Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party returns again in 2023 with parades, fireworks, live entertainment, characters, and short ride wait times. After attending the first MNSSHP of 2023, and countless parties over the years, I’ve completely updated our 2023 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party guide.
- What Is MNSSHP?
- When Is MNSSHP?
- Halloween Party Activities
- Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Character Meet and Greet Locations
- Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tips
- Where Should I Stay?
- Is MNSSHP Worth It?
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, also known as MNSSHP, is a Disney World tradition which requires purchase of a special event ticket. Celebrate the Halloween season with unique parades, fireworks, Halloween Twists on some rides, photo opportunities, Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, and more.
The party officially runs from 7pm until midnight. However, guests with MNSSHP tickets can enter Magic Kingdom as early as 4pm on party nights.
Get a special event wristband when entering Magic Kingdom after 4pm. If already in Magic Kingdom, find party wristbands at one of several stations inside anytime between 4pm and 6pm.
After 6pm, daytime Magic Kingdom guests can’t enter ride queues or certain areas of the park. Wristbands are checked continuously throughout the night which ensures only paid guests participate in MNSSHP.
There are thirty-eight Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party nights for 2023. The parties begin in mid-August and continue until Halloween night or November 1st, depending on the year.
Tickets for the 2023 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party cost anywhere from $109 to $199 per person depending on the date.
2023 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Dates:
- August: 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
- September: 1, 4, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29
- October: 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31
- November: 1
When Can I Buy 2023 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tickets?
Tickets for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2023 went on sale April 27 to guests at select Disney World Resorts, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels, and Shades of Green. All guests were eligible to buy MNSSHP 2023 tickets on May 2.
Buy tickets quickly if you want to attend MNSSHP. Several 2023 dates sold out before the first party and I expect most of the nights to sell out well before the end of the season.
There are so many special activities and popular rides at MNSSHP that it’s impossible to do them all in one night. The entertainment alone can easily use a majority of your event time.
I find it best to have a list of a few items I really want to do at MNSSHP and then add in more if I have time.
Boo To You Halloween Parade
The headless horseman gallops down the route kicking off MNSSHP’s Boo To You Parade. This dramatic start is followed by a not too scary cast of characters celebrating the Halloween season.
Look for classic Disney characters like Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Peter Pan, Tigger, and more. Villainous characters like Hook, Maleficent, and Wicked Queen also participate in the parade.
A crowd favorite, the Haunted Mansion Grave Diggers, is one of the most unique entertainment groups during Boo To You. This crew mixes choreographed moves with metal shovels which spark along Main Street.
In 2023, Minnie, Daisy, and Clarabelle Cow debuted their Sanderson sisters costumes in the Boo To You Parade while many of our favorite characters also returned.
There are two Boo To You Parade times per night, an earlier parade at 9:15 pm before fireworks and a later one at 11:15 pm. Secure premium viewing spots an hour or more before showtime, especially if a castle view spot is important to you.
Although some people recommend the later parade time to avoid crowds, we do not see a consistent and dramatic difference in crowds between the two parades anymore.
Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular
The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular is a castle stage show featuring the Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus. The sisters are brewing up a Halloween potion and invite some favorite Disney villains like Dr. Facilier and Oogie Boogie for a fun Halloween party.
Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular is an incredibly entertaining show and we’ve been known to even watch it twice in one night. The Spelltacular takes place several times on each Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party night which means you have a few opportunities to see it during the party.
2023 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular Showtimes
- August 11 to September 30: 8:35 pm, 10:45 pm, and 12 am
- October 2 to November 1: 7:40 pm, 8:35 pm, 10:45 pm, and 12 am
Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Fireworks
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party got a completely new fireworks show in 2019 and we love seeing it return in 2023. Jack Skellington hosts Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular fireworks with help from his dog Zero each night at 10:15 pm.
Jack and Zero tell the story of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy who find themselves exploring a mysterious haunted house while they are out trick or treating. Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular is an incredible upgrade from the previous Halloween fireworks which were also very good.
An impressive looking Jack Skellington puppet begins the show, but it is difficult to see unless you are very close to the castle stage. Getting one of these premium viewing spots often requires spending lots of MNSSHP time waiting for the fireworks.
I don’t recommend using precious Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party time waiting for close castle viewing spots unless party entertainment is your primary focus at the event. Although it’s a bit disappointing not seeing Jack, his part is only a small portion of the show.
Use your limited party time for rides, characters, and parades. Castle projections and stunning fireworks are easily seen from anywhere around Main Street and requires less time waiting around.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Halloween Twist Attractions
There are three attractions with special Halloween theming at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Mad Tea Party, Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, and Space Mountain each have a Halloween Twist during MNSSHP.
Special lights, music, and fog add a fun, slightly spooky element to Mad Tea Party. This Halloween Twist usually has a short wait throughout MNSSHP.
Space Mountain is completely dark with loud music, and not seeing the track made me feel jostled. Although Space Mountain’s Halloween Twist wasn’t my favorite, people around me thought it was a fun variation on the classic ride.
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor has Halloween-themed jokes which although funny aren’t a great use of party time. The only exception is if you really want to trick or treat or need a cool place to rest. The Laugh Floor has built in trick or treat stations and plenty of air conditioned seating.
Low Attraction Wait Times During Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
Since tickets are limited for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, wait times for attractions are generally low.
2023 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Attractions
- Tron Lightcycle/Run (6pm virtual queue access)
- Haunted Mansion
- Jungle Cruise
- Pirates of the Caribbean (Halloween Twist)
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Space Mountain (Halloween Twist)
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Mad Tea Party (Halloween Twist)
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- “it’s a small world”
- Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
- The Barnstormer
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Swiss Family Treehouse
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Astro Orbiter
- Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (Halloween Twist)
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2023 Character Meet and Greet Locations
Who doesn’t love a good character interaction? During Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party are opportunities to meet rare Disney characters like Abu, Genie, Elvis Stitch, the Seven Dwarfs, or Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Traditional characters dressed in fun Halloween costumes are also available on party nights.
- Jack Sparrow (near Pirates of the Caribbean entrance)
- Abu, Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie, Jafar (near the Magic Carpets of Aladdin)
- Anastasia and Drizella (roaming Fantasyland)
- Belle (village courtyard near Gaston’s Tavern)
- Cinderella, Elena, Tiana, and Rapunzel (Princess Fairytale Hall)
- Daisy, Donald, and Minnie (near Dumbo)
- Alice, Mad Hatter, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and Queen of Hearts (Mad Tea Party)
- Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, and Tigger (the Thotful Spot)
- Goofy (near Barnstormer)
- Seven Dwarfs (Storybook Circus)
- Elvis Stitch (Galactic Corridor across from Monsters Inc., Laugh Floor)
- Big Al, Liver Lips McGrowl, Shaker, and Wendell (roaming Frontierland)
Town Square Theater
- Jack Skellington and Sally
- Mickey Mouse
Special Halloween Photo Ops At MNSSHP
There are over a dozen special photo opportunities during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2023. Some of our favorites are this cool black and white photo with a full moon and bats in front of Cinderella Castle, hitching a ride with the Haunted Mansion ghosts, or “meeting” the Headless Horseman in Liberty Square.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party PhotoPass opportunities begin at 7pm and you must show your party wristband for these special spooky pictures.
2023 MNSSHP PhotoPass Magic Shots
- Poison Apple (most PhotoPass locations)
- Spooky Balloons *new (Park entrance and Main Street)
- Autumn Tinkerbell (Park entrance and Main Street)
- Skeleton Dance (Main Street)
- Huey, Dewey, and Louie (Main Street)
- Lonesome Ghosts (Main Street)
- Spooky black and white Cinderella Castle photo (Main Street)
- Oogie Boogie moon (Main Street near castle)
- Flaming pumpkin (Main Street near castle)
- Cauldron (Castle hub gardens near Casey’s and Plaza Restaurant)
- Stacked pumpkins accent (Castle hub gardens near Casey’s and Plaza Restaurant)
- Mickey Mouse Jack-o’-lantern (Town Square near the flag pole)
- Maleficent Dragon (Fantasyland wall near Pinocchio Village Haus)
- Caretaker lantern (Haunted Mansion)
- Headless Horseman (Hall of Presidents)
- Hitchhiking Ghosts (Hall of Presidents)
- Lock, Shock, and Barrel (Rocks at entrance of Tomorrowland by purple wall)
- Floating Mickey lights (Storybook Circus)
- Halloween light background (Storybook Circus)
MNSSHP PhotoPass Tips
Pick a few special photos you really want. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Magic Shot lines can get long.
Want fun Cinderella Castle pictures without lots of people in the background? Take pictures shortly before either Boo To You Parade when Main Street is mostly empty.
Have fun! Most MNSSHP PhotoPass Magic Shots turn out best when you are committed to the pose or over the top expressions.
Trick or Treating
Get a trick or treat bag when entering MNSSHP. Several trick or treat stations are set up and easily found by following their light-up signs.
We don’t spend much time trick or treating at MNSSHP, but will go through short lines for a quick treat during the night.
Allergy Friendly Trick or Treating
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 receive a teal token.
- After trick or treating, 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 are 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.
My daughter loves having safe candy and not feeling left out during the party. We love that kids and adults with food allergies now have the chance to participate in the MNSSHP trick or treating fun.
Disney Fans of All Ages Can Dress Up
Disney World doesn’t allow guests over 13 years old to wear costumes to the parks. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a rare exception where all ages may wear costumes at Magic Kingdom.
Although I’m not much of a costume person I absolutely love seeing amazing, creative costumes at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. We usually opt for Halloween themed outfits or a simple Disney bound outfit.
Want to dress up for MNSSHP? Review the official Disney World special event costume policy before you go.
Set Realistic Goals For Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
Watching social media posts, vloggers, and bloggers from your couch gives unrealistic expectations for what happens at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. What you don’t realize is many of these influencers have teams that each cover different aspects of the party.
It is impossible for a regular Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party guest to ride all the attractions, meet characters, catch parades, fireworks, and all the live entertainment options during a single event. I tell you this not to discourage you, but to avoid Disney Disappointment.
Disney Disappointment – a foul mood that occurs when worry over not getting enough check marks on your to-do list causes you to miss amazing experiences all around you.
Have A MNSSHP Plan
Since seeing everything in one Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party night isn’t possible, let’s talk about MNSSHP strategy. I recommend having a short list of must-dos, a longer list of nice to-dos, and some things you plan on skipping.
Based on our experiences I’ve put together a few MNSSHP itineraries to help you have a perfect party night based on what activities are most important to you.
Schedule Rest Before The Party
A full day at the parks before heading to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is not for the faint of heart. Even trained professionals like myself take an afternoon break prior to MNSSHP.
A little rest can make the difference between happily closing down the Halloween party and having to tap out early. This is especially true for families attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party with young kids.
Enter Magic Kingdom At 4pm
A MNSSHP ticket grants entry into Magic Kingdom at 4pm with no park reservation required. Use the time between 4pm and the official party start at 7pm to grab your party wristband, map, trick or treat bag, eat some dinner, and start riding some attractions.
At 7pm the party officially kicks off with spooky characters, photo ops, ride overlays, and character meet and greets.
Commemorate Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party With Special Photo Ops
Disney PhotoPass Magic Shots are a fun way to remember your MNSSHP experience. Some photo lines get extremely long. I recommend picking just a couple photo ops you really want and then use your party time experiencing other activities.
Be Flexible During Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
Fall in Orlando is hurricane season with the potential for rainy nights even without tropical storms. Disruptions to fireworks, parades, and live shows are possible on any party night. Usually a short delay to avoid weather is all that’s needed, but sometimes activities are canceled.
Even with weather delays and cancellations there’s usually still plenty of spooky fun during MNSSHP. If for some reason the weather is so bad that a majority of activities are canceled, guest services sometimes issue replacement tickets for another party even though MNSSHP tickets are non-refundable and no events are guaranteed each night.
Minimize Waiting For Trick or Treat Lines
Although a traditional Halloween activity, we only budget a small amount of time for trick or treating at MNSSHP. Look for stations with short lines and pop in to grab something sweet to nibble.
Transportation back to all Disney World resorts is included with your party ticket. However, at the end of a long night the last thing I want to do is wait for a Disney World bus.
The most convenient Disney World resorts when attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party are those within walking distance. The easiest walks are to Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Bay Lake Tower.
Disney’s Polynesian Resort is another great option because you have multiple ways to get back at the end of the night, but current construction makes this resort less appealing. Take the large ferry to the Transportation and Ticket Center and walk, ride the small boat directly back, hop a monorail, or walk the 1.5 mile path back to Polynesian.
With higher Magic Kingdom daytime crowds and the added stress of Genie+, we think Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is absolutely worth it for most Disney World guests.
Special MNSSHP parades, characters, shows, and fireworks plus low wait times for popular Magic Kingdom attractions makes splurging on a ticket worthwhile.
For those desperate to attend, but worried about the cost, save money by attending MNSSHP early in the season. Prices for most August dates are $109 per person versus $199 on Halloween night.
If you have young kids who go to bed early, or are bummed not all Magic Kingdom attractions are open during the party, I 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 by buying the party ticket.
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