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Your Complete Guide to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2023 — Tickets On Sale Now!

by Mommy Frog on May 2, 2023 4426 Orlando

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Boo to you! Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will return on select nights from Aug. 11 to Nov. 1, 2023. This special, separately ticketed event at Magic Kingdom Park offers unique characters, attraction overlays, treat stops, photo opportunities and specialty food and drink. Enjoy exclusive entertainment such as Mickey’s Boo-To-You parade, Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show and Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks. Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a highlight for our fam every fall — read on for all of the information you need to know before you go!

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Waiting for the parade on Main Street USA

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. 

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 is held on select nights at Magic Kingdom from Aug. 11 to Nov. 1, 2023. The parties go from 7 p.m. to midnight, though party guests can enter the park as early as 4 p.m. The park closes at 6 p.m. for daytime guests without an event ticket (which means no showing of Happily Ever After fireworks on those evenings).

  • August — 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
  • September — 1, 4, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29
  • October — 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31
  • November — 1

Savings Alert


Discount Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets are on sale now!

Get Your Tickets

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets range in price by date — and you can save some green by purchasing through Undercover Tourist! Tickets are now available to all guests as of May 2. Select Disney World Resort hotel guests were given a special early booking opportunity for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets beginning April 27.

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

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

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Event Guide

The biggest question we get for this event, as well as for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, is which are the best days to attend. Many parties sell out quickly so we recommend purchasing tickets as soon as you know you want to attend.

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. 2022 was a little unique because we saw more and more early dates sell out, likely due to the extra excitement from the party returning after three years. 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). 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 Tortuga Tavern in Adventureland 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 Plan

For 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 bag for your first treat station. The bags last year were the same size as previous ones but were 50th-themed and reusable! Could there be a special 100th anniversary-themed bag in 2023? We can't wait to find out! Select Halloween merchandise can be purchased here, as well. What a grand entrance to the party!

New for 2022 — and hopfully continuing for 2023 — enjoy special 3D photo backdrops throughout the park for a perfect photo-op! Last year, we saw one near Tomorrowland Terrace and another by the Magic Carpets of Aladdin.

Want to know the best way to organize your night? Hop over to our Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Park Plan!

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Map

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — 2022 map

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

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

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

Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular (Confirmed for 2023)

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Mickey'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." In 2022, the fireworks began at 10:15 p.m.

Fireworks dessert parties returned in 2022 with 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). 2023 booking dates have not been announced yet.

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.

Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade (Confirmed for 2023)

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Boo to You Parade Entrance

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?!)

New for 2022, those waiting for the parade on portions of Main Street, U.S.A. could reminisce on classic '90s nostalgia with a dance crew led by Max Goof — cosplaying as Powerline from the popular "A Goofy Movie"! We hope he makes his frogtacular return this year.

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

Mickey and Minnie lead the parade along with their friends, including Goofy, Pluto, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Aladdin, Jasmine and others. 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. She was new to the parade in 2019 and glides down the street alongside dancing ghoulish couples. You'll also see Pixar characters, Hitchhiking ghosts, Disney villains and more!

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

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular (Confirmed for 2023)

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Hocus Pocus 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, Ooogie Boogie and Maleficent. The show is still a wicked-good time, especially for fans of the film! Shows can be delayed or canceled due to weather.

  • August and September Showtimes (2022): 8:35 p.m., 10:45 p.m. and 12 a.m.
  • October Showtimes (2022): 7:40 p.m., 8:35 p.m., 10:45 p.m. and 12 a.m. 

Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet (Confirmed for 2023)

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."

In 2022, you could catch the Cadaver Dans at 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:50 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Disney Junior Jam (Confirmed for 2023)

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!

Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball

Over in Tomorrowland at the Rockettower Plaza Stage, guests can join Mike Wazowski, Sulley, and their other monster friends for the Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball! Show off your best monstrous dance moves from 7 p.m. to midnight.

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

Character Greetings

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Kids meeting Jack 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 and Sally, who draw big lines. Other popular characters include Elvis Stitch, Pooh and friends in their Halloween costumes and more! There are more than twenty characters meeting throughout the park at select times and locations. Here's everyone who met during the 2022 parties:

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – Character Location infographic

Check out our 2022 not-so-scary character guide for all character locations, photos and tips for meeting. Character appearances and locations have not been announced for 2023 parties, but use our guide to help give you an idea. Many of the same characters return each year.

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

One of the major perks of ticketed events such as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is the shorter lines for some of your favorite attractions. This year, we saw Seven Dwarfs Mine Train go up to 40 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.

New for 2023, TRON Lightcycle Run will be available during the party via a virtual queue! We'll let you know more as additional details are released.

Disney Genie+ is not available during the party. If you have a valid park reservation and admission to a park earlier in the day, you could utilize Genie between 4 and 6 p.m. If only attending with a party ticket, you may not be able to purchase Genie+ due to not having a park reservation. Because wait times are typically so low during the party, we don’t think it’s necessary to purchase just for that short window.

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

Rides are subject to closure at any time. For a list of refurbishments during your specific dates, please see our full list of Disney World ride closures. Mickey's PhilharMagic, Carousel of Progress and the Enchanted Tiki Room are closed during the party. Here's which attractions are available for 2023:


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


  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Liberty Square:

  • Haunted Mansion


  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • “It’s a small world”
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Mad Tea Party*
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • The Barnstormer


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

*Some attractions may receive spooktacular, party-exclusive overlays and enhancements, including Mad Tea Party, Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain and Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor. A crew of live pirates takes over your journey on Pirates of the Caribbean. Meanwhile, 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. These are not yet confirmed for 2023.

Costume Information

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

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

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

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

For guests ages 14 and up:

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

  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and subject to additional security screening.
  • Costumes may not reach or drag the ground.
  • Capes should not go below the waist.
  • Themed T-shirts, shirts, sweatshirts and hats are acceptable.
  • Transparent wings, plastic lightsabers, toy swords and tutus are OK. Headwear must not cover the face.
  • Costume masks are not allowed.

For guests ages 13 and under:

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


Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Treat stop

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

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

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

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

All of the trick-or-treat stops are marked with a large glowing inflatable. Here were the stops for 2022:

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

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Candy Distribution

Here are the treat locations from 2022. We'll update once we attend this year, but expect similar locations.

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Market Street (available until 8 p.m.)
  • Chamber of Commerce (allergy-friendly station)


  • Tortuga Tavern
  • Aloha Isle


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

Liberty Square

  • Columbia Harbor House
  • Liberty Square Ticket Office (allergy-friendly station)


  • Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic
  • Walt Disney World Railroad Station
  • Ariel's Grotto


  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café
  • Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress

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

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Candy Cane Soft Serve

If the free candy doesn't quite satisfy your sweet tooth, you can enjoy spooktacular offerings created especially for the season. We tried the Pain and Panic hot dog and Winifred's Elixir of Youth from Casey's Corner (since they were available before the party started, we could still mobile order!) in 2022. The hot dog had a bit of a kick to it with the spicy mustard on it, but very enjoyable, though probably not tadpole-approved. The Elixir of Youth was very refreshing with an interesting texture — it truly looked like something out of a witch's cauldron! (Be warned, it will turn you green ... well, more so than normal for us frogs). We also tried the yummy Candy Corn soft-serve from Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies, as well as the Sweet Almond Corn Cake from Pecos Bill's. Our brains still can't believe it's cake, and a delicious one at that! There are also specialty popcorn buckets, sippers and a candy glow cube. Check out our spellbinding guide to Halloween treats for more details!

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Corn Cake from Peco's Bill

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

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

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

For those interested in booking a table-service restaurant, Be Our Guest Restaurant and Cinderella's Royal Table were open during party time in 2022. 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 open until 6:55 p.m. on party nights and may have reservations available until then. Regular guests may book these late reservations, even if 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.

New for 2022, all guests received a free commemorative print as they exited the park!

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 this year!

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 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.

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. (If you want a costume idea, check out our DIY Jack and Sally T-shirt.)

Popular characters such as 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 - Minnie in the Parade

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

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

The parade happens twice nightly and kicks off in Frontierland, follows the waterway until it reaches Liberty Square, crosses the Liberty Square bridge, circles Central Plaza in front of Cinderella Castle, then heads down Main Street, U.S.A., where it ends next to Harmony Barbershop. If you don't mind the kids staying up late, go to the second parade. It's usually much less crowded.

6. Don't Miss the Show and Fireworks 

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

With only one showtime at 10:15 p.m., you'll want to prepare for Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular. We think it's best to see it in front of Cinderella Castle so you can see the frogtastic projections. However, if you really don't want to mess with the crowds in the hub (or if you're attending multiple parties), it's cool to watch the fireworks in Fantasyland. You get more of a 360-degree show with fireworks booming all around you!

7. Knock Out Hocus Pocus, the Parade and Fireworks All at Once

If these three experiences fall at the top of your must-do list, we'd recommend finding a good viewing spot in front of Cinderella Castle and staying put through all three. While the second parade has lower crowds, trying to get through the crowd that has already been in the hub from the first parade who stay for the fireworks is not easy. If you're just coming for the fireworks, Casey's Corner or Plaza Ice Cream Parlor would be great options for a quick escape, but you'd still need to arrive early.

8. Get Your Boogie On

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

It just wouldn't be a Disney Halloween party without a dance. Mike and Sulley play host to their own Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland. Do it like the zombies do at the ZOM-BEATZ Bash in Cosmic Ray's or dance the night away with Disney Junior Pals at Storybook Circus.

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 Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain and Mad Tea Party are fairly minor, so don't get your hopes up on having a toadally different experience. (The rides 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 (like our walk-on for Pirates), 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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May 15, 2015 at 5:32 a.m. Aileen Says...

We will be arriving on the first week of the event. Do you think we would be able to get tickets during that week or will they be gone?

May 15, 2015 at 9:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aileen,

If you plan to attend, I would recommend purchasing before you leave, even if it's just a few days before you leave. While the first dates don't typically sell out in advance, it's always a possibility.

Mommy Frog

May 15, 2015 at 5:23 a.m. Aileen Says...

I forgot - for how long will be party be for? Until what hour?

May 15, 2015 at 9:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aileen,

Until midnight :)

Mommy Frog

May 15, 2015 at 5:23 a.m. Aileen Says...

Hi! Thank you so much for the awesome site. I love it and have been here for nearly four hours. I was wondering - if we go prior to the party to the regular hours, would we have to go outside again to go inside for the party? Also - clothes change can be made after 4 p.m. right? Another thing, are tickets only sold at the Disney site? Can they be bought on the hotels days prior the event?

May 15, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...


We're so glad to help! If you are already in the park, you do not have to leave for the party, you will just need to show your party ticket and pick up a party wristband that cast members give out. And you most certainly could change into your costumes inside the park. That said, I am a big fan of taking a break before the party at the hotel. Plus I think party prep is part of the fun, but then again I do love a reason to get all dressed up and put on a costume ;) We expect to be able to offer tickets for select party nights, so stay tuned. You will not be able to purchase them from the hotels.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 12, 2015 at 10:09 p.m. Beverly Says...

My husband and I are taking our Grandkids (10 and 9) Sept 20-25 and would like to attend the 9/20 or 9/22 party. We (my husband and I) have APs but our Grandkids will have MYW tix. Can we purchase their tix for MNSSHP using the AP discount?

May 13, 2015 at 9:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beverly,

You should be able to!

Hoppy planning,

Mommy Frog

May 11, 2015 at 7:44 p.m. Kat Says...

We have tickets for the Sept 20 MNSSHP. We are getting on a Disney Cruise the next day, but thought this would be a great surprise for our daughters 9 & 5. We are not telling them until we drive into Orlando as this will be their first visit to the MK (the second from my husband and I, but that was back in the 80s).

What are your top five rides to go on while we are at the party? Our girls will be seeing many of the characters on the cruise ship, and will most likely only want to see the villains and just enjoy the rides and candy!

Jun 8, 2015 at 6:33 p.m. Nicole Says...

9/21 on the dream? i sailing that cruise as well, but doing the halloween party 9/25 after the cruise :)

May 12, 2015 at 11:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kat,

What a great surprise! Measure your youngest daughter's height before you leave to make sure she meets the requirements, but I would see Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Peter Pan's Flight and Haunted Mansion.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 9, 2015 at 4:40 p.m. Angie Says...

My husband are traveling to Disney September 25-Oct 1 and our anniversary is on the 27th. We would like to spend our anniversary at Magic Kingdom but I see the Halloween party is going on, do normal guests have to leave the park? I also believe there were extra magic hours that night.

May 11, 2015 at 7:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angie,

Happy early anniversary! There are not any Extra Magic Hours at Magic Kingdom that evening. Unfortunately, if you do not have a party ticket, you would need to leave at 7 p.m. that evening.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 16, 2015 at 4:11 p.m. Gary Says...

Hi, might be a silly question, but if party-goers are entering the park early and day guests already there, how do they know who is who and if you are still in the park and just stay on for the party?!

Jul 16, 2015 at 11:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gary,

Party-goers are given wristbands, and they may be asked to show them if not visible.

Mommy Frog

May 8, 2015 at 12:15 p.m. Sara G Says...

Which is more crowded: Oct 13 (following Columbus day) or Oct 20 (closer to Halloween)? AND, without FastPass, what are wait times for popular rides such as Seven Dwarves Train? Thanks!

May 11, 2015 at 7:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara,

The 13th should be a better day, although many of the dates in October do sell out. We have a post that talks about the best party dates for 2015!

As far as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train goes, it will hit waits in excess of 120 minutes during peak times. During the party, it should be much lower, but I would still expect it to be 20-40 minutes during peak party time.

Mommy Frog

May 6, 2015 at 9:37 a.m. natalia Says...

my husband is military in Spain can you still get discounts or is it for American militaries only?

May 11, 2015 at 7:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalia,

Unfortunately, we are not aware of discounts for Spanish military.

Mommy Frog

May 5, 2015 at 7:49 p.m. Katie Says...


We are visiting Florida 09/07 - 09/21, the only party we can attend is the first party 09/15. Will this be as good as those later in the season? We already have 14 day Disney tickets, would you recommend a separate visit before the party to enjoy the park? Thinking a chill day, then head to the park for the party at around 4pm would be a good idea? Could we enter the park a little 4pm before with our Disney tickets to take advantage of the quieter rides? Are there any rides you would recommend skipping on the first visit and visiting in the quieter period on the day of the party?


May 8, 2015 at 9:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie,

Check out this post on the best dates to visit. The party will be just as good earlier in the season, and honestly because crowds are so much lower, we think it's even better!

You would not be able to enter earlier than 4 p.m. unless you had regular park admission. I would suggest you enjoy the party activities as much as you can, but all of the rides will be less busy during the party, so you could ride some of the more popular ones then.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 2, 2015 at 9:35 p.m. Jessica Says...

We will be in disney world from the 28th of October through November 4th, but I don't think we will have he extra money for the Halloween party tickets, is there somewhere else we can take my daughter trick or treating? Or can we take her trick or treating from 4-7 without a Halloween ticket?

May 8, 2015 at 8:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica,

You can trick or treat at the Disney World resorts. On weekends in October, SeaWorld has a spectacular trick-or-treating event and your daughter can dress up. It's included with regular park admission.

Mommy Frog

Apr 29, 2015 at 8:16 p.m. Bri Says...

Would Sunday Oct. 25th or Tues Oct. 27tth be less crowded?

Apr 30, 2015 at 7:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bri,

Unfortunately, that week I don't think there will be much difference in crowd levels as most likely all parties will sell out.

Mommy Frog

Apr 29, 2015 at 4:05 a.m. Allison Says...

Would you recommend halloween night for Nov 1? We arrive Oct 30 and I am wondering if there would be much difference in the crowd size? Thanks!

Apr 29, 2015 at 8:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Allison,

I believe both of these parties will be crowded. Oct. 31 historically sells out fairly quickly, but I think Nov. 1 will end up selling out too.

Mommy Frog

Apr 30, 2015 at 12:40 a.m. Jackie Says...

We will be in Disney 9/13-9/19.....would like to attend the first party on Tuesday 9/15 but do you think it will be really busy because its the first party of the year

Apr 30, 2015 at 7:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jackie,

That first party should have some of the fewest crowds of the season. It's a great time to go!

Mommy Frog

Apr 28, 2015 at 6:45 p.m. Theresa Walden Says...

Hi. I purchased some tickets for the Mickey's not so scary Halloween party and I was wondering can I change the date I'd like to go?

Apr 28, 2015 at 2:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Theresa,

You would need to contact Disney directly, but I don't think so.

Mommy Frog

Apr 28, 2015 at 3:09 a.m. Angela Says...

Do you have to have a park ticket WITH the event ticket to go in the Halloween party or is just the Halloween Party ticket enough?

Apr 28, 2015 at 10:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angela,

No, a party ticket is enough to get you in starting at 4 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 27, 2015 at 5:44 p.m. James Jensen Says...

Hi, Good information! I checked the Disneyland (Anaheim) website and they are not for sale yet evidently. Any word when they will be available on the West Coast? Thanks ~ JJ

Apr 30, 2015 at 11:49 p.m. Sonia Says...

Any info on Anaheim Dates?

Apr 28, 2015 at 3:02 p.m. Josh Says...

Going to be there the 9th through the 19th, was wondering if you thought the first party on Tuesday the 15th was going to be busier then the Friday the 18th since it is the first party date of the season. Would be nice to have a "crowd calendar" for the events.

Apr 29, 2015 at 8:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Josh,

I think the 15th will be less crowded than the 18th, and one of the least-crowded parties of the season.

Mommy Frog

Apr 26, 2015 at 1:56 a.m. Jeff Says...

If adults wear costumes to the party, do they have to wait until 7:00 to enter the park? I read something from Disney indicating adults are not allowed to wear costumes during regular hours. We want to arrive at 4:00.

Apr 29, 2015 at 8:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeff,

On party nights, adults can enter with costumes at 4 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 25, 2015 at 2:15 p.m. Amy Says...

Military Tickets for the MNSSHP are purchase day of at guest services correct? And they are sold even to sold out events correct?? I've heard yes and not sure about them being sold to the sold out dates since they are only purchased at the gates! Thanks so much, we just had a great time watching the videos for the Parade and Fireworks!!

May 2, 2015 at 7:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy,

Military Tickets for MNSSHP are only available for purchase at a Walt Disney World ticket booth, Guest Relations, or at Shades of Green. Since they are only available in person, Disney reserves a number of these tickets specifically for their military guests even if the party is sold out to regular guests.

So glad you enjoyed the videos!

Mommy Frog

Apr 25, 2015 at 4:34 a.m. Kelly Says...

We're going to Disney in early October with a 5 & 4 year it worth doing the not so scary halloween or would we be better off not telling the kids and maybe doing it on a later trip? Just not sure if it's really worth shelling out the extra $70/person after already buying park hopper tickets. Any advice is greatly appreciated!!!

Apr 29, 2015 at 9:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly,

You ultimately have to make the call, but I think your kids would love getting to wear their costumes and seeing everyone else in the park all dressed up!

Mommy Frog

Sep 10, 2015 at 2:10 a.m. Linda Says...

Hi, I have a quick question.... I have gotten conflicting answer and hope you know ...I am booked for BOG dinner at 740pm on a MNSSHP ticketed night,,, we dont have party tickets for that night but we did purchase them for another night... Are we able to just do the dining that night and get escorted out after the dinner or will they just say we can't dine there? It took so long to finally get the reservations for BOG dinner it's our first time in Disney...and I don't mind the escort in and out.. Thanks!

Sep 10, 2015 at 6:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Linda,

I would call Disney to confirm, but I don't think you will be able to stay for the reservation without a party ticket. Maybe someone reading here has had a similar situation and can comment. Please let us know what you find out!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 22, 2015 at 9:37 p.m. Beth Says...

How busy is the November 1st party on Sunday night? Looking at that date.

Apr 23, 2015 at 7:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beth,

I expect it will be fairly busy as some guests will be coming to the parks specifically so that they can attend the last Halloween Party and the first Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party of the year.

Mommy Frog

Apr 18, 2015 at 7:52 p.m. Jennifer Says...

We are trying to choose between Oct 29th (thurs) and actually going Sat night on the 31st. Is there much of a difference between what happens and is actual Halloween night overwhelmingly crowded compared to a weekday?

Apr 20, 2015 at 7:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

With Halloween falling on a Saturday, I expect that party to sell out. With four parties that week, it might help keep the crowds lower on Thursday, but Saturday will be busy!

Mommy Frog

Apr 27, 2015 at 2:15 p.m. Alicia Says...

We bought tickets for 10/27... I'm hoping that between having a party on Sunday and late MK hours on Wednesday that this party will be not as busy as some say it could be.

Apr 17, 2015 at 8:53 p.m. Amanda Says...

One more ? Adults can dress up, but can we beg for candy too :)

Apr 22, 2015 at 8:26 p.m. Mimi Says...

Anyone can and you can go in each candy line as many times as you want. Towards the end I took my son to the same line twice because it was empty and they gave us handful of candy be user it was his birthday. It's the best!

Apr 20, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Ha! Yes, Amanda, you can trick-or-treat!

Mommy Frog

May 19, 2015 at 2:13 a.m. Amanda Says...

AWESOME :) This bday girl will be happily TOT'ing at 34 years old LOL Thanks for the info!

Apr 17, 2015 at 8:52 p.m. Amanda Says...

So....would 10/20 (Tuesday...and my BDAY LOL) or 10/18 (Sunday) Be a better option as far as crowd levels go? I've never been, contemplating going in Oct to the Halloween party OR November for the Xmas Party. I'd just assume a Tuesday would be less crowded than a Sunday at MK. But now I'm confused LOL. help??

Apr 20, 2015 at 7:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

I would choose Tuesday over Sunday, and with four parties that week, it should help with crowds.

Mommy Frog

Apr 12, 2015 at 3:29 p.m. Bev Says...

Thanks for the information! We're staying at a Disney hotel from 28 October - do we need to buy the extra tickets? Don't want to miss out on all the fun!

Apr 13, 2015 at 8:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bev,

If you want to attend the Halloween party you will need to purchase an event ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 14, 2015 at 6:31 a.m. Alexis Says...

Do these tickets work for the Disneyland halloween party as well, or are they only for Disneyworld?

Apr 14, 2015 at 9:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alexis,

The Disneyland party tickets are separate from these.

Mommy Frog

Apr 14, 2015 at 5:20 p.m. Alexis Says...

Oh my goodness! I bought the wrong ones then! :( There isn't anything to do about it I suppose?

Apr 15, 2015 at 10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alexis,

You might try to reach out to Disney directly.

Mommy Frog

Apr 10, 2015 at 7:48 p.m. Barbara Says...

We will be arriving on Sunday Sept. 20th in the early morning (driving thru the night 8 hours). I was going to use Sunday as a pure rest day... but now deciding between the Halloween party on Sunday 9/20 or Tuesday 9/22. Do you have a recommendation on which would be less crowded. I do not plan on doing a park day on the night we go to the party so that everyone will be rested and enjoy the event. Thank you!!!!

Apr 13, 2015 at 9:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Barbara,

I would recommend Tuesday over Sunday, but if Sunday works better with your schedule, it could work too.

Mommy Frog

Apr 9, 2015 at 1:27 p.m. Carey Says...

Hi, thanks for all the info! We will be in Disney 10/22-10/29, any recs on which day would be less crowded? I'm thinking a Tuesday... Also how quickly do these tix generally sell out?


Apr 9, 2015 at 6:10 p.m. danny Says...

They usually sell out quickly but went on sale yesterday so get your tickets before they sell out

Apr 9, 2015 at 11:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carey,

I think the 27th is going to be your best day. Typically, the Oct. 31 party sells out the fastest. Most sell out the day of or a day or two leading up to the party. A few sell out much quicker than that. It's possible demand will be greater this year, and I would encourage you to purchase when you know your dates!

Mommy Frog

Apr 9, 2015 at 12:11 a.m. Sara Says...

If I purchase tickets in advance, is there an option for will-call pickup? Or do the MNSSHP tickets have to be mailed? Wondering how to keep it a secret if I'm not the only one who checks the mail :)


Apr 9, 2015 at 11:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara,

Yes, there is a Will Call option for tickets. Nice surprise!

Mommy Frog

Apr 8, 2015 at 7:34 p.m. Adam Says...

I'm driving by wdw in the fall for business with my wife. Do you know if I have to buy a admission for magic kingdom if I want to just go to mnsshp?

Apr 9, 2015 at 11:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adam,

If you buy a ticket to the party, you can enter Magic Kingdom at 4 p.m. Otherwise, you would need regular park admission.

Mommy Frog

Apr 8, 2015 at 5:50 p.m. Joy Says...

I apologize if this has already been asked: Will you be selling MNSSHP discount tickets this year? If so, do you know when they'll go on sale on your site or for what dates you'll have them?

Thank you!

(Vacation Sept. 26-Oct.4)

Apr 8, 2015 at 2:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joy,

We do hope to be able to offer these tickets again, but unfortunately we can't provide any more information at this time.

Mommy Frog

Apr 28, 2015 at 4:51 p.m. Katy Says...

Just a quick follow up to offering the tickets for this event. Did you offer last year and if so how far in advance? We are going in October and just don't want it to sell out.

Apr 28, 2015 at 2:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katy,

We did sell tickets for specific dates last year. We hope to offer them again, but we don't yet have any details or dates to announce. If you are concerned about selling out, I would go ahead and purchase.

Mommy Frog

Apr 7, 2015 at 8:34 p.m. Fernanda Says...

Hi there, pls how busy is the party usually on October 15th?

I'm from Brazil and love your blog! =)

Tks / Fernanda

Apr 8, 2015 at 6:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thank you, Fernanda! We love Brazil!

As you get closer to Halloween, the parties do get more crowded, but with so many parties this week, it should help a bit with crowds.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 6, 2015 at 8:42 p.m. Karen Says...

Hi there, we're traveling with a 10-yr-old boy to Disney Oct 11-14, during and just after Columbus Day weekend. We were thinking about doing the Tues Oct 13th party, but I'm wondering if the Columbus Day crowds will still be around, and if there are school breaks for US kids that week. We are planning to only go to MK during the party, so crowds need to be light for us to get the park done from 4 pm to midnight! Thanks!

Apr 7, 2015 at 10:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

Columbus Day isn't a big holiday as far as crowds go. Tuesday would be the best day to attend the party that week, but keep in mind that the closer you get to Halloween the more crowded the parties get.

Mommy Frog

Apr 6, 2015 at 5:31 p.m. Rose Says...

Are these dates only for Disneyworl or Disneyland also?

Apr 7, 2015 at 10:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rose,

These are the Disney World dates.

Mommy Frog

Apr 9, 2015 at 4:35 a.m. Rose Says...

What about Disneyland dates?

Apr 9, 2015 at 11:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rose,

The Disneyland Halloween dates have not yet been released!

Mommy Frog

Apr 3, 2015 at 9:53 a.m. Gordon Says...

Do you sell tickets to overseas guests (I live in the UK)?

Apr 3, 2015 at 6:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gordon,

Yes, we ship to the U.K. and many other countries! Take a look at our ticket options.

Mommy Frog

Apr 2, 2015 at 10:09 a.m. Simona Says...

Great article! I have 2 questions:

1. If we are not going to MNSSHP, but are visiting MK that day and want to have dinner in the park (e.g. Tony's), do we have to finish our dinner and leave by 7pm, or could we make reservations for 7pm and leave straight after dinner?

2. In MNSSHP, do they have special areas for the disabled to watch the parade/fireworks/horseman? What time would we need to get in place to get a disabled spot (I will be in an ECV electric scooter, plus 3 able bodied family members)

Thank you!

Apr 13, 2015 at 10:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Simona,

If you have dinner reservations before 7 p.m. you would be allowed to stay for that and then leave after dinner. For your second question, yes, most parades and shows offer special viewing areas for those with mobile disabilities. They are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so you should plan to arrive early. The viewing spaces cannot be reserved or guaranteed. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 13, 2015 at 10:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Simona,

If you have dinner reservations before 7 p.m. you would be allowed to stay for that and then leave after dinner. For your second question, yes, most parades and shows offer special viewing areas for those with mobile disabilities. They are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so you should plan to arrive early. The viewing spaces cannot be reserved or guaranteed.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 1, 2015 at 9:13 a.m. Anna Says...


how solid is the information that you can enter the park already at 4 p.m.? Thank you

Apr 1, 2015 at 10:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...


Solid :)

Mommy Frog

Apr 11, 2015 at 4:14 p.m. Kimmy Says...

Very solid!!! And we actually attended the party on Halloween night and though it was crowded, it wasn't an unbearable crowd. It's well worth the trip and the money. Not to mention going in at 4 and riding the rides will little to no wait. They escort non party ticket holders out if the park.

Mar 29, 2015 at 5:10 p.m. Stephanie B Says...

I am planning to go to Disney the first week in November this year. How busy is the party usually on November 1st? Thanks!

Apr 10, 2015 at 11:16 a.m. CANDACE Says...

We also have tickets purchased for Nov 1st ... Any idea how busy it will be ?

Mar 27, 2015 at 4:36 p.m. laura Says...

We plan on attending the 9/27 party. My question is this: we also plan on visiting magic kingdom that day (all day not just for the party), how do we get our wristbands for the party since we will already be in their park? Thanks!

Mar 31, 2015 at 8:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura,

There will be stations set up, so you can get your wristbands inside of the park.

Mommy Frog

Mar 17, 2015 at 2:22 p.m. John Says...

Can we use a Quick Service or Table Service dining credit between 4 and 7 if we only have an MNSSH ticket?

Mar 27, 2015 at 7:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John,

Yes, you can.

Mommy Frog

Mar 17, 2015 at 3:14 a.m. Sara Eriksen Says...

What time are the fireworks usually?

Mar 17, 2015 at 7:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Usually 9:30 p.m.

Mommy Frog

Mar 15, 2015 at 9:09 p.m. Brandi Meyer Says...

Hello we will be at Disney from the 21st of sept to the 26th and on the 25th of this year, they have the not so scary Halloween party . My question is we have the 4 day military park hopper tickets can we use one day of these to go to the Halloween party or will we have to buy the additional ticket? Thanks so much

Mar 19, 2015 at 3:07 a.m. Michele Says...

The Mickey's Not So Very Scary Halloween party is a SEPARATE Ticketed event. It costs extra. You can not use your regular park hopper tickets or regular day tickets to get into this event. If you are in Magic Kingdom that night, at 7pm they start making people leave who are not wearing wristbands for the party. They are very efficient at making guests leave, you wont be able to see characters, get food, ride rides or anything with out it. They stand in various locations and redirect the unticketed folks out. So no, you can't use your regular tickets, this event is always an extra fee. I hope that helps. Have fun!

Mar 16, 2015 at 6:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandi,

You would still need to buy party tickets.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 15, 2015 at 3:29 p.m. Holly Says...


Do you know if Villain's Sinister Soiree will be returning this year? I can't seem to find any information indicating that it will take place again this year which is a shame, it looked fantastic and I would love to go!

Mar 16, 2015 at 6:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Holly,

Normally, details such as these are not released until much closer to the party date. I would expect that the dance parties will be returning, it's just unclear if the villains will be there.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 12, 2015 at 6:59 p.m. Christine Says...

Could you give us an idea on how much the MNSSH tickets will be? This will be our first time to Florida and want to take advantage of the "Party". Also, will they close the ALL the Parks early or just MK and Disney Hollywood Studios for the Halloween Party?

Mar 14, 2015 at 8:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christine,

Last year, advance ticket prices ranged from $62-71 for adults to give you an idea. Only Magic Kingdom closes early, all of the other parks will have regular operating hours.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 11, 2015 at 4:59 p.m. Jules Says...

We cant wait for the party, first time in WDW and USA! We heard there is a school break on 22/23rd Oct is that correct? Was thinking Tue 27th as its the only date that fits our travel plans. Will that be really busy? Thanks

Mar 14, 2015 at 8:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jules,

There is no break across U.S. schools during that time. The 27 is likely to be busy as the dates near Halloween are, but we still think it's worth it!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 5, 2015 at 4:39 p.m. revonda Says...

iam wondering why that are starting the parties later this year...we already book our trip for the first full week in september just for the party...base on the dates last year they started the first of sepetmeber ....and now they are starting them in the midddle...just wondering if they will be adding dates...or do i need to change my date for middle of september...

Mar 14, 2015 at 11:37 a.m. Taylor Says...

I called disney and was told no dates would be added. I also was going the first week and had to change.

Mar 5, 2015 at 12:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Revonda,

Bummer! They don't typically add additional dates, but it is possible. I would hold off if you can for a few weeks to see if anything else gets announced because there are a few non-party dates in September that show a closing of 7 p.m., which is the typical start time of the Halloween Party. Last year was the earliest they have ever started the parties, typically they have been offered within the first week or so of September.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 4, 2015 at 1:43 a.m. Caroline Says...

My family and I always take that day off the parks and arrive at 4pm. You CAN make fastpass reservations from 4 to 7, but not during the event. So we make sure to hit our 3 favorite rides at 4-5 and 6 and then go on to take part in all the festivities!

Mar 12, 2015 at 1:48 p.m. Mark Says...

Hi Caroline,

I am an experience Disney visitor but this is the first time I will go to a "hard ticket" event since FastPass+ started.

I have Magic Bands. I bought 3-Day Magic My Way passes for my group for this trip. We plan on going to the Halloween Party one day (on the hard ticket), then will visit MK, HS, and Epcot the other three days (on the 3-Dat Magic Your Way ticket).

We will be entering the Halloween event at 4 pm., but for obvious financial reasons, we do NOT want a Magic Your Way to be used that day.

You said you can make FastPass+ reservations during the 4-7 time period. I know we can make them, but if we use them, will they deduct a Magic Your Way Day from my tickets? Are these two system's linked, like they were when it only allowed you to schedule an old FastPass by inserting your day's ticket.

Please help if you know the answer.

Mar 14, 2015 at 8:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark,

I can answer and tell you that it will not deduct a Magic Your Way day from you by doing this, provided you enter the park after 4 p.m. using your Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 20, 2015 at 2:05 p.m. Mark Says...

Thanks so much for replying. Can't wait!

Mar 3, 2015 at 10:25 p.m. Deanna Says...

Thanks for the info! Do you have a better idea of when the tickets will go on sale in April? Our last night is the 15th and we don't want to miss the party! Also, typically how crowded is the first night of the party?



Mar 6, 2015 at 1:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Deanna,

We do not know when tickets will go on sale. Typically the first few parties are the least crowded dates to attend.


Mommy Frog

Mar 3, 2015 at 6:06 a.m. Stebert Says...


My friend and I are setting up a trip for later this year, and we wwant to do the party for the first time. We wanted to go on Halloween night, but it looks like I'll have a conflict then, and instead we might fly down around Oct 1 and do the party then.

My question: will we be missing out on anything at all, size, atmosphere, more people dressing up, etc by going in early October as opposed to close to Halloween/Halloween night? Or is it always the same every party and people are always dressing up and in the spirit hardcore?


Mar 9, 2015 at 10:53 p.m. Stephanie B Says...

My family went to Disney from OCtober 3rd-8th in 2013 and attended the party. Not only was it very fun, and felt like Halloween, we experienced light crowds. We didn't wait for any attraction more than 15 minutes. Some of the wait times were simply just walking through the queue. Have a great trip!

Mar 6, 2015 at 12:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stebert,

You won't miss anything at all! The Halloween spirit is alive and well throughout the parties. Have you decided what you're going as? I always change my mind at least a dozen times before I settle on something. Right now, I'm thinking Cruella ;)

Mommy Frog

Mar 1, 2015 at 7:17 p.m. Sarah Says...

I'm so upset!

We were really looking forward to getting tickets for this event as they did have earlier dates in 2014 and thought it would be the same for 2015! We fly home on the 14th!

Feb 7, 2015 at 6:30 a.m. Layne Says...

Hi there!

I just wanted to know if there is a significant difference in crowds between September and October. I went early in October 2014 and it was pretty crowded - I think there was a school break when we were there. I am planning a trip from September 18-25 and I am hoping to go to the party one night. Also, do you know how common it is to have the party on the Sunday night of that week? I'm trying to plan my ADR's and I think Sunday the 20th would fit best with our other plans. I know that they have it on Sundays sometimes but not as often as Tuesdays and Fridays.



Feb 9, 2015 at 8:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Layne,

What fun! September is generally less busy for the parties than October. Usually, there are Sunday parties, and they are not too bad crowds-wise, but a week day other than Friday is better.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jan 5, 2015 at 9:46 p.m. Bex Says...

Hi Mommy Frog!

My family and I are staying on resort in October 2015. Despite having park tickets for 2 weeks, do we still need to order the not so scary tickets? Do you know how much this costs and where we can buy them from if we do need to order them?

Thank you for all of the info!


Jan 6, 2015 at 9:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bex,

Yes, you will need to order party tickets to attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. The tickets typically go on sale in the summer, and we hope to offer them again this fall!


Mommy Frog

Nov 28, 2014 at 6:07 p.m. Kyla Says...

Thanks so much for all the info!

Do you know if fastpass+ is still available during the party? for rides specifically or are the lineups light enough that fastpass is not really needed?

Dec 1, 2014 at 7:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kyla,

Fastpass+ is not available once the party starts, and you should not need it for the rides.


Mommy Frog

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