Make sure you don’t miss a thing with these tips for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, or MNSSHP as it’s often abbreviated to, is perfect for the whole family and kiddos of all ages.
If you have children who love the magic of Halloween, then Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and SeaWorld’s Spooktacular are the two Orlando Halloween events for you.
#1 Get Tickets Early For Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) is a limited ticket event. Make sure you purchase tickets in advance: MNSSHP Tickets.
Your regular park ticket does not cover you for this event. Weekends will be busier, so if your plans allow for a mid-week event, go for that.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Dates 2017:
The 2017 party runs for 32 nights:
- August 25, 29
- September 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29
- October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31
- November 1
September dates will be quieter and mid-week will be quieter than weekends, so plan for those dates if you want to avoid crowds. The last weekend will be the busiest.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Ticket Prices:
$74 adults/$69 children: Aug 25, 29, Sept 1, 7, 10, 12, 17, 24,
$79 adults/$74 children: Sept 19, 26
$88 adults/$83 children: September 15, 22, 29, Oct 1,
$94 adults/$89 children: October 3, 5, 9, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, Nov 1
$99 adults/$94 children: October 6, 13, 20, 27, 29,
$115 adults/$110 children: October 31
Ticket prices shown are plus tax. Children tickets are aged 3 – 9. Children under 3 free.
#2 Have a Plan To Meet Popular Characters
It’s not often Jack Skellington and Sally (A Nightmare Before Christmas) make a public appearance. The Seven Dwarfs too, but be prepared for long lines.
If meeting Jack & Sally or The Seven Dwarfs is on your agenda, aim to start getting in line well before the party kicks off. Lines should be open around 4.30pm for Jack & Sally at Liberty Square. The Seven Dwarfs line should open around 6pm onwards at Storybook Circus. Do check the guide you’ll pick up when you enter for updated times.
If you don’t want to wait in line too long, try to meet them towards the end of the party. Keep in mind popular characters tend to be busy most of the night, but it should be less towards the end of the night.
As both character meets are so popular, it will take some precision planning to see both. Take a look at Kenny The Pirate’s Character Locator for lots of tips on meeting characters.
There’s plenty of other characters to meet throughout the night, including: Minnie, Donald, and Daisy in their Halloween costumes, Queen of Hearts, Tweedles, Alice and the Mad Hatter, Cruella De Ville and Jack Sparrow to name just a few.
#3 Don’t Miss Boo-To-You Halloween Parade
Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade (9.15pm and 11.15pm) is led by the Headless Horseman, followed by frightful floats featuring Disney characters and stars from the Haunted Mansion dressed in Halloween costumes.
This bone-rattling parade is good fun for all and one of the absolute best of all Disney parades. Folks will start lining up for the best spots over an hour before the parade, so stake your claim early.
There are 2 parades each night. The second one will be quieter as many with youngsters leave the park after the fireworks. Keep an eye on the weather though. It would be a disaster to miss the first parade and have the second one called off due to storms! Make sure you check those clouds above. The parade is so good though, it’s worth watching twice!
#4 And Absolutely DO NOT Miss Happy HalloWishes
Happy HalloWishes (10.15pm) is hosted by the Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion. A firework and musical extravaganza not to be missed.
Guest appearances by other demonic, diabolical do-no-gooders include Cruella de Vil and Jafar. Cinderella Castle is subjected to creepy colors crawling over it leading to a spellbinding finale. The Halloween fireworks are spectacular so don’t miss them. Wicked!
For the best views, make sure you stand central, somewhere along Main Street, facing the Castle. Don’t stand too close to the Castle, fireworks on event nights always have wider bursts, so you will get a much better effect a little further away from the Castle. The Hub is also a good position for the wider effects. The Disney Tourist Blog has a superb guide showing the best and worst locations for viewing the fireworks at Magic Kingdom.
Many leave after the fireworks, which makes the last 2 hours of the evening a little more manageable for those who stay behind.
#5 Consider a PhotoPass for Magic Shots
PhotoPass photographers offer special Halloween-themed Magic Shots and Animated Magic Shots during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
Strike a pose with the Headless Horseman:
Or have a shot the Grinning Ghost in front of the Haunted Mansion:
You can even have an animated pumpkin patch welcome with this exclusive MNSSHP special.
#6 Don’t Miss Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular
Winifred, Sarah and Mary, the naughty Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus, return to the mortal world for a Halloween Party. With the help of other Disney villains including Dr. Facilier, Maleficent and Oogie Boogie, the three sisters create the biggest baddest Halloween Party ever. The Hocus Pocus Party Potion casts a spell on all the partygoers so let your hair down and have a party blast. The show will also feature dancers, projections and other special effects.
Don’t try to stand right in front of the stage – all it takes is one child raised on shoulders as the show starts and your whole view will be blocked. Stand a little further back so you can see the whole stage. The later shows will be quieter and as many little ones leave after the fireworks, there will be less chance of children on shoulders.
Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular Showtimes:
There are 3 shows a night in August & September plus an additional show in October and November 1st.
August & September:
October Dates + Nov 1:
Always check the party guide for event time changes.
#7 Arrive Early. Stay Late. Or Do Both!
- Plan a Rest Day: It’s a full night premium event, so make sure the kids are rested and full of energy. If you manage to stay the course, you could be there for up to 8 hours. Have an easy day and give younger kids a nap before they go. They’ll need all their energy if they want to join in the Dance Parties!
- Arrive Early: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party officially kicks off at 7.00pm, but ticket holders can arrive from 4pm onwards. Make the most of the extra hours.
Those without wristbands for the event will be asked to leave at 7.00pm. Make sure you pick up a park map on the way in for updated event times and treat stations.
- Make sure you enter through the specially marked entrance at the front of the park, not the regular line. You will be given a wristband to show you are a valid visitor. Prior to 7pm, Cast Members will be asking all guests without wristbands to leave the park by 7pm.
- Take strollers: So the kids can have a nap while you’re waiting for parades and fireworks.
- Stay Late: Many will leave after the fireworks. The second parade will be a lot quieter and the whole event in general will be a lot easier to manage for the last 2 hours. You might get more candy too!
- Disney FastPasses are not available during the event. It’s a limited entrance event, so it won’t be as packed as it might be during regular hours. Most popular rides and attractions will be open, but some sections will be closed from 7pm onwards.
#8 Plan Ahead for Food
The party is from 7.00pm until midnight, so don’t waste precious time by having dinner during that time. Ticket holders can enter as early as 4.00pm, so eat before the party or eat before you go to the park.
Make use of the various fast food options available throughout the park if you want to snack during the party.
There’s plenty of spooktacular nibbles available too:
Guests will be able to enjoy a whole host of halloween themed treats through the park on Party Nights.
#9 Top Up On Treats
Trick or Treat your way through the park with the candy bags handed out at the entrance. There are Treat Trails and Candy Stations throughout the park, so top up often. The bags handed out are fairly small, but you can purchase larger souvenir bags that hold more treats. You can also bring your own to hold even more goodies!
Disney have it covered with healthy options too if you don’t want a sugar overload for the kids. Sugar free and allergy versions of the candy bags are available from guest services at City Hall.
Candy is available all night, so don’t rush to fill up at the start, just collect it throughout the park. And don’t wait in line for candy, just move on to the next Candy Station – there are plenty around. And don’t forget you can get candy anytime, so don’t make it a focus and miss out on other events.
Trick or Treat Stations:
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Space Mountain
- Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
- Stitch’s Great Escape!
- Pirates of the Caribbean queue
- Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
- Jungle Cruise
- Tom Sawyer Island Dock
- Splash Mountain
- Liberty Square
- Liberty Square Riverboat
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Pete’s Silly Sideshow
- Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Fantasyland Treat Trail
Food Allergies at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party:
If any of your group have any food allergies, be sure to ask the Cast Members at the Treat Stations – they’ll be able to tell you which candy is safe. If the candy isn’t suitable, you’ll be able to get tokens which you can take to Allergy Posts to exchange for something else. The Allergy Post will have a list of items available along with a complete list of all ingredients for each item. There are usually a couple of none food items too.
Last year there were teal colored treat bags which those with allergies could use. Guests with allergies can also get the regular bags for any treats that are suitable.
There are usually a few Allergy Posts, but check when you arrive on the locations.
#10 Consider the Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package
Treat yourselves to a sweet treat dining experience at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
Enjoy tempting sweet treats like chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate mousse, ice cream and ghoulish goodies created by Disney’s master pastry chef. Fresh, seasonal fruits are also available for a healthier option.
Specialty drinks, sparkling cider, signature lemonades, coffee, tea and hot chocolate will also be served.
The Dessert Party starts at 9.15pm, then you get to sit back, relax and be thrilled by the sky above as it explodes with color, music and light. The private viewing area at Tomorrowland Terrace is not the greatest of views for the fireworks as it’s a side on view, but the firework bursts are much wider on Party nights.
The Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package costs $79 for adults or $47 for children (ages 3 to 9), plus tax.
Call (407) 939-3463 to reserve your premium package or book online.
#11 Dress for The Occasion!
Kids and adults are welcome to dress up in Halloween costumes. It will make a whole lot of fun for the whole family.
Remember to keep it light though, it will still be hot and humid, especially in September. If you are attending the party in October, you might get the odd random cool night, so check the temperatures on the day and be prepared to dress in layers. And take a poncho in case of rain showers. You don’t want to get those costumes wet! There will be a lot of walking and standing during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, so make sure footwear is comfortable.
There are costume guidelines for guests over 14:
- Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
- Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g.,full-length Princess dresses)
- Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
- Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts, and hats are acceptable.
- Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords, and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
- Masks of any kind may not be worn.
Do check Disney’s full costume Guideline.
Don’t forget it’s hot and humid even in September and October. Make sure costumes are lightweight and cool. Take poncho’s too and keep costumes dry in any showers. It’s still the rainy season in Florida.