If you're visiting Walt Disney World in the fall/early winter months, you have probably heard about the different "hard ticket" events that are offered.
When reader Deann wrote on facebook asking for my opinion on going to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) with her 11 month old, I had to actually think about this. Sadly, we haven't been to WDW in the fall since before our children were born (come to think about it, I'm not sure I've been in the fall since before I met my husband!), this hasn't been an option.
Let's start back at the beginning:
- What are the hard ticket parties?
- For an extra price, you buy a "hard ticket" for special entrance to a party.
- The current parties are Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP).
- From around $55-$75, depending on the date, you are allowed entrance to the park (Magic Kingdom only with the current parties) from 4p.m. through midnight, though the party starts at 7 p.m. (Again, children under 3 are free)
- A limited number of tickets are sold and there are special activities, parades, characters, fireworks shows, and more just for these parties.
- When are the offered?
- Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is on select nights in September and October, leading up to Halloween, and even one night in early November (November 2, 2012).
- Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is held on select dates in November and December
Based on the fact that Deann would have an 11 month in tow, I recommended skipping this party. Why? Because you are essentially paying about 80% for 2 adult tickets that may only cover a few hours beyond what a normal night would offer. Maybe with an 11 month old, you can have them asleep or they are used to staying up late. But, if you're like me and your little ones have an early bedtime, this might not be worth the risk!
With the special parades and shows starting after 8 (MNSSHP has 2 parades- 8:15 and 10:30) with the fireworks show taking place around 9:30, you're risking an overtired child with a late night and loud noises!
While I normally say "YES! THEY'RE FREE UNDER 3!!" This definitely doesn't apply to late night parties. Even on a "Disney" schedule, when we're out several hours later some nights, staying out late enough to make this hard ticket price worth it is unlikely. This is one case that I would recommend waiting until they're old enough to stay out until 11p.m. at least!
I can't wait to experience this party. I've heard from many sources that the Boo To You Parade at MNSSHP is the best parade at Walt Disney World.
What are your experiences with the party? Did you stay late enough to fully enjoy it?