Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
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Happy Haunts on Halloween at Walt Disney World
By far, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) is one of the most anticipated events of the year at Walt Disney World— and Disney never disappoints! Year after year, they deliver a spectacular event.
If you’re looking to celebrate the fun, fuzzy, lighthearted side of Halloween, then MNSSHP is just the ticket you’re looking for. Here's some information about the party to help you plan your trip!
Entry to Magic Kingdom
The Party Basics
The party is held at the Magic Kingdom on select nights from mid-September until early November. Party hours are officially between 7 pm and midnight.
This is a “hard ticket” event at Walt Disney World; this means that entrance is not included with your regular park admission tickets or annual passes. You’ll need to purchase a separate ticket to stay and enjoy MNSSHP, which can be purchased at Disney's website or you can purchase them while you're visiting Disney world at the Magic Kingdom Transportation and Ticket Center, or through your Disney resort.
If you don’t have a ticket, you will be required to leave the Magic Kingdom at 7 pm; Disney cast members sweep the park and escort anyone without a party wrist band out of the park. Once the clock strikes 7 pm, without a party wrist band you will not be able to ride the rides, you won’t be able to meet characters, you won’t be served at restaurants and you won’t even be able to make purchases at the shops.
TIP: This is one of the few times that people over 10 years old are permitted in a Disney park in costume—so dress up and take full advantage of it. A lot of people wear quite elaborate outfits—but keep in mind that Florida can be hot and humid well into November, so dress comfortably for temperatures in the 80s.
2013's Honored Party Guests!
Get There Early!
The party may officially begin at 7 pm, but Disney generally allows party goers to gain entrance with a MNSSHP ticket at 4 pm and you’ll be fitted with a wrist band.
If you plan on spending the day at the Magic Kingdom, you can begin to look for Cast Members near the entrance and in Tomorrowland who will be distributing wristbands for those with party tickets.
Other Cast Members will be handing out is trick-or-treat bags, so make sure to get one. Even grown-ups get to go trick-or-treating at MNSSHP!
TIP: Vacationers who want to spend the day resting up for the party— go at 4 pm and you can save your regular Magic Your Way tickets for another day; use the party ticket to get in and enjoy 3 extra hours in the Magic Kingdom before the party even begins!
Main Street, USA
General Party Atmosphere
As you arrive at the Magic Kingdom entrance, you’ll find it decked out in all its Autumn splendor, which it will immediately put you in the Halloween mood.
If you are getting there early, spend your time enjoying some rides, browsing shops or getting a snack. It is also a good time to pick up some party merchandise, like hats or t-shirts; some will sell out before the night’s over. If you don't already have a costume, it's a good time to attire yourself with something fitting of the atmosphere.
TIP: There are lots of great photo ops on entry to the Magic Kingdom.
Candy stations all over the park, marked by glowing orange balloons, will start operating at 7 pm. Jump in line for a handful of treats—and get in line again if you want! There’s no limit to how much you can take. You’ll find trick-or-treat stations throughout the park all night long. In case you haven’t gotten your fill by the time you leave, there are big troughs of candy at the exit.
As the night gets dark, the Magic Kingdom lights up with orange, green and purple lights. Projections everywhere—on buildings, rocks and even the ground—cast shadows and light figures to enhance the mood.
TIP: Don’t miss the Haunted Mansion after dark, decked out in lights and spooky fog.
Rides are open until midnight, and lines are generally short. Some rides on crowded party nights may be as much as 20 minutes, but many rides are just walk-on.
TIP: Ride lines are shortest during parades & fireworks show.
Character Meet & Greets:
At the stroke of seven, you’ll hear the ghostly gongs, and a familiar voice—the voice of the host at the Haunted Mansion – welcoming party goers to the festivities. Shortly after, the characters begin to come out for Meet & Greets.
The Most Popular Characters--
Keep in mind, character appearances are subject to change at any time. It's good to check ahead, though. Some of the characters are Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party are very rare and hard to find. Some of them only are available at this event— so for many people, it’s what makes purchasing tickets for this event worth it!
By far, the most popular characters at MNSSHP are Mickey and Minnie (found dressed in their Halloween costumes) at the Town Square theater on Main Street, USA. Also at this location are Cinderella, Snow White and Rapunzel-- and their line tends to get and stay very long throughout the party. It's the one time of the year you can meet them with their Princes: Prince Charming, the Snow Prince and the incredibly popular Flynn Ryder.
Captain Jack Sparrow is usually found at the Caribbean Plaza in Adventureland, and he is another rare character for Meet & Greets.
You can usually cuddle up with all Seven Dwarves in Frontierland by the Splash Mountain exit.
Last year in 2013, Jack Skellington and Sally of Nightmare Before Christmas made their very first appearance! Mind you, by the time the party was starting their line was 3 hours long-- so get there early, or try jumping on line during the parades when they are a bit shorter.
All 7 Dwarves
TIP: If you want to meet any of these incredibly popular characters, it is wise to plan to get in line early to meet them. By 6 PM, their lines are already beginning to form.
Other Rare Characters to Look Out For--
If you want to meet Duffy—Mickey’s teddy bear—in his Halloween costume, head to Liberty Square. This year, Merida of Brave joined the party at the Fairytale Gardens in Fantasyland. Their lines can get fairly long for most of the evening as well.
There are plenty of other characters to meet that will have lines generally less than 20 minutes long. At the hub you’ll find such villains as Jafar from Aladdin, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother and stepsisters, as well as Gaston of Beauty and the Beast.
Villains Mix & Mingle
One of the big attractions for the night is the musical extravaganza on the castle stage called the Villains Mix & Mingle, starring none other than Dr. Facilier (the Shadowman) from The Princess and the Frog.
He’s not alone—he’s soon joined by more of Disney’s most dastardly characters: Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty), The Snow Queen (Snow White), Cruella DeVille (101 Dalmations), Frollo (Hunchback of Notre Dame), Captain Hook (Peter Pan) and the Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland).
The Villains Mix & Mingle
The live show repeats throughout the evening at 7:45, 8:50, 10:05, 11:15. After the show, these characters usually will come down and meet for photos for 15 minutes. Unfortunately they don't sign autographs; this is to speed the line along so as many people as possible can get their photos with their favorite villain.
TIP: If you want to be sure to meet a villain after the show, get as close to the front as possible. If you get on one line early, you may be able to get one shot and hop on another short line.
TIP: Maleficent and Dr. Facilier’s lines are usually longest (if you are facing the castle, Maleficent’s line forms on the left ramp, and Dr. Facilier’s the first on the far left on the ground next to her). Frollo doesn't usually have a line; he wanders around and takes pictures with whoever stops him.
One final opportunity to spend some time with characters is at the dance parties. Toy Story fans should head over to Frontierland and visit the Diamond Horseshoe for Woody’s Happy Harvest Roundup. No lines here—just jump in and party with the characters!
Woody's Happy Harvest Round-Up
The other dance party is at Tomorrowland at the Rockettower Plaza Stage. Up until 2012, your host was none other than your favorite resident alien: Stitch (Lilo and Stitch) for the "Rock It Out… Stitch’s Club 626 Dance Party. Other attendees have include Pluto, Goofy, Chip ‘n Dale.
Last year Stitch's party was replaced by the "Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball" hosted by the lovable Monster's Inc. crew.
TIP: have your camera ready for the dance party! The characters will just mingle, and pause for a couple of moments for a shot if they see you trying to take a picture.
The "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade
The Boo-to-You Halloween Parade is probably the best Disney parade ever. Aside from the usual characters dressed up for Halloween, you’ll get grave diggers, dancing ghosts, pirates, cowboys, villains and candy!
The parade goes by twice; usually the first is at 8:15 and 10:30. About 15 minutes before the parade, you’ll get the thrill of seeing the Headless Horseman trot by.
TIP: The second parade is less crowded as many people with young kids don’t stay the whole night. If you’re staying late, go see the second parade; during the first parade, the lines for characters, candy and rides will be significantly shorter so it’s a good time to jump on some of them.
Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party offers guests a special fireworks show, Happy HalloWishes. There is one show at 9:30 pm, so don’t miss it! It’s spectacular. The castle in its green and purple lights looks with ghostly projections looks positively eerie.
The most popular place for firework viewing is the hub right in front of the castle—though it’s also by far the most crowded. You can also view the fireworks from Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Liberty Square, though you don’t get the thrill of seeing them bursting over the castle.
TIP: The best place to view fireworks by far is at the entrance to the Magic Kingdom on the train station platform. You will get amazing views.
Tickets range from approximately $59 to $74 (plus tax) for ages 10 and up, and $57 to $69 for children 3 to 9. Children under 3 get in for free. There are discounts offered on select party nights to those in the military and to Disney Annual Passholders, available on a first-come, first-served basis. The closer you get to Halloween the more the tickets generally cost. If they’re still available on the day of the party you can purchase them at the Disney ticket counter, or at City Hall in the Magic Kingdom. You can order them online at Disney.go.com.
TIP: Purchase tickets early; not only will you save a few bucks per ticket with advanced purchase, but some party nights DO sell out well in advance, so it’s best to secure your tickets ASAP!