Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party season has begun. I had the opportunity to go and check out the very first one on August 25 and I’m here to tell you everything you need to know to get the most out of the party.
There are lots of great sites that have every detail for you. I’m going to assume you’re a busy person and just want the essential info. Here’s what you really need to know before you go. I’m also going to give you my exact schedule that I used to fit it all in.
When it comes to special ticket party is the biggest draw for people is experiencing the park with lower crowds, and experiencing special attractions and opportunities that are only offered during the party.
So this is not the time to experience attractions that don’t typically have long waits. Most people on a Disney World vacation will plan to visit Magic Kingdom during a non-party time and that’s when you can experience all of the standard attractions, and save the party night for the experiences that are only offered during the party
Even with limiting yourself to only the things that are unique to the party you will still have a hard time fitting it all in. So it helps to have in mind the things you most want to see and do and make them a priority.
This will be a late night with lots of standing and walking (I walked almost 6 miles on my party night!) You’ll really want to stay for the whole thing if possible so grab a nap if you need to do you can go until the end. If you have younger kids a stroller for them to rest is a good idea.
The party officially begins at 7pm BUT they will let you into the park starting at 4pm. I’d recommend you try to come as close to 4 as you can, it will let you get a jump on the night. The actual party things won’t start until 7pm, but the most popular characters will start forming lines early.
Highlights of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
MNSSHP has many special offerings and shows, characters, photo opps, merchandise, and food. Let’s take each of these one at a time.
There are a lot of characters out for the party that are available in the park all the time, (although they may be in a special outfit for the party) so unless there’s a character you’re just dying to see, I’d focus on the characters that you can only meet during the party.
- Jack and Sally: these two are extremely popular characters they meet in liberty Square, in the gazebo behind the Christmas shop. Advise lining up at 5:30 for them.
- Moana: since she was removed as a meet and greet character, her popularity is huge. She meets in Adventureland near the treehouse.
- Lotso: another character that’s only available during the party, he meets in Tomorrowland behind the Buzz ride (where Buzz usually meets).
- Seven Dwarves: Rarely out and only all together during parties, they meet at the back of Storybook Circus. Advise lining up at 5:30.
- Ariel and Eric: Rarely out together, they meet just across from the Little Mermaid ride.
- Tweedle Dee, Tweedle-Dum and the Queen of Hearts: They meet by the tea cups.
The real highlight of the party is the shows. MNSSHP has three shows you’ll want to see: parade, fireworks, and stage show at the castle. If you’re not big into fireworks they can be optional but in my opinion the Parade and Hocus Pocus are a must-see.
Boo to You Parade
9:15 and 11:15
This parade is a real highlight, with a huge cast of performers and tons of unique characters and floats. It’s done twice each night and sticks to the normal parade route starting in front tier land and ending at the fire station on Main Street. The second parade will always be less crowded, however if rain is in the forecast be aware that waiting for the second parade can mean you risk it being rained out. That happened to us during the first party. They still did the second parade but it was with limited floats and no dancing and no roaming characters. Also the Main Street castle area is always the most popular to watch while Frontierland is usually the least crowded. Plan on getting a spot for the parade about 45 minutes early if you really want a front curb seat. If that’s not a big deal to you then wait until about 15 minutes before the parade and watch it in Frontierland with no problems.
Held only once during the party. This show is like most of the firework shows in that the best view is going to be on main street in front of the castle. Don’t stand too close to the Castle or some of the fireworks will be behind it.
Hocus Pocus Stage Show
8:15, 10:45, 12am
A fantastic live show with an amazing cast of performers who deliver a Broadway quality performance. Hosted by the Sanderson sisters from the movie Hocus Pocus and featuring many of the most popular Disney villains.
The show is held on the castle stage several times during the night. I’d recommend you catch it during the later shows since you will probably be in front of the castle at some point to watch the fireworks anyway.
Food and Treats
Your ticket to MNSSHP includes a treat bag and you can help yourself to any of the treat stations located throughout the park. Check out all the locations in the map below. Lines get shorter as the night goes on.
In addition to these, there are many themed treats for sale that are exclusive to the party. My favorite was these Haunted Mansion themed chocolate tarts. There’s four different ones and they were almost too cute to eat. I only got around to three of them, but of those my favorite was the Chocolate Peanut Butter one in Liberty Square.
- Aloha Isle – chocolate tart filled with chocolate ganache and topped with Oreo panna cotta and a white chocolate Haunted Mansion-inspired portrait.
- Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies – chocolate tart filled with raspberry compote and topped with white chocolate mousse and a Haunted Mansion-inspired white chocolate portrait.
- Liberty Square Market – chocolate tart filled with chocolate ganache and topped with peanut butter icing and a Haunted Mansion-inspired white chocolate portrait.
- Storybook Treats – chocolate tart filled with lemon curd, strawberry compote and topped with strawberry mousse and a Haunted Mansion-inspired white chocolate portrait.
There are tons of special photopass options available during the party. My favorite were the ones by the Haunted Mansion.
My MNSSHP Schedule
Study the times for the night you attend (it seems only the Hocus Pocus show changes times) and take a look at the party maps here.
Many have asked exactly what I recommend for the party. Here’s my personal schedule for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and it worked out great and I got to see everything I wanted to see. Feel free to download, save or screenshot to refer to.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party (also called MNSSHP) is a special ticket event that happens on select nights at the Magic Kingdom Park. Your standard park tickets don’t include this party. Click here to visit the official party site and buy tickets.
August 25 and 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
Ranges from $74-$115 for an adult. Gets more expensive the closer to Halloween. You do get AP, CM, and DVC discounts.
Here’s Disney’s official page and ticket info.