Scrooge or Splurge


WDW Magazine - - Contents - BY CARL TRENT

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.

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