By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017, from the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever. Paperback available on Amazon here. Kindle version available on Amazon here. PDF version available on Gumroad here.—Disney World Instructions for the First-Time Visitor

Halloween 2017 at Walt Disney World

By Dave Shute


Halloween 2017 at Disney World from yourfirstvisit.netWhile Halloween itself is October 31st of course, Walt Disney World provides a special Halloween celebration at the Magic Kingdom many evenings in September and October 2017, and possibly even August.

This celebration is called “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party,” or “MNSSHP” for short.

At the party, many of the Magic Kingdom’s rides are open, and trick or treating, special events, and different parades and fireworks are offered.

The official Disney World page (and actual dates and prices, when they are out) for this event can be found here.

Click the images below for the 2016 offerings.

And you can find a review of the 2016 MNSSHP party here.

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Street Art at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party from yourfirstvisit.netThis party occurs from 7p-12MN  on certain evenings at the Magic Kingdom in September, October, and some years (not, I think, in 2017) even early November.

I also think it’s possible, given some features of Disney’s Magic Kingdom calendar that month (7p closes with no fireworks scheduled), that we will see it in late August 2017.

My current forecast for the 2017 Halloween Party dates are:

  • August 2017: Possibly 8/25 and 8/29
  • September 2017: 9/1, 9/7, 9/10, 9/12, 9/15, 9/17, 9/19, 9/22, 9/24 9/26 and 9/29
  • October 2017: 10/1, 10/3, 10/5, 10/6, 10/9, 10/10, 10/12, 10/13, 10/15, 10/17, 10/19, 10/20, 10/22, 10/24, 10/26, 10/27, 10/29, and 10/31
  • November 2017: none

You need to buy a special ticket for this party. This ticket is different from regular Walt Disney World park admission tickets.

  • The special party ticket does not allow you to enjoy the rides and attractions of the Magic Kingdom before the Party starts–you need a regular ticket for that (but typically you can get in as early as 4p, even though the ticket will say 7p.)
  • Regular tickets used to enter the park earlier the day of a Party do not give you access to the Party–you need to have the special Party ticket

The party tickets are expensive, so why would first-time visitors be interested? A couple of potential reasons

  • Evening parades and fireworks are rarer this time of year, so going to one of the parties is a way to guarantee you can see them–though the Halloween parade and fireworks are different (and better!!) than what you’ll see on regular nights
  • Operating hours at the Magic Kingdom are shorter this time of year, so the Party allows you more time there within the same visit
  • Walt Disney World sells only a limited number of tickets to each party, so the evening waits can be much less long than other nights these months

Many families go the first time for one of these reasons…and then going becomes a tradition!

On the other hand, families following one of the standard 8-night itineraries on this site will see the fireworks and evening parade, and have plenty of time at the Magic Kingdom.

For that reason, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is not designed into this site’s itineraries.

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1 Dack { 02.14.17 at 7:11 am }

Thanks Dave. Do you know when Disney typically releases the official dates? Trying to plan a trip in September.

2 Dave { 02.14.17 at 11:19 am }

Dack, last year they came out in late March.

3 Eric { 02.14.17 at 4:06 pm }

Hi Dave. Me AGAIN! (maybe I should post with a fake name…) Depending on which way the wind blows, our feelings towards going to the Party changes. I think crowd size is the ultimate factor. Do you know how many party tickets they offer per night? And compared actual size of peak crowds in October. If it helps, we are planning on going to the Party on Oct 17 (Tuesday). Thank you!

4 Dave { 02.15.17 at 2:49 pm }

No worries Eric! Rumor is that on the order of 25k tix are sold. However, few of these people are in ride lines, except at Peter Pan and Seven Dwarfs, so if you plan to get a couple of hours of rides in, it’s a great experience, and much better than any non-party October evening at MK.

5 Sue { 02.23.17 at 7:56 pm }

Dear Dave,
Congrats on having the BEST WEBSITE EVER for planning a trip to WDW! Starting to plan our 4th family trip, and this is the first place I come to!
Ok, so now I’ve got a few questions for you!
1. Is it safe to assume that all of the WDW parks will be decorated for Halloween by the end of August/beginning of September? Just booked a trip for 8-26 to 9-3 and the sole purpose was to enjoy Halloween at Disney without having to take the kids (and myself bc I’m a teacher) out of school.
2. At MNSSHP, what would you suggest for dining that evening? We have the regular dining plan, but I wasn’t sure if booking a table service reservation would be a good idea. Eat quickly at a counter service, eat an early dinner, or is there plenty of time to sit and eat and enjoy the party too?
Please let me know what you think and THANKS! ?

6 Dave { 02.26.17 at 7:05 am }

Hi Sue, while my guess is that the party will happen during your trip, we won’t know for sure until Disney releases the dates for it. MK will have Halloween decorations up before it opens, and the other parks by Labor Day. You want to be done with dining and in MK before the actual 7p start, and with that constraint can eat where you wish.

7 Lisa { 03.23.17 at 10:42 am }

Any updated gossip on when they are going to release the dates for the Halloween party. You know it makes it a pain in the rear when you are trying to book dining and they aren’t releasing all the BOG times because of this. The woman on the phone told me as soon as they release some of the dates normally more BOG times are released . I am trying to get in there which as you know is not overly easy.


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