Are you attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party this fall? This guide has everything you need to know about the event. I’ve been going to this party for years, I’ve experienced it all, and I want to share my best tips, a schedule to fit everything in, and everything that’s new at the party this year!
Thank you to Disney for providing tickets for us to attend this event. All opinions are 100% my own.
Last night Travis and I went to the very first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party of the season! We were so excited to experience the event this year because of multiple new Halloween-themed elements that we hadn’t experienced before!
See below for the special map that has all the party deets!
What’s New at the Party This Year?
- New pirates have invaded Pirates of the Caribbean, interacting with sailing guests who will join the search for Gunpowder Pete.
- The Mad Tea Party will take guests on a colorful teacup ride, as special lighting and other effects put a glowing new spin on the night.
- Explorers visiting Space Mountain will hurtle through deep space, as a new soundtrack and more transform the adventure.
- Storybook Circus welcomes the Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam, a dance party featuring favorite Disney Junior Characters, including Doc McStuffins.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2018 FAQ’S
What is Mickey’s Halloween party?
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is described as the happiest haunting on earth! It’s a spooktacular Halloween-themed event that is great for the whole family! There is trick-or-treating (with allergy-friendly options), the Boo-to-You Parade, magical Happy Hallowishes fireworks, a Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular stage show, dance parties, new Halloween merchandise, rare character meet-n-greets, and other surprises to enjoy. The party is only offered on select days August 17 -October 31, and certain days sell out early so book your tickets as soon as possible!
Do you need a park ticket for MNSSHP?
Yes, MNSSHP is a hard ticket event. You need to purchase a separate ticket for the Halloween party. You can check Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets availability and prices here.
How much is Disney’s Not So Scary Halloween?
Party tickets range in price from $75 – $125, depending on the day. Halloween is the most expensive day to go to the party. Check Ticket prices here.
Mickey’s Halloween party officially starts at 7pm but you can get into the Magic Kingdom at 4pm with your event ticket. I would recommend getting there right at 4pm so you can take pictures, eat, and go on a few rides before the real party starts! The night goes so fast!
What rides are closed during Mickey’s Halloween party?
The following rides are open during MNSSHP. Remember, fast passes are not available during the party so if rides are important to you try to plan accordingly with all the other festivities. Also, the three rides with Halloween enhancements won’t change over until the party starts at 7pm.
- Swiss Family Treehouse
- Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- Pirates of the Caribbean – extra Halloween fun!
- Splash Mountain
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Haunted Mansion
- It’s a Small World
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Prince Charming Regal Carousel
- Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
- The Barnstormer
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- Mad Tea Party – extra Halloween fun!
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Princess Fairytale Hall
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Astro Orbitor
- Space Mountain – extra Halloween fun!
- People Mover
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Rangers Spin
- Town Square Theater
What time does the Not So Scary Halloween Party Start?
The Halloween party and festivities officially start at 7pm but you can get into the park at 4pm. I would recommend getting there right at 4pm so you can start enjoying the atmosphere.
What time are the fireworks at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?
There is only one showing of the Happy Hallowishes fireworks and it starts at 10:15pm.
Can adults wear costumes to Disney World?
Yes! All guests are encouraged to wear festive (appropriate) costumes to the event. Read this post to see which costumes you can wear to the party and those you can’t.
My husband dressed up as Rufio (from Hook) and I dressed up as Peter Pan! I had a hard time deciding who I was going to dress up as because Travis and I wanted to match, I didn’t want a sexy costume, it had to be lightweight because I knew it was going to be really hot, and I wanted to be comfortable. I ordered this “Pretty Pan” costume in a size Large (I’m 5’5 and 120 lbs) so I it would be a little loose and I cut the ribbons out of the side that I was supposed to lace up. I thought it was really cute, it fit great, and I was super comfortable all night (See below for the Peter Pan costume I bought!).
I also wore my fan necklace to help keep cool while the sun was out, it was 95 degrees when we got to the park! Yikes!
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Activities You Don’t Want to Miss at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
There are so many fun activities to do at MNSSHP that it’s hard to fit everything in! However, we’ve attended the party so many times now that I think we’ve come up with the best schedule for the party to fit everything in. Skip to the end of this post to see my top MNSSHP tips!
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Schedule
- 4pm – 7pm: Arrive early in costume, take pictures, go on rides (make fastpasses beforehand if you’re staying at a Disney hotel or are an AP), and eat dinner.
- 7pm – 8:30pm: Take pictures with characters, get a special Halloween dessert, go on any Halloween-themed rides, and buy party merchandise.
- 8:30pm – 9:45pm: Hit as many trick-or-treat stations as possible.
- 9:45pm – 10:15pm: Look for a spot for the Hallowishes fireworks and wait for it to start. Enjoy the show!
- 10:45pm – 11:30pm: Find a spot on Main Street to watch the Boo-to-You parade!
- 12am: Watch the Hocus Pocus Spelltacular stage show, then take last minute magic shot pictures on Main Street, and shop at the Emporium on your way out!
Rides at MNSSHP
I didn’t see any rides that weren’t open during the Halloween party but I don’t usually go on rides during the party because there are so many other festive activities to experience. However, we did go on Space Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean this time because they have special Halloween enhancements (special lighting and music!) that are only available during the Halloween party.
Pro Tip – If going on rides is important to you, get to the Magic Kingdom right at 4pm (schedule fast passes beforehand if you’re staying on property or an AP) and go on as many rides as possible. Wait until later in the night when it slows down a little bit to go on the Halloween-themed rides.
Halloween-Themed Food & Desserts
There are Halloween-inspired meals and desserts located all over the park only during the party! There is other food available it’s just not Halloween-themed.
- Main Street Bakery – Not-so-poison apple cupcake, Halloween cinnamon roll, and pumpkin cheesecake.
- Casey’s Corner – Minnie witch brownie.
- Aloha Isle – Hitchhiking ghost dessert.
- Golden Oak Outpost – Caramel pretzels, cinnamon donuts, and apple cider.
- Peco’s Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe – Hades nachos and worms and dirt dessert.
- Sleepy Hollow – Jack Skellington push pop dessert and zero pumpkin waffle sundae.
- Liberty Square Market – Madame Leota dessert.
- Gaston’s Tavern – Oogie Boogie meringue.
- Storybook Treats – Maleficent ice cream waffle cone.
- Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe – Muenster smash burger.
- Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies – Candy corn soft serve and candy corn milkshakes.
My husband and I are vegan so we could only have the Maleficent ice cream cone (without the chocolate horns) and we loved it! The lime soft serve was so refreshing after such a hot day! We loved the fresh black waffle cone and pretty purple sugar sprinkles on top too.
Trick-or-Treating at MNSSHP
There are 14 trick-or-treat stations located around the Magic Kingdom! On your party park map, look for the orange pumpkins to guide you to the trick-or-treat stations. Or, keep your eyes peeled for the inflatable lit-up candy markers that are at the entrance of each candy station. They’re huge, you can’t miss em’!
When the party starts, you will be given a small bag to trick-or-treat with. If you have kids that want to do a lot of trick or treating, I would recommend bringing your own bigger reusable bag. Or you could purchase this year’s MNSSHP reusable shopping bag at the Emporium for $5.99. It’s really cute and it’s the perfect size for trick-or-treating! The cast members that pass out the candy are not light-handed!
If you have allergies or diet restrictions (like us, we’re vegan) you will be given a teal candy bag to trick-or-treat with. At each candy station, tell the cast member that you need an allergy coin. When you’re done trick-or-treating, take the allergy coins to one of the two allergy stations (Town Square Theater or Liberty Square Ticket Office) and trade your coins in for allergy-safe candy (I’ll be writing a whole post on our allergy-friendly trick-or-treating experience soon + what vegan goodies we enjoyed)!
Happy Hallowishes Fireworks
Do. Not. Miss. The. Fireworks. I repeat. Do. Not. Miss. The. Fireworks.
There is only one showing of the Happy Hallowishes fireworks at 10:15pm and it’s fantastic! The music, the castle projections, the fireworks, it’s all amazing!
There is no bad place to stand for the fireworks but our favorite place to stand is around the gardens or farther back on Main Street for a straight on view. If you stand up close to the stage and to the right (facing the castle) your view might be partially blocked by the trees so keep that in mind.
Also, if you have small kids that want to be held during the show, please hold them on your hip, don’t put them on your shoulders. It’s not fair to block the people’s view around you that have been waiting too.
Pro Tip – If you want to stand up close, find your firework spot 1 hour prior to the show. If you come last minute, find a spot farther back on Main Street. It’s still a great view but most people think that closer is better. In reality, the fireworks are shot up really high and you can see them really well even by the exit of the park! You can hear the music all over the park too. We also like watching the fireworks from behind the castle too, you won’t see the castle projections but you can see everything else!
The Boo-to-You parade is so magical, this is another activity that you don’t want to miss! There are two showings of the parade during the party; at 9:15pm and 11:15pm. I recommend looking for a viewing spot on Main Street, 30 minutes prior to the parade starting. We prefer watching from Main Street because you get a view of Cinderella Castle as the parade goes by!
Make sure you don’t miss the beginning of the parade because the parade is led by the headless horseman and it’s our favorite part to watch him gallop by!
Pro Tip – Watch the second parade at 11:15pm because a lot of people watch the first parade at 9:15pm and then head home after the fireworks at 10:15pm. The second parade is less crowded and you don’t have to waste as much time waiting in your spot for the parade to start.
Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular Stage Show
We always watch the Hocus Pocus movie at least twice before Halloween, we love it! We were so excited when Disney incorporated the Sanderson Sisters into MNSSHP. The stage show is shown at 8:30pm, 10:45pm, and 12am during the party. It’s a fantastic show and I highly recommend you plan on seeing it during the party.
You don’t need to get there early unless you really want to be front row. You can see the stage clearly from all over the courtyard. We were pretty far back (close to the path that leads to Adventureland) and we had a great view!
Pro tip – The party goes so fast because there is so much to do! Technically the event is over at 12am but the last showing of the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular starts at 12am! We grabbed Maleficent ice cream cones from Fantasyland and took the pathway around the side of the castle back to the stage to enjoy the stage show.
Special Mickey’s Halloween Party Extras
In addition to all of the Halloween activities that we’ve already gone over, there’s even more!
- Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam – We don’t have any kids yet so we didn’t take the time to check out the Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam. If you do, this would be a fun activity for your little one!
- Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball – We love dancing but ran out of time to go to this dance party. We did run by while it was happening (7pm-12pm) and the dance floor was packed with kids and adults!
- Special Disney Character Appearances – We saw so many characters while we were running around! Mickey and Minnie were in their Halloween best, we saw Jafar, Tarzan, Jane, the Queen of Hearts, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, Jack Skellington, Sally, Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore!
- Magic Shot Locations – (Magic shots are where Disney adds something magical to your photo.) There are four Halloween themed magic shots around the Magic Kingdom! One is at the entrance, two are on Main Street, and the one is by the Haunted Mansion. The one at the entrance of the Magic Kingdom is with the headless horseman, it looks so spooky!!
Photo Credit: Tori Edwards
- Halloween Party Merchandise – Special event merchandise is located at the Emporium (full event collection), Curtain Call Collectibles (Costume pieces), Big Top Souvenirs (Full event collection), and at Frontier Trading Post (Event trading pins). At 6:45, we got in line at Big Top Souvenirs to buy our party merchandise (we got the Hocus Pocus pin and multiple mystery boxes) and we were out by 7:15. Go early if there is something specific that you want.
- Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom Paty Card – Get your free party card at the Firehouse Station. This year’s card features the orange bird!
Tips to Have the Best Time at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!
- Buy your party ticket as soon as possible, popular dates sell out quickly. The party on Halloween is usually extremely busy!
- Dress up in a costume, you’ll be out of place if you don’t! (Don’t wear a heavy, thick, furry, or warm costume. It’s very hot in Florida!) Drink a lot of water to stay hydrated– remember, you can get free cups of ice water at any of the quick service windows that have soda taps.
- It’s extremely hot August-October in Florida, bring a necklace fan to help keep you cool!
- Bring a large reusable shopping bag to trick-or-treat with, or you can buy one at the Emporium.
- Get to the Magic Kingdom at 4pm to get the most time in the park as possible.
- Grab a park map as soon as you walk into the park so you can start planning your night.
- If you get to the MK by 4pm, go on the rides first before the party starts. Save the three Halloween-themed rides for after the party starts.
- Get your free MNSSHP even sorcerer’s card at the Firehouse (they usually close 15 minutes earlier than the event).
- If specific party merchandise is important to you, get in line between 6:30pm-6:45pm at one of the merchandise locations so you’re close to the front of the line by the time it opens.
- Eat dinner before the party starts but wait to get dessert until after 7pm so you can try one of the special Halloween-inspired treats!
- Go trick-or-treating early during the party and then do a second loop later on that night if you have time.
- Don’t waste time waiting for a spot close to Cinderella Castle for the Hallowishes fireworks, arrive 10 minutes before and get a spot farther back on Main Street.
- After the fireworks, find a spot you like on Main Street and wait for the 11pm parade to start.
- Go to the 11:15pm Boo-to-You parade instead of the 9:15pm parade, the later showing is less crowded.
- Watch the Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular stage show at 12pm to maximize your time at the event.
- After Hocus Pocus, take a few magic shots on Main Street. The photographers were still there when we were walking out at 12:30am.
- The Emporium is still open at 12am so you can do a little shopping on your way out of the Magic Kingdom.
Follow these tips and you’ll be able to fit evrything in and have a great time at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!
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