The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on Disney parks this year. After closing down the resort for several months, Disney World is now back in business, albeit with reduced capacity, reduced operating hours, and enhanced public health and safety measures. And, after Disney canceled its annual Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for 2020, many were dismayed at the prospect of limited fall activities at Magic Kingdom this year. Now comes word that Guests of all ages will be allowed to wear costumes at Magic Kingdom this autumn.

New Costume Policy at Magic Kingdom for the 2020 Halloween Season

We all look forward to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and wearing a costume around Magic Kingdom. Unfortunately, the party has been canceled for 2020. The good news is that not all is lost.

Disney has strict guidelines for costuming at its theme parks.  The Not-So-Scary events were traditionally the only time that adults (over the age of 14) were permitted to dress in costume or as cosplay characters.

But now, as the Halloween parties were canceled, Disney World has decided to allow Guests OF ALL AGES to wear costumes at Magic Kingdom during normal operating hours.

This sounds like fun!

This policy changed was announced in the Disney Parks Blog, as was news of Halloween Cavalcade with Disney characters,  fall cupcakes, and some other special treats.

When does the new Magic Kingdom Costume Policy go into Effect?

The new policy goes into effect on September 15th, 2020, and lasts through October 31, 2020.

Any Magic Kingdom ticketholder will be permitted to wear fun, creative, and/or spooky costumes throughout the park.

The announcement reads:

“To bring some Halloween party fun into the park this year, for the first time guests of all ages can wear your funniest, Disney-ist, most creative costumes during Magic Kingdom Park regular operating hours from Sept. 15 to Oct. 31. As an important reminder, costume masks are not permitted for adults; only children younger than 14 years old are permitted to wear costume masks.” – from the Disney Parks Blog

Disney World’s costuming policy has always allowed children to wear any outfit they wish, but, until now, adults have had restrictions. Now, adults have a chance to show off your best Disneybounding outfit or scary Halloween costume.

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Follow Disney’s costume guidelines
  • Do not wear clothing with objectionable material (obscene language or graphics)
  • Avoid wearing “excessively torn” clothing
  • Do not wear clothing which exposes excessive portions of the skin or that may be viewed as inappropriate for a family environment
  • Avoid wearing clothing with multiple layers, as it may be subject to search upon entry
  • Do not expose any objectionable tattoos you may have on your skin

The face mask policy is still in effect this fall. Also, remember that other Disney theme parks will NOT have the same costume policy as will Magic Kingdom.

Despite the inconveniences we face during the pandemic, it’s nice to see Disney make a concession for costumes. I look forward to visiting Disney World during this Halloween season.

See you at the park and stay safe!

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