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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park

Has this ever happened to you? You’re searching for a parking spot at the mall hoping for something close to the entrance. Then there it is, the best spot in the entire complex, no one will be parked closer to the mall than you! Everyone else somehow overlooked it! But then as you get closer you notice there’s a compact car parked in it.

A similar experience can occur when trying to find availability at Magic Kingdom restaurants in the fall - Late August through December. Be Our Guest Restaurant, for example, is the most challenging ADR to get at Walt Disney World. You must be online at 6 am, 180 days in advance and even then you have only 2 minutes book it before it sells out.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park

But sometimes you’ll notice a flood of availability appear for dinner reservations at Be Our Guest, Crystal Palace and Liberty Tree Tavern, the 3 most most popular. Especially after 7 pm. How can this be? Is this the parking space syndrome, somehow everyone else overlooked it? Maybe. But chances are the Magic Kingdom is closing early for a party.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party usually begin at 7 pm. Magic Kingdom will close to day guests and only those who have purchased a party ticket can remain inside the park after 7 pm.

Guests who pay for the party have so many activities to explore, many don’t want to spend their time sitting down at a restaurant, thus wide-open availability at places like Be Our Guest Restaurant and Crystal Palace. They will sell out for sure, just not as fast..

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Unfortunately if you’re not a party guest, you cannot stay in the park later than 7 pm even if you have an ADR for a Magic Kingdom restaurant. This can be a moment of frustration for some people and Disney’s website doesn’t make this abundantly clear. For non-party goers the last ADR for Magic Kingdom dining is 5:55 pm.

If you’re already inside the restaurant when the park closes, of course you can stay. But when it’s time to leave, a cast member will escort you to the park’s exit. “You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here” kind of thing.

In the fall, it’s critical for you to know when Magic Kingdom will be hosting evening parties. There are more now than ever before. If you’re thinking of attending one, go for it! They are tons of fun. But don’t waste time at a restaurant - there’s too much to see and do.

Related:

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party dates

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party dates

From Disney: Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Dining

by Darren Wittko









Video Update on TRON Attraction Coming to Magic Kingdom Park

Concept art for the TRON attraction being built at Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World.

Concept art for the TRON attraction being built at Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World.

The steel columns are going up at the site of the new TRON attraction. These columns will support the coaster’s track in Tomorrowland.  Recently, Disney shared with me a special look at the columns and the progress Walt Disney Imagineers, Disney cast members and project teams have made in the past 12 months.

TRON is on track to open by October, 2021 for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary.


Earlier this year, cast members continued a Disney tradition by signing their names on one of the first steel support columns for the new attraction.

Earlier this year, cast members continued a Disney tradition by signing their names on one of the first steel support columns for the new attraction.

Exciting Change to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 will have big changes

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 will have big changes

2019 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties will be held from Aug. 16-Nov. 1, 2019. The specially ticketed event will include a new Halloween-themed nighttime show this year featuring state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, lighting and new fireworks that come together to tell a not-so-scary story about how anything can happen on Halloween night.

Now is the best time to begin booking your fall travel dates. Check out the Offers Page for our list of current offers for Walt Disney World.

Related:

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Dates Released for 2019

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By Darren Wittko

Extra, Extra Magic Hours Announced. May the 4th be With You

Today I have great news regarding Extra Magic Hours at Walt Disney World Resort: Guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel this fall will have more opportunities to take advantage of this Extra Magic Hours benefit with Extra, Extra Magic Hours at our theme parks!

The Extra, Extra Magic Hours benefit will include expanded daily offerings at three of our theme parks, which includes more time to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as well as other experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom theme parks. Here’s the rundown: 

  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios — Daily from Sept. 1-Nov. 2, the park will have Extra, Extra Magic Hours from 6-9 a.m., including Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, plus Toy Story Land attractions and select other attractions. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and its experiences subject to capacity.

(Please note that on Aug. 29-31, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will open at 6 a.m. for all Guests. There will not be Extra, Extra Magic Hours on those days.)   

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park — Extra, Extra Magic Hours will happen daily from Aug. 29-Nov. 2, from 7-8 a.m., featuring Pandora – The World of Avatar and other attractions throughout the park (same as today’s morning Extra Magic Hours offerings).

  • Magic Kingdom Park —Extra, Extra Magic Hours will happen daily from Aug. 29-Nov. 2, from 7-8 a.m., featuring favorite attractions in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland (same as today’s morning Extra Magic Hours offerings).

Extra Magic Hours will also continue to be available on select days at Epcot.

If you are visiting this fall, you should know that the Extra, Extra Magic Hours benefit at the Walt Disney WorldResort requires a valid theme park admission and hotel ID.  Guests without the Park Hopper Option or Park Hopper Plus Option must spend the day at the same park where they’d like to enjoy the Extra, Extra Magic Hours benefit. 

Also, not all Walt Disney World attractions are available with the Extra Magic Hours benefit. Park hours and available attractions are subject to change without notice. *Applicable theme park, days and times of operation, attraction and service availability may vary and are subject to change without notice. Subject to capacity and cancellation. 


View Fall 2019 Offers for Walt Disney World Resort Hotels


May The Fourth Be With You!

*The Extra Magic Hours benefit applies to Disney Resort hotels, Walt Disney World Swan Hotel, Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, Shades of Green® Resort, Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels, Four Seasons Resort Orlando, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando.  


Visit the Offers Page for current Walt Disney World offers including Agency-Exclusive Offers from Magical Vacations Travel.

Disney Villains Coming to Magic Kingdom This Summer

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Get ready for Disney Villains After Hours! Tickets go on sale April 29, 2019 – for this wicked fun special event, offered on select nights this summer from June 6-Aug. 8, 2019.

A dark magic is taking over Magic Kingdom Park and inviting you to run amuck in the Villains’ scary world. The party DJ gets things lit, energizing the castle stage with sick beats and transforming the entire Central Plaza of the park into a killer club scene. As the party heats up, the DJ introduces the “Caretaker” for the evening, the Lord of the Dead, Hades, who arrives in a burst of blue flames for the all-new show, “Villains Unite the Night.”

Beyond the castle forecourt, ominous lighting and music abound. In Tomorrowland, the Villains invade Space Mountain, taking daring voyagers on a villainous trip they won’t soon forget, with a new music underscore and the vilest Villains taunting you as you whiz by. And over in Adventureland, a live crew of scurvy scalawags invades Pirates of the Caribbean in search of treasure.

Disney Villains After Hours also includes wickedly good food and beverage selections, special event merchandise and low wait times at more than 20 attractions and experiences across the park. It all adds up to a party like no other.  

This event does not include character greetings with the Villains. Tickets for Disney Villains After Hours will be available starting on April 29, 2019 and are $139 plus tax in advance or $144 plus tax on the event night.

Related:

2019 Dates for 'Disney After Hours' at Walt Disney World Resort

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2019 Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Dates - Walt DisneyWorld

2019 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Dates:

  • November: 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24

  • December: 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22

2019 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party | Walt Disney World Resort

2019 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party | Walt Disney World Resort

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets start at $99 for select nights after $10 advance-purchase savings.

The party include a special holiday-themed parade and fireworks display as well as holiday stage shows such as “A Frozen Holiday Wish.”

Additional details about the Christmas party will be released in he coming months.

>> View Walt Disney World Offers for November and December

4th of July Disney’s Contemporary Resort

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A rootin’ tootin’ DJ will spin Woody’s favorite tunes from a rustic toy set right in the heart of it all. Kids can go have some fun with activities like the Trick Ropin’ Toy, Make-Your-Own Toy Station, camp-style carnival games, and a larger-than-life balloon artist who can recreate their favorite Toy Story characters. And finally, at the end of the night, you’ll be invited out to the Porte Cochére to end the evening with a viewing of the famous Magic Kingdom Park nighttime spectacular.

This limited-time event is happening for three nights only, July 4-6, from 6:15-9:15pm each night at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your client's spot before it’s too late! Tickets are $149 for adults and $99 for children ages 3-9, tax and gratuity included. 


Disney’s Walk Around the World Bricks - Retired

Disney’s Walk Around the World Bricks

Disney’s Walk Around the World Bricks

Disney’s Walk Around the World program is ending as work on a new entrance to Magic Kingdom is set to begin. The entrance will allow for faster security checks and enhanced bus loops.

If you purchased one of these bricks, here how you can get a copy. Disney wanted to let guests know that obtaining the original brick will not be possible due to the nature of the work being performed and the time they have to complete it.

If you or you sponsored a brick and would like to get a souvenir version, here’s what to do:

If visiting in person:

  • Stop by City Hall at Magic Kingdom Park or Guest Relations at Disney Springs to verify the previous brick by sharing the name and hometown of the Guest who sponsored it.

  • After verification, Guests will be given a one-time use voucher to present by, or before Aug. 31, 2019, at Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. (at Magic Kingdom Park – separate theme park admission required) or the Marketplace Co-Op (at Disney Springs), enabling Guests to purchase one commemorative 6” brick at a special price of $10 (plus tax).

If needing to contact Disney virtually:

  • Email guest.services@disneyworld.com or call 407-828-2701 with the name and hometown of the Guest who sponsored the brick.

  • After verification, Guests will be provided a code to use by, or before Aug. 31, 2019, on shopDisney.com to purchase one commemorative 6” brick at a special price of $10 (plus tax and shipping) starting this spring. Please note, this code is for one-time use and will only be valid on shopDisney.com and may not be redeemed in person or at any other location. (Limit one voucher or code per verified Guest.)

For Guests who did not participate in the original “Disney’s Walk Around the World” program but would like to purchase a personalized brick, souvenir bricks are available to customize and purchase starting at $29.99 (plus tax and optional shipping). These are on sale now at Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. at Magic Kingdom Park (separate theme park admission required to enter) or the Marketplace Co-Op (at Disney Springs), or later on shopDisney.com starting this spring.

Another Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Coming to Walt Disney World

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A new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique location is set to open at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa this summer. The new boutique – the third location at Walt Disney World Resort – will be located inside what’s currently the Ivy Trellis Salon, which will relocate into Senses – A Disney Spa.

Also based on the popularity of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Magic Kingdom Park, work will begin this spring to expand the location, adding more chairs, a magic mirror, and a transformation experience that will help Guests choose the perfect outfits and accessories. The Magic Kingdom Park location will remain open during these enhancements and existing reservations will not be affected.

By Darren Wittko

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Dates Released for 2019

2019 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Dates

2019 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Dates

For 2019 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will take place for a total of 36 nights extending it to Nov. 1, 2019.

2019 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Dates

Aug. 16, 20, 23, 27, 30

Sept. 2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29

Oct. 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31

Nov. 1

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets start at $79 in advance or $89 at the gate, if available.

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By Darren Wittko

TIPS FOR MICKEY'S NOT SO SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Tips - 2018

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Tips - 2018

Mickey's No So Scary Halloween Party 2018 celebrates Halloween with spooky decor, Disney characters in Halloween costumes, complimentary trick-or-treating, and entertainment you'll have to see to believe!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Dates 2018

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, which requires a special ticket to attend, will be held on the following nights:

  • Aug. 28, 31
  • Sept. 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28 and 30
  • Oct. 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30 and 31.

Party fun takes place from 7 p.m.-midnight, although party ticket holders may enter the park as early as 4 p.m. to enjoy regular park offerings. You should be in the park no later than 5:45 p.m. to get your wristbands to get a good spot to watch the parade on Main Street USA. Plus you want to enjoy the Magic Kingdom for as long as possible! 

A special wristband will be issued that will tell Cast Members that you are there for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. If you're already in the park when they start issuing wristbands, look for one of the kiosks inside the park. They are well marked with big signs. A special entrance outside of Magic Kingdom is usually available for those entering the park just for the party. 

 

Show times for mickey's not so scary halloween party

  • Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade - 9:15 p.m., 11:15 p.m.
  • Happy HalloWishes Fireworks - 10:15 p.m.
  • Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular - 8:30 p.m., 10:45 p.m., 12 a.m.

You'll want to check out two attractions in particular: Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. They usually have a few surprises that you won't want to miss. Sorry, no spoilers here.

 

Treat Locations Inside Magic Kingdom

Besides the party events, guests can also go trick or treating around Magic Kingdom. Be sure to pick up a guide map that will tell you where the locations are. Based on previous party events, here's a list of common treat locations: 

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 Expected Treat Locations

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Town Square Theater (Allergy-Friendly Center)
  • Market Street (party entrance; open until 8 p.m.)

Tomorrowland

  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café
  • Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress

Fantasyland

  • Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic

Liberty Square

  • Liberty Square (also there's an Allergy-Friendly Center here)
  • Columbia Harbour House

Frontierland

  • Splash Mountain area
  • Tom Sawyer Island dock
  • Country Bear Jamboree

Adventureland

  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Jungle Cruise

 

    Best Dates to Attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

    If you're looking for the least crowded times to experience the Halloween Party, generally dates in August, September and early October are best. Crowds are always larger on weekends. 

    In general, higher priced admission tickets usually means the party is expected to have larger crowds. 

     

    Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party does indeed sell out on some nights, especially on Oct 31 so it's best to purchase your tickets well in advance.  

     

    Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 Tickets

    Advance tickets start at $75 for adults and $70 for children ages 3-9 (plus tax). Day-of tickets start at $85 for adults and $80 for children ages 3-9 (plus tax). Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended. 

     

    Arriving at the Party

    Guests of all ages are welcome to dress in costume on party nights. Be sure to check out the Costume Guidelines Page, it has critical information about what can / cannot be worn.

    As you arrive, grab a treat bag for trick-or-treating and pick up a party event map, which displays all the locations of trick-or-treat stations, special entertainment and more.

    Head to the Main Street Fire Station and pick up an event-exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom spell card. This year’s design features Orange Bird, how cool is that! 

    Don't miss the “Boo To You” parade, which is offered twice on party nights. The Headless Horseman is the star of the show and one of the coolest things to see, so don't be late! He leads off the procession, which includes classic Disney characters (in not-so-scary Halloween costumes), plus an entire portion of the parade is devoted to the Haunted Mansion. That's a crowd fav! 

    The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” stage show delights Guests by bringing the Sanderson Sisters back for the evening, calling on Disney villains to help them conjure the ultimate Hocus Pocus Party Potion. 

    Disney Villains light up the night during “Happy HalloWishes Fireworks.” This spectacular features a villainous soundtrack with songs like “Grim Grinning Ghosts,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” “Never Smile at a Crocodile” and more.

    Guests with a sweet tooth can take treats to the next level by perusing the tasty selection of limited-time goodies created specifically for the event. 

    As a reminder, tickets for select nights for both Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are available through your My Disney Experience account. 

     

    Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party FAQ

    Q: Are there any restrictions on the kinds of costumes that can be worn?

    A: Be sure to read the full Costume Guidelines Page but in short, costumes that are grotesque, obscene, suggest violence or are otherwise inappropriate for a family-friendly atmosphere are prohibited. Face masks on those age 14 and up are not allowed. Children and adults may dress as a favorite character but they cannot sign autographs or pose for photos. Disney Cast Members will monitor costumes carefully throughout the night.

    Q: Where is the best place to watch the Halloween Parade? 

    A: Main Street USA is the best place to view the parade. Be sure to arrive 45-60 minutes prior to the parade to get a good spot. If you don't mind getting there even earlier, try the second floor of the Main Street railroad station. You'll have a terrific view of the parade and Cinderella Castle. 

    Q: can I make FastPass Selections for rides during the party? 

    A: No. FastPass queues will be closed at the start of the party. There's so much to see and do, that you probably won't have time for many rides anyway. As you might imagine, Haunted Mansion will be super popular on party nights so be prepared for a longer than normal wait. 

    Q: If I enter the park at 4 p.m. can I make FastPass selections? 

    A: You can make FastPass selections only if you also have general admission ticket to Magic Kingdom Park. If you have only the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party ticket, you can of course enter at 4 p.m., but you will not be able to make FastPass selections. 

    Q: Once the park closes, how will Disney know I have a Mickey's Not So Scary Party Ticket?

    A: There will be several kiosks located in the park where you can swipe your Magic Band to obtain a wristband. The wristband will signal Cast Members that you have a valid party ticket and you'll be permitted to stay in the park. There is also a dedicated entrance that you can use if you're not already inside the park. 

    Q: Can I bring my own Halloween trick or treat bag?

    A: Sure, and it's a good idea to do so!

    If you have any other questions about the party, feel free to use the comments section below. 

     

    SPECIAL Resort OFFERS

    Visit the Offers Page for Disney Resort hotel offers to save big on select nights in August, September and October.

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    KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: MICKEY'S VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARTY 2018

    KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: MICKEY'S VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARTY 2018

    KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: MICKEY'S VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARTY 2018

    Are you planning a visit to Walt Disney World Resort for the holidays? The 2018 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park is an absolute must-do event during the holiday season. This in-park party celebrates the season with lovely decor, glittering holiday lights, special photo opportunities, snow on Main Street, U.S.A., and entertainment you will have to see to believe!

    2018 Dates for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

    Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2018, which requires a special ticket to attend, will be held on the following nights in 2018:

    • Nov. 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 25, 27 and 29;
    • Dec. 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20 and 21

     

    Best Nights to Attend Mickey's Very Christmas Party

    Disney has released a calendar available online with nights the party is offered and the ticket cost. More expensive tickets usually indicate a more crowded party. Weekend party nights tend to be the most crowded. Crowds are sometimes lighter prior to Thanksgiving but then things really ramp up. 

     

    Early Entry to Magic Kingdom on Christmas Party Nights

    Party fun takes place from 7 p.m.-midnight, although party ticket holders may enter the park as early as 4 p.m. to enjoy regular park offerings. Note that if you have a party-only ticket, you will not have access to FastPass+ between 4-7 p.m.

    FastPass+ might be available to guests who also hold valid Magic Kingdom Park tickets, depending on availability. Once the party begins, FastPass will no longer be offered and the FastPass queues will close. 

     

    Must See Events at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2018

    A Frozen Holiday Wish,” kicks off the fun each night at dusk. Guests arriving early for the party can watch as Anna and Elsa lead a celebration on the Castle Forecourt Stage that culminates in Queen Elsa using her powers to transform Cinderella Castle into a shimmering ice palace.

    “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration” stage show brings in Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto, and many others who drop by dressed in their Christmas attire, ready to sing holidays with Christmas carols. 

    Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.” This enchanting holiday procession features marching toy soldiers, dancing gingerbread men, Disney characters, Santa Claus and more! 

    The highlight of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party night is “Holiday Wishes Fireworks– Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” a special fireworks show set to holiday tunes that light up the sky above Magic Kingdom Park.

    Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party also offers Guests complimentary hot cocoa and cookies, party exclusive character greeting opportunities – with familiar faces like Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws and Scrooge McDuck – plus event-exclusive merchandise and special holiday treats. 

     

    Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2018 Times Guide

    • A Frozen Holiday Wish - 6:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m.
    • Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration - 7:40 p.m., 9:25 p.m., 10:30 p.m., 11:55 p.m.
    • Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade - 8:30 p.m., 11 p.m.
    • Holiday Wishes—Celebrate the Spirit of the Season - 10 p.m.
    • A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas - 7:45 p.m., 8:35 p.m., 9:25 p.m., 10:45 p.m., 11:35 p.m.
    • VoicePlay - 8:10 p.m., 9 p.m., 10:20 p.m., 11:10 p.m.
    • Club Tinsel - 7 p.m.-12 a.m.

    Times are subject to change.

     

    Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Tickets 2018

    Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets range in price starting at $95 to $125, depending on the night. The party sometimes sells out so it's best to purchase them online in advance. 

    Tickets can be purchased directly through your My Disney Experience account. 

    Here's a quick look at the party nights offered in November and December and the ticket cost. 

     

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    Special Offers

    Visit the Offers Page for Disney Resort hotel offers to save big on select nights in November and December 

     

    Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party FAQ

    Q: Once the park closes, how will Disney know I have a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Ticket?

    A: There will be several kiosks located in the park where you can swipe your Magic Band to redeem your party ticket for a wristband. The wristband will signal Cast Members that you have a valid party ticket and you'll be permitted to stay in the park. There is also a dedicated entrance that you can use if you're not already inside the park. 

    Q: Can I stay in the Magic Kingdom after it closes if I don't have a ticket?

    A: Of course not. Without a wristband, you won't be permitted on any rides once the party officially begins. Yes, they will be checking carefully, especially during the first two hours. Checkpoints are set up throughout the park where you will be required to show a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party wristband. Without one, you will be turned around and kindly asked to exit the park. You can try to stay as long as possible but eventually they will notice. 

    Q: Can I make FastPass+ selections in advance during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party? 

    A: No, FastPass will be turned off. But with lighter crowds and so many special events taking place, you shouldn't need it. 

    Q: When and where is the best place to watch Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade?

    A: Main Street USA is by the far the most popular location to watch the parade. You should claim your spot anywhere along Main Street starting 45 to 60 minutes prior to the parade. Be patient here, it gets very crowded. I like to recommend that you give priority to little kids, even if they aren't with your family - let them scoot up in front of you so they can see. It will mean a lot to them and you'll feel good about making a little kid happy. 

    If you have a question about Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, feel free to ask it below in the comments section. 

    By Darren W

    Holiday Happenings at Walt Disney World Resort 2018

    Holiday Events at Walt Disney World 2018

    Holiday Events at Walt Disney World 2018

    I'm calling it, “Joy Through the World” at Walt Disney World this holiday season because there are so many holiday activities and events being offered throughout the resort. 

    This holiday season, you can experience a Flurry of Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, featuring Sunset Seasons Greetings; Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!; and special seasonal cheer in the new Toy Story Land.

    Head over to Epcot for the International Festival of the Holidays including the Candlelight Processional.  

    Have festive fun with Mickey and the gang during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park

    Plus if you're still looking for a hotel offer, view special offers on Walt Disney World Resort hotel rooms during this holiday season. 

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    Work on Tron Coaster Has Begun but Brings These Closures

    Tron Coaster coming soon to Walt Disney World

    Tron Coaster coming soon to Walt Disney World

    On my last trip to Magic Kingdom it was clear that work has begun on the new Tron-themed coaster in Tomorrowland. This new ride is going just to the left of Space Mountain. Also, Disney has erected a new Tron-themed billboard that’s now visible from Storybook Circus.

    A Tron coaster billboard has been erected at Magic Kingdom Park

    A Tron coaster billboard has been erected at Magic Kingdom Park

    Ride Closures

    Due to the construction of Tron, Disney has announced two new ride closures: 

    The Walt Disney World Railroad will temporarily close beginning in December 2018. A reopening date has not been announced.  

    The Tomorrowland Speedway will close for a portion of 2019, as the track is adjusted. It will reopen as the same attraction in the summer of 2019. Personally, I'd love to see a total redesign of this attraction as well.

    For exclusive offers to Walt Disney World, visit the Offers Page

    Darren W specializes in Walt Disney World Resort

    Pirate Redd Joins Pirates of the Caribbean Attraction - Walt Disney World

    New scene opens March 19, 2018 at Pirates of the Caribbean - Walt Disney World

    New scene opens March 19, 2018 at Pirates of the Caribbean - Walt Disney World

    The pirate auctioneer now oversees a sale of the townspeople’s most prized possessions and goods. In this scene, the familiar redhead figure has switched sides to become a pirate named Redd, who’s just pillaged the town’s rum supply and has something to say about it.

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    Disney After Hours Events Return for Spring 2018

    Cinderella Castle  | Magic Kingdom Park

    Cinderella Castle  | Magic Kingdom Park

    Magic Kingdom Park is once again hosting Disney After Hours events on select nights through March. Available to a limited number of Guests, Disney After Hours allows participants to maximize their time in the park with quicker access to over 25 popular attractions and character greetings. Remaining event dates include Jan. 26, 30, Feb. 8, 15, March 1 and 8, 2018.

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    Video: Hall of President Reopens with President Trump

    Donald Trump Audio-Animatronic figure at Hall of Presidents - Walt Disney World Resort.

    As with every new president since Hall of Presidents opened at Walt Disney World Resort, an Audio-Animatronics figure of President Donald J. Trump has been added to the show.  According to Walt Disney Imagineering, it features the latest advances in technology that enable smoother and more lifelike movements.

    President Trump personally recorded remarks exclusively for The Hall of Presidents, just as each sitting president has done for the attraction since the early 1990s.

    The likeness of the animatronic figure appears to be a little "off" from the presidents that were sculpted in the past. On social media, people are saying the figure looks more like Jon Voight but you be the judge.