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2022 Guide to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

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2022 Guide to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

There are several specially ticketed events offered throughout the year at Walt 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…

Will Mickey’s-Not-So-Scary Halloween Party be back for 2022?

We are very (very!) happy to report that Mickey’s-Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will return in 2022.

And, from what we’re hearing from Disney, it looks like nearly all of our favorite pieces (including the characters!) will be returning, too.

When is Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?

Historically, the Halloween season kicks off in mid-August and runs through the end of October.

2022 Party dates

Party dates for 2022 are:

  • August 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30 
  • September 2, 5, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30 
  • October 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31 

Will more parties be added?

In the past, Disney has been known to add additional parties, however that is never guaranteed. Looking at the schedule of parties above, the most likely place we’d see parties added is in August or September.

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.

Magic Kingdom Train station at Halloween

It appears that Disney is selling more tickets, and with the party not being held for a few years, there is a lot of pent-up demand for it.

That being said, aside from the first couple of parties, August and September are still better options than October.

One caveat is that we always expect the first party (and sometimes the first 2) and the parties right around Halloween to definitely sell out.

How much do tickets to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party cost?

Ticket prices range from $109-$199 (plus tax) for adults and $99-$189 (plus tax) for children.

Remember, this is a special ticket and separate from your regular park ticket.

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 chart below.

MNSSHP Date Ticket Price - Ages 10 and Up (Excludes Tax) Ticket Price - Ages 3-9 (Excludes Tax)
Friday, August 12, 2022 $139 $129
Tuesday, August 16, 2022 $109 $99
Friday, August 19, 2022 $109 $99
Tuesday, August 23, 2022 $109 $99
Friday, August 26, 2022 $109 $99
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 $109 $99
Friday, September 2, 2022 $109 $99
Monday, September 5, 2022 $109 $99
Friday, September 9, 2022 $119 $109
Sunday, September 11, 2022 $119 $109
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 $119 $109
Friday, September 16, 2022 $119 $109
Sunday, September 18, 2022 $119 $109
Tuesday, September 20, 2022 $119 $109
Friday, September 23, 2022 $139 $129
Sunday, September 25, 2022 $139 $129
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 $139 $129
Thursday, September 29, 2022 $139 $129
Friday, September 30, 2022 $139 $129
Sunday, October 2, 2022 $139 $129
Tuesday, October 4, 2022 $159 $149
Thursday, October 6, 2022 $159 $149
Friday, October 7, 2022 $179 $169
Monday, October 10, 2022 $159 $149
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 $159 $149
Thursday, October 13, 2022 $159 $149
Friday, October 14, 2022 $179 $169
Sunday, October 16, 2022 $159 $149
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 $159 $149
Thursday, October 20, 2022 $159 $149
Friday, October 21, 2022 $179 $169
Sunday, October 23, 2022 $159 $149
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 $159 $149
Thursday, October 27, 2022 $159 $149
Friday, October 28, 2022 $179 $169
Sunday, October 30, 2022 $179 $169
Monday, October 31, 2022 $199 $189

Are there discounts available?

Disney used to offer advance ticket sale discounts, but those don’t appear to be a thing in 2022. Instead, the only way to save is with an Annual Pass or DVC Discount.

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.

Cinderella Castle at Halloween

When do Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Tickets go on sale?

  • Tickets on sale NOW for onsite guests (including all onsite Disney Resort hotels, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels, and Shades of Green). Make sure you are logged into My Disney Experience before heading to the Special Events Tickets page on the Disney World website.
  • May 18, 2022 – everyone else

Tickets are limited and may not be available for purchase on the day of the event (or earlier).

In 2022, tickets for onsite guests opened up at Midnight Eastern Standard Time for online purchases.

Tickets are also available by calling 407-WDISNEY (beginning at 7 am).

Be warned that technical glitches are common and things have been known to open up sooner and later than that. Last year, many people waited on hold for hours and hours and recently guests trying to snag a spot in the popular runDisney WDW Marathon had similar issues.

We don’t say that to scare you, but to prepare you.

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.

Do I need a Park Pass Reservation for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?

No Park Pass Reservation is needed if you plan on only attending the party.

If, however, you plan to arrive to Magic Kingdom before 4 pm, you will need a regular theme park ticket and Park Pass reservation.

Historical dates for MNSSHP ticket sales

  • 2019 – January 19, 2019
  • 2020 – February 25, 2020
  • 2021 – (Boo Bash) – June 15, 2021
  • 2022 – May 12 (onsite guests), May 18 (everyone else)

Party dates that have sold out

You can definitely plan on some of the parties selling out, so if you really want to go, we recommend purchasing your tickets early.

For reference, nearly every Boo Bash event in 2021 also sold out and as you can see from the information from the last time MNSSHP was held, lots of the parties sold out in 2019, too.

In 2022 the MNSSHP dates that have sold out are:

  • None so far. Tickets go on sale May 12, so look for parties to start selling out then.

In 2019 the dates that sold out were:

  • September 22 (sold out on Sept. 22)
  • September 27 (sold out on Sept. 24)
  • September 29 (sold out on Sept. 25)
  • October 1 (sold out on Oct. 1)
  • October 8 (sold out on Oct. 7)
  • October 10 (sold out on Oct. 8)
  • October 11 (sold out on Oct. 8)
  • October 14 (sold out on Oct. 13)
  • October 17 (sold out on Oct. 17)
  • October 24 (sold out on Oct. 19)
  • October 25 (sold out on Oct. 24)
  • October 31 (sold out on Oct. 8)
  • November 1 (sold out on Oct. 30)

In 2018, the dates that sold out were:

  • August 17, 2018 (sold out on Aug. 17)
  • September 14, 2018 (sold out on Sept. 14)
  • October 4, 2018 (sold out on Oct. 4)
  • October 30, 2018 (sold out on Oct. 29)
  • October 31, 2018 (sold out on Oct. 12)

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. (Not confirmed for 2022)

In the past, DVC Members and up to 7 guests (for a total of 8 people) could enter Magic Kingdom on just a party ticket beginning at 2 p.m. This has not yet been confirmed for 2022.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party scarecrow

Important: You do not need a regular park ticket to visit Magic Kingdom on this day if you have a Halloween party ticket and arrive at 4:00 pm or later.

Additionally, if you intend to go to a park other than Magic Kingdom before the party, you do not need a Park Hopper ticket if you plan to arrive at 4:00 pm or later.

The discount is $10 per ticket. To check on availability, log into your My Disney Experience account and navigate to Event Tickets.

Get the Halloween party map

The map for 2022 won’t be available until (typically) the first party, but here’s the map from 2019’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (including characters and where to find them) to help you begin your planning.

Click to view the full-sized PDF.

What takes place during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Special 50th Anniversary Additions

Disney is tossing in a few extras in celebration of the big 50th Anniversary at Walt Disney World.

Here’s what that looks like:

  • New 3D photo backdrops throughout the park, so you can take a picture-perfect snapshot
  • A reusable treat bag that you can fill with candy and take home—featuring a design inspired by Halloween and the 50th Anniversary celebration
  • A commemorative print to take home—a keepsake themed to Halloween and the 50th Anniversary celebration

The final details for 2022 will not be available until closer to the first party of the year. 

The information below is from 2019 and will be updated as soon as 2022 info is released. In general, aside from a few character locations changing slightly, from year-to-year the activities below don’t tend to change too much.

Wristbands

Since the park is open only for party guests, those attending will need to get special wristbands.

MNSSHP 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

Trick-or-treating

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.

Trick or Treat stop at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

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.)

Fantasyland

  • Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Storybook Circus WDW Railroad station
  • Ariel’s Grotto

Tomorrowland

  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Carousel of Progress
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe

Adventureland

  • Jungle Cruise
  • Tortuga Tavern

Frontierland

  • Splash Mountain
  • Miner’s Cove (near Big Thunder Mountain)
  • Country Bear Jamboree

Liberty Square

  • The Diamond Horseshoe

Allergy-friendly treats

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.

Allergy Friendly treat bag
Allergy Friendly coin
Allergy Friendly treat station at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

You can collect teal tokens at the trick-or-treat stations which can later be redeemed for allergy-friendly treats.

Allergy Menu for Mickey's No-So-Scary Halloween Party

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.

MNSSHP

Here’s the current policy, but basically, you can wear whatever you want as long as it’s not violent or dangerous. 

General

  • 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.

Boo-To-You Parade 

The Boo To You Halloween 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 Halloween parade comes with a couple fun “extras”:

In the past, guests along Main Street waiting for the parade to start were also treated to a Zootopia Party Patrol which features 2 of your favorite Zootopia friends: Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde. No word yet on whether or not that will return for 2022.

Zootopia before Boo to You

In 2019, Disney introduced a couple of new floats and updates to the Boo to You parade:

Joining the Haunted Mansion waltzing spirits…

Haunted Mansion unit

…we now also have the spectral bride from the attraction.

2019 also welcomed the introduction of two new Tomorrowland inspired floats: 

New Incredibles unit

one featuring Buzz Lightyear and alien explorers and the other with the Incredibles and Edna Mode. 

But the highlight of the parade for many occurs before it even starts with 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.

Sanderson Sisters at Hocus Pocus Spectacular

With only a few hours to run amuck, 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.

Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular (fireworks extravaganza)

Replacing the much beloved HalloWishes (which made its final appearance in 2018), this new nighttime show debuted in 2019 and 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.”

Not So Spooky Spectacular

Because of the use of projections, much like Disney Enchantment (the regular nighttime show), the best views will be close to the castle.

Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular (fireworks extravaganza) takes place at 10:15 p.m..

DescenDANCE Party

Join your favorite Villain Kids for some wickedly good beats and fun photo ops at Cosmic Rays.

DesenDANCE party

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.

Monsters Inc

Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam

Located in Storybook Circus (hence the name), this dance party features Disney Junior characters, including Vampirina, Fancy Nancy, and Doc McStuffins.

Vampirna

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.

Graveyard diggers

¹in special attire for the party

²exclusive characters or character combos

³at a dance party (doesn’t sign autographs)

Characters in CAPS – 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 Mouse¹ – Town Square Theater
  • JACK AND SALLY² – Town Square Theater

Adventureland

  • 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

Liberty Square

  • The Gravediggers² – gazebo

Frontierland

  • Brer Fox and Rabbit – roaming

Fantasyland

  • 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

Tomorrowland

  • 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. 

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, and The Barnstormer
  • Tomorrowland – Astro Orbiter, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Space Mountain, Tomorrowland Speedway, and Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor

Attractions that are missing from the list above (and are not open during the party) include Jungle Cruise, Carousel of Progress, Country Bear Jamboree, Princess Fairytale Hall, and Mickey’s PhilharMagic.

Special ride experiences  

Disney has 3 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 – same ride but the exterior features special lighting with live actors in the queue and on the ride playing pirate roles. This is already a great ride and the live interaction with “pirates” adds a unique element. It’s fun for both kids and adults.
Mad Tea Party
  • 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. – 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.
Monster's Inc MNSSHP

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
  • Madame Carlotta and Madame Rinotta (2 very entertaining ghost sisters) take turns 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. 

Halloween Party Genie+ and Lightning Lane Selections

While it hasn’t been confirmed, we don’t expect Disney to use Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lane (pay-to-ride) Selections once the party officially begins at 7:00 p.m.

However, if it works like the old FastPass+ system, if you have a valid theme park ticket you should be able to get Genie+ and ILLs for 4:00-7:00 if you plan to arrive in that timeframe.

Train statioon

Photo opportunities

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.

Memory Maker

Because of the uniqueness of the photographs you can get during the party, we highly recommend you purchase Memory Maker or Memory Maker One Day.

In the past, Disney offered a discount on Memory Maker One Day for $10 off the regular price making the discounted total $59. No word yet on what we will see for 2022.

Memory Maker deal for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Magic Shots for the 2019 party were available at these locations…

Magic Kingdom Main Entrance

Town Square

Main Street, U.S.A.

magic shot mickey's not so scary halloween party photopass

Haunted Mansion

MNSSHP Haunted Mansion Magic Shot
Hatbox ghost
Haunted Mansion magic shot

Various Locations – Magic Kingdom

Shopping for event merchandise

Disney always has exclusive merchandise available to purchase during their parties.

Here were the options for 2019.

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.

Food options

Restaurants

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.

Note: you must have a party ticket to dine at one of the available Table Service restaurants during MNSSHP.

Table Service restaurants that are available in 2020 include The Plaza Restaurant, 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. 

In 2019 those treats were:

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

Casey’s Corner
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

Adventureland

Aloha Isle
Pirates Horizon- orange juice, passion fruit, and pineapple juice with a pineapple wedge on a sword

Frontierland

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

Liberty Square

Sleepy Hollow
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.

Fantasyland

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.

Storybook Treats
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

Tomorrowland

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

Cool Ship
Hades Hatred – lemonade, blue curacao, and blueberry popping pearls topped with blue cotton candy

Treats available throughout the park

What about special Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom cards?

In the past, guests attending MNSSHP could pick up an exclusive Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom card.

But, Disney has permanently shelved the old Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game, so there won’t be any cards in 2022.

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom MNSSHP

Tips and a sample touring plan

These were our recommendations in the past, and we expect them to be similar in 2022.

Keep in mind that 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 party wristband.
  • 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
  • Trick-or-treat
  • Snag party-exclusive merchandise
Castle Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

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. 
Haunted Mansion MNSSHP

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
MNSSHP

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!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Not confirmed for 2022 – Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Dessert Party Options

The most recent MNSSHP had a couple of special events that were available for an extra cost. We don’t have any word if they will return for 2022, but in case they do we are leaving these here for reference.

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: $99/adult, $59/child age 3-9 (that is in addition to the price of your Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party ticket and it is not eligible for the Disney Dining Plan)
Time: 8:30 p.m. – 10:15 p.m.
How to book: Book online or by calling 407-939-3463

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.

Cruella's Halloween Hideaway

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 2nd 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).

Boo to You parade

Cost: $99/person (that is in addition to the price of your Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween ticket and it is not eligible for the Disney Dining Plan)
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 like Boo Bash ?

Yes and No.

Boo Bash drew a lot of its inspiration from both Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Disney Villains After Hours – 2 similar events with very different focuses.

Boo Bash decorations

After Hours events are typically centered on being able to ride lots of rides with little to no waits, while the draw for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is Halloween-specific entertainment offerings (like the Boo to You parade, fireworks, and a plethora of character meet opportunities).

In the past, After Hour events didn’t typically occur in the fall.

And then Boo Bash came along, and it had a giant scoop of an After Hours event with a dash of the Halloween Party tossed in for a little added spice.

Disney Boo Bash main street usa

So, although Boo Bash had some Halloween Party favorites like trick-or-treating, the fact is that Boo Bash was a lot more like an After Hours event than Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

If you’ve never attended Mickey’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party and you’re wondering how they compare, check out the chart below:

Boo Bash, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, and Villains After Hours Comparison Chart

wdt_ID How do they compare? Boo Bash Disney Villains After Hours Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
1 Ticket price $129-$199 (plus tax) for everyone (adults & kids) $145 (plus tax) for everyone (adults and kids) if purchased in advance$155 for everyone (adults & kids) if purchased on the same night $109-$199 (plus tax) for adults and $99-$189 (plus tax) for children
2 Official event start & end times 9:30 pm to 12:30 am OR 9:00 pm to 12:00 am (times depend on the night) 9:00 pm to 12:00 am OR 10:00 pm to 1:00 am (times depend on the night) 7:00 pm to 12:00 am
3 What time can you enter the park? 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 4:00 pm (DVC members could enter at 2 pm)
4 Total number of event hours 3 hours 3 hours 5 hours
5 Crowd levels? Limited Limited, however some nights were reported to be quite busy Often very busy
6 Trick-or-treat locations 7 None About 14
7 Complimentary snacks? Yes - bottled beverages, popcorn, & ice cream bars Yes - bottled beverages, popcorn, & ice cream bars No
8 Seasonal decorations? Yes No Yes
9 Are costumes allowed? Yes Yes Yes
10 Live Entertainment? Cadaver Dans & 1 dance party Disney Villains Stage Show Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular stage show, Cadaver Dans, and 3 dance parties
11 Attraction enhancements? No Yes - Pirates of the Caribbean (live actors stationed in the queue and on the ride), and Space Mountain (in complete darkness, but no music) Yes - Mad Tea Party (special lights & music), Pirates of the Caribbean (live actors stationed in the queue and on the ride), Space Mountain (in complete darkness & with Halloween music)
12 Number of attractions open? 22 24 ~21
13 Character meet & greet opportunities? 5 places where you can see characters, but no meet & greets None, although at the end of the event you could typically see the villains on the train station ushering you out as you exited the park Yes - lots, including rare characters like all 7 Dwarfs meeting together, Moana, and Jack & Sally
14 PhotoPass & Magic Shots? Yes Yes Yes
How do they compare? Boo Bash Disney Villains After Hours Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

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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.

Want to read more about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?

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Rhonda

Friday 11th of October 2019

We attended the sold out October 1st party & it was insanely busy with over an hour wait for everything. Luckily we arrived at 3:30 pm with a strong touring plan, but it still was not enjoyable pushing through waves of people & trying to hold on to small children in fear of them getting separated. We have attended this party in the past & sadly this will probably be our last. With the over crowding & long waits this party is very hard to recommend any longer.

Charise

Monday 19th of August 2019

I'm confused about the Fast Pass situation on the party day. I'm attending on 10/18. I booked Fast Passes for 10/20 AK first, then 10/19 Epcot. I have one more day of park tickets so I next booked Fast Passes for party day with the following - Splash Mountain for 3pm, Thunder Mountain for 4pm, and Haunted Mansion for 5:15 pm.

Based on what you've written above, it sounds like those Fast Passes could get canceled by Disney. Is that correct?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Shannon Albert

Tuesday 20th of August 2019

People have said that has happened in previous years, but the way you did it should work out just fine. Have a great trip!

Monday 19th of August 2019

Visitor Rating: 5 Stars

Nicole

Monday 19th of August 2019

This is the best article write up I have read thus far! Very good pointers and accurate to everything I experienced at the first party (2019). I will definitely be using these tips so I can organize better for the next time. Thank you!

Devin Lewallen

Sunday 18th of August 2019

Does Minnie or Mickey have on a special outfit for the Halloween party or their regular attire?

Shannon Albert

Monday 19th of August 2019

In the character list, you'll notice that characters with special outfits have a superscript number 1 next to their name. Minnie has that, Mickey doesn't.