Though Disney has had some real success with its upcharge events recently, its most successful hard-ticketed event still remains Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, which routinely sells out throughout the fall season, despite being quite an expensive after-hours event. And while we don’t know how much admission to this year’s party will cost just yet, Disney has recently updated its park hours for the fall, which include some interesting information pertinent to fans of this upcharge event.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween could be starting even earlier this year
Last year Disney made waves by hosting the first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party on August 25, which marked the first time the party had been held in August, which is technically still summer. However, if that wasn’t early enough for you, it looks like the first party of 2018 may be even earlier, as Friday, August 17 is the first day during the summer month that the park has a 6:00 PM close on Disney's official park calendar, which often indicates a party night.
However, aside from this signal that Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party could be kicking off even earlier in 2018, this closing time also seems to indicate that the Magic Kingdom could be be closing an hour earlier for regular day guests who do not have a ticket to the party on event nights. And while this change was implemented last year for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, it looks like 2018 will be the first year that this early closing time will also be applied to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, which is of course good news for party guests, but a bit of a bummer for day guests, who will have even less time in the park.
Though we’re not exactly surprised that Disney is moving up the start date for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party to earlier in the summer (they had some real success with last summer’s August Halloween parties), the move to close the park earlier to regular day guests during what is still generally quite a busy time of year is certainly curious, and it will be interesting to see if there is any effect on guest levels in the park on days when the park closes earlier for the night's event.
Of course, plans can change, and park hours are not set in stone, so this could simply be something that Disney is thinking of doing, but not fully committed to just yet. And though this would certainly be an interesting change for the Magic Kingdom this fall, it’s not the only one that is being rumored for this annual event…