Disney never does anything halfway and that includes Halloween! Beginning sometime toward the end of September, The Magic Kingdom is transformed with kid-friendly, “spooky” decorations. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) is held on select nights in September and October from 7:00 PM to 12:00 Midnight at Magic Kingdom park. At MNSSHP, you can join Mickey, Minnie, and all their friends for some “not so scary” fun.
This is a separate, limited-ticket event, so if you are interested, you’ll need to get your tickets early as it typically sells out before October. Advance ticket prices range from $68 to $74 per person for adults and children. The good things about tickets being limited include Magic Kingdom being much less crowded, considerably shorter lines for attractions and character meets, and the ability to take everything at a much more relaxed pace.
Your MNSSHP ticket will get you into Magic Kingdom beginning at 4:00 pm, but MNSSHP activities don’t begin until 7:00 pm. You can take advantage of the extra three hours to enjoy rides, have dinner, or even make an appointment for the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or Pirate’s League in order to get into character for the evening. Typically, afternoons at Magic Kingdom are less crowded on days that MNSSHP is scheduled because all those not wearing MNSSHP armbands will be ushered out of the park by Disney Cast Members at designated checkpoints beginning at 7:00 pm, so make sure yours is visible all evening.
What can you expect to find at MNSSHP? Everything Disney does normally, but in grand, Halloween style! The festivities are for all ages and there is something for everyone. If you enjoy WDW and Halloween, you will NOT want to miss this extraordinary opportunity to combine them. Remember, this is the one time during the year that even the adults can dress up as their favorite Disney characters at the World, so go all out!
There are so many things I love about these special nights, but I will try to narrow them down and focus on my favorites. Let’s start with the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” stage show. Lights, music, dancing, and of course – VILLAINS! This show features the Sanderson Sisters from Disney’s Hocus Pocus along with some of my favorite Disney Villains such as Oogie Boogie from Nightmare before Christmas and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. It is performed throughout the night, so make sure you note the times on your schedule if you don’t want to miss out!
If you love meeting rare Disney characters, this is your opportunity! Cinderella’s mice, The Seven Dwarves, and so many Villains are available to meet & greet along with many of the classic characters in fun costumes. I’ve found that the character lines are always long no matter what time it is. If there is someone you HAVE TO meet, find out where he/she is & make it your first stop. Remember, some of the characters leave for parades and you’ll need to take into account breaks as well.
If you were to ask my children, they would say that Trick or Treating at Disney World is much better than anything we have at home. The lines accommodate strollers and wheelchairs, so no worries there. Some lines also offer games in addition to the treats. Another favorite for the kids is The Hallowishes fireworks show. In this show, the Villains join the Haunted Mansion’s “Ghost Host” in an exciting pyrotechnic display that is set to some of my favorite creepy classics such as “Poor, Unfortunate Souls” from The Little Mermaid and “Never Smile at a Crocodile,“ from Peter Pan.
One final thing you won’t want to miss is Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade. The Headless Horseman leads a group of skeletons, classic characters in creative costumes, villains, and so many more fun surprises that I don’t want to ruin for you. Just know that you won’t want to miss a moment. On that note, I am sure you’ll want to experience everything Mickey has to offer. I suggest you do a little research and prioritize your must-do’s so that you are able to hit the high points and still enjoy your evening.
Some tips for those attending with children:
* Take an afternoon nap so you can enjoy the extended hours and get the most out of your ticket.
* Start with rides and character meets as the Trick-or-Treat lines can be longer toward the beginning of the night.
* A stroller (even for those who don’t normally use one) is a good idea. There is a lot to see, it is dark, and so many people are in costumes. It also gives you a great place to carry any costume pieces that get too hot and all the treats you receive! Plus, if your little one gets tired, you can still enjoy the night as they snooze.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party may not be something you do every trip, but I would recommend you attend at least once. Thanks for reading & have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!