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Disney World Halloween 2024: Discount Tickets & Tips

Everything you need to know about the Disney World Halloween 2024 party including how to get the cheapest tickets!

Disney World has announced dates for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for 2024!

Read on to get all of the details plus tips for making the most of the Halloween party and how to get discount tickets. 

When does Disney World decorate for Halloween? 

disney world halloween merch

In 2024, Disney World is fully decorated for Halloween by the first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party which is on August 9th this year!

This is the earliest start ever for Disney World Halloween decorations, all of which are in Magic Kingdom. 

Disney World Halloween Party Hours

disney world halloween party blow up candy sign

Before I get to the highlights here’s a rundown of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party hours:

You can enter the park as early as 4 pm with your party ticket.
After you scan your ticket you will be given a special wristband.

mickey's not-so-scary halloween party bracelet

You will NOT need admission to Magic Kingdom that day OR a park pass reservation to attend the party. 

The party begins at 7 pm! This is when all of the special events of the party will start. Official party hours are 7 pm – 12 am.

If you enter with your party ticket at 4 pm you’ll get access to everything at Magic Kingdom from 4 to 7 pm plus all party attractions from 7 pm to midnight. 

Disney World Halloween Party 2024 Dates

Cinderella's castle in magic kingdom lit up at night

Here are this year’s Disney World Halloween 2024 party dates:

  • August – 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30
  • September – 2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27 and 29
  • October – 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29 and 31

To learn what to expect from the weather at Disney World during these months (spoiler alert: it’s HOT) head over to this post. 

Disney Halloween Party Tickets

disney world halloween party cupcake with spiders

Tickets for the Disney World Halloween 2024 party go on sale May 15th, 204. 

I always recommend buying discount party tickets from Undercover Tourist!

The discount tickets cost ranges per night from $111- $198 (including tax, which is not included in prices on the Disney site). 

disney world halloween 2024 party tickets calendar

The price for tickets varies greatly during the course of the party. In general, the cheapest tickets are earlier in the year and get more expensive as you get closer to Halloween. 

I think the best dates to go to the party are September 2nd through the 15th. You’ll get cheaper tickets and the weather is starting to be a bit cooler at night!

You’ll save up to $9 per ticket compared to Disney prices so click here to buy your discounted Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Party tickets.  

You’ll get a confirmation number via email. You can use this number to add your ticket to your My Disney Experience account. 

Then you can use a Mobile Magic pass on your phone or your Magic Band to enter the party as early as 4 pm!

Disney World Halloween Party Highlights

magic kingrom entrance at night decorated for halloween

Here’s what to expect at the Disney World Halloween 2024 party: 

  • Boo To You Halloween Parade (earlier start this year)
  • Hocus Pocus Villian Spectacular stage show
  • Special Fireworks show: Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular
  • NEW DescenDANCE Party in Tomorrowland
  • Candy stops throughout the park
  • Character meets throughout the park
  • Special performances by the Cadaver Dans
  • Attraction overlays, including favorites like Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain
  • Themed food and beverages available for purchase

fireworks return to the disney world halloween party 2022

I think the ticket provides an excellent value this year with the return of fireworks, the parade, and the stage show!

Also, TRON Lightcycle / Run will be open during the party with the Virtual Queue only. 

Here are some of the reasons we LOVE Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party:

1) Ride Attractions With Little Wait

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster

Here’s the first of my tips: The best time to ride attractions with little wait will be between 6 and 7 pm!

Many people with party tickets haven’t arrived yet and most day guests have left meaning super short waits. 

We rode Big Thunder Mountain Railroad three times in a row and rode Splash Mountain in this hour. 

There aren’t any Lightning Lanes available during the party but you shouldn’t need them since many guests are taking part in the other elements of the party.

If you want to ride popular attractions such as Seven Dwarves Mine Train, the other best times are during the first parade, fireworks, and during the last hour of the party.

2) Candy Candy Candy

M&M trick or treat blow up sign

I was pleased to see that Trick or Treating will be part of the Disney World Halloween party this year!

It was one of our favorite parts of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party in years past. 

pile of candy

Here’s part of our haul from a prior year’s party. 
If anyone in your party has a food allergy, let the cast members know when you pick up your bag.

You will be given special colored bags that indicate you need allergy-friendly candy.

Cast members at the candy stations will give you tokens you can redeem for safe treats at Liberty Square Ticket Office and Town Square Theater.

3) Character Meet and Greets

disney world halloween 2024 party characters - goofy, donald, daisy

Photo credit: Disney Parks

Characters are always a big part of the party. 

Some rare character will appear (such as Dr. Facilier and Captain Barbosa) as well as characters in special Halloween costumes. 

You’ll be able to meet your favorite characters up close and get autographs this year. 

4) People Watching (Costumes Allowed!)

One of the highlights of the party is checking out all of the other guests’ costumes! This was probably my favorite aspect of the party.

Normally adults can not wear costumes in the theme parks, but the Halloween party is the exception.

If you want to dress up, check out the regulations from Disney regarding costumes during the party here. 

5) Special Halloween Food & Beverage

Malificent themed ice cream cone with chocolate horns and purple sprinkles

Take time to enjoy a special Halloween-themed treat while you do some people-watching.

We got this Maleficent ice cream cone (she’s our favorite villain) at Storybook Treats for $5. It was lime soft serve in a chocolate cone and we really liked it!

You can check out all of the special food items available at the Halloween party in this post over at

6) Special Attraction Overlays & Effects

teacup ride at night with lantern lights
Some attractions at Magic Kingdom has special features during the party. Among these are:

  • Special lighting and music for the Mad Tea Party (we loved this)
  • Special interactive pirates in a search for “Gunpowder Pete” on Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Special soundtrack and effects on Space Mountain

I hope this post helps you make plans for the Disney World Halloween 2024 party. 

Any questions? Please leave a comment below or join the discussion in The Budget Mouse free private Facebook group!

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Thursday 2nd of June 2022

If you attend the Halloween party, are the fireworks Halloween fireworks? So you would not see the special 50th Anniversary fireworks??


Thursday 2nd of June 2022

Hi Sue! The regular fireworks show at Magic Kingdom is Disney Enchantment, which debuted during the 50th anniversary but isn’t limited to the anniversary celebration. On Halloween party nights the show is Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular which is unique to the party.


Sunday 13th of June 2021

Wow, that is quite steep for just trick or treating and a couple of extra effects. Was hoping on catching this, but that is sure above my budget after already paying steep prices.


Monday 21st of June 2021

I agree Susie. I'll be passing this year.


Wednesday 12th of May 2021

Great article, thank you for the info! Any insider news or whispers of fireworks, Boo to you parade, Sanderson Spectacular possibly being added to the party? Is there a chance?


Thursday 13th of May 2021

Hi Mandy! There may be a chance for some fireworks! I wouldn't think there will be any stage shows due to crowding. And the character cavalcades has essentially replaced the parade.

Lynette Browne

Wednesday 26th of February 2020

Do the resort buses run as late as the party?


Monday 2nd of March 2020

Yes! I believe they run for an hour after the party officially ends.

Rita Rogers

Sunday 23rd of February 2020

Hi, great article. We are hoping to visit Sept 2020, do you have to gave a park ticket AS WELL as the event ticket please.


Thursday 2nd of June 2022

@Leah, What happens if you have a park ticket that day for magic kingdom already - would you still need to have the extra ticket for the halloween party or can you get in with your park ticket?


Sunday 23rd of February 2020

Hi Rita! No, you just need an event ticket and not admission to Magic Kingdom. With your party ticket you can enter as early as 4 pm.

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