Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney World
Much of the below information is for 2014 and should give you a good idea of what to expect in 2015. As soon as 2015 details are available they will be posted here.
Mickey’s No-So-Scary Halloween Party (often abbreviated MNSSHP) is a hugely popular event, well, actually a series of events, at the Magic Kingdom that happens in the two months leading up to Halloween. These parties are after-hours, separately ticketed happenings scheduled several times per week in September and October.
The Halloween Party is an after-hours event, meaning that the Magic Kingdom closes at 7 pm to all except those who have party tickets. In 2014, the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary tickets cost anywhere from $62 to $77 per adult ticket depending on the party date. The 2015 prices will be listed below as soon as they are announced.
It should be noted that any guest with a Halloween Party ticket can enter the Magic Kingdom starting at 4 pm and stay until the party ends at midnight, meaning that it is quite easy to save a day on Magic Your Way tickets. This practice is not officially advertised by Disney, but it has been in exercised for many years and Cast Members will readily confirm this information.
What a Ticket Gets You
The price of your ticket does not simply gain you admission to the Magic Kingdom, there are several fun aspects of the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party as well.
If you really want to meet the Seven Dwarfs, Jack Skellington and Sally (from The Nightmare Before Christmas), or Captain Jack Sparrow the Halloween Parties are one of the few opportunities to do so. Unfortunately, many of these and other rarely seen characters get the long, long lines deserving of their popularity.
It is not uncommon for people to line up for the Dwarfs or Jack and Sally around 5:30 pm…and they start meeting guests at 7! There are a lot of other characters around as well with more agreeable waits such as the Tremaines (Cinderella’s step-family), Jafar, and Gaston, so you’ll want to decide ahead of time just how important meeting some of these Disney celebrities are and how long you are willing to wait.
Another reasonably popular meet and greet opportunity is to stop in and see the princesses, who have dragged their princes out to meet the adoring public for this special event. These meets have always been somewhat popular although the move to Princess Fairytale Hall may increase those waits for 2014.
If you want to visit some characters without wasting valuable party time, many of the regular characters are out in their Halloweeney best including Mickey, Donald, and Winnie the Pooh. There is no shortage of available meets, but there is a shortage of time so prioritizing is of utmost importance.
If being in general proximity of Disney or Pixar characters while burning off a few of those candy calories sounds like a magical mix to you, the dance parties are your jam. The Halloween parties in 2014 featured two separate dance parties: Monstrous Scream-o-Ween Ball and the all new Club Villain.
The Scream-o-Ween Ball featured characters from Monsters Inc. and takes place at the stage in Tomorrowland. Being new this year, it is not yet clear which baddies will be attending the Club Villain party, but you can find out at the Diamond Horseshoe in Frontierland. Dance parties are exactly as they sound: loud music and flashing lights and lots of kids (and adults) dancing. The best part is that the characters move around constantly giving just about anyone who wants to a chance to get jiggy with the character of their choosing.
Villains Mix and Mingle
This short but unique show is repeated 4 times during the course of a Mickey’s Not-So-Scary party. It features several villains such as Maleficent, Captain Hook, Cruella de Vil, and Dr. Facilier. These baddies put on a brief stage show and then make their way down to meet their adoring public.
The mix and mingle is much more organized than it sounds so if there is a particular character you would like to meet ask a Cast Member where their line is as early as possible. The show gets less busy as the evening goes along.
Villains' Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle
New in 2014, this dessert dinner of the dishonorable gathers several of Disney's more nefarious characters inside Cinderella Castle. The first thing you should know is that this is a separately ticketed event -- yes, on top of the ticket to enter Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Admission to the Sinister Soiree will run you an extra $99 per person plus tax.
What you get for that premium price is a dessert party set inside the confines of what is normally Cinderella's Royal Table, right inside the castle. There will also be live music supplied by a piano player and the what-is-sure-to-be-lovely singing talents of Lady Tremaine.
Admission to the Villains' Soiree also allows access to preferred viewing spots for the 8:15pm Boo-To-You Parade and Happy HalloWishes(see below for both). You also get an autograph card and a souvenir Maleficent dragon cup, but let's face it, you need to be interested in the event itself to shell out that villainous amount of money.
Boo To You Parade
Truly one of the best, if not the best, parades at Walt Disney World, the Boo to You Parade is a Halloween staple for many Disney fans. It is started off by the Headless Horseman himself thundering (well, trotting) down the parade route putting a little bit of the “scary” in not-so-scary. Following him is a cavalcade of floats and performers featuring many favorites as well as the more Halloween themed ones like gravediggers or zombies.
There is usually two parades each party and they are very popular. The second parade will be far less crowded than the first, so see that one if you can. If you intend on seeing the first one, line up for your spot plenty early. An hour should do it, especially if you go to a slightly less popular viewing location such as Frontierland.
A quick word of warning: some of the characters in the parade may freak out small children. Also, the amount of time you spend singing the song “Boo To You” after seeing the parade will definitely freak everyone out.
As if the great Boo To You Parade wasn’t enough, the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties also feature what might be the best fireworks display at Walt Disney World. Happy HalloWishes is a remarkable fireworks spectacular featuring unusual burst, perimeter fireworks (that seem to come from everywhere around you), and a fantastic score that highlights villain’s themes from Disney movies as well as the soundtrack to the ever popular Haunted Mansion.
There is only one performance of Happy HalloWishes, usually at 9:30 pm, and it is a must see. A sizeable portion of the crowds depart following the fireworks which make the final two hours of the party even more manageable.
What is Halloween without candy? Well, it’s just people dressing oddly, that’s what! Disney clearly agrees because they supply ample opportunities for equally ample amounts of sweets at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. There are often 9 or so Trick-or-Treat stations scattered throughout the Magic Kingdom where your little ones, or their parents, can grab some treats.
In addition to the stations, there are two Trick-or-Treat Trails, one near the Splash Mountain queue and the other starting near Space Mountain. These trails are a simple path of treat stations allowing Halloweeners to get to that sugar rush as quick as possible.
If anyone has a particular food allergy, Guest Services at City Hall has allergy-free options.
As if you didn’t have enough to keep you busy at the Halloween party, many of the popular attractions remain open during the event. Since the party is a limited-ticket event, lines for the rides are at a minimum. Although it is hard to recommend using valuable party time to ride an attraction that is open every day, if there is something you have been itching to get on the party may be a good time.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is an event with a limited amount of tickets. That means that the Magic Kingdom will never be as busy during a party as it will on a crowded day. That said, the nature of the party means that crowds will be concentrated around the events, especially the parade and fireworks. This may make it seem more crowded than it is.
If you have a choice of parties to attend, they are busier the closer Halloween gets. If you can attend one in early to mid-September you will find it less crowded than one in late October. Day of the week tends to matter as well, with Monday through Thursday evenings being less busy than the weekend events.
Last updated by Brian McNichols on March 7, 2015