Theme parks are already preparing for Halloween

While people around the country get ready for the Fourth of July, popular theme parks are already getting ready for the next big holiday, Halloween.

Although Halloween is still more than three months away, tickets for many theme park special events are already available, with some of the celebrations starting as early as August.

Walt Disney World in Orlando will begin celebrating Halloween while many of us are still on summer vacation with the first of several Mickey’s-Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties scheduled for Aug. 17.

The event is a limited-ticket, after hours event, meaning regular guests will be kicked out of the Magic Kingdom by 7 p.m. and only those who have purchased a ticket for the Halloween Party will be allowed to remain in the park.

The event features shows, a parade and fireworks exclusive to the party, as well as shorter lines on some of the park’s most popular rides as a result of limited crowds.

This year’s evet will feature new ride overlays on Pirates of the Caribbean and the popular teacup ride, as well as a new Disney Junior dance party for the little ones.

One of the biggest draws for Disney fans, however, might be the opportunity for meet-and-greets with rare characters who are not present on regular days in the park.

Jack Skellington, from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and all of Snow White’s Seven Dwarfs are known to make appearances. Last year, Moana, who has not had a consistent presence in the parks despite the popularity of her namesake movie, made an appearance at the event with some waiting in line for more than two hours for the rare photo opportunity.

Tickets for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party are available online, and start at $79, with prices increasing for dates closer to Halloween.

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