Every Fall, Halloween graces the Magic Kingdom with 2 whole months of parties. These parties usually happen 3 times per week and you need to purchase a special ticket to attend. A lot of people may ask “Why would I pay extra to go to the party if I already have regular park tickets?”. Well, while the Halloween party will still give you access to all the attractions, there are a lot of extras included that you will not find on a regular park day. Here is what a Halloween party gives you access to:
Dress in Costume
You get to dress up at the park! Children and adults are welcome to dress up in their Halloween costumes for the party. Some families come up with some amazing themes/group costumes. Being able to see how everyone else dresses up is probably one of my favourite parts of the party. Some people get really creative and there is just something fun about seeing adults being able to enjoy the dress-up fun as much as the kids.
Special Character Greetings
You’ll find a lot of cool characters during the party that you wouldn’t normally find in any of the parks. One of the most popular character meets at the party is the Seven Dwarves. Other than seeing them in a parade, this is your only opportunity to meet all of them and have your photo taken with them. Here is an example of some of the rarer characters you will get to meet at the Halloween party:
- Aladdin with Abu
- Anastasia & Drizella
- Mad Hatter
- Cruella De Vil
- Jack Skellington & Sally
- Queen of Hearts
- Tarzan & Jane
Boo to You Parade
At the moment, they no longer have a nightly parade at the Magic Kingdom, so party nights are the only opportunity to get to see one. The Boo to You Parade is a long time favourite. With it’s catchy tune and amazing theming, it’s hard not to seriously enjoy this parade. It begins with a headless horseman that trots down the parade route right before it begins. It’s really cool to see and you’ll leave that night without being able to get the tune from the parade out of your head!
Hallowishes is the Halloween version of the old Wishes fireworks show. There are usually two showings, so you will have two separate times to choose from to enjoy the show. This is great because it means being able to watch the show without an immense crowd. There are already a limited amount of people in the park and if you go to the second showing, it is usually less crowded. The theming of the fireworks is right on point and I found I enjoyed it a lot more than the original Wishes show.
For anyone with a sweet tooth, this may be the most important perk out of all of them! There are several trick-or-treat stations set up throughout the Magic Kingdom; they will be indicated on the map you will receive at the entrance of the park. You will also receive a special trick-or-treat bag. Stop at any of the stations to pick up some delicious goodies. Most people leave with a ton of candy, which could be good or bad, depending on how much candy you want your family eating.
Throughout the evening they host a villains show in front of the castle. Be entertained by your favourite villains and then stick around afterwards to get a chance to meet them and grab a photo with them. Make sure to check the Times Guide to see when the shows start.
You’ll find a Monsters Inc. Dance Party in Tomorrowland. They have a DJ playing some fun tunes and you get to join in and dance with some of your favourite characters from Monsters Inc. Just head over to the DJ booth, which is right next to the Carousel of Progress and join in on the fun!
Shorter Wait Times
If you are a ride junkie, then now is your time to shine! Since attendance is limited and most people will be enjoying the extras that the party has to offer, you will find much shorter rides at the attractions. You could use this opportunity to catch a few extra rides on your favourites that usually see longer lines during regular park hours.
The price of the tickets varies and changes from year-to-year. This year it ranged from $69 to $110 for children and $74 to $115 for adults. The dates for the Halloween parties are usually announced in May/June. If you want to attend on a popular date, such as Halloween (Oct.31st), then make sure to keep your eyes peeled for that announcement so you can get first dibs at purchasing your tickets!
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Laura is a mom of one adorable girl with a love of all things Disney. She traveled to Disney World with her family in 2010 and was hooked. They have since been a total of over 15 times. With all her knowledge of planning Disney trips, she now wants to share that with others. She loves giving guidance, tips and advice to others planning their magical vacation!