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Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Highlights

by Lily on September 20, 2012

Cinderella Castle During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom® ParkMickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom® Park is one of the Frog Family's favorite events of the whole year, and we were lucky enough to be on hand for this year's opening night on September 11!

This year, the party includes a fun new event, the Not So Scary Street Jam! that takes places along Main Street, U.S.A.® after the Headless Horseman passes during the "Boo-to-You" Parade. Tad and I had a blast joining all of the other kids (and adults) dancing and singing along to "Calling All the Monsters" and the "Monster Mash." (You can learn the moves here.)

Here are a few of the other tips we picked up so you’ll have an "oh-so-fun" night, too!

Check-InMickey's not-so-scary Halloween Party

The party officially begins at 7 p.m., but guests with Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets can enter the park beginning at 4 p.m. You'll be given a wristband with your party ticket.

Mickey's Boo-To-You Parade

A big highlight of the party is the "Boo-to-You" Parade, led by none other than the Headless Horseman!

Check out Tad's video of the parade below, which he has been working on between homework assignments.

Mickey’s "Boo-To-You" Parade runs twice each night of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party; once at 8:15 p.m. then again at 10:30 p.m. The parade kicks off in Frontierland® Area, follows the waterway until it reaches Liberty Square, crosses the Liberty Square bridge, circles Central Plaza in front of Cinderella Castle then heads down Main Street, U.S.A.® where it ends next to Harmony Barbershop.

We always try to get into position about 30 minutes before each parade, but at the very least, get to a spot along the parade route AT LEAST five minutes before the parade. You won’t want to miss the Headless Horseman (and the street jam if you're along Main Street, U.S.A.®)! If your parents are OK with you staying up past bedtime, go to the second parade, because it's usually much less crowded.

Halloween Walt Disney World Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Show

I love all of Disney’s fireworks shows, but Happy HalloWishes is unbelievable! The fireworks are at 9:30 p.m. and although you can see them throughout Magic Kingdom® Park, my favorite place is in the middle of Main Street, U.S.A.® next to Casey’s Corner. These fireworks cover lots of sky, and being a little further back from the castle gives you a better view.

Villains Dance Mix and Mingle - Walt Disney World ResortVillains Dance Mix & Mingle

Don’t miss the Villains Dance Mix & Mingle. The show takes place on the castle stage at 7:45, 8:50, 10:05 and 11:15 p.m. The Disney Villains actually come down onto the area in front of the castle after each show for meet and greets. Tad and I really wanted to get our pictures taken with the Villains, so we watched the last show, which was much less crowded. Watch the video from last year here.

Character Dance Parties

There are two character dance parties during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. They run continuously throughout the evening, so squeeze them in when you have a break in your schedule.

Rock-It Out…Stitch’s Club 626 with Stitch, Pluto, Goofy, and Chip n’ Dale takes place at the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland® Area. Woody’s Happy Harvest Roundup with Woody, Jessie and Bullseye takes place at The Diamond Horseshoe in Liberty Square.

Trick or Treating Walt Disney World ResortTrick-or-Treating

There are 16 different trick-or-treating spots throughout Magic Kingdom® Park where you can fill your bags with LOTS of candy. Giant light-up balloons mark the treat spots! There is also a new trick-or-treat trail near The Barnstormer® Featuring The Great Goofini in Storybook Circus.

Character Appearances

If you’re a “Character Groupie” like me, you’re going to LOVE the character meet and greets at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Not only are Disney Characters everywhere you turn, they’re dressed up in Halloween costumes! The Seven Dwarfs are back again this year! You’ll find them next to Splash Mountain® Attraction in Frontierland® Area and my best advice is to get there as soon as the party starts if you want to meet them. (The lines can get VERY long.)

Attractions & Dining

Most, but not all, attractions and restaurants remain open during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. We ate an early supper before the party started so we didn’t have to worry about long lines and had much more time to enjoy all the fun things going on around the park.

*Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a separately ticketed event and is not included with regular theme park admission.

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Emily May 21, 2013 at 2 p.m.

I am thinking about purchasing the 5 day hopper pass for our trip. We want to go to Mickey's not so scary Halloween party. My hopper pass cannot be used correct? So instead of doing a 5 day hopper I should do a 4 day hopper and purchase the ticket to the event and that gets me in Magic Kingdom for that night?

FrogBlog May 22, 2013 at 10:46 a.m.

Hi Emily,

That is correct. Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is what as known as a "hard ticket event."


-- Lily

Elizabeth Jun 20, 2013 at 6:31 p.m.

We will be attending the Halloween party on Oct.31st this year - we've already purchased our ticket to the party, but haven't purchased our park tickets yet. We have never been at Disney for Halloween, so we have a few questions ...

What is a hard ticket event?

If we had a park hopper pass to use that day, could we visit other parks during the morning and then head over to the MK for the party later in the day?

Or if we chose to relax by the pool that morning and head over to the MK later that afternoon/evening, would the party ticket alone get us in? Or would we need to buy a separate park admission as well?

Stephanie Jul 1, 2013 at 10:49 p.m.

My husband and I have been in October several times, we always stay at one of the Disney property resorts and get park hopper passes. I would suggest having a park hopper pass for the days you are there and purchase the Mickey's Not So Scary party ticket separate. You will be able to park hop to the parks that day because people coming to the party at the MK have wrist bands. Those who don't have one after seven or so aren't supposed to be able to ride. Just an idea, the fireworks show is fantastic on the fourth floor and up from The Contemorary. You would save a few bucks and miss the crowds getting out of the park especially if you have little ones.

Stephanie Jul 1, 2013 at 10:59 p.m.

They also play the music there as well just like at the MK so you don't miss a lot.

Stephanie Jul 1, 2013 at 11:06 p.m.

FYI, anything like Mickey's Not So Scary party or the Christmas Party in December are all hard ticket events. You would have to have separate tickets even if you had park hopper tickets. I hope this information helps. Things can be complicated if you have never done them.

Jessica Jul 20, 2013 at 12:26 a.m.

Is the Hard Ticket enough to get you into the park for the event? Or do you ALSO need to have a ticket for MK that evening?

FrogBlog Jul 22, 2013 at 1:16 p.m.

Hi Jessica,

For the party, it is a separately ticketed event, so you don't need regular admission to Magic Kingdom to get into the party.

-- Leap

Chris Adamson Aug 14, 2013 at 9:09 p.m.

The fireworks on Halloween 2012 where the most incredible display I've ever seen and I've seen them from coast to coast. 2nd best was Epcot-Illuminations. Disney doesn't hold back on entertaining their guest. 1st class company. Kudos Disney.

Jess Jul 14, 2014 at 4:03 a.m.

I am not sure if we are buying tickets yet for the Halloween Party, but we have dinner reservation at mk at 7:10 on the 23 of sept which happens to be a halloween night, will we be allowed to stay for our reservation or let back in if we leave? What about after we eat will be be "kicked" out or do u think we can watch a parade or see some characters ( we have a two year old who will go nuts when he sees anything like that especially since it will be our first day there) I just don't want to break rules and get into trouble.

FrogBlog Jul 14, 2014 at 4:28 p.m.

Hi Jess,

Unfortunately, I don't think you are going to be allowed in after 7 p.m. if you don't have the ticket. Anyone else have experience with this?


Mommy Frog

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