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September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30
October 2, 4, 6 (canceled), 7 (canceled), 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31
See our "Least Crowded Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party of 2016" blog post for help choosing a party date.
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. The 2016 Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party prices are as follows (prices do not include tax).
Dates: Sept. 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 25
Advance Purchase Price (adults/children): $72 / $67
Day of Event Price (adults/children): $79 / $74
Dates: Sept. 23
Price, no matter when you buy them (adults/children): $85 / $80
Dates: Sept. 29, 30
Advance Purchase Price (adults/children): $79 / $74
Day of Event Price (adults/children): $88 / $83
Dates: Oct. 2, 6 (Oct. 6 was canceled)
Advance Purchase Price (adults/children): $86 / $81
Day of Event Price (adults/children): $95 / $90
Dates: Oct. 4, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27
Price, no matter when you buy them (adults/children): $91 / $86
Dates: Oct. 7 (canceled), 14, 21, 28, 30
Price, no matter when you buy them (adults/children): $95 / $90
Dates: Oct. 31
Price, no matter when you buy them (adults/children): $105/ $100
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.
Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular
Hosted by the three sisters from the Disney film Hocus Pocus, this Villain Spectacular will be held on the Castle stage and feature a multitude of malevolent masters from Disney's favorite movies. Dr. Facilier (The Princess and the Frog), Oogie Boogie (The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty) are expected to appear in this show that will also feature "projections and special effects." Knowing how popular villains are and the central location for this show, expect it to be quite popular.
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. 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.
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.
While not required, many guests, both children and adults, choose to wear costumes to MNSSHP. In 2016, Disney updated the party costume guidelines. In general: Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests. All 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.
For 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.
For 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. May not wear masks of any kind.
Last updated by Brian McNichols on October 6, 2016