Is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Worth It? We visited for the second time last week and had even more fun than our first visit. At the Halloween party, Magic Kingdom guests have an opportunity to enjoy trick or treating at Disney World, special shows and fireworks, and shorter lines for the rides and attractions.
UPDATE: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. Learn more here.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is offered on select night throughout August, September, and October at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. It is a ticketed event that offers special character meet and greets, trick or treating and Halloween themed entertainment thorough the night.
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Let’s start with a quick guide to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party with all the details you need to know!
2019 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Dates
- August: 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
- September: 2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29
- October: 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31
- November: 1
2019 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Ticket Information
Ticket prices for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party range in cost depending on time of visit. August is less expensive and the price increase begins the last weekend in September.
- Adults: $85-$115
- Children (3-9) $80-$110
New at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party for 2019
- Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular-Jack Skellington hosts this all new fireworks display!
- Disney Junior Jam in Fantasyland—Dance party with Doc McStuffins, Timon and Vampirina.
- New Attraction Additions:
- Space Mountain in the dark and with a spooky new sountrack.
- Pirates of the Caribbean with live pirates. I can’t wait to see what this is all about!
- Mad Tea Party will have new lighting and music.
- Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor will have an interactive treat trail.
Costumes for Halloween at Disney World
When you visit Disney World for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party you will see people in full on costumes, Disney bounding(inspired by Disney), and not dressed up at all. It is really up to you and your family to decide what works best. I think more people dress up for the party as it gets closer to Halloween.
Both parties we attended were in August and had a good mix of everything. On our first visit we didn’t dress up much. I was concerned about the heat during our late summer visit and decided to wear some Disney t-shirts. Everyone, except me, wore a Disney villain top.
There were a few reasons we decided against costumes during our first visit. 1- it was August and my kids had no idea what they wanted to be for Halloween, 2-I was concerned about the August heat and their costumes, 3-we were packing for a 10 day vacation and I couldn’t get it together.
I couldn’t find the exact shirts my family wore for our first visit but the ones below are close and just as cute!
The rule for wearing costumes at Disney is during the Halloween parties all age guests may wear a costume. Costumes can’t have a mask or be violent.
This year we went simple again but did a more Disney bounding inspiration. Disney Bounding is when you find inspiration from your favorite Disney characters and use that to create your outfit.
Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck Disney Bounding
Huey, Duey, and Luey Disney Bounding
Most of our costumes were purchased through Amazon. I also recommend searching your local craft store for plain shirts. The hats didn’t arrive on time so we decided to not have them during the party. Overall I enjoyed dressing up and still staying cool at the park. Being inspired by the characters was super fun and we would totally do it again.
Trick or Treating at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom
There are 14 trick or treating stops throughout the Magic Kingdom. We even found some surprise candy stops at the exits of Splash Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean. They give out a lot of candy and even though you are provided with a small trick or treat bag upon arrival I would bring another bag to carry it.
The below map has pumpkins on all the stops along the Halloween route.
Typically we use the party to see the Halloween entertainment and ride the attractions with short wait times. If you are planning on doing all 14 trick or treat locations you may have to wait in long lines. We often skipped the treat lines that looked longer than 5 minutes.
If you have food allergies in your family you will be offered a turquoise coin to turn in at a specific location to collect your own special treat.
Entertainment at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
This year they have 6 event exclusive entertainment options.
- Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular: Shown 3 times a night and hosted by the Sanderson Sisters from Disney’s Hocus Pocus. The show is located at the stage in front of Cinderella’s Castle. Showtimes are 8:30pm, 10:45pm, and 12:00am.
- Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade: A Halloween inspired not so scary parade. Starts in Frontierland and makes its way down Main Street. Be sure to arrive early to see the Headless Horseman. He can be found about riding through the street about 15 minutes prior to the start of the parade. Showtimes are 9:15pm and 11:15pm.
- Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball: A dance party with Mike Wazowski and Sulley. 7:00pm-12:00am at Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland.
- Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam: Join Vampirina and more Disney Junior friends for a dance party. 7:00pm-12:00am in Fantasyland.
- Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular: Jack Skellington hosts this brand new fireworks and castle projection show. This show is awesome. Be sure to arrive early to get a good view of the castle. It is also helpful to see the stage in front of the castle because some characters do come out during it. One showing at 10:15pm.
- Disney’s Descendance Party: Descendants Villain Kids videos play during this fun dance party from 7:00pm-12:00am in Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland.
Attractions and FastPass at Mickey’s Not So Scary
Most attractions are open during the event but a few do close. Using your time during the shows and parades is a great way to get on many attractions. We were able to ride everything in the park with little wait times. We went on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train twice with a wait of under 20 minutes.
Magic Kingdom has great rides for all ages and some of our favorite are Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Peter Pan. Check out our Top Rides at Magic Kingdom.
FastPass is not available during the event hours, but can be used between the hours of 4:00pm – 7:00pm. Guests of the event can enter the park at 4:00pm. They will receive their bracelet upon entering. If you are spending the day at Magic Kingdom and are attending the party, you will find bracelet locations through the park.
Characters at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
It is not only the guests that have fun dressing up at the parties! The characters do too! There are also special character meet and greets you can only do during the Halloween Party. This is one activity that we always miss because there is never enough time.
If characters are high on your list you may have to miss something else because the lines get really long. Some characters have people line up hours before the party officially starts. This is not a full list because there are so many characters and it can often change. Remember you can also see the characters during the parade.
- All the Seven Dwarfs (Lines will get long!)
- Minnie Mouse
- Daisy Duck
- Donald Duck
- Mad Hatter
- Queen of Hearts
Tips for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom
You can use FastPass but only between 4:00pm -7:00pm.
Take advantage of Mobile Ordering for dinner. Read our Step by Step directions on my post about Mobile Ordering at Disney World.
You CAN’T Do Everything At the Party in One Night. There is so much to do between shows, parades, trick or treating, meeting characters and riding attractions. I suggest deciding what is a priority for everyone in your family before you arrive at the park.
The party ends at 12:00am. We didn’t arrive home until after 1:00am. You may want to rest during the day so you can fully enjoy the party. On our first visit we left around 9:00pm because everyone was tired from an early morning flight. This time we slept in, enjoyed our resort pool, and then headed to the party.
Check at the Main Street Bakery and other food and beverage locations for special sweat and savory treats.
Stop in and pick up your Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom special event card during the event. It is located at the entrance of Main Street and each guests receives one for free.
Video from Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019
Is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Worth It
The event is an amazing Halloween party and I would say a “must-do” for every Walt Disney World loving family. There are a few pros and cons to the party, but we were really happy we did it.
The party can be an added cost for those on a budget, but if you can make it work I think it is fun to experience at least once. To make it more affordable we attended the party during our Orlando vacation where we were only doing Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, we were not visiting the other parks.
If you have a week of park tickets purchased there is no discount and it will be an added cost. You will pay full price for the special event. If you plan to spend the day at Magic Kingdom and attend the party you will have to purchase a general admission ticket and a ticket to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
With that being said if you can make it work I think it is worth it. We really enjoyed seeing Magic Kingdom decorated for the holidays and I loved all the special attention to details during the event. Magic Kingdom is decorated during the day as well but you don’t have the same entertainment as during the event.
There are pumpkins everywhere!! Mickey Pumpkins line the streets of Main Street and the entire parks has a different feel to it. Although we visited in August the Halloween spirit was all around us. It was exciting and Disney made it fun to go trick or treating through the park.
I also loved the BOO to You parade. It is one of the best parades and can only be viewed during the Halloween party. There are a few clips from the parade in our video. We watched the parade from Frontierland and enjoyed less crowds and great views.
A few minutes before the start of the parade the Headless Horseman rides down the street. This can’t be missed!! We arrived about 30 minutes before the start of the parade to get a spot. Once we have a spot my husband usually picks up a snack but this time we snacked on our trick or treating candy!
We also made it a priority this year to see the Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular fireworks show. It was incredible and I would love to see it again! We arrived a bit late to get a close view but still thought it was a great addition to the party.
Would I Do it again?
This was our second time attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and I would say it was worth it. I would not plan it during a full day at the parks, but rather use it as an add on to a non-park day. The party is a special way to celebrate the Halloween season and enjoy the magic of the Disney parks.
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