Guide to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in 2018

(Article last updated: August 24, 2017)

There are several special events offered throughout the year at Disney World and 1 of those is Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) where people get dressed up in costume and attend special activities that are only offered at this party.

Here's some info for you on the details of what takes place at the party, how much it costs, when it's held, and thoughts on how to create a touring plan to use during the party.

Let's get started...

What is it?

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a party that takes place at Magic Kingdom. Everybody visiting Magic Kingdom in late August through early November will get to enjoy the decorations in the park, but only people attending the party will get to enjoy the special events (details on the events are below).

How much does it cost?

This event is only available to people who have purchased special event tickets. Tickets range in price from $74-115 for adults, depending on the date you attend.

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Tickets for 2017 went on sale on May 10 and can be purchased at or by calling 407-WDISNEY.

When is it?

On some nights in August, September, October, and November, Magic Kingdom closes early so that Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) can be held from 7 p.m. to midnight (though people with party tickets can enter as early as 4 p.m.).

People often ask how Disney filters out the non-party goers. The answer is that party attendees are given special bracelets to show that they are attending the party and starting at 7 p.m., Cast Members will usher out anybody who doesn't have that bracelet.

These are the party dates for 2017:

  • August 25 and 29
  • September 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29
  • October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31
  • November 1

Important note! The party will go on regardless of weather so even if it's pouring down rain, it'll be taking place. If you don't want to risk it by purchasing ahead of time (it is during hurricane season, after all), wait until you're at Disney World to purchase tickets. Some dates do sell out ahead of time but many don't.

What exactly takes place during the party?

People who attend the party get to take part in special events including:


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Everybody is given a bag when entering the party, but you can bring your own if you'd like to get more as well.

Go later in the night to avoid lugging around heavy candy, to enjoy shorter lines, to benefit from Cast Members often generous portions later in the night, and to allow you to do more important things earlier.

Trick-or-treating is available in these locations in 2017:


  • Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic
  • Pete's Silly Sideshow


  • Stitch's Great Escape
  • Carousel of Progress
  • Space Mountain
  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe


  • Jungle Cruise
  • Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Pirates of the Caribbean

Liberty Square

  • Liberty Square Riverboat

People with food allergies: you can grab a teal bag at Town Square Theater or Heritage House. You can collect teal tokens at the trick-or-treat stations which can later be redeemed for allergy-friendly treats.

Costume policy

Disney used to allow everybody to wear costumes during the Halloween party, but the policy has changed in recent years.

Here's the current policy.


  • Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests.
  • All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
  • Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.

For Guests ages 13 and under:

  • Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long as the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.

For Guests ages 14 and older:

  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
  • Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g.,full-length Princess dresses)
  • Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
  • Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts, and hats are acceptable.
  • Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords, and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
  • Masks of any kind may not be worn.

Due to Florida weather, you might also want to make sure costumes are cool enough to wear in the heat and humidity, and choose something that can easily be covered in a poncho.

Boo-To-You Parade

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The parade is held twice during the party (at 9:15 p.m. and 11:15 p.m.). For easiest viewing, go to Frontierland for the second parade. The parade will come through that section about 15 minutes after the official parade start time so keep that in mind when planning.

One thing that's fantastic to see is the Headless Horseman who appears just before the parade begins.

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

In Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, the mischievous Sanderson Sisters from Disney "Hocus Pocus" return to the mortal world for one night during the Halloween season. With only a few hours to run a muck, the three sisters decide to use their magic to throw the best, most evil Halloween party this side of the graveyard!

At the 2017 party, Hocus Pocus takes place in August and September at 8:15 p.m., 10:45 p.m., and midnight. In October and November, show times are 7:40 p.m., 8:35 p.m., 10:45 p.m., and midnight.


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A special version of Wishes called HalloWishes is shown at 10:15 p.m. during the party.

The best places to see fireworks are noted on the map below.

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Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball Dance Party

This dance party takes place on the Tomorrowland Stage from 7 p.m. - midnight.

The Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet

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The Cadaver Dans perform their ghoulish medley of popular "tombs" for guests in Frontierland during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom.

Character meet-and-greets

There are always chances to meet lots of characters during the party. Here are the characters available during the party in 2017.

The asterisk means it's a popular/rare character. Meeting them requires lining up early.

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater


  • Aladdin and friends
  • Tarzan and friends
  • Moana*
  • Captain Jack Sparrow

Liberty Square

  • Jack Skellington and Sally*


  • Anastasia and Frizella
  • Cinderella
  • Cruella DeVil
  • Daisy
  • Donald
  • Alice and friends
  • Belle and friends
  • Ariel and friends
  • Pooh and friends
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Princess Elena
  • Princess Tiana
  • Rapunzel
  • Seven Dwarfs*


  • Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear*

Exclusive merchandise

Disney always has exclusive merchandise available to purchase during their parties.

This year, there are 2 different limited edition MagicBands being offered (a Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and a Hocus Pocus themed one), t-shirts, pins, and light up ornaments.

Note: the Hocus Pocus merchandise may not be available. Lots of rumors about why that is, but just be aware that you may not be able to purchase it during your visit.

Here's what is available:

  • The Emporium (largest shop, located on Main Street) - t-shirt, ornament and the MagicBand
  • Mickey's Star Traders (in Tomorrowland, near the Tomorrowland Speedway) - t-shirt
  • Box Office Gifts (right after you enter Magic Kingdom, it's on the right side) - MagicBand
  • Big Top Souvenirs (in Fantasyland, near Dumbo) - t-shirt and trading pin magicbandhalloween 600x338 - Guide to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in 2018

Shorter waits for rides

During the party, you can enjoy shorter lines on rides but there are no FastPass+ reservations available and not all rides are open.

Here's what will be open for the 2017 party (noticeably missing - Jungle Cruise and Splash Mountain):


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


  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Country Bear Jamboree

Liberty Square

  • Haunted Mansion


  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • 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
  • Princess Fairytale Hall

Storybook Circus

  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • The Barnstormer


  • Astro Orbiter
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Space Mountain
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (last show at 10 p.m.)

Note: though FastPass+ reservations aren't available during the party, you can get them for 4-7:00 if you plan to arrive in that time frame.

Although I think you should definitely take advantage of the special party events, the ability to walk onto rides is a huge luxury that's a lot of fun.

One ride you should definitely take advantage of during the party is Haunted Mansion where the maids and butlers are specially dressed for the party, there are storytellers and you can have your pic taken with the hearse driver.

Side note: Magic Kingdom is a great park to visit during the day of a party since less people want to be there due to the early closure. If you show up at 4 p.m., you'll be able to ride plenty of things between 4 and 7, before the party even begins.

Photo opportunities

PhotoPass photographers will take special photos during the party and when you see the pics afterward, you'll see something magically inserted into the photo.

Magic Shots for the 2017 party will be available at these locations:

Magic Kingdom Main Entrance
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Haunted Mansion
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Town Square

Main Street, U.S.A.

And you can also find props to pose with during the party, like these party signs...
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This one is available at the Haunted Mansion starting at 8 p.m...
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And this one is available near Ariel's Grotto after dark...
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Dining options

Though I'd be careful about spending too much of your party time eating, there are some Quick Service and Table Service restaurants available during the party. A few of the Quick Service options even have Halloween-themed treats.

Table Service restaurants that are available in 2017 include Be Our Guest, Cinderella's Royal Table, and Crystal Palace. You can book those at on the MNSSHP dining page.

Quick Service restaurants are also available. Here's that list, including the ones that have special treats available for the party:

Main Street U.S.A.

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  • Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
  • Casey's Corner


  • Aloha Isle - chocolate tart filled with chocolate ganache and topped with Oreo panna cotta and a white chocolate Haunted Mansion-inspired portrait (this is 1 of the Haunted Mansion desserts. Other flavors available at Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies, Liberty Square Market, and Storybook Treats)HauntedMansionHalloween 537x600 - Guide to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in 2018


  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn - Worms and Dirt, a chocolate gravestone with chocolate cake and chocolate mousse with a chocolate glaze topped with Oreo crumbs, and gummy candy availablePecosBillhalloween 600x400 - Guide to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in 2018
  • Churro Cart

Liberty Square

  • Sleepy Hollow - A vanilla panna cotta, chocolate cake, vanilla buttercream, white chocolate and dark chocolate crisp pearls, dark chocolate curls and a white chocolate Jack Skellington and a Pumpkin Mickey Waffle with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, sprinkles and caramel sauce available
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  • Liberty Square Market - chocolate tart filled with chocolate ganache and topped with peanut butter icing and a Haunted Mansion-inspired white chocolate portrait (this is 1 of the Haunted Mansion desserts. Other flavors available at Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies, Aloha Isle, and Storybrook Treats)
  • Columbia Harbour House (until 8 p.m.)


  • The Friar's Nook
  • Storybook Treats - chocolate tart filled with chocolate ganache and topped with peanut butter icing and a Haunted Mansion-inspired white chocolate portrait (this is 1 of the Haunted Mansion desserts. Other flavors available at Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies, Aloha Isle, and Liberty Square Market)
  • Gaston's Tavern - Pumpkin Cheesecake Dome available (also available at Main Street Baker)MainStBakeryhalloween 600x426 - Guide to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in 2018


  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe
  • The Lunching Pad
  • Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies - chocolate tart filled with raspberry compote and topped with white chocolate (this is 1 of the Haunted Mansion desserts. Other flavors available at Aloha Isle, Liberty Square Market, and Storybrook Treats)

These treats are also available throughout the park:

  • Chocolate Crisped Rice Treats
  • Vampire Mickey Brownies

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Exclusive Sorcerer's of the Magic Kingdom card

Guests attending MNSSHP can pick up an exclusive Sorcerer's of the Magic Kingdom card. For 2017, the card is themed after the Country Bears Jamboree attraction.

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Get the party map

Here's the 2017 party map.

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(Download the PDF)

How to plan your time

In my opinion, these should be your priorities:

  • Meeting popular characters like Jack Skellington and Sally, the 7 Dwarfs, villains, and the princesses
  • Boo to You Parade
  • Hocus Pocus show and HalloWishes fireworks
  • Rides
  • Candy

To fit it all together, this is how I would plan my time:

  • 4:00 - 7:00 - ride rides, eat dinner, and then get in line between 5:30 and 6 to meet your highest priority character (like the Seven Dwarfs or Jack Skellington & Sally)
  • 7:00 - 9:00 - rides, shopping
  • 9:00 - 11:00 - fireworks, Hocus Pocus show
  • 11:00 - midnight - Boo to You Parade at 11:15 p.m., trick-or-treat to get as much candy as you can, meet more characters with shorter lines

Is Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party worth it?

I think the party is worth it for families that have kids that can stay up late, especially if you consider that you can think of your party ticket as your park ticket for the day but with special entertainment and shorter waits for rides.

For instance, if you'll be in Disney theme parks for 7 days, you could get 6 day park tickets and tickets to the party. On the party day, you could use the first part of the day to rest or visit Disney Springs, and then go to Magic Kingdom at 4 p.m. to use your party ticket.

In general, Tuesdays are the least crowded day to attend overall, and August and September dates are less busy than October dates.

Extra touches

Disney will again offer a Happy HalloWishes Dessert Package in 2017 which provides a Halloween-themed version of the Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party. The price is $79/adult and $47/child, and it can be booked at online or by calling 407-939-3463.

This is not something that we generally recommend because it takes so much time out of the party and you should be able to easily find a spot to view the fireworks, but it might be a nice add-on for people looking to do something a little different during their trip.

Another bit of extra magic that can be added if you're visiting Disney World in September or October is the special in-room celebration called Mickey's Spooktacular Celebration where your room can be decorated for the occasion.

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So what do you think? Will you be attending Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? Or do you have questions that weren't covered?

Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments.

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You mentioned being able to do fastpass before the party without a regular ticket. I did that and it initially allowed it, but then I received an email that said I have more days of fastpass then tickets. So are you sure that you are able to make fastpass reservations from 4pm to 7pm if entering only with a Halloween ticket (no standard park ticket)? and can these be made 60 days out if you are staying at a Disney property?

Peg P

You can make Fast Passes with your party tickets if you’ve linked them to your account. I just went to the party the other night and got 2 Fast Passes between 4 and 7 without having a park ticket.

Mallory Keel

We have two park day tickets on our account from a trip we had to cancel due to the recent hurricane. Hubby and I are doing a quick trip down to enjoy a resort and only go the the Halloween Party. We will save our park tickets for the next family trip in spring. Would I be able to make the Fastpass+ reservations between 4-7 if we are only using our party tickets? Do you think this will mess up fastpasses for our tickets that we plan not to use?


I have 2 fast passes scheduled the day of my party and no other tickets linked to my account. First one 3:20 – 4:20 and second one 4:30 – 5:30. I’ve had them set for 10 days now, no issues. I was able to get 3 fast passes last year and use them before the party.


I just got the same email saying they would cancel my fastpasses for another day because I had too many selections for the number of ticket days. Such a bummer! Despite what the article says, last year when we went mid-September the wait times during that 4-7 range were just as long as normal days in the summer. We’re going in October this year, so I’m assuming it will be busier being much closer to Halloween.


I heard recently that Disney is taking away the ability for party goers to make FP+ reservations during the 4-7pm timeframe. That’s a bummer.


I’m also questioning this. We have 4 park hopper days for our week there and was going to do this on the open day that we have MNSSHP tix. 60 days out today and I was able to secure Fastpass+ rides for 4 park days AND party night between 4-7 PM. However, I had called Disney phone# and was told you cannot use Fastpass w/o park tix?!…too excited to loose the 7D Fastpass if it’s not honored.


We did the party last year and made our first fast passes for 3:30 to 4:30. We had no trouble using them just like Shannon says above.

Karen Nobbs

We’ve attended two Halloween parties in recent years and won’t buy tickets again because of the crowds. The first time we attended was lots of fun. The 2nd time, in 2014, the party was wall-to-wall with people! Lines for everything were really long. If Disney limited tickets to a more reasonable number of guests I’d love to go again, but I won’t pay so much extra money to fight those crowds.


I’m sorry, I didn’t really read through other comments….. But, I was wondering if the characters start meeting before the 7:00 time? Or do you have to wait in line until 7? Also – will you update after the first of the 2017 parties begin? Does magic Kingdom let you know specifically where certain characters are located, as it doesn’t show that on the map. Thank you for the help!!


I can’t wait for this! We will be attending on Friday 13th October! Does anyone know when the 2017 map will become available?


Hello! I was wondering if the Sanderson Sisters appear multiple times during the party, or just once? Also, does anyone know what time? I just don’t want to miss it. Thank you!

Sarah Hudmon

I would love to know this as well. We have a reservation for BOG at 8:25. I am reluctant to keep it as I don’t want to miss anything, but figured we could eat in an hour? It’s 2 of my friends top thing they want to do, but I don’t want to miss Hocus Pocus! It’s only the 3 of us (so maybe okay to eat at BOG) if we do the late parade?

Stephen Drebo

I would try to get the meal another day. Too much to do to be stopping to eat.

Adina Long

The sister’s last show is at midnight


We had ADR at BOG last year during party and missed a ton. As much as we love BOG, I would cancel and do another time. We ended up spending two hours at BOG because they were behind. Don’t miss the party!

Peg P

I definitely would NOT recommend this to anyone! You don’t get even close to what you pay for!

Rides are NOT easier to get on; they’re actually more difficult. The crowd level didn’t seem to change at all once the non-party goers were asked to leave. It was still just as crowded. That means same amount of people and no Fast Passes! I saw several rides with more than an hour wait time.

I wouldn’t worry about their costume policy. Disney doesn’t follow it. I can’t count the amount of women I saw in full-length princess gowns that touched the ground. I also saw several full-face masks on adults.

The only characters we saw all night long were Tarzan and Jane (and that’s with having the program guide).

Lastly, trick-or-treating doesn’t go the length of the party, so don’t leave it to late. We went to pick up where we’d left off for the Boo to You Parade. But after the parade was over, the treat centers had closed up. They weren’t there, so we missed out on a lot from taking that advice!

And the only PhotoPass photographers we saw all night long was at the entrance. We went on the Haunted Mansion ride, saw the hearse outside it, and there wasn’t a photographer anywhere in site.

Save your money! It’d be better to buy a park ticket to have all day in the park with Fast Passes for rides than to spend what this party costs, for a few hours and LONG wait times in line for rides.


This is completely the opposite of the experience I had. I’m curious, which date did you go?


Do you know if third party sites like tickets at work, get tickets for October? I see them for September, but we won’t be there that early. I want to go ahead and tie up all my loose ends, but also want to get the best deal. Thanks!


Can we arrive in costume at 4PM, or do costumes need to wait until 7?


I’ve seen most people arrive in costume at 4PM.


Does the headless horseman appear at both parade times?And does he stay on course or just go through main st? Like, if we go to the second viewing in Frontier land will we still get to see him?

Adina Long


Kait Parker

If we are spending the day in Magic Kingdom using one of our daily park tickets, will we need to purchase a separate ticket for the Halloween Party?


We were there for the first party this year on Sept 2, 2016. There were CMs at the front of each land only allowing those with the wristbands to pass. I guess non-party guests who lingered on Main Street were escorted out.


Do you have to use the Mickey’s Halloween Party ticket the same day as I have a magic kingdom ticket? Or can I use the party ticket only to get in that night? For example, can we use the party ticket to get in for the night and then use our regular park ticket to get in for a full day the next day?


You do not need a regular park ticket for the day you attend the party. You only need the party ticket.


Has anyone attended a November 1st party? Are many people wearing costumes and are there less crowds?

Lisa M

Excited about the party but want to make sure we enter correctly. If entering between 4-7, is there a specific gate we should look for, and do we need to make sure our regular tickets on our magic bands aren’t used by accident? Thanks!


Have you any idea whether the August parties were popular enough to suggest they may happen again next year? We are just sorting our dates out and would love to make one of the earlier parties if possible. I know it won’t be announced officially for a long while yet, but thought I’d ask anyway!


Hi. Just spoke with Disney and they made it clear . NO FAST PASSES!


You have to call Disney and Prioritize your tickets (ask for Internet Support). Not sure exactly how it works other than it tells the system you are going to only use your party ticket on that day. We have one day after the party and we were able to make the FP with no problem and didn’t get the e-mail. I had. The tech was extremely helpful and helped me book the FP’s.


I understand you can’t use fastpasses during the party, but would those with disabilities be able to use their disability passes with the rides?

We have never been to this before (haven’t been to Disney since 2001) and debating whether to do this or not. My youngest sister is an adult (23 years old) with Down Syndrome, she will love the park at night (we stay off grounds so no park after hours), trick or treating, and the characters that you can’t see elsewhere, but if we can’t use fastpasses and disability passes, it might be a rough night as she gets tired quickly then very inpatient. Will it be worth it then?

Lana Rogers

You can actually get a fast pass only between the hours of 4p and 7p. You can enter the park beginning at 4pm the day of the party, so you can get a fast pass as long as it is between 4 & 7pm. After the party starts, no fast passes are available. The disability pass, however, shouldn’t be affected by the party. She should still be able to use that regardless of the party.

Hope this info helps!


I am pretty sure you can not use fast passes this year from 4-7 UNLESS you have a ticket to the park that day. This is what a rep told me yesterday.


I have a fast pass between 4-7 for the day of the event so yes you’re able to if that helps


Do they offer any of the treats (in addition to the candy) as part of the ticket or are they all a separate price? We have not gone before.
We did go to the Christmas party last year where they offered cookies and hot chocolate.

Lana Rogers

We go to the party every year, and the only thing the ticket covers is the trick or treat candy (and there’s PLENTY of it). Any other treats must be purchased separately.

Kevin Richardson

I see there are already many comments about the claim that FP+ reservations from 4p-7p can be made on event days, but has anyone tried this during the events that have already taken place this year?

I see this working easily for passholders, but for the rest of us, if it could work, how would it work? Would the FP+ be associated to our MagicBands or the event ticket? If we aren’t scanning our MagicBands at the gate, would it ignore our FP+ reservations when we get to the attraction?

I understand the point that we would lose our FP+ ability on another day in the trip, but I’m wondering if we would actually be able to use the event day FP+ if we are not using our MagicBands to get into the park that day.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

Lana Rogers

Yes, you can use fast passes from your magic bands even though you didn’t use them to enter the park. We go to the party every year, and always have a fast pass for between 4p and 7p that is associated with our magic bands.

Kevin Richardson

Awesome, thanks! We hit our 60 day mark yesterday and I went ahead and made FP+ for HM AND SDMT, I’m hoping everything goes smoothly when we’re there.

Kris Wheatley

Do WE wear costumes?


Yes. Acults dress up too. Just make sure to check out the guidelines.


You said you got a special bracelet for the party. Where do you get that, and can I get it ahead of time so that I can go right in at 4:00, or will there be a long line waiting at 4:00 to get this?


If already in MK for the day, you used to be able to get your wristband anytime before the party by going to guest relations and having them scan your magic band. Has that been discontinued?


We will be at WDW without kids in September Celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. Is this something that would be enjoyable for just adults? We love going to Disney. So this sound like fun but have never done it before and we won’t have our kids with us this time.


Absolutely. It’s a great experience for everyone. It has the same amount of kid-focus that all other experiences at WDW. You could probably make an argument that you will have a better time without kids due to it being a late evening event.

I went by myself last year when I was at WDW for a convention and I had a blast.


Thank you for this great information. Our family is going in mid-September and we are looking forward to some new characters to meet.

Question: do you have a sense for which ones will have the longest line? I know Jack, Sally, and the Dwarves will probably be the longest but what about the other? Do you know when meetings start and how soon we can get in line?

Thank you!


If the party ends at midnight, how will anyone watch the Spelltacular midnight show?


Ah, that makes sense. Thank you!


I was wondering I don’t have hopper tickets I was planning on going to the not so scary party on a day I’m not going government magic kingdom would I still be able to go on the rides after 7pm with the ticket


You don’t need regular park tickets to attend the party, you only need a party ticket. Rides are open after 7pm for anyone with a party ticket.

Riley Banks

Okay so I’m a MNSSHP newbie and I have a few questions.
Will the rides that aren’t open for the party be open 4-7?
Will they let you in at 4 if you’re in costume, or do you have to wait until 7 to enter/put on your costume?
Any replies are appreciated. I’m usually at WDW in the summer, so October is totally different for me. Thanks??


Those rides will be open during the 4-7pm, unless they are closed for other reasons. Last year I was able to experience the closed rides during this timeframe.

Yes, you can enter in costume at 4pm.


Im going October 29-3rd Of November I want to go to the parks before the Halloween party, and attend the Halloween party which I would have to get a ticket for. The day I’m attending the Halloween party will it also count toward one of the days I have my Reg park ticket for ?


But if im not till after four it won’t count one of them

Heather Jordan

I have reservations for BOG on the night if the Halloween party- I’ve seen along of negative reviews lately, and have Alain read it takes too much of the party time. It will be my daughters birthday- she will be 3. I’m torn on keeping it. I have a character meal for my sons birthday while we are there, and would like to do the same for her.

Roxy Couch

Were staying in Disney and have a 14 day pass, do we still need to pay additional to join Mickeys Halloween Party or is it included? Ive reserved dining with Crystal Palace and its the MHP package will this be counted as our pass? Confused over it all!

Jaclyn Schneider

What to do if our kids are scared of hocus locus? What should we do instead?


The full park is open and it is easy to avoid this show when it’s being performed.

Riley Banks

If your kids are scared of Hocus Pocus, you could just ride more rides, meet characters, or trick-or-treat instead of watching the stage show. Just steer clear of the front of the castle while it’s showing. Hope this helped??

Jaclyn Schneider

Would it be a good time to meet the seven dwarfs?


Hi, you mentioned that some attractions will be closed during the party, but I was looking at Disney website and they said Jungle cruise and Space mountain will be open? (Sep 1st 2017). Can you confirm that? Thanks!

Julie Hohmann

Do I need a regular park ticket AND party ticket to get in to the party?

Is there anything special about the dining? We booked a MNSSHP dinner at 830


If I want to spend the entire day at magic kingdom do I have to buy 2 tickets. One for the day at the park and one for the Halloween party


Are there any special perks to a 6:55 pm MNSSHP-Dinning @ Be Our Guest? I just got reservations for this time, was planning on doing the park that day as it is our last day at DW, but not the MNSSHP. Now I might reconsider due to the almost impossible reservation I got at BOG.

Adina Long

For 655 you have to have a party ticket


Question for you! My hisband i both swear we remember seeing a premium option that gave you a seat for viewing the parade. I cant find it now! Did I make it up??


When will ADR open for party nights?

Amy Lefler

do you happen to know whether or not their new firework show will be shown during the party?


does the headless horseman appear in both parade times? And does he stay on course or just go down main st? Like, if we are at frontier land as you suggest for second viewing will we still get to see him?

Judy G

I have been to the party several times and I feel it is definitely worth the Mco ney. I have missed a few years, but I am planning on attending this year in October. Really looking forward to going again. It is really fun if you stay until midnight.

Angela M

Does anyone know when dining slots for during the party will be released?

Amy Lefler
Amy Lefler

I contacted Disney Dining yesterday. The representative told me that I should follow the Disney blog, as usually release dates (for MNSSHP tickets, ADRs for special event dining, etc.) are announced there before cast members are notified. The blog states, “reservations for event night dining and dessert parties will open later this summer. Stay tuned to Disney Parks Blog for more information on both events.” Know this isn’t super helpful, but did want to share. 🙂


Do you need a reservation for the table service restaurants during the party or can you walk up and get a table?


Are the Quick Service treats like Cotton Candy, Candy Corn ice cream, Mickey Popcorn buckets etc. all an extra charge, or are they included in the price of the party ticket? We have a 7-day park pass, but are doing the MNSSHP on top of it.


I got my tickets and it says 7pm to midnight on them but I noticed you mentioned you could go at 4pm and not use one of your regular tickets. I looked around on the Disney site but it doesn’t mention being able to get in before 7pm.


Disney doesn’t promote this but it’s absolutely true. I was there last year and they do let you in at 4.


and will you be able to make fastpass reservations from 4pm to 7pm if entering only with a Halloween ticket (no standard park ticket)? and can these be made 60 days out if you are staying at a Disney property?


When do you think the map of this years MNSSHP will be released? Where can I find it? Bought my tickets today and soooo excited! thanks!


When will 2017 dates be released?


They are typically published at the end of April / first of May. You can go online now and look at the dates where Magic Kingdom is closing early and tell the likely dates of MNSSHP.


Which night would have less crowds….Saturday before Halloween or the night (30th) before Halloween? We attended in 2015 and will go again in 2017. Thank you!

Faith Alyssa

Hi there! My boyfriend and I should be attending the party this year, but we had some questions about costumes. 1. We had planned on using our regular costumes, which are not Disney-themed. Is this okay? 2. Our costumes require face and/or body paint. As long as it is not offensive/distracting, is this allowed for guests 14 and over? Thank you so much!


Given the date of this comment, I’m sure you (the original poster/commenter) already have your answer. However, for others who may be interested to know about this same thing, you can go to

Once there, scroll down to the section titled “Dressing for Special Events” and it will detail costuming guidelines for all ages.

I hope it was fine to link to the actual Disney World site. Thanks!

Does the beast still come out for dinner at the “be our guest” restaurant during the event days?

Angela McLean

He did when we went last year.

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