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Your Guide to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2018

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween (MNSSHP) Party kicks off on Friday August 17th, the first of 34 party dates this year for you to enjoy!

It’s personally my very favorite time of year to visit. I’ve been attending MNSSHP for nearly 15 years, so I have quite a few tips and tricks up my sleeve to help you plan your evening.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Dates & Ticket Prices

  • August 17, 24, 28, 31
  • September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
  • October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets start at $70 for children (ages 3-9) and $75 for adults (ages 10+). Prices do vary and increase depending on the date/time you choose to attend. The closer to Halloween, the more expensive the party is for both adults and children.

To purchase tickets, visit the Walt Disney World website (click here).

Best Days/Dates to Attend

If you are wondering, the best dates to attend the party is usually anytime in August and early September, and on Sunday’s – Wednesday’s in September and October. Friday and Saturday in October have a tendency to be very busy due to locals attending the party as well as vacationers. Halloween (Oct 31st) is the most crowded and historically has sold out. If you plan to attend on Halloween, be sure to purchase your tickets early.

Rain Or Shine!

Keep in mind that the party goes on rain or shine! The parades or fireworks may be canceled during the evening due to weather, but the party still happens. If you are leery of buying tickets ahead of time because of potential bad weather, you can purchase tickets on the night of the party. Very few nights sell out – usually just the first night and Halloween night.

Party Tips & Strategies

With party time starting at 7PM on select nights at the Magic Kingdom, there are only 5 hours to meet rare characters, ride attractions, trick-or-treat, and see the exclusive fireworks and parade! There is no question, if you want to maximize your time and dollar at this event, you will need to devise a plan and determine your priorities! Just remember, even the best plans can’t often squeeze it all in. Do what is most important to you first!

Starting at 4PM, if you already in Magic Kingdom and have tickets for that evening’s MNSSHP, locate specific cast members scattered throughout the park to receive your trick-or-treat bag and event wristband.

If you are coming from another park or your hotel, you can enter Magic Kingdom as early as 4PM through a designated entrance, or at 2PM if you are a DVC Member. Upon checking in for the party, you will receive your trick-or-treat bag and event wristband.

If you enter the park at 4PM, know that the park is still open to the general public until 6PM, so the crowd levels may be high for a few hours. You will still be able to successfully ride at least 2, maybe 3, attractions before the actual party begins if you plan accordingly.

Beginning at 6PM, the Cast Members will begin to shuffle non-event guest out of the park. This is why it is essential that you obtain your event wristband. This indicates to Cast Members that you have a paid party ticket for that evening.

Note that FastPass+ reservations are not available during the party, nor from 4PM-7PM. Generally lines during the party are manageable depending on the popularity of the attraction. If you have a regular day park ticket, you can book FP+s up until 6PM at the Magic Kingdom.

TIP: Ride attractions during parade times, most guests are watching the parade so the lines tend to be shorter.

TIP: View the second parade of the evening, the first parade is usually the most popular and attracts the biggest crowd.

TIP: Depending on the date you attend, you may need to plan to claim your spot and wait for the parade up to 60-90 minutes. If you attend at the end of August or early September, your wait time may be 30-60 minutes.

TIP: The parade begins in Frontierland, however I am a firm believer that the best place to watch it is from Main Street U.S.A. There is nothing like the backdrop of Cinderella Castle in all of your photos!

TIP: Attractions tend to have the shortest lines of the evening just before midnight when the party ends. Save some of the most popular attractions such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (SDMT), Peter Pan or Space Mountain for the last 30 minutes of the evening. Dare I say, some may even be walk ons.

TIP: If your priority is to get photos with special, rare characters such as the Seven Dwarfs or Jack and Sally, plan to wait in very long lines. Generally lines start to form sometimes before the party even begins at 7PM. Wait times could be up to 2 hours, so plan accordingly if you intend to accomplish other things during the evening at the party. Families tend to start to leave around 11PM, chances are if you wait until late in the evening, your wait time may decrease significantly.

TIP: Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Show is shown on party nights usually at 10:15PM, weather permitting. This firework show can be viewed from various locations around the park. Your best viewing location will always be somewhere in the hub or about 1/4 way down Main Street. There are projections on the Castle during the show, but the fireworks display does not rely on them to tell the story as they do in Happily Ever After. It is not necessary to be in full view of the Castle to enjoy the show!

TIP: Take advantage of new PhotoPass Magic Shots at select locations throughout Magic Kingdom Park.

TIP: You can visit candy stations more than once, so stock up!! If you need additional trick-or-treat bags, ask a Cast Member. There are more than plenty for everyone!

TIP: With the hustle and bustle of the evening, it’s easy to forget about the adorable and yummy special event treats to purchase! Be sure to check them out and pick one up.

Costumes are encouraged for all ages! So be sure to dress up and have fun!! To keep us all safe, a few years ago Walt Disney World implemented costume guidelines for those attending the party. Here are the official rules and regulations from waltdisneyworld.com.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Costume Guidelines

General:

  • Disney may deny admission or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or could detract from the experience of other Guests.
  • Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
  • Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, the park unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.

Guests Ages 13 and Under:

  • Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long as the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.

Guests Ages 14 and Older:

  • 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.
  • Masks of any kind may not be worn.

Note that all rules and regulations are subject to change at any time.

Trick-or-Treating

Do you have a food allergy? If so, Disney has a special trick-or-treat experience for you!

While at Mickey’s No-So-Scary Halloween Party, see a Cast Member to pick up a teal-colored treat bag – the official color of food allergy awareness. These are available at any treat location an at the official Allergy-Friendly Centers located at Town Square Theater (near Tony’s Town Square Restaurant on Main Street, U.S.A.) and Liberty Square Ticket Office (near The Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square).

When you trick-or-treat with your teal bag, Cast Members will give you a teal token at any treat station. You can redeem your teal tokens at the Allergy-Friendly Centers to receive your special treats!

Attractions Open During the Event

Main Street U.S.A

  • Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

Adventureland

  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • A Pirate’s Adventure – Treasures of the Seven Seas

Frontierland

  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Splash Mountain

Liberty Square

  • Haunted Mansion

Fantasyland

  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Under the Sea – Journey of The Little Mermaid
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • The Barnstormer

Tomorrowland

  • Astro Orbiter
  • Buzz Lightyear’s SpaceRanger Spin
  • Space Mountain
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Tomorrow Transit Authority PeopleMover

Expected Show Times for Special Events during MNSSHP

  • Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade – 9:15PM and 11:15PM
  • Happy HalloWishes Fireworks – 10:15PM
  • Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular – 8:30PM, 10:45PM, 12AM
  • Cadaver Dan’s Barbershop Quartet – 7:00PM, 7:45PM, 8:30PM, 9:50PM, 10:30PM
  • Frontierland Costume Promenade (New for 2018!) – 8:50PM, 10:50PM
  • Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball – 7:00PM – 12:00AM

What’s New for 2018!

  • The Mad Tea Party will take you for a colorful ride as a new lighting and effects give a new spin on the night. Depending on the color of your costume, you too could transform under the new dancing light.
  • On Pirates of the Caribbean, new pirates invade the experience, interacting with sailing guests who will join the search for “Gunpowder Pete.”
  • On Space Mountain, explorers will hurtle through deep space as a new soundtrack and special effects transform the adventure.
  • Storybook Circus welcomes the Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam, a dance party from 7:00PM – 10:00PM featuring some of your favorite Disney Junior Characters, including Doc McStuffins!
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