Tips For Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Halloween at Walt Disney World Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Party
When we lived in New England we would go apple picking every fall, but now that we are in Florida we attend Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom as our new autumn family tradition.

When it's 90 degrees out it's hard to feel the change of seasons amidst palm trees instead of falling leaves. However, thanks to the decorations and activities at Walt Disney World we are able to get in the harvest spirit.

The Halloween-themed event held August 25 - November 01, 2017 on select nights from 7:00 p.m. to Midnight. However, you can enter as early as 4 p.m.

Unlike at Disney Land, Mickey's Not So Scary Party at WDW requires a separate ticket purchased outside of general admission or annual passes. Starting at $67 per child and $74 per adult (plus tax) per event ticket. Reservations are strongly recommended ahead of time especially for dates closer to Halloween.

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Get Dressed Up But ... 

Last year, I wore a Snow White costume, which made for great photos, but this time we all wore Disney Halloween-themed t-shirts, ears and other accessories for added flair while still being comfortable. Before you arrive dressed up for the occasion though, please read the official costume guidelines at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for children and adults.

Tips for dressing up in costume for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World

Know Before You Go - Consult the Schedule & Map

Besides trick-or-treating and the short queues to rides, there is a LOT to do and only one night to do it all in, so consult the schedule ahead of time. Last year, we missed a few of the shows while caught on the other side of the park. This time we were determined to see Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade and Happy HalloWishes Fireworks (watch my live stream here) and knowing the official show times helped us plan accordingly and get a spot ahead of time. You'll also receive a schedule and party map (2017) when you enter. So, do consult it before setting off for the rides and treats.

Tips for Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

TIP: You don't have to watch the Halloween parade just from Main Street or by the castle. In fact, you can see it sooner and first by Adventureland and near Liberty Square before it makes its way past the castle and ends at the entrance to Main Street, U.S.A. The map for the party indicates the parade route, but people tend to all congregate at the center of the park.

Eat Dinner Before You Arrive 

I know it might be early to eat, but not all of the restaurants are open during Mickey's Not So Scary party and the ones that are open have longer than usual lines like Starlight Cafe. Plus, as soon as you enter you're given candy and you're going to want to eat that anyway, so my tip would be to eat dinner ahead of time and get down to partying as soon as you enter.

If eating at the park though, keep in mind that Columbia Harbour House closes at 8 p.m., but a few stay open until 10 and 11 p.m., just consult the program, which has a dining list with closing times.

Thank goodness that Dole Whip at Aloha Isle remains open during the party!

Pose for Photos After

At the start of Main Street there is a great pumpkin display and photo spot that is a must, but the lines in the beginning of the party are quite long and it can be blocked off at times due to the parade or cast members guiding non-party guests towards the exit. However, after fireworks, the line was less.

Also, guests can receive special Halloween-themed Magic Shots and Animated Magic Shots during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. The following PhotoPass locations include bewitching Polter-Guests that will magically materialize in your photos! We had the added surprise of ghosts joining our family photo.

Hex-clusive Disney PhotoPass Op locations include the Main Entrance, Main Street, Haunted Mansion and U.S.A. Liberty Square.

Also, special Disney Character appearances are made during the party included rarely seen villians and beloved favorites wearing costumes and dressed for Halloween.

Grab Official Party Merchandise

Each year, new t-shirt designs and pins are available to commemorate Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Also, annual passholders can purchase extra MNSSHP exclusives like a special pin (2017 it's a Hades' themed one) and a t-shirt. We like going to the Big Circus store by Dumbo since it has everything in one place and is usually less crowded. 

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