2023 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Guide: Dates, Info & Tips
Our Guide to the 2023 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party offers tips & info for Magic Kingdom’s fall special event at Walt Disney World. This includes dates, ticket prices & discounts, schedule & strategy for seeing the parade, fireworks, and characters, plus our review of MNSSHP and whether it’s worth your time & money. (Updated May 3, 2023.)
For those unfamiliar with it, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) is a special event that occurs after Magic Kingdom closes for the day. It is separately ticketed, meaning you have to pay extra for the party if you’re already in the park as a day guest and want to stay through MNSSHP.
If you’re already wanting to plan ahead for the 2023 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, the good news is that Walt Disney World has now released dates, prices, and select details. Additionally, tickets are now on sale for all guests. If you want to be notified when full details for the 2023 party are released, subscribe to our FREE email newsletter for updates. For now, here’s everything we know about the 2023 MNSSHP…
Not everything has been announced yet, but here’s some of what to expect from the 2023 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party:
- Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular! – Watch 3 sinister sisters bewitch and bedazzle the residents of Magic Kingdom park.
- Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular – A wickedly wild fireworks display featuring Disney characters and hosted by Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
- Disney Junior Jam at Storybook Circus – This dance party features some favorite friends from Disney Junior shows for young partygoers.
- Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade – Disney characters and iconic floats inspired by Haunted Mansion and other Halloween scenes appear during this beloved parade.
- Collect a bag full of candy as you roam the trick-or-treat trails in search of some of your favorite sweets.
Tickets for the 2023 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party may be purchased by anyone. General public sales began on May 2, following about a week of pre-sale for on-site guests. You can purchase 2023 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets by calling 407-939-4240 or online here: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/tickets/events/.
If you’re concerned about 2023 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets selling out quickly…don’t be. While it’s true that demand was sky-high last year with tickets selling out in record pace, it’s also worth mentioning a couple of other things. First, it was the first time Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party had been held since 2019, so there was a ton of pent-up demand among diehard fans and locals.
Second, even with last year selling out every single night of MNSSHP, nothing was gone until June 30. That’s when Halloween night sold out. It wasn’t until July 28 that the next date sold out–the first party of the year. No other dates ran out of tickets until August. That’s the typical pattern: Halloween night sells out fastest, followed by the first party and late October dates. But it usually doesn’t happen until 2-3 months after tickets go on sale.
In other words, the 2023 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is not going to sell out within days of ticket sales starting, and even selling out a single date during the entirety of May 2023 would be entirely unprecedented. Honestly, our expectation is that 2023 tickets will sell significantly slower than last year.
2023 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party dates are as follows:
- August 11, 2023
- August 15, 2023
- August 18, 2023
- August 22, 2023
- August 25, 2023
- August 29, 2023
- September 1, 2023
- September 4, 2023
- September 8, 2023
- September 10, 2023
- September 12, 2023
- September 15, 2023
- September 17, 2023
- September 19, 2023
- September 22, 2023
- September 24, 2023
- September 26, 2023
- September 28, 2023
- September 29, 2023
- October 1, 2023
- October 3, 2023
- October 5, 2023
- October 6, 2023
- October 9, 2023
- October 10, 2023
- October 12, 2023
- October 13, 2023
- October 15, 2023
- October 17, 2023
- October 19, 2023
- October 20, 2023
- October 22, 2023
- October 24, 2023
- October 26, 2023
- October 27, 2023
- October 29, 2023
- October 31, 2023
- November 1, 2023
Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can save $10 per ticket to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, valid for event nights in August and September 2023 only. There are no discounted MNSSHP dates in October or November 2023.
Last year, the event was held on 37 select nights August 12 through October 31. Meaning that the 2023 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party starts one night earlier, ends one night later, and has 1 more night over the course of party season.
For those keeping score at home, these are all records. August 11 is the earliest the event has ever started and November 1 is tied for the latest that MNSSHP has been held, tied with 2019.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party takes place from 7 pm until midnight on evenings when it’s held. On MNSSHP dates, Magic Kingdom is open to regular guests from 8 am until 6 pm. (Despite the significantly shorter hours, these are good days to visit Magic Kingdom if you’re not attending the party. We explain why here.)
Ticket holders are admitted to Magic Kingdom as early as 4 pm on the valid date of their ticket–giving you more time to enjoy park favorites before the event begins. These date-specific event tickets do not require an additional day theme park ticket or theme park reservation.
Also during the party, you may have the opportunity to experience some of your favorite attractions, including the newly opened TRON Lightcycle Run. Here’s the tentative list of attractions that will be open during the 2023 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party:
- Jungle Cruise
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Swiss Family Treehouse
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Haunted Mansion
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- “It’s a small world”
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Mad Tea Party
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- The Barnstormer
- Astro Orbiter
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
- Space Mountain
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover
- TRON Lightcycle / Run
TRON Lightcycle Run will use a virtual queue during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, allowing guests to enjoy all the festivities while they wait to enter the Grid. Stay tuned for more details.
Not only have ticket prices skyrocketed, but crowd levels at the events have also gone up dramatically. With every single night of the event sold out, attendance levels absolutely exploded, and crowds were very bad at times. We would strongly recommend “Is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Too Crowded?” for a look at what we mean.
At this point, it’s impossible to say whether the 2023 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will follow that pattern. It could, but it’s also possible that Walt Disney World lowered the attendance cap this year after complaints last time.
If you have questions about what the event does and does not include, crowds, and much more, see our Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party FAQ. We wrote that in response to the most common questions in the comments to this post. If you have a question, there’s a strong probability that FAQ answers it.
Here’s everything else you need to know about MNSSHP if you’re planning for 2023, including strategy and our review of whether the Halloween party is worth the high price tag…
As for entertainment, here’s the normal Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party schedule:
Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular
- August & September: 8:35 pm, 10:45 pm, 12 am
- October: 7:40 pm, 8:35 pm, 10:45 pm, 12 am
Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular
- 10:15 pm
Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade
- 9:15 pm and 11:15 pm
Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet
- 7 pm, 7:45 pm, 8:30 pm, 9:50 pm, 10:30 pm
Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam
- 7 pm until midnight
Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Dance Ball
- 7 pm until midnight
Our tips and tricks for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) are based on our experiences attending the party 20+ times for over a decade. You can read about our most recent experience in our Review & Photos: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Report.
We also have a look at all of the food items in our Halloween Snack & Dessert Food Guide to Magic Kingdom. Finally, if you’re interested in ‘collecting’ all of the exclusive images during the event, see our Guide to ALL PhotoPass Magic Shots at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
Now, let’s turn to a brief summary of what was new at last year’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, just in case you don’t read our MNSSHP report above…
We attended the first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and wanted to quickly run through some of the “new for ’22” additions, enhancements, and other changes to the event.
The one that Walt Disney World has touted is the addition of Max Goof as Powerline in the 90s styled “Powerline Party Time” pre-parade to the the Boo To You Parade. Max Goof and his dance pals replace the Zootopia Party Patrol that ran for the last few years of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Songs played during the pre-parade include “Stand Out” and “I2I.”
The Powerline Party Time pre-parade only takes place on Main Street USA and in Town Square, so be sure to grab a spot there if you want to see Max Goof. Stops are around Center Street on Main Street and the Town Square Train Station in the very front of the park. All in all, Powerline Party Time is a bit lackluster, so don’t plan your evening around it.
Another minor thing is the new trick-or-treating bags made out of a durable reusable bag material. These make for a nice little keepsake that you can use at home (well, if your neighbors are stingy with candy–the bags are small).
Speaking of which, another keepsake is handed out as you exit the event at the end of the night. Cast Members stationed near the Train Station give guests Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party art in honor of Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary. Both of these are nice touches that make the higher prices a bit more bearable.
There are also a bunch of Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary photo ops scattered throughout the park.
The first of these that you’ll encounter is a Legend of Sleepy Hollow backdrop at the end of the entrance corridor by Plaza Restaurant. We found this had the longest line by far, whereas the Hocus Pocus 2 photo op tucked away in Liberty Square and the Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride one in Stitch’s Great Escape had no lines whatsoever.
There are also a ton of new and returning PhotoPass Magic Shots.
We made capturing all of these one of our top priorities, and will (finally!) be sharing a post listing all of the locations along with our sample photos from those, tips & tricks, and more in the days ahead.
Rounding out the relatively new additions for the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party are new ‘dancing’ lighting schemes for Space Mountain and Mad Tea Party.
These are fun touches that give the area more kinetic energy–there’s no reason they couldn’t be permanent enhancements.
It’s probably difficult to read, but above is a look at the park map for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
It mostly just reiterates the info above, offering showtimes, lists of operating attractions, restaurants, and other locations in Magic Kingdom.
The map does not list specific meet & greet locations, but we have you covered:
Main Street USA
- Sally & Jack Skellington – Town Square Theater (most popular meet & greet, line forms at 4 pm)
- Mickey Mouse – Town Square Theater
- Ariel and Prince Eric – Prince Eric’s Village Market
- Belle and Gaston – Maurice’s Cottage
- Tigger, Pooh, Piglet, and Eeyore – The Thotful Spot near the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Drizella and Anastasia – Fantasyland (roaming)
- Timon – Storybook Circus
- Vamprinia – Storybook Circus
- Doc McStuffins – Storybook Circus
- Fancy Nancy – Storybook Circus
- Witch Minnie, Princess Daisy & Pumpkin Donald – Dumbo
- Pirate Goofy – Barnstormer
- Abu and Aladdin – Agrabah
- Genie – Agrabah
- Jafar – Near Agrabah
- Jack Sparrow – Near Pirates of the Caribbean
- Country Bears – Country Bear Theater (roaming)
- Elvis Stitch – Buzz Lightyear’s Star Command
As for the enhancements to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party from the past few years, the first is a replacement for Happy HalloWishes: the new “Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular.” These fireworks feature projections, pyro, and Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas as host.
Jack’s ghost dog, Zero, flies off to start this trick-or-treating adventure, where four friends — Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy — find themselves drawn into a mysterious haunted house. The journey takes them from one room of the house to another, encountering dancing skeletons, waltzing ghosts, and a series of troublemaking Disney villains.
There are also several attractions across the park receive special enhancements just for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party…
Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor – When you follow the treat trail into the Monster World at Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, you’ll interact in spooky ways with the comic cast of monsters, as they learn about the curious Human World holiday we call Halloween.
Mad Tea Party – The teacups take you for a colorful ride with added lighting and effects providing a different nighttime atmosphere.
Space Mountain – Rocket ships hurtle through deep space as a special soundtrack and effects transform the adventure.
It’s a savvy move on Walt Disney World’s part to increase the number of attraction overlays. Recent Halloween Parties have been consistently overcrowded, especially on Main Street and at character meet & greets. The attraction overlays are a good way to help absorb and redistribute some crowds, easing congestion elsewhere and (hopefully) improving the experience at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
So you can prepare for the Halloween Party now, here is our analysis based upon the last several years to help you determine whether this expensive hard ticket event is worth it to you, and if so, what your “Plan of Attack” should be to efficiently conquer the various offerings. Between this party and Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival, plus improving weather, the fall months at Walt Disney World are one of our favorite times of year to visit!
Also note that this guide covers Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, not Mickey’s Halloween Party (now Oogie Boogie Bash) at Disneyland Resort. For info about the latter, read our comprehensive Guide to Halloween Time at Disneyland!
Should You Attend?
Given the high cost of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, you might be trying to determine, “is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party worth the money?”
Our opinion on this question has changed over the years. It used to be an unequivocal yes. Then, as prices for the event nearly doubled, it became “yes if you want to splurge.” Now, with prices up and Walt Disney World having raised the attendance cap, it’s harder and harder to justify.
We still love the event. We don’t love the crowds or prices, but we go anyway. Probably in part because of nostalgia and in part because we have a good time enjoying the experience at a more relaxed pace. We don’t follow our own itinerary in this post since we’ve seen/done 75% of these things in previous years, so the stakes aren’t as high for us, so to speak. It’s simply a fun, albeit overpriced event.
If you can approach it from the perspective of not having to accomplish it all and being willing to overpay a bit for a truly fun and spooky evening in Magic Kingdom, we say go for it. Just don’t expect to leave thinking, “that was really worth the money.” At this point, it’s hard to come to that conclusion.
Another question we often receive is whether we prefer the Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. We are total suckers for Christmas, so we can’t answer that without bias. With that said, we prefer the Christmas Party, but probably two-thirds of people we know prefer the Halloween Party. Your mileage may vary.
Aside from the higher price, the biggest difference between the two parties is that the Halloween Party offers more special entertainment and character meet & greets. Personally, I enjoy the Christmas Party more, but I think it’s undeniable that there’s more to do at the Halloween Party.
There’s a lot of special entertainment including one of Disney’s best parades and a great fireworks show, a great ambiance to the party including special decorations and lighting, lots of unique character meet & greets, and even seeing other guests in Halloween costumes makes for a fun experience.
If you do decide to do the Halloween Party, make sure to buy your tickets in advance, and use any available discounts (Disney Vacation Club member, Annual Passholder, etc.). Tickets are more expensive on the day of the party, and several nights each year sell out completely. It’s wise to purchase party tickets early if you know you’re going. It would stink to wait until the last minute and have your dates sell out.
As for what you should do during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, here’s our guide to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party…
The first important tip is to pick the best day on your trip for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Some nights are busier than others, and that post covers our tips for choosing the least-crowded dates. Disney prices these parties based on historical demand, so going on the cheapest party night you can is generally the best idea from both the perspective of saving money and avoiding crowds. Win-win!
In recent years, MNSSHP attendance has been, generally speaking, dramatically higher than previously. Many of the events–especially dates in October–sold out. That could change for 2023, but we suspect it’ll again be a busy year barring a downturn in Walt Disney World attendance for whatever reason.
The second most important tip is to arrive early to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. The Party officially starts at 7 p.m., which is when all of the entertainment actually begins, but guests can enter with their Halloween Party tickets as early as 4 p.m. This is not something Walt Disney World advertises, but it absolutely is true, and you will see plenty of other guests arriving at 4 p.m., and Cast Members in their Halloween outfits at the turnstiles.
This earlier entry offers you potential savings to offset the cost of your tickets. Before we were Annual Passholders, we’d plan on doing Disney Springs or a water park the morning we went to the Halloween Party, which allowed us to purchase 1-day less on our park tickets. We highly recommend that you do the same! In other words, if you normally would buy a 5-day ticket for your trip, buy a 4-day ticket and do something besides one of the 4 theme parks before 4 p.m.
The additional day you’re not purchasing would have only added on ~$30 in cost to your total package, so we’re not talking a substantial amount here, but it makes the Halloween Party more economical. To save even more money on multi-day Walt Disney World tickets, we recommend buying from an authorized ticket broker selling cheaper tickets than you can buy directly from Disney.
Read our Tips for Buying Discount Walt Disney World Tickets Guide for more information about saving money on park tickets. You can’t buy Halloween Party tickets from these authorized ticket sellers, but the amount you save on your regular park tickets plus the savings on that extra day you’re not purchasing will help offset the added cost of the party tickets.
The next biggest tip is to wear a costume! Although Disney has had some tweaks to its security policy over the last few years, costumes are allowed for all guests.
Here’s Disney’s official word on costumes: “while costumed attire may be worn, guests ages 14 and older are strongly discouraged from wearing layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body as they may be subject to additional security screening. Additionally, costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.”
At least half of the Guests who attend the party wear costumes, and it’s a lot more fun if you do. You’re spending a fair chunk of change to attend one of these parties, make sure you get as much value for your money as possible by wearing a costume.
You don’t need to buy some expensive costume from the store–make one at home from items you buy at a thrift shop. Sarah and I attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party as the following: astronauts; an elf and princess; and “Cute Minnie” and a Toy Story Alien, among other things. Most of the time, our costumes are pretty lame as compared to other guests, but we still have a lot of fun!
For costumes, go inexpensive, simple, and most importantly…LIGHTWEIGHT. We have a Guide to Halloween Costumes for the Disney Parks that covers the nuts and bolts. Suffice to say, we have worn heavier costumes, and let me tell you what a mistake that was. It may be cooler at nighttime in the fall, but it’s still Florida, and it’s still humid and hot.
A final tip is to pass on the Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace. This is comparable to the regular fireworks dessert party, except with Halloween-decorated desserts. (Read more in Dining & Dessert Parties During Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.)
Beyond being a waste of money, the dessert party is a waste of time. There are just too many other great things to do at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (it’s unlikely you can do all of the regular entertainment in a single night) to justify attending a dessert party. It’s just not worth taking the time from the regular awesome entertainment of the Halloween party to do this. Plus, the idea of another upcharge event within an upcharge event just makes us cringe.
With that said, let’s start to get into the details of arriving at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party with a plan for how you should approach the evening entertainment and characters. We have a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Itinerary on Page 2.
Arrive at 4 p.m., grab an event map for a refresher as to what is located where and entertainment showtimes, eat an early dinner, do an attraction or two, and knock out a couple of daytime PhotoPass Magic Shots for Halloween. Once 6 pm hits, it’s time to get ready to party, and time to initiate your Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party attack-plan to do and see as much as you can.
If at all possible, find a way to avoid trick or treating or save it until the end of the night. It is a major time drain, and you could buy a bag of candy yourself for like $3. It may be difficult to convince kids not to trick or treat, but if you can, find a way. There is so much entertainment during the Halloween Party that you won’t get everything done even if you don’t trick or treat and don’t do any attractions.
Once again Chapek gets the last laugh. After a significant increase in price and all the general grousing, the parties on both coasts sell out in record time. He will now skip all the way to the next shareholder meeting to crow about all the undesirables beating the doors down to line the shareholders pockets.
Do you think there’s any chance more tickets will be added at any point? Should we keep checking?
I recommend checking Undercover Tourist to see if they might still have tickets available. I purchased ours through them to take advantage of the discount, and it was so easy to link them to my Disney account. Good luck!
Just realised the other thread on here I posted on hasn’t attracted many comments so thought I’d be cheeky and try on here!
Hi, what are the options to meet Halloween costumes/ specific characters *outwith* the NSSHP events? The crowds and the price rule the parties out for us but would love to meet some special characters. I can think of Hollywood and Vine but wondering if any other options or meet and greets in park? Thanks
Okay, where do we get the Haloween trick-or-treat bags? I remember we took our own last time I attended.
HELP! i JUST found out about this $500 additional cost for the family. But we are all adults. So we are here for rides and the fireworks. We are going on Friday, September 16th (that week is slow, slow slow) already. So here’s the question – if the rides CLEAR OUT and we can get on everything fast (we also have a mobility person in our party) – is that worth the $119? Or just swap the day and buy the $15 Genie Plus Pass?
Hi Tom! Would sure love your advice? MNSSHP is a perfect solution for my family because we have a short time in Orlando when we’re visiting in October. With that, we’re really interested in the RIDES (and MIGHT indulge in the festivities toward the end of the party but that is not a priority for us). Do you have advice on avoiding/maneuvering the parade crowds or other large entertaining areas/standing crowds so we can move smoothly to get to rides?
We went aug 19 to mnsshp and did a lot of rides. A lot of them where a 5 min wait. We loved it.
Thanks Suzanne. Did you find getting around the huge parade crowds a challenge to get to rides (before, during, and after)?
It was really easy. They keep a walk way open to cross the Street just before the first wagon of the parade is coming. (I would definitely recommand watching the parade once. ) You will enjoy doing rides. Have a nice time!
Hello. There was a ton of walk on rides when we were there on 9/25. The festivities wasn’t a priority to us but ended up going to them and they were the best shows I’ve seen so far at Disney. From the parade to the Fireworks and the Hocus Pocus performance, it was amazing. I want to say the longest lines we saw was Winne the Pooh, Haunted Mansion and Seven Dwarfs mine train. Pirates had a 25 min wait. Everything else was basically a walk on. We didnt plan on riding rides but took full advantage of the walk ons. Busiest areas was definitely main street and the parade route. You cannot cut through the castle because of the stage, just so you know. Have fun! Hope for no rain. The party went by quick (can enter park at 4 but get there before 4 to line up for your wrist bands) but it was a blast.
Thank you, Lyndsi, for taking the time to reply to me. We attended MNSSHP a few years ago and participated in the events but my family wasn’t interested. They were less than interested in the parade and fireworks. Honestly, we are thrill ride seekers but still enjoy WDW from time to time. We go to the parks during the day, take a nap then go back at night. I purchased the MNSSHP tickets awhile ago and we’re passholders. My family likes the energy of the night time events so we’re going to join in again. We’ll make an adventure of getting around the earlier events then attend some of the later ones. 🙂 Have a beautiful day.
Hello! Does anyone know what time they start handing out wrist bands for guests already in Magic Kingdom at the designated locations? I’m hoping to get it before 4, so we can line up for Jack and Sally right when the que opens. Thanks!
I believe there are 4 different locations inside the park where you can receive your wristband for the party if you are already there. Have fun!
Hi Disneyfanusa. Can you let us know if you get a definitive answer? The locations where they give out wristbands don’t appear close to the location for Sally/Mr. Skellington. If they give out at 4, you will be at a disadvantage.
My daughter and I will already be in the Magic Kingdom park for a regular park day on 10/02/2022. We also have tickets to the MNSSHP that night. My sister will be joining us for the party that evening. My daughter & I would like to dress in costume for the party. I don’t want to have to carry them around all day, nor do I want to shove them in a tiny locker. I also don’t want to leave & come back just to waste time in line. Can my sister bring in the costumes with her?
Any suggestions for how to get a ticket once they are sold out? Presumably plans change and people aren’t able to attend. Are there reputable re-sale sites for Disney?
Hi Tom! I have the same question. We had a last minute guest added and the night we’re going is sold out. Does Disney ever release more tickets? Are their reliable resellers? Thamks for letti g me tag on Coery
Hi. Did you try Undercover Tourist? They are reliable.
Will you be updating page 2 since the 7 dwarfs are not at the party this year. It contradicts your character list on page 1 and left me confused. I had to do a digging on other websites to see if they are there or not. Telling people to line up for them could ruin some people’s parties.
We updated this yesterday to remove them shortly after the first update with the character list. Are you still seeing Seven Dwarfs info on there today? If so, please try refreshing the page and let me know if the issue is still there!
Just as an update, this was actually a caching problem with the site, not you.
The good news is that anyone visiting this post for the first time would have seen the *correct* info yesterday. (Now everyone should see it.)
Hi Tom – we’re going to the 8/30 party with one kiddo who is too little to ride Space Mountain, and two adults and a bigger kid hoping to ride with the overlay. Will LightningLane be available during the party, such that we should “save” it for that time rather than using it during the day? We will want to minimize waiting in line if possible so my little one can meet ALL the characters (and because my kids won’t make it past the fireworks).
Thanks and love your blog!
Hi Helena. I strongly doubt that LL is available during the special event party. If the party starts at 7 PM, I believe LL is available prior to that time (7 PM). Have a beautiful day!
Thank you R Davis! That was my suspicion based on checking the app during party times this week. I’m very hopeful it’ll be a moot point bc my 4 yo will love the Monsters Inc. Dance Party so much she won’t mind that we are taking turns waiting for Space Mountain.
We find this event and the Christmas party worth it. We have young kids so we only need to buy tickets for the adults (last year of that!) and preschoolers love the dance parties. The pictures are cute and the candy is fun.
However when we do a park day we only do a half day anyway so the price is pretty much a wash. Our kids still have nap times which cut into park time.
Is there a recommendation on how to meet the villains? I’d hope they’d be out and about during the party! Or can you only see them in the parade and performing at the castle?
To my knowledge the 7 Dwarfs are not there this year, which eliminates one major meet n greet, putting more in the line with Jack & Sally. We will be attending end of Sept and hope for a good weather night and low crowd.
Do you know what time Mickey starts taking pictures in his Halloween costume? I know in the past Jack and Sally would come out at 4:30 since they would draw the longest line.
Did they quietly take away the Pirates live actor “overlay” for the Halloween parties? Staffing one would assume?
Walt Disney World has cut back on live performers post-reopening–and even before. In some cases, that’s a matter of staffing, but usually not.
It also wouldn’t surprise me if the live actors in PotC weren’t all that well-received.
Just FYI I saw on another site’s coverage of MNSSHP that the live actors were there for PoTC!
I hope the Pirates actors are there – we were at the last MNSSHP pre-Covid on 11/01/19 and the pirates were there. They were one of our favorite parts of the party! I don’t recall seeing them last year at Boo Bash.
Planning a MK day on a party date in an attempt to do more with less crowding, and booking an ADR so we can stay a little longer since the park closes to day guests at 6. Looking at Thursday 10/27 or Sunday 10/30. Does anyone know which date would be better in terms of crowds? Thank you!
You still can’t stay later. ADR still has to be 6 or before, if you don’t have a MNSSHP ticket you are escorted out at 7, even if your reservation is at 8 you are not allowed to stay after 7 without the MNSSHP ticket
What are your thoughts on the Stitch meet and greet at the party? Do you think they will change his status beforehand? My daughter would love to see him. It’s her first time going.
Hi, We are visiting in Oct and want to dine at Be Our Guest restaurant in Magic Kingdom but don’t want to pay extra for the MNSSH event. Are we able to dine there after 6pm without purchasing the Halloween tickets? If not it limits the dates we can dine there to two dates only in my week. Loving your many blogs, they’re so helpful in planning our trip. Many thanks
The restaurant will not be open during the events, it will close at 7 when the event starts and in order to be in the park after the party starts you must have a MNSSHP ticket, you will be escorted out without one
Hi Lynn. They did have Be Our Guest open during the party (9/25) but doesnt look like you can dine in until the party starts, after a certain time. They were having regular guest leave at 6. Without having a wrist band, you wouldn’t be able to dine in during the party. 🙁
Hi! If we get there at 4, does anyone know if we can use genie plus from 4 to 7? And would you recommend it? Thanks!
You can but why would you, everything offered on Genue plus will have very short lines during the party, if you bought party tickets you should be able to go on everything
In the past, we’ve used FastPass+ between 4pm-7pm to assure that we wouldn’t wait an hour for Haunted Mansion. Lines don’t really get short until late evening. I really didn’t notice any lesser crowds than a regular day.