Guide to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween PartySummer vacay might be over, but Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is in full swing! Halloween season at Magic Kingdom is finally here, and we kicked it off by attending the very first party of the year. Starting earlier than ever on Aug. 16, 2019, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party will continue on select nights until Nov. 1, 2019. Two-and-a-half months of Halloween?! We're all for it!

We’ve loved all of the classic, family fun that the event has offered us over the years … but there is so much to do. With only five hours of party time to meet rare characters, trick-or-treat and catch spell-bounding entertainment, a game plan is essential. Keep in mind that "Disney's Not-So-Spooky Spectacular" is debuting for the 2019 event. Lucky for you, the Frog Family is here with our best time-saving advice to help you get the most out of your favorite Halloween Party. Let's boo this!

Our Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween 2019 Guide is quite thorough, so we've added some helpful links to take you to key topics ... or you can just keep reading!

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Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 Dates, Tickets & Best Days to Attend

Disney Halloween parties typically start in mid-August and run through early November. The parties are held at Magic Kingdom after the park closes from 7 p.m. to midnight. The park closes at 6 p.m. for daytime guests without a party ticket. Disney has added two additional nights this year, extending the spooktacular fun. You can purchase Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2019 tickets from your favorite frogs!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 - Welcome Sign

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2019 Dates:

  • August 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
  • September 2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29
  • October 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31
  • November 1

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets start at $74 for children ages 3 to 9 ($78.81 with tax) or $79 for those over 10 years old ($84.14 with tax).

Best Dates to Attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween - Siblings in Costumes

The biggest question we get for this event, as well as for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, is what the best days to attend are. These Disney Halloween parties can and do sell out, especially closer to Halloween, so we recommend purchasing tickets as soon as you know you want to attend.

Oct. 31 is historically one of the most popular dates to attend the Disney Halloween parties, along with Fridays in October, when more locals attend. Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, especially those in August and early September, are typically less popular.

Disney does not publicly release its party capacity, but we estimate that a sold-out party is around a crowd level 7 using our Crowd Calendar.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Costume Policy

Mickey's Not So Scary family in costumes

A revised costume policy went into effect for the Disney Halloween party in recent years that is more restrictive for adults.

General Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Costume Guidelines:

  • Disney may deny admission to anyone or remove anyone who is wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or could detract from other guests' experiences.
  • Guests may dress as their favorite characters, but cannot pose for pictures or sign autographs.
  • Costumes must be family-friendly and not obstructive, offensive, violent or objectionable.
  • Costumes must not contain weapons that resemble or could be mistaken for real weapons.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp or pointed objects, or materials that might accidentally strike another guest.
  • Guests who do not abide by the guidelines may be refused entry or removed unless their costumes can be modified to acceptable standards.

For guests ages 14 and up:

  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and subject to additional security screening.
  • Costumes may not reach or drag the ground.
  • Capes should not go below the waist.
  • Themed T-shirts, shirts, sweatshirts and hats are acceptable.
  • Transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords and tutus are OK. Headwear must not cover the face.
  • Masks are not allowed.

For guests ages 13 and under:

  • Costumes and some masks may be worn. Masks cannot cover the entire face, and eyes must be visible.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Entering Procedures

Entryway to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

The party officially begins at 7 p.m. inside Magic Kingdom. Disney Halloween party guests are allowed to enter the park starting at 4 p.m., which we recommend taking advantage of. A popular question that comes up is how Disney handles the transition between park close and the start of the party. The park closes for regular guests at 6 p.m., which allows cast members more time to filter out those regular day guests who are not staying for the party.

Once you arrive at the entrance, cast members direct you toward specific touch points for entry. Party wristbands are then given to party guests after going through the touch points. If you've entered before 4 p.m. with regular park admission, you don't have to go all the way to the entrance! Wristbands are also distributed to those who present a valid party ticket at select locations inside the park. We saw a few of those wristband distribution areas near Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, Mickey's PhilharMagic and Pirates of the Caribbean. Beginning at 6 p.m., cast members are stationed at critical points throughout the park to direct the wristband-less toward the exit.

For party guests arriving just in time for the spooky festivities, expect to be directed toward Market Street. (That's the name of the back alley between La Chapeau and Tony's Town Square Restaurant!) This path is where you'll find adorable Halloween character statues, fun photo-ops AND your first treat station. Select Halloween merchandise can be purchased here, as well. What a grand entrance to the party!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 Map

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party front of the map

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party back of the map

Interested in how exactly things work at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party? This 2019 map highlights some of the activities and entertainment, trick-or-treat locations, allergy-friendly options and more in store at the party.

Entertainment & Rides at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019

FastPass+ at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019

FastPass+ is not available during the party. Luckily, there is generally less need for FastPass+ as most people are enjoying the party activities and spending less time on rides.

Show Times for Key Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 Entertainment:

Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular

  • Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade - 9:15 p.m., 11:15 p.m.
  • Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular - 10:15 p.m.
  • Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular - 8:30 p.m., 10:45 p.m., 12 a.m.
  • Dance parties - all night long!

If inclement weather may be on the horizon during your visit, be sure to catch the early stage show and parade in case the later ones get cancelled.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 Characters and Locations:

One of the biggest highlights of the night is meeting characters, especially those who don't greet guests at other times of year or often. Some of the most popular characters, like Moana or Jack Skellington and Sally, draw big lines but may start meeting guests before the official party time. (We passed by Moana at around 5 p.m. She hadn't started greeting just yet, but when we walked by again around 6:30 p.m., the line was moving.) Below, you'll find this year's characters and their greeting spots. With waits as long as three hours for some characters, you need a strategy! Hop down to tips to see our best strategies for meeting them.

Mickey's Not So Scary - Moana

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
  • Jack Skellington and Sally at Town Square Theater

Fantasyland

  • Seven Dwarfs
  • Queen of Hearts, Alice, Tweedle-Dee, Tweedle-Dum, Mad Hatter
  • Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger (dressed in Halloween costumes)
  • Ariel and Eric
  • Belle and Gaston
  • Minnie Mouse (dressed in Halloween costume)
  • Daisy Duck (dressed in Halloween costume)
  • Goofy (dressed in Halloween costume)
  • Donald Duck (dressed in Halloween costume)
  • Cruella DeVil (roaming)
  • Anastasia and Drizella (roaming)
  • Cinderella and Elena
  • Rapunzel and Tiana

Mickey's Not So Scary - Minnie Mouse

Tomorrowland

  • Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear a.k.a. Lotso
  • Stitch (dressed in Elvis costume)

Adventureland

  • Tarzan, Jane and Terk
  • Moana
  • Captain Jack Sparrow
  • Aladdin & Abu alternate with Genie & Jasmine
  • Jafar

Attractions Open During Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019

One of the major perks of ticketed events such as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is the shorter lines for some of your favorite attractions. This year, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train line had a maximum 35-minute wait!

Rides are subject to closure at any time. For a list of refurbishments during your specific dates, please see our full list of Disney World ride closures:

  • Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom (enlist at the Firehouse)
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Splash Mountain
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • “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
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • The Barnstormer
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Space Mountain
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

Some attractions receive spooktacular, party-exclusive overlays and enhancements, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Mad Tea Party, Space Mountain and new this year, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor. A crew of live pirates takes over your journey on Pirates of the Caribbean. Meanwhile, Mad Tea Party gets special lighting and music, while Space Mountain goes completely dark. Over at the Laugh Floor in the Monster World, the comedic monsters learn more about the Human World holiday called Halloween.

New and Returning Party-Exclusive Experiences for 2019

Aside from rides and character meet-and-greets, experience the special event's dance parties, "Boo-to-You" parade, Hocus Pocus Villains Spectacular and an all-new fireworks show.

Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular — NEW!

Disney Not So Spooky Spectacular

A new fireworks show with projection effects, lasers, lights and fireworks is debuting this year! Hosted by Jack Skellington from "The Nightmare Before Christmas," Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular features Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy on a trick-or-treating adventure, as they are drawn to a mysterious haunted house. The show also showcased appearances from dancing skeletons and ghosts, along with some troublemaking Disney villains, during their journey inside the house. We LOVED the stunning castle projections (they're super fun and colorful) and as usual, Disney didn't disappoint with its booming fireworks. It was the only time of the night we weren't saying "boo," but instead "ooh and aah."

As an extra way to celebrate the new show, the park is hosting fireworks dessert parties with treats such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, cupcakes, ice cream, seasonal fruits, cheeses and special drinks.

Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam

Mickey's Not So Scary - Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam

Calling all tadpoles! Storybook Circus is once again hosting the Disney Junior Jam, featuring some of Lily's Disney Channel faves like Vampirina and Fancy Nancy (who's joining this year). We even spotted Timon jumping in on the fun. Lily LOVES this dance party!

Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball

Over in Tomorrowland at the Rockettower Plaza Stage, join Mike Wazowski and Sulley who are hosting the Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball all night long! Show off your best monstrous dance moves.

Disney DescenDANCE Party — NEW!

As the third and brand-new Halloween dance party, the Disney DescenDANCE Party has taken over the stage at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe. Inspired by the Descendants movie franchise, dance the night away, as your favorite Villain Kids appear in dance videos from Isle of the Lost.

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

The infamous Sanderson Sisters from "Hocus Pocus" are back for another year at the 2019 Disney Halloween party! Watch out — they may put a spell on you as they conjure up the "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular" show at the Castle Forecourt Stage. The show is held exclusively during the party and features the Sanderson Sisters, Winifred, Mary and Sarah, along with other Disney villains such as Dr. Facilier, Ooogie Boogie and Maleficent. "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular" replaced the Villains Mix 'n' Mingle. There are typically no picture-taking opportunities with the Sanderson Sisters or the villains. The show is still a wicked good time, especially for fans of the film!

Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade

Mickey's Boo To You Parade - Constance Hatchaway

Catch your favorite Disney characters in Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade! About 15 minutes before it begins, the Headless Horseman trots over the Liberty Square, continues in front of Cinderella Castle (but does not go all the way around the hub) and down Main Street.

Mickey and Minnie lead the parade along with their friends, including Goofy, Pluto, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Aladdin, Jasmine and others. Tinker Bell and Captain Jack Sparrow follow along on their floats. The Gravediggers precede Constance Hatchaway, better known as The Black Widow Bride from The Haunted Mansion. She is new to the parade this year and glides down the street alongside dancing ghoulish couples. The Tomorrowland floats are also new, featuring The Incredibles, Edna Mode and Buzz Lightyear with a crew of aliens.

Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet

This Dapper Dans-style ghostly group pops up throughout the night for performances in front of The Frontier Trading Post in Frontierland. Showtimes aren't advertised on the event map, but we caught them for the first time not long after 7 p.m. when the party officially started. They'll crack jokes with their deadpan humor and sing songs, including "Happy Trails To You" and "Boo to You."

Cruella's Halloween Hide-a-Way — NEW!

Mingle with Cruella de Vil at Tony's Town Square Restaurant during this brand-new, special dining experience. The event starts at 9:30 p.m. and continues through the night until 12:30 a.m. during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party nights. You can pop in and out during the event to enjoy savory hors d’oeuvres, samplers and sweets. It also includes access to a reserved viewing section for the 11:15 p.m. parade. Cruella's Halloween Hide-a-Way is a separately ticketed experience ($99 per guest) and requires Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party admission, which is not included in this price.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Trick-or-Treating, Specialty Food & Merchandise

One of the big "treats" of the Disney Halloween Party is trick-or-treating around the park. You can haul in quite a lot of candy if that's the goal, but we prefer to enjoy the entertainment and hit a trick-or-treat trail or two as we hop around.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Country Bear Jamboree Treat Trail

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 Treat Locations:

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Town Square Theater (Allergy-Friendly Center)
  • Market Street (party entrance; open until 8 p.m.)

Adventureland

  • Tortuga Tavern
  • Jungle Cruise

Frontierland

  • Splash Mountain
  • Miner's Cove (by Big Thunder Mountain)
  • Country Bear Jamboree

Liberty Square

  • Liberty Square Ticket Office (Allergy-Friendly Center)
  • The Diamond Horseshoe

Not So Scary Halloween Party - Amuck Cupcake

Fantasyland

  • Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic
  • Walt Disney World Railroad Station
  • Ariel's Grotto

Tomorrowland

  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café
  • Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress

If the free candy doesn't quite satisfy your sweet tooth, enjoy spooktacular offerings created especially for the season. We tried the Amuck, Amuck, Amuck Cupcake, which can be found at Main Street Bakery. The cupcake itself was perfectly fluffy and moist, but fair warning, there is a lot of sweet frosting packed on top. Watch out for that black frosting — you may want to wait until after you take all your photos before your teeth turn colors ;)

It's important to note that some of these special, event-exclusive treats for purchase have long lines and can sell out later in the night, particularly if crowd levels are high. However, we noticed some treats, like the Pumpkin Spice milkshake, started selling before the official party time. So, if you've got your eye (and stomach) set on a specific treat, we'd recommend hopping to it the earlier, the better!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Jack Cake Pop

Speaking of sweets — while we, of course, advise you to save some room for treats throughout the party, we recommend grabbing a meal ahead of time. Sitting down for dinner with your tadpoles can eat up anywhere between thirty minutes to over an hour of the five-hour party time, so it's much better to enjoy a nice meal before you start partying.

If shopping is your top priority, visit the Emporium and Big Top Souvenirs for apparel, ornaments, pins and more exclusive to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. You can also find tons of event pins and MagicBands at Frontier Trading Post. We're not overstating this — lines for exclusive merchandise can rival the lines for the characters. Items can sell out quickly if you wait until later in the night. Before you arrive at the party, decide how much time you're willing to spend to get that limited-edition pin. If you're lucky enough to be traveling with two "grown-up" frogs, we recommend one waiting for merch while the other takes the tadpoles on a ride or two nearby.

Tips for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019

As we've mentioned a time or two, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is one of the Frog Family's absolute favorite events! For those of you who love Halloween, it is definitely not to be missed.

Now, each of us Frog Family members has a different thing we love most about the party, so that just goes to show you there is a little something for everyone! For those of you wondering whether the party is worth the additional expense, for us, it's a resounding "Yes!" To make it the absolute best experience for your family, follow these tips:

1. Wear a costume

Mickey's Not So Scary Moana CostumesWhile it's not required that you wear a costume, it sure adds to my enjoyment because my favorite part of the night is taking in all of the elaborate costumes! And since this is the one event of the year where you are allowed to wear a costume at Magic Kingdom, I like to take advantage of it. And, in case you're wondering, you're never too old to enjoy Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. We saw so many creative costumes this year! Moana, Aladdin and Toy Story characters were popular choices. Note: Masks are not allowed to be worn at the Magic Kingdom, so keep this in mind when choosing your costume.

2. Keep it light

While temperatures in Orlando are cooling down a bit, the average high is 91 in August, 90 in September and 85 in October. It can still be quite muggy, especially after those still-frequent afternoon rains, so parents should dress their children (and themselves) accordingly for the Disney Halloween party. Think twice before outfitting your little monster as Sulley, at least a head-to-toe furry Sulley. Consider bringing a change of clothes for younger children "just in case" and picking up rain ponchos at your nearest dollar store before you leave for the trip.

3. Bring your own trick-or-treat bags

Upon entry into the park, guests will receive treat bags. It's a cool perk, but they are on the smallish side. If your children are there for the loot, consider packing extra bags. You can also purchase souvenir bags that do the trick! Trick-or-treating is Lily's favorite part of the party, but she loves saying "trick-or-treat" as much as she loves the candy. You'll find candy stations throughout the park. Save time and skip the crowds by trick-or-treating later in the evening. If your treat line is long, don't wait. Visit a different one, or come back later. You'll find the same candy at each one! Also, if the cast members tell you to use two lines, go for the shortest one. For some reason, we noticed everyone will line up on one side despite them saying that, and the other line barely gets used!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 - Treats

For allergy-friendly offerings, a teal chip is handed out at the entrance of the party. Make your way to the street behind Tony's Town Square Restaurant to pick up your chip. You'll exchange this token for a teal treat bag and special candy at the allergy-friendly locations located at Town Square Theater and Liberty Square Ticket Office.

4. Get to the parks early

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Aladdin Family

This is the single-most important tip for maximizing your fun and justifying the cost of this separately ticketed event. While the Disney Halloween party officially starts at 7 p.m., guests can begin entering the park as early as 4 p.m. (And yes, you can wear your costumes into the park at that time!) We highly recommend you get to the park early, so you can spend as much time in Magic Kingdom as possible.

When you arrive, Halloween Party attendees will be directed to a special entrance to receive wristbands. If you've already spent your day at the Magic Kingdom, you can secure your wristband from a cast member at specially designated locations throughout the park — don't worry, you can't miss the signs! Receiving your wristband is an absolute MUST-DO. Cast members are around every corner to usher non-party attendees out of the park.

5. Visit the most "in-demand" characters first or during the first parade

Leap's favorite part of the party is meeting all of the characters who greet guests in different locations. "Rare" characters are out for photo-ops, and your usual favorites are wearing their best Halloween garb. Lines can get very long for the most popular characters (up to three hours or more!), so be sure to prioritize. (If you want a costume idea, check out our DIY Jack and Sally T-shirt.)

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 - Jack Skellington

Some of the more exclusive characters (Jack & Sally, the Seven Dwarfs and Moana) may be found meeting before the party even begins, but only for Halloween party guests with wristbands. If you arrive at Magic Kingdom when doors "open" for Halloween Party guests at 4 p.m., we recommend heading toward the characters' designated locations and asking cast members where and when to line up. That way, you can spend valuable party time doing other fun activities!

When we attended the party again on a Tuesday night in September, Jack and Sally started meeting people at 4:30 p.m. The Seven Dwarfs came out at 6:15 p.m. but already had a two-hour wait! Meanwhile, Moana had an hour wait when she started greeting at 6 p.m.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Seven Dwarfs

Can't make it early? Have no fear. Our best advice is to wait until just before parade times to hop in line for character meet-and-greets. Pick one of the two parade showings to attend, and then spend the other time snapping pics with your favorite characters. It was only a 30-minute wait to meet the Seven Dwarfs! However, some characters (Alice, Mad Hatter, Tweedle-Dum, Tweedle-Dee and Queen of Hearts specifically) do leave their spots because they're in the parade. Additionally, don't wait until the very end of the night. We tried getting in line to see Stitch around 11:30 p.m. but cast members said they were finishing up for the night and weren't letting anyone else in line.

As a time-saver, try meeting characters who are joined by a friend. This may also make your tadpoles hoppier. Lily was dying to meet Jasmine, but Tad was all "whatever." Once he saw Genie join Jasmine, he hopped right in line with his sister.

The lines for characters have grown longer than in years' past. We recommend deciding as a family who your "top priority" characters are and making a game plan before you go. If a photo isn't a must, it's fun just to walk around and see the characters and their unique outfits. A majority of them meet outside, so it's easy to check them out in passing.

6. Stake out your parade location

Mickey's Boo-To-You Parade - Mrs. Incredible

Tad's favorite part of the party is watching Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Parade. He loves the Headless Horseman, all of the spooky floats and the characters in costume. You don't want to miss the Grandmaster's entrance — even if he is missing his head. Be sure to find a spot along the parade route at least 15 minutes in advance if you don't mind standing behind other people. If you want to be in the very front row, you should plan on staking out your spot — especially near Cinderella Castle and along Main Street U.S.A. — at least an hour ahead of time.

Don't want to spend so much time holding your ground? We recommend viewing it in Frontierland. You can get a great spot with a much shorter notice. We love the atmosphere of Main Street U.S.A. (and that's where you'll find us for the Christmas parade), but Halloween is a different story. We think Frontierland fits the spooky ambiance of "Boo-to-You." Since the parade starts in Frontierland, that also means it finishes sooner. So you can hop on more rides and character meet-and-greets while the rest of the audience waits for it to finish up.

The parade happens twice nightly and kicks off in Frontierland, 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. If you don't mind the kids staying up late, go to the second parade. It's usually much less crowded.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Main Street before Parade

7. Spot your favorite villains during the Hocus Pocus show

The Sanderson Sisters take over the stage again in the "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular," also featuring Dr. Facilier, Ooogie Boogie and Maleficent. In the past, the villains would mix and mingle after their singing and dancing performance on the Castle Stage. Although these villains do not typically join the crowd for photo opportunities anymore, the performance is worth making time to see.

The lines for character meet-and-greets are typically a lot shorter just prior to and during parade performances, so plan to see some villains, such as Anastasia and Drizella or Cruella de Vil, during either the first or second Boo-to-You parade.

8. Get your boogie on

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019 - Sulley

It just wouldn't be a Disney Halloween party without a dance. As we mentioned before, there are THREE opportunities to show off your moves. Mike and Sulley play host to their own Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland. Join the Villain Kids at the new Disney DescenDANCE Party over in Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe for a groovin' good time. Or dance the night away with Disney Junior Pals at Storybook Circus.

9. Don't froget the fireworks show!

The centerpiece of the night in years past has been the villainous fireworks show, Happy HalloWishes. It was one of our very favorite displays ... however, the brand-new fireworks spectacular, Disney's Not-So-Spooky Spectacular, exceeded our expectations! It's important to know that there is only one fireworks show, which begins at 10:15 p.m.

We think it's best to see it in front of Cinderella Castle so you can see the frogtastic projections. However, if you really don't want to mess with the crowds in the Hub (or if you're attending multiple parties), it's cool to watch the fireworks in Fantasyland. You get more of a 360-degree show with fireworks booming all around you!

10. Don't spend too much time waiting for the ride overlays

While it's always neat to experience your favorite attraction with a twist, we didn't find any of the special Halloween party attraction experiences worth waiting too long for. The difference in the party-exclusive changes on Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain and Mad Tea Party are fairly minor, so don't get your hopes up on having a toadally different experience. (The rides close and undergo a short transition period before the party begins.) We wouldn't wait any longer than 20 to 30 minutes for any of these. If you can catch a short line (like our 15-minute wait for Pirates), you should check 'em out!

11. Knock out Hocus Pocus, the parade and fireworks all at once

If these three experiences fall at the top of your must-do list, we'd recommend finding a good viewing spot in front of Cinderella Castle and staying put through all three — starting with Hocus Pocus at 8:30 p.m. While the second parade has lower crowds, trying to get through the crowd that has already been in the hub from the first parade who stay for the fireworks is not easy. If you're just coming for the fireworks, Casey's Corner or Plaza Ice Cream Parlor would be great options for a quick escape, but you'd still need to arrive early.

Do you have questions about Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019? Share them in comments below! For more vacation planning tips, check out the When to Visit Orlando page inside our Orlando Planning Timeline!

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Hoppy Halloween!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Sep 18, 2019 at 1:55 a.m. Valerie Says...

Hello! We have 8:45pm reservations for Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party with Plaza Garden viewing for the fireworks show at 10:15. How would you suggest we plan for Hocus Pocus and the parade around this? I’d love for my 10 year-old to get a great view of Hocus Pocus and the parade.

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Sep 18, 2019 at 1:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Valerie!

You'll have standing location in the Plaza Garden at the party, but in our experience, it can be a little difficult to see the stage show, and from that location, it'd be difficult to see the Headless Horseman as well (fireworks are no problem from that vantage point though!). Since you'll be in the Plaza Garden following the fireworks, we'd then recommend that you walk closer in the Hub right afterwards to catch the 10:45 pm Hocus Pocus show and the 11:15 parade (that way you aren't missing out on any of the 8:45 dessert party!). Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 18, 2019 at 12:51 a.m. Stacey Says...

We purchased tickets for the dessert party at Tomorrowland Terrace. Will we also be able to view the villain show from that spot?

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Sep 18, 2019 at 1:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacey!

The Hocus Pocus show is on a stage near the castle, and while you'll technically be able to see, we'd recommend you catch the showing after the fireworks by walking closer to the hub for a better view.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 17, 2019 at 5:11 p.m. Jenny Says...

I don't have any questions because you already explained in full detail that we wanted/needed to know!! So for that we wanted to give you a gigantic THANK YOU!!!!

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Sep 17, 2019 at 12:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Yay! We are so glad to hear it - thanks for hopping by, Jenny!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 17, 2019 at 1:11 a.m. Andy cobb Says...

What is the treat in the palm in the hand picture

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Sep 17, 2019 at 7:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andy!

That's the Amuck, Amuck, Amuck Cupcake, which can be found at Main Street Bakery. (Fair warning that it's mostly black icing, which can turn your whole mouth black!)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 16, 2019 at 6:12 p.m. Terri Payne Says...

If I have a MNSSP ticket and an annual pass will I have to pay the parking fee?

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Sep 16, 2019 at 1:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Terri!

Mickey's Not-So-Scary does not come with parking, but your Annual Pass does! A parking attendant will scan your MagicBand or card when you pull up, and you'll be able to roll right in.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 16, 2019 at 1:29 a.m. Aline Says...

I have a combo ticket for the week at Disney. Do you know if I can change one of these tickets for the special event ticket? Thanks

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Sep 16, 2019 at 9:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aline!

Special event tickets are their own separate category, so they unfortunately cannot be swapped for a regular park day. You can certainly add it on, though!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 15, 2019 at 9:44 a.m. Kristin Says...

Are the grave diggers doing photos again this year? And where exactly is cruella?

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Sep 16, 2019 at 1:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristin!

They are - you can find the grave diggers in Liberty Square off and on throughout the evening. Cruella generally hangs around her Halloween Hide-A-Way event at Tony's Town Square, but you can also find her roaming Fantasyland throughout the evening.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 14, 2019 at 8:53 p.m. Kerstin Says...

Is the descendents dance party live or just a video? Thanks!

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Sep 16, 2019 at 9:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kerstin!

There are some live dancers to interact with the tadpoles and host the party itself, but the cameo from the Descendants cast is a video on a screen.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 13, 2019 at 7:25 p.m. Melanie Says...

I didn’t see Judy and Nick mentioned in your article do they make an appearance at any point?

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Sep 13, 2019 at 4:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melanie!

We saw them just before parade time down Main Street, U.S.A. leading a costume parade before "Boo to You" begins. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 12, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. Amy Says...

Can we wear costumes that light up ? I have a tutu with little fairy lights weaved in that light up - can be turned on and off.

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Sep 13, 2019 at 1:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

This should be toadally fine! As long as the lights aren't obstructive or hang to where you or others could trip or get caught on anything, you're good to go.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 12, 2019 at 5:37 a.m. Monica Says...

Thanks for your informative article!

My kiddos are 3 and almost 5. Do you think they’d get a lot out of the event or are they too young? I don’t want them to be overwhelmed, but it sounds like a lot of fun!

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Sep 13, 2019 at 10:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Monica!

We think they'd love it! The hardest part for tadpoles is just staying awake ... but all of the candy from trick-or-treating certainly helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 12, 2019 at 5:17 a.m. Alison Says...

Do you still have to pay the 25$ parking fee for the party?

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Sep 13, 2019 at 10:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alison!

The cost of parking is not included in your party ticket, though parking is free if you're staying at a Disney World Resort hotel!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 11, 2019 at 6:42 a.m. Mel Says...

I was able to get fastpasses that are from 3:15 to 4:15. We only have party tickets. So am I correct in saying we can get in at 4:00 and we will have just 15 minutes to use this pass? Is it even possible to get to the Haunted Mansion from the front of the park in that amount of time?

Also can we get our wristbands after the ride? Thank you!

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Sep 11, 2019 at 8:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mel!

That's correct - you'd be able to enter the park at 4 and would need to head back to Haunted Mansion before 4:15 to be able to utilize the FastPass. You can definitely give it a shot! We'd recommend getting to the turnstiles early, as the special party entry line can get long. There will be a cast member before you even finish scanning in to put your wristband on, so that will happen upon entry since you won't already be in Magic Kingdom once the party starts. Once you enter, we'd head straight back to Haunted Mansion, then come back to the front down the first treat trail to get your swag. Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 11, 2019 at 12:45 a.m. Carina Barrientos Says...

Are rides open during this time?

Thank you!

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Sep 11, 2019 at 8:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carina!

Yes, rides are open (though not all of them). You can find a full list in the post to be able to plan your evening (and the guide you receive upon entering will also have these listed).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 10, 2019 at 3:13 a.m. Lucy Says...

At Mickey not so scary when are they going to have Jack Skellington sippy cup. They said sometime in October; any idea when. Thank you.

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Sep 10, 2019 at 8:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lucy!

We aren't sure just yet, but as soon as we hear more, we'll update our post!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 9, 2019 at 11:03 p.m. Rhonda Says...

Hello this is me and my 6 yr old twins first time attending Disney world and we have mk tickets and mnsshp tickets too. I was wondering where is the best place to see the parade & the fireworks? If you were in my shoes how would you plan out that day at mk? Thanks for the help in advance.

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Sep 10, 2019 at 8:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rhonda!

If possible, we recommend getting a spot near the hub, close to the center of the castle, for the first showing of Hocus Pocus. If you just stay put, you'll then have a great view for both the parade (including the Headless Horseman) and the fireworks! We know tadpoles can get antsy, so this is also a great time to have some water and a treat to keep them occupied between shows. There's music for them to wiggle around to in between shows, as well :) Because this takes up a good chunk of time, we'd suggest trying to do some trick-or-treating beforehand, as well as hopping on some rides or doing character meet-and-greets. We'd cap off the night with more rides and trick-or-treating once the fireworks are done if the tadpoles haven't run out of steam! Have a fantastic time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 10, 2019 at 8:06 p.m. Rhonda Says...

Thank u!

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Sep 11, 2019 at 8:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Our pleasure, Rhonda - thanks for hopping by!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 9, 2019 at 1:50 p.m. Misty V Says...

Hello! We are heading to our first MNSSHP in October. I was wondering about what percent of people wear costumes? Is there mostly non costumes or mostly people in costume? Thanks!!

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Sep 9, 2019 at 10:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Misty!

We'd say about 75% of guests are wearing either a costume or a themed outfit of some kind (including Halloween shirts!).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 9, 2019 at 7:16 p.m. Misty Says...

Thank you!!!

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Sep 8, 2019 at 6:21 a.m. Connie Johnson Says...

I have 2 grandsons, almost 3 and 6,would this be something they could enjoy or are their age and height restrictions that may interfere?

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Sep 9, 2019 at 10:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Connie!

Regular height restrictions apply to the attractions that are open, though many Magic Kingdom rides are fit for tadpoles. We toadally think your grandsons would enjoy! Here is a complete list of Magic Kingdom height restrictions. There are no height or age restrictions for trick-or-treating, the parade or the fireworks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 7, 2019 at 8:16 p.m. DB Says...

Hi. Thanks for this helpful blog. Can you tell me what time the park closes during Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party? Thanks.

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Sep 9, 2019 at 10:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi DB!

Magic Kingdom closes at 6 p.m. on party nights to guests without party admission.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 7, 2019 at 7:27 p.m. Rachel A Says...

Do the MNSSHP exclusive characters give autographs?

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Sep 9, 2019 at 10:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel!

If they're able, they certainly do!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 6, 2019 at 10:01 p.m. Haley Says...

Thank you for all the tips and tricks! I appreciate you stating you can wear your costume into the park even if you arrive at 4pm! I've been looking all over the internet for this info!

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Sep 9, 2019 at 10:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Haley - thanks for hopping by! We are hoppy to help! :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 6, 2019 at 2:14 p.m. Heather Clift Says...

Is Big Thunder Mountain closed during the party time? It’s not listed on the attractions list. Wondering if we need to be sure to ride it before the party. If so, will it stop taking riders at 6:00 or 7:00?

Thanks!!!

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Sep 6, 2019 at 2:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather!

It was open when we attended this year (though it wasn't last year!), so we've adjusted the list :) Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 4, 2019 at 11:54 p.m. Alexis Says...

I see masks can't cover the face -- what about makeup? One of my fave small halloween things to do is make my face look like the night sky. I just wear normal clothes, but my whole face is blue/black with glitter over it. Would that be acceptable?

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Sep 5, 2019 at 8:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alexis!

Makeup is toadally fine as long as it's appropriate!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 4, 2019 at 3:25 a.m. Nancy Foster Says...

Hi! I have never been to a Disney park before, but ever since I heard of this event and the smaller crowds, I am interested in going taking advantage I'll be in town.

Does the costume forcibly have to be themed with a Disney character or can I wear an anime costume as long as it complies with the rules?

I am thinking of traveling to and back the park near Seaworld, I saw there is a Lynx bus that takes you to the park in around 30 minutes. Have you tried it? Do you know when bus service ends? Is Orlando safe enough to be traveling at 11 pm?

Thanks!

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Sep 4, 2019 at 3:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nancy!

As long as your costume fits within Disney's guidelines, it can be themed any way you'd like! We saw lots of Scoops Ahoy costumes from Stranger Things this year, for example. While the areas surrounding Disney are pretty safe, we'd avoid the bus that late at night and instead would opt for a Lyft or Uber.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 3, 2019 at 5:24 p.m. Nadine Says...

Hi,

thank you for this awesome blog! You rock! So my question is, We have a reservation AT 8:00 PM during MNSS for Be My Guest. This supposedly a restaurant that is a part of the MNSS event. Is it worth keeping our reservations? Also that time slot shouldn't interrupt any festivities, should it??

Thank you!

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Sep 3, 2019 at 1:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nadine!

Thanks for the kind words, and for taking the time to hop by! You won't be missing any specific scheduled festivities per se, except maybe one of the Hocus Pocus shows. However, keep in mind that Be Our Guest can be a longer dining experience. If you have another Magic Kingdom day and there's availability, it might be worth switching BoG to another day to free up more party time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 31, 2019 at 4:19 a.m. Margarett Grissom Says...

I was wondering if body paint was allowed for older guests, it says no masks so I wanted to make sure.

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Sep 3, 2019 at 10:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Margarett!

Face painting is allowed! Keep in mind that Disney has the final say on what's appropriate in terms of the overall theming, but face paint itself is permitted.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 30, 2019 at 1:54 p.m. Steven Says...

Hi,

Sorry to be a party pooper - I've got a family holiday booked for 2 weeks this October/November. Does this Halloween thing mean that Magic Kingdom will close to everyone with a normal pass every night? Will I not be able to watch the 'normal' parade/fireworks show at all? That's not the same for all the other parks as well is it?!?

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Aug 30, 2019 at 9:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steven!

You're not a party pooper at all! It's understandable to what to know what's going on and how it will impact your family's vacation. Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween party is only on select nights (generally Tuesdays and Fridays, but you can see the exact dates in the post above or on our Crowd Calendar), so we'd suggest making your park plan around those specific party nights. Since Magic Kingdom will close early on party nights and will not be showing the normal fireworks show (the parade is still available earlier on in the day), we'd suggest either starting your day with Magic Kingdom and hopping to another park on a party night, or not heading to Magic Kingdom at all on a party night. The other parks do not have similar events and will be open normal hours of operation (in fact, Extra Extra Magic Hours will be available each day at all parks except Epcot to give you a little extra time).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 28, 2019 at 5:10 p.m. Sarah Says...

Hello! Thank you for this wonderful guide! It has been so helpful! My girlfriend and I will be attending MNSSHP for the first time at the end of September. We plan to go to the park a little earlier in the day, but don't want to arrive too early to MK so we won't be tired out for the halloween party. Do you have any suggestions on a good time to go?? Thanks!

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Aug 28, 2019 at 2:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

This largely depends on what you'd like to do! Keep in mind that your party ticket only grants you admission to Magic Kingdom after 4 p.m. If you'd like to head in before then, you'll need separate park admission. If that's still of interest to you, we'd recommend heading in mid-morning (maybe even rope drop in some comfy clothes?) then heading back early afternoon for a nap, some lunch and to change into Halloween attire if you'd like before heading back at 4 - hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 27, 2019 at 10:58 p.m. Belle Says...

When is the MNSSHP merchandise available to purchase; will I be able to purchase at 4? or do I have to wait till 7?

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Aug 28, 2019 at 8:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Belle!

You'll find some at 4 when you head to get your first bag, but otherwise, most of the party merchandise isn't out and available until 7 :) You'll see the little kiosks get rolled out with shirts, pins, etc. General Halloween merchandise is available any time though!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 26, 2019 at 3:04 p.m. Margie Says...

Hello. I was at MNSSHP last year and can't recall if the party only items were one per customer. Thinking of heading down again this year but am just curious. Thanks!

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Aug 27, 2019 at 10:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Margie!

We can't recall, either! We didn't hear or see any disclaimers when we purchased, so we think you're safe purchasing more than one. The exception I believe is Passholders exclusive pins.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 25, 2019 at 1:53 p.m. Danielle Colegrove Says...

Do they usually change the fireworks show every year? We are planning a 2020 trip in September and I’m hoping they’ll do it again. We love Jack!

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Aug 27, 2019 at 2:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danielle!

These don't tend to change very often, but it's not out of the realm of possibility! Happy Hallowishes played from about 2005-2018, so we'd expect that Not So Spooky Spectacular will still be around next year, maybe with a few tweaks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 23, 2019 at 3:05 p.m. Daniela Says...

Hi! Love this blog ! I am sorry if this question has already been asked, but do I have to buy a regular disney pass and a MNSSHP ticket to enter the party? My family and I are only going to the party after 4.

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Aug 23, 2019 at 11:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daniela!

Your Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party ticket will get you admission to both the party and Magic Kingdom beginning at 4 p.m. If you'd like to head to Magic Kingdom earlier, you'd need separate park admission.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 23, 2019 at 2:43 p.m. Nicole Says...

Are any of the special snacks counted as DDP snacks?

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Aug 27, 2019 at 10:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole!

Quite a few snacks available have the DDP icon, including the party exclusives, such as the slushy, Jack and Sallie Push Pops, Headless Horseman Cheesecake, Waffle Sundae, and the Donald Duck brownie - just keep an eye out for the DDP icon as you pass the specialty offerings!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 22, 2019 at 8:16 p.m. Katie Says...

How far in advance do they generally start selling MNSSHP tickets? We are looking at going in 2020.

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Aug 23, 2019 at 1:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie!

These were on sale in mid-January 2019 :) We'll let you know as soon as we know exact dates!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 22, 2019 at 7:26 p.m. Chris Says...

I was able to book fast passes for rides at 4pm and 5pm on a day I only have tickets to the Not So Scary Halloween Party. Will I have any issues using them if I show up early to Magic Kingdom for the party at 4pm?

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Aug 22, 2019 at 3:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

Nope, that should be just fine! You'll be able to head through the turnstiles at 4 and FastPass reservations will be available until the party officially begins.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 4, 2019 at 4:04 p.m. Michele Says...

What if we have dining reservations at Be Our Guest for 2:25pm? Is there anyway that we can get into Magic Kingdom just to eat lunch if we only have a party ticket?

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Sep 4, 2019 at 11:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michele!

Your party ticket will unfortunately only grant you admission to Magic Kingdom beginning at 4 p.m.; for any reservations before then, you'd need separate Magic Kingdom admission to enter the park.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 4, 2019 at 4:19 p.m. Michele Says...

And there is no way that they will make an exception?

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Aug 26, 2019 at 3:47 a.m. Sallie Says...

So if I don’t have a regular park ticket that day, just a ticket to the party, will I be able to book fast passes from 4-7? Or is that only if I’m visiting MK that day with a regular ticket?

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Aug 26, 2019 at 8:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sallie!

Nope, FastPasses are available even if you just have a party ticket! The FastPass option will only be available from 4-6 (the time you enter to the time that the park closes to the general public).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 22, 2019 at 2:05 p.m. Rachel Mondello Says...

since you can enter the park at 4pm for the party can you also start riding rides at this time? or do you have to wait for the party to start?

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Aug 22, 2019 at 9:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel!

You sure can! Rides are open without interruption throughout the evening, so hop along to your heart's content!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 22, 2019 at 6:43 a.m. Nichole Says...

I am taking my 7 y/o son and husband to our first MNSSHP. I purchased the dessert party at the terrace but I did not know about the Cruella party until I came across your blog. I'd rather sit in reserved section for parade than be seated for fireworks. If it's not already sold out, should I change it? Is the food better in one than the other? Do you have a list of the foods at each? Thank you for your time and recommendations :)

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Aug 22, 2019 at 9:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nichole!

We'd actually recommend sticking with what you've got! There is only one (really awesome) fireworks show and seating is pretty scarce; the reserved seating for the parade happens for the second parade, where there's actually a lot more room to find a spot. Of course, YOU know your priorities best! The dessert party is themed desserts, while Cruella's actually has some more dinner-type fare such as flatbreads, spinach and artichoke dip and cheeses, along with desserts and drinks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 22, 2019 at 3:23 a.m. BC Says...

Can anyone confirm if there will be a meet and greet with Moana this year?

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Aug 22, 2019 at 8:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi BC!

There is! She's at the Tiki Room.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 21, 2019 at 7:27 p.m. Stan TheMan Says...

Where is the special parade viewing area located for those going to Cruella’s Halloween Hide-Away at Tony’s?

Happy Summer Halloween

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Aug 22, 2019 at 8:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stan the Man!

The viewing area is in the circle where the flag pole is across from Tony’s for the second showing of the parade.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 21, 2019 at 2:01 a.m. Jen Says...

Do the special photo spots begin at 7pm also? If yes what is your best suggestion if we are entering the park early 4-5pm and still want to take advantage of the ones at the entrance and at the beginning of Main st USA? We have tickets for Cruella’s hideaway, would it make sense to just do them then? I am trying to avoid running back and forth from one end of the park to the other. Thoughts?

Ps I really appreciate all the information your site provides- it’s my go to for information!

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Aug 21, 2019 at 12:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen!

Yes, the special PhotoPass options and Magic Shots are only available once the party officially starts. We'd suggest entering and hopping to some early rides, then getting your PhotoPasses towards the front of the park closer to your reservation time. The very first photo spot down Main Street with the Mickey pumpkin isn't specific to the party itself, so you can nab that one when you first enter since lines will be shorter before grabbing your trick-or-treat bag!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 20, 2019 at 2:45 p.m. Lilly Says...

Hi there! Is there a candy theme this year? Last year it was M&Ms of all flavors and it was awesome!

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Aug 22, 2019 at 11:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lilly!

Not that we've seen, but we'll keep our eyes and ears open!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 20, 2019 at 2:10 p.m. CB Says...

I'm bringing my 6 yr old son to WDW in October. First time for both of us. Do I need a general admission ticket AND a ticket for the Halloween festivities? Or just the Halloween ticket? Does the Halloween ticket get us access to rides? If rides are included is it best to do rides early and then the parade/fireworks show?

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Aug 20, 2019 at 9:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi CB!

So excited for you and your tadpole - lots of fun in store! If you'd like to attend the Halloween party, then you'd need a separate ticket for the event. Otherwise, you can catch the decorations and a lot of the merchandise and food during regular operating hours. Rides are included in the party, though it's a little more limited in what's running during the party (there's a full list in this post for easy reference!). Have a wonderful time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 20, 2019 at 2:43 a.m. tkh1036 Says...

We will be attending MNSSHP next week; if we arrive at 4p, will the trick or treating stations be open? Or do they open at 7p when the party officially starts?

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Aug 20, 2019 at 7:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

You'll head to one treat station when you enter the party to get your bag and your first "treat," but the remainder of the stations won't open until 7 p.m. as the party starts.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 19, 2019 at 11:05 p.m. Marco Says...

Do the ride enhancements start only when the party begins or are they an all day thing. Trying to decide what to FastPass before the party starts

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Aug 20, 2019 at 7:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marco!

The ride overlays are only for party time, though there is a little bit of a "down time" for Pirates to get up and running once the party officially starts (15-20 minutes - nothing terrible!).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 19, 2019 at 5 p.m. Jessica S Says...

Is my party ticket linked to my magic band if I’m staying on property and what are the run times for boo to you, hocus Pocus, and the fireworks?

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Aug 20, 2019 at 7:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica!

If you purchased online using your My Disney Experience account, then your party ticket should be linked to your account and you can use your active MagicBand to enter the party. (You should be able to see the ticket in your account under "My Tickets.") Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade takes place at 9:15 p.m. and 11:15 p.m.; Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular at 10:15 p.m.; and Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular at 8:30 p.m., 10:45 p.m. and 12 a.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 19, 2019 at 10:39 a.m. Lisa Says...

Will most characters sign autographs or do they only pose for pictures? (I realize some don't normally)

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Aug 20, 2019 at 9:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa!

Characters can sign autographs, too, so bring your autograph book if you have one! (Though as you noted, there are some that aren't able to no matter the time :) )

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 18, 2019 at 10:28 p.m. Marion Says...

Our vacation is booked October 26th through November 2. We plan to attend the Halloween party one night but do we have to leave at 6pm all other nights? We have 6 day park hopper tickets.

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Aug 19, 2019 at 8:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marion!

The party doesn't hoppen every night, so on nights when the party isn't going on, you'd be able to stay until the later closing time (usually 9 or 10 p.m.). On nights when the party is occurring (which looks to be 10/27, 10/29, 10/31 and 11/1), if you don't have a party ticket, you'd need to leave Magic Kingdom at 6 as you mentioned. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 18, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. tommy dulaney Says...

hi moana, disney heroes, disney all villains, disney all princesses, disney/pixar characters and all characters,

how are you today? the greatest my name is tommy-man/adult good boyfriend tommy dulaney of bronson florida. take a my pictures disney all characters. thanks i appreciated, i'll be there, see you later shows, good luck, have fun.

your friends,

tommy, john, teresia and jack dulaney of bronson florida

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Aug 18, 2019 at 11:47 a.m. Sabine Says...

Best wishes from Germany! Does the D.A.S. for handicapped peoples work ? My husband is not able to stay longer in lines. Thank you!

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Aug 20, 2019 at 8:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sabine!

Yes, the DAS will work during Mickey's Not-So-Scary, but sometimes in a slightly modified format. Cast members at each attraction will be able to help you!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 18, 2019 at 2:19 a.m. Kimberly Says...

Can anyone confirm if there is a meet and greet during the party this year with Lotso? My son and I are excited to possibly be able to meet him!!

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Aug 21, 2019 at 10:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kimberly!

Confirmed - enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 21, 2019 at 5:36 p.m. Kimberly Says...

YAY!!!! We are so excited! Thanks so much!!

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