If you thought things at the happiest place on earth just couldn’t get better, you haven’t attended any special events at Disney World yet! Disney World has an enormous range of special events it releases and promotes every year. Today we’re going to take a look at some of the most popular events, including Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, among others.
What Are Special Events at Disney World?
Special events at Disney World can be, but not always, an additional cost. It depends on the event, it’s location, when it takes place and it’s popularity. Often this cost is in addition to your park ticket, but for some special events, such as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, instead of.
Three of the most popular events New Zealanders love to attend include:
- Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
- Disney After Hours
- Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Many Walt Disney World visitors from New Zealand don’t plan specifically to attend a special event. Instead, the airfares, school holidays and other things dictate when we can be in Orlando. Then when they arrive, they find that there are special events on, and try to buy tickets for them. The issue is though, tickets are not often available on short notice, and if they are, they cost more. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t attend, but if you are interested in attending special events at Disney World, plan your holiday with them in mind. Let’s take a look at each one individually.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP)
Each year from around late August until the end of October, the Magic Kingdom park at Disney World hosts a paid ticketed Halloween Party. Entry is via a separate event ticket, not a park ticket, so you have to buy it in addition if you want to visit the Magic Kingdom before 4pm on the day of the party. Or you can simply wait until you are allowed in at 4pm, as your party ticket also includes park admission.
At MNSSHP, you can expect fewer people than in the park on a regular day, due to the limited numbers of tickets available. However, crowds will still be larger than anything you have seen in NZ. If you are wanting to go on the rides, chances are there will be shorter queues during the party than normal hours. This is because everyone else will be watching and participating in the exclusive party activities, including:
- trick or treating
- Halloween themed entertainment
- Disney characters dressed in Halloween costumes, for photos, meet and greets and autographs
- special Halloween themed food
- Halloween themed parades
- Halloween themed stage performances
- spectacular fireworks
- Cast Members (staff) dressed in Halloween costumes performing and interacting with guests (you)
- the ONLY time guests over 14 can enter a Disney Park in costume
Disney After Hours
Disney After Hours is a paid admission ticket to one of the four Disney parks: Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios or Epcot (which rarely ever has this available). Tickets are very limited to ensure you are able to do Character meet and greets, or go on rides with no or little wait. Snacks and beverages are usually complimentary for guests during these hours too.
Held at night time after the park has closed to regular ticketed guests, Disney After Hours is one way to ensure you get the Disney fun without the stress of crowds or queues! Times and days vary from month to month for this event, with each park taking turns to host maybe once or twice a week. Because of this, tickets don’t often sell out, but they can. If you are wanting to attend, it’s best to let me know so I can book it for you in advance.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Straight on the heels of the Halloween party arrives the Christmas party! Party dates usually start in November and run until Christmas. Like with MNSSHP, tickets are limited and include park admission to the Magic Kingdom from 4pm on the day of the party.
Guests are treated to:
- complimentary snacks and drinks
- Characters dressed in Christmas themed clothing for photos and meet and greets
- Christmas parade which includes Santa
- special fireworks
- Christmas themed decor and Cast Members
- little or no queues on some rides, as everyone is at the party instead!
- Christmas in themed stage shows and guest interactions
Tickets do tend to sell out the closer you get to Christmas, so once again I suggest you have me book them for you.
To learn more about planning a trip to Disney World, including tickets to special events and booking your Disney accommodation, give me a call today! I’d love to help you visit the happiest place on earth!