Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a hot ticket event, at the Magic Kingdom, that starts in early September and ends on Halloween night. Only offered on select nights, the festive party is the perfect way for families to celebrate the Halloween season. There is something for everyone and the party is perfect for all ages.
The park is specially lit to showcase all of the Fall pumpkin decor. The party offers specialty food items, a “Boo to You” parade, Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular show, trick-or-treating and HalloWishes. Between the party offerings, character greeting spots and the usual Magic Kingdom attractions, there is plenty to do!
We visited Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween Party for the first time, with our toddler. I’ve got some great tips for first time party goers, from ticket buying to parade watching.
You can purchase tickets online for the select party dates. The tickets get more expensive, as Halloween gets closer. The tickets range from $72-$105 for adults and $67-$82 for kids (ages 3-9). Disney Vacation Club Members and Annual Pass members get a 10% discount.
Entering Mickey’s Not So Scary Party
The party begins at 7pm, but they allow party guests to enter the park at 4pm. Definitely take advantage of that! Party guests receive a special wristband upon entering.
You can’t make Fast Pass+ selections during the party, but you can make them between 4-7pm. We had 3 Fast Passes set up during that time and a dinner reservation.
Costume Policies and Tips
Disney released a strict costume policy for 2016 for tighter security measures. Costumes must be family friendly, masks aren’t allowed and full length capes or dresses are banned. Read the official costume guidelines, here, before attending the party. Disney holds the right to deny access to anybody not adhering to the rules.
I suggest wearing a light costume that won’t hinder your fun. It’s still very hot and humid in September and you want to be comfortable. It’s also a rainy season for Florida, so wearing heavy layers will be too cumbersome. It rained the night we went and I was so glad we weren’t in over-the-top costumes.
All guests are given a bag for candy upon entering the park. There are designated treat locations throughout the park. I thought the lines moved fast and it was well organized. They even have a special treat station set up for allergies.
I recommend keeping young kids in the stroller for this. It was a fast moving line and the Cast Members are quick to place candy in the bags.
Character Hunting at the Party
I have to admit, we were most disappointed in this part of the party. Lines were 1.5hrs+ for characters. The party does special characters that are typically hard to find, like Jack Skellington and Sally.
If you’ve got young kids, the lines may be too long. Cast Members did allow one member of the family to hold a spot in the line. It was just too much for my toddler.
I recommend finding those must-see characters earlier, when the party starts at 7pm.
Boo to You Parade
This was my favorite part of the party and highly recommend watching it! It has spooky floats, popular Disney villains and dancing.
Stake out your parade spot early. The parade starts from Frontier Land and heads towards Main Street. Main Street parade watching locations, towards the front of the park, will be the last to fill up. We found a spot, on Main Street, twenty minutes prior to the parade starting. You might be shoulder to shoulder with other guests, but the parade doesn’t last long.
They offer two parades throughout the party and the second one is usually less crowded.
Hocus Pocus Spelltacular Show
The show is held exclusively during the party and features the Sanderson Sisters from Disney’s Hocus Pocus movie. Other Disney villains also make an appearance during the show.
The show is on the Castle Forecourt Stage and it’s a favorite amongst teens and adults. The show wasn’t too crowded during our September party visit.
The centerpiece and grand finale of the party is the villainous HalloWishes fireworks show. It’s a must-see show and many guests think it’s the best version of fireworks that Disney offers.
The best viewing point is straight ahead on Main Street, but you can view the fireworks easily from Fantasyland and Tomorrowland too.
Limited Edition 2017 Merchandise
The following photos are ©Disney and will be the limited edition merchandise offered at the 2017 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
The party offers specialty food items, like a cupcake from Gaston’s Tavern and Candy Corn ice cream. There are also Halloween souvenir popcorn buckets and party merchandise. The Emporium, on Main Street, offered the widest selection of Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween Party merchandise.
Don’t forget to stop at the Fire House for your limited edition Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card. Everybody with a wristband gets one.
I hope you enjoy Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party too! If you need a costume, read about the Disney Store’s NEW Adult Costumes.