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Your Complete Guide to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2024 — Tickets On Sale Now!

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Boo to you! Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is back on select nights from Aug. 9 to Oct. 31, 2024. This special, separately ticketed event at Magic Kingdom Park offers unique characters, attraction overlays, treat stops, photo opportunities and specialty food and drink. Enjoy exclusive entertainment such as Mickey’s Boo-To-You parade, Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show and Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks. Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets are on sale now (and you can save some green when you purchase through Undercover Tourist!) Here's all the information you need to know if you're attending!

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

What Is Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?

Maybe we're a tad bit biased, but we think Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom is not to be missed.

This special event occurs after regular park hours and requires a separate party ticket to enjoy all its exclusive offerings. Enjoy five hours of party time to meet rare characters, trick or treat and catch spell-bounding entertainment. Since we've been hopping to this event for many years, we have plenty of advice to help you get the most out of this special event. As details for 2024 materialize, we'll continue to provide updates as they become available. (We've left in some details from the 2023 season for planning purposes!)

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

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Dates

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will take place select nights at Magic Kingdom from Aug. 9 to Oct. 31, 2024. The parties go from 7 p.m. to midnight, though party guests can enter the park as early as 4 p.m. The park closes at 6 p.m. for daytime guests without an event ticket (which means no showing of Happily Ever After fireworks on those evenings).

Tickets are available to all guests now! Select Disney World Resort hotel guests had a special early booking opportunity for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets beginning May 8. For 2023, party dates gradually sold out as the season approached, and all dates sold out by early October. If you're planning ahead, we highly recommend purchasing tickets early!

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

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

The biggest question we get for this event, as well as for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, is which are the best days to attend. Many parties sell out quickly so we recommend purchasing tickets as soon as you know you want to attend. Disney does not usually release any additional tickets.

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

Oct. 31 is historically one of the most popular dates to attend the Disney Halloween parties, along with Fridays in October, when more locals attend. Tuesdays and Thursdays, especially those in August and early September, are typically less popular. However, in 2023, we saw all August dates, a couple September dates and Halloween sell out before the first party — all parties were sold out by Oct. 1. We always recommend booking as soon as possible so your date doesn't sell out! Check out our Halloween trip planning guide for more tips.

Disney does not publicly release its party capacity, but we estimate that a sold-out party is around a crowd level 7 using our Crowd Calendar. Disney's variable pricing is a strong indication of the expected most popular dates.

What Time Is Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — And How Do I Get In?

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Entrance Sign

Party guests are allowed to enter the park starting at 4 p.m., which we recommend taking advantage of. If arriving between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., all you need is your party ticket — a separate day ticket or park reservation is not required. A popular question that comes up is how Disney handles the transition between park close and the start of the party. The park closes for regular guests at 6 p.m., which allows cast members more time to filter out regular-day guests who are not staying for the party.

Once you arrive at the entrance, cast members direct you toward specific touchpoints for entry (often on the right-hand side, but be sure to double-check with signage or cast members). While there can be long lines close to 4 p.m., they usually move quickly (close to 10 minutes). Party wristbands are then given to party guests after going through the touchpoints.

If you've entered before 4 p.m. with regular park admission, you don't have to go all the way to the entrance! Wristbands are also distributed to those who present a valid party ticket at City Hall in Town Square, Tortuga Tavern in Adventureland, Mickey's PhilharMagic in Fantasyland and across from Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor in Tomorrowland. Beginning at 6 p.m., cast members are stationed at critical points throughout the park to direct the wristband-less toward the exit.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Cast Member with Sign

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Park PlanFor party guests arriving just in time for the spooky festivities, expect to be directed toward Market Street. (That's the name of the back alley between La Chapeau and Tony's Town Square Restaurant.) This path is where you'll find adorable Halloween character statues and be provided your small reusable bag for your first treat station. Select Halloween merchandise can be purchased here, as well. What a grand entrance to the party!

Enjoy special 3D photo backdrops throughout the park for a perfect photo-op! We saw some near Tomorrowland Terrace, across from Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor and by the Magic Carpets of Aladdin.

Want to know the best way to organize your night? Hop over to our Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party park plan! (This plan was for 2023, but it will give you an idea of what to expect for this year's party. We're hard at work making updates for 2024 and we'll report back ASAP. Stay tuned!)

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Map

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

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

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

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

Disney's Not-So-Spooky Spectacular

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Disney's Not-So-Spooky Spectacular

A special fireworks show with projection effects, lasers, lights and fireworks first debuted in 2019. Hosted by Jack Skellington from "The Nightmare Before Christmas," Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular features Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy on a trick-or-treating adventure, as they are drawn to a mysterious haunted house. The show also showcases appearances from dancing skeletons and ghosts, along with some troublemaking Disney villains, during their journey inside the house. We LOVED the stunning castle projections (they're super fun and colorful) and as usual, Disney didn't disappoint with its booming fireworks. It was the only time of the night we weren't saying "boo," but instead, "ooh" and "aah."

Fireworks dessert parties are available for booking with a buffet of treats such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, cheesecake mousse, cupcakes, seasonal fruits, cheeses and special drinks. Enjoy your sweets and reserved seating at the Tomorrowland Terrace or a reserved standing view at the Plaza Garden. (Check out our overview of the regular Magic Kingdom fireworks dessert parties to know what to expect). Reservations open June 7, 2024.

Note that on party nights, Disney's Not-So-Spooky Spectacular is the only fireworks show at Magic Kingdom, so there will be no showing of Happily Ever After. The show may be delayed or canceled due to inclement weather.

Showtimes: 10:15 p.m.

American Sign Language interpretation will be offered at select shows on the following dates: Aug. 23, Sept. 26 and Oct. 24. Additional interpretation dates may be requested, based on availability, with at least two weeks' notice by emailing Guest Services.

Mickey's Boo-To-You Halloween Parade

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Headless Horseman Trotting Down Main Street

Catch your favorite Disney characters in Mickey's Boo-To-You Halloween Parade! About 15 minutes before it begins, the Headless Horseman trots over Liberty Square, continues in front of Cinderella Castle (but does not go all the way around the hub) and down Main Street. Note that he will not ride if affected by rain. (Psst ... did you know you can visit the Headless Horseman's horse, Rocky, among other working horses at Disney World, over at Tri-Circle-D Ranch at Fort Wilderness?!)

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

To those waiting for the parade on portions of Main Street, U.S.A., you can reminisce on classic '90s nostalgia with a dance crew led by Max Goof — cosplaying as Powerline from the popular "A Goofy Movie"!

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Boo-to-You parade

In the parade, you'll see lots of characters all dressed up including Mickey, Goofy, Pluto, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Aladdin, Jasmine and others. Catch Minnie, Daisy and Clarabelle dressed as the Sanderson Sisters from "Hocus Pocus"! They are featured on the top of the first float. Tinker Bell and Captain Jack Sparrow follow along on their floats. The Gravediggers precede Constance Hatchaway, better known as The Black Widow Bride from The Haunted Mansion. You'll also see scarecrows, Hitchhiking ghosts, Disney villains and more! In the finale, there is an updated section with Ursula, Cruella de Vil and the Queen of Hearts before rounding out with our favorite villain band and final trio of Jafar, Maleficient and the Evil Queen.

Note that the parade may be delayed or canceled due to inclement weather.

Showtimes: 8:15 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.

American Sign Language interpretation will be offered at select shows on the following dates: Aug. 23, Sept. 26 and Oct. 24. Additional interpretation dates may be requested, based on availability, with at least two weeks' notice by emailing Guest Services.

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

The infamous Sanderson Sisters from "Hocus Pocus" are a must-see at the Disney Halloween party! Watch out — they may put a spell on you as they conjure up the "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular" show at the Castle Forecourt Stage. The show is held exclusively during the party and features the Sanderson Sisters, Winifred, Mary and Sarah, along with other Disney villains such as Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie and Maleficent. The show is still a wicked-good time, especially for fans of the film! Shows can be delayed or canceled due to weather.

  • Showtimes (Aug. 9 through Sept. 28): 9:05 p.m., 10:40 p.m. and 12 a.m.
  • Showtimes (Sept. 29 through Oct. 31): 7:40 p.m., 9:05 p.m., 10:40 p.m. and 12 a.m. 

American Sign Language interpretation will be offered at select shows on the following dates: Aug. 23, Sept. 26 and Oct. 24. Additional interpretation dates may be requested, based on availability, with at least two weeks' notice by emailing Guest Services.

Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Cadaver Dans

This Dapper Dans-style ghostly group pops up throughout the night for performances in front of The Frontier Trading Post in Frontierland. They'll crack jokes with their deadpan humor and sing songs, including "Happy Trails To You" and "Boo to You."

Showtimes: TBD

(NEW in 2024!) DescenDANCE Party

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Dance Party

Over in Tomorrowland at the Rockettower Plaza Stage, do it like the villains do with the DescenDANCE Party. Show off your best dance moves with music from the upcoming Disney Original Movie "Descendants: The Rise of Red."

Disney Junior Jam

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party — Vampirina at the Disney Junior Jam

Calling all tadpoles! Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland hosts the Disney Junior Jam, featuring some of Lily's Disney Channel faves, from 7 p.m. to midnight. You might see characters such as Vampirina, Fancy Nancy, Doc McStuffins and even Timon. Lily also LOVES this dance party!

Rusty Cut Glass

New in 2023 — and returning for 2024 — Adventureland featurs a spirited pirate band and crew — arrgh! The band plays sets intermittently on the stage across from Pirates of the Caribbean. We heard classic pirate shanties and even "Under the Sea."

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

Character Greetings

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Jack Skellington and Sally

One of the biggest highlights of the night is meeting characters, especially those who don't greet guests at other times of the year. The most popular characters are Jack Skellington & Sally and the Seven Dwarfs, who draw big lines. Other popular characters in past years include Elvis Stitch, Pooh and friends in their Halloween costumes and more! There are more than 20 characters meeting throughout the park at select times and locations. For 2024, Disney has promised more villain sightings and we couldn't be hoppier! Additionally, Bruno from "Encanto" will meet alongside Mirabel at their Casita in Fairytale Garden. But that's not all, Mickey and Minnie Mouse will don brand-new neon spiderweb outfits! Eeek! :)

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - New Costumes for Mickey and Minnie

Check out our 2023 not-so-scary character guide for all character locations, photos and tips for meeting. Our 2024 guide is coming soon!

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

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Mad Tea Party overlay

One of the major perks of ticketed events such as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is the shorter lines for some of your favorite attractions. In 2023, we saw rides such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan's Flight and Haunted Mansion go up to 45 minutes but come down later at night. Most attractions end up being 5- or 10-minute waits most of the night, so you can hop on lots of rides if that's your priority.

Disney Genie+ is not available during the party. You could utilize Genie+ or an individual Lightning Lane between 4 and 6 p.m. if attending with a party ticket. Because wait times are typically so low during the party, we don’t think it’s necessary to purchase just for that short window.

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

Rides are subject to closure at any time. For a list of refurbishments during your specific dates, please see our full list of Disney World ride closures. Mickey's PhilharMagic, Carousel of Progress and the Enchanted Tiki Room are closed during the party. These attractions are available in 2024:

Adventureland:

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

Frontierland:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Liberty Square:

  • Haunted Mansion

Fantasyland:

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

Tomorrowland:

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

*Some attractions may receive spooktacular, party-exclusive overlays and enhancements, including Mad Tea Party Space Mountain and Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor. Mad Tea Party gets special lighting and music while Space Mountain goes completely dark. Over at the Laugh Floor in the Monster World, the comedic monsters learn more about the Human World holiday called Halloween.

Virtual Queues During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Tron virtual queue

For 2023, TRON Lightcycle Run was available during the party via a virtual queue! If 2024 follows suit, guests with a party ticket will have an opportunity to join the virtual queue at 6 p.m. through the My Disney Experience app. Guests do not need to be inside Magic Kingdom to join the virtual queue. We were able to confirm our party shortly before and then secure a boarding group right at 6 p.m. The virtual queue filled up within a minute, so you'll want to be prepared.

Our boarding group was called almost exactly at 7 p.m. when the party officially started. Once called, you have one hour to tap into the ride. Due to long lines for food, we arrived just after the official one-hour window. We arrived about 8:30 p.m., so an hour and a half after we were called. While there is no guarantee after the arrival window expires, we were able to still tap in and the touchpoints turned green. Another member of our party arrived hours after and the touchpoints turned blue. When this occurs, cast members have to turn you away and you are unable to ride. There is not an officially published grace period for being late for your boarding group, but we would not risk more than 20 to 30 minutes beyond your one-hour arrival window (and of course, this is not guaranteed).

Once we tapped in, we waited about 30 minutes before riding. While this is a little shorter than you may get during regular hours, it can take up a good chunk of the party time. You'll want to decide your priorities and if you want to include riding Tron.

Costume Information for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

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

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

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

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

For guests ages 14 and up:

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

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

For guests ages 13 and under:

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

Be sure to check out our Not-So-Scary costume guide for more tips and costume ideas!

Trick-or-Treating at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party — Treat stop

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

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

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

Concerned about allergies? Disney has special allergy-friendly stations so everyone can trick-or-treat. Guests can pick up an allergy-friendly treat bag at the Chamber of Commerce near the entrance (available until 12:30 a.m.) or in Liberty Square (available until midnight). Collect blue coins at regular treat stops and return to the two locations to redeem your goodies! Selections can vary, but we saw treats including Smarties, gummy bears, rice-milk chocolate bars and more. They provide lists of the full ingredients so there's something for every allergy!

All of the trick-or-treat stops are marked with a large glowing inflatable. Listed were the treat locations for 2023:

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

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Candy Distribution

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Market Street (available until 8 p.m.)
  • Chamber of Commerce (allergy-friendly station; available until 12:30 a.m.)

Adventureland

  • Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Tortuga Tavern

Frontierland

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

Liberty Square

  • Columbia Harbor House
  • Liberty Square Ticket Office (allergy-friendly station; available until 12 a.m.)

Fantasyland

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

Tomorrowland

  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café
  • Near TRON Lightcycle / Run
  • Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

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

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Jack and Sally cake pops

If the free candy doesn't quite satisfy your sweet tooth, you can enjoy spooktacular offerings created especially for the season. We thoroughly enjoyed the Terrifyin’ Twice-Spiced Chicken Sandwich and The Snarling Meatball Sub from Cosmic Ray's. Treat-wise, there are lots of great options like the Jack and Sally Pops, Mickey-shaped Cinnamon Roll, Black Velvet Whoopie Pie and MMMummy Treat. Check out our 2023 spellbinding guide to Halloween treats for more details! We'll hop back with 2024 treat deets, once we know more!

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

For an extra special celebration, you can book Disney's Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party for special Halloween-themed treats and a reserved viewing of the fireworks from Tomorrowland Terrace. Reservations open June 7, 2024.

@undercovertourist Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is here and with it comes all the good (& spooky) eats! 🎃 We found some frightfully fun monster treats that really tickled our taste buds! 🧻 MMMummy Treat- flaky pastry with chocolate filling topped with white icing stripes 📍 Cheshire Cafe 💀 Skull Brownie- Mexican-spiced chocolate brownie with dulce de leche filling 📍 Outdoor vending near Haunted Mansion 🧟‍♂️ Zombie Fingers- Almond cookie fingers, key lime pie/ white chocolate ganache & salted caramel crisp pearls 📍 Cosmic Ray’s Which one of these spooky good treats would you try? #mnsshp #disneyworld #waltdisneyworld #disneyparks #mickeysnotsoscaryhalloweenparty #mickeysnotsoscary #disneyhalloween #spookyszn #spookyseason #disneyeats #disneytreats #disneyfoodie #disneyfood #disneydessert #disneydesserts #disneygram #instadisney #disneycreator #disneyplanning #disneyplanner ♬ original sound - Undercover Tourist

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

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

  • Aunty Gravity's Galactic Goodies
  • Cheshire Cafe
  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe
  • The Friar's Nook
  • Golden Oak Outpost
  • Main Street Bakery
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn
  • The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Storybook Treats
  • Sunshine Tree Terrace

For those interested in booking a table-service restaurant, Be Our Guest Restaurant, Cinderella's Royal Table and The Plaza Restaurant are open during party time. Advanced reservations can be made online. You must have a party ticket in order to dine during the event.

Not attending the party? Certain table-service restaurants such as the Jungle Skipper Canteen, Liberty Tree Tavern, The Crystal Palace and Tony's Town Square Restaurant are often open until 6:55 p.m. on party nights and may have reservations available until then. Regular guests may book these late reservations, even after park close. Once you are done with dinner, you will not be allowed to remain in the park and cast members may escort you to the exit.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Merchandise

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Merchandise

If shopping is your top priority, visit the Emporium for apparel, ornaments and more exclusive to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. We're not overstating this — lines for exclusive merchandise can rival the lines for the characters. Items can sell out quickly if you wait until later in the night. Before you arrive at the party, decide how much time you're willing to spend to get those exclusive items. If you're lucky enough to be traveling with two "grown-up" frogs, we recommend one waiting for merch while the other takes the tadpoles on a ride or two nearby.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Tips

As we've mentioned a time or two, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is one of the Frog Family's absolute favorite events! For those of you who love Halloween, it is definitely not to be missed.

Now, each of us Frog Family members has a different thing we love most about the party so that just goes to show you there is a little something for everyone! For those of you wondering whether the party is worth the additional expense, for us, it's a resounding "Yes!" To make it the absolute best experience for your family, follow these tips:

1. Wear a Costume

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Family in Costume

While it's not required that you wear a costume, it sure adds to my enjoyment because my favorite part of the night is taking in all of the elaborate costumes! And since this is the one event of the year where adults are allowed to wear a costume at Magic Kingdom, I like to take advantage of it. And, in case you're wondering, you're never too old to enjoy Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. We have seen so many creative costumes over the years — we saw lots of the Familia Madrigal!

2. Keep It Light

While temperatures in Orlando are cooling down a bit, the average high is 91 in August, 90 in September and 85 in October. It can still be quite muggy, especially after those still-frequent afternoon rains, so parents should dress their children (and themselves) accordingly for the Disney Halloween party. Think twice before outfitting your little monster as Sulley (or at least a head-to-toe furry Sulley). Consider bringing a change of clothes for younger children "just in case" and picking up rain ponchos at your nearest dollar store before you leave for the trip.

3. Get to the Parks Early

This is the single most important tip for maximizing your fun and justifying the cost of this separately-ticketed event. While the Disney Halloween party officially starts at 7 p.m., guests can begin entering the park as early as 4 p.m. (And yes, you can wear your costumes into the park at that time!) We highly recommend you get to the park early, so you can spend as much time in Magic Kingdom as possible.

When you arrive, Halloween Party attendees will be directed to a special entrance to receive wristbands. If you've already spent your day at the Magic Kingdom, you can secure your wristband from a cast member at specially designated locations in Tomorrowland, Fantasyland and Adventureland. Don't worry — you can't miss the signs! Receiving your wristband is an absolute MUST-DO. Cast members are around every corner to usher non-party attendees out of the park.

And don't froget to join the virtual queue at 6 p.m. if you are interested in riding TRON Lightcycle Run!

4. Visit the Most "In-Demand" Characters First or During the First Parade

Leap's favorite part of the party is meeting all of the characters who greet guests in different locations. "Rare" characters are out for photo-ops, and your usual favorites are wearing their best Halloween garb. Lines can get very long for the most popular characters (up to three hours or more!), so be sure to prioritize.

Popular characters such as the Seven Dwarfs or Jack and Sally may meet before the party even begins, but only for Halloween party guests with wristbands. If you arrive at Magic Kingdom when doors "open" for Halloween party guests at 4 p.m., we recommend heading toward the characters' designated locations and asking cast members where and when to line up. That way, you can spend valuable party time doing other fun activities!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party — Stitch dressed as Elvis

Can't make it early? Have no fear. Our best advice is to wait until just before parade times to hop in line for character meet-and-greets. Pick one of the two parade showings to attend, and then spend the other time snapping pics with your favorite characters. However, some characters do leave their spots because they're in the parade. Additionally, don't wait until the very end of the night. We tried getting in line to see Stitch around 11:30 p.m. but cast members said they were finishing up for the night and weren't letting anyone else in line. You can check the My Disney Experience app for exact timeframes for character appearances.

As a time-saver, try meeting characters who are joined by a friend. This may also make your tadpoles hoppier. Lily was dying to meet Jasmine, but Tad was all "whatever." Once he saw Genie join Jasmine, he hopped right in line with his sister.

The lines for characters have grown longer than in years past. We recommend deciding as a family who your "top priority" characters are and making a game plan before you go. If a photo isn't a must, it's fun just to walk around and see the characters and their unique outfits. A majority of them meet outside, so it's easy to check them out in passing.

5. Stake Out Your Parade Location

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Boo-to-You parade

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

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

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

6. Don't Miss the Show and Fireworks 

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

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

*Note: The entertainment times listed were for 2023. We'll continue to make updates for 2024 as more information becomes available. 

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

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

8. Get Your Boogie On

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

It just wouldn't be a Disney Halloween party without a dance party! Do it like the villains do with the DescenDANCE Party at the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland or dance the night away with Disney Junior Pals at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe.

9. Don't Spend Too Much Time Waiting for the Ride Overlays

While it's always neat to experience your favorite attraction with a twist, we didn't find any of the special Halloween party attraction experiences worth waiting too long for. The difference in the party-exclusive changes on Space Mountain and Mad Tea Party are fairly minor, so don't get your hopes up on having a toadally different experience. (The rides may close and undergo a short transition period before the party begins.) We wouldn't wait any longer than 20 to 30 minutes for any of these. If you can catch a short line, you should check 'em out!

10. Save Trick or Treating for the Last Hour

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Cast Member Giving Out Candy

Upon entry into the park, guests receive treat bags. It's a cool perk, but they are on the smallish side. If your children are there for the loot, consider packing extra bags. You can also purchase souvenir bags that do the trick! Trick-or-treating is Lily's favorite part of the party, but she loves saying "trick or treat" as much as she loves the candy.

You'll find candy stations throughout the park. Save time and skip the crowds by trick-or-treating later in the evening. If your treat line is long, don't wait. Visit a different one, or come back later. During the last hour of the party, trick-or-treat lines are basically non-existent, so you can quickly hop around!

Do you have questions about Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? Share them in the comments below! For more vacation planning tips, check out the When to Visit Orlando page inside our Orlando Planning Timeline!

Related: Schedule of Disney World Special Events

Hoppy Halloween!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Apr 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!

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

Are these dates only for Disneyworl or Disneyland also?

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

Hi Rose,

These are the Disney World dates.

Mommy Frog

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

What about Disneyland dates?

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

Hi Rose,

The Disneyland Halloween dates have not yet been released!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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

Hello,

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

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

Anna,

Solid :)

Mommy Frog

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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.

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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!

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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 ?

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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!

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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

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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?

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

Hi John,

Yes, you can.

Mommy Frog

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

What time are the fireworks usually?

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

Usually 9:30 p.m.

Mommy Frog

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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

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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!

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

Hi Brandi,

You would still need to buy party tickets.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Hi,

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!

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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...

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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

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

Thanks so much for replying. Can't wait!

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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?

Thanks!!

Deanna

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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.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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

Hi!

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?

Thanks!

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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!

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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

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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!

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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.

Best,

Layne

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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

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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!

Bex

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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!

Best,

Mommy Frog

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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?

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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.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Nov 8, 2014 at 3:12 p.m.
Chrisitne Says...

I've noticed that this year they started Sept. 1, and was wondering if there is any talk about next year starting at the same time?

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Oct 29, 2014 at 3:01 a.m.
Alicia Says...

We have 4 people in our party that have kids with no tickets for the 31st party. If our other friends want to give them their tickets can they? Everyone has a day pass into MK as well.

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Oct 23, 2014 at 2:46 p.m.
Mon Says...

Hi,

Since it was mentioned here that you can actually enter by 4pm to attend MNSSHP, do we just go in and show the tickets for that party night or will we be stopped at the gate and be told to wait until 7pm?

Just wanted to know this since if it's not possible to enter earlier than 7 pm, then will just go there when the party is about to start.

Hoping for your speedy reply.

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Oct 23, 2014 at 2:15 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mon,

You will have no problems entering at 4 p.m. Have fun!!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 21, 2014 at 1:31 p.m.
Dennis Says...

Hi, This site is great. I do have a question. We are going on halloween night, and I was wondering if speed passes are allowed, and any suggestions on which rides/attractions should we hit? Time is limited and there is so much to do.

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Oct 21, 2014 at 9:11 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dennis,

FastPass is not available once the party starts, but ride lines should be fairly short since most people are focused on the Halloween party activities!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 17, 2014 at 1:36 a.m.
tricia lewis Says...

We have tickets for the halloween party on halloween night. Is it super busy that night? And is there anything I should try to do right away? I am taking 3 small kids with me.

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Oct 17, 2014 at 7:23 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tricia,

It will be one of if not the busiest party nights. I would suggest getting in line ahead of 7 p.m. (at least by 6:15 p.m.) for any high-priority character greets, particularly Jack and Sally or the Seven Dwarfs. Alternately, you could save these until the very end of the evening and spend the first few hours before the party starts eating dinner or riding rides. Plan on catching the second parade unless so that you don't have to spend too much time staking out a good viewing spot.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Oct 16, 2014 at 2:01 a.m.
Denise Says...

Just found out we will be in Orlando for Halloween. Kids (9 and 10) have never been to Disney and want to attend MNSSHP and there are no tickets available. I just saw tickets for sale on craigslist. I am actually willing to pay the amount asked but don't know how to identify whether or not the tickets are authentic. Thoughts?

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Oct 16, 2014 at 7:30 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Unfortunately, we do not recommend purchasing from Craigslist as tickets are non-transferable.

Mommy Frog

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Oct 14, 2014 at 3:05 p.m.
jo Says...

is there a park brochure for the event listing parade times, dance party times, etc?

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Oct 14, 2014 at 11:20 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

We have added the event times listings to the top of this post!

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Oct 14, 2014 at 3:01 a.m.
Laura Says...

great site! thank you! we are going primarily to see Princesses and entering at 4. Will they be in the Princess Fairy Tale hall from 4-7 and would a fast pass be available? or will they be there after 7? WE need to see as many as possible. Thanks!

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Oct 14, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura,

Yes, you can see the princesses from 4-7 p.m., and FastPass+ is available during this time. They will also be there after 7 p.m. during the party.

Mommy Frog

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Feb 2, 2015 at 4:55 p.m.
Emily Says...

If you only have a MNSSHP ticket, how do,you go about booking fast passes from 4-7? Can you do them online 60 days prior or that day only with what's available? We will be attending in 2015!!

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Mar 6, 2015 at 1:11 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily,

You can book FastPasses from 4-7 p.m. if you have valid admission, and you would be able to do it up 60 days in advance of your check-in if you are staying on-site or up to 30 days in advance of the day you wish to enter the park if you are staying off-site.

Mommy Frog

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Oct 11, 2014 at 2:42 p.m.
Lauren Says...

Hi!

We are going to the Halloween party on Halloween and are planning on arriving at 4PM but are not going to any of the parks during the day so that we will not be burning one of our park ticket days. My question is that if we book any fastpasses for that day only during the 4PM-7PM free time hours will that cause us to use a day in the parks from our tickets? Want to be able to use pastpass during that day but not if it costs us an actual ticket day in the park.

Thanks!

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Oct 13, 2014 at 9:34 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren,

No, it won't count toward your ticket quota.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Oct 8, 2014 at 3:34 p.m.
Elisabeth Says...

Hi there!

Thank you for the loads of information!

I'm going to Paris the 24th of October, but only found out about the party this week. It seems I've been living under a rock. Anyway, the date is sold out. Is there any way we could still get tickets?

Thanks!

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Oct 9, 2014 at 12:56 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elisabeth,

Unfortunately, if the party is sold out, there is no way to get tickets.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Oct 6, 2014 at 7:01 p.m.
Kathryn Pierce Says...

Is there any way to still get tickets. I'm heartbroken that I didn't know this was going on. It's my daughters first trip to disney and I had no idea it was going on. It's our only day there. We'll be there for a wedding. I'm so disappointed that we can't go AND that we will have to leave the park early. We would definitely pay extra to get them. Do they sell any day of tickets? Any ticket services that sell them?

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Oct 7, 2014 at 7:33 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathryn,

You can buy tickets directly from the Disney website or the day of if it is not sold out. I would recommend buying now if you for sure want to attend.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Oct 4, 2014 at 7:27 a.m.
Christina Says...

oh my gosh I'm so excited!! my mom got us tickets, for the Mickey Mouse Party.. where I'm meeting my brother from New Jersey, my new niece, and my 11 month year old son, me and my husband and a few more family members are going... there looks so much to do, but not enough hours.... can not wait!!!! I will be sure to comment and tell everyone. Thank You Disney!

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Oct 3, 2014 at 4:49 p.m.
Kim Says...

Does the Headless Horseman ride during both parades? We were thinking of only going to the 2nd parade but don't want to miss this.

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Oct 6, 2014 at 1:46 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

Yes!! We like the second parade better because it is less crowded and you don't have to wait as long to get a good spot.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Oct 2, 2014 at 2:47 p.m.
Trevor Says...

What night is likely to be less crowded: Thursday, Friday or Sunday?

Thanks,

Trevor

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Oct 6, 2014 at 1:48 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trevor,

Thursday and Sunday are generally less busy than Friday.

Mommy Frog

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Oct 2, 2014 at 5:39 a.m.
Kim Says...

Hi :) we will be there for the 21st!!so excited! Do u know if there will be pictures with Mickey (out of halloweencostume) at any point between 4-7 and where??

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Oct 2, 2014 at 7:49 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Mickey will not be in his Halloween costume until 7 p.m. He appears at Town Square Theatre at the entrance to the park.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Sep 27, 2014 at 9:38 p.m.
Tiffany Says...

My best friend and I are planning a visit and I was wondering if you knew what time the two parades are each night for the party?

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Sep 29, 2014 at 7:40 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Yes, the Boo to You Parade is held at 8:15 and 10:30 p.m.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Sep 23, 2014 at 2:48 p.m.
Jennifer W. Says...

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

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Sep 21, 2014 at 7:24 p.m.
Casandra Thomas Says...

My family and I are planning on attending Not So Scary Disney on October 9th. We have 3 children which one is an almost 3 yr old at the end of October. Will we need to purchase a ticket for him since he's still under 3? Do we need to bring anything to prove his age? If not, will he be giving a wrist band in order to participate along with the rest of the family?

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Sep 23, 2014 at 9:24 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Casandra,

You will not need to purchase a ticket for the almost 3-year-old nor will you need to show proof. Enjoy the party!

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Sep 19, 2014 at 7:41 p.m.
Amy Says...

We are planning a trip for October 14th to disneyland. My kids are older (youngest is 12) and aren't that interested in the party but love the idea of staying until midnight and having shorter wait times for rides. My question is - would it be worth it to purchase a regular hopper pass for the day and also attend the party in the evening?

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Sep 23, 2014 at 9:31 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy,

The party is a separately ticketed event. Since ride wait times are usually low for the party, that might be a good strategy even if your kids don't want to do the party activities. You would need to purchase regular park admission if you want to enter the park before 4 p.m. and then the party ticket to stay past 7 p.m.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Sep 19, 2014 at 3:11 p.m.
Ana Says...

Don't Know that went wrong with my comment, sorry! So i'm copying it:

Hi Mommy Frog, thanks a lot for all the good info! This year i'm visiting magic kingdom with my family. We are not attending the halloween party and We don't Know wich day is best to visit.

So i have some questions for you:

October 31: are the kids allowed to use costumes even if they are not attending the party?

Are they allowed to trick or treat?

Do they receive candy?

Do they have the wishes parade?

November 3th:

Are park hours back to normal?

Do they have the christmas decoration in this date?

In which of this dates would you prefer to go?

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Sep 23, 2014 at 9:35 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ana,

Small children can wear costumes to the parks, but their is only trick-or-treating at the party, and the Oct. 31 party date is sold out.

The Christmas decorations will start going up at Magic Kingdom the week of Nov. 3, but they would likely not all be up by this time.

If you are OK with shorter park hours, Magic Kingdom crowds will be lower on Oct. 31. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day vs. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 3.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Sep 18, 2014 at 3:05 p.m.
Annette Says...

First timer! We were planning to go to WDW for two days Oct 20 and 21. Staying the night in a Disney Resort. Taking a two year old and a three year old, after reading about this Halloween Party I'm thinking that spending Monday at the Magic Kingdom and then Tuesday afternoon/evening for party, my question is this. Can you get a late check out at any of the value resorts or is there something to keep us busy from checkout till 4pm?

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Sep 18, 2014 at 1:25 a.m.
Kristy Says...

I am so excited, my daughter turns 6 tomorrow and she requested MNSSHP. Is there anyway I can download the schedule for the event? Such as times for character meet and greets, their locations, fireworks, and shows. We are only going for one night and I want to make sure we get the most out of it. I know they will be available at the gate but I would like extra time to learn the map. But, on behalf of everyone, I am thankful and grateful to Disney for the extra 3 hours we can take advantage of before the party!!

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Sep 23, 2014 at 10:07 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristy,

We have uploaded the guide! Here it is.

Best, Mommy Frog

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Sep 16, 2014 at 5:16 p.m.
Natalie Says...

Such great information! Thank you so much! We are coming the week before halloween and wondered if you know when the parade and fireworks start? Thanks again!!

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Sep 17, 2014 at 11:37 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalia,

You're going to have a great time! The parade starts at 8:15 p.m., and the second one is at 10:30 p.m. Celebrate the Magic is at 9:15 p.m. followed directly by Happy HalloWishes at 9:30 p.m.

Mommy Frog

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Sep 16, 2014 at 4:28 p.m.
Karen Says...

I know you only get 3 fastpasses per day. We have a ticket we are using for MK in the morning and a ticket to MNSSHP. Do you get two sets of fastpasses until 7 if you are using two tickets that day?

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Sep 17, 2014 at 10:55 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

You cannot use your party ticket to make FP+ reservations, and FastPass+ will not work once the party starts at 7 p.m.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Oct 13, 2014 at 12:43 p.m.
jean arden Says...

NOT SO! We are ONLY attending the MNSSHP and absolutely made Fast pass+ reservations with our magic bands. BUT the catch is, they have to be between 4pm and 7pm. Most of the rides "cut off" time was actually about 6:30pm. But our family made all 3 fast pass reservations in that time slot for that day!

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Sep 14, 2014 at 12:22 a.m.
Anet Says...

We are going on 10/3 are Friday nights usually busier?? And do they give candy to children only?

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Sep 15, 2014 at 9:31 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anet,

Yes, Friday nights are generally a little busier than the other days. They give candy to anyone who wants it!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 12, 2014 at 5:25 p.m.
Melanie Mittan Says...

Is there any way to find out what rides and attractions will be closed during MNSSHP?

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Sep 23, 2014 at 1:57 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melanie,

Most attractions are open during the party. I've added the full list to this post.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Sep 12, 2014 at 2:37 p.m.
Renee Says...

Can we get our tickets here on Undercover or do we have to go through Disney?

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Sep 16, 2014 at 11:09 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Renee,

We are offering tickets to the party on select dates. You can see all of them here.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Sep 9, 2014 at 7:43 p.m.
Rebecca Says...

We will be visiting the park the week of Oct 5th and are trying to decide on the best days to do MK. The crowd number is low on 10/5, but as that is the MNSSHP night, it seems like the park will get quite busy at about 4pm. What are your thoughts on going on 10/5 for a first time visit - 3 children ages 2 1/2, 6 and 11

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Sep 10, 2014 at 8:17 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca,

You all must be getting very excited!!! The 7th would be a better day in terms of crowd levels for the parks, and Magic Kingdom is recommended. You could do the 5th and have a great time too. We always recommend arriving ahead of park opening to be one of the first in the park when crowds are at their absolute lowest, but you would definitely want to do this if you visit on Oct. 5 because the park closes at 7 p.m.

There is a staggered effect on crowds starting at 4 p.m. as many people are not aware they can come that early for the party, so I would not let that stop you.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Sep 9, 2014 at 1:46 p.m.
Layla Says...

Do you find that people tend to "camp out" along the parade route? When we went for the VMCP there were people with ice chests and blanket spreads the whole night. We couldnt even get close enough to see the parade. I hope itll be better for yall with the NSSHP. Is there a difference from one party to the next...in your past experiences.

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