Plan Now to Save on Disney Not So Scary Halloween Events!

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Disney World is special pretty much 365 days a year, but on a few nights per year the special quotient is upped even higher via some themed holiday events that take place at The Magic Kingdom. Two of these annual special events are Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Not surprisingly, these are pretty popular events so planning ahead is even more crucial than normal. We enjoyed the heck out of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party a couple of years ago, and look forward to going with my girls again at some point!

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Tickets for these events are not yet on sale, but the dates have now been announced so you can start making your plans.

2017 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Dates

  • August 25 and 29, 2017
  • September 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 and 29, 2017
  • October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 31, 2017
  • November 1, 2017

2017 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Dates

  • November 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26 and 28
  • December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 22

Disney Money Saving Tips:

The parties do not start until 7PM, but you can enter the Magic Kingdom as early as 4PM on the day of the event with the party tickets, so this can be a way to save on a day of park admission and just take it easy at your resort or doing other things in the Orlando area on that morning.

Ticket prices for these events vary some, but they will probably be in the $70 – $100 range depending on the date you select and whether you need a child or adult ticket. This price is in addition to that day’s theme park admission, which is why you may want to take it easy in the morning and then enter the park at 4PM with just your special event ticket.

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You can start keeping your eyes open for discounted Disney gift cards at places like Sam’s Club, grocery stores, Target, etc. so that you ready when the actual Not So Scary Halloween event tickets do go on sale.

If you are shopping for actual Disney World theme park tickets remember there is currently an Amex Offer on many Amex card accounts that will give you a one-time $30 statement credit when you use your enrolled card to spend a minimum of $150+ in one or more transactions online at undercovertourist.com (by May 31st of this year). This won’t help you for these special parties, but can save you on your regular theme park admission. Undercover Tourist is my go-to for discounted Disney park admission tickets, so saving even more thanks to this Amex Offer is great!

Don’t Forget Restaurant Reservations:

I will also add that if you want to go to the Halloween events and like to plan some special dining experiences like princess breakfasts or other special meals during your Disney trip, keep in mind that 180 days out from now is mid-October, so you can make dining reservations at Disney restaurants through that date. FastPass reservations for attractions can be made 30 – 60 days before your arrival.

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Use Points for Your Disney Hotel to Save Money:

If you want to use points to stay at the Swan or Dolphin on Disney property as we have done, note award availability for most of the special event dates is still very good, but it won’t surprise me if it sells out at some point. The Walt Disney World Dolphin is 10,000 SPG points per night and the Walt Disney World Swan is 12,000 SPG points per night on most nights.

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If you want to save some points and stay a little farther out you can stay at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort from as few as 3,000 SPG points per night.

Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort

Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort

If your desired dates don’t have standard room availability you can check with SPG and see if deluxe rooms might be available for only a few additional points. Using points can be a very good play on popular dates such as a hotel like the Disney Dolphin can easily go for $300/night on peak nights, but costs just 10,000 SPG points for a basic room. I have many previous Disney posts you can check out here, but to help with planning I’ll also include a few direct links below.

Disney Perks and Amenities at the Swan and Dolphin

Inside the Walt Disney World Baby Care Centers

Walt Disney World Swan Review

Anyone else planning a Disney World trip to one of these events later this year?

 

 

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Comments

  1. We’ve doing the Halloween party in October. It’s always a fun time. Don’t forget they usually have discounted tickets for Annual pass holders and DVC. If one person in a party has the AP….the whole group can get the discount.

    The nice thing with the undercover tourist tickets is if yuo take those and go to guest relations at the park…you can upgrade and have them “bridge” the tickets….which means they apply the full regular price of whatever ticket you have to the price of the upgraded tickets.

  2. We started planning for a MNSSHP party this year two months ago, before the dates were announced, when we got our daughter’s school schedule for next year. We have our Southwest tix purchased (on points, thank you! and rebooked with lower points), our hotel booked, our airport transportation arranged, and our advanced dining reservations made. Tickets came with the hotel package (otherwise we’d jump on that AMEX/Undercover Tourist promo, as we did last year), and our Magic Band colors have been selected. Only 94 days until we can make our Fast Passes!

  3. We are booked for the beginning of December at the Dolphin on points! We usually stay offsite, so I am looking forward to being so close to the parks. My daughter will be six then. Still undecided if we will do the ‘party’ or just use our five day pass and get there early which is what we usually do. She is usually in bed by 8, even at Disney.. Not sure I want to disrupt the schedule. We have been going in December four of the past five years, so if not this time, maybe next.

  4. We are going this year! We did MVMCP last year so excited to go to the Halloween Party this year! We will be staying offsite at either Wyndham Bonnet Creek or the Sheraton Vistana Villages.

  5. We booked a trip for 8/27-9/3 this year before knowing that the Halloween party was going to start so early. Now I’m torn on whether or not to go! We went to it in 2014 when our kids were 5 and 1. Had a great time and said we definitely want to do it again when they’re older. But I’m not sure my younger one will be able, at 4, to stay out that late without becoming miserable. I think it’d be better to skip it but part of me still wants to go because it’s so much fun! Hopefully the early dates sell well this year so Disney continues to offer the party before Labor Day and we can plan a trip for it in a couple years.

    • We did it two years ago with a 5 year old and a baby and it was fun! I mean, we didn’t stay for everything, but the hours we were there were great!

      • Oh yeah, when my youngest was 1 she was easy. She just chilled out in the stroller once she got tired. Now she’s a headstrong and fiercely independent almost-4 year old who won’t be caught dead riding in a stroller. (Yes, we’re going to attempt Disney with a 4-year-old and no stroller.We are probably crazy.

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