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If you like Halloween and you like visiting Disney World, then you may have wondered if you should go to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
Like the name suggests, it’s all about celebrating Halloween at Disney World in a fun, family friendly way – but luckily, it’s not just held on Halloween! You can enjoy this fun event in August, September and October.
If you’re wondering if you should go, my answer is definitely a resounding yes!
But if you’re undecided – or you’re already planning on attending but don’t know what to expect – then take a look at our complete guide to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and have all your questions answered!
What is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a ticketed event at Walt Disney World (specifically, at the Magic Kingdom). Like Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom and H2O Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon, your ticket is completely separate from park admission.
The Not-So-Scary party is held from 7:00 PM to midnight on select nights. If you have tickets to the party, you can get into the Magic Kingdom park as early as 4:00 PM, even if you don’t have/don’t want to use tickets to the Magic Kingdom for that day.
And if you’re a DVC member, you’re in luck! Bring your Disney Vacation Club Membership Card and your event ticket, and you can enter the Magic Kingdom as early as 2:00 PM. You can also get up to 7 other guests in early, as long as they also have tickets to the party.
To give you an idea of what the party is like, check out this virtual tour of the event. And be sure to read on, as we’ll go into more detail about everything you can expect to enjoy!
What can I do at Mickey’s Halloween Party?
There is so much to do at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! We’ve broken down the main activities into sections. It’s up to you how you want to spend your time – some people make photo ops with characters their priority, others love the shows and some are all about the candy! Let’s take a look at the fun things you can do at this Halloween event.
Boo To You Parade
Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade is fantastic – in fact, it’s my personal favorite part of the whole party!
The parade, set to the catchy, upbeat “Boo To You” song, is full of energetic performers, spectacular floats and tons of favorite Disney characters. If you love villains, you won’t be disappointed – but there are plenty of positive characters, too.
Check out some of the highlights of the parade in these videos, one from the 2019 parade and one from 2018:
The 2019 parade includes such favorites as Mickey and Minnie Mouse (in brand new Halloween costumes!), Wreck-It Ralph, Vanellope von Schweetz, Clarabelle Cow and Adventureland’s own Pirates. Some new additions made an appearance as well, such as a new Tomorrowland unit with The Incredibles, Edna Mode, Buzz Lightyear and more!
You have two chances to catch the parade during the Halloween party (9:15 pm & 11:15 pm). If Disney parades are your thing, I recommend watching it the first time so that if you love it as much as I do, you can see it again during the second showing! If you know you’ll only want to watch it once, then the second parade time is generally a little less crowded.
The Boo-To-You parade begins in Frontierland and ends up down Main Street. There is something truly magical about viewing the parade on Main Street with Cinderella Castle in the background. However, be advised that this prime viewing location usually has people sitting and staking out their spot well over an hour in advance.
Other Halloween Shows & Entertainment
In addition to the parade, there are a number of great shows to watch during the party!
Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular
This show, featuring the Sanderson sisters (Winifred, Mary and Sarah) from the cult favorite 1993 film Hocus Pocus, is perhaps the most popular. The sisters enlist the help of such Disney villains as Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie and Maleficent. Of course, there’s fun music, dancing and special effects, too! This show is held on the stage in front of Cinderella Castle – 8:30 pm, 10:45 pm and 12:00 am.
Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular
This brand new fireworks show is sure to delight! In the fun-filled 12 minute fireworks display, hosted by Jack Skellington (from The Nightmare Before Christmas), some classic Disney favorites encounter a haunted house. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy will come across dancing skeletons, waltzing ghosts and spooky Disney villains. Fireworks, lasers, projection effects and more will help the story come to life! The fireworks show will be held at 10:15 pm.
You can see this fun fireworks celebration here:
Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball
This fun dance party, starring Mike Wazowski and Sulley from Monsters, Inc., runs throughout the Halloween Party in Tomorrowland.
Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam
This dance party is perfect for little ones! Celebrate with favorite characters like Doc McStuffins, Timon, Vampirina and (new this year) Nancy Clancy from Fancy Nancy! The Disney Junior Jam runs throughout the party in Fantasyland.
The Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet
Keep an eye (or ear) out for the Cadaver Dans – it’s Halloween meets the Dapper Dans with this fun musical group! You can enjoy their melodies and puns in Frontierland. You might enjoy one of the following songs:
- “Ghost Riders In The Sky”
- “Grim Grinning Ghosts”
- “Cruella DeVil”
- “Happy Trails To You”
- “The Oogie Boogie Song”
- “Home On The Range”
- “Darkness On The Delta”
- “Trick Or Treat”
- “Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds”
- “Lone Prairie”
- “Why Do They Call Me A Tenderfoot”
- “The Headless Horseman”
Halloween Party Character Meet & Greets
Character experiences at the Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is, for many, the highlight of the night!
If you love meet & greets with Disney characters – especially less common characters, or characters in special Halloween attire – then you’ve got some great opportunities for amazing photos!
The My Disney Experience app, as well as the map you’ll receive when you arrive at the party, will provide information regarding who you can meet and where you can find them.
Past characters have included the extremely popular Jack Skellington and Sally, the also very popular Seven Dwarfs, Moana, various classic characters (Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy) in costume, and some Winnie the Pooh characters (Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger) in costume.
Other characters included Rapunzel, Tiana, Ariel and Eric, Belle and Gaston, Stitch, Alice in Wonderland characters (Alice, Queen of Hearts, Tweedle-Dee, Tweedle-Dum, Mad Hatter) and more.
The wait time for meeting these characters can be hours long. If meeting a popular character is a priority, a good strategy is getting to the party as close to 4:00 pm as possible, checking with a cast member for your favorite character’s location and then getting in line.
Trick-or-Treating, Specialty Food & Dining Options
Trick-or-treating at the Halloween Party is a fun way to enjoy some sweets and snacks included with your party ticket.
The 2019 treat locations were as follows:
- Market Street – Main Street USA (until 8:00 pm)
- Tortuga Tavern – Adventureland
- Jungle Cruise – Adventureland
- Splash Mountain – Frontierland
- Miner’s Cove – Frontierland
- Country Bear Jamboree – Frontierland
- The Diamond Horseshoe – Liberty Square
- Mickey’s Philharmagic – Fantasyland
- Ariel’s Grotto – Fantasyland
- Pinocchio Village Haus – Fantasyland
- Walt Disney World Railroad Station – Fantasyland
- Monsters, Inc Laugh Floor – Tomorrowland
- Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe – Tomorrowland
- Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress – Tomorrowland
For guests with food allergies, you can ask a Cast Member for a special teal-colored bag for your treats. At each treat station, instead of getting a treat you’ll get a teal token. You can then redeem the teal tokens for special treats at Allergy-Friendly Centers (check your map or ask a Cast Member for locations).
Now, if you’re in the mood for a special holiday-themed treat and you’d like to buy something yummy, you definitely have options for that! (After all, Disney isn’t one to turn down opportunities to make money.) There are delicious desserts and specialty food for sale all over the park – you can check your map for more information.
Want to take your sweets experience to the next level? One of these special dining experiences (additional fee required) might be perfect for you!
Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party with Plaza Garden Viewing
This dessert party takes place at the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant and starts at 8:45 PM.
It’s a chance to enjoy some fabulous Halloween goodies:
- Chocolate-dipped strawberries
- Ice cream
- Seasonal fruits
- Specialty drinks
- Sparkling cider
- Signature lemonades
- Hot chocolate
- And more!
When it gets closer to the fireworks show, Cast Members will lead Dessert Party-goers to a special standing location in the Plaza Garden, which will provide great views of Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular over Cinderella Castle.
If you’re interested, advance reservation is strongly recommended. You can book the party on the Walt Disney World website or call (407) 939-1872. The price is $69 plus tax per guest for ages 10 and older and $41 plus tax for guests ages 3 to 9. The Disney dining plan cannot be used for payment.
Please note that you’ll need to have tickets to the Halloween Party in order to attend the Dessert Party. Also, please be advised that the fireworks show may be delayed or cancelled due to weather, but the Dessert Party will not be cancelled for weather.
Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace
This dessert party may seem quite similar to the dessert party we just talked about – after all, they both involve enjoying desserts at the Tomorrowland Terrace – but they are actually entirely separate (held at different parts of the Terrace). There are also a few other key differences.
For example, at this dessert party, you view the fireworks show from the Tomorrowland Terrace itself. In the Plaza Garden Viewing version, you leave the Terrace to go stand in the Plaza Garden to view the fireworks. It’s a matter of preference as to which you prefer.
The Tomorrowland Terrace offers views that are a little off center (as in, the fireworks don’t appear directly over Cinderella Castle), and you might have a view that’s a bit obstructed by trees or the roof of the Terrace. As you have an indirect view of the Castle (as opposed to standing directly in front of it), there is a chance that you might not be able to enjoy the full effect of the projections onto the Castle.
On the other hand, you get to sit down during the show, not stand. Also, overall it’s a bit more of a relaxed atmosphere (since you don’t have to worry about changing locations during the dessert party).
The dessert party with Tomorrowland Terrace views costs $84 plus tax for guests ages 10 and older. For ages 3 to 9, the price is $50.
Just like the other dessert party, advanced reservations are strongly encouraged. You can reserve a spot online at the Disney World website or by calling (407) 939-1872.
Also, like the other dessert party, you must have a Not-So-Scary Halloween Party ticket in addition to the fee for the dessert party. Rain or shine, the party will not be cancelled, regardless of whether or not the fireworks are delayed or cancelled due to inclement weather.
Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way
This brand new special dining event gets you reserved seating for the second Boo-To-You Halloween Parade of the evening!
To me, this is even more significant than getting reserved seating or standing for the fireworks show, as in the past it’s been easier to get a good spot for the fireworks. However, that may change this year with the addition of the new fireworks show, and of course in general it’s a matter of personal preference as to which is more important to you (parade versus fireworks).
However, reserved seating aside, Cruella’s Halloween Hideaway should be a lot of fun!
The experience will be held at a specially decorated Tony’s Town Square Restaurant (one of my family’s favorite Disney World restaurants). And, of course, you can expect Cruella herself to stop by your table!
You’ll enjoy a buffet filled with delicious dishes and treats.
Some of the scrumptious menu items include:
- Hors d’oeuvres
- International cheeses
- Domestic cheeses
- Assorted canapes
- A taste from the “Witches Cauldron”
- a kettle of gooey and creamy spinach dip with ciabatta crustini, various Halloween flatbreads and more
- Mini De Vil brownies
- Kanine Krunchy cake
- Chocolate-dipped strawberries
- Mini cannolis
You can also choose from various beverages including wine and beer (but you’ll need to be 21 or older with a valid identification to enjoy an alcoholic beverage).
Cruella’s Halloween Hide-a-way will be held from 9:30 pm to 12:30 am, but you can pop in and out as you please. You’ll want to be there around 11:15 pm, though, so you can catch the parade! You can check in at the podium in Tony’s starting at 9:00 pm.
Seating for this event is on a first come, first served basis, and shared seating is encouraged.
You’ll need both a Halloween Party ticket as well as a reservation – advanced reservations are definitely recommended. You’ll also need to pay the price of $99 per person plus tax. You can make a reservation online, or you can call 407-939-3463.
Please note that even if the parade is modified or cancelled due to weather, there will be no refunds.
Rides at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Are the rides at Disney World really your thing? Are you not really in the mood for celebrating Halloween and just want to hit the top attractions?
Well, not to worry! Many of your favorite rides will be open during the party. In fact, sometimes the wait times are actually shorter than usual, as there are so many extra things for guests to do instead of the rides. The shortest lines are generally during the parades, especially the first parade. Near the end of the party is also a great time to get in line, as many people have already started heading home/back to their hotel.
Now, if you love rides but would rather have a ride with a Halloween twist, then you’ll be happy to know that there are a few rides that have a special holiday overlay.
This fun, indoor coaster will have a new, Halloween-inspired soundtrack – and go completely dark!
Pirates of the Caribbean
Live pirates make your experience on this classic dark ride even more special!
Mad Tea Party
This attraction is enhanced with special lighting and music effects.
Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
New this year, the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor show will get into the fun! Enjoy new interactions as the cast of monsters learn about this Halloween holiday that the Human World enjoys.
How can I save on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets in 2020?
If you’re looking to save money on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney World, then you should purchase your tickets beforehand online. You can save $10 per ticket if you buy at least a day in advance (with the exception of October 31). This is a simple way to get a discount on both adult tickets as well as children’s tickets for ages 3-9.
Looking to save even more money?
Ticket prices vary based on dates, so if you have some flexibility in your vacation plans, you can choose a date for cheaper prices.
The prices tend to be more expensive on Fridays as well as the closer it gets to Halloween.
Here are the days when Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is cheapest
- Tues 8/18
- Tues 8/25
- Tues 9/1
- Mon 9/7 (Labor Day)
- Sun 9/13
- Tues 9/15
- Sun 9/20
You can also check out the full list of dates. Please note that all of these dates are subject to availability and can sell out. Also, please note that advance tickets (and the accompanying discount) are not available for the Not-So-Scary party on Halloween.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2020 Dates
The 2020 dates for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party are: August 13, 18, 21, 25 & 28; September 1, 4, 7, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27 & 29; October 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29 & 31; and November 1.
Once you’ve decided on the date you want to attend, make sure you buy your tickets in advance with Undercover Tourist to save $9 per ticket. However, if you are an Annual Passholder or a DVC members, you should purchase in advance through Disney online to get an additional savings for some dates.
To make sure you’re paying as little as possible for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets, be sure to check out our 3 Ways to Save at the Halloween Party.
More Tips for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Hopefully, you’re convinced by now that this fun Disney Halloween event is not to be missed!
If you’re still not sure, you can see our list of 50 Reasons to Attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
And now that you know all the fun you can expect at a Halloween Party event at Disney World, check out a few more tips to make sure you have the best experience possible!
While you certainly don’t have to, staying on-site during your trip can help relieve stress and provide a smoother experience, as you know that Disney will provide transportation to and from the Halloween Party and your Disney hotel. Also, you won’t have to worry about driving back to your hotel after midnight in case you stay at the party the entire time.
We find that using Disney Vacation Club rentals is the best way to save a ton of money on your Disney hotel stay – and you don’t have to be a DVC member to do it! We go over that in this DVC Rental Video here. You can also take advantage of someone else’s DVC reservation who can’t make it to Disney during those dates – we talk about confirmed reservations here.
Another way to go is to use a website that gives you a discount on Disney hotels. We’ve compiled a list of the 10 best websites to use to save you money on your Disney World hotel.
Take It Easy the Morning of the Party
Now, you can definitely have a jam-packed day at any of the parks and still have a blast at the Halloween Party.
However, you might want to take it easy earlier in the day, so that you’ll be completely relaxed and well-rested for the evening.
One way to do this would be having a “pool day” for the first part of the day – sleeping in a bit, then hitting the hotel pool (instead of going to one of the parks in the morning).
Another strategy might be to visit a different park in the morning, then return to your hotel in the middle of the day for a nice nap (or relaxing dip in the pool).
Know the Costume Rules
Dressing in Halloween costume is optional but can be a lot of fun! However, Disney World does have requirements, mostly for safety reasons. Here’s what you need to know about the rules:
- Masks are NOT allowed for guests ages 14 and older.
- Masks are allowed for guests 13 and under, but eyes must still be visible. Also, the mask cannot cover the entire face.
- (Ages 14 and older) Layers or props that surround the whole body are strongly discouraged – you may have to go through additional screening.
- (Ages 14 and older) Costumes cannot reach or drag the ground (such as full-length dresses).
- (Ages 14 and older) Capes cannot go below the waist.
- (Ages 14 and older) Headwear can be worn but can’t cover the face.
- (Ages 14 and older) The following is fine to wear: themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts and hats, as well as transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords and tutus.
- If you dress as your favorite character, don’t sign autographs or pose for pictures (in other words, don’t act as if you’re a Disney Cast Member).
- Costumes must be family-friendly.
- Don’t wear anything that’s offensive, objectionable, violent or obstructive.
- Costumes may not contain any weapons that look like or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
- Costumes may not include anything that could accidentally strike another guest (such as sharp or pointed objects or materials).
- Disney reserves the right to remove anyone or deny admission to anyone that is wearing anything that they consider inappropriate or could detract from the experience of other Guests.
- Shoes must be worn at all times.
Keep Your Costume Options Open
You most likely won’t be facing cold temperatures at a Halloween Party at Disney World, so keep that in mind when choosing your costume. If the costume is very heavy, you may end up pretty hot.
On the other hand, weather in Florida can be so fickle, and the event is at night – consider packing an extra something (a sweater, tights/leggings, a long-sleeve shirt) you can add to your costume on your trip. Depending on the last minute forecast, you might want to wear it with your costume, or bring it with you.
Also, being Florida means rain is certainly a possibility. Consider what you might want to do in case it rains, whether that means an umbrella, clear poncho, color-coordinated poncho, etc.
And if you want to wear something Halloween-themed without getting in full costume, you don’t want to miss our list of the Top 50 Disney Halloween Shirts!
Other Orlando Halloween Events
If you’re visiting the Orlando area during the Halloween season, you might want to enjoy some other local area holiday events. Be sure to check out our list of the top 7 Orlando Halloween events for both family friendly and actually scary events!