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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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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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Apr 3, 2016 at 4:59 p.m.
Marilou Says...

I know it's early in the season, but we can only be there during this time period of Oct 5-10. Would you suggest the night of Oct 6 or 7 for the MNSSCH?

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Apr 4, 2016 at 12:52 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marilou,

Oct. 6 should be a better day.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 3, 2016 at 3:31 a.m.
tammy Says...

Will you be putting out recommended dates for the 2016 Halloween party? Trying to decide between Friday, September 23rd or Sunday, September 25th. Do you think there will be a big difference in crowd levels? Thanks

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Apr 4, 2016 at 12:56 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tammy,

Both of those days might sell out, but I would say Sunday is a slightly better day.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 16, 2016 at 8:26 a.m.
David Ybarra Says...

Does any know how the new costume restrictions will affect MNSSHP. If the current restrictions stay in effect I will not attend. Dressings up is half the fun. I understand the need for security but we have gone to far.

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Mar 16, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi David,

It's unclear as of now how Disney will be handling this, but we will update this post once we do.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 14, 2016 at 3:19 p.m.
Jennifer Says...

Hi! Looking for some advice on MNSSH. We are going to be in Disney Oct 29-Nov 4 and are trying to decide which day to attend the party. I know tickets are not on sale yet, but I am wondering if the weekend would be more crowded than actual Halloween night since it is a Monday this year. Any thoughts?

Thanks!!

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Feb 25, 2016 at 10:11 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

Yes, the Friday and Sunday parties generally be more crowded than week day parties, but they all typically sell out toward the end of the season.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 7, 2016 at 8:58 p.m.
Onix Says...

Hi there! thanks for all the tips. I'm planning trip this and wanted to know if you know when do they start selling tickets for the event so I can put it on my calendar Thanks in Advance! love, Onix

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Jan 8, 2016 at 12:08 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

These usually go on sale in late spring or summer.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 21, 2015 at 12:12 a.m.
Maria Says...

Unfortunately we missed out on party tickets, but have decided to still attend for the day since we're pass holders. We are trying to decide between Monday (non party day) or Tuesday (a party day) and just attending from 9-7. We would be leaving early around 7-8 even if it's a non party day. Do you know what day might be less crowded?

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Oct 21, 2015 at 7:28 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria,

Check out our Crowd Calendar. Party days are generally always better to visit during the day as far as crowds go.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 20, 2015 at 8:05 p.m.
Kari Says...

Thank you for all your tips! We are only planning to buy event tickets and come at 4 pm for the party. I know that Fastpass are not allowed during the ticketed event, but can we get Fastpasses to be used during the 4-7 block if we only have event tickets?

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Oct 21, 2015 at 7:30 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kari,

Yes, you can. You just need to link your ticket in My Disney Experience or use your party ticket to book your FastPasses when you get to the park.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 25, 2015 at 2:40 a.m.
Kari Says...

Thank you! One more question. Do you know how far in advance the tickets become available? I am planning for next fall.

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Oct 26, 2015 at 2:03 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kari,

Tickets usually go on sale in late spring/early summer.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 20, 2015 at 1:36 p.m.
Kristi Gibbs Says...

I just wanted to send a kudos to you and your amazing website! I have personally been to WDW many times. I took my kids down for the first time in February and used your website for info then because I had not been down in several years. We attended MNSSHP this past Sunday night. I,of course, turned to your website before literally taking an overnight 5 hour trip down. It was amazing! It was packed in the park at 4 when we went in but as soon as the party started at 7 it seemed as though "the seas parted". We walked on most every ride and waited for characters in amazing short lines.The mother-load of candy,parades,dance parties and shows were the greatest! I have personally been down every holiday except Halloween, this was the best experience by far. Your site has and is the best go to for everything I needed to know! Thank you so much!

Kristi

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Oct 19, 2015 at 6:36 p.m.
Nanna Parrish Says...

Is it necessary to have a park entrance ticket as well as the ticket for the Not So Scary Party, or can you get in after 4:00 with just the Not So Scary Ticket? Thanks.

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Oct 19, 2015 at 2:17 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nanna,

You can get in with just the Not So Scary ticket at 4 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 20, 2015 at 6:11 p.m.
Becky Says...

YES! If you just want to go to the Not So Scary party, all you need is that ticket :) We have gone for 4 years not and love it

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Oct 18, 2015 at 5:50 p.m.
Bella Says...

I’m trying to do last minute planning for this year’s MNSSHP and am scared to go based on mixed reviews of increased crowds :\ does anyone think that Thurs. 10/22 or Tues. 10/27 will be better in terms of crowd? Any help is welcomed!!

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Oct 15, 2015 at 3:03 a.m.
Jenny Says...

Is mickeys not so scary Halloween party crowded whenever they are sold out?

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Oct 19, 2015 at 1:42 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny,

We included some of this info in our best dates post. We estimate a sold out party is a 7-8 on our crowd calendar. Keep in mind that more people are on the streets watching the entertainment than in ride lines, so it sometimes feels more crowded.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 15, 2015 at 12:09 a.m.
Katie Says...

Do they change the color/type of wristband for each night of the party?

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Oct 14, 2015 at 4:49 a.m.
Ben Says...

Can I still buy a event ticket at the door ???

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Oct 17, 2015 at 5:14 a.m.
Y. Aday Says...

Thank you much for a great job in providing such thorough information, but there is one thing that I might have missed that I'd like to know. Is it absolutely necessary to buy general admission tickets even if we are to arrive @ 19:00 for the party?

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Oct 14, 2015 at 11:53 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ben,

If tickets are not sold out, then yes.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 13, 2015 at 3:25 p.m.
kim Says...

Thank you for the great info! We are going to the Party tonight, and I wondered where you were in the park during the parade that you filmed and posted above? It seems like a great spot!

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Oct 14, 2015 at 12:07 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

Thank you! We filmed this one at the hub in front of Cinderella Castle, but there are lots of terrific spots along the parade route. Our absolute favorite is just to the left of Cinderella Castle if you are looking toward Main Street.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 13, 2015 at 3:13 p.m.
Leonardo Says...

Our party have a reservation for Be Our Guest Restaurant at 4 pm on October 29th, We have tickets just for the Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Do you think we can make it, or should we drop the reservation?

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Oct 14, 2015 at 12:08 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leonardo,

You should be fine. You'll need to get there just a little bit before 4 p.m. to get there in time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 6, 2015 at 7:25 p.m.
Victoria Says...

Hello! This is absolutely fantastic, thank you for giving us great tips!

My family and I have a reservation for Be Our Guest at 6:30pm. Since those are so hard to come by, I don't imagine just being able to change it and everyone is excited. BUT, We'll probably finish dinner well after the party starts. My question is, will we have to leave the park, after our meal, in order to exchange our tickets for the wrist bands for the party? I'm wondering how that works...

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Oct 7, 2015 at 12:28 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Victoria,

No, you won't need to leave the park. Starting at 4 p.m., you'll find cast members around the park with wristbands to help you out.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 6, 2015 at 2:12 p.m.
Samantha Says...

Hello! We will be going to the Halloween party but have dinner reservations at Narcooses at 5:30. I read about going early to the party for a better experience. Should we change our reservation to be earlier? Also, we are planning to stay until the end of the party. What is the best plan for us: parade time, fireworks time, trick or treating. Thanks,Samantha

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Oct 6, 2015 at 10:49 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Samantha,

I would rebook Narcossees if possible, so that you don't miss any of the party.

The best plan is to visit characters first, fireworks, second parade and then trick-or-treating. You may be able to work in some of the trick-or-treating between the other events, but the earlier in the evening you trick-or-treat, the more busy it will be.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 5, 2015 at 7:50 p.m.
Sol Says...

Hello I have a question, does a guest from disney resort still needs the special ticket event or is just for general admission?

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Oct 6, 2015 at 10:38 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sol,

All guests need a party ticket to attend the party. If guests just want to visit the park during regular operating hours, they need regular admission.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 5, 2015 at 10:29 a.m.
Melissa Says...

We are going for the Halloween party on Oct 15th. We have been there in previous years and have taken part in the early entrance which is great. My question about that is, with the early entrance at 4, if we were driving, how long would it take us to park, get the monorail, etc and be there to enter right at 4. I can't remember from previous years.

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Oct 5, 2015 at 6:49 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

I would allow at least 35 minutes from the point where you pay to park at Ticket and Transportation Center. More than likely you would need to take a tram to the loading area for the boats and monorail that will get you across the Seven Seas Lagoon and to the park entrance.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 2, 2015 at 5:53 p.m.
Liz Says...

Can we still enter the park without a “Party” ticket during the time of the event?

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Oct 2, 2015 at 2:25 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liz,

No, you cannot. The party is just for party attendees.

Mommy Frog

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Oct 2, 2015 at 5:43 p.m.
Taylor Says...

We were planning on going to Disneyland today. We do not want to pay extra for the "party". Are we allowed to just go into Disneyland during this time but not attend the party? Or is the entire park closed and reopened for those who have admission into the party?

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Oct 2, 2015 at 2:26 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Taylor,

The park closes early for the party, usually 6 or 7 p.m. You can stay in the park without a party ticket until this time. You can read more about Disneyland's Mickey's Halloween Party here:

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 2, 2015 at 8:01 a.m.
Anna Says...

This will be our first time at MNSSHP, just wondering if at the meet and greets will the characters sign autographs?

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Oct 2, 2015 at 2:33 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anna,

Yes! The characters at each of the meet-and-greet locations will sign autographs.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 1, 2015 at 3:29 p.m.
Donna Says...

Hi there, I've been reading the comments and my question just occured to me. We are attending MNSSHP in 20 days (Whoo-hoo) but we are also going to MK that day. My daughter has a BBB appointment to become Elsa and my niece Anna. My son has an appointment for TPL as well. That will be their costumes for the party. My mother-in-law, SIL, husband and myself are all planning to dress up as well. My question is how should we (the adults) plan on doing our costumes. Are we allowed to be in costume before 4:00? Is there somewhere to change at the park if not? Would it be better to hop back to the hotel and change? We are staying at the Contemporary so that is an absolute option. What would you suggest? Thanks for all the great information. One last question, is it honestly possible to try and meet Anna and Elsa, they are our highest priority characters but will it honestly even be worth it?

Thanks in advance!

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Oct 2, 2015 at 2:54 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Donna,

Personally, I would save the costumes for later. It's still quite hot in Florida, and it will be nice to take a break from Magic Kingdom and slip into your party attire. With you being at the Contemporary, this will be no problem at all.

During the party, Anna and Elsa will have lower waits because most people are trying to meet the characters exclusive to the party. Also, if you don't mind seeing the second parade, meeting them during the first parade will also save time. I'm assuming you weren't able to get FastPass+ reservations to meet them? That is our recommended method for meeting them.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 1, 2015 at 4:07 a.m.
Lori Says...

I will be going to the party in Disneyland. How similar are the parties and the tips that you have provided for WDW? Thank you!

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Oct 1, 2015 at 9:55 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lori,

We have a post with the full lowdown on Disneyland's Halloween Time and Mickey's Halloween Party! Check it out:

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 29, 2015 at 3:15 p.m.
Laura Says...

Will princess aurora be anywhere? She's my daughter's absolute favorite right now.

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Sep 29, 2015 at 11:32 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura,

Yes, Aurora is in Town Square of Main Street.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 27, 2015 at 9:33 p.m.
jen Says...

What is the most magical thing to do with a 5 year old annual pass holding princess at this party? It will be her first MNSSHP!

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Sep 27, 2015 at 8:51 p.m.
ALYSON DAVIES Says...

Hi we have booked tickets for Magic Kingdom and MNSSHP on Tuesday 27th October. Will we have to leave the park and reenter at 4pm or can we stay in all day and through the evening? Thanks.

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Sep 28, 2015 at 1:36 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alyson,

You can stay there. No need to leave and come back unless you want a break!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 30, 2015 at 2:52 p.m.
Anita Says...

Question.. We are in Orlando right now on vacation. And we didn't know about the Halloween party kicking us out of Magic kingdom at 7pm. Which we waited to go to on our last day here :( .. So our time is cut short and would have to miss the firework show what we wanted to see before we left back to Canada. Can we buy tickets tomorrow oct.1st at the park if we decide to stay longer??

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Sep 30, 2015 at 10:26 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anita,

Yes, you can upgrade your ticket. Just head to guest relations at any of the parks!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 27, 2015 at 2:40 p.m.
Marcy Says...

I've heard some horror stories about this year's event due to overcrowding and ToTing let down. Have you attended yet this year? Any positive feedback? I've spoken to 3 people who said it's a waste, and I'm starting to panic for next week when we attend.

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Sep 29, 2015 at 3:34 p.m.
Amy Says...

We went on Tuesday 9/22/15 and it was way overcrowded. The lines for the candy were at least 20 mins to 30 mins long and the wait times for rides were very long also. It was still fun but they should not let it get so crowded that you can barely walk.

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Sep 28, 2015 at 2:42 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marcy,

The crowds have certainly increased over previous years, but the trick-or-treat lines moved quickly and we got some good candy. The Hocus Pocus Villians Spelltacular is incredibly entertaining, and along with the Boo to You Parade makes the event worth it for us. I definitely suggest arriving early and prioritizing rather than trying to see and do everything.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 24, 2015 at 8:54 p.m.
Joanna Says...

I purchased event tickets for October 25th. I keep seeing on the web site where is says park admission sold separately. Will the event tickets get us in at 7pm or am I required to also purchae a one day ticket for everyone even if I'm only planning on attending the event?

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Oct 19, 2015 at 1:48 p.m.
Janice Says...

Another person asked the same question and your reply was that they also need a park ticket also

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Sep 25, 2015 at 12:44 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joanna,

Event tickets are all you need to attend the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 27, 2015 at 6:43 a.m.
Katie Says...

Hi.

I have been to Mickey's Halloween party a number of times now but always entered at 7 (not knowing get you could go earlier!) If we go at 4 are we able to get a wrist band then or would we need to go back to the entrance at 7 for one?

Thanks

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Sep 28, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie,

You can get a wristband at 4 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 24, 2015 at 5:50 p.m.
KAREN Says...

can you just buy the not so scary Halloween ticket and get in the party that evening at 4 will out using a Disney ticket?

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Sep 28, 2015 at 3:38 a.m.
Rebecca Says...

You need a park ticket too

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Sep 28, 2015 at 2:27 p.m.
Craig Says...

Hi Rebecca, Just contacted cast member via chat. No park ticket required to get in at 4:00 PM just event ticket.

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Oct 1, 2015 at 7:52 p.m.
Victoria Says...

Hi

i have been reading the reviews and they are very helpful. Just wanted to confirm that all i need to attend is my Halloween Party ticket and can enter from 4pm ? I do not need a general park admission ticket if i am arriving for the party.

Thank you

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Oct 2, 2015 at 2:35 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Victoria,

You are correct.

Mommy Frog

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Sep 25, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

Yes, if you have a party ticket, you do not need regular admission to attend.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 23, 2015 at 11:07 p.m.
Mike Says...

MommyFrog (and anyone else):

We're a group of 3 20-somethings visiting MNSSHP for a birthday celebration. One of us has NEVER been to WDW before. What's the best course of action to meet as many characters as possible and have a good time? We're planning on staying late, but don't know if we should hit the later performances/parades for a smaller crowd, or the characters for shorter lines!

Also we have no idea where Characters will be! Is there a map that you know of? HELP!

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Sep 28, 2015 at 8:55 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike,

Do you want to meet Jack and Sally, and the Seven Dwarfs? If so, you'll want to arrive early, and get in line for Jack and Sally first. We'd be in place by 6:00 p.m. at the latest, since this is the most crowded line. From there, hop over to the Seven Dwarfs. Most of the other characters' lines should be more manageable. If these characters are not priorities, skip them and instead focus on meeting other characters early in the evening. Definitely do the second parade. It will be much less crowded, and give you more time to do other things.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 23, 2015 at 3:19 p.m.
Brandy Says...

Hi! My husband and I are attending the party Sunday night. Can we enter in costume at 4pm or do we need to take them with us and change at 7? Thanks!

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Sep 23, 2015 at 11:06 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandy,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 22, 2015 at 8:50 p.m.
Mayleen Says...

Hello,

Thanks for all the helpful info. This will be our first time attending. You mentioned we can get in the park at 4 PM with the party tickets. Are we allowed to wear our costumes since 4 PM or do we have to wait till 7 PM and change then?

Thank you

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Sep 27, 2015 at 5:51 p.m.
Victoria Says...

do you know if Tony's will be open during the parade?

Thanks !

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Sep 23, 2015 at 12:54 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mayleen,

You can get in at 4 p.m. with costumes.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 21, 2015 at 5:28 p.m.
Luis Says...

Hi, we bought tickets to Disneyland and were planning on going on September 25th, but I see there is an event after 7pm, after they kick as out of the park can we enter with the same ticket to DCA? or do we have to buy a new ticket?

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Sep 23, 2015 at 1:55 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Luis,

You would need a Park Hopper ticket to do this, but yes, you can!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 20, 2015 at 9:17 p.m.
Stacy Says...

This post is very helpful! My question is...we plan to be at another park the day we would like to attend the Halloween party...do you have to have a hopper pass or is purchasing tickets all you need? Thanks!

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Sep 23, 2015 at 1:49 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacy,

You would need a party ticket to attend the party. To spend the day in another park, you would need regular admission.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 20, 2015 at 7:28 p.m.
Renee Says...

Hello!

Do you know if there will be any photo ops with Maleficent or the Evil Queen? We are attending the Party on 10/27 and my daughters are dressing up as Mal and Evie from Disney's Decendents and I just wanted to try and plan to do that if the opportunity was there. Like during the dance parties maybe?

Thanks for your help!

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Sep 23, 2015 at 1:41 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Renee,

Awww. Lily is going as Evie this year too! Unfortunately, the Evil Queen and Maleficent are not greeting guests this year.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 20, 2015 at 2:25 a.m.
Christy S Says...

We are visiting family near Orlando and planning to go to MNSSHP but can't decide on a day. Parties are 10/12 or 10/13 or 10/15. We prefer to do 10/15 but it will be whatever night weather is best. Will there be a huge crowd difference in ties and thurs?

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Sep 23, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christy,

As far as crowds, Monday or Tuesday will be the better days.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 19, 2015 at 5:52 p.m.
Kacie Says...

Will you be selling tickets this year for the Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party? And if so when? We are planning to go to the Oct. 8th party, but waiting to buy tickets to see if you got any.

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Sep 23, 2015 at 1:28 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kacie,

Unfortunately, we will not be selling tickets for the parties this year.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 18, 2015 at 4:37 p.m.
DeltaFan Says...

Hello, i've been to the party before but this will be my first time attending alone (I am a 19 year old male). I was still interested in collecting candy, would this be frowned upon or will I be fine?

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Sep 23, 2015 at 1:02 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Delta Fan,

Absolutely, you can trick-or-treat! Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 18, 2015 at 1:59 a.m.
Lani Says...

Hi there,

we are a family of four - we have been participating in this event 6 consecutive years. This year, we would like to dress up as KISS band members. Are there any costume restrictions?

Thank you,

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Sep 30, 2015 at 7:52 p.m.
Kristin Says...

I saw a family dressed up as KISS members last year!!!!!! It was so very very memorable and the most stand out costumes of any I have ever seen at any of the parties Ive been to (3).

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Sep 18, 2015 at 7:32 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lani,

I can't say for sure about this, but costumes should be not be offensive or obstructive and no masks will be allowed.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 22, 2015 at 8:37 p.m.
Ashli Says...

Is the no masks rule new? In previous years, the only masks that weren't allowed were ones which obstructed the eyes.

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Sep 21, 2015 at 12:27 a.m.
Jen Says...

Just called disney. masks are allowed. My son wants to be a storm trooper with the mask and they said it was perfectly fine :-)

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Sep 19, 2015 at 12:53 a.m.
Sean Says...

Hello! I am definitely getting the MNSSHP Magic band, but does it sell out in a blink of a eye or will I be able to wait? I am asking this because I want to meet Jack and Sally so should I wait for the meet in greet or get the band and then meet jack and Sally.

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Sep 17, 2015 at 4:42 p.m.
Stefanie Says...

Hi,

This is thee first time I will be attending MNSSHP with my boyfriend. How long do the lines usually get for the character meetings? Also, when do the character come out and if they are there the whole night?

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Sep 18, 2015 at 8:04 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stefanie,

Lines for the character meet and greets vary, some are quite short (5-20 minutes), while others such as Jack and Sally take longer (up to an hour or so). The lines definitely taper off later in the evening and during parades/fireworks/shows and are busiest during the first hour or so of the party. Keep in mind that characters spend time chatting with each guest, and times vary because of this.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 17, 2015 at 3:08 a.m.
Lindsay L Says...

Hello! With the 1st party done and a better feel for what's happening I have a question about when/where. Going with dd's (6&8). Plan to head to Cruella 1st. We want to see the show, see the parade and fire works. I'm thinking if we get to the hub for the show- should we then just wait for fireworks at the same spot? And what time would be best to stake out a spot? Planning on heading to different area for 2nd parade afterwards. Does that work?

Thanks!!!!

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Sep 18, 2015 at 8:06 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindsay,

You have a couple of options here. If you get to the party early, go ahead and scope out the characters you want to meet and plan to be one of the first in line for them, then by about 9 p.m., find a spot to see the Hocus Pocus show and stay for Celebrate the Magic/HalloWishes fireworks. That will end about 10:15 p.m. or so, giving you time to perhaps swing by another character or stop by a trick-or-treat station on your way to Frontierland. My suggestion would be to end up in Frontierland (where the parade steps off) by about 10:45 p.m. to get a good spot.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 15, 2015 at 3:42 p.m.
Melissa Says...

Hi there! This is very helpful, thank you! One question for your opinion. We will be attending Disney for our Honeymoon September 27th - October 2nd. I have a 5 day pass (I didn't bother with the Hopper) Monday-Thursday we plan on doing all 4 parks, 1 each day. On Friday, October 2nd, I was hoping to hit Epcot in the morning to use my 5th day pass, and then buy the tickets to the Halloween party for the evening. Does purchasing the ticket include your admission to the park? I think I read in a previous post that it does, I have heard that from a friend who often attends, which is what I'm hoping for!!!! However, when I look to purchase the tickets online for the party, it has a note that says "*Valid Park Entry Required"...thoughts? Thanks!!

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Sep 15, 2015 at 2:12 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

Sounds like you've got a good plan! Purchasing a party ticket is all you need to attend the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 23, 2015 at 11:44 p.m.
areys Says...

so dowe need our admission ticket

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Sep 29, 2015 at 10 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Areys,

You don't need regular admission to attend the party — just a party ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 12, 2015 at 4:19 a.m.
Sophia Says...

I will be at Disney on Halloween not for the party, but for the regular day pass. Can my husband and I dress in costume on Halloween during the day?

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Sep 15, 2015 at 5:03 a.m.
Mark Says...

Dear Frogs,

This all has been very helpful.

Any thoughts on the HallowWishes Premium Dessert and viewing Package?

Little Bryan is 5 and cannot see over the crowds but is this worth the extra cost? Is it really better viewing? We are going tonight promptly at 4 to best maximize our candy take and see the villains !

He loves the headless horseman:)) and cannot wait to see him make his appearance but maybe the street may be better??

Thanks

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Sep 14, 2015 at 10:02 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sophia,

I am not certain about this and would suggest you contact Disney directly. On any day that is not a party day, for sure you cannot. I am just not so sure on actual party dates, since some guests will be staying all day at Magic Kingdom and then going to the party. Here are Disney's costume guidelines:

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/faq/parks/recommended-dress/

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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