Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom is a wonderful addition to any fall getaway at Walt Disney World. On party nights, the park closes early to day guests and the extra fun begins for party ticket-holders. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a separately ticketed event.
The atmosphere in the park is amazing and brings a festive “spooky-but-not-scary” vibe to the Magic Kingdom. As soon as you step through the entrance gates, you know that the evening is going to be full of fun!
Tip: Although the party officially begins at 7pm, Disney has historically allowed party guests to enter the park as early as 4pm – which can be great for families who don’t want to use up a day of their park admission. Get in early, enjoy some attractions and get ready for the party to begin. Often, you will be able to line up for the popular character meet-and-greets prior to 7pm. This is essential to getting the most out of your evening. Those party hours are precious!
Be sure to get a party wristband as you enter the park or from several marked locations inside the park if you have been touring during the day. After 7pm, Cast Members will be ushering any guests without wristbands out of the park.
One of the highlights of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is the chance to meet popular – but rarely seen Characters – in the park. These meet and greets can get very long lines, so it is best to pick your must-do and see that Character first. You may be able to get a second favorite in, but unless you want to spend your entire party waiting to meet Characters (which is totally fine!), wait until the end of the party to see some of the others on your list.
This year, some of the most popular and most rare Character greetings are:
Queen of Hearts with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum
Jack and Sally
Another fun event, especially for the little ones, is the Monstrous Scream-o-Ween Ball. It is so special to be able to dance with some of your favorite Characters.
Is Mike Wazowski asking me to dance?
Raise the roof with Sully!
Of course there are a ton of Trick-or-Treating opportunities throughout the Magic Kingdom. As you enter the park, you are given a treat bag, and it is almost impossible to leave the party without it filled to the brim. Disney doesn’t skimp when they hand out candy!
One of the main events of the party is Mickey’s Boo to You! Halloween Parade – which is exclusively performed at the Halloween Party. I did a separate post if you would like to look at some more pictures of this awesome parade!
Some people love to ride the attractions (all with minimal lines during the party)… some like to purchase exclusive party merchandise…
I LOVE to sample the special treats that are available only during the party.
I wish I could have tried them all, but I was able to see and taste a good number of them.
First, the Boo to You “worms and dirt” dessert… mmm… chocolate!
And the “most beautiful” award goes to the Haunted Mansion themed chocolate tarts, which feature amazing art printed right on pieces of white chocolate.
For something cool and refreshing, try the “candy corn” soft serve ice cream. It really tastes just like a vanilla cone – maybe a bit sweeter – but it sure is pretty.
Over at the Main Street Bakery, there are three special sweets to pick up. I actually had them all packed up “to go” and took them back to our resort!
I liked the cupcake the best. The purple marshmallow fluff filling was so good – and I loved how it looked like a vampire bat in the middle of the cupcake!
The Hallowishes fireworks show is a must-see and is also exclusive to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. It is nice to see a fireworks show without too many crowds and the display surrounds you in a way that is very immersive and exciting.
Something not to miss as you rush from one fun event to another is the overall tone and feel of the party. Disney really goes all out to make the Halloween party feel completely different from any other regular night at the Magic Kingdom.
The lighting is different. The music is different. The balloons are different. It is just special and it is nice to pause a moment to take it all in.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a great special event at the Magic Kingdom and is fun for the whole family. We highly recommend attending the party, even though admission must be purchased separately from your regular park tickets. We love the party and we think you will too!
What is your favorite part of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or what are looking forward to the most?