45 p.m. and 12 a.m.
  • October Showtimes: 7:40 p.m., 8:35 p.m., 10:45 p.m. and 12 a.m. 

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: 7:00 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:45 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Rusty Cutlass

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — "Rusty Cutlass" pirate band

New for 2023, Adventureland features a spirited pirate band and crew — arrgh! The band plays sets intermittently on the stage across from Pirates of the Caribbean from 7:15 p.m. to 11:50 p.m. We heard classic pirate shanties and even "Under the Sea".

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!

ZOM-BEATZ BASH

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

Over in Tomorrowland at the Rockettower Plaza Stage, do it like the zombies do with the ZOM-BEATZ BASH dance party. Available from 7 p.m .to midnight, show off your best dance moves with music from the popular Disney Channel ZOMBIES movies. Lily really liked dancing to all of the songs with the cast members — featuring a zombie, cheerleader, werewolf and alien!

Plus, periodically the Zombies crew switches off and Max Goof (cosplaying as Powerline from "A Goofy Movie" shows off his epic moves on stage with his dance crew.

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 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.

Check out our not-so-scary character guide for all character locations, photos and tips for meeting!

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. This year, we saw rides like 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. Here's which attractions are available for 2023:

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 (Virtual queue only)

*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

New for 2023, TRON Lightcycle Run is available during the party via a virtual queue! Guests with a party ticket 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 in to 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

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

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 or in Liberty Square. 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. Here are 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)

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)

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's lots of great options like the Jack and Sally Pops, Mickey-shaped Cinnamon Roll, Black Velvet Whoopie Pie and MMMummy Treat. Check out our spellbinding guide to Halloween treats for more details!

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 reserved viewing of the fireworks from Tomorrowland Terrace.

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 and Cinderella's Royal Table 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.

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!

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 zombies do with the ZOM-BEATZ BASH 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 16, 2016 at 8:45 p.m. Tiff Says...

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

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

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

Hi Tiff,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Roberto,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi there,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Do You think Sept 23rd Will Be Crowded??

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

Hi Georgiana,

No, we are expecting pretty low crowds.

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Angela,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

Thanks a lot

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

Hi Julien,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Chels,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Hi Julien,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 1, 2016 at 1:02 a.m. Alice Says...

Hi. The MNSSHP night that works best for our schedule is opening night September 2. I have heard it was super crowded and crazy last year on opening night. Do you think it will be better this year and / or less crowded? Or should we try to rearrange our schedule so we can go on a different night? Thanks!

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Aug 9, 2016 at 11:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alice,

With the new Hocus Pocus show last year, it brought in more bloggers and media on that first night, which contributed to some of the crowds. In general, with it being so early in the season and fewer international tourists because of their economies, we think it will be less busy. These parties are popular though. There will be crowds.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 23, 2016 at 12:20 a.m. Sherree Says...

We will be at WDW Oct 8 thru 16. Which day would you recommend for the party?

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Jul 25, 2016 at 1:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sherree,

I would choose Oct. 10 or 11.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 18, 2016 at 11:47 a.m. Amy Says...

I see that we can enter the park at 4 and do some rides. But do the rides stay open once the party starts?

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Jul 18, 2016 at 12:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy,

Yes, they do!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 17, 2016 at 3:27 p.m. Trey Says...

Hi, I was planning on visiting MNSSHP on Oct 14, if we wanted to go just for the rides is it worth it to spend the 8 hours during the party or the 12 hours the park is open? So are the wait times significantly less during the party on this night where we can get on everything if we bypass everything else? Thx for your help

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Aug 17, 2016 at 2:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trey,

Wait times are significantly less during the party, but the Friday parties later in October tend to be pretty crowded, so you will find more people walking around and in lines for food etc.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 13, 2016 at 2:31 a.m. MiaJ Says...

You indicated you went to opening night last year, was that also in September

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Jul 13, 2016 at 6:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Yes it was.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 5, 2016 at 1:48 a.m. Stephanie Says...

If I have a 1 day ticket and use my 3 fastpass reservations at another park before 4pm the day of MNSSHP, will I still be able to book 3 fastpass reservations between 4 and 7pm with the MNSSHP? All of the tickets are linked to the same My Disney Experience account, but I haven't receieved the MNSSHP tickets in the mail yet.

Thanks!

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Jul 18, 2016 at 12:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

This is a great question. I am not sure on this one, but perhaps someone else reading has had this same scenario and can share their experience.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 4, 2016 at 3:36 a.m. Alissa Says...

Hi,

We are coming to Disneyworld 17th Oct-22nd Oct. I was going to book tickets for MNSSH for 18th. Would it also be worth our while to come back for another night viewing of regular parades and fireworks or are they similar?

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alissa,

Yes, it's worth it.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 20, 2016 at 5:41 p.m. Paul Says...

Will be at WDW for MNOSHP on Sept 20 with my two. Have ADR for Cinderella's Round Table for 8:30 pm. This is our first time at WDW so was not thinking of everything to take into consideration when choosing the 20th rather than one of our other days. Haven't seen much in regards to the details of the events to take place. Now wondering if our ADR is going to affect us enjoying the most out of the party. I know it may be late to change the ADR. I have noticed there is a 10:40 opening but not sure if that would be better. Thoughts?

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Jul 11, 2016 at 8:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paul,

It's a long time to spend away from the party. That said, you could stay and watch HalloWishes from inside the castle, which is a treat and then do the 2nd parade. It's really about what is important to you. Let us know what you decide!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 13, 2016 at 1:01 p.m. Paul Says...

Hi,

I was able to change the date of our MNSSHP to Sept 16. The other up side of this change is that I was not aware the party went until midnight. And have an early ADR breakfast at Hollywood & Vine so I can get my two in early to sign up for the Jedi Training. this is very important as it is my son's birthday on the 21st and this is very high on his list. And I know my two would like to stay, and they would, at the party till the end meaning we won't be getting back to our hotel until early morning and making for a very difficult morning wake up. Now I don't have to worry about this and we can go to another park on the 20th.

I was also to change our CRT ADR to a late breakfast for another day.

Thank you for your advise.

Paul

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Jun 18, 2016 at 7:48 a.m. Hannah Says...

I just want to clarify something before I purchase tickets for the MNSSHP.

My partner and I are visiting Florida in October from Australia, with 5 of our family members. We're all going to be buying the 10 Day-Park-Hopper + Water Park Fun & More. I just wanted to know if the MNSSHP is an extra added event or is this included in the ticket I'm buying? I read through a fair amount of questions but can't see anything related, and it may be a dumb question I just wanted to make sure before I do spend the extra money.

Thanks from Australia!

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Jul 7, 2016 at 1:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hannah,

It is an extra ticket and must be added on directly from Disney.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 16, 2016 at 5:32 p.m. Courtney Says...

How do I link my MNSSHP tickets to my Disney Experience so that we can do FP from 4-7?

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Jul 18, 2016 at 1:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Courtney,

You would need to add your ticket to your My Disney Experience account under My Reservations & Tickets.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 31, 2016 at 2:39 a.m. Karina Fuller Says...

My tickets are linked to my account, but no matter what I have tried I am unable to get FastPass+ for them. Any tips? They show up in my tix and reservations tabs and then when I go to the Fastpass section it says I have no tickets. :(

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Aug 3, 2016 at 1:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karina,

Is your FastPass+ window open? If not, I would reach out to Disney directly.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 28, 2016 at 3:25 p.m. Jenny Says...

I think you have to have regular admission in order to book FP for a party day (from 4-7), because there are no FP during the party. I don't think you can book FP with only a party ticket linked to your magicbands. Do you know if that's right?

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Jun 14, 2016 at 9:43 p.m. erick Says...

does this schedule also apply to disneyland in anaheim ?? ....

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Jul 5, 2016 at 1:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erick,

No, it does not. Those ticket dates/prices should be announced later in the summer.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 5, 2016 at 1:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erick,

No, it does not. Those ticket dates/prices should be announced later in the summer.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 13, 2016 at 8:34 p.m. Sabine Says...

Are there ANY other websites that sell tickets outside of the official Disney site??

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Jul 5, 2016 at 1:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sabine,

No, there are not.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 30, 2016 at 5:42 a.m. TC Says...

Planning on visiting WDW Oct 10-15. We have 4 day park passes without the park hopper option. If we were to spend a day at a different non-MK park, but then want to attend the Halloween events later in the evening, are we required to buy a regular MK admission ticket on top of the event ticket, or is just the event ticket needed for admission to the park during party hours?

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Jun 2, 2016 at 3:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi TC,

If you arrive at Magic Kingdom after 4 p.m., then you wouldn't need to purchase regular park admission.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 29, 2016 at 11:52 p.m. Kyly Says...

Hi

travelling between Aug 26th through sept 9th from UK so can only go either 2nd or 8th Sept what day would you recommend us to visit?

Also my son will turn 3 whilst there does the party do anything for birthday guests?

Thank You :o)

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Jun 2, 2016 at 3:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kyly,

Either of those dates should be good. While there isn't anything specifically at the party for birthday guests, if he is wearing his birthday button, the cast members and other park guests will tell him "Happy Birthday!"

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 27, 2016 at 7:07 p.m. Colleen Says...

Hi! My fiance and I are going to Disney World for our honeymoon and I purchased tickets to MNSSHP for Oct 18th, but we also have dinner reservations at Chef Mickey at 7:40 pm. Do you know if we'il be able to go back into Magic Kingdom after our dinner or should I move the reservation to an earlier time?

Thank you!

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Jun 2, 2016 at 1:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Colleen,

If you have party tickets, getting back in will be no problem. That said, I would try to move the dinner reservations so you don't miss out on any of the party.

Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials and honeymoon!

Mommy Frog

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May 26, 2016 at 6:30 a.m. Hsiao Han Says...

Hi,

my friends and I will arrive Disney on Oct 16. And our plan is buying two days ticket for Oct 17-18.

1. Can we now buying MNSSHP tickets and use on Oct 16 without reducing my 2 days ticket?

2. If we buy the MNSSHP tickets,do I need to buy one more day ticket? or I can just use the MNSSHP ticket to enter MK?

Thanks

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

Hi there,

You can buy your party tickets now. If you do and still want to go to Magic Kingdom on one of your days before 4 p.m. and spend another day in the parks, you would need a 2 day ticket in addition to the party ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 18, 2016 at 2:16 a.m. Pismobeachgirl Says...

Do you know when tickets go on sale for Disneyland in Anaheim? I check daily but the website says to check back closer to the event date.

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Jul 7, 2016 at 1:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

These typically go on sale to passholders first, usually at the end of summer. Unfortunately, continuing to check is the best way to find out, although we will announce it here on the blog.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 12, 2016 at 5:09 a.m. Jacob Says...

Hey I'm fifteen years old and I accidently booked the wrong date and I payed for six people with all my saving and it was the wrong date and I'm wanting to know if there was any date they could change the ticket date

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

Hi Jacob,

Your best bet is to reach out to Disney directly to see what they can do.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 23, 2016 at 5:50 p.m. Susan Says...

Hi. I was wondering what night you think would be less busy for the Halloween Party. Tuesday October 11 or Thursday October 13th. Thank you.

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May 31, 2016 at 3:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susan,

I would go with the 11th.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 18, 2016 at 4:29 p.m. Anthony Says...

Hi, we booked tickets for MNNSHP on 31 st October and linked them via My Disney. I noticed that the FP+ button seems to show a padlock symbol on it so cannot access, do you know if this will 'unlock' on the 30 days mark?

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May 18, 2016 at 12:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anthony,

FastPass+ is not available for these tickets.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 16, 2016 at 5:57 p.m. Kysersoze Says...

I attended MNSSH on October 31st 2015. It was busy so I thought that I'd offer a couple of tips:

1) We ate a late brunch at Cafe Mickey and parked the cars in the Contemporary Resort parking lot. It was difficult to get a table in the park for 10 people in the early evening so an all-you-care-to eat buffet was great (+ character dining). Booked for 2.05pm which meant that we got to the park entrance for 4pm. Guest Relations where happy for us to leave the cars in the Contemporary Resort parking lot and get the monorail to the park. This made it very easy for us to make our escape at 11pm dodging the crowds to the main parking lots after the fireworks.

2) Watching the Hallowishes fireworks at 10pm. The Main Street gets very busy. We found that using the special viewing gardens - located at either side of the plaza - gave us great views without the crowds. We could even lie on the artificial turf - all 10 of us! - and gaze up at the fireworks as there were so few people in the area. Usually these gardens are only available via FastPass+ but FastPass+ isn't used during MNSSH and I presume that most people thought that it was required to enter these gardens (it wasn't) so no one appeared to using the space. The views are spectacular!

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May 30, 2016 at 1:09 a.m. Shelley Says...

Hi!

Do you know if this also works at the GF? We have lunch reservations there so now I'm curious if we can park there and simply take the monorail over to MK. Any info is appreciated!!

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May 23, 2016 at 11:58 a.m. Felicia Says...

Thank you for the tips. I plan to go in October for my daughters 6th birthday (her birthday is on Halloween). I've been waiting on these tickets to go on sale. Where did you stay? So the all you can eat buffet had characters?

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Jul 5, 2016 at 9:55 p.m. Kysersoze Says...

Hi Felicia. Sorry for the delay in responding to your question. We actually stayed offsite at a rented house near Highway 27. Yes, it was a Character Brunch at Chef Mickey's. We ate at 2.05pm with Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald & Goofy. It's very spacious area with great views over Bay Lake. You can even catch a glimpse of the abandoned Disney Park (Discovery Island) in the middle of lake. Hope you have a super time!

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May 13, 2016 at 5:51 p.m. Martin Says...

Currently planning my trip to Disneyworld this October. I would be getting a 2 day park hopper ticket to go to the parsk on Monday and Wednesday and I would like to go to the MNSSHP on the 25th October. I have a few questions before making my purchase:

Will there be issue with regards to my entry on the MNSSHP as they might count my park hopper ticket?

Once I linked all my tickets in my MyDisneyExperience, can I book the FastPass+ on the Halloween ticket as well. Similar to my first question, I’m thinking that this would deduct a day from my 2 day park hopper ticket

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May 16, 2016 at 11:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Martin,

The best way to avoid any use of the wrong ticket is to print the E-Ticket for the party and not link it in My Disney Experience (print extra copies just in case!). Then when you get to the park, you would just scan the E-Ticket.

If you use your FastPasses in the park on that day, it would deduct from your 2 Day Park Hopper, but it might be worth it, since Magic Kingdom has so many rides.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 17, 2016 at 2:01 a.m. snow white-hair Says...

I don't follow your reasoning on fastpass + . What is that about MK having so many rides and so it is ok to lose my fastpass+ I will need for my second parkhopper day?

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May 17, 2016 at 2:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

This is a personal choice. Because Magic Kingdom has more FP+ options, you would at least have more availability. At parks that have fewer attractions, such as Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot, there may not be much FP+ availability at all.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 23, 2016 at 9:59 a.m. Martin Says...

Thanks for clarifying! Just a few follow up questions:

What happens if I do link the special ticket and the 2 day hopper ticket in MDE? Would it deduct a day in my hopper ticket? and will I be able to get a total of 9 FastPass reservation on my stay (given that I can use fastpass for the MNSSHP 4pm to 7pm)

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May 31, 2016 at 3 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Martin,

No, you would have three FP+ reservations per day of your 2-Day Park Hopper. As to the question about linking, I am not 100% certain how this would work. I know that when we've had multiple tickets in MDE, we have called to have the one we wanted to use "prioritized." Sometimes we have been told this is not possible to do over the phone and have had to do it at guest services outside of the park. If you want to do this, I would be sure and ask the cast member before you scan your band!

Perhaps someone who is reading this has been in a similar situation and can share how it worked for them.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 12, 2016 at 1:43 p.m. Will Says...

Hi,

Is it only children who can trick or treat or can adults get in on the fun too? Visiting with my wife between October 21 and November 1 and would love to go trick or treating.

Thanks

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May 17, 2016 at 3:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Will,

The whole family can trick-or-treat!!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 10, 2016 at 3:54 p.m. Laura Says...

We have a reservation at Be Our Guest at 7:25PM on a night of MNSSHP. If we arrive at 7PM for our dinner will they allow us to eat and then leave the park without purchasing a ticket?

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Jun 2, 2016 at 5:43 p.m. Courtney Says...

Hi Laura,

You must have tickets to MNSSHP to be able to stay for those reservations. I asked this very question when making out reservations.

Courtney

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May 17, 2016 at 3:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura,

I don't think so, but I would call Disney to confirm for sure.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 8, 2016 at 9:24 p.m. Eric Says...

Great article and very informative! Can't wait till early October for my wife and I to finally go to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!!!! We are debating between Sunday October 2 or Tuesday October 4. Any idea which might be the better day?

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May 16, 2016 at 1:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eric,

Oct. 2 should be better.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 18, 2016 at 1:49 a.m. Melissa Says...

Hi - Relating to question above - any reason you suggest Sunday 10/2 over Tuesday 10/4? Wouldn't a Tuesday be less crowded? Thanks!

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May 18, 2016 at 9:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

I based it off of Disney's pricing for the tickets, the strongest indicator of what Disney is expecting crowds-wise.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 8, 2016 at 5:37 a.m. Amanda Says...

Hello!

First off I want to say thank you for this most helpful we page! I'm taking my mom to the Oct. 31st party, already have the tickets ;) We are going to the park in the morning and then going back to our room to rest before the party. My question is should we drive our own car to the park, take the bus, or take a cab? We are staying at Disney's All Star movie resort. I have read that taking the buses could take longer than just driving yourself? Any advice would help! thanks

Amanda

Amanda

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May 8, 2016 at 8:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

Taking the bus can definitely take longer than driving yourself, but you would get dropped off directly at the park vs. having to park at Ticket & Transportation Center and then taking the boat or monorail. I think driving does have an edge in that you would not have to wait for a bus or potentially more than one bus at the end of the night.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 7, 2016 at 1:03 a.m. Zoe M Says...

Tickets are now on sale for the 2016 party and we just got 4 for Halloween night. We have other family members that are hemming and hawing about going. Any idea based on years past when 10/31 is like to sell out? Thanks for the great post.

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May 8, 2016 at 8:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Zoe,

It sold out in early August last year. I would recommend they purchase them soon if they wish to attend.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 6, 2016 at 3:31 p.m. Mrs Johnson Says...

Why is Tuesday 6th a cheaper day?

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May 8, 2016 at 8:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Disney is expecting this to be a less popular day to attend.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 6, 2016 at 1:05 p.m. Carrie V. Says...

Does the MNSSHP tickets usually sell out quickly for the first 2 weeks of October. I am having to wait a week or 2 before I can purchase our tickets, and I am worrying they will be gone before I can purchase.

Thank you for your help!!!

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May 8, 2016 at 8:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carrie,

You should be fine. These typically don't sell out that quickly.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 6, 2016 at 1:34 a.m. Mitchell Gerich Says...

Well, just bought tickets for Halloween night this year. First year ever being in Disney World for Halloween time. Kids are 9 and 4. Any tips to help us manage the madness?

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May 16, 2016 at 1:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mitchell,

Decide what your priorities are early on, so you can adequately plan for it. If it's characters you probably have to be strategic in who you meet as these take the most time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 5, 2016 at 10:46 p.m. Kim Says...

We are planning a trip for Tuesday, September 27 to Thursday, October 6, 2016. What night would be best to attend MNSSHP during this time? Thanks!

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May 16, 2016 at 1:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

We think Sept. 29 or 30 would be the best days to attend.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 1, 2016 at 7:51 p.m. Kelly Koffler Says...

Do you feel that Thursday and Friday will be equal in terms of crowds? I have a food demo planned at Epcot on Thursday until 5:30, so Friday would be better for me, but I'm concerned with the Friday crowds. Should I do Thursday and just get there when I can, or do you thing Friday will be fine?

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Aug 9, 2016 at 12:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly,

It depends on the date, but in general Fridays are more crowded than Thursdays, especially earlier in the season. Still it's probably a good call considering you have something else planned on Thursday. I wouldn't want to arrive late for the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 5, 2016 at 8:02 p.m. Nicole Lokken Says...

We are attending Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party but we also will be using a park hopper pass before hand to visit during regular operating hours. We want to dress up in costumes but have a question about when we are allowed to wear them around Magic Kingdom. Do we put them on first thing in the morning or do we take them with us and change closer to 4 pm?

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May 16, 2016 at 12:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole,

Per the Disney Park Rules and Regulations, guests under the age of 14 may wear costumes to the parks any day. Adult costumes are only permitted during the party hours. So, the kids can dress in their costumes all day if they wish, but adults will want to wait until party hours. Of course, you can check with Magic Kingdom guest relations to see if there are any exceptions on party days, but as far as we know, it's probably your best bet to wait until party time to get dressed up.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 5, 2016 at 3:04 p.m. Loui Says...

Hi,

My husband and I are going to book tickets for Friday 29th of October as we have a reservation that afternoon for Be Our Guest. I'm assuming that it will be very busy on that day given it's a Friday, but I was wondering if you know how bad the crowds are when trying to leave? We'd probably leave after the fireworks, unless that's a particularly bad time. I'm just concerned about it taking hours to get out!

Thank you very much for your fantastic website!

Loui

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May 16, 2016 at 12:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Loui,

Magic Kingdom is always quite jam packed as the fireworks end, but it will not take hours to get out.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 4, 2016 at 12:05 p.m. Stephanie Says...

2 questions: where do I buy the tickets for MNSSHP? And what is the big change in costume guidelines that people are worried about, as it looks OK to me...?! ???? Thanks x

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May 8, 2016 at 8:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

We outline the changes and the link to the tickets at the top of this post.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 3, 2016 at 8:46 a.m. Tine Says...

Hello :)

We are visiting Florida from September 24th - October 1st and would love to attend the party.

We live in Europe, so this really would be a once in a liftetime chance for us.

I'm checking the website often and the event was always under "schedule unavailable".

It is now under "ticketed event" but I still can't buy tickets? Have they gone one sale and did we miss it? Or do they still need to go on sale?

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May 12, 2016 at 4:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

You probably have seen, but these tickets have go on sale already on Disney's website.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 30, 2016 at 1:45 a.m. nakita valdez Says...

hey been trying to plan some stuff for our daughters make a wish and was wondering some sites say that there is a halloween party on the Nov. 1 and some don't mention it at all. Is it because there will not be one Nov. first this year?

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May 2, 2016 at noon FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nakita,

In years' past, there have been parties on Nov. 1, but there won't be this year. You can see all of the party and other event dates on our Crowd Calendar.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 25, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Joe Ehrenreich Says...

Might want to update the attractions expected to be open list. Big Thunder Mountain will be closed for refurbishment for the entire run of party dates and Small World and Swiss Family Treehouse will be closed into September.

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May 12, 2016 at 10:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joe,

These have not been officially announced as refurbs yet, but we'll update if and when they do.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 6, 2016 at 11:04 a.m. Angel Says...

The rides that are closed currently should be updated, please.

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Sep 14, 2016 at 4:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angel,

Thanks for the suggestion! Rides are subject to closure at any time. We've added a link to our Disney World ride closures page above. Here's the link:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/refurbishments-closings-walt-disney-world-universal-orlando/

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 24, 2016 at 11:16 a.m. Brandi Says...

Where does everyone keep their candy when riding rides like Splash Mountain etc.? My daughter is now too old for a stroller which is where we used to stash her trick or treat Mickey bucket. Now we'll be trying to figure out what to do with it.

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Apr 27, 2016 at 5:39 p.m. Steph D Says...

Last year I had a backpack that was mostly empty. That is until my three ghouls trick-or-treated and filled the thing up! I basically became a packmule at that point! LOL

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Apr 26, 2016 at 2:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandi,

You can bring your candle along with you and store it in the floor or in the mesh pocket in the ride car.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 19, 2016 at 3:35 a.m. David Ramirez Says...

Hello, Will October 13th (Thursday) be a good date to go to the Party.

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Apr 25, 2016 at 2:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David,

It should be an OK time to go, but keep in mind that many of the dates in mid- to late October do sell out.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 18, 2016 at 3:47 p.m. Kj Says...

Hi, we are coming to Disney 7th - 21st Sept 2016 and are looking to got to every night of Disney's Not so Scary Halloween as possible, do we have to buy a ticket for every night, or is there a ticket that will cover more than one night (like Universal do for Halloween Horror Nights)?

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Apr 25, 2016 at 1:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi KJ,

Yes, you would need to purchase a separate ticket for each night that you attended the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Charles,

Both of these dates are likely to sell out.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Felix,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Hi,

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

Thanks,

Becky

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

Hi Becky,

This should still be a good day!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Rebecca,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Stephanie,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Hi

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

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

Thanks

Dan

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

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

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

Hi Daniel,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Emily,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Kelly,

They are already on sale!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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