• On Sep 8, 2008
    Jill from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi - we will be visiting Disney the week of Halloween.. I am trying to figure what are the best days to go to which park in terms of smaller crowds. How does the MNSSHP affect crowd distribution, and is how are the crowds at Magic Kingdom on Halloween?

    The Magic Kingdom is a good bet to tour in the morning and early afternoon on MNSSHP days. As of 4 p.m., the park will get increasingly more crowded as guests with tickets for the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party begin to arrive. Although the party officially begins at 7 p.m., guests with MNSSHP tickets may enter the park at 4 p.m.

    For the week of Halloween, I would suggest:

    Sunday - Magic Kingdom or Animal Kingdom but beware of MK closing early for a MNSSHP
    Monday - Epcot or Hollywood Studios
    Tuesday - MK, AK or Hollywood Studios
    Wednesday - Hollywood Studios or Epcot
    Thursday - Stay away from MK
    Friday - Stay away from Epcot
    Saturday - Animal Kingdom

    Planning to tour the MK on MNSSHP days is a good touring strategy. Many guests will avoid the MK on these days as the park closes early. Also many guests go on evenings when SpectroMagic is shown so if you are not interested in SpectroMagic, skip any evenings when this parade is being shown. Another strategy that I use is to AVOID the Extra Magic Hour park.

    This particular week takes some planning and some of the usual rules do not apply. Usually I recommend to tour the Magic Kingdom on a Wednesday but the week of Halloween has a SpectroMagic playing that night plus many guests will flock to a night when the MK is not closing early.

    Have a wonderful time!

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