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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:


  • 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 

*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.)


  • Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Tortuga Tavern


  • 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.)


  • Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic
  • Gaston's Tavern
  • Ariel's Grotto


  • 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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Jul 16, 2015 at 12:33 a.m. Karen Says...

No word on when undercover tourist will have tix to sell for the Halloween parties? Do you normally just have the popular nights, or Tuesdays too? I've been waiting to buy until I see if I can get them thru you. :)

Jul 22, 2015 at 9:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

We hope to have them soon. We normally get them on select nights, and I would expect some Tuesdays to be available.

Mommy Frog

Jul 15, 2015 at 4:59 p.m. Jennifer Says...

Hi there, was wondering if the kids can get candy, go trick or treating, wear costumes during the day at Disneyland in October or is it only at Mickey's Halloween Party that this happens. Thanks!

Jul 16, 2015 at 11:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

The candy is only given out during the party. People attending the party can enter the park up to three hours before the party in costume, but candy distribution will not begin until the party start time. Children 9 and under can always wear safe costumes to Disneyland at any time. Adults with tickets to the Halloween party can wear a safe costume when they arrive for the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 9, 2015 at 9:18 p.m. Jordana Says...

Also, can you provide me with a link as to where you will update info add it is released? Will it be on this page?

Jul 22, 2015 at 9:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jordana,

Yes, will add it here.

Mommy Frog

Jul 9, 2015 at 9:15 p.m. Jordana Says...

We are only planning on purchasing only the Halloween tickets, if we get in at 4, is it safe to make reservations for cinderella's castle after 4? Well. ....try, that is.

Jul 22, 2015 at 9:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jordana,

Yes, that would be fine. Good luck with your reservation!

Mommy Frog

Jul 3, 2015 at 9:42 p.m. Tammy Says...

Hi there!! I love your enthusiasm and breath-taking photos! It makes us so much more excited to be coming! We have tickets for the Halloween party on Halloween night itself, as that's the only weekend we will be in Orlando. I understand that the fact it's Halloween PLUS a Saturday will probably mean big, big crowds. My children do not care to meet any characters at all. Strangely, they have always felt this way. So I'm hoping that we'll have a shorter wait for rides while everyone meets characters. Does this way of thinking make sense? Thanks for any input, and for providing this awesome web page!!

Jul 7, 2015 at 11:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tammy,

Thank you for so much praise. We love helping out!! I think this is a solid strategy for experiencing the rides after the party starts. Waits for rides will still be pretty heavy if you enter the park before 7 p.m., so you may want to spend that time experiencing some of the less busy attractions or have an early dinner.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 10, 2015 at 8 p.m. Alan Fox Says...

Any word on when they will post the dates for Disneyland's 2015 celebration?

Jul 16, 2015 at 12:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alan,

They were just announced! Here you go!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 28, 2015 at 8:45 p.m. Casey Says...

Any word on the Villain's Sinister Soiree, or any other upcharge event during the party being available again this year? No one seems to know, one way or another.

Jun 29, 2015 at 6:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Casey,

Disney has not announced whether it is returning, but we expect that it will be.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 2, 2015 at 2:32 p.m. Kimberlee Barrett Says...

Hi...still no word on an upcharge? We are attending in Oct. and already have our tickets and are interested in the additional party if available...I would think they would be announcing something very soon if it was a go...right??

Aug 3, 2015 at 6:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kimberlee,

Last year, the event within the event was announced fairly late in the season, so I still think it remains to be seen if it will happen this year.

Mommy Frog

Jun 28, 2015 at 3:47 p.m. Michelle Says...

Which day is typically less crowded for this event? Thursday, Friday or Sunday? We will be going to Disney September 26 through October 3. Thank you

Jun 29, 2015 at 6:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

We have a post dedicated to the best days to attend the party. From those dates, I think Thursday would be the best.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 24, 2015 at 7:31 p.m. Michelle Says...

Hi, if we already have hopper tickets, can we get an 'add on' for MNSSHP, or just stay in the park for it? Or do we have to pay the full $68 for another day?

Jun 25, 2015 at 8:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

You do have to still purchase party tickets.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 21, 2015 at 8:52 p.m. Leebebb Says...

So, the tickets for the party is in ADDITION to the park tickets? As in these festivities are not included in the park hopper or daily passes?

Jul 22, 2015 at 8:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Yes, that is correct that it is a separate ticket. However, you do not need regular admission to enter during the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 23, 2015 at 9:27 a.m. gemma Says...

Hi there, can you please tell me a rough time the parade and fireworks start please. I can see the event goes on until 12a,m but we have to young girls with us age 6 and think it may be too late for them if the firework are right at the end of the night.

Thanks, Gemma

Jun 23, 2015 at 6:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gemma,

I've added expected start times to the post, but they are:

Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade - 8:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Celebrate the Magic - 9:15 p.m.

HalloWishes - 9:30 p.m.

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular (brand new for 2015) - 7:45 p.m., 8:55 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 21, 2015 at 5:31 p.m. Jean Says...

I love this site! Thank you so much for all the info. I am planning a trip to Disneyland in the middle of October. My 12-year-old daughter has never been there. I really want to take her to Mickey's Halloween party but The Disneyland site still doesn't have dates available. I am afraid I am going to miss the ticket sales. Is there any place on the Disney site, or anywhere else, that I can be notified when the tickets go on sale?

Jun 22, 2015 at 6:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jean,

Unfortunately, there is no way to get notified about these dates. We will post them on this post about Disneyland's Halloween Time, so I would just keep checking back.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 18, 2015 at 8:22 p.m. Courtney Says...

Thank you for the helpful info. This September will be our familys first time visting WDW. We are going in late September because we live in a county that has a school break. We wanted to take advantage of better prices, shorter lines and cooler temps. We have a 10 yr old and a 5yr old. I was disappointed to find that week is a week they do not offer extended evening magic hrs and the parks close much earlier than usual. We were planning to leave the parks in the afternoon for some nap/pooltime but with the hrs cut short I don't think there will be time to fit a break in what with travel time and all. I am disappointed they are celebrating Halloween so early. I wasn't expecting to see Halloween decor mingled with our first Disney trip bcz as for me, Halloween season doesn't start until October 1st. But, that is not how Disney works. I wanted my Disney memories and my Halloween memories to be separate. Anyway, I don't like having to pay more money to attend MNSSH if the only reason I would be attending is to get my full days worth of park time in. Do the cast members at customer service or the resorts ever offer free admission to MNSSH or park hoppers passes in order to make their unsatisfied guests happy? BTW I am already overwhelmed by the fact that I have to plan 180 days in advance for my sit down meals and 60 for my fast passes. How do I know when and where I will be that far in advance? I have missed reservations for all of the character meals already! Also, the hotel room I picked is not eligible for free dining plans either.

Jun 19, 2015 at 1:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Courtney,

Sorry to hear that you're overwhelmed. You didn't mention what specific days you would be there, but keep in mind that Disney often times extends park hours a month or two ahead of time. Also, on non-MNSSHP days, park hours will be longer at Magic Kingdom. I understand your frustration about booking so far in advance. We do some offer some FastPass+ recommendations on our Disney World touring plans.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 13, 2015 at 12:28 a.m. Sabrina Says...

Will the rides be open until midnight? And how many tickets do they sell?

Jun 22, 2015 at 7 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sabrina,

Yes, the rides will be open until midnight. Disney does not publish the official number of tickets they sell for these events.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 6, 2015 at 8:21 a.m. Julia Says...

Can you tell me if the lines to see popular characters like the 7 Dwarfs and Jack Skellington are shorter near the end of the night? And are the characters there right until midnight? I want to see both when we visit in October, but I also don't want to spend the whole time in line.

Jun 8, 2015 at 1:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julia,

Waits do drop off later in the evening as many of parents don't stay for the entire party, and yes, they will be meeting until midnight.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 18, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. Bedford Carlisle Says...

We tried to get in line for the Dwarfs at 11:15PM but the CM managing the line told us the line was already closed. :-(

Jun 15, 2015 at 1:09 a.m. Jason Culp Says...

We went the first year Jack and Sally were there. Got in at 4:15 and was 3rd in line. The one thing they do not mention a lot is that if it is 20 minutes to closing and the line is full they will stop letting people in. We tried to see mickey near the end of the night and literally had the door shut on us as we walked up the steps. We sent an email and they sent an apology signed autograph. This year we are doing 2 parties and I hope the soiree comes back too. I am making a master plan of everyone's must dos and going from there. 2 parties should be enough I hope.

Jun 4, 2015 at 4:10 a.m. Rodrigo Says...

Do the tickets for the party are diferent tickets than those of the park entrance? So we need besides the park tickets also the party tickets?

Jun 5, 2015 at 9:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rodrigo,

The party tickets can be used to enter the park, but they are only valid during the party. You do not need regular admission in addition to party tickets if you only want to attend the party.

Mommy Frog

Jul 11, 2015 at 4:01 a.m. Trish Says...

Can you still ride the rides and enjoy magic kingdom with the party tickets during those hours?

Jul 16, 2015 at 12:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trish,

Absolutely! The majority of the park's regular attractions are open during the party!

Mommy Frog

May 30, 2015 at 11:49 a.m. Alicia Says...

We will be in WDW 10/24 to 10/31. We have our party tickets for 10/27. Do you know when we might see photos of this year's brochure arms the exclusive merchandise?

Jun 1, 2015 at 7:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alicia,

This normally isn't revealed until a month or so before the first parties.

Mommy Frog

May 22, 2015 at 6:32 p.m. Nicole North Says...

I just went to look for tickets for this we have booked to be there from the 24th - 1st and both my kids birthdays are during that time. I got said that there are no tickets available is that true or am i looking in the wrong spot

May 26, 2015 at 11:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole,

I see dates available. Here is the link.

Mommy Frog

May 19, 2015 at 7:40 p.m. Connie Says...

Any idea when Disneyland will release the dates for their Halloween tickets?

May 17, 2015 at 4:12 p.m. Le Sorcier Says...


We will be there this year from 22nd Oct to 2 Nov

My sons birthday is actually ON Halloween itself so he really wants to go then. However I guess it will be the busiest night of all that night?

Would we be better choosing a different night?

Thanks :)

May 19, 2015 at 7:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...


It's possible that all of the dates during your stay will sell out, and hence they will all be busy. I think the 22nd would be a better day in terms of crowds, but it would still be crowded. If he is set on going on Halloween and his birthday that is a big reason to go then.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 16, 2015 at 8:29 p.m. JoLynn Says...

Do you have information for Disneyland? Can not find anything anywhere!

May 19, 2015 at 1:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi JoLynn,

We hope to have this information soon and will post it here when we do!

Mommy Frog

May 30, 2015 at 6:50 p.m. Randy Says...

Any idea on when Halloween party tickets will go on sale for Disneyland. I cannot find any info at all. Thank you

May 16, 2015 at 2:17 p.m. David Says...

We will be at Disney world the 15 of SEP 2015 we already have party tickets will we have to leave the park the reenter for the party?

May 19, 2015 at 7:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David,

No, you just need to get a party wristband from one of the cast members.

Mommy Frog

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

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