Tips & Tricks for Enjoying Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party to help you have a wonderful night enjoying rides, event exclusive entertainment, & candy!
Disney really knows how to throw a party! Mickey’s Not to Scary Halloween Party
I rounded up more than 15 Tips & Tricks for Enjoying Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. They are to help you prepare for a fun, spooky party.
-Before You Go-
1. Buy tickets in advance
It is best to purchase your Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets in advance. Tickets are less expensive if you purchase them in advance. Plus, some popular dates will sell out in advance.
2. Create a Game Plan
Doing some planning will help you enjoy the party more, than if you just wing it. There is so much to see and do at the party, especially since they add new fun things every year. Have some realistic expectations on what you can accomplish. Figuring out what you want to prioritize will help with this. Some people want to do lots of rides because wait times are low. Then, others want to see the event exclusive things like the parade and fireworks show. No matter what, plan on it being fun!
3. Wear a Costume
Now is your chance to wear a costume because Disney has strict rules on wearing costumes normally, especially for adults.
Just be sure to follow the rules, like don’t wear a mask or a full length cape. Check current rules before you go so you don’t have any issues.
One thing to consider is the weather as the Florida heat can be problematic for some costumes. Even in October, the temps could be in the 80’s so your jump suit, tights, or jacket might be too much. If you think you might be hot, then bring something to change into after you get some great pictures.
4. Bring in a trick or treat bag
There are so many Trick or Treat locations throughout the Magic Kingdom (last I checked 14 of them!), so be sure to bring a big bag with you. But don’t worry! If you do forget your trick or treat bag, Disney will provide you with free ones. They are on the smaller side, so just keep that on mind. Another option is to purchase a fun treat bag from one of the shops, like the light up one, pictured above.
-Enjoying the Party-
5. Arrive at 4pm
The party doesn’t official start until 7pm, but you are granted access to the Magic Kingdom at 4pm. This gives you some time to do some rides, take plenty of pictures, or eat dinner. Non-party guests will be notified that they need to leave for 6pm. By 7pm, it’s just party goers as cast members check for wristbands as people walk around.
Because you can arrive at 4pm, you can make some FastPass+ selections. Typically, the crowds are already lighter on party days, but it doesn’t hurt to schedule FastPasses.
6. Market Street Welcome Trick-or-Treating
Right when you arrive, head over toward’s Tony’s where you will see cast members welcoming you towards a special trick or treat trail. Besides the candy, you’ll have the chance to take some photos with dome fun decor.
This operates before the party officially starts, but is just for party attendees- so be sure to show those bracelets as you enter.
7. Take Pictures at Magic Shot Locations
There are 4 Magic Shot Locations, so stop by each of them for some fun, spooky shots. You don’t need to have Memory Maker to have your picture taken there either.
8. Ride the rides with a Halloween Twist!
Some rides have been bewitched! They have a fun Halloween twist to them, like Space Mountain, which as ALL the lights off and features a spooky Halloween soundtrack. There also is a Halloween twist at the Pirate of the Caribbean, the Mad Tea Party, and Monster, Inc Laugh Floor.
9. Enjoy a Specialty Food of Beverage
Every year, some spooky sweet treats and fun drinks are featured at every Halloween Party. Yummy, fudge brownies can be purchased at Casey’s, or you can have something a bit more elaborate, like a specialty cupcake from Main Street’s Bakery. These delicious treats are available for purchase at various locations throughout the party.
10. Get a popcorn bucket
Every year there are fun popcorn buckets for MNSHHP. There are so many cool designs from Oogie Boogie Man to the Hitch hiking Ghosts from the Haunted Mansion. These are so fun collectibles.
11. Shop for some Event Merchandise
Score some awesome event merchandise that celebrates the Halloween Party. Of course, there are great Halloween themed things like Maleficent Minnie ears, but there are some MNSSHP only things too. Select locations around the Magic Kingdom sell the party merch, like spirit shirts, trading pins, and magic bands. Check out the Emporium and Big Top Souvenirs for the full event collection, and Frontier Trading Post for the the full trading pin assortment and the Magic Bands.
12. Dance Dance Dance!
There are several parties where you can dance throughout MNSSHP. The Monstrous Scream-o-ween Ball and the The Disney Descendance Party is new for 2019. All have great music and kids of all ages will have tons of fun there. Adults might even find them tapping their toes.
13. Do lots of Trick or Treating
There are so many Trick-or-Treating locations throughout the park so you can load up on some great candy. The cast members are pretty generous with candy. They will give you a hnadful or rwo at a time. Some locations actually have 2 points where you get candy in line. Woohoo!!!
Don’t worry if you use a wheelchair, walker, or are using a stroller, because there are ways to navigate the line with that. Also, for those with allergies, there are allergy friendly centers where you can pick up some fun, safe goodies.
14. Watch the Fireworks
Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular is THE fireworks show to see. It’s a stunning fireworks display that you have to see to believe. Because the laser light show on the castle is just as amazing to see as the fireworks above Cinderella’s Castle, be sure to get a good spot. You definitely want a a great view of the front of the castle.
15. Watch The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular
Join in the Sanderson Sisters for a fun show. Winifred, Mary and Sarah host evil friends like the Oogie Boogie Man and Maleficent for The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular. They put a spell on you while they perform stunning dance routines. It’s a blast! Be sure to catch one of the 3 shows that happen during the event- 8.30pm, 10.45pm, and 12am at the Castle.
16. Watch the Parade
The Boo To You Parade is a fun parade that features Disney characters dressed up in some fun costumes. It’s family friendly, just like the entire event, so it’s perfect for everyone.
The parade starts at 9.15pm and 11.15pm in Frontierland and goes to the front of the Castle before turning down Main Street. Be sure to get a great spot so you can see all the ghoulish fun.
17. Get Memory Maker
Having a Memory Maker package is a fan way to capture your visits to Disney World. You can enjoy it while on the rides and at some of the special Magic Shot locations. The Magic Shots are silly and fun and a must do for some spooky Halloween shots.
18. Enjoy dessert parties
If you are not interested in partaking in too many rides, but want to get the best views for the fireworks or parade, then you should check out the dessert parties. In addition to enjoying some great food, these special dining events provided reserved viewing. Cruella’s Halloween Hideaway is a great dining option with savory hors d’oeuvres, sweet treats and a variety of beverage, including beer and wine ($99 pp, plus tax). Yous also have reserved viewing at to Mickey’s “Boo-to You” Halloween Parade. If you want great views of the fireworks then enjoy a delightful buffet of sweet treats at Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party. ($84pp, plus tax & $50 plus tax for Guests ages 3 to 9)Advanced Reservations are suggested for both.
19. Meet Party Exclusive Characters
Besides the typical character appearances you can enjoy throughout the park, you can meet with some really special ones that are only available for the Halloween Party. For example, Moana, Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Seven Dwarfs,
Because these characters are in demand, the lines for them can be quite long. It’s suggested to arrive early and get in line for these characters early on. The line for Jack and Sally can be 2+ hours long, so it’s best to wait for them during the 4-7 window, before the party is officially underway.