Photo of Mickey Mouse in Halloween costume on Main Street at dusk
  • On Sep 22, 2023
    Debra from VA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We don't have tickets to the Halloween party but we have Magic Kingdom tickets on October 2nd. Can we stay in magic Kingdom until 9PM closing?

    Debra,

    Thanks for asking your question to planDisney!

    Navigating your park plans during the holidays can be a bit like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Whether you have tickets to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, or even to the new Disney's Jollywood Nights over at Disney's Hollywood Studios or not, making that decision of which park to visit on which day becomes a bit more complex. 

    As you correctly figured out, on days when the Magic Kingdom hosts Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, the park will close early for traditional guests, typically around 6 p.m., though the party guests often are there as late as midnight. On those days when there is no party, the park will be open to standard guests until a more traditional closing time, like 9 or 10 p.m. My family, on trips where we don’t plan to attend the special event party, will choose to visit the Magic Kingdom on dates when there is no party, so we can stay into the night and enjoy how the park transforms!

    However, I have good news for you! On October 2, 2023, the Magic Kingdom is not hosting Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! That means that you can stay until the standard closing time of 10 p.m.! 

    BONUS TIP
    If you are staying at a Disney Resort Hotel you can also enjoy the Early Theme Park Entry for Disney Resort Hotel Guests program. This lets you enter any park 30 minutes before the posted park opening time, which in the case of the Magic Kingdom on October 2, 2023, is 9:00 a.m. So, you could be in there from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. A long, but magical day!

    Please feel free to write me back directly again if you have any follow-up questions.

    Have a Magical Vacation!

    Doug
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