Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party arrives every Fall, which is one of the best times of year to visit Walt Disney World. Although this is truly just my opinion, I don’t really feel like this is debatable. The weather starts to cool down (just a little), the crowds start to dwindle, the fall décor is out and new fall flavors and treats pop up. Attending this Walt Disney World Halloween party is our favorite fall tradition and we go every year. Since it can sometimes be difficult to navigate we wanted to share what you can expect and tips for making the most of your time.
UPDATE: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party for 2021 has been Canceled. Read more about the event that is replacing it for 2021; Disney’s After Hours Boo Bash will be offered select nights from August through October 2021.
Is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party worth it?
Ok, so we’ll just get this question off the table first. This party is THE REASON we visit Walt Disney World every year. It’s also the reason we started this blog. and one of the very first shirts we designed for our Disney shop was a Boo to You Disney Halloween shirt in honor of the Boo To You Parade. Frankly, we’re biased.
How Much Does Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Cost?
With this being a hard ticket event, meaning that you have to purchase a separate Halloween ticket to get in, a lot of people tend to ask if it’s worth it. At between 80-90 dollars a person, this is a valid question. You check out current prices here. You will pay 80+ dollars per person to get into the party, and that is in addition to any other park tickets you may need to buy that day. Obviously, as we have been going for years, we do believe that Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is very well worth it. You’re in Magic Kingdom, surrounded by gorgeous fall decorations, special character meet and greets you won’t find anywhere else the fireworks show, and our absolute favorite, the Boo to You Parade. You also get access to special Halloween Party only treats and snacks and exclusive merchandise. There’s so much to see and do during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party that it’s hard to fit it all in before the clock strikes midnight!
How Do I Get My Mickey’s Not Scary Halloween Party Tickets?
For guests not staying on the property if you’re visiting the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party or don’t have a magic band, then you can print your tickets after purchase. Once printed, or pulled up on your phone, bring them to the will call window at the Magic Kingdom front gates to get your ticket there. If you’re staying at Magic Kingdom for the day, you’ll be able to just stay all day through to the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. The cast members do a really good job of “sweeping” the park at 7 p.m. to make sure that only Halloween Party attendees are the only ones left at the park when the party officially begins.
If you get in line to meet a character with a really long queue and forget to get your wristband beforehand, it’s possible that you may be booted from the line in order to get your wristband, so just be sure to do that before you commit to any of the party offerings!
What Time Does the Disney Halloween Party Start?
This party starts at 7 pm, but you can plan to enter as early as 4 pm with Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Ticket. We always recommend making this your only park ticket for the day so you save some money. If you are already in Magic Kingdom for the day, make sure you get your party wristband before the party starts. There are stations throughout the park where you can get your wristband so be sure to have your ticket ready. If you’ve bought these tickets in your My Disney Experience app or Disney account, then it is automatically linked to the magic bands you have associated with the account.
Walt Disney World Halloween Crowds
Although not heavily advertised, the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) ticket will get you in as early as 4 p.m. Since you don’t need to get a park ticket to get into Magic Kingdom if you have the Halloween Party ticket, today is a good day to visit a water park. You can also save money by just doing free things at Disney instead. Send the morning at Disney Springs, resort hop, or (especially) if you have small children, just hang at your resort for the first half of the day, as this can end up being a pretty late night for party-goers.
Disney Halloween Party Character Visits
Speaking of special Character meet lines, these are some of the best(and longest!) Disney Character Meet and Greets you will see all year. This is where you can meet Jack Skellington and Sally(this year in Liberty Square, starting at 5 p.m.), the Seven Dwarves(The Big Top at 6:15 p.m.) and Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore in their Halloween Costumes(at the regular Pooh meeting place at 7 p.m.) While these are the most popular characters to meet during the party, you can also meet others like Abu, Jack Sparrow, the Queen of Hearts, and Tweedle Dee, and Tweedle Dum.
Halloween Meet and Greet Strategy
The best way to tackle the meet and greets is to come up with a game plan beforehand. You can spend a lot of time in these lines. The characters take a lot of breaks(or sometimes fewer but longer breaks), some of the guests spend a LOT of time interacting with the characters(especially with Jack and Sally) and inclement weather can delay the start of the meet and greet.
We met Jack and Sally last year and waited in line for around 2 hours. This year we chose Pooh and Friends and lined up before they arrived and ended up waiting for a little over an hour. You can easily meet Pooh, the Seven Dwarves, and the Queen of Hearts all in one night due to their proximity to each other if you plan it outright. There are lots of other meets and greets available throughout the party, just be sure to look for them!
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Planning
We find the character meet and greet part of the party more a prioritizing thing than a planning thing because it is hard to say how long each character line will take, if they will be on time, breaks, etc. so choose the most important characters and see them first! At the same time, you and your family will want to discuss a few things regarding this party to make the most of the time you have.
- Which characters do you want to see?
- Do you want to walk the whole trick-or-treat trail or do the rides with low wait times instead?
- Which special party snacks are a must-try?
- Which Boo to You Parade do you want to see? The early one or the late one?
- Are you staying for the Fireworks?
- Do you want to see the Hocus Pocus Villains Spectacular?
All of the information you will need ahead of time to plan for your Disney Halloween party will be online ahead of the party, and on this blog. But be sure to grab a map when you enter the parks on your party day. The map will have locations of characters, the trick or treat trail, the treats offered and times for the shows.
Disney Halloween Party Entertainment
Ok, so onto the entertainment! While there is trick or treating here, we don’t recommend wasting much (if any) time doing this. We always stop at a station or two just so we can get in our “trick or treating on Main Street” experience. Aside from that, the lines are just too long, and simply put it’s candy and you can get that anywhere. The treat stations are pretty well lit and are also marked on the map so they’re pretty easy to locate. Be sure to maximize your time if you do plan to trick or treat and plan your route to avoid wasting foot traffic.
There are two Boo To You parade times, one at 8:30 p.m. and one at 11:15 p.m. This starts off in Frontierland but regardless of where you view it, you will want to make sure you find a spot about 30 minutes beforehand. We love seeing this from Main Street, which is also the most crowded, but you can find the parade route on the map to see which location works best for you.
This is a great time to find your spot and enjoy one of the Halloween treats offered at the party. We loved the pumpkin spice cupcake this year, which we actually got during dinner at Be Our Guest, but we were told it’s the same that they served at Gaston’s Tavern. And the candy corn ice cream got rave reviews and although it was on our list, we just didn’t have enough time or appetite to try it!
Boo to You Parade Happy Halloween at Walt Disney World
The first parade is always more crowded, but we love it so much we usually try to watch both. While that may seem like a lot of time between finding a spot to sit and actually watching the parade, remember this is central Florida. It can sporadically rain at any time and it’s not just “rain”. It can be monsoon, flash flood-like rain that can force you out of the parks, or worse yet, heavy storms that will actually cause the second (or even first) parade to be canceled. So bear that in mind. We love planning to watch both parades just in case one gets canceled, or if we miss something during one of the viewings, we don’t feel like we’ve missed out on anything!
Walt Disney World Halloween Fireworks Show
Celebrate The Magic is fun to watch in preparation for the fireworks. This show starts at 10:00 p.m., followed directly by the fireworks at 10:15 p.m. This can get crazy crowded. But if you move a little further into Main Street and not so close to the castle, you can actually get much better views. Trying to be directly in front of Cinderella Castle will require you to find a seat an hour early. Which we think is just a waste of precious party time. But for some families, this might be a great time to relax and recharge for the rest of the night.
The Halloween fireworks show is one of the best fireworks shows you will ever see. It is a 360-degree fireworks show, so there will be fireworks all around you. So beautiful! For the best photos of these, you will definitely want to grab a spot early and use a tripod!
Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular at Walt Disney World
The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, on the Cinderella Castle stage, can be viewed at 8:00 PM, 9:15 PM, 10:40 PM, and midnight. If you camp out for Hallowishes, you will catch a showing of this while you wait. The Sanderson sisters are joined by other Disney villains including Oogie Boogie, Maleficent, and others.
There is so much to do, here are a few other options.
- Dance Party in Tomorrowland with characters from Monsters Inc.
- Check out Special merchandise throughout the park.
- Sorcerers of The Magic Kingdom exclusive Halloween Party Card. Beware though, the lines for this can be very long.
Disney Halloween Party TIPS
- Dress up! While not everyone dresses up for the party, it’s a fun way to celebrate the party. We’d say about 75% of people typically dress up. Make sure to follow Disney’s new guidelines for dressing up. Adults can do more a Disneybound type of costume since Adult costumes are not allowed.
- Have a plan. The party can seem pretty hectic once you start to map out the night. Having a plan beforehand will help you maximize your time.
- Have dinner before the party starts. We usually like to eat dinner around 4:30. Mainly so we don’t spend party time in the restaurant and can enjoy the entertainment and treats available.
- Tuesday is the least busy day for the party and the earlier in September, the lower the crowds. If you can swing it, this is definitely the time to go!
- Stay late! If you can manage, the party only gets better the later you stay. The crowds die down and you won’t be dealing with the crowds heading to the parking lots. And you’ll have a better view of the last bits of entertainment of the night.
- If there is one ride that you ride during the party, make sure it is The Haunted Mansion. Not only are the cast members dressed a little extra spooky but Lady Carlotta appears outside the castle. She is hilarious.
This is one of our favorite events and highly recommend it for every Disney Family at least once. We will be dreaming of it until next year!