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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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Sep 10, 2015 at 4:34 p.m.
Isabel Says...

We are trying to decide if it's better to book our all-day MK and MNSSH visit on either Sunday 10/18 or Tuesday 10/20. Can you advise me as to which day you think would be best crowds-wise? And do you know if these tickets sell out very fast? I was hoping to wait a bit and see what the weather will be like those days, but I'm afraid I'll be risking them being sold out if I wait too long. Btw, all of your info and tips are the BEST I've found anywhere! Thanks!

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Sep 15, 2015 at 3:13 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Isabel,

Thanks so much for the kind words! We love to help out. I would go with Tuesday. Typically, most dates sell out the day of or a few days in advance of the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 9, 2015 at 1:50 p.m.
Meagan Says...

We will be renting a car, so do you know what is the cost of parking for this event? Same as if you were visiting the park?

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Sep 9, 2015 at 10:22 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maegan,

Yes, it would be the same as regular entry. Currently, it's $17 a day for cars.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 14, 2015 at 2:56 p.m.
Omer Says...

I am using a walking stick so I am not sure if I will be considered as disabled, but Is there a special parking spot?

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Sep 18, 2015 at 10:56 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Omer,

As far as parking spots go, there are designated handicap spots. You must have a valid permit, however, to park there. Here's more information:

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/plain-text/#ACCESSIBLE PARKING

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 8, 2015 at 4:32 p.m.
Marilyn Says...

are the tickets mailed or available by printing?

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Sep 9, 2015 at 10:49 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marilyn,

Both options are available.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 8, 2015 at 3:51 a.m.
Jennifer G. Says...

First time we went to MNSSHP was in 2011 and the princes were all with their princesses, this was my daughters favorite part. I read they were not last year and am wondering if there is any way to know for this year as we are attending again. She's really hoping to Flynn gives mommy the smolder again! Also any way to know what villains will be in the hall to meet?

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Sep 8, 2015 at 7:40 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

Meeting the princes is my favorite part too — it just makes the whole event more special. We don't yet know for sure, but we are hoping they are back again! We'll have more details about the villains and princes after the first party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 6, 2015 at 2:24 a.m.
raen Says...

One quick question, do you HAVE to buy the day ticket? or can you just purchase the party ticket and go in then?? Thanks!!

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Sep 8, 2015 at 7:56 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Raen,

You don't need regular admission, just a party ticket, if you enter after 4 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 10, 2015 at 4:42 p.m.
Katherine Giere Says...

Hi! This is my first time to the parks during the Fall season, we currently have regular day tickets but not tickets for the Party. So we will have to leave at 7? Or are we allowed entrance because we already bought a whole day pass? Thanks!!

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Sep 15, 2015 at 9:02 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katherine,

You will need to leave at 7 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 4, 2015 at 12:40 a.m.
joanne Says...

Will be attending Oct 6th but midnight I turn 53 lol happy birthday to me!....we have our 18 months baby granddaughter making her first time.....any help appreciated...what to do first.

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Sep 8, 2015 at 8:09 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joanne,

Happy early birthday! I hope you've already got your costume planned ;) If you arrive earlier than the start of the party at 7 p.m., we recommend grabbing an early dinner and riding a few of the anytime rides suggested on our touring plans. About 6:30 p.m., I would start lining up for your favorite characters, maybe Halloween Mickey, the princesses with their princesses or the Seven Dwarfs. Jack and Sally are especially popular, but your 18-month-old granddaughter may find them too scary.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 9, 2015 at 1:13 a.m.
joanne Says...

I have a pair of mmears from disneyland the glow pair that glow with the show? will they work at Disney World for the Halloween party hallowishes? Getting so excited made us all matching tee's to wear as we will only be attending this one night of magic for this year.

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Sep 9, 2015 at 11:38 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joanne,

The Glow Ears will work on HalloWishes, but it's not clear if it's available for Mickey's Boo to You Parade. Take them and see!

Matching tees are the best :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 3, 2015 at 9:09 p.m.
Nikki Says...

Trying to figure out if it is worth getting the Not so Scary Halloween party? I have a 2 year old? Please help!!

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Sep 8, 2015 at 1:37 p.m.
Lauren Says...

We're taking our 2 year old this year, but she's a night owl and does pretty well staying up late. When my son was little, though, there's no way it would have worked for him because he was a creature of habit. If he wasn't in bed by 8, he melted down. Pushing him to stay up late would have been a disaster when he was 2.

A friend did tell me that some of the characters during the parade might be too scary for my daughter, so we're going to take a blanket so she can hide in her stroller if she needs to. We'll also be avoiding some of the character meet and greets for the same reason.

I think if your 2 year old can stay up late, it might be a lot of fun for your family!

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Sep 1, 2015 at 9:57 p.m.
Tara Says...

Any idea whether October, 6th, 8th or 9th would be a less crowded day! And if it rains do they continue with the party?

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Sep 2, 2015 at 8:28 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tara,

We have a post about the best days to attend the party, and if it rains, it still continues :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 1, 2015 at 5:09 a.m.
Derek Says...

deciding between sunday oct 25 and tues oct 27, what do you recommend? we will be @ disney from sunday- weds. planning on doing mk, hollywood and ak. thanks!!

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Sep 1, 2015 at 9:16 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Derek,

These are both likely to sell out, so I would pick which one works best with your schedule.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 8, 2015 at 5:38 p.m.
patty Andersen Says...

we will be there from October 22 to October 25 - When getting event tickets I was told that the MNSSHP is only Thursday 10/22 and Friday 10/23 that week - no 10/24 or 10/25

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Sep 9, 2015 at 10:48 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patty,

There are dates Oct. 22, 23 and 25.

Mommy Frog

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Sep 2, 2015 at 5:10 a.m.
Derek Says...

Are both days equally as crowded or do you think tuesday less crowded? Thanks!!

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Sep 2, 2015 at 8:19 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Tuesday would have the best shot at being less crowded.

Mommy Frog

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Aug 30, 2015 at 4:28 a.m.
Cindy Says...

Our trip is planned for Oct 5,6 & 7 Mickey's Halloween party is 2 of those nights. Is California Adventure open after we have to leave Disneyland at 7pm? We will prob buy tickets for one of the nights, but not both. Thank you.

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Aug 31, 2015 at 11 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cindy,

We have a full post about Disneyland's Halloween Time and Mickey's Halloween Party that includes more information about the event. Yes, Disney California Adventure will be open later on nights of the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 29, 2015 at 6:35 p.m.
Dianna Says...

We will be at MK all day the day of the party. I remember in years past, you would have to head to Main Street to collect your wristbands for the party, and these would usually start being given out at around 4. Its been a while since I've been so I wanted to know if this was still the process, or do we get them as soon as we get in the park that morning?

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Aug 31, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dianna,

Yes, you will go pick up your wristbands after 4 p.m.!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 29, 2015 at 1:58 a.m.
Sharon Michele Says...

We have reservations for sun sep 20-sun sep 27. And plan to buy tickets for the mnsshp one night that week and already have a 4 day park hopper. Would you suggest going to the mnsshp on Tues or Fri? Also, would you go to MK on Sat since there are extra magic hours until midnight or should we avoid MK that day since it is a red day for crowds? It is the only day that week that the MK is open late.

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Aug 31, 2015 at 10:10 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sharon,

I would do the party on Tuesday. As far as Magic Kingdom on Saturday, I would do it if you plan to take advantage of the later hours.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 28, 2015 at 4:37 p.m.
Brian Says...

I went last year and the 2 things I strongly agree with is

1. Get there early, we got there around 10 and my wife and I only got to see 1 parade and ride on about 3 rides.

2. Stake out a spot for the parade early. We waited for about 15 minutes in the same spot and still felt like it wasn't a good spot. Very cramp and when taller people adjust their standing position they can block you even though it was perfect for 10 straight minutes.

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Aug 31, 2015 at 9:26 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brian,

Thanks for the suggestions. What day did you go on last year?

Mommy Frog

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Aug 27, 2015 at 5:38 p.m.
Tania Says...

Can adults with no custome trick or treat at Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party too? :)

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Aug 27, 2015 at 2:42 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tania,

Absolutely, but we think it's more fun when the whole family dresses up :)

Mommy Frog

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Aug 27, 2015 at 11:12 a.m.
Michelle Says...

I have been to Disney hundreds of times growing up but this will be my first time going with the fast pass plus as well as the first time we are going to MNSSHP. We planned on spending the entire day at Magic Kingdom that day so we are using our regular park admission pass plus the event ticket for after 7pm. Because they are two separate tickets, are you allowed to make 3 additional Fast Pass reservations from 4-7 on that ticket? Or because we already have 3 on our regular admission for that morning is that all we can have? I just want to make sure we are getting the most magic out of the day :)

Thank you,

Michelle

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Aug 27, 2015 at 9:07 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

This is a great question. I don't think you're going to be able to get additional FastPasses for that day, but you should try it out when your window opens and report back.

Mommy Frog

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Aug 26, 2015 at 9:37 p.m.
susie Says...

Were going to Disneyland in a couple weeks. Is it worth paying the extra money for the Mickey's Halloween party if we already have a 3 day park hopper? Or should we just skip it? We have 2 adults and 3 kids.

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Aug 27, 2015 at 11:36 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susie,

We have a post about Disneyland Halloween Time, which includes the party. There is already plenty of Halloween fun in the park if you don't attend the party. If you've already bought your tickets, I am not sure you would want to add it.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 26, 2015 at 2:02 p.m.
Emily Says...

Hi,

We have tickets booked allowing us entry to the parks for our 14 day holiday. I have a dinner reservation for 7pm on the night of September 20th 2015. Do i need to purchase separate tickets for the mickey's not so scary halloween party in order to attend my dinner reservation?? Thank you

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Aug 31, 2015 at 7:56 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily,

I would recommend you call to confirm that you will be allowed to stay in the park for your reservation without the party ticket. Please report back :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 24, 2015 at 8:41 p.m.
Miriam Says...

Hi!

I'm thinking to go to this party, my question is if I can take photos with the villains? Like the Evil Queen or Maleficent...

I don't know if it would be a good idea, cause it expensive for me, but on the other hand it sounds really good... I don't know what to do...what do you recommended to me?

Thanks!

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Aug 31, 2015 at 11:33 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

So far, there has been no word on the whereabouts of Maleficient and the Evil Queen, but you will find other villains scattered around the park. Last year, these two were exclusive to the Sinister Soiree, a party within the party so to speak at Cinderella Castle. The Soiree, which was an additional charge, hasn't yet been announced for this year.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 24, 2015 at 6:58 p.m.
Andy Says...

Hi, Love your blog, it's been so helpful with our WDW planning so far :) We are planning to visit WDW the first week of October and have purchased a 5 day Park Hopper with Water Fun and More. We were planning to get tickets for NSSHP as well, but were thinking we'd use the daytime for a Fun Visit then attend NSSHP in the evening and save one of our Magic Your Way/Park Hoppers for the following day. How do we ensure the MYW/PH doesn't get utilized for the evening we want to go to NSSHP? Or is that not allowed?

Thanks again for all your super tips!

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Sep 10, 2015 at 11:22 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andy,

I don't have a definitive answer to this question, but I bet Disney has a way to avoid this. I think the answer is that when you enter the park on the party day, you will want to use your Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party physical ticket or E-Ticket to enter and not your MagicBand (even if the ticket is linked). You could also call Disney directly to find out.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 24, 2015 at 5:06 a.m.
Alice Says...

I am going to Disney and the MNSSHP. I have dinner reservations at Be Our Guest at 7:30 during the party. I've seen multiple places that there are no reservations and only quick services during the party. Is this true?

Thanks!

Alice

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Aug 24, 2015 at 10:23 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alic,

No, the table service restaurants are still operating during the party. Enjoy!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 24, 2015 at 1:17 a.m.
Sharon Says...

I see on the Disney website that on Sept 20th there is a pirate event. Will this interfere with the mnsshp event? I am considering buying tickets for the mnsshp and want to make sure I am not choosing the wrong date if there is another event occurring on the same date. Do you know anything about a pirate event on Sept 20th?

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Aug 26, 2015 at 11:12 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sharon,

I am not familiar with a pirate event on this date, but I don't think it would interfere with crowds at Magic Kingdom.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 23, 2015 at 7:34 p.m.
Lauren Says...

MNSSHP will be the only time we visit park on our trip to WDW this time around. If I link my Halloween tickets to My Disney Experience account to use the fast pass+ option from 4-7, how will we use the use the fp at the park without bands? Will we still have a fp+ option?

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Sep 10, 2015 at 11:25 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren,

This is a good question, and I don't have a definitive answer. If you opted for a physical ticket for the Halloween Party, you should be able to use that for FastPass+. If you opted for an E-ticket, I am not certain that you can. The ability to make FastPass+ reservations on the MNSSHP ticket has always been a loophole. We would look at it as a bonus if it works.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 23, 2015 at 12:05 p.m.
Tricia Says...

Hello,

I plan on going to the Magic Kingdom on the same day that there is the Halloween Party. Do I need to buy a day pass and a Halloween party pass (so 2 tickets for that day). I hope this makes sense. Thanks!

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Aug 26, 2015 at 10:07 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tricia,

Yes, you do.

Mommy Frog

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Aug 21, 2015 at 4:39 p.m.
Bailey Says...

During the Halloween Party are the regular meet and greets (Anna and Elsa) available?

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Aug 26, 2015 at 8:16 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bailey,

Yes! Anna and Elsa are available to meet during the Halloween Party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 21, 2015 at 4:33 p.m.
Lauren Says...

Hello! It will be my first time going to Disneyland (not Disneyworld) around Halloween. I was wondering on the days where there is no party does the park stay open until the normal hours? Also do people dress up on non-party days? I was thinking of getting a park hopper on a non-party day and then getting a party ticket for the next day :)

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Aug 26, 2015 at 8:35 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren,

I think you've got a good plan!

We have a post dedicated to Disneyland's Halloween Time. All of the Disney parks adjust park hours based on crowd levels, so "normal hours" is always a bit in flux. On nights without the party, the park will be open later, though, than nights with the party.

Disneyland has specific costume guidelines, and adults are not allowed to wear costumes at other times.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 18, 2015 at 11:11 a.m.
Adam Says...

Hello! Your site has been such a great resource for planning our DW trip this September - thank you! We just managed to score a table at Cinderella's Castle on the night of the 22nd - at 7pm. We don't have Halloween tickets for that night, though. We have them for the following Friday. Do you think it will be a problem? Should we call Disney and ask to move the reservation to 6.55pm? We're coming from Australia - so it's truly a once in a lifetime event!

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Aug 18, 2015 at 9:25 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adam,

You will be allowed to stay for your dinner reservation. I would make sure to head over there just a little bit early. Have fun!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 18, 2015 at 9:16 p.m.
Adam Says...

Thanks for that! I wasn't going to tell my daughter just in case but now I will. She'll be so happy. It was so hard getting a reservation there. :)

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Aug 20, 2015 at 6:55 p.m.
kelly Says...

I would really call and check on that. It specifically says on the 7 pm reservation that you need a ticket. I was told anything after 6:55 would not be allowed without a MNSSHP ticket.

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Sep 7, 2015 at 7:25 a.m.
Adam Says...

Hey Kelly,

Our reservation details on the website doesn't mention it, and I have printed that out to take with me. When I called the WDW Dining they suggested we get there early. Apparently if you don't have tickets someone literally walks you out of the park at the end of your dinner.

I am still a little worried about it though, but I guess the worst that will happen is we'll have to pay for the Halloween tickets on the night. I can't see them doing that, though. We're staying on site for ten days.

Adam

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Aug 18, 2015 at 2:01 a.m.
Tiffany Says...

where do the kids actually Trick-or-Treat?

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Aug 18, 2015 at 9:27 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tiffany,

There are several treat locations and trick-or-treat trails throughout the park.

Mommy Frog

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Aug 17, 2015 at 9:49 p.m.
Cheri Says...

I managed to snag reservation at Be Our Guest Restaurant during a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party night. But I’m having second thoughts. We have never done either and not likely to do another Halloween party. My question is do you think it will be worth an hour out of the party for dinner with the Beast? Reservations are at 7:55 with the 1st parade at 8:30 with the 2nd parade at 10:30. I’m not sure about any other special Halloween activities. Do you think the dinner take up to much time to be worth it?

Thank you for your thoughts.

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Aug 25, 2015 at 8:05 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cheri,

This is a tough question. Ideally, you would have the reservation on a non-party night. It is going to take you away from the party activities, but it is also a very cool experience to dine with the Beast. If you are staying until midnight and plan on seeing the second parade, I think it will be OK, but up to you!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 17, 2015 at 7:38 p.m.
SFT Says...

We will be in the park all day before the start of the MNSSHP. I have already booked FP for the morning. Do we have to use those before booking FP during the party? And do you think we will be terribly exhausted to get there early morning and stay until midnight? Probably a silly question!

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Aug 25, 2015 at 8:02 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

FastPass+ is not offered during the party, so what you did is great! Crowds will peak in the afternoons, so having FastPass+ then is best. Whether you will be exhausted depends a lot on you and your group, but, yes, if you stay all day and then until midnight without a break, I think you will be exhausted (a good kind of exhausted). It would be better if you could take a break in the early afternoon, have a nap or a swim, or just something to recharge.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 8, 2016 at 12:13 a.m.
April Says...

So excited to attend our first MNSSHP. We will be there Oct. 13th - 18th. Any ideas which night is the best to go? We are currently thinking the 18th. Ut totally open to other ideas.

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Apr 8, 2016 at 8:29 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi April,

Yes, that would be the best. The 13th is also a good choice.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 16, 2015 at 10:02 p.m.
Collette Says...

do you know if the Sinister Soirée is being held this year?

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Aug 18, 2015 at 2:19 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Collette,

It has not yet been announced for this year. Judging by the popularity of it, our guess is that it will be back. Stay tuned.

Mommy Frog

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Aug 16, 2015 at 8:24 p.m.
Jessica Says...

Hi, my husband and I are planning on going to disney on 10/23. We were thinking of also purchasing tickets to the halloween party also, but were confused as to if we could even do a regualar park day and the party on the same night. Would they just give us our wristbands when we entered the park in the morning, or would we have to exit and then come back in? Just wanting to know what's best.

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Aug 18, 2015 at 2:20 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica,

You don't have to exit. Just head toward Main Street after 4 p.m. but before 7 p.m. and get your wristbands!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 15, 2015 at 8:58 p.m.
Jay Wood Says...

Hi!! We love your tips. Me and my daughter who is 12 go to Disney for a week every year. This past Aug was our 8th. I have tickets on my My Exp- Magic Band for MNSSH for Oct 16. Also on my Band is my last 4 days of my No-Experation 10 day passes. When we get to the park at 4 to enter for that Scary nite I worry that my 10 day pass will read and not my Scaary pass. Should I worry?? I just want to make sure I dont lose a day by accident on my 10 day pass. We want to Maximize that day since I already have FP from 4-7 that day. Thanks for your answer and God Bless!!

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Aug 24, 2015 at 2:11 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jay,

We have had a similar issue. The best bet to insure that this doesn't happen is to visit guest services at the park before you enter and have the cast member reassign your MNSSHP ticket to make sure it is used first. You could also try calling to get this done in advance, but the last time I called about this, the cast member I spoke with said it had to be done in person.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 13, 2015 at 3:08 p.m.
Lori Says...

We are attending WDW for the first time. We were planning to be at MK on 10/15, Epcot on 10/16 and MK on 10/17. We are not planning to attend the Halloween Party. Does the park close early for the Halloween Party? Will that affect our ability to make the most of our time there?

Also, we were planning to see the 9:45 Celebrate the Magic and 10:00 Wishes fireworks on Sat 10/17. Are those the regular ones or Halloween themed? Will we still be able to see those shows if we don't have a Halloween Party ticket?

Feeling confused. Thanks in advance for your help!

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Aug 24, 2015 at 10:57 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lori,

Magic Kingdom closing early shouldn't be a huge impact on your ability to see and do everything. Generally, though, the non-party days will be a little bit more crowded than party days because of the shortened hours. There are seasonal changes to Celebrate the Magic, but the overall show doesn't change significantly. On non-party nights, Wishes is the normal show. If you wanted to see HalloWishes, you could watch from Ticket and Transportation Center, the beach at Disney's Polynesian and at the observation deck at California Grill. You'd need a reservation for some time in the evening at California Grill (if you dine early, you'd just need to show your receipt to come back). Each of these locations also pipe in the music! TTC is probably the easiest to get to, but we think California Grill has the best view.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 12, 2015 at 10:01 p.m.
Flo Says...

Hi there! Thanks for all the great info! We are going this year to MNSCHP for the first time. I was wondering if you knew when the schedule for this year will be available so that we can start planning!

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Aug 20, 2015 at 1:28 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Flo,

The schedule typically isn't available in advance, but it doesn't change too much from year to year. You can view last year's to get a good idea for this year.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 12, 2015 at 2:01 p.m.
Rena Says...

Hi, thanks so much for your informative posts. I have tickets for October 13 for MNSSHP and am wondering if it would be a good idea to purchase a 2nd night for this, didn't know if we will be able to fit it all in into one night? Thanks

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Aug 20, 2015 at 1:26 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rena,

You should be able to experience the biggest events in one night. If you wanted to experience EVERYTHING, including every character meet-and-greet and every trick-or-treat trail, then yes, you would want two nights.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 10, 2015 at 1:34 p.m.
Natalie Says...

we'll be disney for this event. if we are attending all day from 9, how will they know to kick us out if we don't have party tickets? i.e. can you sneakily stay all day on just a regular ticket??!?

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Aug 18, 2015 at 2:07 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie,

Only party guests receive party wristbands. If you are not wearing a wristband starting at 7 p.m., you will be directed toward the exits.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 9, 2015 at 12:11 a.m.
Jenn Says...

Hello! Thanks for the great info. I was wondering if one night was enough to get most everything done? We will have an almost 3 year old in tow. Would it be a waste to buy tickets for another night?

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Aug 18, 2015 at 1:41 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenn,

I think you could experience most of the highlights in one evening. What would make it difficult is if you wanted to see all of the most popular characters.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 6, 2015 at 8:37 p.m.
Alton Says...

So Kids ages 3-9 are free? And do you know dates are sold out?

Thanks

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Aug 6, 2015 at 4:02 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alton,

Kids 3-9 are not free, and so far Oct. 31 is the only sold out date.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 6, 2015 at 10:19 p.m.
Alton Says...

Sorry to bother you, but is the dates for the party accurate?

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Aug 7, 2015 at 9:45 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alton,

Yes, they are.

Mommy Frog

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Aug 3, 2015 at 3:45 p.m.
KimW Says...

We have tickets to MNSSHP for this October but was wondering if we have to use a park ticket to go in along with our MNSSHP tix or just the MNSSHP tix?

Thanks!

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Aug 3, 2015 at 2:25 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

Just the MNSSHP ticket is all you need to enter at party time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 3, 2015 at 2:23 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adrianna,

Unfortunately, you are out of luck for the 31st. Could you try one of the dates before then?

Mommy Frog

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Aug 25, 2015 at 3:29 a.m.
Jenny Says...

If you happen to have a military ID, they may still sell you a ticket to a sold out event at a Guest Relations window. I would call Disney to be sure, but I was told this for the Very Merry Christmas Party in 2014.

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Aug 3, 2015 at 2:20 p.m.
Nicole Says...

Will you be getting tickets to sell for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party? Do you know when? And if you will have them for Oct. 31st? Thanks!

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Aug 3, 2015 at 2:28 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole,

We are expecting to get tickets for select party dates. Unfortunately, the Oct. 31 party is already sold out.

Mommy Frog

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Aug 1, 2015 at 2:44 p.m.
Ashley Says...

I had read everywhere that fastpasses were not open for MNSSHP tickets. But when I linked my tickets, it allowed us to get them for up until 7pm. Because of the few day delay, now we don't have HM or 7DMT. Bummer.

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Aug 28, 2015 at 6:25 p.m.
Lyle Baker Says...

How were you able to get Fast Passes from 4-7pm with only your MNSSHP tickets? Our tickets are "linked" but we are unable to get Fast Passes.

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Aug 5, 2015 at 5:02 a.m.
L.B. Says...

I booked 3 fast pass between 4-7 the day we plan to go MNSSH but it took away from another park day. We booked 3 days, plus MNSSH and could only book 3 sets of fastpasses. Hopefully it will work out for us....

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Aug 5, 2015 at 8:56 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi L.B.

Do you and did you have your Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party ticket linked in My Disney Experience?

Leap

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Aug 1, 2015 at 9:52 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley,

I wouldn't worry too much about Haunted Mansion. The wait usually isn't too bad for it without FastPass+. For 7DMT, you can either keep trying for something to open up or go during the party toward the end of the evening when waits drop off.

I don't think it will be too bad.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 5, 2015 at 9:08 p.m.
DJ Says...

According to Disney, FP+ are not available for the event. Disney sells a limited amount of tickets. Most wait times are 10 to 15 minutes. From past experience, this is pretty accurate. So, since entry is usually 4pm, you can select FP+ for the 4pm - 7pm time frame, if available. Have fun!

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Aug 7, 2015 at 9:47 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi DJ,

Yes, this is correct. You can book FastPass+ from 4-7 p.m. with your party ticket.

Mommy Frog

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Aug 1, 2015 at 4:30 a.m.
Lindsay Says...

We are taking our daughter for her 3rd birthday. I'm concerned the celebration may be too scary for her age, despite the "not so scary" name. Will the villain costumes or atmosphere be too much for such a young age?

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Aug 1, 2015 at 9:34 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindsay,

At your daughter's age, even the not scary costumed characters may frighten your daughter. It took Lily a long time to not be scared of the characters who weren't princesses. That is fairly easy to avoid, since you do have to line up to meet characters. The other thing that might scare your daughter it the Mickey's Boo to You Parade with its villains, and especially the Headless Horseman at the beginning. I wouldn't avoid the parade for that reason, but I would be prepared in advance.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 1, 2015 at 8:35 p.m.
Lindsay Says...

Great advise!! With those concerns, do you think it will be worth our money to purchase the extra tickets for the event or would you suggest we just wait till our next visit in a couple of years when she is older?

Also, I couldn't find what time the park closes for non MNSSHP guests and how late the party goes to.

Thanks for the super knowledgable help!!!!

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Aug 2, 2015 at 8:50 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindsay,

I wouldn't let that stop you from going - there are so many other aspects that you all will enjoy. Every child is different, and she may not be afraid at all. I don't think it would take away from the overall experience. Also, the party hours are 7 p.m. until midnight.

Mommy Frog

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Jul 31, 2015 at 8:18 p.m.
Heather Says...

Thanks for the wonderful info! Does Disney dining accept MK restaurant reservations during the Halloween party? When I check dining hours for dates with the party, they don't offer reservation times past 7 pm.

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Aug 1, 2015 at 9:06 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather,

Thank you for the compliment! Yes, they do, but it's possible those reservations are now booked.

Mommy Frog

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Jul 28, 2015 at 6:16 p.m.
Lindsay Says...

You might have already answered this but do you know generally how many tickets are available for each night? Or, on the busiest night, what the crowd might be comparable to during a "regular" disney day?

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Jul 31, 2015 at 9 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindsay,

Disney does not publish this information, so we don't know for sure, but a sold out party would likely be a crowd level 8-10.

Mommy Frog

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Jul 27, 2015 at 11 p.m.
Brad Says...

Last year, you could book FP+ from 4-7 with only a MNSSP ticket. Will this be available again this year?

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Aug 3, 2015 at 2:34 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brad,

Yes, this is available, just make sure your ticket is linked in My Disney Experience.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 25, 2015 at 2:20 a.m.
Angie Says...

Hi!

We are going to the 9/22 party. Ir's our 1st time ever at Disney and we are super excited! I'm so happy to get to trick-or-treat as an adult!! One of those things I thought I'd lost with my choldhood. :(

Anyway, will we stand out if we choose not to wear Disney themed costumes, or woll Wonderwoman or a flapper girl fit in?

Thanks for your help!

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Aug 3, 2015 at 8:21 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angie,

Costumes do not have to be Disney-themed, although the majority will be. I think Wonder Woman and Flapper Girl will be just fine.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 22, 2015 at 1:18 p.m.
Delia Says...

Hi there,

My husband and I are going to WDW for a conference and have tickets to Mickey's Halloween. If we are only entering the park at the time of the Party (so after 4pm) do we still need a ticket to enter the park?? Thanks for the help!

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Jul 22, 2015 at 8:47 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Delia,

No, if that's the case, you just need the party ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 17, 2015 at 11:45 p.m.
Cramer Says...

Hello!

If I only want to attend the Halloween party, do I have to buy a park admission ticket as well or do I only have to buy the party ticket?

Also, if I do only have to buy the party ticket, will I still be able to enter the park a few hours early at 4pm?

Thanks for your help! :)

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Jul 22, 2015 at 9:33 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cramer,

You only need the party ticket, and you will be able to enter the park a few hours early.

Mommy Frog

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Jul 17, 2015 at 8:33 p.m.
Elizabeth Says...

I am sorry if you already posted about this, but if we plan to go to WDW during the day but then also attend the Halloween party in the evening, do we have to purchase separate tix for both regular park admission and then the party? Thank you :)

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Jul 22, 2015 at 9:33 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth,

If you plan to go to Magic Kingdom before 4 p.m. you would need regular admission and then the party ticket to attend the party.

Mommy Frog

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Aug 5, 2015 at 10:15 p.m.
lisa Says...

On this... do they clean out the park and then re open it or how does this work? We are trying to figure out our day with a 6 and 9 year old... I'm thinking go for the AM, nap, and change, then back at 4? (we have 5:20 dinner reservations at MK). Any thoughts (and your whole post!) are helpful! ~Lisa

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Aug 7, 2015 at 9:47 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa,

No, they do not clean the park out. Party guests are given wristbands, and guests that don't have them after 7 p.m. are asked to exit. Your plan sounds like a good one!

Mommy Frog

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