The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is a busy place during its regular hours, and it also hosts special after-hours events several times a year. They’re hard ticketed events that cost extra to attend, but the special entertainment and activities are well worth the money. Here are the three main events:
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: The Halloween season starts early at Walt Disney World. Want to trick-or-treat in September? Buy tickets to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, where kids and adults are both welcome to deck themselves out as their favorite Disney characters, or any other costume, and hit the trick-or-treat trails for goodies. The party is the only time adults are allowed into the Magic Kingdom in costume, and many take full advantage of the opportunity. You might not be able to tell them apart from the official characters.
The party has special entertainment, including stages shows, a Halloween-themed version of the Wishes fireworks and the Boo to You parade. You’ll see Mickey and friends, including many villains, decked out in cute costumes for photo ops.
Disney sells a limited number of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets, so ride lines are usually manageable. The tickets go on sale early in the year, and many dates sell out, so buy them as soon as you know your vacation dates.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party: Christmas Creep starts in early November at Walt Disney World, which is a good thing since it gives you more dates to book Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Like the Halloween party, this event is packed with special shows, including fireworks, a Christmas parade with Santa, and a dance party with Goofy and friends. Plenty of Disney characters are out in their Christmas best for photos.
Even if the temperature is warm, snowflakes fly on Main Street USA. They’ll put you in the mood for a cup of free hot cocoa, which is served with cookies or apple slices at venues throughout the park.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets sell out, and party dates don’t run all the way to Christmas because the Magic Kingdom’s regular hours expand for the holiday crowds. The tickets go on sale months in advance, so buy them as early as possible.
Night of Joy: While the name implies a one-night event, Night of Joy actually spans two nights in early September. Each year, popular Christian artists perform live at the Magic Kingdom. In past years, bands like Casting Crowns, Third Day, MercyMe, and Chris Tomlin have played at the event. The concerts are all free with your ticket purchase, but you’ll need to get to the venues early to get the best viewing spot.
You can buy one- or two-night tickets for Night of Joy. The two-night ticket is the best value, since different artists perform each night. Concerts take place on the stages in Tomorrowland, and the headliner bands perform on the stage in front of Cinderella Castle.