Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a Walt Disney World special ticket event held in Magic Kingdom Park. The party usually runs from the end of August until Halloween each year, meaning there are plenty of opportunities to join Mickey and his friends to celebrate the most spooktaular event of the season! I’ve been to MNSSHP a few times but most recently visited last year in October and it was one of the highlights of the trip. Since the party has already started for 2018, I thought I would share a bit of information and some must-dos if you are visiting this year.
Things to know before you book!
When… In 2018, the event started on August 17th and will run until October 31st. There are usually 3 or 4 party nights per week. The party begins at 7pm until midnight. Access is available for the party prior to 7pm if you want to start the party earlier!
Booking tickets… You can buy tickets whilst you are visiting Walt Disney World or book them online before you go. We have always booked ours online, then you know you have the tickets and they are already paid for. We booked our holiday package through Walt Disney World directly staying onsite and our tickets for the party automatically added to our MagicBand.
Cost… The prices vary day-to-day. Generally they start of slightly cheaper in August/September. You are looking at around $75-$85 dollars per adult (10+) and slightly cheaper for children. Prices typically increase on a Friday. MNSSHP tickets do get more expensive the closer you get to Halloween. You can expect to pay around $99 per adult the week before Halloween.
How does the party work… You enter the Magic Kingdom as you usually do by scanning your MagicBand at the entrance. Before you head into the park you will be given a wristband identifying you as attending the party. You’ll wear this the rest of the night and take it home as a keepsake! You’ll be given a map which will show you the spots for trick-or-treating, character meets and times for the exclusive shows. Once you get into the park, you’ll be guided to your first Trick or Treating spot and then you are free to spend the night however you wish. You are official in the party and ready to enjoy the Halloween fun!
Things not to miss!
Embrace the fun and dress up – You can get into the Halloween spirt and dress up for the party. Kids and adults of all ages can wear a costume, do a Disney bound or wear a Disney t-shirt. There are some restrictions, particularly for adults. It is worth reading the guidelines before you go as you don’t want to be turned away at the entrance. You can find the guidelines here.
Trick-or-Treat around the park – One of the main appeals of the Halloween Party is the chance to trick-or-treat. There are clearly marked stations across all the different lands for you to fill your bags with goodies.
If you have an allergy… ask for a teal treat bag from the Cast Members, they’ll look like the photo below. This will identify you as having an allergy and the cast member will provide you with teal token which you can exchange for safe treats at the Allergy-Friendly Centres. There are two centres – Town Square Theatre on Main Street and Liberty Square Ticket Office. You get a good selection of sweets and I loved that I could still enjoy the fun just as much as my family.
Meet exclusive Disney Characters – I’m not massively into meeting Disney characters, but you can meet some amazing ones at the Halloween Party. Even I couldn’t resist. You can meet the Seven Dwarfs, Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear and various other characters in their Halloween costumes. I met Lots-o’ and the Winnie the Pooh characters together in their costumes. The Winnie the Pooh meet was my absolute favourite. The characters do tend to have quite a line so I would get there early and prepare to wait, especially the Seven Dwarfs. A lot of people join the queue of the character they want to meet before the party officially starts so they are there and ready for 7pm. We met Winnie the Pooh and friends late in the party near 11pm and didn’t have to wait long.
Remember the night with Disney PhotoPass – Take the opportunity to capture some unique photos to help you remember the amazing night you’ve had. There are photographers around the park.
.Watch the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular – I’m not a massive Hocus Pocus fan but I did really enjoy the show. I watched it just before the parade and it was such a good show! Other Disney villains feature in the show and it is not to be missed.
Boo-to-you! – Make sure you see the Boo-to-You Halloween Parade. It is absolutely brilliant and one of the best things you will ever see at Disney. It is an absolute must-do! The song will get stuck in your head for sure but you are guaranteed to love it! I personally love the grave diggers and Wreck-it-Ralph!
Ride some rides! – Whilst I don’t think rides should be your priority during the party, you may as well make the most of quieter waiting times. I’d recommend Big Thunder Mountain and Haunted Mansion if you can! This year they have added some Halloween fun to a few attractions, including live actors in Pirates of the Caribbean – which sounds amazing!
End the night with Happy HalloWishes Fireworks – Whatever you do, don’t miss HallowWishes. Along with the parade, it is the highlight of the night. You’ll be smiling from ear-to-ear and won’t want them to end. The perimeter fireworks are really what make the show special and so magical.