It’s hard to believe, but it’s almost time for the first Halloween party of the year. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a lot of fun, but it’s good to have a plan before you go.
There is so much to do and it’s easy to lose track of time while you are at the party. Guests can trick-or-treat (kids and adults), see special characters, and ride the rides at the party. Unfortunately, there isn’t really time to do everything. That’s why I always make a suggestion to plan ahead and decide what you really want to do before you get to the party. Planning ahead will help to maximize your time.
Hopefully, this guide will help in your planning efforts so you can decide how you want to spend your time at the party. We’ll take a look at the different activities that will be offered and policies for costumes.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Guide
Attractions That Will be Open
(This list is subject to change without notice)
- Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Swiss Family Treehouse
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Country Bear jamboree
- Haunted Mansion
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Prince Charming Regal Carousel
- “It’s a Small World”
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Mad Tea Party
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- The Barn Stormer
- Astro Orbiter
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Space Mountain
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeoplerMover
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
At the special parties Disney always brings out characters that you don’t really see that often. We got to see Lotso and Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story 3, which the kids were very excited about. Other special characters include the Seven Dwarfs, Jack Skellington, Sally, classic characters in their Halloween costumes, and more. It’s really fun to see characters that you don’t get to see all the time.
Disney also quite a few shows that guests can see throughout the party. Between the stage shows, the special fireworks show, and the parade, there is always something to see!
Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular
Happy Hallowishes Fireworks Show and Dessert Party
The Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet
Special PhotoPass Opportunities
- Magic Kingdom Main Entrance
- Haunted Mansion
- Town Square
- Main Street U.S.A.
- Liberty Square
Table Service Restaurants Open
- Guests attending the party are allowed to enter the park as early as 4 p.m., so I would recommend getting there as close to 4 p.m. as you can. The closer it gets to 7 p.m., which is the official start of the party, then the crazier the entrance to the park will be. Plus, you can ride some rides before the party starts, which will free up time during the party for other things. Costumes are not permitted in the park before 4 p.m. for older kids and adults.
- Disney will give you a treat bag for trick-or-treating when you go through the entrance, but it’s a small bag. If you plan on hitting the trick-or-treating hard then I would bring your own bag. Disney seriously gives out handfuls at each trick-or-treat location, so you end up leaving with a lot if you go to a bunch of stations. A reusable shopping bag is usually a good size.
- The trick-or-treat stations are marked by big pumpkin Mickey lights (see above picture). When you see one of those lights you know that is a trick-or-treat station. Don’t worry if the line is long, the cast members move the lines along very quickly.
- Try to decide if it’s more important to you to trick-or-treat, see characters, or ride the rides. The party runs from 7 p.m. to midnight, but the time goes by really fast, so it’s easy to miss out on things. If you really want to go trick-or-treating then I would concentrate on that and if there’s time to do other things when you’re done then you can check out some rides or character meet ‘n’ greets. It’s easy to lose track of time and having a plan before you go in is very helpful.
- If you have someone in your party with a food allergy be sure to ask about the teal trick-or-treat bags when you enter the park. Teal tokens are given at the trick-or-treat stations to people with teal bags and the tokens can be redeemed at allergy friendly stations.
- Make sure to check out Disney’s costume guidelines. Disney is pretty strict about them. Here are the guidelines from Disney’s website:
- “While we encourage creativity, we also value safety and good judgment. If you’re planning to attend these special holiday events, take a moment to read over our latest rules and regulations:
- Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or attire that 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.
- The 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, unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.
For 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.
For 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. “
- Disney offers free snacks and drinks at select locations during the party. The party map gives the locations of the free snacks and drinks, so make sure to get a map at the park entrance. If you don’t get a map at the entrance you can check out the stores in Magic Kingdom, because they usually have maps available.
- There are specialty souvenirs that are available during the party. Disney will usually make the announcement before the parties, so you will be able to see if there are any specialty souvenirs you would like to purchase.
- The Boo-To-You parade is one of the most popular parades at Disney World. The parade happens twice during party nights. So if you miss the parade the first time around you can always catch the second one. The parade happens at 9:15 p.m. and 11:15 p.m.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is the most popular of the two holiday parties at Disney World. The Christmas party is fun too, but more people like the Halloween party. There is more to do and see at the Halloween party, which is why planning ahead of time is a good idea.
I hope this guide helps and you can always join our Facebook group to discuss and ask questions about attending the Halloween party. We’ve got a fun and helpful group of Disney loving people in the group, so come join the Disney fun!
Are you planning to go to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?
Thanks for reading!
We r going to Mickey’s Not So Scary in October (very excited!!). Thank u so much for this information:)
My pleasure! I’m glad you can use the information 🙂 I hope you have a great time at the party, we loved it. There’s so much to do and it’s such a fun night. Enjoy!
We are planning on going in October too! Tickets bought and looking for adult costumes! I can’t wait to see the decorations. We normally go during May, which we did this year, so it’s not decorated like Halloween will be!
Thanks for the list and saying pick our priorities. Do any characters wander around after 4 pm? We are annual pass holders so we will be able to be there all day if wanted.
There will be character meet and greets after 4. They don’t really wander around, but there will be clear queue lines set up to meet them. There are rare characters that come out during the parties. It’s fun to see characters you don’t really get to see any other time. 🙂 Enjoy and have fun!
We will be at the first party Aug 25!!! It’s our first time at MNSSHP so these tips are really helpful! We have AP’s so not worried about riding rides so I think we will focus on the party stuff. I hope it’s possible to see some special characters, trick or treat, dance party, and watch all the shows/parade
Glad you found the tips helpful, Kim! The party is so much fun! The candy lines tend to move pretty quick, so if you are in line for candy and see a short line for a character I would definitely hop on the character line after you get your candy. Definitely don’t miss the parade or shows, they’re a lot of fun. Hope you have a great time!