If you’ve never been to a hard ticket event at Disney World before, you might want to check out Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!
If you have then you are here to learn all the NEW stuff they are adding! It’s going to be a blast and I’ll cover that below!
The party lasts from August to November this year on select nights from 7 p.m. to midnight, so you’ll have plenty of time to grab your tickets if your going (or you can wait till Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!)
If you’ve got younger kids, namely those 6 and under, you’ll want to check out this guide for taking young kids to MNSSHP to save your sanity!
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Overview of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 🍂
Disney World during the fall is really a magical time.
It would be cliche to say that fall is my favorite season. (Or is it considered basic? I can’t keep up with the lingo these days!)
But it really is!
And Fall at Disney is only missing one thing, leaves that change color. 😂
Mickey shaped jack o’lanterns, red orange and yellow leafed wreaths and orange tinted lights decorate the park for the enjoyment of all guests, but the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party takes it up a notch.
You can attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (or MNSSHP for short!) by purchasing a ticket for the event.
This ticket is separate from your park entry ticket, so you must purchase that to gain access.
I swear- every year I see people confused about why they have to leave magic kingdom early. (But hard ticket days are great days to go too! They have really low crowd levels.)
On the nights that the party will take place, guests without event tickets will have to exit the park early because the Magic Kingdom will officially be closed to non-ticket holding guests.
6 p.m. is when Cast Members start ushering out anyone that does not have an event wristband.
Buttttt, you can actually get in before 7 pm. Most people can get in around 4, but I think DVC members can get in at 2.
If you’re worried it might be too much for toddlers, dont be!
The party is fun for guests of all ages because, as the name suggests, it’s not scary for little ones! There isn’t any gore or blood or scares for the guests like you might find at other theme park Halloween parties. The atmosphere is fun and inviting for all Disney fans!
Everybody looks their best(ish) 🎃
The MNSSHP is an especially fun time for adults that want to dress as their favorite character.
This is prohibited in the parks during regular hours but during the party, guests are able to have fun and dress up!
For the safety of all guests, there are some stipulations that must be followed. Most of the guidelines apply to adults, which Disney states are 14 and older. To avoid any confusion on what is and isn’t allowed during the party, we’ve included the guidelines directly from the Disney MNSSHP website.
Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or could detract from the experience of other Guests.
All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, the park unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.Disney World ™
They also go into some specifics, which you can see here, but basically, they want your costume as simple as possible. Nothing long, nothing big, nothing that would cause security concerns, and ZERO face coverings, unless you are a child and then it’s only like Mr. Incredible.
For most guests, these rules aren’t hard to follow at all!
You’ll see that people really get creative on their costumes for the party.
Many are homemade and elaborate. If you aren’t the crafty type, or you’ve purchased a ticket to the party on a whim, you can always pick up a costume in one of the stores on the resort property or MNSSHP exclusive merchandise that will be available for purchase throughout the night!
Trick or treat… smell my feet… give me something good to eat! 🍬
During the party, you will be able to trick or treat with special event bags given to you when you enter. (Or when you pick up your wristbands if you’ve already been in the park before party time.)
There are various stations for trick or treating through out the park and you’ll get a map of treat locations. (The map will have meet and greet locations, operating rides and dining options too!)
Cast Members are very generous with the candy and it’s all good stuff! No peppermints or penny candies here, I’ve seen candy such as, M&Ms, Snickers and Reese’s!
Guests with allergies will receive a teal bag and at the stations, you’ll receive a teal token that will allow you to redeem allergy-friendly treats. No one has to miss out on the fun! Lines can be long during the beginning of the party but they move pretty quickly.
You might want to save trick or treating for after you’ve gone on the rides and attractions, the bags can get very full and it’s nice to not have to carry full bags around all evening.
It’s not Disney Without a Parade 🎉
The Boo-to-You Halloween Parade is a highlight for park guests.
The parade includes characters from Mickey and Friends to Disney Villains. The parade runs twice throughout the party so you get to decide which time works best for you.
It begins in Frontierland, winds through Liberty Square and out onto Main St U.S.A and guests line up to view it along the way. We recommend trying to catch the second show.
Many guests don’t know ahead of time that there will be two parades, so many pack in to see the first. Usual parade times have been 9:15 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. in the past. Have fun exploring the park and taking advantage of smaller attraction lines and catch the parade’s encore performance!
Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular 🧙♀️
A special stage show hosted by the Sanderson Sisters from the ever popular Halloween movie, Hocus Pocus, is a crowd favorite.
There are 3 shows (all the same) throughout the party and the sisters’ story follows close to the movie. They are returning for one night and they are joined by other villains like Dr. Facilier and Oogie Boogie for performances of familiar songs.
The castle is lit in erie colors and the atmosphere is fun and spooky. Their Halloween party includes appearances by Maleficent, Hades, Cruella De Vil and Captain Hook.
This show should not be missed!
Each show lasts about 20 minutes, but you want to get a good spot beforehand.
And you can expect fireworks 🎆
In the past, a special Halloween version of Wishes takes places on party nights.
This year, Disney will be introducing a new Halloween Spectacular exclusive to the party! Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy are said to be the stars of the show that includes, lasers, projection effects on the castle, and special lighting all set to a fun soundtrack.
The grand finale is of course, the fireworks! Ghosts, skeletons and Disney Villains will all make an appearance!
We are so excited! I plan to preview it on our instagram, but I’ll also be uploading the show to youtube!
Character meets, pictures and photopass! 📸
Many beloved characters will be available for guest meet and greets.
You’ll even be able to hug, take pictures and get autographs from some characters that are only available to meet during this event!
As you can imagine, the line for rare characters can get a bit long, so plan to do those first (or last)! Some of the characters are even dressed up in their own Halloween costumes.
- Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie and
- Tarzan, Jane and Terk
- Captain Jack Sparrow
- Jack Skellington and Sally*
- The Gravediggers* –
- Brer Fox and Rabbit
- Anastasia and Drizella
- Cruella De Vil
- Alice and Mad Hatter
- Belle and Gaston
- Ariel and Eric
- Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore
- Princess Elena
- Princess Tiana
- Queen of Hearts and Tweedles
- Seven Dwarfs*
- Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear*
- Elvis Stitch
*Characters marked with the asterisk are exclusive to the party and have longer lines.
Rides and Attractions 🎢
A huge perk of going to the MNSSHP is that the wait times for rides and attractions are dramatically decreased.
This means that guests can expect to wait no more than 20 minutes on average for rides. Select rides will even have special Halloween surprises!
Here’s a list of the expected rides that will be operating this year:
- Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Swiss Family Treehouse
- A Pirate’s Adventure – Treasures of the Seven Seas
- Country Bear Jamboree
- Splash Mountain
- Haunted Mansion
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- “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
GIVE ME SOMETHING GOOD TO EAT 😋
Candy during trick or treating is included in the ticket price, but if you get hungry, several sit down and quick service restaurants will remain open during the event.
And boy oh boy… you are in for some fun! They have so many yummy treats that are exclusive to the party.
Your map guide given to you at check in will have a list of those available.
Some Halloween items from last year included, Hades Nachos, Mickey’s Pumpkin Cheesecake, Muenster Smash Burger, Not-So-Poison Apple Cupcake and Jack Skellington Cake Push Pop!
I wanna Go! How do tickets work? 🎟️
As mentioned earlier, the MNSSHP is a hard ticket event.
You must have a valid ticket to the Magic Kingdom in order to be admitted in for the party, which requires an additional ticket purchase.
Ticket prices vary based on the date you select, with Halloween being the most expensive.
Prices are around the 100 dollar range depending on when you go.
I’m so excited! 🤩
With all the not so scary fun there is to be had at a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, you will love the event!
The limited ride wait time is worth it all by itself! We have been able to ride our favorites several times each during previous parties.
Have you been to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? What was your experience like? Share it in the comments!