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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party FAQ

[UPDATE April 6] This post has been updated with 2017 party dates.

Walt Disney World is the playground for everyone who loves fantasy, so it’s no wonder that one of the most fun times of year to visit the parks is Halloween. Magic Kingdom goes all out for the holiday with nearly two months of Halloween’s parties, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party — to be exact. Here’s a guide that can help you get your bearings with the bash and start to created your own party plans.

What is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?

On select dates from mid-September through the end of October, Magic Kingdom hosts a hard-ticket Halloween party. The party includes party-only character meet and greets, the Boo to You parade, Hallowishes fireworks and trick-or-treat stations set up around the park.

The 2017 dates are:

August 25 and 29, 2017

September 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 and 29, 2017

October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 31, 2017

November 1

What does “a hard-ticket party” mean?

A hard-ticket party means you must buy a separate ticket to gain admission to the party, you cannot use a day of your regular Magic Your Way ticket to attend MNSSHP.

How much are tickets?

Ticket prices vary depending on the date of the party. Disney introduced more tiers of tickets for 2016, here’s where those prices shook out (all prices are listed without tax):

Advanced-purchase tickets

September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 25 – Adult $72, Child $67
September 29, 30 – Adult $79, Child $74

October 2, 6 – Adult $86, Child $81
October 4, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27 – Adult $91, Child $86

Same-day tickets

September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 25 – Adult $79, Child $74
September 23 – Adult $85, Child $80
September 29, 30 – Adult $88, Child $83

October 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30 – Adult $95, Child $90
October 31 – Adult $105, Child $100

Annual Passholder advanced-purchase tickets

September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 25 – Adult $67, Child $62
September 23 – Adult $78, Child $73
September 29, 30 – Adult $73, Child $68

October 2, 6 – Adult $80, Child $75

Disney Vacation Club advanced-purchase tickets

September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 25 – Adult $67, Child $62
September 23 – Adult $78, Child $73
September 29, 30 – Adult $72, Child $68

October 2, 6 – Adult $80, Child $75
October 4, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20 – Adult $88, Child $83

When should I buy my party tickets?

Definitely in advance of the party, more parties sold out in advance last year than ever before. Of the 25 parties in 2015, 14 sold out in advance (according to the extremely comprehensive guest list thread on the Disboards; the 2016 guest list can be found here). The first party to sell out was Halloween night (October 31) and that party sold out on August 3.

It’s a Halloween party, do people dress up?

YES!!! For children and adults alike, dressing up may be the most fun party of MNSSHP. People can get really creative and go all out with their costumes. There a few general rules to keep in mind when selecting costumes:

  • All guests’ costumes should be child-friendly and not obtrusive or offensive.
  • Adult guests are allowed to wear masks, but the masks must not obstruct vision.
  • Guest who dress like Disney characters are not permitted to pose for pictures or sign autographs for other guests (basically, don’t pretend to be the official character in the park).
  • Leave large or dangerous props at home.

We’ve dressed up for four of the five MNSSHPs we’ve attended, once as Mickey and Minnie, as Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, then Ariel and Eric at party No. 1 last year and Hiro and Honey Lemon at party No. 2.

There are additional guidelines for Guests ages 14 and older in 2016:

  • 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.
  • May not wear masks of any kind.

It’s always so much fun to see what people come up with!

For those of you who are a bit skittish about full-on costumes, there are a couple of fantastic options. You could wear fun Halloween shirts (this is a great option when the temperatures are really high).  

Or there’s a fun trend called Disneybounding, in which you wear regular clothes that invoke a specific character. It’s a less costumey way to do Disney characters. We Disneybounded as Wall-E and Eve at the 24-hour party in 2014.

Other Disneybounding examples:


#disneybounding as Mr. Smee for my friends nautical baby sprinkle today. #Disney #disneybound #mrsmee

A photo posted by Niki (@tripodn) on

What time does the party start?

MNSSHP officially starts at 7 p.m. Guests may enter Magic Kingdom using their party tickets starting at 4 p.m. None of the party-specific M&Gs or trick-or-treating will begin until 7 p.m.

What times are the parade and fireworks?

The Boo to You parade and Hallowishes fireworks are, IMHO, worth the price of the MNSSHP ticket alone and are must-see events at the party.

Boo to You runs twice during the party: at 8:30 p.m. and again at 11:15 p.m.

The second parade will be far less crowded than the first, FYI. The parade route begins in Frontierland and runs around the hub, up Main Street and ends at the firehouse.

A few notes about the parade. While it’s a fun and upbeat parade, there are a few moments that could scare little ones (just a little, though). There’s a section about the Haunted Mansion that includes a few dancing ghosts.

And there are more than a few villains during the show, but none appear overly menacing.

Hallowishes (shown at 10:15 p.m. on party nights) is the very definition of a fireworks spectacular. Set to a soundtrack of fun Halloween tunes, the fireworks are bigger and more colorful than a typical Disney fireworks show.

Any shows we should watch?

There’s an AMAZING castle stage show called “Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular” that has all your favorite villains gathered by the Sanderson Sisters for a rocking All Hallows Eve celebration.

There are three showtimes: 9:15, 10:40 and midnight from Sept. 2 through the 13th. An earlier showtime (8 p.m.) has been added for parties Sept. 16-30; while parties in October have a 7:45 p.m. show.

This show is not to be missed!

Where can we trick-or-treat in the park?

There are plenty of places to get your candy on in the park (the following are the 2015 locations):

  • Adventureland
    • Jungle Cruise
    • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
    • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Frontierland
    • Splash Mountain
    • Dock to Tom Sawyer Island
  • Liberty Square
    • Liberty Square Riverboat
  • Fantasyland
    • Peter Pan’s Flight
    • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
    • Pete’s Silly Sideshow
    • Fantasyland Treat Trail (Begins at the Walt Disney World Railroad in Fantasyland)
  • Tomorrowland
    • Space Mountain
    • Tomorrowland Speedway
    • Stitch’s Great Escape
    • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

What characters can we meet during the party?

There are lots and lots of character M&Gs during the party. Kenny the Pirate will be your go-to source for all things characters at MNSSHP. Once the first party happens, Kenny will quickly publish a park map with the locations of all the party M&Gs. Here’s last year’s map, for reference.

Via Kenny the Pirate

Via Kenny the Pirate

How long are the character lines?

It depends. There are a few of the bigger characters that will have lines that begin long before the party starts. If you want to see the 7 Dwarfs, Jack Skellington and Sally or Captain Jack Sparrow…

… then you will want to line up for them between 4:30 and 6(ish). The theory behind lining up that early is so you spend pre-party time in those lines, then you’ll be through your M&G just after the party begins with almost no party time wasted in line!

The rest of the M&Gs wait times will range from a few minutes up to 30-45 minutes.

Here’s the master list of all the character M&Gs from last year’s parties (courtesy of WDW Character Hunt):

Jane, Tarzan, Terk

Abu, Aladdin, Genie, Jasmine
Captain Jack Sparrow
Seven Dwarfs
Snow White
Anna and Elsa
Alice, Mad Hatter
Queen of Hearts
Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger, Winnie the Pooh
Snow White Witch (as the hag)
Mickey Mouse
Tinker Bell
Jack Skellington, Sally
Cruella deVil
 Daisy, Donald
Sulley, Mike, Boo, Needleman, George Sanderson (at a dance party)

Are the attractions open during MNSSHP?

Yes and the lines for most attractions (except Seven Dwarfs Mine Train) will have much shorter wait times than a regular park day. The one attraction that is typically closed for MNSSHP, however, is Jungle Cruise.

A must-do attraction during MNSSHP for older kids and adults is Haunted Mansion. The exterior is given an extra-spooky air…

… and the cast members are all done up for the occasion.

Are there FP+ reservations available during the party?

No, there are no FP+ reservations in the park after the 7 p.m. start of the party. You can, however, make FP+ reservations using your party ticket for that 4-6:30 p.m. time period before the party officially begins. The good news is that most attraction lines will be short enough during the party that you won’t miss FP+ reservations much.

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4 thoughts on “Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party FAQ

    • Yep Kristin, that’s how it works. If you have an My Disney Experience account, you can link your party ticket to that and then get your Magic Band scanned at one of the four or five wristband distribution areas Disney will set up in the park.

  1. Do you know what time the dance party is typically scheduled? My son is obsessed with Monsters Inc and I don’t want to miss this in our schedule.

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