If there’s one thing we Disney fans love it’s a bit of pre-planning and with Spring in the air it can only mean 1 thing: dates being released for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Perfectly on cue, the folks at Walt Disney World started trickling information about this year’s events into the Disney-sphere this week. So, put on your planning ears and make one of these seasonal parties part of your “must-do” list for 2016.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Trick-or-treating Disney-style, this seasonal event is an essential for Halloween lovers young and old. Grab your candy bag, don one your favorite costumes and head over to the Magic Kingdom for a Halloween party as only Disney can do it. Follow the candy trail to stock up on sweets, line up to meet some of your favorite characters during exclusive meet and greets, and take in Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade. Guests will also enjoy Disney’s spooky take on both the Celebrate the Magic and “Happy HalloWishes Fireworks” displays. Last year’s attendees will also be pleased to know that the Sanderson Sisters will return for a second year in the wildly popular Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular.
A testament to the popularity of Not-So-Scary, Disney has extended the days the party will be on offer to a staggering 29 evenings. The first party kicks off on September 2nd (that’s before Labor Day) and will run through until the end of October, providing a wide berth for families planning an Autumn getaway. The exact days for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party are as follows:
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 and 31
For those unfamiliar with Disney parties, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a hard-ticketed event. You’ll need more than just your park admission if you plan on trick-or-treating your way down Main Street. Though this year’s ticket prices haven’t been announced just yet, last year’s price tag of $68-87 for adults and $63-82 for children 3-9 should give you a pretty good idea of how much you’ll need to budget. (Children under 3 are free.)
Please Note: As security tightens at the Disney theme parks, so do guidelines on permissible holiday attire. Guests are discouraged from layering costumes, wearing costumes that drag on the ground, or that include long capes or masks. Tiny Tots are able to wear masks but only if they don’t cover the entire face. Guests with elaborate costumes that may require lengthy security searches are also discouraged from attending. Weapons or simulated weapons are also a “no-no”.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Spend a Wintry evening enjoying this blend of Disney magic with classic Christmas traditions. Watch the snow fall down Main Street no matter the temperature and see jolly Old St. Nick as part of Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. Wind down your evening by snuggling up with some cookies and hot cocoa while taking in special Christmas versions of both Celebrate the Magic and Wishes Nighttime Spectacular. Nobody does Christmas quite like Disney and with special holiday touches around every corner including some “Frozen” magic thrown in for good measure, you’ll be singing carols in no time.
The dates for the Christmas Party are hot of the presses. Though Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party does not run for as many nights as its spooky counterpart, a nice spread throughout November and December means that there are lots of opportunities to do Christmas the Disney way. The dates are as follows:
November 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27 and 29.
December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18 and 22.
Like the Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, these events take place from 7pm – 12am. Tickets must also be purchased separately from park admission. Though costs for this year have not yet been released the prices for 2015 were $74- $82 for adults and $69-77 for children aged 3-9 ( Children under 3 are free.) Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party may add of bit of weight to your Disney budget but with so many holiday festivities jam-packed into one special evening it’s a worthy addition to any Disney World vacation.
How Do I get Tickets?
On- sale dates for both events have not been released yet. If previous years are anything to go by, we should expect sales to open up some time during April. Advanced tickets for both events are highly recommended as dates will sell out fast. Last year’s tickets were bookable at Disneyworld.com, by phoning 407.WDW.DISNEY or by contacting your preferred travel agent. Watch this space for further details.
Please note: A valid park admission is not required if you’ve purchased a party ticket. In the past, guests with a ticket for either event were allowed into the Magic Kingdom as early as 4pm. Guests cannot use Fastpasses during seasonal parties and not all attractions will be open to the public.
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