Updated April 2019
If you have priced a Disney World vacation lately you may have noticed that it can be one of the most expensive family trips you can take. So when faced with the choice of adding on an extra expense, like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, it is important to weight the pros and cons to make your final decision.
What Is Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?
Beginning in mid-August and running through select nights through Halloween, you will find something called Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) at Magic Kingdom. This event is billed as a way to experience the Magic Kingdom with smaller crowds and some unique experiences in exchange for the purchase of an extra ticket.
The party officially runs from 7pm until midnight, but party ticket holders may enter the Magic Kingdom beginning at 4pm on their party night.
There is also Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party which starts right after Halloween. Here is more information on the Christmas party in case your trip overlaps the seasons.
What Makes MNSSHP Special?
Ticket sales are capped, so theoretically there should be lower crowds in attendance. This may be more beneficial for those attending parties toward the end of the summer crowds or closer to Halloween.
Not all attractions run on party nights. Check here to see which attractions will be running for the party. Generally the ones that do run have shorter wait times than usual. This is especially true during parade/fireworks and as some visitors tire out and leave the park for the night.
Unique Character Meet and Greets
Who doesn’t love a good character interaction?! During the MNSSHP is a rare opportunity to meet villains. For example, in the last few years we have met Cruella de Vil, the Queen of Hearts, Jafar, and Lotso.
If villains aren’t your thing Jack and Sally (from The Nightmare Before Christmas), Moana, traditional characters in Halloween costumes, and the Seven Dwarfs are also available on MNSSHP nights.
Please note since these are special character experiences the lines can get VERY long with wait times of 90 minutes or more. Available characters are not guaranteed and can change without notice.
Boo To You Halloween Parade
The Boo-To-You Halloween Parade starts with the headless horseman galloping down the road and is followed by a not too scary cast of characters to celebrate the season.
There are two Boo-To-You Parade times per night, an earlier parade before fireworks and a later one after the fireworks. Plan to secure a viewing spot an hour or more before showtime if a castle view spot is important to you.
Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular
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The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular is a castle stage show that features the Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus. The sisters are brewing up a Halloween potion and invite some favorite villains like Dr. Facilier and Oogie Boogie for a fun Halloween party.
We love this show so much we have watched the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular show twice in one night. The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular show takes place several times on each MNSSHP night so you have plenty of opportunities to see it during the party.
A New Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Firework Show In 2019
Starting this year, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party will have a yet to be named, but completely new Halloween Fireworks show. The story is Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy find themselves exploring a mysterious haunted house while they are out trick-or-treating. I can’t wait to see this new castle projection show and firework display at our first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party of 2019.
To give you an idea of what the previous firework show was like check out this clip from Happy HalloWishes.
Many people love the trick-or-treating option during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party. There are designated trick-or-treat locations throughout the park where cast members distribute candy. Unfortunately, because of my daughter’s food allergy we had not been able to participate in the trick-or-treating until recently.
Starting in 2017, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party added Teal Pumpkin options for allergy-friendly trick-or-treating. A teal pumpkin indicates that allergy friendly treats are available for those trick-or-treating with food allergies. Find out more about dealing with food allergies at Disney World here.
How does the allergy-friendly trick-or-treating at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party work?
- Request a teal pumpkin trick-or-treat bag when you get your party wristband .
- Trick-or-treat at any of the designated spots at the party. Instead of getting candy you will be provided a teal token.
- Once you are done trick-or-treating you take these tokens to either the Town Square Theater or Liberty Square Ticket Office.
- Trade in your teal tokens for allergy-friendly treats of your choice. There were several varieties of allergy-friendly Surf Sweets, YumEarth, and Enjoy Life cookies or candies. You can also choose to use your tokens for non-food items like small Halloween trinkets.
Enjoy Life, YumEarth, and Surf Sweets are some of our favorite allergy-friendly treats at home. Elizabeth was so excited to have safe candy to snack on like other kids at the party. I love that now kids with food allergies have the chance to participate in the MNSSHP trick-or-treating fun.
Disney Fans of All Ages Can Dress Up
General park rules at Disney World do not allow those over age 13 to wear costumes to the parks. The MNSSHP is a rare exception where all ages may wear a costume at Magic Kingdom. Keep your eyes open for some excellent themed family costumes! Also make sure you review the official Disney World special event costume policy before you go.
Special Halloween Overlays Of Some Rides
In 2018 three rides had special Halloween theming during MNSSHP: Pirates of the Caribbean, Mad Tea Party, and Space Mountain. We thought the special lights and fog added a fun, slightly spooky element to Mad Tea Party.
In Pirates of the Caribbean a live person was in one of the caged rooms in the queue. This was quite a shock and we screamed then giggled about it. However, the live pirate in the ride was a bit disappointing. He felt like a bad heckler, but we went at the end of the night so maybe the interaction would have been better earlier in the party.
So, Is It Worth It?
We have personally opted to do the MNSSHP each time we have been in town on a party night, even though we have rarely made it until close. Meeting unique characters, the special parade, stage show, and fireworks, in addition to shorter attraction wait times have been enough to justify the cost for us.
The answer really depends on your group. Those with small children who are not night owls might not get the most out of these pricey tickets. The party tickets often run just below the cost of a one-day regular park ticket.
If you have smaller kids or are bummed that not all of the attractions are open during the party I would recommend skipping Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Often you can get more park time for your family by adding on an additional day to a multi-day ticket (instead of that pool day you were considering) than by buying the party ticket.
If you decide the party is right for you, here is where you can buy tickets online. One final word of warning. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has so many entertainment options that it is nearly impossible to do them all in one night.
Have you done the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? What was your favorite thing about the event? Did you think it was worth the additional cost?
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