Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party or sometimes shortened to MNSSHP is perhaps one of the best events held in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida. Disneyland has the Mickey’s Halloween Party which is very similar but for the purpose of this article I will be talking about Disney Worlds. My wife and I had the pleasure of going 2 years ago when we participated in the Tower of Terror 10miler. We had such a great time we still look at the pictures and listen to the parade music.
So what exactly is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? Disney hosts a Halloween themed party that is all ages and kid friendly on select nights from late September to Halloween (October 31st). The party runs from 7:00PM to Midnight. At this time rides remain open, however, the Magic Kingdom takes a decidedly Halloween theme and feel. The party includes Tick or Treating and bags of candy! One really gets the Halloween feeling as many guests also dress up in halloween costume.
Tickets cost anywhere from $72-$105 for adults and $67-$100 for children (ages 3-9) for the 2016 calendar year. Ticket prices are for entry to the park AFTER 4:00PM. If you want to visit the park early you will use a park pass as you would any other day. The pricing goes up as you get closer to Halloween, with the highest price being October 31st. You can also expect the attendance levels in the park to raise as the price does.
One additional note to keep in mind, you will want to purchase your tickets early as there is only a limited amount. There are always less tickets sold than the parks maximum capacity. This means that visitors have shorter waits, quicker access to character meet-and-greets, etc…
So the question, is the cost worth it? Absolutely, you have special parades, music and villains that you do not get to see all year round. However, I would suggest avoiding the more expensive dates as they are also busier times. It makes much more sense to pay less and have less people attending allowing you to enjoy more of the celebration.
What if I’m not Attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?
Here is the downside, if you are not participating in MNSSHP then on dates it is occurring you will need to leave the park before festivities begin (7pm). That can be a huge inconvenience for visitors not planning on attending the party as your day at the park will be cut short.
What Does It Include?
You can enter the park at 4:00PM. Use the right line there should be a sign marked “party entrance” to avoid using one of your theme park tickets (if you use the primary park entrance line).
Children and adults get to participate in the excitement of wearing a costume. Typically adults cannot dress up at Disney to avoid confusing one of the characters with just a random guest in a similar costume and not delivering the same type of interaction with guests. These are the rules for adults costumes:
- 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.
- Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.
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. My wife is a teacher and said it is very similar to the costume expectations at school.
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.
- Masks of any kind may not be worn.
For many kids and adults Halloween is about the candy. Throughout the Magic Kingdom there are candy stations where kids and adults can get candy. You will receive a map with the trick-or-treat locations marked on it and little plastic bags to keep your candy in. Sugar free and allergy sensitive candy is also available at City Hall for those with specific concerns.
Celebrate the Magic
Celebrate the magic is a lightshow that happens on the castle just before the HalloWishes fireworks show at 9:45PM
Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Show
Thats right, there is a special HalloWishes fireworks show that has more focus on the villains. This show is definitely worth the admission price as is the parade which we will get to next. HalloWishes happens at 10:00PM.
Boo-to-You Halloween Parade
All of the spooky characters come out and parade through the Magic Kingdom. This show happens twice, once at 8:30PM and the second at 11:15PM. This includes characters from the various rides such as Haunted Mansion and Tower of Terror. In addition there are rarely seen villains and of course various characters like Mickey and Minnie.
The Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet
Everyone is familiar with the Dapper Dans, but at Halloween their slightly less corporeal state travels the park singing haunted songs. Its really quite good!
Scream-o-Ween Dance Party
There is a Monsters Inc themed dance party that takes place at the Rockettower Plaza in Tomorrowland. Usually this is currently where the Incredibles dance party takes place and is a fun for the kids dance party with your favourite characters from Monsters Inc such as Sully and Mike.
Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular
Winifred, Mary and Sarah from the Disney Film Hocus Pocus take over the Magic Kingdom stage-show right in front of the castle. Various villains also join them such as Oogie Boogie from Nightmare before Christmas and of course Maleficent to create a truly unique show for the holidays.
Food & Dinning
There are various dinning options that take a bit of a festive take on their regular offerings including Candy Corn Ice Cream Cone, Ghoulish Strawberry-Lemonade Slushy and of course a Poison Apple Stein.
Tips & Hints
- Try to attend one of the less expensive Halloween parties. Not only will there be less people you can save a bit of money
- Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom has a special Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party card that you can collect and is definitely a great free token!
- The second Boo to You parade is usually less busy then the first one
- The HalloWishes Fireworks Dessert Party is a good option to watch the fireworks. Although it is a bit more expensive at $69 for adults and $38 for children on top of admission
- Book up early for the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique as it tends to be more busy then normal
- In the Magic Kingdom there are not many table service options. I suggest booking a restaurant ahead of time or trying to eat before 7:00PM to keep you going through midnight. Although my wife decided to have the unique treats that are available throughout the park.
- There are unique souvenirs throughout the park to celebrate Halloween and also rare Disney merchandise tends to come out. More specifically the villains and Haunted Mansion / Tower of Terror / Nightmare Before Christmas souvenirs