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Special Hard Ticketed Events

Updated: May 6

***Updated May 6, 2024

Throughout the year Disney holds several special events. These include much anticipated annual events and the occasional after hours event. Read more about the currently offered hard ticketed events to help decide if they are worth it for you and your family.


Throughout the year there are special hard ticketed events at various parks. These are events where you pay an additional fee for the ticket and gain access to an after hours party. These hard ticketed events have a limited number of tickets, so party attendance is lower than park capacity typically is, resulting in lower crowds and short lines for attractions. The majority of these events are themed for the holidays, offering special fireworks, parades, character meet and greets, merchandise, and more. For these parties you do not need to have an additional park ticket and will be able to enter the designated park shortly before the beginning of the party. Below we provide more detailed information on the three main hard ticketed events offered: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and Disney’s Jollywood Nights. For information about Disney's After Hours click here.


Magic Kingdom

Hollywood Studio





Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP)


Located at the Magic Kingdom, dress up in your best Disney-themed costumes, and join in the fun for this annual, seasonal after-hours event where guests enjoy special Halloween themed parades, shows, fireworks and special character interactions plus trick-or-treating. Exclusive snacks, PhotoPass opps, and merchandise are also available. Plus guests will have a chance to join a virtual queue for TRON Lightcycle/Run.


When is MNSSHP?

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is back for 2024 - running from August 9 - October 31 on select nights at the Magic Kingdom.

  • August 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30

  • September 2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29

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


What is the cost of MNSSHP?

Tickets will run from $119-$199 before tax.  No specific dates for pricing have been released yet, we will update our post when we know more. DVC members and annual passholders get a $10 discount per ticket, but only for August and September dates.


What are the hours of MNSSHP?

It runs from 7pm - Midnight. Guests with a ticket to MNSSHP will be admitted to the Magic Kingdom starting at 4pm.


Do I need a theme park ticket or a reservation to attend MNSSHP?

This is a hard ticketed event, no regular theme park ticket or reservation are required. Guests with a ticket to MNSSHP will be admitted to the Magic Kingdom starting at 4pm. You are free to ride attractions or dine between 4pm and 7pm. The fun festivities begin at 7pm.


What exclusive activities are available at MNSSHP?

Trick or Treat your way around the park. You will be provided a free tote for collecting all the candy.

New for 2024:

  • Mickey and Minnie Mouse will be decked out in brand new neon spider-web outfits.  

  • There will be even more spooktacular Villains roaming the parks, ready to fill party goers with ghoulish delight. 

  • We may not talk about Bruno from Encanto, but he will be joining Mirabel at the Casita in Fairytale Garden during the party.  

  • Plus there will be a new DescenDANCE Party at the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland.


Parade:

  • Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade full of characters decked out in their Halloween best including Minnie, Daisy, and Clarabelle Cow making a spooktacular appearance as the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus. *** New for 2024   “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade” will begin an hour earlier at 8:15pm. This is great for families who have younger kiddos that might do better with slightly earlier spooky-time events before they head off to bed. We expect the parade to run again at 11:15pm.

  • 2023 - The parade ran at 9:15pm and 11:15pm.


Shows:

  • Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular is a wickedly fun romp on the Cinderella Stage in front of the castle.

    • ***2023 Show times started at 8:35pm, 10:15pm, and Midnight. October 1st a fourth show was added at 7:40pm. Show times have not been released for 2024. We will update here when they are.


  • Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet- Enjoy the “dead pan” humor of the Dapper Dans. Appearing intermittently in Frontierland throughout the party.

  • Rusty Cutlass Pirate Band - performing intermittently in Adventureland throughout the party.


Special Halloween Character Meet and Greets:

  • Pooh and Friends - Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet

  • Jack Skellington and Sally

  • The Seven Dwarfs

  • Elvis Stitch

  • Pirate Goofy

  • Witch Minnie

  • Princess Daisy and Pumpkin Donald

  • Mickey decked out in his Halloween best

  • Jafar

  • Jasmine and Genie

  • Captain Jack

  • Mad Tea Party - Alice, Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, and Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum

  • New for 2024 Bruno and Mirabel from Encanto at the Casita in Fairytale Garden

  • New for 2024 - Addtional Villians will be roaning the parks 


Dance Parties usually with characters hanging out to dance the night away with guests:

  • Disney Junior Jam Dance Party - Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe

  • DescenDANCE Party - Tomorrowland’s Rockettower Plaza Stage

  • Max Goof’s Powerline Pop-up Party - around the Magic Kingdom


Attractions with Halloween Overlays:

  • Space Mountain

  • Mad Tea Party

  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor


Fireworks:

  • Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Fireworks Show

10:15pm


Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party




Join in the jovial holiday party at the Magic Kingdom with one of a kind Christmas themed shows, parades, character meet and greets and more. Enjoy the snow falling on Main Street U.S.A. and complimentary Christmas treats, plus a chance to visit with Santa Claus.



When is MVMCP?

***Dates for 2024 have not been released by Disney - we will update as soon as they are. Below are the dates for 2023 for reference.

November 9th, 10th, 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 19th, 21st, 22nd, 26th, 28th, 30th

December 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 17th, 19th, 21st, and 22nd


What is the cost of MVMCP?

Prices start at $159 for ages 10 and up and $149 for ages 3-9. Click here for exact pricing by date.


What are the hours of MVMCP?

It runs from 7pm - Midnight.


Do I need a theme park ticket or a reservation to attend MVMCP?

This is a hard ticketed event, no regular theme park ticket or reservation are required. Guests with a ticket to MNSSHP will be admitted to the Magic Kingdom starting at 4pm. The fun festivities begin at 7pm.



What exclusive activities are available at MVMCP?

Details are still being released but the merriment includes exclusive holiday character meet and greets as well as:

Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Firework Show

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration




Disney’s Jollywood Nights (DJN)



2023 brought a brand new after hours party at Hollywood Studios where the spirit of old Hollywood blends with Christmas and Disney Magic. This event was met with mixed reviews and we have not heard yet if it will be returning for 2024.


When is DJN?

Dates for 2024 have not been released yet, below are the 2023 dates for reference:

10 Select Nights: November 11th, 18th, 20th, 27th, and 29th

December 4th, 6th, 16th, 18th, and 20th.


What does DJN cost?

The pricing starts at $159 for ages 10 and up and also $159 for ages 3-9. Click here for exact pricing by date.


What time does DJN run?

DJN runs from 8:30pm until 12:30 am.


Do I need a theme park ticket or a reservation to attend DJN?

This is a hard ticketed event, no regular theme park ticket or reservation are required. Guests with a ticket to DJN will be admitted to the Hollywood Studios starting at 7pm. The fun festivities begin at 8:30pm.




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