13 Reasons Why You Should Go To Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

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It’s no secret that we are huge fans of the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) at the Walt Disney World Resort! It’s just so much fun! To show you why it’s so great we compiled a list of 13 reasons why you should attend this after-hours event at least once!

Reason 1: The Ride of the Headless Horesman

This is our son’s favorite thing about MNSSHP! Before the Boo To You Parade starts the Headless Horseman takes his ride from Frontierland to Main Street. It’s so cool to see!

(tip for both the Horseman and Boo To You Parade, the parade begins in Frontierland, so if you watch from there you won’t have to wait as long for the parade. It can take 20 minutes longer to get to Main Street. The Horseman will ride through and you will still be waiting for the parade to get to you.)

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Reason 2: The Boo To You Parade

This is one of my favorite parades at Disney Parks! It’s incredible!
The lighting changes all around you and the floats are amazing. It’s full of your favorite Disney characters like Mickey and his friends (even Clarabelle Co and Clara Cluck!), Peter Pan and Wendy, Pirates, the Haunted Mansion Grave Diggers, a Haunted Mansion Madame Leota float, the Haunted Mansion ballroom dancers, and the Hitchhiking Ghosts, Wreck-It-Ralph and Vanellope, and the Disney Villains make up the grand finale!

It’s really spook-tacular!

Here’s a video The Kindgom Insider’s John Sauvageau did of the Parade and Headless Horseman’s ride last year.

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Reason 3: The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular and Villain Meet and Greets.

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Hocus Pocus is a Halloween classic and it recently turned 25 last month. I remember when it came out and it’s been a family favorite ever since!
During the special Halloween party there’s a Disney Villain Stage-show in front of Cinderella Castle featuring the Sanderson Sisters. They want to take over the Magic Kingdom and they call on the help of several Disney villains like Dr. Facillier, Oggie Boogie, Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Hades, Cruella de Vil, Captain Hook, Jafar and Lady Tremaine.

Here’s another video from John for the event.

If you are a Disney Villain fan this is YOUR event! Besides the Hocus Pocus stage show there are several Villain meet-and-greets during the event. You can meet several of the villains for photo-ops!

Reason 4: Other Special Character Meet and Greets

Besides the villians there are several other character meet and greet opportunities.

One of the most popular ones is Snow White and all Seven Dwarfs (keep in mind their line is always long.) You can also meet Jack and Sally, Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger all dressed in their Halloween Costumes, Aladdin with Jasmine, Jafar, and Abu, tons of princesses and other favorite characters are also there!

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Reason 5: Happy HaloWishes

This is a special 12 minute fireworks show taking place behind Cinderella Castle.  Featuring special lighting, Halloween themed songs and fireworks, it is a fantastic show!

Here’s another video from 2017 by John

Reason 6: The Rides

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(Park Map from 2017 Party)

There are so many attractions open during this event and the lines are usually much shorter than during the regular hours! Here’s a list of what was open for the event last year:

It’s a Small World

Peter Pan’s Flight

Prince Charming’s Regal Carousell

Under the Sea with the Little Mermaid

The Barn Stormer

Dumbo

Mad Tea Party

Seven Dwarfs Minetrain

Princess Fairy Tale Hall (not a ride, but lines can get long during the day)

Town Square Theater

Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse

Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Pirates of the Carribean

Big Thunder Mountain

Country Bears Jamboree

Haunted Mansion

Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor

Tomorrowland Speedway

Space Mountain

Astro Orbiter

TTA People Mover

Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin

Reason 7: New Special Event/Overlays at 3 Disney Attractions

Disney has announced some new special things for this year’s party including special lighting and effects for the Mad Tea Party, Special themed overlay for Space Mountain and live-action pirates on Pirates of the Caribbean, recruiting help to find “Gunpowder Pete.”

Reason 8: Costumes are Encouraged

(The photos above are of our family trip a few years ago. Thom dressed as Dreamfinder)

If you are an adult going to Walt Disney World this finally allows you the opportunity to dress up! It’s so much fun!
Just remember it’s still hot in Florida till Halloween so keep that in mind for your costume (we learned it the hard way.)

Costumes are not required if you don’t want to dress up. It’s sure fun to see everyone else’s amazing costumes!
Here’s a list of rules Disney has for costuming:

GENERAL

  • 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.
  • 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, the park 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.

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.

Reason 9: Trick-Or-Treating

Have you always wanted to Trick-or-Treat at Disney? Now is your chance! Yes, with this event you get to Trick-or-Treat! There are various stations around the park where you can load up on candy. Last year there was about 12 locations where you could do this. We brought our own bags, but they do give you a bag to participate.

It’s so much fun! Plus, if you have an allergy you can still participate!

Allergy-Friendly Experience 
Do you have a food allergy? If so, we have a special trick-or-treat experience for you!

While at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, please see a Cast Member to pick up a teal-colored treat bag—the official color of food allergy awareness. These are available at any treat location and at the official Allergy-Friendly Centers located at Town Square Theater (near Tony’s Town Square Restaurant on Main Street, U.S.A.) and Liberty Square Ticket Office (near The Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square).

Reason 10: Special Halloween Party Treats

There are special treats that you can only get at the event. Last year they had so many wonderful options. You can take a look at last year’s list HERE.
Disney had a video up last year too:

Reason 11: Special Merchandise and the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card.

Every year there’s special event only merchandise that you can purchase during the event. Last year there were shirts, pins, an Alex and Ani Bracelet and more! They are located at special Event Merchandise Locations.

Here are some of the pins already announced for this year!

You can also get a special event only Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card! This year is The Orange Bird!

Reason 12: Special Dance Parties

There are special dance parties in the park! There’s the Scream-O-Ween Dance Party with Mike and Sully at the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland.  And new this year is the Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam Dance Party in the Storybook Circus Area of the park!

Reason 13: Madame Carlotta, Madame Rinotta and Butler Broome at the Haunted Mansion

(video by Pixie Dust Chicks on Youtube)

During the MNSSHP event, in front of the Haunted Mansion Madame Rinotta, or Madame Carlotta and Butler Broome will entertain guests waiting for the attraction. It’s so great! They are engaging, funny and just the best! Make sure you stop and see them.

There are 13 reasons why you should definitely do the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World.  After I did my list I thought of more reasons to add, but 13 is the perfect number for this Halloween list.

Just keep in mind it’s an amazing family event that will stay in your memory forever. Our kids still talk about it all the time and they went a few years ago. It’s worth the extra money. Remember for the price of the ticket you get to enter the park around 4PM for the event that begins at 7PM and it runs till midnight, so it’s definitely worth the ticket price.

Also the whole park transforms with special holiday lighting and decorations!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

The Halloween Party dates for 2018 are:

  • August 17, 24, 28 and 31
  • September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28 and 30
  • October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30 and 31

Prices range from $75-$125 for adults and $70-$120 For children (depending on which night you attend and if you buy tickets ahead..they are more at the door)  You can purchase tickets by either clicking the “Buy Disney Park Tickets” link above and then selecting “Special Events.” Or on the Disney website.

You can also get a free, no obligation, vacation quote (including MNSSHP tickets is you want) by using the form.

Definitely consider checking it out!


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Disney has been a big part of my life for years--from family trips to WDW to growing up on Disney classics, TV, and movies. I'm a mom and an art teacher. I love to share my love for Disney and I'm also a co-host of the Disney fan podcast Pirates and Princesses (PNP.) Opinions, like my freckles, are all mine.

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