Guide to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in 2015

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(Article last updated: February 25, 2015)

Guide to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween PartyThere are several special events offered throughout the year at Disney World and 1 of those is Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) where people get dressed up in costume and attend special activities that are only offered at this party.

Today, I've got info for you on the details of what takes place at the party, how much it costs, when it's held and thoughts on how to create a touring plan to use during the party.

Let's get started...

What is it?

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is a party that takes place at Magic Kingdom. Everybody visiting Magic Kingdom in September or October will get to enjoy the decorations in the park but only people attending the party will get to enjoy the special events (details on the events are below).

How much does it cost?

This event is only available to people who have purchased special event tickets. Tickets are $62-71, depending on when you attend and if you purchase in advance.

Tickets go on sale on the first week of May and can be purchased on DisneyWorld.com or by calling 407-WDISNEY.

Side note: people often ask me how Disney filters out the non-party goers. The answer is that party attendees are given special bracelets to show that they are attending the party and starting at 7 p.m., Cast Members will usher out anybody who doesn't have that bracelet.

When is it?

A few nights each week from mid-September until just after Halloween, Magic Kingdom closes early so that Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) can be held from 7 p.m. to midnight (though people with party tickets can enter as early as 4 p.m.).

These are the party dates for 2015:

  • September 15, 18, 20, 22, 25 and 27
  • October 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, and 31
  • November 1

Important note! The party will go on regardless of weather so even if it's pouring down rain, it'll be taking place. If you don't want to risk it by purchasing ahead of time (it is during hurricane season, after all), wait until you're at Disney World to purchase tickets. Some dates do sell out ahead of time but many don't.

What exactly takes place during the party?

People who attend the party get to take part in special events including:

Trick-or-treating
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Everybody is given a bag when entering the party but you can bring your own if you'd like to get more as well.

Go later in the night to avoid lugging around heavy candy, to enjoy shorter lines, because Cast Members seem to be more generous at that time and to allow you to do more important things earlier.

There are trick-or-treat stations as well as 2 trails. To maximize how much candy you can get, visit 1 of the trails (located near Splash Mountain and Storybook Circus).

Everybody gets to wear costumes
Kids under 10 years old can always wear costumes in the parks, but during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, everybody can wear costumes.

Disney's official policy says this about costumes that are worn in the parks:

Halloween costumes should NOT:

  • Obstruct the guest’s view or interfere with their ability to board/unload from attractions and/or the the Walt Disney World Resort transportation system (including monorails, ferry boats, and motorcoaches)
  • Drag on the ground
  • Contain sharp or pointed objects or material that may accidentally strike another guest
  • Be offensive to other guests
  • Contain any weapons which resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon

Due to Florida weather, you might also want to make sure your costume is cool enough to wear in the heat and humidity and something that can easily be covered in a poncho.

Boo-To-You Parade

The parade is held twice (at 8:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.). For easiest viewing, go to Frontierland for the second parade. The parade will come through that section about 15 minutes after the official parade start time so keep that in mind when planning.

One thing that's fantastic to see is the Headless Horseman who appears just before the parade begins.

Celebrate the Magic Villains Style Castle Show

The projection show at the castle takes place at 9:15 p.m. and changes to this villains version for the party. You can meet the villains just after this show as well.

HalloWishes

A special version of Wishes called HalloWishes is shown at 9:30 p.m. during the party.

The best places to see fireworks are noted on the map below.

Character meet-and-greets
There are chances to meet lots of characters during the party, including Jack Skellington and Sally, the Seven Dwarfs, several villains and the princesses.

As always, Kenny the Pirate has the best info on how to meet all of them.

Exclusive merchandise
Disney always has exclusive merchandise available to purchase during their parties. The easiest place to find items is usually The Emporium.

Shorter waits for rides
During the party, you can enjoy shorter lines on rides but there are no FastPass+ reservations available and not all rides are open (but most are).

Although I think you should definitely take advantage of the special party events, the ability to walk onto rides is a huge luxury that's a lot of fun.

One ride you should definitely take advantage of during the party is Haunted Mansion where the maids and butlers are specially dressed for the party, there are storytellers and you can have your pic taken with the hearse driver.

Side note: Magic Kingdom is a great park to visit during the day of a party since less people want to be there due to the early closure. If you show up at 4 p.m., you'll be able to ride plenty of things between 4 and 7, before the party even begins.

Photo opportunities
PhotoPass photographers will take magical shots during the party where you will pose and when you see the pics afterward, the hitchhiking ghosts will appear in the picture with you.

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Get the party map
The map for the party is usually released at the beginning of September when the first parties begin.

Here's the map for 2014.

Download the party map: Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2014

How to plan your time

In my opinion, these should be your priorities:

  • Meeting Jack Skellington and Sally, the 7 Dwarfs, villains, and the princesses
  • Boo to You Parade
  • Celebrate the Magic Villains Style Castle Show and HalloWishes fireworks
  • Rides
  • Candy

To fit it all together, this is how I would plan my time:

  • 4:00 - 7:00 - ride rides, eat dinner and then get in line between 5:30 and 6 to meet your highest priority character (the Seven Dwarfs or Jack Skellington & Sally)
  • 7:00 - 8:00 - rides, shopping
  • 8:00 - 9:00 - attend the Villains Mix and Mingle show at 8:50 p.m. and then meet the villains afterward
  • 9:00 - 10:00 - Celebrate the Magic Villains Style Castle Show and fireworks
  • 10:00 - 11:00 - Boo to You Parade at 10:30 p.m.
  • 11:00 - midnight - trick-or-treat at 1 of the trails and get as much candy as you can, meet more characters with shorter lines

Is Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party worth it?

I think the party is worth it, especially if you consider that you can replace 1 of your park tickets with a party ticket if you'd like and you get to see special entertainment and wait in shorter ride lines.

For instance, if you'll be in Disney theme parks for 7 days, you could get 6 day park tickets and tickets to the party. On the party day, you could use the first part of the day to rest or visit Downtown Disney and then go to Magic Kingdom at 4 p.m. to use your party ticket.

There are party dates that are less busy than others and Touring Plans did a breakdown of the least busy dates to attend the party that could help you decide.

In general, Tuesdays are the least crowded day to attend overall and September dates are less busy than October dates.

One other thing

Another bit of extra magic that could be added if you're visiting Disney World in September or October is the special in-room celebration called Mickey's Spooktacular Celebration where your room can be decorated for the occasion.

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So what do you think? Will you be attending the party? Or do you have questions that weren't covered?

Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments.


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{ 48 comments (add yours) }

Breezy February 26, 2015 at 7:49 pm

Hi my husband and I were wondering if we have the park ticket for the day and we spend time at MK then we go back to our hotel to get into costume for MNSSHP, how early can we enter the park dressed up?

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Tiffany February 26, 2015 at 12:40 pm

So excited. If we have a tickets for MK that day and a MNSSHP ticket, can we book 3 FP for our MK ticket, and 3 between 4-7 with our MNSSHP ticket? Thank you.

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Tasha February 25, 2015 at 7:36 am

How positive are you about these dates? I will have to change my entire plan if these dates are correct.

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Cindy February 24, 2015 at 9:40 pm

A similar site doesn’t have the parties starting until 9/15. Can you confirm that the 9/1 and 9/7 date is for sure?

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Shannon Albert February 24, 2015 at 9:53 pm

Magic Kingdom is scheduled to close early on September 1, 4, and 7 (and usually that’s due to parties being scheduled), but the Flower and Garden Festival guide map that was released today says the parties begin on September 15. Disney’s info is conflicting on this.

In my opinion, the guide map has a typo because having parties begin in mid-September would be very unusual. I’m keeping an eye on the guide map PDF to see if it changes soon.

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Ashley Culp February 25, 2015 at 10:29 am

I saw the guide map too and I am hoping this is wrong because we booked and paid for our trip and airfare already for Sept 2nd – 13th and we are now in panic mode to see if we can change our dates for a later time so we can go to the Party! Please let us know ASAP if these dates change.

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Barbara February 23, 2015 at 3:00 pm

I called today 2/23/2015 , they told me you cannot take one of your park tickets for use at Halloween Party. To get the bracelet you have to have an additional ticket for the event.

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Shannon Albert February 23, 2015 at 3:15 pm

That is correct. I didn’t say the park tickets could be used as Halloween party tickets; I said that you could get 1 fewer park ticket day and use your Halloween Party ticket on the party day so you don’t end up buying a park ticket *and* a Halloween Party ticket on the same day.

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Meriam February 22, 2015 at 3:33 pm

Can you confirm that a regular ticket can be traded for a Halloween party ticket? My travel agent said I couldn’t, but your article says otherwise.

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Shannon Albert February 22, 2015 at 3:36 pm

My article doesn’t say that. I think what might be confusing is that I suggest that people use their Halloween party ticket as their park ticket to justify the cost for the day (because some people will say “I’m supposed to pay $60 on top of my park ticket for the day?!” but if you don’t arrive until 4pm, you can treat your Halloween party ticket as your park ticket for that day which works out to about the same cost).

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Meriam February 22, 2015 at 4:41 pm

sorry, I misunderstood.

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Danni February 22, 2015 at 2:45 am

My husband and I will be at WDW from the 2nd Oct to 6th Oct 2015, can’t wit to fit a MNSSHP in there somewhere! When will the October dates be released? Are most restaurants open during the party? Now to find costumes to wear!

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JCB February 25, 2015 at 1:41 pm

October dates are given at the beginning of this article.

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Meriam February 21, 2015 at 12:34 pm

Is table dining still available in the MK during the MNSSHP for non-party attendees?

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Shannon Albert February 21, 2015 at 1:37 pm

The only thing you could do is have a dining reservation before 7, eat your dinner, and then you can leave afterward.

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Kaleigh Rider February 19, 2015 at 12:31 pm

We are planning our 2015 September trip and I was wondering how you found out the dates for this year’s MNSSHP? Are those dates set in stone by Disney? I’m trying to get our ADRs planned before our 180 days and I want to plan around the Halloween Party. Thanks for your help!

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B February 19, 2015 at 7:28 am

What kind of candy do they offer for trick or treat? I’m just wondering if it’s worth our time to do it.

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stephanie February 3, 2015 at 4:49 pm

hi shannon

i am coming from australia and i was just wondering if the prices that you have listed above were for this year and also do you know when the tickets become available for purchase

thank you

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DS February 1, 2015 at 3:15 pm

We have attended Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Hallowen on two occasions and it is one of our favorite things to do at WDW. I agree 100% about taking advantage of the low crowds on these days and riding as many rides as you can throughout the evening. Another tip: we once lost track of time and the fireworks started as we were walking past Peter Pan’s flight toward the Haunted Mansion. Most of the fireworks were going off what seemed like directly over our heads. It was a unique perspective and one of my favorite fireworks memories. Plus there was virtually no one in that area so it was like a private show!

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Tina S October 30, 2014 at 4:16 pm

I’m going tomorrow night!! Can’t wait!!! This article was EXTREMELY useful. Thank yo so much!
Have a magical day

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Caitlin June 20, 2014 at 2:58 am

On a night when the Halloween Party is on, are the regular fireworks at Magic Kingdom cancelled? Is it just the Halloween fireworks on those nights?

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Wendy May 23, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Hi Shannon, We are thinking of coming to WDW for 2 nights, no park tickets, just a ticket to the Halloween party. So we will definitely be getting there at 4pm to enjoy as much park time as possible. Will we be able to make fastpass plus reservations from 4-7pm? I know fastpass isn’t in use during the party, but it’d be nice to make some for that earlier time frame (especially the 7 dwarves train). Are the lines for other headlines typically low (10 min or less) during the party time?

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Cindy W October 10, 2014 at 12:53 pm

P.S. when we arrived on Thursday, the party had been sold out, so was very happy to have bought ahead of time :)

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BUBSMOLJO May 14, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Hi Shannon-
Ok I’m attending the party Oct. 19th and I just want to confirm that I DON’T need regular park admission for that day if I show up at 4pm. ie, instead of my having to buy a 4 day pass for my long weekend, I only need a 3 day pass? Do I understand this right? Thanks so much-dumb question-I know :)

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Shannon Albert May 14, 2014 at 2:30 pm

That is correct – you DON’T need park admission to attend the party.

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Ang May 27, 2014 at 1:13 pm

My huband called Disney today. We were going to shorten our 6 day to a 5 day and add the Halloween party ticket. They stated that you couldn’t get in until 7 for Halloween party. You have to have a day ticket if you wanted to get in by 4. Has something changed or are we mis-informed by someone?

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Cindy W October 10, 2014 at 12:51 pm

We just attended last night, Thursday Oct 9th.. yes they let us in by 4. I was surprised at how crowded it was on a weekday when school is in session… It did thin out a bit by 7pm. We did not get fastpasses for that 4 to 7 time frame.. you should if it’s allowed. The wait times for Big Thunder was about 22 mins and Splash was 30 to 40 mins. My son loves the rides and candy lines, parades and shows, so I can’t tell you about the character waits, but when we passed by several, it looked to be about 30 mins long or so. Candy lines were super long, but went very fast as they have 2 people passing out candy, so really it only took about 3 mins. Hit the mine train after the first Boo to You parade ( A MUST SEE) and had a 35 min wait. In all, for the almost 7 hours we were there, we made it onto about 6 rides, parade, dinner and candy lines..

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babyseeger May 27, 2014 at 8:44 pm

My husband called today. He was trying to change our 6 day to a 5 day pass then buy the Halloween tickets. They told him you couldn’t come in until 7 unless you had park admission. I’m confused on who it right or not?

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Maureen May 11, 2014 at 6:23 pm

We will be staying at the Caribbean Beach Resort and I was wondering if they do anything special for their guests on Halloween since we will not be attending the party at the Magic Kingdom? Thanks

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D Stroup May 5, 2014 at 8:46 am

We will be arriving off the plane around 1ish. I would like to know how to plan an early departure from the party and still enjoy it with little ones. We will be staying at the Wilderness Lodge. We have an 8am breakfast at Hollywood and Vine the next morning. How would you plan an easy and enjoyable time?

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Nell May 6, 2014 at 10:05 am

I second this — I will be going with a 5 year and 2 year old, so we won’t be staying too late. Looking for tips.

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April Keller May 4, 2014 at 9:54 pm

Can you purchase tickets through travel agents like AAA, or only directly through WDW?

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Shannon Albert May 5, 2014 at 9:46 am

I don’t think they’re available through AAA but you can get them directly from WDW or through Disney travel agents.

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Neil October 26, 2014 at 5:08 am

Can confirm you CAN get your Not So Scary tickets @ AAA. That’s where I got mine :-)

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Joyce May 4, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Thank you for all these information!
I would like to ask if you have any touring plans for people who would be there since the park open (i.e 9am) ?

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Shannon Albert May 6, 2014 at 11:11 am

You should probably focus on the party-specific entertainment like the parade, fireworks and characters and then only do the rides that you couldn’t fit in during the day.

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Carly May 4, 2014 at 6:31 pm

What time do tickets go on sale on the website?

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Shannon Albert May 4, 2014 at 7:13 pm

I think 6am but it’s no hurry because most dates won’t sell out and even the dates that do sell out will only sell out a day or two beforehand usually.

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Carly May 4, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Thanks Shannon!

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Shannon Albert May 6, 2014 at 11:09 am

They ended up being on sale at midnight but doesn’t matter a huge amount since they don’t sell out months ahead of time.

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Tara May 4, 2014 at 4:34 pm

If you use the MNSSHP as a “no park” day and go at 4pm to MK, how does the magic band know not to charge as a park ticket? I’m worried that it will eat a park ticket.

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Shannon Albert May 4, 2014 at 7:14 pm

When you enter for a party, they’ll scan your party ticket instead of your MagicBand.

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Amy May 4, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Will you write one of these for Mickey’s Christmas Party as well? We plan to go to that the first week of December!

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Shannon Albert May 4, 2014 at 4:11 pm

I just updated the holiday post to include info on the 2014 Christmas party – http://wdwprepschool.com/holiday-christmas-season-at-disney-world/

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Amy May 4, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Thank you!

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Kelly M May 5, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Thank you! I was looking for MVMCP information for 2014.

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Leesa May 16, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Are the tickets attached to your magic band, or do they mail you your tickets?

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Audrey May 23, 2014 at 10:59 pm

They mail them to you Leesa! I just got mine in the mail today and they look like gift cards. I was impressed with how quickly we got them. Ordered them Tuesday evening and received them Friday afternoon!

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