Like Christmas, Halloween celebrations are coming earlier and earlier each year. The first party date for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World for 2018 is August 17. Yes, Disney will be celebrating Halloween before Labor Day. Why? Because it is so much fun!
On select nights the Magic Kingdom theme park closes at 7:00pm to guests without the separate hard ticket party ticket. Those with a ticket will be invited to enjoy another five hours of the most popular attractions, special entertainment including a Boo-to-You parade and HalloWishes fireworks display, trick or treating and meet and greet opportunities with some of Disney’s most iconic and somewhat elusive characters.
Party guests are welcomed and encouraged to dress up for the fun in their own appropriate costume.
Make the most of your party time with these tips:
-Eat your “big meal” before the party begins and saving those precious party hours for some quick snacking.
-Get your wristband. Even if you are already in Magic Kingdom prior to the party starting, you will need to go to the front of the park to present your ticket and receive your wristband allowing you access to the park after it closes to non party attenders at 7:00pm.
-Fast Passes are not available during party hours but generally they are not necessary. Most attractions will have significantly shorter lines during the party as the crowd size is limited.
-Be sure to pick up a party guide to stay on top of the show times. In addition to the two times for Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, there will also be times scheduled for Hallowishes Fireworks, and the castle shows. If your kiddos can hang with you until midnight, the second parade is generally much less crowded. Get those attractions in during the first parade!
-Be on the lookout for special meet and greet opportunities. The parties are a great time to get photos with some of the characters that aren’t usually available during regular park hours, like ALL seven of the Seven Dwarfs and Cruella de Vil.
-You are welcome to bring in your own bag to collect candy at the Trick or Treat stations. A simple cinch-sack works well to carry all the collected treats! There are several stations located around the park to get some sweets by the handful. If you forget a bag, the cast members are happy to give you one at the stations as well. Trick or Treating is for kids AND adults. Don’t be shy. The candy is given out by the handfuls and it is “the good kind.”
-If there is a long line at the Trick or Treat station, skip it and go to another one. There are plenty around the park with no lines. Most people stop at the first ones they see.
-Arrive early. The Party begins at 7pm. However, guests are able to enter with the party tickets beginning at 4pm. You must have a ticket in order to attend the party. If you are at the Magic Kingdom without a special wrist band, you will be reminded of park closing and directed to the exits.
-If you are into exclusive merchandise, be sure to visit the Emporium (located on Main Street) as well as Mickey’s Star Traders (in Tomorrowland) and Big Top Souvenirs (near Dumbo in Fantasyland) for some special Halloween party gear.
-Collect Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom cards? Be sure to stop in to pick up the exclusive holiday party edition card.
Pricing varies by date (and some dates do sell out early!) so have your vacation planner assist you in selecting the best party date from the options below:
August 17, 24, 28, 31
September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31