In just a few weeks, the first of many Halloween parties will begin in the Magic Kingdom, followed by nearly two months of Christmas parties. These parties, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, will take place two to three nights a week. On those nights, the Magic Kingdom closes at 7:00 p.m., right after Wishes and the Cinderella Castle lighting ceremony (a must do, by the way). If you don’t have a ticket, you’ll be slowly ushered out of the park.
No big deal, right? Just keep in mind that if you have an advanced dining reservation for after the park closes, you won’t be able to get into the park, even though it’s clearly open to other guests. This is true even if you’ve pre-paid for Cinderella’s Royal Table. You will still be charged. Further, if you’re in the park when it closes and your ADR is after closing time, you will not be allowed into the restaurant. So a 6:30 ADR is fine; a 7:15 ADR is not. Disney cast members are very strict about this. I’ve actually been refused entry into Pecos Bills at 7:00 on a party night, so you can imagine how strict they are about table service meals.
If you’ve made your ADRs for any late dining in the parks during this time, make sure there are no special events on those nights. If your heart is set on Cinderella’s Royal Table and you can’t change your ADR, you can buy a ticket for the event but otherwise, make sure you cancel or you’ll be required to pay for each guest in your party who does not make the ADR.