Walt Disney World offers several “hard ticket” events throughout the year; these events require an additional ticket purchase on top of park entry. These events include parties, concerts, and extra time in the theme parks. These events are ideal for families that want to include something a little extra special in their vacation, for a celebration or just because! Here are a few of the options available seasonally:

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: offered every year on select evenings from early September through Halloween, this party held in Magic Kingdom from 7 p.m. to midnight is a must do for any Halloween lovers. Guests without party tickets are generally herded toward the exit very close to 7 p.m. and cast members continue to monitor attendance to ensure that only party guests are present for the festivities. The “Boo to You” parade is spectacular and the stage show over the last two years have featured The Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus. Trick or Treat stations are set up all throughout the parks and adults are allowed to dress up in costume along with their children (costume restrictions apply for security reasons). There are special character meets scattered throughout the park (Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas always draw a big crowd!).

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party: offered every year on select evenings from early November through early December. This party is also held at the Magic Kingdom from 7 p.m. to midnight. Similar to the Halloween party, there is a special parade, characters appear in costume, and special treats are offered throughout the parks. There’s even “snow” on Main St.!

Dessert Parties: There are several dessert parties offered throughout the parks, notably at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. These parties offer special seating areas (or standing areas) for the evening fireworks show and a selection of drinks and desserts.

Night of Joy: This is a two-night Christian music festival usually offered in early September at the ESPN Wild World of Sports complex.

Cirque du Soleil-La Nouba: This is a wonderful show offered at Disney Springs, Tuesday through Saturday at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. “Acrobats, aerialists, break dancers, singers, trapeze artists, jugglers and clowns—more than 65 artists representing 15 countries—entertain and mystify with daring acts of grace. A stream of color washes over every scene with the imaginative costumes, out-of-this-world makeup and dynamic sets.” I’ve seen this show at least 4 times. It is FANTASTIC! If you have the ability in your schedule to see this, DO IT!


Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique: With two locations (Cinderella Castle and Disney Springs), your kiddos who are ages 3-12 can experience a princess/prince makeover. Undoubtedly, this is geared toward the princess crowd with various packages involving hair styling, nail polishing, and princess gear. Packages vary and you will pay for this upon arrival. Appointments can be booked starting at 180 days and they go FAST (especially in the Castle location). If you know you’ll be wanting to do this, I need to know early on in the planning.

Pirate’s League: Located near the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at the Magic Kingdom, this salon will transform your kiddos ages 3-12 into buccaneers or mermaids. They’ll take the pirate’s oath and can be featured in a special parade at the end of the day. Pirate’s League will also do makeovers for parents who want to join in on the fun! Packages vary and you will pay for this upon arrival. This can also be booked starting at 180 days.

There are numerous other activities you can participate in on property, including fireworks cruises, horse drawn carriage rides, boat rentals and fishing. If you have some downtime in your vacation, we can talk about options to fill that time once you’re booked.

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