For most people, a visit to Walt Disney World centers around its parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach (water park), and Typhoon Lagoon (water park).
In general, you can visit those parks during operating hours using a “normal” park ticket.
However, sometimes there are events that require you purchase a special ticket to attend.
These are often referred to as “special ticketed events”.
So, what exactly is a special ticketed event and how could it affect your Disney World trip?
Read on to find out…
What are “special ticketed events”?
In short, a special ticketed event is any event at Disney World that requires you to purchase an additional ticket (separate from your theme park ticket) to participate.
We can’t emphasize this enough: These events cannot be attended with just a normal park ticket.
If you want to go to one of these events in the parks, you’ll need to pay extra.
Usually, the special ticketed event takes place outside of normal business hours, however, some of the events may cause the parks to close earlier than normal and only people with tickets to the event will be allowed to stay past closing.
Special Ticketed Events
Some examples of special ticketed events that are available (or have been previously) include:
- Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom
- Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom
- Disney’s H2O Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon
- Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom
All the events mentioned above occur in the evening. For these evening events, guests with event tickets can use their special ticket to enter the park a couple of hours before the start of the event.
How does this affect planning park touring?
The two main events that could affect when you choose to tour the parks are Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP).
These events happen several times a week from August through the end of December (August – October for MNSSHP and November – December for MVMCP).
These two parties are longer events and require Magic Kingdom to close several hours earlier than on non-party nights (typically 6 pm).
If you have Park Hopper tickets, visiting Magic Kingdom on these days could be a positive because in general crowds are lighter due to the reduced regular park hours.
It would be easy to visit Magic Kingdom for the first half of the day to enjoy lighter crowds and then hop to a different park for the second half of the day. This could also be a good option if you have a longer trip and want to build in a short park day.
If you have a shorter trip and do not have Park Hoppers, you should try to visit Magic Kingdom on a non-party day so you can take advantage of the longer park hours.
Interested in attending a special ticketed event?
Check out the links to the different events above for more information. You can also find information on the currently scheduled events on Disney’s website.
- 2023 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Dates Announced
- 2023 Florida Resident Disney Weekday Magic Ticket Available January 10
- Two New Summer 2023 Disney World Ticket Offers Announced
- Disney After Hours Returning to Disney World in 2023
- Park Hopping Changes & More Coming to Disney World & Disneyland
- Touring Animal Kingdom (without Genie+) - May 20, 2023
- Magic Kingdom Early Entry & Rope Drop (tips & strategy) - May 16, 2023
- When can I book a Disney World package for 2024? - May 8, 2023