The weather is cooling, the leaves are changing, and the smell of pumpkin spice lattes is in the air which can only mean one thing…it’s time for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World! In case you didn’t remember, my family and I got to experience this fantastic party for the first time in 2015, and we loved it so much we went back again in 2016! Lots of new additions and changes to the party this year makes it a good time to revist these Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tips!
Best Tips for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
These are my best Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tips that I believe will help you enjoy the party! Check out the updated information at the end of the post featuring some of the NEW things changing at the party in 2019!
Purchase a Ticket
This is a separately ticketed event, so make sure you purchase a ticket! This is not part of your package you previously booked with your travel agent, so don’t let that confuse you. You will be turned away at the gate if you do not have a party specific ticket.
Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members can save an additonal $5 off of their ticket price when purchasing in advance. Everyone saves $10 off the full event ticket price when purchasing in advance. These are the dates for the 2019 party:
- August – 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30
- September – 2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27 and 29
- October – 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29 and 31
- November 1
NEW for 2019 is the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party pass! Purchase this pass for $299 (plus tax) and gain entrance to 35 of the 36 parties this year (Halloween night excluded).
The party officially starts at 7pm, but you can get in as early as 4pm with your party ticket. Take advantage of that! You do not need to use one of your other park tickets to get in at 4pm, just your party ticket.
Sarah’s Tip: Plan your Magic Kingdom Fast Passes between 4-7pm so that you can do other things besides ride rides during the party! Or use the beginning of your party day to relax and enjoy other Disney World activities and save your park ticket for another day.
Don’t Be Afraid to Dress Up!
I kid you not this was the best part of our party. Yes, even the adults got in on the action, and I’m so glad we did. It was great fun interacting with guests and Cast Members while in costume. Take advantage because this is the only time (save a runDisney event) where adults can dress in costume!
Here’s what you need to know about the costume policy during the party:
- Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
- All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
- 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.
- 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.
- No masks.
Next, don’t miss out on all the special experiences! The “Boo to You” parade is one of the best in the parks! If you can stay up late, I’d recommend seeing the parade during its second run when it’s less crowded. The parades runs at 9:15pm and 11:15pm each party night.
Seeing rare characters (especially villains) is a fun treat in and of itself, so make sure you stop and watch “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” again this year on the stage in front of the castle.. This show occurs at 8:30pm, 10:45pm, and 12am on party nights.
See Rare Characters and Dance the Night Away
Don’t forget to save time to meet ‘n greet with some of the characters waiting for you in the parks! Some of the “rare” characters you might see on party night include:
- Jack Skellington and Sally
- Lots-o’-Huggin Bear
- Cruella DeVil
- Queen of Hearts
- Seven Dwarfs
- Abu and Genie
- Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy dressed in special Halloween costumes
Finally, don’t miss out on the dance parties! Storybook Circus hosts a Disney Junior Jam party for little ones with some of their favorite Disney Junior characters like Vampirina and Fancy Nancy. Tomorrowland plays host to two dance parties: Monterous Scream-O-Ween Dance Party with Mike and Sulley and the DescenDANCE Party inside Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.
Plan Your Purchases
Tees, pins, special edition MagicBands, and more will be available for purchase during the party. Once it’s over, your chance to buy these things is gone! Unique merchandise can be found in the Emporium on Main Street, Big Top Souvenirs in Storybook Circus, and the Frontierland Trading Post in Frontierland.
Specialty food is also available for an extra fee. Some of it is awesome (mostly the desserts), but some of it is just ok and is not worth the extra cost.
Sarah’s Tip: To get a cool, limited edition freebie, head straight to the Main Street Fire Station and get your Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom card! Even if you don’t play, this is a freebie kids of all ages will love.
This is already part of the price you paid for your ticket, so don’t think you’re “too old” to ask for candy. It’s good candy too! We had so much that we were able to save some of it to use in our neighborhood trick-or-treat event. Yay for stretching our investment!
Sarah’s Tip: Bring your own bag to haul your goodies around. The bags handed out by Cast Members are small, and you will get a lot of candy if you visit all the trick-or-treat trail stops!
NEW Events for 2019
Jack Skellington will be hosting a brand new fireworks show called “Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular.” Featuring state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, lighting, and fireworks, this new show is replacing “Happy HalloWishes.” I’m a little sad to see it go as it was my favorite fireworks show in the parks, but I’ll hold my judgement back on this new one until I can see it for myself.
The fireworks show will commence each party night at 10:15pm.
Also new in 2019 is “Cruella’s Halloween Hide-a-Way” experience. This event is an extra cost of $99 (plus tax) per person. It allows guests access to Tony’s Town Square Restaurant from 9:30pm-12:30am where they can sample hors d’oeuvres, sweets, and other savory treats all night long. Reserved seating for the 11pm vieiwing of the “Boo to You” parade is also included!
Additionally, several attractions across the park will receive “special enhancements” just for the party. Some of the rides that will be enhanced include Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, and the Mad Tea Party.