One of the more popular holiday parties at Walt Disney World is Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Guests from all over the world plan their trips around this amazing experience every fall. This year Disney announced a new way to enjoy MNSSHP: a season pass that gets you into every Halloween party except Halloween night. We bought this pass to enjoy multiple visits to the Halloween party this year, so we’re going to tell you all about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and this new season pass. As we continue going to the Halloween party, we’ll update this post with more information and pictures each time.
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Basic Facts and Information
Before we talk about all the amazing things Walt Disney World has during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, here are few facts you should know before we begin. Tickets are $85 per person plus tax for adults 10 and up, and $80 per person plus tax for kids 3-9. Children under 3 are free. DVC and Passholders get $5 off per ticket when purchased before the day of the event. Tickets go up to $95 per ticket for adults if you purchase on the day of the event, and no discounts are given for DVC or Passholders for same-day purchases. MNSSHP runs August 16 through November 1 on select nights (usually Sundays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, but some weeks are different). The actual event is from 7 p.m. to midnight, but guests can get in as early as 4 p.m.
Be sure to view Disney’s guide for costumes as there are rules you must abide by. You don’t want to get to the gate and find out you can’t go in because of your costume.
Food and Snacks
Disney did a great job creating some amazing snacks and treats for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party this year. A few of the items were sold at the Villain’s After Hours event, but several debuted for the first time. We loved the Jack and Sally push pops and the Amuck, Amuck, Amuck Cupcake. It was huge. We haven’t tried any of the snacks yet, but we’ll update with more as we continue going to the events throughout the season.
There is special merchandise you can purchase for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Our favorite merchandise this year was the vest that lights up and the “floating” Zero. There are also lots of light up necklaces, pins, dresses, purses, and more. If you think there’s something you might want to buy, be sure to go early because you can purchase merchandise before everything starts at 7 p.m.
Disney has so many unique characters out during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party which is one reason so many families go to the Halloween party every year. Characters like Jack and Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas; Moana; Tarzan, Terk, and Jane; Aladdin, Jasmine or Abu (Jasmine and Abu get swapped throughout the night), and Jafar; the grave diggers; The Seven Dwarfs; Mal from Descendants; and more. Lines can get very long, so you’ll want to pick out a couple characters you really want to see because it’s impossible to see them all, especially if they’re really popular. Character lines close at 11:30 p.m., and not every character is guaranteed to be out the whole night (Jafar is in the parade and so are the grave diggers), so they’re only out for a short time.
Princess Fairytale Hall is open during the Halloween party, and we never saw the line get longer than 20 minutes. Cinderella had Prince Charming with her which was special. We didn’t get to see this, but we’re planning to go back and wait in line when we go this week.
Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular is the new fireworks show at Cinderella’s Castle. We loved the story and the projections on the Castle. We personally loved the whole story the show told, and the projections were so amazing and well done. It also all makes for amazing pictures. There were plenty of fireworks during the show, making the whole experience fun to watch for everyone in the family.
The show really is great to watch, but try to get closer to the Castle if you can because the projections tell the story, so you want to be able to see them. We had a great location in front of Walt’s statue and only had to wait about 30 minutes for the show to start.
Rides and Attractions
We recommend using the extra time from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. that you can get into the park to ride rides, eat, shop or go to the attractions that won’t be open during the Halloween party. Most shows are not open during the party and a few attractions have been changed for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party. Monster’s Laugh Floor turns into a fun comedy special with Buddy Boyle randomly throughout the evening. This is a great stop if everyone needs a break in the air conditioning for a few minutes while still enjoying some fun. Pirates of the Caribbean has a few extra characters in it, and Space Mountain is pitch black. These are all fun ways to enjoy rides during the party, so you’ll want to wait to ride these until the party starts.
As it gets later in the night, the ride lines go down to their lowest around 11:15/11:30. Peter Pan’s Flight hit 10 minutes and Space Mountain was at 30 minutes. You’ll want to take advantage of this as the time for Space Mountain spiked right before midnight because everyone ran to the ride to get in line before midnight.
We love the candy selections and the amount of candy you get from Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! For our first party, we focused on the shows, so we didn’t go through very many lines for candy, but we still ended up with quite a bit! We recommend bringing a backpack or bag of some kind so you can easily go through the lines with the small bag Disney provides and then put the candy in a backpack as the little bags get full. With as much candy as Disney gives out, you’ll definitely need a way to carry it all.
There are multiple candy locations all over the park. You can look at the map to see where they are, keep an eye out for the large blowup candy signs or just look for the lines of people getting candy as you go through the park. The best locations for candy are generally at Philharmagic because there are two candy stops inside, by the circus tent because there are multiple stops there or this year at Monster’s Laugh Floor. They had two candy stops inside and were giving out huge handfuls of candy to everyone.
For those with allergies, Disney has special treats to accommodate the top eight allergens (soy, dairy, gluten, nut, etc) (they may be able to accommodate more, but that’s what they can for sure accommodate). When you first walk into the park, you can ask for a teal allergy bag as they hand out trick-or-treat bags to guests. Then you can go to the special allergy locations to get candy. You can find these on the map. The first one is in Mickey’s Town Square at the front of the park. That one was empty most of the night because everyone went to the one in Liberty Square Ticket Office in Liberty Square.
If you have a group or your child wants to feel like they are trick-or-treating, as they go through the normal candy lines, they’ll be given a teal coin that can be turned in to the allergy locations for candy. It’s more fun that way honestly and helps keep you in the Halloween mood since you still get to “trick-or-treat” in a way. If you don’t want to go through the candy lines, especially if you’re an adult or your kids all have allergies, you can still go get allergy treat bags without coins. There’s no limitation on this, but be considerate of other people as they’ll want to be able to get treats too. The further into the night it gets, the less availability there is for the allergy-friendly treats.
There are so many amazing special PhotoPass stops throughout the park for the Halloween Party. We only got a couple this time, but we’ll update the gallery with more as we get them. One thing that made me a little sad is that I did have to ask a couple photographers for magic shots because they weren’t doing them automatically, so if you know you’d like a magic shot, be sure you mention it. Also, there were a couple locations in the park where they were just taking pictures- no magic shots, props, nothing. Those weren’t fun, so I’d avoid them when possible.
We love the Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade! It’s a 17-minute parade with so many fun characters in special Halloween costumes. There are two times the parade goes through: 9:15 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. We felt that there were more people watching the first one, so if you can use that time to go see characters, get candy, and ride rides, you’ll most likely have shorter wait times. Then you can view the 11:15 p.m. parade much easier. Just remember though, when the parade is going, your pathways are cut off in a lot of areas, so you’ll want to choose a land to be in and stay there during the parade (if you’re going for characters, Fantasyland has the most characters in it but Adventureland has a lot closer together).
This year Disney announced a new way to enjoy Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: a season pass that allows guests to go to every Halloween party except Halloween night! This came as a huge surprise, but we were so excited to learn about it. If you’ve already purchased a regular pass but would like to upgrade to the season pass, Disney will allow you to use the money you already spent on tickets to do so. The season pass is $299 per person plus tax for those 10 and older, and $284 plus tax for kids 3-9. Children under 3 are free. There are no discounts that can be applied when purchasing a season pass.
The season pass gives you all the same perks you had with a regular pass, including getting into the park before 7 p.m. There are 35 Halloween parties you could go to, so if you were planning to go to 4 or more, you’ll be saving money by getting the pass. If you were only planning to go to one or two, you really won’t be saving money by getting the pass unless you decide to go to more. We aren’t sure how this will effect the crowd levels at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, but we plan to go to as many parties as possible, so we’ll continue updating this post as we find out more.
If you haven’t been to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party before, or if you have but want to be sure you get the most for your ticket, here is our advice for doing as much as possible.
One, know ahead of time you can’t do everything. The line for Jack and Sally gets up to three hours long, and many of the treat lines were 30 minutes or longer. So you need to know what’s important to you and what’s not. If you have a certain character you want to see, know where they are. If you have a certain treat you want, find out where to get it when you arrive. Then you can plan accordingly for the evening.
Two, go early to get a map, eat dinner, and purchase any merchandise you want ahead of time. Lines get really long during the party, especially around 6 and 7 when everyone starts arriving. While the party doesn’t officially start until 7, you can get there as early as 4 p.m. with your ticket. You can go get in line for your favorite character, eat, ride some rides, take pictures, shop, and more. It’s a huge benefit to arrive early if you can because there’s a lot you can do in those three hours before the party officially starts (characters and special treats are not available until 7 p.m. exactly).
Three, wait to get special snacks and treats until later in the night. The lines were 30 minutes to an hour at the beginning of the party, but they dropped to 10-15 minutes later in the evening. If you’re willing to wait, you can save yourself time not waiting in lines.
Four, go to the characters further in the park first. Jack and Sally are the most popular characters at the Halloween party and had a three hour wait at one point. Around 9 o’clock though, the line was down to just over an hour because everyone stops at those characters first at the front of the park. If you’re willing to make your way back up front during the party (or during the castle show), you’ll have a shorter wait time than earlier in the night.
Five, try not to wait in lines for candy. You can get so much candy throughout the night, and since there are locations everywhere, plan the rides you want and the characters you’d like to see, then stop at candy locations that work with where you’re going. You’ll get so much candy throughout the night: waiting 20 minutes in a line isn’t necessary (many people waited this long for the candy lines to open at 7 p.m., but we used this time to take PhotoPass pictures and find characters).
Six, wait to take PhotoPass pictures until later unless you’re trying to get pictures of your costumes on Main Street. Most of the PhotoPass pictures are meant to be done in the dark anyway, so you’ll get better pictures if you wait until it gets dark to take those, and you’ll have shorter lines.
Seven, watch the second parade show and the middle Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular. Most people watch the first or third Hocus Pocus show because they’re waiting in lines for characters, but if you can go to the middle one, you’ll have less of a crowd around you. The same goes for the parade. Everyone wants to watch it and go back to trick-or-treating, but you can use that time to do other things and watch the second parade with less people around.
And don’t forget to have fun! Sometimes in all the planning and rushing to do everything, we forget to enjoy all the amazingness around us. Have a great time and make lots of memories! Now let’s BOO this!