If you are visiting the Walt Disney World resort in the early fall, you’ll probably have the option of attending a night of the popular Disney Halloween Party – the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Held on select nights in the Magic Kingdom in Florida, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party offers trick or treating, special Halloween themed shows, character greetings, and much more.
It’s Not So Scary: The Disney Halloween Party Held at the Magic Kingdom
I paid for my own admission to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. However, I am a former member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel and have been on some complimentary press trips at Walt Disney World, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. A purchase through one of these links may result in a commission paid to us at no additional cost to you.
Essential Details for Visiting Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World
Mickey’s Halloween Party is offered to guests as a special event. You’ll need to purchase a separate ticket to this event, and can’t use a standard park ticket. Annual passholders can sometimes get a discount on their event tickets.
While event tickets may be sold at the front entrance of the Magic Kingdom, it’s best to purchase these tickets online. The event does often sell out, and you can sometimes get a discount for purchasing online.
The dates for the party are released in advance, so you can plan well before your visit. In the past, the Halloween party on October 31st has been the most popular, so if you want to visit on Halloween, purchase early.
While the party starts at 7:00 pm, guests holding a special event ticket can enter the park starting at 4 pm. You’ll see special entrances specifically for the event. Once you scan your valid admission, you’ll be guided to a cast member who will give you a special event band.
If you are already in the park, you can visit special locations throughout the park to scan your ticket and receive your band. Guests without a ticket and wristband will need to exit the park when the park closes to the public.
While many guests dress in costumes for the party, it’s not required. Some wear Halloween-themed outfits and t-shirts, others just wear their regular park clothes. If you are going to wear a Halloween costume, there are some guidelines you’ll need to follow. There are separate guidelines for those up to age 13 and for those guests ages 14 and up.
Once you enter the park, you’ll be guided to a path in the park where you can collect a treat bag and get your first handful of candy. Then you can start your fun!
Trick or Treating
Complimentary treat bags are handed out to each guest. You are welcome to bring your own, but I find that I have more than enough room in the bag I am given. It just depends on how much trick or treating you want to do.
What about food allergies? As a mom of a child with a nut allergy, I’m always concerned about Halloween candy. If you have allergies, you can alert a cast member and receive a teal treat bag.
When you trick or treat with this teal bag, you’ll get a teal chip instead of candy. These teal chips can be redeemed at one of a few locations at the park and you’ll receive special safe treats.
When I most recently attended the party, I found that the treat stations had some pretty long lines. You’ll have to decide if it’s worth spending time waiting in line for the treats (although these lines do tend to move fast). If you see a treat station with little to no line, you should go for it!
One of my favorite parts of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is the special shows that are held throughout the night. The highlights are the fireworks show and the Halloween parade.
The Boo to You Parade is held two times each night. It’s a special parade that you can only see when you attend the Halloween party and is my favorite parade at Walt Disney World. It features some of your favorite Disney characters celebrating the holiday.
As you’d expect, the parade route does fill up, so you’ll need to get there in advance to stake out a spot. I prefer to attend the later parade if possible because the crowds tend to thin out a bit.
New this year is the Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular fireworks show. This show takes place at the castle once each evening. Like the parade, you can only see it if you are attending the party.
The Not So Spooky Spectacular includes castle projections as well as traditional fireworks. Jack Skellington (from the Nightmare Before Christmas), hosts the short show.
While you’ll be able to see the traditional fireworks from much of the Magic Kingdom, you’ll want to be close to the castle if you want to see the projections. I’d recommend that because it adds to the show. Arrive early to make sure you have a good spot.
There are other shows that you can see while you are at the Halloween party. These include the Disney DescenDANCE Party which takes place on the stage at Cosmic Ray’s in Tomorrowland. It features music and a DJ, and we saw lots of little ones dancing.
There’s also a Disney Junior Jam that takes place in Storybook Circus in the new Fantasyland section of the park. It features Disney Junior characters such as Vampirina and Fancy Nancy.
Fans of the timeless Halloween film Hocus Pocus will enjoy the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, which takes place outside Cinderella Castle.
If you like watching the Dapper Dans perform on Main Street USA, you’ll want to see their alter egos, the Cadaver Dans perform. You can find them in Frontierland during the Halloween party.
Extra Fun Ride Experiences
The rides and attractions are open at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, although FastPasses are not offered. Typically, the standby lines are a bit shorter than normal. During my recent visit, we found that the wait times were actually shorter than the posted times, but that isn’t a guarantee.
There are also some special ride experiences that are unique to the Halloween party. At the Haunted Mansion (a must-ride during the party, in my opinion), costumed cast members played “ghosts” who performed outside the mansion. While you could see them while waiting in the queue, it was easier to see them when leaving the mansion.
Space Mountain features some unique music and is completely dark. It’s such a different experience, so if you enjoy that ride, you’ll definitely want to go on Space Mountain.
On the Pirates of the Caribbean, actual costumed pirates interact with guests in the queue. They are also located in a few spots throughout the ride. We were also given candy gold coins as we exited the ride into the gift shop.
Guests checking out the Monsters Inc Laugh Floor will see monsters as they head into the attraction, and those riding the Mad Tea Party Tea Cups will experience special lighting and music.
I loved this special Halloween touches because they made some of my favorite rides even more special. My favorite was the Space Mountain enhancement because it made the ride even more thrilling than usual.
Costumed Character Greetings
There are many special costumed characters located throughout the party. Some of these are special characters that can only be found at the party, while others are your favorite characters in costume.
Characters at the party include (but are not limited to) Pooh and Friends in their Halloween costumes (as seen in the photo above), the Seven Dwarfs, Mickey and Friends, Apu and Jafar (from Aladdin), Jack Skellington and Sally, Lotso from Toy Story, and characters from Alice in Wonderland. Keep in mind that characters are always subject to change.
During our visit, we found that some of these character lines opened before the official start time of the party. The lines got very long (sometimes hours) so arrive early.
Magic Shots and PhotoPass
Disney’s PhotoPass photography is offered during the party. If you have Memory Maker, you’ll be able to download these photos as part of your package. For character greetings, swipe your MagicBand on the photographer’s device so those pictures will be added to your account.
There are also special Magic Shots offered. With Magic Shots, you’ll pose for a picture, and like Magic, something will show up in your photo. These are a fun way to get a unique photo and memento of the event.
Tips For Visiting Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
The Disney Halloween Party is fun, but it’s also a bit expensive. If you splurge for this special event, you’ll want to make sure that you maximize your time. You won’t be able to do everything in a limited time, especially if the event is sold out and crowded.
Arrive early to the party
You can start arriving at the party at 4:00 pm. I recommend that you arrive as close to that time as possible. That will allow you to go on some rides and/or see characters before the official start to the party.
Before you arrive, I’d recommend making a plan for your evening. Decide what things are most important to you because you won’t be able to do everything. Since some of the character greetings have been especially long during the party, it’s a good idea to get in those lines first.
You’ll also want to know which of the shows you want to see. Arrive early for the fireworks and the parade so you’ll have a good viewing location.
FastPasses are not offered during the party, so you won’t need to make those plans before arriving. However, since you won’t have FastPasses, you’ll need to go into the standby lines.
Know which rides are must-dos before arriving so you can establish a plan. I definitely recommend that you include those rides with special experiences for the party – including Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain.
If you plan to stay at the party all evening, you may consider visiting the second parade of the evening. Then, you can go on some rides during the first parade.
In some cases, you’ll find that the ride lines decrease a bit as some guests head to the parade route. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to cross the parade route as it’s going on, however, so plan accordingly.
I was really surprised to see how long the character lines were during the party I attended. Some of the lines opened before 7 pm, exclusively for party guests. If you have any of the character greetings in your plans, it may be a good idea to head there first to see if the line is open.
Go slowly during the day
To get the most of out the party, you’ll want to be there for most of it. Rest for part of the day. You may even consider relaxing at your resort pool, rather than visiting one of the theme parks. Otherwise, you may get tired before the end of the evening.
Buy tickets in advance
Tickets to the party are sold online in advance. It’s a good idea to purchase them early because they do sell out. If you wait until you are on Disney property, you may miss out.
Purchase your event merchandise
Special merchandise for the party is sold exclusively during the event. If you see Halloween party merchandise that you like, you’ll want to buy it when you see it. If you wait until the next morning, it’ll be gone!
Where to Stay During Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
You can absolutely stay at any property to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – including on and off property hotels. It does get very busy exiting the party – especially if you stay until the end.
If you are looking for the most convenient hotel for the party, I’d recommend the Contemporary. You’ll be able to walk to and from the Magic Kingdom, so you’ll be in your room before most guests are even able to board their bus.
Have you been to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? What was your favorite part?