In the past, when Disney has a ticketed event happening at Magic Kingdom the non-party guests would have to start leaving at 7 p.m. Now it looks like Disney is testing the idea to have non-party guests start leaving at 6 p.m.
The two holiday parties that happen in Magic Kingdom are Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP). Both parties start at 7 p.m. on certain nights and party guests can enter the park starting at 4 p.m. Waiting until 4 p.m. allows guests to enter using their party ticket and not having to purchase a separate theme park ticket.
How it has worked in the past is that non-party guests could remain in the park, enjoying the rides, until 7 p.m. Once the party starts at 7 p.m. non-party guests are not able to ride any of the rides and cast members start looking for the wristbands that party guests wear. It can get a little hectic in that time period where there are both party guests and non-party guests and it looks like Disney is trying to address that.
Starting with MVMCP this year the park will close to non-party guests at 6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. That means once it hits 6 p.m. non-party guests will no longer be able to go on any of the rides. I’m not sure how it will work with shops and food.
By shortening the park hours it will hopefully help with that hectic period of time when the parties first start, so the party guests can enjoy the full party. If it’s still really crowded with both party and non-party guests for the first hour, then that’s one less hour party guests can really enjoy the party because they are trying to maneuver through the crowds of people. It was like that for the Halloween party when we went a couple of years ago.
The park hours look like they are staying the same during the Halloween party. So non-party guests will be able to stay in the park until 7 p.m.
What do you think about the time change?
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