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Halloween 2019 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 2019, from August 16 until November 1.

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. My review of the 2019 party is here.

Click the images below for the 2019 brochure.


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

The 2019 Halloween Party dates are as follows:

  • August 2019: 8/16, 8/20, 8/23, 8/27, and 8/30
  • September 2019:9/2, 9/6, 9/8, 9/10, 9/13, 9/15, 9/17, 9/20, 9/22, 9/24, 9/27, and 9/29
  • October 2019: 10/1, 10/3, 10/4, 10/6, 10/8, 10/10, 10/11, 10/14, 10/15, 10/17, 10/18, 10/20, 10/21, 10/24, 10/25, 10/27, 10/29, and 10/31
  • November 2019: 11/1

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 for rides can be much less long than other nights these months (waits for party treats and character meetings can be long, and Main Street and the Hub will be mobbed)

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 Paula { 03.21.19 at 2:53 pm }

Planning a family vacation for 4 families in October 30 2021-November 4 How soon can we book

2 Dave { 03.21.19 at 3:45 pm }

Paula, you can book up to 499 days before your arrival date. If I have done the math right, that will be in June 2020. See this for some of the complexities involved..

3 Clotee { 10.21.19 at 3:20 am }

Hello.. I just want to say happy Halloween 2019. Hope this year will be great for Halloween celebration

4 Rachel Grierson { 11.23.19 at 1:24 pm }

Hi! I’m thinking of going first week of October 2020. How far in advance do the Halloween event tickets usually go on sale ? Tia !!

5 Dave { 11.23.19 at 2:19 pm }

Hi Rachel, in 2019 they went on sale in mid-January, and in 2018 in the more recently typical mid-March period.

6 landon { 04.12.20 at 1:58 pm }

how much are tickets to the parties

7 Dave { 04.14.20 at 8:29 am }

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