Tips for Attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

| August 21, 2018 | 9 Comments

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a Disney event guests buy an extra ticket for. The experience takes place in Magic Kingdom after an early park closing. The event features trick-or-treating, unique character meet and greets, attractions with Halloween themed overlays, and three Halloween spectaculars. Since it is an expensive night, here are some tips to help you get the most value from your time at the party.

Mickey's Not-so-Scary Halloween Party
Me as Snow White and my Daughter as Leia at the Mickey’s Not-so-Scary Halloween Party

Tips for Attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Best dates to go

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party gets bigger and bigger every year. The party nights begin in late august and carry on through September and October. The earlier dates will be less crowded. The ticket prices for the evenings Disney expects lighter attendance are lower. So, by going in August or early September, you don’t only save money, you also potentially save time as well by avoiding long lines and heavy foot traffic. Strongly recommended!

Tips for Attending Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Halloween Decorations at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party


How to get through security

Wear an appropriate costume to avoid excessive security measures. Preference lightweight and practical as you decide what to wear and remember it will be hot out. Avoid wearing too much, or too little. Skimpy is not family friendly and a costume that is too big may look like you are attempting to smuggle something.

Aside from your costume, bring as few bags as possible. Remember, glass is not allowed in the park. Don’t bring alcohol, or the usual security threats to the party. Complimentary trick or treat bags are provided upon entry, but you may choose to bring your own.

Tips for Attending Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade

Go early

It’s best to schedule the party for a non park day (a day you don’t have a regular park ticket for), this way you are not paying twice for the same day. You can sleep in or enjoy a leisurely morning, then go to the party early.

The party starts at 7:00 pm but you can arrive as early as 4:00 pm. Showing up early gives you a head start on things you’d like to do at Magic Kingdom before the party officially begins.


Tips for Attending Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party- Princess Leia


Plan your night

Know your characters and attractions

Whichever is your main goal for the night, have a game plan involving what order you want to meet characters, or ride rides in. Having a route worked out beforehand is one of the most effective ways to maximize your time and conserve energy while among the crowds.

Tips for Attending Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Tips for Attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

No Fastpass+

This event does not offer Disney Fastpass on attractions, so be prepared to stand in line the old fashioned way. If you time rides during shows and parades, you can benefit from shorter lines or even walk on wait times.

Tips for Attending Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party- Snow White and Princess Leia

New experiences

Make time for made over attractions this year with special Halloween experiences in Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Mad Tea Party.  Lighting effects will transform the Tea Party, while Space Mountain will get new music and effects. Pirates of the Caribbean will add interactive elements with new pirates involving guests in a search for “Gunpowder Pete.”

Meal tips

Eat beforehand so you don’t spend an excessive amount of time on dinner while at the party. Bring your sweet tooth.


The “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” show 2019 during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park

Parades and Shows

There are three showings of Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, two Boo to You parade times, and one  Happy Hallowishes fireworks spectacular.  Most people go to the first showings, so you can run around meeting characters, riding rides, and scoring candy while the first parade makes its way through Frontierland and down Main Street USA. You can wait to watch Hallowishes and stay for the third Hocus Pocus show, which is followed shortly thereafter by the second Boo to You. It’s energy efficient and leverages crowds to your benefit.

Tips for Attending Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Tips for Attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Have a magical Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!

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Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Carole says:

    That would be so magical! I have never been to Walt Disney World. Thank you for the tips!

  2. Calvin says:

    Good tips to follow to ensure a magical safe and not spooky halloween haha. Thanks!

  3. Debbie White Beattie says:

    I would love to go to Disney World that time of the year because it’s just getting cooler here and it’s just the perfect temperatures down there.

  4. Kristy Reid says:

    This would be so amazing to do with the kiddos. I’m not a fan of being scared so I think I would enjoy this too. Going early (in the season and the day) sound like great advice.

  5. Shirley P says:

    This sound like an awesome place to visit so much fun things to do

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