Do you love Halloween? I know you love Disney or you would be reading this! Have you ever wanted to celebrate Halloween at Disney? Well, Disney knows how to celebrate Halloween like none other. I am more excited than ever for this year’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, from the parades to the special fireworks I’ll go over all the details for Mickey’s not so scary Halloween party from the very basics all the way down to my tips and tricks.
What Is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a special ticketed event in the Magic Kingdom that happens on certain nights in September and October. Occasionally the very last couple days of August and maybe the first day of November as well. There are select rides open for guests to ride, a trick or treat trail and special meet and greets with characters that you don’t find every day at the parks. On nights that Mickey’s not so scary Halloween party is held guests can enter the park at any time. But for the party, you can enter at 4 p.m. so you can enter even before the party officially begins at 7 p.m.
When Is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party This Year?
This year’s event starts on August 16th, 2019, and runs on 36 select dates through November 1st, 2019.
The dates for 2019 are:
- August 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
- September 2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29
- October 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31
- November 1
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Map and Guidebook
Tickets For Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
Tickets for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party prices depend on what day you are visiting and range from $79 – $135 for adults and $74 – $130 for children 9 and under. The closer you get to Halloween, the more the tickets will be with Halloween being the most expensive.
On the night of your Mickey’s not-so-scary Halloween party, you will receive a wristband indicating that you are there and you have paid to be there for Mickey’s not-so-scary Halloween party.
You can get your wristband in one of two ways. If you’re in the Magic Kingdom and you haven’t left (by the way you don’t have to leave in order to attend the party that you’ve paid for) all you have to do is go to one of those wristband distribution centers that they have located around the Magic Kingdom. You scan your magic band that the ticket is linked to and then you’re set to go. They’ll give you a wristband and you’re set for the whole night.
If you’re coming to celebrate the spooky fun after 4 p.m. in the Magic Kingdom you just use your Magic Band the standard way it’s linked to your My Disney Experience account and they’ll give you a wristband right there near the entrance.
Along with your special wristband indicating that you’re there and you’ve paid to be at Mickey’s not-so-scary Halloween party the cast member will also give you a map of what’s going on all around the Magic Kingdom. Remember, even though you can get your wristband and enter the park before the party even begins at 4 p.m. it does not officially start until 7 p.m. at night.
Personally, I recommend getting there as early as you can. So be there right at 4 p.m. ready to go in, that way you can take advantage of all those small moments. Whether it’s taking pictures of those statues or getting a few magic shots. But most importantly getting the opportunity to wear your costume around get some extra pictures with characters, but I’ll get more into that.
What Special Activities Are Offered?
What should you prioritize when you’re at Mickey’s not-so-scary Halloween party? It really comes down to what you want to see and prioritize. I mean I have my personal favorites which I’m going to go over with you but I’m also going to list out all of the activities that were offered last year at Mickey’s not-so-scary Halloween party.
I’ll go over some of those major activities to see and experience at the party including:
- Special character meet-and-greets
- Super magical photos to be taken
- Mickey’s Boo To You Parade
- Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular
- All new fireworks show for 2019! (Replacing Hallowishes)
- Trick-or-treating around the Magic Kingdom
- The Cadaver Dans
- Super cool dance parties
Once the party officially begins at 7 p.m. many of the PhotoPass photographer spots will have something very special for Mickey’s not-so-scary Halloween party. There’s usually some kind of magic shot which I personally love. The photos have a tendency to change year after year. So keep an eye out here to see which photos are available where and figure out which ones you want to go to.
The current stage show is the Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular. The Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular is performed several times a night throughout the party. The Sanderson sisters meet in front of the castle to conjure up their special party potion but they need help from other villains to make their witch’s brew. Along the way you’ll see favorite characters like Oogie Boogie and Doctor Facilier. This is a great show and it definitely will keep you entertained the whole time.
Mickey’s Boo To You Parade is my personal favorite and one of the most must-see parts is when those Haunted Mansion gravediggers come around with their shovels and the sparks start flying. The parade usually takes place twice during the course of your party. You have the earlier one and the later one and the earlier one is always more crowded than the later one obviously, so keep that in mind. If you’re at the party it is a must-do.
As for the fireworks show I highly recommend you put these fireworks on your priority list during your party. They are spectacular and they only happen once during every party so you don’t want to miss them. Disney has finally decided to update Hallowishes into a new show at the party. This will take advantage of all the new technology installed for the Happily Ever After Fireworks show. This means we’ll get to see all of the great laser effects, lighting, and projections on Cinderella Castle, accompanied by a new fireworks display and story.
The updated show is called Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular. Jack Skellington will be our host during the fireworks along with his pet dog Zero. Jack and will tell the story of how anything can happen on Halloween night as we follow Mickey and the gang into a haunted house. This event has long needed an update to the fireworks since Disney definitely raised the bar with Happily Ever After.
During the night there are also performances from the Cadaver Dans which are actually the Dapper Dans who are dressed up to be like in the haunted mansion it’s really cool. They’re usually located near Frontierland. There is also a medley of dance parties, the Tomorrowland one is one of the most popular. You dance around with some great characters, they’ve got great Halloween music, and light show as well.
Is There Trick Or Treating At MNSSHP?
Trick-or-treating around Magic Kingdom is a lot of fun and due to our daughter being younger it’s probably been one of our favorite parts of this experience. A lot of the cast members really get into it. When you enter the park everyone is given a bag, but you can bring your own if you’d like to get more as well.
Some tips are if you go later in the night you can avoid lugging around heavy candy and can enjoy shorter lines, as well as benefit from Cast Members often being more generous with portions later in the night, and to allow you to do more important things earlier.
Which Characters Are Available For Special Meet and Greets?
Let’s start with those really special meet and greets. Now the first one that I’m going to go over is routinely the most popular meet and greet during the party. That’s Jack Skellington and
from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
They usually have their meet-and-greet right near the entrance of Liberty Square and the line can get so long, I’ve seen it as much as five hours. Sometimes cast members will have to cap it and say it’s closed at like 10:30 at night. That way no one else can stand in it for another hour and a half.
The Seven Dwarves is actually kind of a rare picture to get. Especially if you’re not at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party or at Mickey’s not-so-scary Halloween party. Last year I saw them at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party. The reason I did that instead of Mickey’s not-so-scary Halloween party is that they have their Christmas attire on and I really wanted to see them in that. It was really cool and I recommend doing that if you can.
For Jack and Sally or the Seven Dwarves I recommend getting in line early and I mean EARLY. Preferably before the party even starts you want to be in line. That way you don’t spend all your time waiting in line just to see them and don’t get to enjoy the party.
Next up is Jack Sparrow, he is a very popular meet and greet as well and is located right in front of Pirates of the Caribbean. I strongly suggest trying to catch his meet and greet because the interactions you get with him are almost unrivaled.
There are, of course, many more popular characters to do meet and greets with as well:
- Piglet, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and Eeyore all dressed up in their Halloween outfits.
- Alladin and Abu
- Cruella Deville
- Donald Duck and Daisy Duck in their Halloween costumes
- Gaston and Belle together in front of his tavern
- Jafar, Jasmine and the Genie
- Lots O’huggin Bear
- Mickey Mouse in his Halloween costume
- Minnie Mouse in her Halloween costume
- Tarzan, Jane, and Turk
- The Queen of Hearts
- Alice in Wonderland along with the Mad Hatter, Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dee as well as the white rabbit
- Mike and Sully from Monsters Inc.
- Fancy Nancy
The characters that are available to meet and greet at Mickey’s not-so-scary Halloween party are usually pretty consistent. But every so often they will change and we will try to keep this guide as updated as possible.
What Rides Are Open During MNSSHP?
It’s mainly the animatronics types of rides that close for the party. The following rides are open for you to enjoy with low wait times making it easy to ride your favorites over and over again!
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas
- Splash Mountain
- Haunted Mansion
- Prince Charming Regal Carousel
- “It’s a small world”
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Mad Tea Party
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- The Barnstormer
- Astro Orbiter
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Space Mountain
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
Are There Special Foods Available To Eat At MNSSHP?
There are some really yummy treats that are offered at select locations in the Magic Kingdom during the event.
At the Main Street Bakery enjoy the Not-So-Poison Apple Cupcake – spiced apple cupcake with pecan crunch and buttercream, the Halloween Cinnamon Roll – cinnamon roll topped with icing and a chocolate spider web, the Pumpkin Cheesecake – topped with a chocolate Mickey Pumpkin, the gluten-friendly Pumpkin Cheesecake is sure to be a ghoulish delight with gluten-friendly vanilla pecan cake and caramel glaze.
At Casey’s Corner indulge in the Minnie Witch Brownie – topped with a white chocolate piece featuring the Minnie Mouse dressed in her Halloween best.
At Aloha Isle try the Hitchhiking Ghost Dessert – cream puff filled with cookies and cream mousse and topped with a chocolate piece featuring the Hitchhiking Ghosts.
At Pecos Bills Tall Tale Inn enjoy the Worms and Dirt – chocolate pudding comes topped with gluten-friendly cake crumbs, gummy worms, and a chocolate gravestone.
In the liberty square market, you have to try the Madame Leota Dessert – vanilla tart shell filled with toasted marshmallow pastry crème and topped with crispy pearls, chocolate, and a hard candy garnish.
Storybook Treats had the Maleficent Dessert – lime soft-serve in a black waffle cone and topped with purple sugar and chocolate horns.
Gaston’s Tavern is were to find the Oogie Boogie Meringue – pomegranate-cherry gelée with gummy worms and topped with glow-in-the-dark meringue.
They also have two options for dessert parties. I’ll list them here, but I strongly suggest you skip them altogether because it completely takes away from your time to do other one of a kind things.
Fireworks Dessert Party
The Cost: $84/adult, $50/child age 3-9 (that is in addition to the price of your Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party ticket)
The Time: 8:30 p.m. – 10:15 p.m.
Ways To Book: Book online or by calling 407-939-3463
New For 2019: Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way
This is a dining event that comes with reserved viewing of the second parade showing and it’s very similar to the Christmas party version that debuted last year. Beginning at 9:30 p.m. guests who participate in this can come and go throughout the night and hit the all you can eat buffet. The buffet includes savory hors d’oeuvres Halloween flatbreads and of course some sweet treats. I think we can assume that Cruella herself will make appearances here which will let you squeeze in one more character meet up as well.
Cost: $99/person (that is in addition to the price of your Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween ticket)
Time: 9:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
How to book: Book online or by calling 407-939-3463
How Crowded Is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?
Over the years the event has gotten more and more popular. The first few nights as well as the closer you get to Halloween can be the busiest, however, it is always less crowded than a normal day at the park. Take a look at the video guide below from our friends over at Beyond The Kingdoms. David gives some great tips for the party and you can get an idea of what the crowds are like in the video as well.
Who Can Wear Costumes At MNSSHP?
Since we’re talking about the fun of wearing costumes Disney has some very strict rules about what adults and children can wear to the Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s not-so-scary Halloween party. Some of those rules include not pretending to be an actual character and taking pictures with people. Taking pictures with friends is one thing, but if you’re pretending to be an actual character at Disney and you’re signing autographs. Clearly, that is not okay.
You also can’t have anything that even looks like a weapon. You can’t wear anything that’s offensive or inappropriate and you can’t act inappropriately when you’re in your costume either. To answer a common question yes, there are different rules for children and adults going to the Magic Kingdom in costume. The rules apply to those children 13 and younger and anyone 14 and older, so there are two separate groups of rules.
Now the general rules for adults are that you can never wear a face mask when you’re at the Magic Kingdom and you cannot have any dress or gowns that drag on the street in the magic kingdom. But here is a link all of the details of Mickey’s not-so-scary Halloween party costume requirements if you have further questions about the rules.
Is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Too Scary For Little Ones?
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is perfect for the entire family. It is meant to be a little spooky, it is a Halloween event, after all, however, there isn’t anything that’s meant to scare anyone. Children of all ages have fun going through the Trick or treat trail and meeting some awesome characters they can’t see any other time of the year.
Tips For Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
I do have a few personal tips and tricks to Mickey’s not-so-scary Halloween party as well.
- No matter how tempting it might be to go on some of those rides that have low wait times I wouldn’t recommend doing that. Mostly, because you have very limited time when you’re at Mickey’s not-so-scary Halloween party. On that note, I also wouldn’t recommend getting dining reservations too close to the party either. You don’t want it to eat into your party time.
- For those of you who love sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, don’t forget they hand out a very special limited edition Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card during the party.
- There are some specialty treat options that you can get during the party including that very special spider cupcake or the spiced pumpkin cupcake and then there’s the candy corn flavored cotton candy.
Is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Worth It?
It is impossible to do it all when you go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Try as you might, but there is just too much to see and experience. So just enjoy the time that you have there. Again it really depends on you and what you want to prioritize. Just remember your time is limited and valuable when you’re there. You have a limited amount of time during this party so make the most of it.
So now that you know all about Mickey’s not-so-scary Halloween party, just like with anything this is a matter of opinion as to what your family likes. I personally feel that this is something that you should do at least once. We enjoy going in the fall to Disney for our anniversary so we like to plan our trip to include a party date. If your family loves Halloween and the opportunity to meet some cool characters, then this is a must-do for sure!