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

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party PinterestMommy Frog's Note: After a temporary closure due to COVID-19, Walt Disney World Resort officially reopened its theme parks July 11 and 15. Check here for the latest information about Disney's park reopenings and proceduresUnfortunately, with stage shows, parades and fireworks unable to take place due to new health and safety measures, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2020 has been canceled. Tickets purchased for this year's event will be automatically refunded. 

Hoppy Halloween! OK, so perhaps it's not yet time for Halloween, but it's never too early to start planning for one of the most popular Walt Disney World events. 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! That said, with only five hours of party time to meet rare characters, trick or treat and catch spell-bounding entertainment, having a game plan is essential. 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. 

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

Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Parade - Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2020

Dates, Tickets & Pricing | Crowds & Best Days to Attend | Costume Policy | Entrance Procedures | Map | Entertainment, Rides & FastPass+ | Trick-or-Treating | Tips | Comments

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 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, typically from 7 p.m. to midnight. The park closes at 6 p.m. for daytime guests without a party ticket.

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

In 2020, Disney made the difficult decision to cancel Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party due to COVID-19. We are saddened that the event is not hoppening, but we toadally understand it's more important to keep guests and cast members safe if proper social distancing cannot be maintained for the event's special parade, fireworks show and character greetings.

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

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2020 - Siblings in Costumes

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. Disney's variable pricing is a strong indication of the expected most popular dates.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Costume Policy

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - 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 Entrance Procedures

Entryway to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

In recent years, the party has officially started 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 in 2019. 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? Last year's 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

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

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 Entertainment

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

  • 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!

*These times are based on the 2019 event.

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 canceled.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 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. Some of the most popular characters, such as 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 a list of last 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 Halloween Party - Moana

Main Street, U.S.A.

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

Fantasyland

  • Seven Dwarfs
  • 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)
  • Cruella DeVil (roaming)
  • Anastasia and Drizella (roaming)
  • Cinderella and Elena
  • Rapunzel and Tiana

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - 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 and Abu alternate with Genie and Jasmine
  • Jafar

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

One of the major perks of ticketed events such as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is the shorter lines for some of your favorite attractions. Last year, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train line had a maximum 35-minute wait! We expect that this list of rides will remain the same in the future.

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 (enlist at the Firehouse)
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • 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
  • 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 last 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 Expected-to-Return Party Experiences 

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

Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular

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

A fireworks show with projection effects, lasers, lights and fireworks 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 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."

The park also hosts 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 Halloween Party - Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam

Calling all tadpoles! Storybook Circus hosted the Disney Junior Jam, featuring some of Lily's Disney Channel faves. Last year we spotted Vampirina, Fancy Nancy and even Timon. 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

The Disney DescenDANCE Party took over the stage at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe. Inspired by the "Descendants" movie franchise, you can 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 - Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

The infamous Sanderson Sisters from "Hocus Pocus" are a must-see at the Disney Halloween party! Watch out — they may put a spell on you as they conjure up the "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular" show at the Castle Forecourt Stage. The show is held exclusively during the party and features the Sanderson Sisters, Winifred, Mary and Sarah, along with other Disney villains such as Dr. Facilier, Ooogie Boogie and Maleficent. "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.

Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet

This Dapper Dans-style ghostly group pops up throughout the night for performances in front of The Frontier Trading Post in Frontierland. Show times aren't advertised on the event map, but we caught them for the first time not long after 7 p.m. when the party officially started. They'll crack jokes with their deadpan humor and sing songs, including "Happy Trails To You" and "Boo to You."

Cruella's Halloween Hide-a-Way

Mingle with Cruella de Vil at Tony's Town Square Restaurant during this 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 - Country Bear Jamboree Treat Trail

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 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

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Amuck Cupcake

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

If 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 in 2019. The cupcake itself was perfectly fluffy and moist, but there was a lot of sweet frosting packed on top. The black frosting turned our teeth different colors, so beware before snapping a selfie!

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, particularly if crowd levels are high. However, we noticed some treats, like the Pumpkin Spice milkshake, 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!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Jack Cake Pop

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

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.

Moana and Family at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween PartyWhile 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 last year! Moana, Aladdin and Toy Story characters were popular choices. 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 (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. 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. Also, if the cast members tell you to use two lines, go for the shortest one. For some reason, we noticed everyone will line up on one side despite them saying that, and the other line barely gets used!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - 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.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Aladdin Family

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.

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.)

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Jack Skellington

Some of the more exclusive characters (Jack and 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!

When we attended the party again on a Tuesday night in September, Jack and Sally started meeting people at 4:30 p.m. The Seven Dwarfs came out at 6:15 p.m. but already had a two-hour wait! Meanwhile, Moana had an hour wait when she started greeting at 6 p.m.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Seven Dwarfs

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. It was only a 30-minute wait to meet the Seven Dwarfs! However, some characters (Alice, Mad Hatter, Tweedle-Dum, Tweedle-Dee and Queen of Hearts specifically) 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.

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.

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

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 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.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Main Street before Parade

7. Spot your favorite villains during the Hocus Pocus show.

The Sanderson Sisters take over the stage again in the "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular," but the show also features 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 - 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.

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!

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? 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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Jun 29, 2017 at 8:07 p.m. Gillian Says...

Hi, I'm assuming that on the nights of MNSSHP. there is no happily ever after fireworks show? I was wondering if the Villainous fireworks show is as nice as the happily ever after show? Which one would you recommend? Thanks!

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Jun 30, 2017 at 7:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gillian,

Because the HalloWishes Fireworks show is only during the party, we would see that one. Happily Ever After is AMAZING and should be around for a while.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 16, 2017 at 6:44 p.m. Lese Says...

What month of the year do tickets typically go on sale? I want to take my kids in 2018. We went in 2016 and LOVED IT! So much fun! No long lines for any ride. SO MUCH CANDY!

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Aug 20, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. Rose Says...

Hi! Do you think we will be able to ride most rides if we arrive at 7pm? Our flight doesn't get in til 6.

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Aug 20, 2017 at 2:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rose,

It's possible. The rides are not the big draw during the parties, as most people enjoy the characters and entertainment instead.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 16, 2017 at 3:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lese,

This year tickets went on sale in May. We'd expect tickets to be available around that same timeframe in 2018.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 14, 2017 at 11:59 a.m. Kerri Says...

Hello Happy Hopper!

Me and my partner are big kids and we are doing MNSSHP for the first time in 2018. Can the adults do trick or treating as well?? or is it a bit frowned upon?? are there queues at the trick or treat stations??

Thank you!!

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Jun 14, 2017 at 7:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kerri,

We're hoppy for your and your family to visit MSSSHP. There are queues at the various treat stations. While trick-or-treating for adults is frowned upon, you'll have plenty of other fun activities to enjoy!

Hoppy Planning,

Mommy Frog

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Aug 18, 2017 at 6:31 p.m. Samantha Says...

Trick or treating is not frowned upon. Everyone is encouraged to trick or treat and is welcome to.

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Jul 31, 2017 at 8:50 p.m. Melissa Says...

I am really disappointed that trick or treating is frowned upon for adults - so I can retreat to my inner child for everything else in the Magic Kingdom but this? - to be honest that has just put me off going and I had really been looking forward to it!

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Jul 30, 2017 at 8:12 p.m. Candace Says...

Did you mean that trick or treating *is* or *isn't* frowned upon for adults? I'm just a bit confused because a few years ago we had treat bags and the CMs didn't seem to have a problem with us getting candy but I didn't know if that had changed. You'd also mentioned further up that adults get bags as well. Thank you! ????

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Aug 29, 2017 at 12:54 a.m. Beth Says...

The Trick or Treating is for everyone! You are given a bag as you enter Main Street...Can't tell you how many times I've been to the party with adults only....we had a great time trick or treating! I've never had a problem with any cast member not wanting to give you candy! That's one of the best parts of the party!

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Jun 9, 2017 at 11:50 a.m. Steve B Says...

We have booked for MNSSHP but dont see that Big Thunder Railroad is on the list of attractions that are open during the party, is this always the case?

What is the best time to start to queue for the Seven Dwarfs please as we will be arriving in the park at 4pm.

Cheers

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Jun 9, 2017 at 7:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve,

It appears that Disney has changed the attraction lineup for this year's party.

We would recommend lining up 90 minutes to 2 hours before in order to see the Seven Dwarfs. Know that people will be lining up starting at 4 pm. They're a very popular photo op!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 9, 2017 at 7:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve,

It appears that Disney has changed the attraction lineup for this year's party.

We would recommend lining up 90 minutes to 2 hours before in order to see the Seven Dwarfs. Know that people will be lining up starting at 4 pm. They're popular.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 8, 2017 at 8:59 p.m. Stephanie Says...

Nevermind, I just realized that your dates are for Disneyworld. Not Disneyland.

Thanks

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Jul 21, 2017 at 12:31 a.m. alexis Says...

likewise. i read this entire blog post without even realizing that because it isn't really stated anywhere, they just say "Disney" -.-

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May 31, 2017 at 8:32 p.m. The House of Many Says...

Attending my first MNSSHP 2017 - My little people have severe nut allergies (all nuts) and have never trick or treated. Any tips on trick or treating for the first time and not spoiling the moment (memory) for my little people. :)

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Jun 5, 2017 at 5:01 p.m. Rose Says...

Disney actually has safe trick or treating available for those with allergies!

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Jun 3, 2017 at 7:35 p.m. Karla Says...

Hi.

I have just read on the website that the children with allergies can still do trick or treating but they get given a token and then you take all the tokens to a station where they exchange it for sweets suitable for them. Have a look on their website

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Jun 3, 2017 at 7:27 p.m. Laura Says...

I've heard that you can order a special bag on Guest Relations and get nut free candies only.

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Jun 1, 2017 at 1:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

If you focus on the shows, attractions, characters and costumes, your little ones may not even realize there is trick-or-treating going on. Perhaps surprise them with safe "treats" at the hotel before you head to the party.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 28, 2017 at 11:53 a.m. Jackie Says...

Hello!

Do you have a park plan for the party?

Thanks!

Jackie

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May 28, 2017 at 7:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jackie,

Sorry, we don't have a park plan for the party. Have fun on your visit!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 26, 2017 at 4:35 a.m. Amanda Says...

Hello! Are you ab,e to make reservations at the restaurants that are open during the party? And if so when can you make them?

Thanks!

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Jun 23, 2017 at 10:01 p.m. mrsnch Says...

I just made dinner reservations at Be Our Guest for Dinner at 7:25pm for MNSSHP on August 29, 2017. I also read you could make reservations at Cinderella's Castle and Crystal Palace. They do mention you have to have a ticket to the party to gain entrance to the restaurant ( of course!)

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May 26, 2017 at 7:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

Last year, restaurants such as Be Our Guest and Crystal Palace were not available for the party. If you enter the party at 4:00, you may dine with a reservation between 4-7. You may look for reservations now on the Disney website under the restaurant you're looking to dine at.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 23, 2017 at 6:07 p.m. Helen Says...

Hello! I am a little confused as I am completely new to the whole Halloween thing at Disneyland.

So if I was to purchase a Halloween ticket, will I have access to everything I would normally have access to such as rides and other entertainment? Or is the Halloween entertainment replacing the regular entertainment?

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May 23, 2017 at 2:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Helen,

Disneyland has their own separate-ticket event, Mickey's Halloween Party, that does feature some exclusive entertainment. Last year, it was the Halloween Screams Fireworks spectacular. Here's a full Guide to Disneyland Halloween post to give you some more information.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 22, 2017 at 1:39 a.m. Felicity Says...

I'm so excited to go in October will be my first year at mickeys not so scary Halloween party! Now I know you can wear costumes I must get my thinking cap on!

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May 19, 2017 at 1:48 p.m. Nathan Says...

We have 5 day park hopper passes and we're trying to plan around at least one day of the MNSSHP. I'm anticipating the crowds but I'm trying to minimilize that issue as we will be bringing a child under 2 with us. With Halloween on a Tuesday, would you anticipate the crowds being near to or as bad as they have been in the past? I tried looking in the crowd calendar and it rates it as a yellow, but I'm assuming it is based off of the day of the week average and not with anticipation of the event. Is it safe to assume the crowds will be low on a Tuesday and more packed on a Friday or Sunday in regards to the Party?

TL;DR - Would it be fine to attend the Halloween day party or purchase a ticket for the week prior (ie, Tue, Thur, Fri, or Sun) for the intent of avoiding the larger crowds?

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May 19, 2017 at 8:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nathan,

The best indication we have on party crowds are the prices. The higher tickets are the near the last few days of October. Going during the Oct 15, 17, 19 could be a great time to go for daytime crowds and lower ticket prices. Know that you may not be the only family targeting the less expensive days, so the party still may be busy those days.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 18, 2017 at 8:52 a.m. Nicole Kennedy Says...

Hiya - I also have a 14 day pass and was planning on going to the park earlier than 4oclock. Will we still be able to use the two different tickets so we can enter the park earlier?

Thanks x

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May 18, 2017 at 7:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole,

Yes. Shortly before 7 p.m., they will start checking if day guests have tickets for MSSHP.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 16, 2017 at 8:01 p.m. Tina K. Says...

Hi! Thanks for this post. I'm attending Disney for 3 days in September and plan to buy tickets for MNSSHP on Sept. 22. Do you think it's wise, with such a short trip, to buy both a regular ticket and a party ticket for one day? My main priorities are the rides. Are the rides open until the party is over at 12 a.m.? Thanks so much!

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Jul 20, 2017 at 3:34 p.m. Donna Says...

Tina,

Disney is showing that Splash Mtn is closed for refurb and Jungle Cruise isn't open for MNSSHP. You can see all of the attractions that will be open for the party if you check Disney world site in MNSSHP event section.

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May 17, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Jane Says...

Tina,

I would not spend the money on the tickets this year. We go for the rides and some of the characters. However, they just announced that 7 Dwarfs Mine Train, Splash Mountain, Jungle Cruise and Big Thunder Mountain will NOT be open for the party this year, which sucks because those are the best rides! So not only did they increase the ticket price, they took away rides.

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Aug 6, 2017 at 5:02 p.m. Linda Says...

According to the official Disney site, those rides WILL be open. I was assured by a cast member that they will be.

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Jun 1, 2017 at 4:35 p.m. Michael Says...

Where dI'd you see all of those were closed? I can't seem to find that anywhere. I know splash will not be open, bit that's because it's going down for an early refurb this year.

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May 16, 2017 at 3:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina,

You'll find that the rides are not the priority of people attending MNSSHP. You may have shorter waits during the party than a regular day. For us, it makes sense to spend non-party time on the rides, then focus on the entertainment and character interactions at the party.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 10, 2017 at 8:53 p.m. Jenna Darby Says...

Any idea how fast the tickets sell out for Oct. 31st? I feel like it would be quick.

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May 11, 2017 at 8:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenna,

Since we don't sell the tickets, we don't have an idea of how fast things sell out. We recommend purchasing them as soon as possible.

Hoppy Planning,

Mommy Frog

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May 1, 2017 at 5:11 p.m. NicoleP315 Says...

I just looked on here to see new info about MNSSHP 2017 and as I was scrolling I saw the video for Jack n Sally and there was my daughter and I at the start of the video at last years Party how funny!!! Love it!

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May 10, 2017 at 4:33 a.m. Steve S. Says...

Tickets just went on sale for 2017. Halloween prices for 2017 are $115 ages 10+ and $110 ages 3-9

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May 1, 2017 at 1:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Nicole,

That's a great surprise!

Hoppy Planning,

Mommy Frog

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Apr 28, 2017 at 5:31 p.m. Abbe Stewart Says...

Was looking at the costume requirements. May be a silly question but what is a transparent wig.

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Apr 29, 2017 at 5:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Abbe,

We looked it up online. It appears to be a normal wig. Do any of our readers have more information on these kinds of wigs?

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 11, 2017 at 7:03 p.m. Marissa Says...

It's actually transparent wings not wigs.

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May 11, 2017 at 4 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Marissa,

We stand corrected. Thanks!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 9, 2017 at 1:15 p.m. Jessica Says...

Hi! Last year I wore a Winifred Sanderson wig and it was totally fine. I did wait to put it on until after we went through security in case they wanted to inspect it ????

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Apr 21, 2017 at 5:39 p.m. mona Says...

Hello! When do the tickets go on sale for this October 2017? Also, how can I purchase those tickets? thank you!

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Apr 22, 2017 at 9:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mona,

The tickets usually go on sale in May or June. You may purchase them here.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 27, 2017 at 9:39 p.m. Beth Says...

I called last week to check and they said they would go on sale this coming Monday, May 1st :)

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Apr 27, 2017 at 4:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beth,

Thanks for note. Hope you have your party date picked out!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 4, 2017 at noon Hannah Says...

Are the tickets on sale now then? I'm from the UK and can't see anything on the Disney website yet?

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May 4, 2017 at 8:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hannah,

Tickets are not yet available for MNSSHP.

Hoppy Planning,

Mommy Frog

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Apr 20, 2017 at 7:02 a.m. Tony Says...

So if they start letting people into the park at 4, with the party at 7 - that means that costumes are a-okay at 4? But before that costumes are verboten, right?

Not a big deal for me I suppose as I'm staying at a park hotel so I can go change whenever I want, but I'm trying to get a sense of how this works.

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Apr 20, 2017 at 7:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tony,

Correct. Costumes are allowed starting at 4 p.m.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 18, 2017 at 1:13 p.m. mariana kawai Says...

Hello. I am from Brasil, and i begin to plan my trip for disney last week, when i discovery that disney sold out the tickets for mickeys not so scary halloween! I am so sad because we do not have this party in my country and my son loves halooween (he studies in a bilingual school)! What can i do? It is possible to buy tickets in another place or site? My little boy cry every day since i told him!!! i tried many sites in brasil, but they even sell this tickets for special events. And i always bought earlier the tickets to ensure our entrance to this special nights! Thanks a lot, really special blog that you did!!!!

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Apr 18, 2017 at 3:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Actually, Disney has not started selling tickets for MNSSHP. Keep checking back to see when tickets go on sale!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 14, 2017 at 1:51 p.m. Jeannie Says...

Hello! Can you typically purchase tickets the day of in September? We will most likely be going September 19. I know you probably couldn't buy tickets the day of closer to Halloween as it will be crowded. Thanks!

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Apr 14, 2017 at 9:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeannie,

You CAN purchase tickets day of, but many of the days do sell out. We recommend purchasing tickets as soon as you know you're going.

Hoppy Planning!

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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