Scrooge or Splurge
SINGLE TICKET EVENTS
Should you are shouldn’t you? That is the question. Should you splurge and attend one of Walt Disney World single ticketed events or be a Scrooge and say no thanks.
Let’s talk about what a Single Ticketed Event is. On select mornings and evenings Disney hosts special events that you can’t get into with a regular ticket. During these events the park is open only for event guests. All other guests are shooed out (or denied entry, based on time).
An example would be Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party held in the fall at the Magic Kingdom. You have to buy a ticket to attend the party. Guests without a ticket will not be able to get on the attractions and will be encouraged to leave the park.
In 2017, the single ticketed events that are currently listed on the Disney website include:
Early Morning Magic – enjoy select Fantasyland rides early in the morning before other guests get in along with a nice breakfast. An alternate version of this runs at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on occasion.
Night of Joy – a Christian music celebration typically held in early September at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Star Wars Galactic Nights – a celebration of Star Wars held at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – enchanting fun in the Magic Kingdom from early September through Halloween night.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – the Magic of Christmas in the Magic Kingdom in November and December.
Party for the Senses - a special party with gourmet food and live entertainment held during the Epcot International Food & Wine festival.
Disney After Hours – 3 extra hours in the Magic Kingdom with very limited crowds and some nice refreshments.
Club Villain – a celebration of the bad guys held in Disney’s Hollywood Studios hosted by Dr. Facilier.
Villains Unleashed – a night full of villainous fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – complete with special edition food and merchandise offerings.
Prices on these events range from around $70 per person to over $140 per person.
So, should you or shouldn’t you?
Pretty much all of these events are truly special. The Halloween and Christmas parties are something everyone should experience at least once. The parades and firework shows at both parties are the best Disney offers and there is just nothing cooler than watching snow fall on Main Street at night or Trick or Treating in the Magic Kingdom.
I know the Villains Unleashed event suffered from too many people being let in, but typically, the crowds are much smaller than you will experience on a slow day. Lines on the rides are almost non-existent. It’s really fun to walk right up and hop on Pirates of the Caribbean with no wait.
But, all of that fun comes with a hefty price. For a family of 4 it can cost over $300 to attend the Halloween or Christmas parties, depending on the date you choose. That’s an awful lot of extra money for short lines, a cool parade and some cheap snacks.
Three hundred dollars would buy a ticket for a whole week for one person.
Most of the special ticket events are just that. They are special. They are an experience. They include things you can’t do on a normal day.
If you are going for the “experience”, for the extras, then the special events are worth splurging for. If you are only going for the short lines then you might want to play the Scrooge card and skip them.