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.



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Halloween 2017 at Walt Disney World



By Dave Shute

DISNEY WORLD’S SPECIAL HALLOWEEN PARTY

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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MORE ON MICKEY’S NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY IN 2017


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, one or both of 10/29 and 10/30, 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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4 comments

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.

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