You may have heard me raving about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party over the last few years, but I haven’t actually shared all of the details that make this a must-attend event. Mickey’s party is an extra ticket event that lets you celebrate Halloween in a fun and safe way at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World after regular park hours. The special event takes place on select nights through 10/31 this year. If you have been stuck on whether or not you should splurge on this event, here are some excellent reasons to splurge on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. It’s totally budget-worthy, especially if you take all of these things into consideration including one of a kind experiences and unlimited CANDY. I was provided complimentary media tickets to experience the event at no cost, all opinions are my own.
It’s easy to wonder if the extra event costs are worth it, especially if you’ve been to Magic Kingdom already in the past. Today, I have the answers to the questions you have been wanting to know! Here we go!
IS MICKEY’S NOT SO SCARY PARTY WORTH IT?
As someone who had been to at least 7 or 8 of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party nights over the last 3 years, I have had plenty of time to gather up my very favorite things about this event!
The cost for an event that is limited to just an evening at Magic Kingdom may seem steep, but once you see all the bang you can get for your buck, you’ll see why it’s actually a huge value (especially compared to the cost of regular admission). The event technically starts at 7pm each party night, but what you might not know is that you can actually enter the park at 4pm. Make sure to plan this in to get more out of your ticket.
How to save on tickets:
Hot tip #1: The earlier you go in the season, the less expensive the tickets are.
Hot tip #2: If you are an Annual Pass Holder you can get a small discount on your tickets, so make sure you are logged into your Disney account when ordering tickets online to see any discounts that might be available to you.
UNIQUE HALLOWEEN EATS
If you’re a big foodie like me and have an affinity for Disney’s unique foods, you are going to want in on this! There are many party specific foods that become available right at 7pm when the party starts from Zero Waffle Sundae available at Sleepy Hollow to the Maleficent Waffle Cone at Storybook Treats and so much in between. (I am actually going to be covering the food offerings more in-depth very soon, so watch out for that).
Select Table Service dining is also available during the event. You can take a break from the party and enjoy a luxurious feast at a participating restaurant. Available dining experiences include Cinderella’s Royal Table, Be Our Guest Restaurant, and Crystal Palace.
There is so much entertainment at this event it is totally worth the price of admission IMO. During the night, there is a special Fireworks display, a stage show, and a parade, all exclusive to this event.
This is the themed fireworks show that only happens on event nights. This is a completely different version of the popular Disney Fireworks spectacular Wishes. Hallowishes was created just for Halloween.
Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular
This villain centric live stage show in front of Cinderella Castle is based on the Disney Movie Hocus Pocus, starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters.
The show is a musical review featuring some of the best Disney villains in a one of a kind performance. The Sanderson sisters try to create a special potion and get assistance through appearances by Oogie Boogie, Hades, Dr. Facilier, Maleficent, Cruella Deville, Jafar, Captain Hook and more!
There are three separate showings of Hocus Pocus. The first one is the most heavily attended, so that is a good time to go on any rides you want if you plan on seeing another showing later.
Boo-to-You is a one of a kind parade full of ghoulish delight and it’s my FAVORITE thing to do on these party nights. The Headless Horseman kicks things off by riding along the parade route through Frontierland, around the hub, and down Main Street USA. The rest of the parade features Grim Grinning Ghosts from the Haunted Mansion, and other fabulous floats and villainous characters. The candy aspect of Halloween is also represented by a Wreck-It-Ralph segment.
Boo-to-You runs twice on each party nights. As with Hocus Pocus, the first parade is the most heavily attended, so you can maximize your time and get even more value by timing your showtimes so you can do the Hallowishes, Hocus Pocus, and Boo-to-You back to back at the end of the night.
UNIQUE HALLOWEEN RIDE UPGRADES
During the party you can experience fun Halloween twists on these select rides:
Mad Tea Party
The classic spinning tea cups attraction is getting a Halloween update with new lighting and effects just for this event. The dizzying ride offers few chances to fix your gaze on any particular focal point, but playing with the lights could be just the way to squeeze even more excitement out of the ride and create a totally different mood.
Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean will include some interactive fun for event guests. Rookie pirates will be enlisting help in their search for a pirate named “Gunpowder Pete.” Disney is very vague about how this adventure will play out, but it’s one more exclusive that adds another layer atop this thematically entrenched Disney anchor.
Perhaps the most intriguing of all attraction makeovers is the redressed Space Mountain. Disneyland has offered Ghost Galaxy Seasonally for years. Disney Promises a new soundtrack for certain and potentially more by way of special effects.
AMAZING HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS
If you love halloween + cute stuff, you don’t want to miss this experience. Magic Kingdom is totally transformed this time of the year into a fall wonderland. My absolute favorite thing is the light up Mickey Wreaths (pictured above). This is a family friendly event, so it’s spookily themed but not frightening or ghoury, so not to worry with small kiddos. Side note: see my Mickey DIY wreath and ghost tutorials.
REDUCED CROWDS AND WAIT TIME
This is an after hours event which means that general attendance will be a bit reduced. Keep in mind that the closer you get to Halloween, the busier it will get. Also note that weekends are going to be more busy as well. I would wholeheartedly recommend visiting on a weeknight earlier in the season for maximum awesomeness. With reduced crowds, that means that you can get more done in a few hours than you can in a day, even with Fastpass+. Not only that, since you are allowed into the park hours before the event officially even starts, so you can enjoy regular park time before the park transforms.
As the daytime guests funnel out when the party starts, you’ll notice the difference really FAST. It’s an amazing feeling! A lot of attractions will be “walk on” meaning there are little to sometimes no wait times. Other wait times will be significantly reduced.
This is an event with a schedule, but you are free to plot out the night as you choose. Make the most of times when other party guests are settled in for a parade or show. There are multiple opportunities to see the parade and stage show, so you can do it all if you plan it right.
Less crowds means more attractions, more comfort, and more picture opportunities. Magic Kingdom is gorgeous at night with the lights on, so bring a camera or take advantage of the many unique Disney PhotoPass opportunities around the park.
Hot tip #1: Visiting on a weeknight earlier in the season for maximum awesomeness.
EVERYONE CAN BE A KID ALL NIGHT LONG
I have saved some of the most fun news for last! Everybody can dress up for party nights! There are rules, so make sure to read them first. One of the most fun extras about these events is seeing the creativity of other event attendees! So much fun!
AND that is not all! EVERYONE of all ages can trick or treat around the park on event nights!
Trick or Treat
Trick or treat bags are supplied to ALL when you enter the park for the event. Set locations are all around the park for everyone to fill up on sugary treats in a safe environment! Yum!
Want in? Make sure to get your tickets now before they sell out! Remember, the earlier you go in the season, the more money you can save.
Are you ready to trick or treat in “The most magical place on Earth.”?