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.
Here’s everything you need to know about 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…
In this article
- Ride waits
- Character meets
With exclusive characters and entertainment, the Halloween party certainly adds extras to your trip that you won’t find anywhere else.
However, the parties are often so crowded that it’s hard to get much done. People who can pick a few high priority things to do will enjoy themselves.
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Dates, cost, and times for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
This is a special event with its own separate ticket.
Party dates for 2019 are:
- August 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30
- September 2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27 and 29
- October 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29 and 31
- November 1
Least crowded Halloween parties
People often ask about the least crowded parties and which days they should attend.
The fact is, the parties are way busier now than they were even just a few years ago.
It appears that Disney is selling more tickets, and with the introduction of the Party Pass (more on that below), locals that might have ventured into the parks for 1 or 2 parties are now able to attend all but 1 party date, a move that will likely increase the number of people in the park.
That being said, aside from the first couple of parties, August and September are still better options than October.
A good indicator for how popular Disney thinks a party might be is found in the price structure: more popular (and busier) parties have a higher price point, as you can see in the graphic below.
Tickets for 2019 went on sale on January 15, 2019 (which is the earliest ever). In comparison, tickets for 2018 went on sale on March 19th.
Tickets are currently available by calling 407-WDISNEY or online at DisneyWorld.com.
Tickets are non-refundable, even if there’s bad weather.
For this reason, we used to advise people to wait to get their party tickets until they got to Disney World so they see how the weather was going to be.
However, many party dates sold out in the last couple of years, so now we suggest buying them ahead of time if you’re pretty certain you want to attend.
Party dates that sold out
In 2018, the dates that sold out were August 17, September 14, October 4, October 30, and October 31.
In 2019, no party dates have sold out yet.
Party Pass (New for 2019)
New for 2019, Disney is offering a special Party Pass that lets you attend 35 of the 36 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties (all except for October 31) for one price.
The cost isn’t cheap ($299) but if you live close by or if you plan to attend at least 3 parties, the ticket might make a lot of sense for you.
MNSSHP Start Time
The main party events begin at 7 p.m. and end at midnight, but people with event tickets can enter Magic Kingdom as early as 4 p.m.* to enjoy the park in its “regular” state before the party officially kicks off at 7.
We highly recommend you take advantage of that perk and we cover exactly how to maximize those hours before the party starts down below.
Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Member? You can get in even earlier.
DVC Members and up to 7 guests (for a total of 8 people) can enter Magic Kingdom on just a party ticket beginning at 2 p.m.
You do not need a regular park ticket to visit Magic Kingdom on this day if you have a party ticket and arrive at 4 or later.
Are there discounts available?
You can save money a couple of different ways:
Purchase your ticket ahead of time
Tickets purchased ahead of time are $10 less per ticket than those purchased the day of a party.
Annual Passholder and Disney Vacation Club discounts
On select nights, guests that are Annual Passholders or DVC (Disney Vacation Club) owners are able to save a few dollars on their tickets.
The discount starts at around $5 per ticket. To check on availability, log into your My Disney Experience account and navigate to Event Tickets.
Get the Halloween party map
Here’s the map for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for 2019 (including characters and where to find them).
Click to view the full-sized PDF.
What takes place during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Since the park is open only for party guests, those attending will need to get special wristbands.
Wristbands can be picked up at:
- the front of the park (as you enter)
- inside the Chamber of Commerce building on Main Street
- near Buzz Lightyear
- outside of Mickey’s Philharmagic
- Guest Relations window in Liberty Square
- near Tortuga Tavern
Everybody is given a small bag when entering the party, but you can bring your own if you’d rather have something a bit bigger.
We recommend that you go later in the night to avoid lugging around heavy candy, to enjoy shorter lines, to benefit from Cast Members often generous portions later in the night, and to allow you to do more important things earlier.
Trick-or-treat spots are noted as orange Mickey heads on the map. They include:
Main Street U.S.A.
- Market Street (until 8 p.m.)
- Pinocchio Village Haus
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- Storybook Circus WDW Railroad station
- Ariel’s Grotto
- Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
- Carousel of Progress
- Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
- Jungle Cruise
- Tortuga Tavern
- Splash Mountain
- Miner’s Cove (near Big Thunder Mountain)
- Country Bear Jamboree
- The Diamond Horseshoe
People with food allergies: you can grab a teal bag from a Cast Member at any treat location and/or head to Town Square Theater and Liberty Square Ticket Center for an allergy-friendly selection.
You can collect teal tokens at the trick-or-treat stations which can later be redeemed for allergy-friendly treats.
The allergy-friendly centers are shown as teal Mickey heads on the party map.
Dressing in costumes
Disney used to allow everybody to wear costumes during the Halloween party, and while lots of people still dress up, the policy has changed in recent years.
Here’s the current policy, but basically, you can wear whatever you want as long as it’s not violent or dangerous.
- Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests.
- All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
- Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
- Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
- Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
- Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.
For Guests ages 13 and under:
- Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long as the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.
For Guests ages 14 and older:
- Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
- Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g.,full-length Princess dresses)
- Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
- Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts, and hats are acceptable.
- Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords, and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
- Masks of any kind may not be worn.
Want more costume tips? Check out our Mickey’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party costume FAQ.
UPDATED for 2019: Boo-To-You Parade
The parade is held twice during the party (at 9:15 p.m. and 11:15 p.m.). For easiest viewing, go to Frontierland for the second parade. The parade comes through that section about 15 minutes after the official parade start time so keep that in mind when planning.
In true Disney fashion, the parade comes with a couple fun “extras”:
Guests along Main Street waiting for the parade to start are treated to a Zootopia Party Patrol which features 2 of your favorite Zootopia friends: Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde.
You can expect fun music from the movie as well as dancing during this brief pre-parade party.
New in 2019, guests are able to enjoy some new floats and updates to the parade.
Joining the Haunted Mansion waltzing spirits is the spectral bride from the attraction.
There are also two new Tomorrowland inspired floats: one featuring Buzz Lightyear and alien explorers and the other with the Incredibles and Edna Mode.
And, as the parade start time creeps even closer, guests along the entire parade route are treated to one of the signature moments of the entire evening: the appearance of the Headless Horseman.
Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular
In Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, the mischievous Sanderson Sisters from Disney “Hocus Pocus” return to the mortal world for one night during the Halloween season.
With only a few hours to run a muck, the three sisters decide to use their magic to throw the best, most evil Halloween party this side of the graveyard!
Hocus Pocus takes place in August and September at 8:30 p.m., 10:45 p.m., and midnight. In October show times are 8 p.m., 8:35 p.m., 10:45 p.m., and midnight.
NEW for 2019: Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular (fireworks extravaganza)
Replacing the much beloved HalloWishes (which made its final appearance in 2018), this new nighttime show features Jack Skellington as host and includes projections, lasers, special lightning effects, and of course – lots and lots of fireworks.
Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy join in on the adventure as Jack tells the story of “how anything can happen on Halloween Night.”
Because of the use of projections, much like Happily Ever After (the regular nighttime show), the best views will be close to the castle.
NEW for 2019: DescenDANCE Party
Join your favorite Villain Kids for some wickedly good beats and fun photo ops at Cosmic Rays.
Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball Dance Party
This dance party features Mike Wazowski and Sulley, and it takes place on the Tomorrowland Stage from 7 p.m. – midnight.
Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam
Located in Storybook Circus (hence the name), this new dance party features Disney Junior characters, including Vampirina, Fancy Nancy, Doc McStuffins, and Timon.
The dance party takes place from 7 p.m. – midnight.
The Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet
The Cadaver Dans perform their ghoulish medley of popular “tombs” for guests in Frontierland during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom.
Meet and greet opportunities with Disney characters
There are always chances to meet lots of characters during the party.
You probably won’t be able to meet all the characters in 1 night, so keep that in mind when deciding which ones to prioritize.
¹in special attire for the party
²exclusive characters or character combos
³at a dance party (doesn’t sign autographs)
Characters in red – very popular! Plan to line up before the party begins, during parades/fireworks, or the last hour of the night.
Main Street, U.S.A.
- Mickey Mouse – Town Square Theater
- Jack and Sally² – Town Square Theater
- Aladdin with Abu² – at the Agrabah Bazaar, this pair swaps sets with Jasmine and Genie
- Jasmine with Genie² – at the Agrabah Bazaar, this pair swaps sets with Aladdin and Abu
- Tarzan, Jane, and Terk² – near Swiss Family Treehouse
- Jafar² – near Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- Moana² – Enchanted Tiki Room queue
- Captain Jack Sparrow – near Pirates of the Caribbean
- The Gravediggers² – gazebo
- Brer Fox and Rabbit – roaming
- Anastasia and Drizella – roaming
- Cinderella – Princess Fairytale Hall
- Cruella DeVil² – roaming
- Donald & Daisy² – Storybook Circus near Casey Jr. Splash n Soak Station
- Alice and Mad Hatter² – Mad Tea Party
- Belle and Gaston² – Gaston’s Tavern
- Ariel and Eric² – Prince Eric’s Market (across from Ariel’s Grotto)
- Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet¹ – Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Minnie Mouse¹ – Storybook Circus near Casey Jr. Splash n Soak Station
- Princess Elena – Princess Fairytale Hall
- Princess Tiana – Princess Fairytale Hall
- Queen of Hearts and Tweedles² – Mad Tea Party
- Rapunzel – Princess Fairytale Hall
- Seven Dwarfs² – inside Pete’s Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus
- Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear² – In between Carousel of Progress and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Elvis Stitch² – Stitch’s Alien Encounter
Many Magic Kingdom attractions will be open
Not all of the rides and shows will be open during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, but many will.
In the past, the lines for attractions were relatively short (when compared to a normal park day).
However, the increased crowds mean that the wait times on the most popular attractions can be significant.
Special ride experiences
Disney has 4 attractions with a Halloween twist available during the party. Here are what those options look like:
- Mad Tea Party – special lighting and music takes this wild attraction up an even madder notch. Not a must-do, but it is kind of fun to ride with the upbeat Halloween music and the festive lights.
- Pirates of the Caribbean – Scattered throughout the queue and the attraction itself are strategically placed real pirates that interact with guests as they move through the ride. Definitely a fun addition to the party. Check the app for wait times as lines can be long at some points throughout the night.
- Space Mountain – same ride but in complete darkness and with Halloween music. Out of all the Halloween enhancements, this one is probably the best and a definite must-do for anybody that loves thrill rides.
- Monster’s Inc. (NEW for 2019) – This is a new addition to the lineup of enhanced experiences. Basically, Disney has turned the Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor Comedy Club into a trick-or-treat station that you can walk through, all while a Halloween version of the audience interaction portion of the show is taking place. Guests can choose to grab a seat and watch (which is a fantastic option if you need a cool place to rest for a few minutes) or they can continue walking through the theater to grab more candy on the way out the door. 5 stars for prolific candy distribution, but sadly 2 stars for the rest of it. Do it for the candy, not for the show itself.
Special mention: Haunted Mansion. Though it’s not listed on the party map as “Halloween twist” like the attractions above, there is a lot going on there during the party so it deserves a special mention here.
The attraction itself isn’t different, but there are several things going on in front. Those include:
- Photo op holding the lantern in front of the Haunted Mansion sign
- Photo op in front of the carriage
- Lady Renata appears on the lawn in front of the ride and interacts with the crowd
- Hatbox Ghost Magic Shot
Each of those can be done without riding the ride. Just enter through the exit area of the ride and hop into the correct line or viewing area.
Other attractions that are open:
- Adventureland – The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Swiss Family Treehouse
- Frontierland – Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Liberty Square – The Haunted Mansion
- Fantasyland – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, it’s a small world, Peter Pan’s Flight, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mad Tea Party, Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, The Barnstormer, and Princess Fairytale Hall
- Tomorrowland – Astro Orbiter, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Space Mountain, Tomorrowland Speedway, and Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
Attractions that are missing from the list above (and are not open during the party) include Jungle Cruise, Carousel of Progress, Country Bear Jamboree, and PhilharMagic.
Halloween Party FastPasses
FastPasses aren’t available for attractions once the party officially begins at 7:00. However, you can get FastPasses for 4:00-7:00 if you plan to arrive in that timeframe.
The key is to 1.) make FastPass+ reservations for your non-party days first and 2.) you cannot have FastPasses booked earlier in the day with a regular park ticket.
In previous years, some guests have reported receiving emails from Disney notifying them that they were over their FastPass+ allowance and that their selections for their last park day would be deleted.
We haven’t found that to be the case for 2019 for people who book non-party FastPasses before booking party day FastPasses for 4-7:00.
PhotoPass photographers will take special photos during the party and when you see the pics afterward, you’ll see something magically inserted into the photo.
Tip: to get several Magic Shots in 1 photo stop, be sure to let the PhotoPass photographers on Main Street know. They will be able to do a few at once.
Magic Shots for the 2019 party are available at these locations…
Magic Kingdom Main Entrance
Main Street, U.S.A.
Various Locations – Magic Kingdom
Shopping for event merchandise
Disney always has exclusive merchandise available to purchase during their parties. Here were the options for 2018.
Items can be purchased at The Emporium on Main Street and Big Top Souvenirs in Fantasyland. Pins are available at Frontier Trading Post in Frontierland, and costume pieces are available to purchase at Curtain Call Collectibles.
Though you should probably be careful about spending too much of your party time eating, there are some Quick Service and Table Service restaurants available during the party.
Table Service restaurants that are available in 2019 include Be Our Guest, Cinderella’s Royal Table, and Crystal Palace.
You can book those at on the MNSSHP dining page.
Seasonal treats available for purchase
Specialty seasonal treats are available to purchase during the party.
Main Street U.S.A
Main Street Bakery
Amuck, Amuck, Amuck Cupcake – a peanut butter chip, chocolate candy bits, and toffee cupcake filled with caramel sauce and with chocolate buttercream and an edible chocolate cauldron
Halloween Cinnamon Roll – cinnamon roll topped with icing and a chocolate spider web
Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
Nothing unique being served for the party, but you can order hand-scooped ice cream and sundaes like always.
Carts near Cinderella Castle
Jack and Sally Push Cake Pops – gluten-friendly vanilla cake, strawberry crispy pearls, vanilla cake, and a white chocolate Sally or chocolate cake, vanilla buttercream, white and dark chocolate crispy pearls, dark chocolate curls, and a white chocolate Jack Skellington
Donald Duck Brownie – topped with a white chocolate piece featuring Donald Duck dressed in his Halloween best
Now Begin Thy Magic Spell – passion fruit, blue curacao, Sprite, and lemonade slush topped with a chocolate covered apple slice
Pirates Horizon- orange juice, passion fruit, and pineapple juice with a pineapple wedge on a sword
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn (open until 11 p.m.)
Hades Nachos – black bean nacho chips topped with fiery buffalo chicken and your choice of toppings from the topping bar
Billy’s Worms and Dirt – chocolate pudding comes topped with gluten-friendly cake crumbs, gummy worms, and a white chocolate zombie
Golden Oak Outpost
Treats at the Cider House – Frozen Apple Cider, Warm Caramel-Stuffed Pretzel, and Cinnamon Donuts
Chocolate Mickey Waffle Sundae – black chocolate Mickey waffles, pumpkin gelato, candy corn, caramel sauce, and sprinkles
Headless Horseman Cheesecake – pumpkin cheesecake with gluten-friendly chocolate cake, chocolate crunchies, orange glaze, and a Headless Horseman chocolate topper
Liberty Square Popcorn Cart (open until 11 p.m.)
Constance’s for Better or For Worse Wedding Cake – citrus-scented cake, raspberry Bavarian cream, white chocolate glaze, icing pearls, flowers, and a chocolate ax
Columbia Harbour House (open until 8 p.m.)
No special treats here, but a great place to grab a bite to eat.
The Friar’s Nook (open until 8 p.m.)
No treats special to the party, but gourmet tots and frozen beverages available for a quick bite to eat.
Maleficent Dessert – lime soft-serve in a black waffle cone and topped with purple sugar and chocolate horns
Snake Eyes – drink with Sprite, green apple, and lemonade topped with gummy worms and light up dice
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
Lots-O-Burger – served on a Lotso bun and topped with brie fondue, strawberry-bacon jam, and an onion ring
Berry Blaster – Sprite, blue curacao, and cherry lemonade topped with raspberries and a lemon wheel
The Lunching Pad
No special treats available, but easy place to grab a hot dog, pretzel, or frozen drink.
Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies
Pumpkin Spice Soft Serve Sundae – pumpkin spice soft serve topped with candy corn and caramel sauce
Pumpkin Spice Milkshake – topped with candy pumpkins and a Mickey-shaped marshmallow
Hades Hatred – lemonade, blue curacao, and blueberry popping pearls topped with blue cotton candy
Treats available throughout the park
Special Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card available
Guests attending MNSSHP can pick up an exclusive Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom card. For 2019, the card is titled “The Phantasmal Fireworks’ Flash.”
According to Imagineer Jonathan Ackley, the “Phantasmal Fireworks’ Flash” card was created after “Merlin the Magician was so impressed with – and excited – for the new spectacular that he created a spell in its honor!”
You can pick up yours at the fire station on Main Street. If you have your party wristband, you can get this card starting at 4:00.
For more info, see this guide to how Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom works.
Tips and a sample touring plan
You will not be able to do everything, so you’ll have to prioritize what’s most important to you.
Before the party starts (4 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
- Pick up your Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card (starting around 4 p.m.)
- Line up to meet some of the most popular characters (Jack & Sally, Moana, Seven Dwarfs, Elvis Stitch)
- Purchase party-exclusive merchandise (lines here can get long so unless you want something that is limited in quantity, we recommend waiting until later in the evening)
- Grab a quick meal
After the party starts (7 p.m. until midnight)
- Watch the parade, but as long as the weather looks good, wait until the second one since it’s less busy and you can do other things during the first one.
- See the fireworks
- Attend the shows – they are exclusive to this party and can’t be seen any other time of year
- Meet characters that are important to you
- Snag party-exclusive merchandise
Things you should not spend time doing:
- Eating – you can get treats at many locations and there are some restaurants open, but don’t spend too much time on that. Be sure to eat before the events begin so you can spend your time doing other things.
- Doing things that are not exclusive to this party which includes meeting some characters and riding some rides. If you’re attending on a busy night, focus on the exclusive things as opposed to things you could ride during the day.
Here’s a sample touring plan for the party:
- 4:00 – 7:00 – ride rides, eat dinner, and then get in line to meet your highest priority character (like the Seven Dwarfs or Jack Skellington & Sally)
- 7:00 – 9:00 – rides, characters, Magic Shots
- 9:00 – 11:00 – fireworks, Hocus Pocus show
- 11:00 – midnight – Boo to You Parade at 11:15 p.m., trick-or-treat to get as much candy as you can, meet more characters with shorter lines
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Dessert Party Options
Party within a party? Yep!
Disney gives you options to book even more things once you’re inside the Halloween party.
These options provide treats and viewing areas for nighttime entertainment.
Fireworks Halloween Dessert Party
The dessert party provides a Halloween-themed version of the Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party.
This is not something that we generally recommend because it takes so much time out of the party and you should be able to easily find a spot to view the fireworks, but it might be a nice add-on for people looking to do something a little different during their trip.
Cost: $84/adult, $50/child age 3-9 (that is in addition to the price of your Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party ticket)
Time: 8:30 p.m. – 10:15 p.m.
How to book: Book online or by calling 407-939-3463
New for 2019: Cruella’s Halloween Hide-a-Way
Located at Tony’s Town Square, this is an event that guests can pop in and out of as they wish.
Guests dine on sweet and savory treats, along with both unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (as well as a festive atmosphere that runs until 12:30 a.m., which is after MNSSHP has ended).
There’s also a PhotoPass photographer at the party to snap some pics while you mingle.
And, the best part is that included with the price to this “party within a party” is access to a special reserved area to watch the Boo to You Parade.
Yes, this one is expensive but we have found it to be a lot of fun.
And, the expansive selection of food items offered makes it easy to use as a late dinner (which can help offset some of the price).
Cost: $99/person (that is in addition to the price of your Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween ticket)
Time: 9:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
How to book: Book online or by calling 407-939-3463
Is Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party worth it?
The party is worth it for groups that can stay up late, especially if you consider that you can think of your party ticket as your park ticket for the day but with special entertainment and shorter waits for rides.
For instance, if you’ll be in Disney theme parks for 7 days, you could get 6 day park tickets and also purchase tickets to the party. On the party day, you could use the first part of the day to rest or visit Disney Springs, and then go to Magic Kingdom at 4 p.m. to use your party ticket.
It’s also worth it for people who will really enjoy party-exclusive offerings – exclusive characters, Halloween-themed fireworks, stage shows, etc., but you must pick just a few things and realize you will not do it all.
Halloween parties are often crowded, so if you do decide to attend, keep expectations in check and enjoy the party!
So what do you think? Will you be attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? Or do you have questions that weren’t covered?
Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments.
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