(Article last updated: February 25, 2015)
There 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.