Halloween at Disney World | What You Need to Know (2018 Edition)

Disney World at Halloween is a truly amazing place and fun for your entire family. Believe it or not, the celebration kicks off THIS WEEK! Yes, they celebrate Halloween at Disney World in August. Just go with it.

Anyways, here is everything else we know so far about this year’s celebration.

Disney World’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2018 Details:

Event Dates:

Disney World's Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2017

  • August 17, 24, 28, 31
  • September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
  • October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31

Ticket Pricing:

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets start at $75 (ages 10+) and $70 (ages 3-9) in advance and can be purchased here, or $85 at the gate, if available.

Costume Guidelines:

Before you arrive dressed up for the occasion, please read this helpful post about the costume guidelines at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for children and adults.

Special Events:

We know that a few of the more popular Magic Kingdom Halloween events are returning including the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show in front of Cinderella Castle, Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade and the “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks show.

Disney World's Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2017

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Here is a bit more detail on some of the Disney World Halloween special events (source)

  • Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular. Chills, thrills and villains join in a wickedly fun celebration hosted by the Sanderson Sisters, a trio of witch sisters from Disney’s live action film Hocus Pocus. The mischievous sisters are joined by dancers, more Disney Villains and other-worldly visual effects. It’s a Halloween party not to be missed, and it takes place at Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage.
  • Happy HalloWishes. This fireworks spectacle high above the Cinderella Castle lights the night. Guests are encouraged to sing along with some of the most infamous Disney Villains, including Cruella de Vil, Jafar and Oogie Boogie. Creepy colors crawl over the castle, a spell is cast and it’s every guest for themselves.
  • Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade. Led by the Headless Horseman, it’s masquerade mania as favorite Disney characters dress up for the occasion and ghostly floats bring the frights and sounds of the season to Main Street, U.S.A. and other Magic Kingdom viewing locations.

New for 2018:

  • The Mad Tea Party will take you for a colorful ride as new lighting and effects give a new spin on the night. Depending on the color of your costume, you too could transform under the new dancing lights. How cool is that?
  • On Pirates of the Caribbean, new pirates invade the experience, interacting with sailing guests who will join the search for “Gunpowder Pete.” Arrrgh!
  • On Space Mountain, explorers will hurtle through deep space as a new soundtrack and special effects transform the adventure. Can Space Mountain seriously get any better?
  • Also new this year, Storybook Circus welcomes the Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam, a dance party featuring some of your favorite Disney Junior Characters, including Doc McStuffins! (source)

Attractions Open During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2018:

During the Halloween nighttime festivities, many rides stay open through the night, giving guests a unique opportunity to ride some of the Magic Kingdom’s most popular rides with little-to-no wait time.Last year, we were able to ride Big Thunder Mountain 3 straight times without waiting in between.

Most of the major rides stay open during the party with a few closing down mostly due to cast members using them as trick or treat stops or special character meet and greets. Here is a quick rundown of the rides that are usually open during the Halloween party. Of course, this is very much subject to change without notice.



Liberty Square


Storybook Circus


Return to Sleepy Hollow:

It is worth noting that the Halloween fun won’t be confined to the Magic Kingdom this year. At Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, guests will have a chance to watch the 1949 Disney film The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and encounter the infamous Headless Horseman. The event will occur in the resort’s Tri-Circle-D Ranch on the following nights this fall: September 28-30, October 3-7, October 10-14, 17-21, 24-31 at 8 and 10 p.m.

Of course, as Halloween draws nearer and more details are released, I will be sure to update this post


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About the Author

Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of DisneyNews.us. My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back but was deepened by two semi-recent developments: 1) The birth of my son (who is now 7 years old and can't get enough Disney); and 2) Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm/Star Wars (did I mention I was a super Star Wars geek?) I recently came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching it with my son, so it only made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include Disney, Sports, 80's Nostalgia, LEGO, Star Wars and Tech Gadgets. Other sites include DMR and VideoGamesStats.com.

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