If you’ve never visited Disney parks during the fall season, you are truly missing out on an amazing experience. From mid August through the end of October every year Disneyland and Disney World are completely transformed into the epitome of autumn. There is everything fall, Halloween, and pumpkin spice! Today we are going to be talking all about the festive fun and what you can expect when attending the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
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What happens on Halloween at Disney World?
While Halloween of course is October 31st, Walt Disney World provides a special Halloween celebration at the Magic Kingdom many evenings in 2019, from August 16 until November 1. This celebration is called “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party,” or “MNSSHP” for short.
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What is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?
The Party itself is a separate event from your typical day at Disney. On nights that the Halloween Party is hosted the regular park visitors must leave by 7:00 pm and the fun begins! You must purchase a ticket specifically for the event, a regular admission ticket will not gain you access.
Party goers can arrive as early as 4:00 pm which is nice because you can get a few hours of regular park time in before the actual Halloween event begins, I highly recommend arriving as early as you can.
The party has plenty of exclusive decor, food and treats, and great shows and events that specific to the party. Let’s jump into some of the amazing things you will experience while visiting.
Can adults wear a costume for Halloween at Disneyland and Disney World?
We’ll start with a couple “rules” for the party. When it comes to wearing costumes, the party rules are a bit more lenient than the standard park rules for dressing up. For those that are 13 and under costumes are completely acceptable and some masks are allowed as long as they do not fully cover the face. For those over the age of 13 and adults you are allowed to dress up, you just have to avoid a few things.
You are unable to wear masks of any kind, any dresses or skirts that are worn cannot touch the ground, and capes are allowed but they must not fall below the waist. Any themed shirts and accessories are completely okay! So if you are looking to have a little fun and get dressed up for the party, that’s totally acceptable!
Special events at the Not So Scary Halloween Party include:
Special events at Disney on Halloween include:
- The Hocus Pocus Villian Spelltacular: The Sanderson Sisters arrive at the Disney parks to host a fun Villain filled party. They invite some other classic Disney villains including Cruella DeVille, Maleficent, and Dr Facilier. The show includes the Sisters creating a potion that allows them to cast a spell over the entire audience at Magic Kingdom!
- Boo-to-You Halloween Parade: The Disney parades are always my favorite and with Halloween being one of my favorite holidays the Boo to You Parade is fantastic! The parade will include some of your favorite Disney character classics dressed up in their favorite costumes along with some of the characters from Disney frights such as the Haunted Mansion.
- Trick or Treating: A great part of the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is that you are able to Trick or Treat while you walk the park. All throughout the park you will find stops that will allow you to pick up a treat, completely free. Trick or Treating is also not limited by age so parents can enjoy as well!
What other fun activities are there on Halloween at Disney World?
In addition to all of the fun events and decor of the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party there are a few other added unique parts of the party. These include PhotoPass Magic Shots that are exclusive to the party and of course delicious dining and treats. There is a special dining experience known as Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way where you get to dine with the Queen of Evil, Miss Cruella Deville.
If you have never attended the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, I would highly recommend it.
It’s a limited ticket event and it’s such a different experience compared to a regular day at the parks. It’s well worth the money and you will certainly have a good time, especially if you’re one that really enjoys the Halloween Season.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a specially ticketed event that does require a ticket separately from your Walt Disney World annual pass. There is an annual pass holder discount for these tickets on select nights throughout the season.
The 2019 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party dates are as follows: 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, and 31, plus November 1st.
Not all of the rides and shows will be open during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, but many will and with very little wait times. I actually went on several rides with no wait time and I was the only one on the ride!
Prices vary by party date and start at (pre-tax) $74 for kids / $79 for adults and go up to $130 kids / $135 adults. You can buy tickets directly through Disney or through Undercover Tourist. Disney offers Annual Passholder and Disney Vacation Club discounts on party tickets.