Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
If you have the end-of-summer blues, cheer up! The holiday season is right around the corner, and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) is kicking it off.
Halloween came early this year with Mickey’s Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom starting earlier than ever! This year’s party starts on August 16, 2019 and continues on select nights until November 1, 2019.
This review is pretty long. If you would rather jump to certain topics, click the links below:
- Halloween Party Dates
- When to Arrive
- Costume Policy
- PhotoPass and Magic Shots
- Fireworks & Light Show ( Disney’s Not so Spooky Spectacular)
- Is MNHSSP worth the cost?
- I’m Going – Show the Tips
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2019 Dates
- August: 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
- September: 2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29
- October: 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31
- November: 1
Mickey’s Halloween Party 2019 Prices
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets start at $74 for children ages 3 to 9, $79 for those over 10 years old, and they can run as high as $135 as you approach October 31. Annual Passholders can receive a $5 discount on select dates.
For guests who live nearby or want to hit the party many times, the new Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Pass allows you to enjoy up to 35 nights in 2019 for just $299. So if you’re planning on going to the party multiple times, be sure to do the math to see if purchacing the Party Pass is worth it.
When to Arrive at the Gate
Because you’ll be paying for a park ticket that’s only good for the second half of the day, many people ask the same question: What time does Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween Party start?
The party festivities begin at 7 p.m., but you can enter the gates at 4 p.m. If you get there at 4 and stay until close (midnight), that gives you 8 hours at the park! Non-ticketed guests of the park will be asked to leave at 6 p.m., so that gives you an hour to hit some rides with smaller-than-normal crowds. You can even use a FastPass up until the party starts at 7.
And yes, you may enter the gate at 4:00 in full costume.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Costume Policy
As per Disney’s official site:
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party General Guidelines
- Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or 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.
- No Costumes may 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.
MNSSHP Costumes Guidelines for Guests ages 14 and up:
- 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.
MNSSHP Costumes Guidelines for guests 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.
Attractions Open During Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
The following attractions will be available for you to enjoy during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Rides with “Special Enhancements” are highlighted in red as per Disney’s official site.
Here are all of the rides that are open during the party:
- Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Set sail for the high seas and discover a crew of live pirates engaged in a whole new adventure doing what pirates do best: search for treasure!
- Swiss Family Treehouse
- A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas
- Country Bear Jamboree
- Splash Mountain
- Haunted Mansion
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- “it’s a small world”
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor: Follow a treat trail from our Human World into the Monster World and interact with a comic cast of monsters eager to learn about this holiday we call Halloween.
- Mad Tea Party: Spin yourself into a frenzy as special lighting and music effects enhance the fur-raising experience!
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- The Barnstormer
- Astro Orbiter
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Space Mountain: Rocket through this popular attraction in complete darkness to the riffs and chords of a new Halloween-inspired soundtrack.
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
Disney’s Height Requirements:
If you are not sure of the height requirements for specific rides, check out our easy-to-use Disney height guide. Just click your (or your child’s) height range, and all rides that you can go on will be listed. So Easy.
Special Attractions at MNSSHP
Many special attractions can be found in Magic Kingdom during Mickey’s Halloween Party.
Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet
Only seen and heard during MNSSHP, the Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet can be found wandering around Frontierland. This quartet of great singers and actors will have you rolling over with laughter with their twisted and spooky sense of humor.
Here are some other special attractions you are likely to stumble upon:
- Cruella DeVil
- Darkness On The Delta
- Ghost Riders In The Sky
- Grim Grinning Ghosts
- Happy Trails To You
- Home On The Range
- Lone Prairie
- The Headless Horseman
- The Oogie Boogie Song
- Trick Or Treat
- Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds
- Why Do They Call Me A Tenderfoot
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party PhotoPass Magic Shots
If you happen to have Disney’s PhotoPass as part of your vacation, then get ready to take a lot of spooky pictures. PhotoPass locations are scattered throughout the park, and if you ask, you will get eerie “Magic Shots” that you can only get during Mickey’s Halloween Party.
A “Magic Shot” is a photo that Disney edits to add special effects, such as the headless horseman at the entrance of the park or the driver of the hearse at the Haunted Mansion. Here is an example:
Of course, one of the main reasons for coming to this Halloween party to trick-or-treat. You don’t even need to be a child or even in costume! You can score a ton of candy to satisfy your sweet tooth, or you can hop around and get a piece of candy here and there.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Treat Locations:
Main Street, U.S.A.
- Town Square Theater (Allergy-Friendly Center)
- Market Street (party entrance; open until 8 p.m.)
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
- Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café
- Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
- Pinocchio Village Haus
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- Walt Disney World Railroad Station
- Ariel’s Grotto
- Splash Mountain
- Miner’s Cove (by Big Thunder Mountain)
- Country Bear Jamboree
- Tortuga Tavern
- Jungle Cruise
- Liberty Square Ticket Office (Allergy-Friendly Center)
- The Diamond Horseshoe
MNSSHP Not So Spooky Spectacular
The brand-new Not-So-Spooky Spectacular light show and fireworks display is nothing short of awesome! Disney never seems to hold back on these shows, and they came though once again.
Unlike on days without the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, the smaller crowds during MNSSHP make the show even more enjoyable. During regular days, you almost need to pick your spot hours in advance, and even then you end up being shoulder-to-shoulder. During party days, you can pretty much arrive at your favorite spot about 30 minutes prior to showtime and still have a great view.
Is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Worth the Price?
Because MNSSHP is a bit pricey, you’re probably wondering if it’s even worth it. It’s easy to decide for some, but if you’re struggling, break it down by answering a few questions.
Is the cost of a MNSSHP ticket too much?
- Let’s face the facts: Disney is not cheap. Period. But that does not mean you can’t try and save a few bucks here and there. Shelling out another $75 – $85 per ticket might seem excessive, but you can still minimize the day’s expenses:
- Make MNSSHP your only event for the day. If you’re thinking that it’s crazy to pay that much money for 5 hours, remember that you can enter the gates at 4 p.m., so you really get 8 hours in the park. And that’s not too bad considering the ticket is cheaper than a regular one-day ticket.
Who is going to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?
- If you have young children who love Disney and trick-or-treating, it’s a no-brainer. Mickey’s Halloween Party will give them a unique Disney experience that they’ll love.
Are you going to another park the same day as MNSSHP?
- If you’re going to be at a Disney park from rope drop till the close of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, it can be a long, tiring day. This would bring you back to the second question of who is attending the party. Children may have a hard time spending nearly 15-16 hours at the parks. And once the magic wears off on them, the “magic” will wear off on you too.
*** Our Decision Tip:
Either skip going to a park on the day of the Halloween Party and then enter Magic Kingdom at 4 p.m.
If you are going to a park prior to the party and you happen to be staying on a Disney Resort property, head back to the room and take a small break.
Decision Made — We are Going to the Party
So you have decided to go. Great! Here are a few tips to make sure that you have the most magical evening:
1. Get to the Park Early — After deciding to spend the money to go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, you will want to get the most out of it. Gates open at 4 p.m., so plan on being there then. You can wear your costume even though the actual party does not start until 8! You will directed by cast members to a separate line to get your wristband. In my opinion, this is not the most efficient way to do this, but who am I to question Disney? This is the most hectic part of the party.
2. Wear a Costume and keep it light — You are at a Halloween Party, so dress the part. Just be sure to dress according to the guidelines set by Disney. You can find them in an earlier section of this post. Also, remember that this party starts running in August when it is still unbelievably hot. So even though your little one wants to go dressed as his favorite character Chewbacca, they will be uncomfortably hot and then the “Magic” will disappear.
3. Remember the Weather — It pretty much rains every day for a short time this time of year, so be sure to pack a poncho with you. Your wallet will thank you by purchasing one at your local store instead of in the park itself.
4. Bring you own Trick-or-Treat Bags — The bags they hand out at the park are pretty small, and it won’t take you long to fill it if you are serious about Trick-or-Treating. You can purchase larger bags in the park, but again, why spend the extra cash?
5. Hit the In-Demand Characters First — If your party includes getting to meet all your favorite characters, then you want to get to the most popular ones as soon as they are available. Some of the most popular ones (Seven Dwarfs) are even available before the party begins as long as you have a wristband. Even then, these characters may have a 1-2 hour wait, so plan accordingly.
One way to minimize the wait time in line for Character Meet and Greets is to wait until the first parade begins (There are two). The lines are normally much shorter then.
6. Get you Parade Location Early — We can’t stress this one enough. If you want to see the early parade, you will need to be there very early. We got there about 15 minutes prior and could barely see the floats. If you want a front space, plan on staking out your location at least 1 hour prior.
Obviously Cinderella’s Castle is the prime location, but there are much easier places to view the parade without having to be there quite so early. Frontierland is where the parade begins, so it is normally not as packed. Plus, because the parade is over sooner at that location, you can make your way toward the castle to try and get a spot for the fireworks and light show.
7. Fireworks — Pretty much everyone attending the Halloween Party wants to see the fireworks and light show at the castle. The show was created exclusively for this party, and it is brand new for 2019! And as usual, Disney did not disappoint. Plan on staking out your location early if you want the perfect spot, but because the crowds are smaller than on a normal night, you can get a decent spot about 30 minutes prior.