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Halloween 2018 at Walt Disney World

By Dave Shute


While Halloween itself is October 31st of course, Walt Disney World provides a special Halloween celebration at the Magic Kingdom many evenings in 2018, likely from late August until the first of November.

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 for this event can be found here.

Click the images below for the 2017 offerings.

And you can find a review of the 2017 MNSSHP party here.


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 (some years) August, September, October, and some years even early November.

The 2018 Halloween Party dates are as follows:

  • August 2018: 8/17, 8/24,  8/28, and 8/31
  • September 2018: 9/3, 9/7, 9/9, 9/11, 9/14, 9/16, 9/18, 9/21, 9/23, 9/25, 9/28, and 9/30
  • October 2018: 10/2, 10/4, 10/5, 10/8, 10/9, 10/11, 10/12, 10/14, 10/16, 10/18, 10/19, 10/21, 10/23, 10/25, 10/26, 10/28, 10/30, and 10/31
  • November 2018: 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 Matthew { 02.26.18 at 9:45 pm }

Generally when do these special tickets go on sale? We happen to be planning to go on the day you mention in August as a strong possibility.

2 Dave { 02.27.18 at 8:52 am }

Matthew, last year the dates were announced and tix went on sale in early April.

3 Gina { 03.02.18 at 3:23 pm }

When you say that having a regular park ticket doesn’t get you into the party, do you mean that we’d have to leave the park before the party starts, or we just can’t be wherever the party is? And we’ve been to the MNSSHP once before, years ago, but only b/c some friends bought us tickets that day as a surprise. So I don’t know how it works if we have no interest in going to the Halloween party. 🙂

4 Dave { 03.03.18 at 8:08 am }

Gina, the park closes to those without the special ticket at 6p.

5 TeacherGrandma { 03.09.18 at 12:03 pm }

I have been unable to secure ADRs for supper around 5:00 at MK on two of the probable MNSSHP dates. Is this a new policy? It seems more than strange, that MK would completely forfeit supper crowds four days a week during party season.

6 Dave { 03.09.18 at 12:31 pm }

From last year: “To make dining or dessert party reservations that take place during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, you must have a valid event ticket for that night.” What I don’t know–with the 6p park closing for non-party-goers–is how early “during” starts.

7 Angela morrs { 03.18.18 at 12:30 pm }

My family is going to Disneyland in late October and had it panned this got mickeys party Halloween night but was not old the tickets were sold out. If the tickets don’t go on sale until early April than how can I be sold out just asking!!

8 Dave { 03.18.18 at 12:54 pm }

Angela, they have not yet gone on sale.

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