Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a hot ticket event, at the Magic Kingdom, that starts in early August 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!
2018 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Dates – tickets now on sale
- August 17, 24, 28, 31
- September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
- October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31
Guide For Your 1st Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
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. Now we visit the party yearly as it’s one of our favorites!
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. New for 2018, Disney Vacation Club members can enter the park as early as 2pm with valid DVC ID.
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. Select sit down restaurants are open during the party.
Costume Policies and Tips
Disney released a strict costume policy 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 Orlando 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.
Many families come in matching costumes and it’s so much fun to see the creative looks. For 2018, we dressed as Marvel’s Avengers. The costume t-shirts are a perfect light weight option that’s still very park friendly.
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 – kids collect teal tokens throughout the night and then redeem for allergy-friendly treats.
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
Lines for the characters tend to be long. A lot of people want character photos in their costumes. The party has 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 kids, but hopefully we can take advantage of it in the future.
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. The guests standing at the very end of the parade, near Harmony Barber Shop had a lot of interaction with the parade characters – it’s a great spot too.
They offer two parades throughout the party and the second one is usually less crowded. If parades aren’t your thing, it’s a nice time to jump on rides because lines will be shorter.
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 isn’t too crowded and it’s got your favorite catchy tunes from the cult classic film.
HalloWishes Fireworks Show
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.
NEW! 2018 Ride Overlays
Three rides will get a new look during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in 2018!
- Mad Tea Party
- Space Mountain
- Pirates of the Caribbean
In Fantasyland, the Mad Tea Party will feature night lighting effects to put another spin on the night.
In Adventureland, the search for pirates continues as guests riding Pirates of the Caribbean look for “Gunpowder Pete” throughout the season.
In Tomorrowland, Space Mountain is getting a whole lot spookier. A new soundtrack and special effects will be added to transform the e-ticket attraction.
New entertainment is also coming to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary. Disney Characters like Doc McStuffins will be partying the night away at the Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam. Moana can be found in the Enchanted Tiki Room!
Limited Edition 2018 Merchandise
These Haunted Mansion Ears are to die for, aren’t they? Party merchandise can be found throughout the park. I like to purchase everything in the beginning of the evening at Main Street Emporium. Guests can have packages sent to the front of the park for pick up at a later time. If you’re staying on property, have your package sent straight to your hotel.
The Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Extras
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. Refer to the party map for the exact treat locations.
This Jack Skellington Cake Push Pop is delicious – you can find it at Sleepy Hollow. It comes layered with chocolate cake, vanilla buttercream, white chocolate and dark chocolate crispy pearls, dark chocolate curls, and a white chocolate Jack Skellington piece.
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.