One of many firsts on our recent trip to Walt Disney World included being able to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! I hope to share with you my experience and all the tips/tricks you need to navigate through this special event at the Magic Kingdom!
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in 2018 ran from August 17th of this year and will continue on through Halloween night on October 31st! It’s a special ticketed event (extra money) that occurs after dark in the Magic Kingdom. Ticket costs range from $75-125 per person, but this amount will depend on what day you end up going and whether it is closer to Halloween or not. The event does not officially start until 7 PM, but you can start entering into the Magic Kingdom at 4 PM! The event will then last until midnight on the selected night. At 6 PM all the park goers who only had tickets for the Magic Kingdom during the day will begin to be escorted out by cast members (only those wearing special bracelets for the party will be able to stay). That being said, if you are wanting to visit the Magic Kingdom for a day I would definitely pick a day when the Halloween Party is not happening so you can enjoy as many hours at the park as possible (the best value for your ticket)! Many dress up for the Halloween party, but it is not required at all. If you do dress up, I would highly suggest dressing comfortably and with thin material as Orlando’s heat and humidity lasts through October. This event does occur whether it is raining or not so make sure to bring the ponchos!
As far as special events and attractions happening during the party, your options are endless! One of the best parts of the party is the trick-or-treating. When you enter the park, everyone is given a special bag (highly suggest bringing your own though as these are small) that you can bring around to candy booths throughout the night to collect some candy! For those with allergies, talk to a cast member at the trick-or-treat booths to get a special teal bag and access to allergy-friendly treats. I would highly recommend waiting till later in the night for trick-or-treating so that you are not carrying around a heavy bag all night and for the shorter lines! Several attractions are given some extra Disney magic on these party nights, including Mad Tea Party, Space Mountain, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Our favorite part of the night was getting to ride Pirates of the Caribbean where you get to interact with live pirates and go on a search for Gunpowder Pete! Fastpass+ is not available during the party (but you can schedule fastpasses from 4-7), but lines are generally shorter especially during the parade and fireworks show! Not all the attractions are open on the night of the party so make sure to consult your map before going to ride an attraction.
Also at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party are the Boo-to-You Parade (held at 9:15 PM and 11:15 PM), Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular (held at 8:30, 10:45, and midnight and an extra time at 8 PM is added in October), and Hallowishes (held at 10:15 PM). I would say all three of these are an absolute must if you are attending the party! For the Boo-to-You Parade, I would say that sitting on Main Street U.S.A is the prime spot. To get that kind of seating, I would recommend getting to your spot at least an hour early and more like an hour and a half early to get a spot on the curb. The best part of this parade is the beginning, where the Headless Horseman will very quickly ride down the parade route for all the guests to see! The guests waiting along Main Street U.S.A will also get a special Zootopia Party Patrol as they wait for the parade.
The Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular was an incredible experience and featured our three favorite Sanderson sisters as well as some of the best Disney villains there are. If you could only see one show on the night of the party, I would suggest this being it! That being said, this event is absolutely packed as it occurs on the main stage in front of Cinderella Castle. Make sure you are there early or if you are watching after the fireworks show, quickly and efficiently get as close to the front as you can once the fireworks end! Hallowishes is also incredible and such a fun show to watch. This show you can see from anywhere in front of Cinderella Castle or down Main Street U.S.A.
Even more special things that occur during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party are special character meet-and-greets, including characters that are rarely seen in the Disney parks and some of our favorite beloved characters in new outfits/costumes! Exclusive merchandise is available for the party and can be found at select shops in the Magic Kingdom (Emporium on Main Street U.S.A and Big Top Souvenirs in Fantasyland as well as some special booths when you enter the park). Try to grab the merchandise you want as early as possible as these items can sell out by the end of the night! Special PhotoPass opportunities are also available throughout the park and at the Haunted Mansion. There are even Halloween-themed treats that are available at many different places throughout the magic Kingdom!
Overall I absolutely loved Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! I think it is definitely a must for every Disney lover to do at least one. Next time I go I hope to actually dress up to help get the full experience. I greatly recommend attending this party on a day you are not already attending a park so that you have time to rest in the morning (great time to go to Disney Springs) and enter the park as soon as you can at 4 PM. I definitely think this party should not take the place of a Magic Kingdom day because you will not get to ride all the rides you want in the short number of hours you are there, especially if you want to attend all the party happenings. Also try to go as early in the year as possible for less crowds, shorter lines, and cheaper tickets! I’m so thankful I was able to experience Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party for the first time, and I cannot wait till I get to attend again!