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Tickets go on sale for Disney World's annual holiday parties

May 5, 2016, 10:10 AM · Theme park fans know you often need to make your vacation plans early. So even though we're still more than a month away from the start of summer, tickets have gone on sale for Walt Disney World's annual holiday parties.

And, as you might have expected, prices have gone up, too. Tickets for this year's Mickey's Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party start at $72 for adults, and tickets for this year's Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party will start at $86. Last year, tickets started at $68 for the Halloween party and $74 for the Christmas event.

If you are not already familiar with them, these parties are after-hours, hard-ticket events in the Magic Kingdom. You don't need a "regular" day ticket for these parties, and to get the most value from your park tickets, probably shouldn't use a day ticket to visit the Magic Kingdom that day (unless you're using a park-hopper and visiting other parks at the Walt Disney World Resort). But you can get into the Magic Kingdom for the last few hours of "regular" operation on your party date — before the party starts — using just your party ticket.

In addition to after-hours access to Magic Kingdom attractions, each party includes several special entertainment events, and some give-aways. At the Halloween event, you'll find the Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular show in front of the castle, Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, and the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks. But the big "get" at the Halloween party is the unlimited candy from several trick-or-treat stations throughout the park. It's a great way for "big kids" of all ages to get away with trick-or-treating again.

At Christmas, the event will feature a new castle stage production — Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration — along with the returning Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and the holiday edition of the Wishes fireworks. Disney also gives out free cookies and hot cocoa during the event.

This year's party dates are:

Mickey's Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party:
September – 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30
October – 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party:
November – 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27, 29
December – 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 22

Tickets are available on Disney's website: Halloween party tickets | Christmas party tickets

Coverage of last year's Disney World holiday events:

Replies (9)

May 5, 2016 at 6:05 PM · Still mad that they canceled the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Personally, that was one of the main draws to WDW for me. Hopefully they either bring it back in the really near future or they re-locate it to DCA.
May 5, 2016 at 11:51 PM · The Halloween parties are always a good value...unlike most of their upcharge events.
May 6, 2016 at 8:20 AM · Having never been to one of these events, how do they get all the "non-paying" guests out of the park? Do people try and stay in? How can CMs tell who should be wandering the streets or not?
May 6, 2016 at 9:39 AM · Guests who have party tickets are given wristbands during the overlap period (party guests in the past have been able to enter the park as early as 4 PM). Standard day guests do not have wristbands, and are politely encouraged to leave when the party officially starts at 7 PM.

The parties tend to be a good value because of this since you not only get access to the park under a limited admission scenario, but you also get 3 hours of access under normal conditions, and can even make FP+ reservations during that time (FP+ is turned off during the parties, or at least has been in the past). If you have a party ticket, I highly recommend not using a normal admission day, and just arrive at 4 PM. Use the first part of your day for a water park or rest day - on our last visit in 2014, we used it as our arrival day.

May 6, 2016 at 10:33 AM · We have been big fans of these parties as they have special characters, parades, treats, etc., but also allow us to knock out a lot of Magic Kingdom without using a full-day pass. Instead, we get to enjoy a lazy morning and afternoon swim, which is much more in line with our vacation preferences than a rope drop morning. Seemed like a good tradeoff for a party ticket that cost roughly 60 percent of a full-day pass.

But like seemingly every other announcement coming out of the parks this year, the costs are escalating quickly. There are several dates for each party that feature triple-digit prices. Halloween night now is actually more expensive than a normal day at the Magic Kingdom.

The parties are a great atmosphere and a lot of fun. But as with most things, your mileage may vary on the value.

May 6, 2016 at 11:34 AM · They offer way too many party dates. It interferes with regular day planning if you intend to go to the Magic Kingdom especially when the other two minor parks are under major construction. They should find a way to make it up to the guests who don't have the party day tickets. Enjoying the Christmas holidays in the evenings is essentially an upcharge event.
May 6, 2016 at 3:08 PM · Disney never does anything right. This is the general assumption I've taken from most of the regular commenters on this site. Anyway, I will be there for the 9/8 party and look forward to experiencing MNSSHP for the first time.
May 6, 2016 at 4:16 PM · I've never done the party at Disneyland because it doesn't hold tremendous appeal when I visit enough on regular days. However, I could definitely see these events (particularly the Halloween event) being a really good value for out of town visitors, particularly those who want more than one day at Magic Kingdom. Unless you're going to be staying for a week or more, doing one regular day at the park and one of the parties is probably cheaper than two one-day tickets, plus you get some exclusives. The only problem is if you get too much candy and need to pay $50 for an extra suitcase to bring it all home.
May 7, 2016 at 8:19 PM · AJ, this literally happened to us one time. Had to toss a bag full of Not So Scary candy at the airport to get under the airline bag weight limit. A lot of Smarties were lost that day.

And Kevin, have a great time at your first Not So Scary party. It is a fun atmosphere, especially your first time there.

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