Guide to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween PartySummer vacay might be over, but Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party has only just begun! Halloween season at Magic Kingdom is finally here, and we kicked it off by attending the very first party of the year. Starting earlier than ever on Aug. 16, 2019, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party will continue on select nights until Nov. 1, 2019. Two-and-a-half months of Halloween?! We're all for it!

We’ve loved all of the classic, family fun that the event has offered us over the years … but there is so much to do. With only five hours of party time to meet rare characters, trick-or-treat and catch spell-bounding entertainment, a game plan is essential. Keep in mind that "Disney's Not-So-Spooky Spectacular" is debuting for the 2019 event. Lucky for you, the Frog Family is here with our best time-saving advice to help you get the most out of your favorite Halloween Party. Let's boo this!

Our Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween 2019 Guide is quite thorough, so we've added some helpful links to take you to key topics ... or you can just keep reading!

Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Parade

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Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 Dates, Tickets & Best Days to Attend

Disney Halloween parties typically start in mid-August and run through early November. The parties are held at Magic Kingdom after the park closes from 7 p.m. to midnight. The park closes at 6 p.m. for daytime guests without a party ticket. Disney has added two additional nights this year, extending the spooktacular fun. You can purchase Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2019 tickets from your favorite frogs!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 - Welcome Sign

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2019 Dates:

  • August 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
  • September 2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29
  • October 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31
  • November 1

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets start at $74 for children ages 3 to 9 ($78.81 with tax) or $79 for those over 10 years old ($84.14 with tax).

Best Dates to Attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019

The biggest question we get for this event, as well as for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, is what the best days to attend are. These Disney Halloween parties can and do sell out, especially closer to Halloween, so we recommend purchasing tickets as soon as you know you want to attend.

Oct. 31 is historically one of the most popular dates to attend the Disney Halloween parties, along with Fridays in October, when more locals attend. Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, especially those in August and early September, are typically less popular.

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.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Costume Policy

Mickey's Not So Scary family in costumes

A revised costume policy went into effect for the Disney Halloween party in recent years that is more restrictive for adults.

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:

  • 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 light sabers, toy swords and tutus are OK. Headwear must not cover the face.
  • Masks are not allowed.

For guests ages 13 and under:

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

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Entering Procedures

Entryway to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

The party officially begins at 7 p.m. inside Magic Kingdom. Disney Halloween party guests are allowed to enter the park starting at 4 p.m., which we recommend taking advantage of. 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 those regular day guests who are not staying for the party.

Once you arrive at the entrance, cast members direct you toward specific touch points for entry. Party wristbands are then given to party guests after going through the touch points. 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 select locations inside the park. We saw a few of those wristband distribution areas near Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, Mickey's PhilharMagic and Pirates of the Caribbean. Beginning at 6 p.m., cast members are stationed at critical points throughout the park to direct the wristband-less toward the exit.

For party guests arriving just in time for the spooky festivities, expect to be directed toward Market Street. (That's the name of the back alley between La Chapeau and Tony's Town Square Restaurant!) This path is where you'll find adorable Halloween character statues, fun photo-ops AND your first treat station. Select Halloween merchandise can be purchased here, as well. What a grand entrance to the party!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 Map

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party front of the map

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party back of the map

Interested in how exactly things work at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party? This 2019 map highlights some of the activities and entertainment, trick-or-treat locations, allergy-friendly options and more in store at the party.

Entertainment & Rides at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019

FastPass+ at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019

FastPass+ is not available during the party. Luckily, there is generally less need for FastPass+ as most people are enjoying the party activities and spending less time on rides.

Show Times for Key Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 Entertainment:

Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular

  • Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade - 9:15 p.m., 11:15 p.m.
  • Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular - 10:15 p.m.
  • Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular - 8:30 p.m., 10:45 p.m., 12 a.m.
  • Dance parties - all night long!

If inclement weather may be on the horizon during your visit, be sure to catch the early stage show and parade in case the later ones get cancelled.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 Characters and Locations:

One of the biggest highlights of the night is meeting characters, especially those who don't greet guests at other times of year or often. Some of the most popular characters, like Moana or Jack Skellington and Sally, draw big lines but may start meeting guests before the official party time. (We passed by Moana at around 5 p.m. She hadn't started greeting just yet, but when we walked by again around 6:30 p.m., the line was moving.) Below, you'll find this year's characters and their greeting spots. With waits as long as three hours for some characters, you need a strategy! Hop down to tips to see our best strategies for meeting them.

Mickey's Not So Scary - Moana

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
  • Jack Skellington and Sally at Town Square Theater

Fantasyland

  • Anastasia and Drizella
  • Seven Dwarfs
  • Rapunzel
  • Queen of Hearts, Alice, Tweedle-Dee, Tweedle-Dum, Mad Hatter
  • Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger (dressed in Halloween costumes)
  • Ariel and Eric
  • Belle and Gaston
  • Minnie Mouse (dressed in Halloween costume)
  • Daisy Duck (dressed in Halloween costume)
  • Goofy (dressed in Halloween costume)
  • Donald Duck (dressed in Halloween costume)
  • Cinderella
  • Cruella DeVil
  • Princess Tiana
  • Princess Elena

Mickey's Not So Scary - Minnie Mouse

Tomorrowland

  • Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear a.k.a. Lotso
  • Stitch (dressed in Elvis costume)

Adventureland

  • Tarzan, Jane and Terk
  • Moana
  • Captain Jack Sparrow
  • Aladdin & Abu alternate with Genie & Jasmine
  • Jafar

Attractions Open During Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019

One of the major perks of ticketed events such as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is the shorter lines for some of your favorite attractions. This year, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train line had a maximum 35-minute wait!

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:

  • Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • A Pirate's Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas
  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Splash Mountain
  • 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
  • Space Mountain
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

Some attractions receive spooktacular, party-exclusive overlays and enhancements, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Mad Tea Party, Space Mountain and new this year, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor. A crew of live pirates takes over your journey on Pirates of the Caribbean. Meanwhile, Mad Tea Party gets special lighting and music, while Space Mountain goes completely dark. Over at the Laugh Floor in the Monster World, the comedic monsters learn more about the Human World holiday called Halloween.

New and Returning Party-Exclusive Experiences for 2019

Aside from rides and character meet-and-greets, experience the special event's dance parties, "Boo-to-You" parade, Hocus Pocus Villains Spectacular and an all-new fireworks show.

Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular — NEW!

Disney Not So Spooky Spectacular

A new fireworks show with projection effects, lasers, lights and fireworks is debuting this year! 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 showcased 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."

As an extra way to celebrate the new show, the park is hosting fireworks dessert parties with treats such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, cupcakes, ice cream, seasonal fruits, cheeses and special drinks.

Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam

Mickey's Not So Scary - Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam

Calling all tadpoles! Storybook Circus is once again hosting the Disney Junior Jam, featuring some of Lily's Disney Channel faves like Vampirina and Fancy Nancy (who's joining this year). We even spotted Timon jumping in on the fun. Lily LOVES this dance party!

Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball

Over in Tomorrowland at the Rockettower Plaza Stage, join Mike Wazowski and Sulley who are hosting the Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball all night long! Show off your best monstrous dance moves.

Disney DescenDANCE Party — NEW!

As the third and brand-new Halloween dance party, the Disney DescenDANCE Party has taken over the stage at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe. Inspired by the Descendants movie franchise, dance the night away, as your favorite Villain Kids appear in dance videos from Isle of the Lost.

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

The infamous Sanderson Sisters from "Hocus Pocus" are back for another year at the 2019 Disney Halloween party! Watch out — they may put a spell on you as they conjure up the "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular" show at the Castle Forecourt Stage. The show is held exclusively during the party and features the Sanderson Sisters, Winifred, Mary and Sarah, along with other Disney villains such as Dr. Facilier, Ooogie Boogie and Maleficent. "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular" replaced the Villains Mix 'n' Mingle. There are typically no picture-taking opportunities with the Sanderson Sisters or the villains. The show is still a wicked good time, especially for fans of the film!

Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade

Mickey's Boo To You Parade - Constance Hatchaway

Catch your favorite Disney characters in Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade! About 15 minutes before it begins, the Headless Horseman trots over the Liberty Square, continues in front of Cinderella Castle (but does not go all the way around the hub) and down Main Street.

Mickey and Minnie lead the parade along with their friends, including Goofy, Pluto, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Aladdin, Jasmine and others. Tinker Bell and Captain Jack Sparrow follow along on their floats. The Gravediggers precede Constance Hatchaway, better known as The Black Widow Bride from The Haunted Mansion. She is new to the parade this year and glides down the street alongside dancing ghoulish couples. The Tomorrowland floats are also new, featuring The Incredibles, Edna Mode and Buzz Lightyear with a crew of aliens.

Cruella's Halloween Hide-a-Way — NEW!

Mingle with Cruella de Vil at Tony's Town Square Restaurant during this brand-new, special dining experience. The event starts at 9:30 p.m. and continues through the night until 12:30 a.m. during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party nights. You can pop in and out during the event to enjoy savory hors d’oeuvres, samplers and sweets. It also includes access to a reserved viewing section for the 11:15 p.m. parade. Cruella's Halloween Hide-a-Way is a separately ticketed experience ($99 per guest) and requires Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party admission, which is not included in this price.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Trick-or-Treating, Specialty Food & Merchandise

One of the big "treats" of the Disney Halloween Party is trick-or-treating around the park. 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.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 Treat Locations:

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Town Square Theater (Allergy-Friendly Center)
  • Market Street (party entrance; open until 8 p.m.)

Adventureland

  • Tortuga Tavern
  • Jungle Cruise

Frontierland

  • Splash Mountain
  • Miner's Cove (by Big Thunder Mountain)
  • Country Bear Jamboree

Liberty Square

  • Liberty Square Ticket Office (Allergy-Friendly Center)
  • The Diamond Horseshoe

Fantasyland

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

Tomorrowland

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

Not So Scary Halloween Party - Amuck CupcakeIf the free candy doesn't quite satisfy your sweet tooth, enjoy spooktacular offerings created especially for the season. We tried the Amuck, Amuck, Amuck Cupcake, which can be found at Main Street Bakery. The cupcake itself was perfectly fluffy and moist, but fair warning, there is a lot of sweet frosting packed on top. Watch out for that black frosting — you may want to wait until after you take all your photos before your teeth turn colors ;)

It's important to note that some of these special, event-exclusive treats for purchase have long lines and can sell out later in the night. However, we noticed they started selling before the official party time. So, if you've got your eye (and stomach) set on a specific treat, we'd recommend hopping to it the earlier, the better!

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.

If shopping is your top priority, visit the Emporium and Big Top Souvenirs for apparel, ornaments, pins and more exclusive to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. You can also find tons of event pins and MagicBands at Frontier Trading Post. 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 that limited-edition pin. 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.

Tips for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019

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 Moana CostumesWhile 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 you 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 saw so many creative costumes this year! Note: Masks are not allowed to be worn at the Magic Kingdom, so keep this in mind when choosing your costume.

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, 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. Bring your own trick-or-treat bags

Upon entry into the park, guests will 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. You'll find the same candy at each one!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 - Treats

For allergy-friendly offerings, a teal chip is handed out at the entrance of the party. Make your way to the street behind Tony's Town Square Restaurant to pick up your chip. You'll exchange this token for a teal treat bag and special candy at the allergy-friendly locations located at Town Square Theater and Liberty Square Ticket Office.

4. 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 throughout the park — 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.

5. Visit the most "in-demand" characters first or during the first parade

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 - Jack Skellington

Leap's favorite part of the party is meeting all of the characters who greet guests in different locations. "Rare" characters are out for photo-ops, and your usual favorites are wearing their best Halloween garb. Lines can get very long for the most popular characters (up to three hours or more!), so be sure to prioritize. (If you want a costume idea, check out our DIY Jack and Sally T-shirt.)

Some of the more exclusive characters (Jack & Sally, the Seven Dwarfs and Moana) may be found meeting 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!

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, don't wait until the very end of the night! We tried getting in line to see the Seven Dwarfs and 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.

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.

6. Stake out your parade location

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.

Mickey's Boo-To-You Parade - Mrs. Incredible

Don't want to spend so much time holding your ground? We recommend viewing it in Frontierland. You can get a great spot with a 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.

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.

7. Spot your favorite villains during the Hocus Pocus show

The Sanderson Sisters take over the stage again in the "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular," also featuring Dr. Facilier, Ooogie Boogie and Maleficent. In the past, the villains would mix and mingle after their singing and dancing performance on the Castle Stage. Although these villains do not typically join the crowd for photo opportunities anymore, the performance is worth making time to see.

The lines for character meet-and-greets are typically a lot shorter just prior to and during parade performances, so plan to see some villains, such as Anastasia and Drizella or Cruella de Vil, during either the first or second Boo-to-You parade.

8. Get your boogie on

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 - Sulley

It just wouldn't be a Disney Halloween party without a dance. As we mentioned before, there are THREE opportunities to show off your moves. Mike and Sulley play host to their own Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland. Join the Villain Kids at the new Disney DescenDANCE Party over in Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe for a groovin' good time. Or dance the night away with Disney Junior Pals at Storybook Circus.

9. Don't froget the fireworks show!

The centerpiece of the night in years past has been the villainous fireworks show, Happy HalloWishes. It was one of our very favorite displays ... however, the brand-new fireworks spectacular, Disney's Not-So-Spooky Spectacular, exceeded our expectations! It's important to know that there is only one fireworks show, which begins at 10:15 p.m.

10. Don't spend too much time waiting for the ride overlays

While it's always neat to experience your favorite attraction with a twist, we didn't find any of the special Halloween party attraction experiences worth waiting too long for. The difference in the party-exclusive changes on Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain and Mad Tea Party are fairly minor, so don't get your hopes up on having a toadally different experience. (The rides close and undergo a short transition period before the party begins.) We wouldn't wait any longer than 20 to 30 minutes for any of these. If you can catch a short line (like our 15-minute wait for Pirates), you should check 'em out!

11. 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 — starting with Hocus Pocus at 8:30 p.m. 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.

Do you have questions about Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019? Share them in 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 10, 2017 at 1:07 p.m. Steve Fennel Says...

I am trying to plan a Not-So-Scary trip for my family of four. I was debating between Labor Day (Sep 1-4) weekend or the weekend after (Sep8-11). I am traveling with small children, so could you recommend a better weekend as far as crowd are concerned?

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Apr 10, 2017 at 8:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar for Sept 2017, we're forecasting low to average crowds during 8-11. That's your best bet!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 15, 2017 at 12:41 a.m. mommyto3 Says...

when are tickets available?

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Apr 14, 2017 at 9:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Disney has not released on-sale dates. Keep checking back!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 9, 2017 at 1:22 a.m. Samm Says...

Hey. My family is visiting middle of October and plan on attending the Halloween party. I was just wondering if you had to have a park admission ticket as well as the separate special event ticket? Trying to figure out if we can use our extra day to do the party and and take in some extra ride time! Thank you!

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Apr 9, 2017 at 6:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Samm,

You do not need park admission ticket. Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is a separate admission ticket that will usually get you inside the Magic Kingdom at 4 p.m. for the 7 p.m. party time.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 6, 2017 at 7:16 p.m. Michelle Says...

My family of four, two boys aged 7 and 4, will be arriving in Disney World on Nov 1. We've been lucky to do the Christmas Party twice, but have not yet done the Halloween Party. Is it worth doing on November 1 after Halloween has passed? Will the pricing be less?

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Apr 6, 2017 at 2:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

We think that MNSSHP is worth doing any time of the year! There was no party on Nov 1 last year, so we don't know about reduced pricing after Halloween.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 3, 2017 at 1:51 p.m. Laura Says...

Hi guys - Do you know when they've previously released dates? Trying to get a sense for when we can plan.

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Apr 3, 2017 at 9:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura,

We're expecting the dates to be released sometime this month.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 4, 2017 at 1:43 p.m. Mariana Says...

Hi guys!

I'm from Brazil and I'm going do Disney on September, 26th. I am waiting for the dates to Mickey's not so scary too.

Last week, I called to Disney. They don't have the dates yet, but a good tip is look the Park Hours in the official site (https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/calendars/2017-10-11/). We have the park hours until October 11th.

So, the days that Magic Kingdom will close at 7 p.m, probably will have Halloween party.

Sorry for my english (I'm from Brazil!!).

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Apr 4, 2017 at 9:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Great tip Mariana!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 2, 2017 at 7:19 p.m. Maurice Says...

Hello =)

I'll go on September 2017, maybe on Friday 15th. Usually, when does Disney start selling tickets for this event? May? June?

Thank you.

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Apr 3, 2017 at 12:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maurice,

We don’t know when they will go on sale this year, but they went on sale in May last year.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 31, 2017 at 12:37 p.m. Laura Says...

Hi

My sister and I are going to Disney 28 September - 12 October. We are staying at the Caribbean beach and have been told we will be getting a gift card for compensation for works.

We are hoping to get tickets for 10th or 11th October for us and our parents (whose holiday starts on the 9th!) and want to use the gift card for them so won't be buying until we check in.

Do you have any advice on which date might be better? Or any guidance on when those dates might sell out?

And as an aside - thank you for all the brilliant information on the website generally! Even having been to Disney countless times - you have highlighted things we still didn't know!

Thanks!

Laura

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Mar 31, 2017 at 8:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Laura,

We are so HOPPY that you enjoy our site!

As for dates to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, the 2017 dates have not been revealed yet. We'll update the post when we know more. Know that the dates may sell out quickly, so consider purchasing them before you arrive and using the Disney card for dinner or merchandise!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 31, 2017 at 8:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Laura,

We are so HOPPY that you enjoy our site!

As for dates to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, the 2017 dates have not been revealed yet. We'll update the post when we know more. Know that the dates may sell out quickly, so consider purchasing them before you arrive, and using the Disney card for dinner or merchandise!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 26, 2017 at 1:22 p.m. Jay Says...

What was the cost for 2016 on Oct. 30th and what about the crowds? With it being the night before Halloween, I expect it to be busy but maybe ppl will put it off more for actual halloween instead. Maybe it'll be different with that day being a Monday.

Thanks in advance.!

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Mar 27, 2017 at 8:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jay,

The Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 ticket prices ranged from to $72-$105 for adults and $67-$100 for children (ages 3-9). Disney does not release crowd numbers for the parties, but we notice that the higher priced days indicate that's when Disney expects high crowds. We Expect Oct 30th to be very busy.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 24, 2017 at 3:59 p.m. Kara Says...

Hi~

I know you can get into MK for the MNSSHP at 4. Will I be let in MK for a 3:30 or 4:00 dining reservation or do I have to change the reservation to after 4pm?

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Mar 24, 2017 at 2:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

If you don't plan on being in Magic Kingdom earlier in the day and paying the separate admission, then you would need to move the reservation to 4:30 or later.

Keep Hopping!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 28, 2017 at 6:47 p.m. Nicole Says...

Any idea when we'll see the dates go up for MNNSHP 2017? Looking at planning a trip Sept. 28 - Oct. 5 and am curious which days the party will be (so we can attend once, then plan accordingly for early park closures the other days).

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Feb 28, 2017 at 2:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole,

We're expecting the dates for MNSSHP to be released in March!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 30, 2017 at 4:19 p.m. StacyC Says...

Are you hearing anything more regarding dates for the party yet?! Any further word on the release date? We're getting excited and don't want to miss out.

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Mar 30, 2017 at 11:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacy,

Nothing yet. We'll post them as soon as we know!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 3, 2017 at 9:19 p.m. Angie Says...

Hello;

We will be going to the parks on 09/09 to 09/16 my question is do I need Park entrance to attend the party? or can I buy the ticket to the party and do not waste one of my park tickets to attend?? Also when do you recommend for me to buy the tickets I am not even sure when do they go on sale. Thank You

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Mar 11, 2017 at 5:57 p.m. SHANNA WYATTS Says...

We will be there the same time! We are staying at the Fort!

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Feb 3, 2017 at 3:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hello Angie,

Dates for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party are usually announced in February or March, with tickets on sale in May. It is a special ticketed event, meaning your regular park ticket will not allow you to attend the party.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 9, 2017 at 3:50 p.m. Tara Says...

The question wasn't answered. You do not need to buy a regular park ticket in addition to the Halloween party ticket.

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Feb 11, 2017 at 10:38 a.m. michelle Says...

if you are only going in for the halloween party then you just need the halloween event ticket. if you wished to go all day then you would need to purchase both, hope this helps x

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Feb 1, 2017 at 1:34 a.m. Lauren Says...

Hi there, I'm visiting the parks in September/October for the first time in ten years and this is my first trip at Halloween time. The MNSSHP party confuses me, I have to book my dining reservations in march before the tickets go on sale, so how do I know if this falls on a MNSSHP date? It seems as though the 2016 dates were a lot more frequent and close together than other years and I only have a two week visit from the uk. If my reservation to BOG (for instance) is on the MNSSHP night and it's booked for 6/7pm and I don't have a ticket for this night can I not attend my pre booked reservation anyway? It seems silly to get a reservation like that that's always booked up and then have to waste it because it's a party night. Thanks in advance x

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Feb 1, 2017 at 8:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren,

Historically, MSSSHP has NOT been held on Mondays or Saturdays during October. You could try booking BOG on a Monday or Saturday, as well as another day, and simply canceling the reservation that you won't be attending. The dates for the party are announced in the springtime.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 6, 2017 at 3:35 a.m. Lesley Says...

You can also check the park hours. It looks like those are released about 190 days earlier; if Magic Kingdom closes at 7, then it's probably a party night.

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Jan 17, 2017 at 8:15 a.m. Jenna Says...

I am embarrassed to ask this question but for planning and budget purposes it is a must. The specialty treats offered during the party (spider cupcake, worms & dirt) are free? included in ticket price? If not, how much per food item?

I am sure the dining, snack carts, and event merchandise are not included. However, I am not sure about the holiday event themed treats.

I need to know to be able to budget for the event appropriately

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Jan 18, 2017 at 11:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenna,

The specialty treats have different prices. For example, candy apples are usually over $10. The only complimentary treats are the trick-or-treat candies.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 15, 2016 at 4:11 a.m. Heaven Says...

Is there a discount for pass holders? I am trying to buy tickets but if there is a discount I would like to get it

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Oct 20, 2016 at 9:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Normally there is a discount for certain dates. Check with Disney directly.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 1, 2016 at 6:47 a.m. vijay Says...

l Like you

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Oct 11, 2016 at 9:21 p.m. Jenny Says...

Hi,

I have not purchased MNSSH tickets, and have a dinner reservation at 5.30 at Cinderella castle 23/10, do you think this will be ok, providing we leave at 7? Or will they ask to see MNSSH tickets when we go into the castle?

Thanks

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny,

Yes, this will be OK.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 11, 2016 at 7:20 p.m. Barbie Says...

We are planning on making MNSSHN the only time we visit MK while in Orlando. What time can we stay in the park til and do you think this will give us a good experience? My kids are 15 and 12.

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Barbie,

It is a really fun party and lasts until midnight. You can enter the park starting at 4 p.m. with the party ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 7, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Evelyn Says...

Planning a short Orlando trip this month. I have 1-day regular tickets for the Magic Kingdom and tickets for MNSSHP on a specific date. I was thinking we would use the regular tickets on one day, and then return for the Halloween party the next evening to maximize our time in the park. Does that sound wise? It seems like we would get significantly more hours in the park, rather than using both in one day. I think this arrangement would mean I'm still only able to make FastPass+ selections for one day, correct? Thank you!

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Oct 11, 2016 at 12:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Evelyn,

I think this is a good plan. You should be able to make FastPass+ reservations for both days, but for the party date, you would only be able to use them between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 2, 2016 at 3:13 a.m. Valentina Says...

Hi,

When do tickets typically go on sale? Or when do you recommend purchasing tickets? They are all sold out this year :( but would love to take our girls next year!

Thanks.

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Oct 20, 2016 at 3:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Valentina,

Tickets went on sale in May this year for the Halloween and Christmas parties.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 27, 2016 at 6:59 p.m. Carolyn Says...

We're going to be at the park on the 14th with a 2 year old and an infant. Are there any specific attractions that is geared toward the toddler crowd? Thanks in advance ????

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Oct 20, 2016 at 12:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carolyn,

Sorry for the delay, but your comment ended up in our spam filter! We hope you had a fabulous time with your daughter.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 22, 2016 at 6:31 p.m. Happeh Says...

Wonderful article!

We will be going to our first Not-So-Scary this year and were wondering...is it alright to show up in costume by 4:00 p.m.? We'll be staying in the Animation Resort and taking the bus to the park. How unusual is it to see guests in costume by this time and will they let us in?

Thank you!

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Oct 3, 2016 at 12:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Absolutely! You will see many other folks arriving in costumes at this time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 20, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. Kat Says...

Hello,

I love you all the info on the party that you have posted!! We are looking at attending either Sept 30 or Oct 4. How much crazier is the Friday night?

My daughter doesn't want to miss school otherwise I would go on Tuesday for sure. Just looking for some outside input on the Friday night crowd.

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Sep 16, 2016 at 7:57 p.m. Jodie Says...

Hi, I am so confused! Just to check, on the days where there is a Halloween party (if we just have a standard ticket) we will only be allowed in the park 9-7, unless we pay again for the party? This will mean we do not get to see the fireworks?

On the days where there is no party we can enter the park 9-10 and get to see the fireworks?

Sorry, not been before and really confused by this in addition to the extra magic hours and really want to see the fireworks

Thanks in advance

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Sep 27, 2016 at 8:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jodie,

Yes, you are correct on park hours, although some days, the park is closing to regular guests at 6 p.m. The fireworks are not scheduled every day, so you would need to check the schedule for the day you plan to attend.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 15, 2016 at 3:44 p.m. Edgar Says...

Hi, first of all congrats on the post, it's most enlightening!

We are planning to attend MNSSHP on Thu Oct. 6th, adults and two 6yo. and want to experience all the events.

In what order would you recommend us to view the shows and how long do each of them last?

Halloween Parade, Celebrate Magic, Hallo WIshes then Hocus Pocus, or would you recommend us to see the Hocus Pocus first then CM, HW and finally the Parade?

Thank you!

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Sep 20, 2016 at 3:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Edgar,

The priorities for us are the parade and HalloWishes. You don't want to miss these. If there is a chance of inclement weather or you think your boys will not make it up late enough for the second parade, we would plan to attend the first one at 8:30 p.m. If you want a prime spot with no one in front of you anywhere along Main Street or around Cinderella Castle, you should plan to get your spot at least 45 minutes and preferably an hour ahead of time. If you are less concerned about a prime view, you can walk up much closer to the parade time and find good spots.

If you aim for Cinderella Castle, then you are in a good spot to see Hocus Pocus at 9:15 p.m. and then could stay there for Celebrate the Magic and Happy HalloWishes. We think the best location for HalloWishes is in the FastPass+ viewing areas (FastPass+ is not effect on party nights, but you can watch from this area if there is room). This plan essentially ties you down for most of the evening.

A better option is to plan for the second parade. With this plan, you have more viewing options for Celebrate the Magic and Happy HalloWishes (watch them from the same spot) and could get in place just after the parade passes through Main Street/Cinderella Castle or around 9:15-9:30 p.m., see Hocus Pocus at 10:40 p.m. and then get in place for the second parade.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 15, 2016 at 1:47 p.m. Ciara Says...

Do you know what restaurants or food places will be open during MNSSHP? My friends and I are getting there at 4pm Sunday, so I know we're going to get hungry hahaha Also are there any special party foods we should look out for???

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Sep 20, 2016 at 3:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ciara,

Barring any restaurant refurbishments, the event guide map in the post includes the restaurants expected to be open after the party starts at 7 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 14, 2016 at 10:38 a.m. Sally Says...

Hi we will be arriving on 19th Oct for 16 nights. Husband wants to do MNSSHP on 31st but do you think this will be really busy and we might be better going earlier? Plan to get 5 days Magic your way and then MNSSHP as an add on. We have 4 kids aged between 6 and 14. As we are coming from UK not sure they'll be able to stay up until 12?

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Sep 14, 2016 at 3:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sally,

The parties get busier as it gets closer to Halloween, but Oct. 20 and 25 would likely be better in terms of crowds.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 19, 2016 at 9:04 p.m. veronica Says...

Hi

Does the Halloween party tickets include food other than the treats please?

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Sep 21, 2016 at 10:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Veronica,

No, it does not.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 21, 2016 at 10:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Veronica,

No, it does not.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 13, 2016 at 6:16 p.m. Lo Says...

Wow! What a wonderful site with great information. I know adults can dress up along with children. Would Jasmine be acceptable (belly showing) for an adult? She is a princess after all :) thank you!

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Sep 14, 2016 at 2:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lo,

Jasmine should be fine so long as it's tasteful.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 12, 2016 at 12:53 p.m. Adam Says...

Hello Mommy Frog,

I have to say this page is so incredibly insightful, there is so much wonderful information. I will be taking my girlfriend to the Parks for 2 days for Oct 4 and 5. So my question is this:

What is the main difference at MK with the dates with MNSSHP versus a regular night at the park? During the off nights what is the Castle Stage show situation, Main Street Parades, etc? And would it be a good idea to pair (haha, pun) Food and Wine Festival in the Morning and Afternoon with MNSSHP?

Thank you so so much

Adam

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Sep 12, 2016 at 10:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adam,

Thank you for the compliment! The main difference is that you only find Halloween entertainment during the party. On non-party nights, you will find the regular entertainment, such as Mickey's Royal Faire, Main Street Electrical Parade (which is having its last day at Magic Kingdom on Oct. 9), etc. I think your plan to do Food & Wine in the morning and the party in the afternoon is a good one. We have done this several times!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 9, 2016 at 2:29 a.m. Elaine Says...

Hi! Great article! We wanted to take our son to theHalloween Party on Friday, October 28th. Being that the price is higher on this day, do you think it will be very crowded?

Thanks!

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Sep 14, 2016 at 2:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elaine,

Yes, we think this will be one of the very busiest party days and will likely sell out.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 4, 2016 at 6:03 p.m. Jen Says...

We have annual passes and have a Be Our Guest lunch reservation at 2:10 before our party night. Will they let our daughter in with a costume on that early? My husband and I are not wearing full costumes - he will have an Anger shirt and I will have a Joy dress from Inside Out. My 6 year old daughter's is a Disgust costume that includes a wig.

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Sep 14, 2016 at 3:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen,

Yes, a child can always wear a costume in the park.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 1, 2016 at 10:35 p.m. Jackie Says...

We are planning on going to the MNSSHP on Friday Oct 28, how far in advance should I buy the tickets? I was hoping that Oct 1 would not be too late!

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Sep 14, 2016 at 3:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jackie,

I would purchase these as soon as you can. This date is likely to sell out.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 31, 2016 at 8:55 p.m. Paola Says...

Hi,im plannig on entering the park for the MNSSHp at 4pm,can i enter at that time already in costume? Or as an adult i can olnly enter in costume until 7pm?

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Sep 1, 2016 at 2:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paola,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 31, 2016 at 12:18 p.m. Vale Says...

Im attending next week Halloween party and I just realice that mask are not allowed , I just got us the Incredibles costumes, do you know if this kind of mask are allowed last year and this year are not anymore?

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Sep 14, 2016 at 2:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vale,

Hmmm. This is a good one. I am not certain. Technically, I think it's a no, but they would be very minimal masks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 24, 2016 at 6:54 p.m. EJ Says...

Very sorry. I just noticed that your blog is focused on Florida attractions, not California. Please feel free to not post my comment on your post, but would very much appreciate if you could respond via email. I'm very sorry for the trouble caused.

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Aug 26, 2016 at 9:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi EJ,

No worries at all. We do have a post on Disneyland Halloween Time too that might be helpful:

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 24, 2016 at 6:47 p.m. EJ Says...

Didn't see my comment posted. Testing it again. Sorry if spam.

Thank you so much for this wealth of knowledge and tips! You are absolutely wonderful. God bless you. I have some questions, would highly appreciate your 2 cents.

Context: Husband and I will be taking our almost 4-year-old to Disneyland (CA), most likely on Oct 12-13. We plan to stay on property at the Spa Resort for those 2 days.

Question:

1) Husband is not keen on Halloween. I checked dates on the official website and it looks like Disneyland has Halloween Party every other day, so 10/12. This is also Wednesday, which means as hotel guests we get EMH for CA Adventure Park. Do you have high-level tips to 1-day visit to CA Adventure from 8am - 7pm?

2) I guess to enjoy the party from afar (hopefully get to see the fireworks??), we'll have to book a room with Downtown Disney view? Noticed that this room costs $100 more than Woods/Courtyard view, I'm only guessing what "Downtown" view entails, based on your experience, would you recommend that the extra 100 bucks will be well worth the money?

3) I think I may have missed the detail, but are hotel guests allowed move between the 2 parks on the same day, or no? Would you even recommend that we attempt to cross in-between on the same day?

Thank you again for your extensive and extremely helpful posts! Will study more and ask more questions, if any!

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Aug 26, 2016 at 9:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi EJ,

There is a hotel entrance at Disney's Grand Californian into Disney California Adventure that anyone can use.

Aim to go through the entrance 30 minutes before the EMH begins so that you are in the park and ready to go. A great ride to do early would be Radiator Springs Racers or Toy Story Mania (the latter has no FastPass option). A little before the park officially opens to the public, go get in line in Hollywood Land to get your Frozen Fast Pass tickets, then get World of Color FastPass tickets if you want to catch World of Color. Then pick up Soarin' FastPasses right away.

A 4-year-old will enjoy all of Cars Land, Bugs Land, Monsters Inc., The Little Mermaid ride and likely the Pixar Play Parade and Operation Playtime. There is a Disney Jr. show, and your child can meet Disney Jr. stars in that area as well as Anna, Elsa and Olaf. Turtle Talk with Crush (near Anna and Elsa) is a great way to escape the sun.

Ask the hotel if you have a fireworks view. If so, that would be a great place to watch the fireworks. Another place you can see the fireworks from outside of the park (for free) is from the roof of the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure. You can walk there from Downtown Disney. You will not get the Halloween music and projection outside of the park, but you will be able to see the fireworks well.

Only people who purchase Park Hopper tickets may hop between the two parks. The entrances are close and we hop between them all the time, but if you have one day in each park, you can fill a whole day in each park, one park per day without needing to hop (but it is nice to have the option).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 22, 2016 at 9:39 p.m. Amanda Says...

We just found out yesterday we will be making a trip to Disney World October 29-Nov 2. Due to the last minute planning we are staying at Shades of Green. I know they have trick or treating and a cupcake party scheduled for Halloween. we aren't decided on doing the party or the event at the hotel since the cost for our family will be close to $500 or more depending on which night we attend Oct 30th or 31st. Our kids are 8, 5 and 3. We are wondering if we would see a difference in crowds if we went on the 30th vs the 31st or if they would both be extremely busy given the dates. I have also read that we might be able to attend trick or treating at the Polynesian and then head to the beach to watch the fireworks. When I called to verify I was given the ok for the fireworks but I was told trick or treating was just for resort guest. Has anyone had luck trick or treating at a different resort than the one you are staying at? I wasn't sure how they would check that and haven't seen any mention on any blog about it. If we could participate there it might easily save us the $ on the party.

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Aug 22, 2016 at 4:21 a.m. Paola Says...

Hi,my family and i are going to Orlando from Sep 29th to Oct 5, we are planning to buy a 5 day ticket 1 park per day + MNSSHP and we were planing to go to MK for 2 days. Now knowing we can enter the park at 4pm and rides are open until the party ends,maybe that would be enough/count as our second MK day?Do you think we could buy the 4 day ticket 1 park per day instead of the 5 day?

We were planing on going to MNSSHP the 29th the day we arrive at Orlando,since we have the rest if the day free and the next days for the parks? Do you think the 30th could be less crowded?

Thanks!!

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Aug 24, 2016 at 9:35 p.m. Diane Says...

I downgraded my tickets for the same reason. We are going to go in for 4pm (already made our FastPass picks) & then enjoy the party. It really depends on how often you get to the Magic Kingdom?? Often, downgrade, if not, take one day just to enjoy it alone :) Have fun !!!

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Aug 22, 2016 at 8:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paola,

This could definitely work, but I would consider doing a later party, so that you would already have experienced Magic Kingdom one day and then do the party, so you can focus on the Halloween entertainment.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 22, 2016 at 12:32 a.m. Geena Coroba Says...

Hi! We have tickets for the party for september 29th. I just want to know if we can wear costumes for any date. Thanks!

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Aug 22, 2016 at 8:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Geena,

Adults can only wear costumes during the parties. Children can wear costumes anytime. There are new costume policies in place, so make sure to read the costume information in the post!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 20, 2016 at 6:17 p.m. Natasha Says...

Just want to make sure, if I go after 4pm than I only need a ticket for the Halloween Party and do not need a day pass. I've missed out on the Party twice before so when I go this year I want to only do the Party, this is possible, yes?

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Aug 22, 2016 at 8:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natasha,

Yes, this is correct.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 16, 2016 at 8:45 p.m. Tiff Says...

Thanks for a great site. I tell everyone about it.

We are AP holders but have never been to MNSSHP. Will either go for 3-4 days for labor day and do the party on Sept. 2 or 3-4 days the weekend of Oct. 21. and do the party Oct. 23. We spend most of our time at MK so like the fact that in Sept. the party is only open one night so we can stay in park later other nights. But our primary concern is weather and crowds. Any advice?

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Aug 24, 2016 at 1:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tiff,

As far as crowds go, September will be much better, especially as it concerns the party. During your October dates, though, you could also experience Epcot Food & Wine and Halloween Horror Nights if you wanted. As far as weather, September tends to be rainier.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 14, 2016 at 2:21 p.m. Roberto Says...

Hi I am planning to go to MNSSH on Sep 8. Do you recommend to purchase the tickets in advance online? I am flying into Orlando that very same day and I am supposed to arrive at 2 pm which gives me enough time to go to MK for the event starting at 4. But since there is the potential of delays, I rather purchase the tickets at the park gate. Do you think I will still find availability?

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Aug 16, 2016 at 1:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Roberto,

That early in the season, I think you would be OK. You just never know.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 13, 2016 at 7 p.m. Elzs Says...

Is there a place to queue outside the park before you are allowed in at 4pm and does being in the front of this queue give you a better chance of getting to the front of the Queue queue to see the Seven Dwarfs

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Aug 16, 2016 at 1:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Generally, you don't need to queue at this time. Typically you cannot meet the characters until party time, but you could get in line at that time. If you get there at 4 p.m., you should be at the front of the line.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 11, 2016 at 1:45 a.m. Georgiana Says...

Do You think Sept 23rd Will Be Crowded??

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Aug 16, 2016 at 12:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Georgiana,

No, we are expecting pretty low crowds.

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/September-2016/

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 8, 2016 at 1:53 p.m. Angela Says...

Hi! We will be in Disney Oct 2-8th, which day would be better for MNSSH? Also, do you need park admission ticket for that day in conjunction with a MNSSH ticket?

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Aug 8, 2016 at 1:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angela,

If you arrive before 4 p.m., you need regular park admission and a party ticket. We think Oct. 2 is the best date.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 4, 2016 at 6:40 p.m. Julien Says...

We have the possibility to go to Mickeys not so scary party on September 2nd or September 8th. What will be the least crowded day?

Thanks a lot

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Aug 8, 2016 at 9:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julien,

The 8th is likely slightly less crowded, but both should be good.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 8, 2016 at 5:09 p.m. Chels Says...

Hi.. I know this is probably a very silly question but I'm confused. I plan to come to florida for 2 days at MK then go to the beach.. Do I have to pay admission to MK and then buy tickets to the Not so scary party also?

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Aug 8, 2016 at 12:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chels,

If you wish to visit before 4 p.m., you would need regular park admission plus a party ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 8, 2016 at 9:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julien,

The 8th is likely slightly less crowded, but both should be good.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 1, 2016 at 1:02 a.m. Alice Says...

Hi. The MNSSHP night that works best for our schedule is opening night September 2. I have heard it was super crowded and crazy last year on opening night. Do you think it will be better this year and / or less crowded? Or should we try to rearrange our schedule so we can go on a different night? Thanks!

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Aug 9, 2016 at 11:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alice,

With the new Hocus Pocus show last year, it brought in more bloggers and media on that first night, which contributed to some of the crowds. In general, with it being so early in the season and fewer international tourists because of their economies, we think it will be less busy. These parties are popular though. There will be crowds.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 23, 2016 at 12:20 a.m. Sherree Says...

We will be at WDW Oct 8 thru 16. Which day would you recommend for the party?

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Jul 25, 2016 at 1:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sherree,

I would choose Oct. 10 or 11.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 18, 2016 at 11:47 a.m. Amy Says...

I see that we can enter the park at 4 and do some rides. But do the rides stay open once the party starts?

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Jul 18, 2016 at 12:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy,

Yes, they do!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 17, 2016 at 3:27 p.m. Trey Says...

Hi, I was planning on visiting MNSSHP on Oct 14, if we wanted to go just for the rides is it worth it to spend the 8 hours during the party or the 12 hours the park is open? So are the wait times significantly less during the party on this night where we can get on everything if we bypass everything else? Thx for your help

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Aug 17, 2016 at 2:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trey,

Wait times are significantly less during the party, but the Friday parties later in October tend to be pretty crowded, so you will find more people walking around and in lines for food etc.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 13, 2016 at 2:31 a.m. MiaJ Says...

You indicated you went to opening night last year, was that also in September

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Jul 13, 2016 at 6:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Yes it was.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 5, 2016 at 1:48 a.m. Stephanie Says...

If I have a 1 day ticket and use my 3 fastpass reservations at another park before 4pm the day of MNSSHP, will I still be able to book 3 fastpass reservations between 4 and 7pm with the MNSSHP? All of the tickets are linked to the same My Disney Experience account, but I haven't receieved the MNSSHP tickets in the mail yet.

Thanks!

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Jul 18, 2016 at 12:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

This is a great question. I am not sure on this one, but perhaps someone else reading has had this same scenario and can share their experience.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 4, 2016 at 3:36 a.m. Alissa Says...

Hi,

We are coming to Disneyworld 17th Oct-22nd Oct. I was going to book tickets for MNSSH for 18th. Would it also be worth our while to come back for another night viewing of regular parades and fireworks or are they similar?

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alissa,

Yes, it's worth it.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 20, 2016 at 5:41 p.m. Paul Says...

Will be at WDW for MNOSHP on Sept 20 with my two. Have ADR for Cinderella's Round Table for 8:30 pm. This is our first time at WDW so was not thinking of everything to take into consideration when choosing the 20th rather than one of our other days. Haven't seen much in regards to the details of the events to take place. Now wondering if our ADR is going to affect us enjoying the most out of the party. I know it may be late to change the ADR. I have noticed there is a 10:40 opening but not sure if that would be better. Thoughts?

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Jul 11, 2016 at 8:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paul,

It's a long time to spend away from the party. That said, you could stay and watch HalloWishes from inside the castle, which is a treat and then do the 2nd parade. It's really about what is important to you. Let us know what you decide!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 13, 2016 at 1:01 p.m. Paul Says...

Hi,

I was able to change the date of our MNSSHP to Sept 16. The other up side of this change is that I was not aware the party went until midnight. And have an early ADR breakfast at Hollywood & Vine so I can get my two in early to sign up for the Jedi Training. this is very important as it is my son's birthday on the 21st and this is very high on his list. And I know my two would like to stay, and they would, at the party till the end meaning we won't be getting back to our hotel until early morning and making for a very difficult morning wake up. Now I don't have to worry about this and we can go to another park on the 20th.

I was also to change our CRT ADR to a late breakfast for another day.

Thank you for your advise.

Paul

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