Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tips

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

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There will be no Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in 2021. However, there is a new event, Disney After Hours Boo Bash (updated May 7, 2021).

Boo Bash is a combination of both Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Disney Villains After Hours. Make sure you read up on everything we know so far about Disney After Hours Boo Bash to learn the differences.

If you are considering Disney After Hours Boo Bash, read through this MNSSHP guide to get an idea of some of the things you can expect.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) is a hard ticket event held at Magic Kingdom every fall. And I use the term “Fall” loosely because the party seems to start earlier and earlier every year. This is a comprehensive guide to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party to help plan your MNSSHP experience. The end of the post will include some tips on how to approach the party for the greatest success.

MNSSHP 2020 Party Dates

This year the party starts on August 13, three days earlier than it started last year. Because nothing says Halloween like the sweltering Florida humidity in the middle of summer!

Here are all the dates for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2020:

  • 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
  • November 1

Last Year’s Sold Out Dates

Each year there are typically certain parties that sell out. Most of the dates that sell out do so on the day of, but October 30 and October 31 usually sell out before the actual party date. If you plan to attend MNSSHP the day of Halloween, plan to buy your tickets ahead of time. The party on Halloween day will sell out.

Another date that always sells out is opening day of the party. Because it is the first day, the party attracts bloggers and vloggers who want to give their followers party details as soon as possible. Again, if this is the day you plan to attend, make sure you buy your tickets in advance.

MNSSHP Tickets

As with all things Disney, the party isn’t exactly inexpensive. In fact, it’s the opposite of inexpensive. Each year the prices seem to go up, like everything else associated with Disney World. The ticket prices start at $85/adult and $80/child and go up to $149/adult and $144/child on Halloween Day.

This is a rather significant price increase from 2019. While this doesn’t come as a surprise, it’s certainly disappointing.

Expect that the earlier party dates will be the cheapest, particularly on a Sunday or a Tuesday. Friday night parties tend to be a bit more expensive as they are more popular dates for the locals to attend. As the dates get to October the price continues to increase across the board. You will also notice that the frequency of party dates increases in October.

If you are a Disney Vacation Club member or an Annual Passholder, make sure you look into any discounts that are available on MNSSHP tickets.

Tickets are on sale for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party as of February 25, 2020.

MNSSHP Military Discount

In addition to those, The Disney Journey reader PegP gave me the scoop on getting a military discount on the tickets. The discount is only available on certain dates, and the amount of the actual discount varies for each date, but savings is savings! If you want to take advantage of the military discount you can either buy your tickets directly from a ticket booth at Disney World or get them through Shades of Green.

If you don’t want to wait until you arrive at Disney World you can contact Shades of Green to purchase your tickets ahead of time. They will guide you through the process of purchasing them. If you know you want to attend MNSSHP, I highly recommend you buy the tickets ahead of time. Many of the party dates sell out in advance.

For more information on the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party military discount visit the Shades of Green tour page.

Discounted MNSSHP Tickets

Without being a DVC member or Annual Passholder, the only way to get a discount on MNSSHP tickets is through an authorized ticket seller. Undercover Tourist offers Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets at up to $20 off the adult price ticket.

*NEW* Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Pass

On opening day of MNSSHP 2019, Disney announced details for the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Pass. This pass allows the holder to attend 35 of the 36 MNSSHP dates in 2019. The only day the pass is not good for is October 31.

Even more surprising, the cost of the MNSSHP Pass is only $299. If you are a local or someone who has always wanted to go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party multiple times a year, this pass might be the right choice for you.

How to Buy Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Pass

To buy the new Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Pass, you must call the Disney Reservation Line at 407-939-4295. You can also purchase it at any Disney World Ticket Window.

If you already purchased a standard MNSSHP ticket, it can be modified to the MNSSHP Pass. Quantities are limited, so make sure you purchase your tickets soon if you would like them.

MNSSHP Hours

The official hours of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party are from 7:00pm-12:00am. Only party guests are allowed to remain during official party hours. However, your party ticket gets you more than just those 5 hours.

Anyone with a party ticket is allowed to enter Magic Kingdom at 4:00pm. There is a separate tapstile section for party ticket holders to go through at that time. Cast members will be there at the ready to put on your party wristband.

Just like that, your party ticket gets you 8 hours of Magic Kingdom fun instead of just five.

A couple of years ago Disney made some slight changes in how they structure the party hours and park closure. Magic Kingdom closes for day guests at 6:00pm. At that time, Cast Members funnel the day guests in the direction of Main Street. FastPass booking also ends at 6:00pm on party nights.

In 2018, Disney introduced a member benefit for Disney Vacation Club members regarding both Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Starting at 2:00pm, Disney allowed DVC members entrance into Magic Kingdom.

MNSSHP FastPasses

A very common question is whether FastPasses can be booked during the party. The official party hours do not permit FastPass bookings, and with good reason. You don’t need FastPasses during the party. If you plan well, you should not wait more than 20 minutes for any ride.

However, this question is not so straightforward during those pre-party hours from 4-6pm. You are not allowed to book FastPasses on a party ticket. But, there is a loophole in the system which allows you to book FastPasses.

If you have just a party ticket and no other park days, you will likely be fine. If you have multiple other park days planned, you might run into a problem. Some people reported getting an email from Disney stating that they had more FastPasses booked than they had park tickets. The email asks that you remove the extra FastPasses. If you do not, the system will automatically delete them from the last day of your trip.

By all means, book FastPasses during the pre-party time, but be prepared to potentially remove them. It is not worth it to risk losing a Flight of Passage or Slinky Dog Dash FastPass for a party FastPass.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party-Boo to You Parade

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Events

MNSSHP is chock full of party exclusive experiences. There are so many possible experiences that you will not be able to do them all. Most of the information that follows is based on the 2018 party. I promise to update with any changes or additions.

Treat Stations

Party guests will find treat stations scattered around Magic Kingdom. Upon entrance into the party, Cast Members hand you a treat bag already filled with some treats. The exact treats on offer may vary from year to year, but the bottom line is this: if you like candy, there is plenty of opportunity to stock up.

Lines for the treat stations tend to look long, but they move quite fast. Do not be intimidated if you see a line wrapping outside of the treat station. You will be in and out in no time.

Allergy Friendly Treats

In true Disney fashion, there are treat options for party guests with food allergies. You can get a teal treat back that indicates to Cast Members that you need allergy friendly offerings. In addition to that, there are official allergy-friendly treat centers on Main Street and in Liberty Square.

At the allergy-friendly centers, guests can get all treats that are certified allergy friendly.

Ride Overlays

Starting in 2018, Disney introduced the idea of ride overlays to three rides. These overlays are only available during the party time, making them an exclusive experience. Hopefully, 2019 will bring back this idea and expand it even further.

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Lighting and music changes alter the Tea Cups, providing guests with an extra, nighttime experience

Pirates of the Caribbean

Live pirates invade the attraction, enlisting your help in finding “Gunpowder Pete”, who is hiding somewhere within the ride.

Space Mountain

The typical lighting and music are removed to create a whole new experience. A different soundtrack plays during the ride and the lights are out, giving the ride a very different feel.

Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor (New for 2019)

The monsters in the Monster World will interact with guests in an all new way during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. They are trying to understand that strange human holiday known as Halloween.

Shows, Parties, and a Parade

Much of the draw of the parties, other than the considerably lower crowds, are the party exclusive shows and events.

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltactular (Castle Stage at 8:30p, 10:45p, 12:00a)

This is a very popular show, hosted by none other than the Sanderson Sisters of Hocus Pocus fame. Villains galore will show up for the party in a fun and entertaining stage show.

Tip: If avoiding the crowd is important to you, consider watching the stage show from the perimeter of the hub. The walled planters on the right and left side of the Hub give a decent view, a place to sit, and an easy escape back to the rides when the show is over.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Concept Art for new MNSSHP Fireworks Show

Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Fireworks (10:15p)

For the first time in 14 years, Disney is releasing a new fireworks show just for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. The show will include lighting, lasers, projection effects, and of course, fireworks.

In a move that will thrill many “Nightmare Before Christmas” fans, the host of the new fireworks show is none other than Jack Skellington and his dog, Zero.

The show will follow the original Fab Four (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy), guided by Zero, as they go on a trick or treating adventure that proves anything can happen on Halloween night.

There will be fun adventures inside a haunted house that takes them from room to room. Inside each room they will encounter ghosts, skeletons, and of course, the famous Disney villains!

Tip: If you want to avoid the crowds in front of Cinderella’s Castle, consider watching the fireworks from Fantasyland. The view in front of The Beast’s Castle puts you in the middle of all the action, with fireworks all around you.

Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade (9:15p & 11:15p)

Everyone loves a parade! Mickey and his friends join the costumed fun in a “spooky” parade. Even the villains join in on the fun. The soundtrack will be stuck in your head for the rest of the night and The Gravediggers will strike your fancy.

Of the Disney World parades I’ve seen so far, I have to say, I think Boo To You is my favorite!

Update: Disney announced some new additions to the Boo To You Halloween Parade in 2019. Mickey and Minnie will have all new Halloween costumes. The Spectral Bride will float her way down Main Street alongside the Hitchhiking Ghosts from the Haunted Mansion.

Two whole new sections of the parade have been added. The Incredibles, along with Edna Mode, will make their way down the parade route. They will be alongside Buzz Lightyear and Alien explorers as they discover a new planet.

Tip: Watch the parade in Fronrierland for smaller crowds. You won’t need to stake out a spot quite so early. However, make sure you are there at least 15-20 minutes before start time. You don’t want to miss the Headless Horseman!

Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball (7:00p-12:00a)

Join in on a fun dance party in Tomorrowland with Mike Wazowski and Sculley.

Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam (7:00p-12:00a)

Another dance party, this one in Fantasyland with popular Disney Junior characters. This party was a new addition in 2018. Characters involved include the popular Vampirina and Doc McStuffins. In 2019, Nancy Clancy, of Fancy Nancy fame, will join the other characters.

Frontierland Costume Promenade

Kids can join in on the fun with prospector Cactus-Flower Cate just prior to each run of the Boo To You Parade. Cactus-Flower Cate will lead kids on a quest to show off their costumes and look for the ultimate child-friendly treasure: candy!

Mickey's Boo to You Halloween Parade at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Everyone loves a parade

MNSSHP Characters

Character interactions are perhaps one of the most popular aspects of party events. This is often an opportunity to see characters who are not accessible elsewhere, such as Moana. The exact list of characters is not officially released by Disney. That information is reported by party-goers after the first few parties of the year.

The more sought after characters will have tremendously long lines throughout most of the party. Some of them will even start meeting party guests before 7:00p.

Tip: If you want to meet the really popular characters, start lining up well before the party is scheduled to start. Think no later than 5:00p.

The list of characters remains similar each year. The list below is based on the characters available during the 2018 parties. It will be updated with new information once it is available.

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Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater 
  • Jack Skellington and Sally at Town Square Theater (meeting approximately @ 4:30p)
Adventureland
  • Aladdin with Abu, Princess Jasmine, Jafar, Genie
  • Tarzan, Jane and Terk
  • Captain Jack Sparrow
  • Moana (Enchanted Tiki Room, beginning around 5:45p)
Liberty Square
  • The Gravediggers
Fontierland
  • Brer Fox and Brer Rabbit (roaming)
Fantasyland
  • Belle and Gaston
  • Alice & The Mad Hatter
  • Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum and the Queen of Hearts
  • Ariel & Prince Eric
  • Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet
  • Cinderella & Princess Elena, Rapunzel & Tiana
  • Anastasia and Drizella
Storybook Circus
  • The Seven Dwarfs (Pete’s Silly Side Show @ 6:15p)
  • Donald and Daisy
  • Minnie Mouse in Witch Costume
  • Goofy
  • Cruella De Vil (roaming)
  • Fancy Nancy and Vampirina
Tomorrowland
  • Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear 
  • Elvis Stitch
  • Friends from Monster’s Inc

Halloween Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace

Disney recently released ticket information for this year’s fireworks dessert party. The dessert party begins before the fireworks show, giving you a place to relax and enjoy some pre-show treats. As per the official Disney World website:

…chocolate-dipped strawberries, cupcakes, ice cream, seasonal fruits, cheeses and other ghoulish goodies created daily by our master pastry chef. Sparkling cider, signature lemonades, coffee, tea and hot chocolate will also be served.

-Walt Disney World

Following all those delectable treats, party guests are escorted to a private viewing area for the fireworks. This viewing spot is designed to provide optimal viewing of the show without being crammed into the sea of humanity on Main Street.

Halloween Fireworks Dessert Party Tickets

Tickets for the Halloween Fireworks Dessert Party are $84 plus tax for ages 10 and up, and $50 plus tax for ages 3-9. Please note that a ticket for MNSSHP is also a requirement.

Costumes

A large percentage of party goers opt to dress in costume for the party. I highly recommend that you do too! How often are you able to dress up in costume as an adult? It’s just a fun thing to do.

People watching at MNSSHP is pretty epic for just this reason. While I am completely lacking in creativity when it comes to designing costumes, the same can’t be said for many others. A lot of people have truly awesome costumes.

MNSSHP Costume Rules

While Disney does encourage party guests to come in costume, they do have some limitations placed on those costumes. Before you start planning your costume, I highly recommend that you check out Disney’s official costume guidelines. It would be a shame to come up with an awesome costume, only to have a Cast Member ask you to remove it.

Costume Tips

There are a few things you should keep in mind when deciding on your costume for MNSSHP. These tips are mainly geared towards comfort.

First, remember that you are in Florida, the land of sun and humidity. I saw quite a few people walking around in very thick, bulky costumes. Many of the party dates are still in the summer, a time when Florida weather is at it’s hottest. A full on Sculley costume might not be the best idea.

Also, keep in mind that you will be in costume for several hours. Make sure that it is an outfit comfortable enough for you to not only walk around in, but also get on and off the rides.

Disneybounding might be a good compromise in between an elaborate costume and nothing at all. That allows for the feel of a costume, but the comfort the heat and walking requires.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tips

Now that you know the important details of the party, how can you make your party experience a success? A lot of that does depend on what your goals are for the party, so the first step is to figure that out. Do you want to experience mainly rides? Are character experiences your priority? Do you want to rock an awesome costume for those PhotoPass pictures? There are a number of things to consider.

Once you have made up your mind, check out some of the tips below:

If Characters are the Priority

  • Make a list of your top priority characters and rank them
  • Many of the really popular characters begin meeting well before 7:00p. Once that information is released after the first few parties, make sure you pick one to line up for very early
  • Consider getting in line for a popular character during the parade or fireworks
  • Jump into a character line at the very end of the night

If Minimizing Crowds/Wait times is the Priority

  • Avoid Main Street and The Hub like the plague, especially between 4-7p
  • Find alternate viewing spots for the shows, parade, and fireworks
    • In particular, look for spots that allow you to slide in shortly before the show starts, and slide out just as quickly when the show is over
  • Prioritize the time between after the fireworks and the end of the part for some of the most popular rides like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Hop in line for Mine Train during the parade
  • Use your My Disney Experience App to monitor ride wait times
  • If done well, you should not have to wait more than 20-30 minutes for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and everything else will be even less

Final Thoughts on Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a great time and I highly recommend it for everyone! It might be a little difficult for younger kids, but the excitement of the whole experience will help a lot of them power through a very late night.

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  1. DVC members and Passholders aren’t the only discounts. If you are active duty or retired military, you can also get a discount for the MNSSHP. Tickets can’t be purchased at the base IT office, but can’t be purchased through Shades of Green (the military resort located on the WDW property) or at the ticket office at the park. You can purchase through Shades of Green by contacting them, filling out their form, and emailing it back to them. They’ll call for payment information. The tickets can then be either shipped to your home via FedEx (a $10 fee applies) or picked up at the resort. You’ll have the information before you go, though, so you can link the tickets to your MyDisney app before ever getting to WDW.

    Like with Disney, the price is different for different nights & dates. In 2019, it averaged about $15/ticket discount in August & September, with the discount going down to $2 close to the actual date of Halloween. While this may not sound like a big discount, military tickets are tax free, so there’s a sizable discount right there, especially if you’re buying multiple tickets. The military member or spouse can purchase up to six at the discounted price.

    1. You are right! I knew about this because my friend got MVMCP tickets with her military discount and I completely forgot about it. However, I did not realize it was a little more complicated to get them. But definitely worth it for the savings. I will add this discount to the post and the MVMCP post. Thank you so much for the information.

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