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Your Complete Guide to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2023 — Tickets On Sale Now!

by Mommy Frog on May 2, 2023 4426 Orlando

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Boo to you! Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will return on select nights from Aug. 11 to Nov. 1, 2023. This special, separately ticketed event at Magic Kingdom Park offers unique characters, attraction overlays, treat stops, photo opportunities and specialty food and drink. Enjoy exclusive entertainment such as Mickey’s Boo-To-You parade, Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show and Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks. Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a highlight for our fam every fall — read on for all of the information you need to know before you go!

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Waiting for the parade on Main Street USA

What Is Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?

Maybe we're a tad bit biased, but we think Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom is not to be missed.

This special event occurs after regular park hours and requires a separate party ticket to enjoy all its exclusive offerings. Enjoy five hours of party time to meet rare characters, trick or treat and catch spell-bounding entertainment. Since we've been hopping to this event for many years, we have plenty of advice to help you get the most out of this special event. 

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Tickets and Dates

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Dates

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is held on select nights at Magic Kingdom from Aug. 11 to Nov. 1, 2023. The parties go from 7 p.m. to midnight, though party guests can enter the park as early as 4 p.m. The park closes at 6 p.m. for daytime guests without an event ticket (which means no showing of Happily Ever After fireworks on those evenings).

  • August — 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
  • September — 1, 4, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29
  • October — 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31
  • November — 1

Savings Alert


Discount Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets are on sale now!

Get Your Tickets

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets range in price by date — and you can save some green by purchasing through Undercover Tourist! Tickets are now available to all guests as of May 2. Select Disney World Resort hotel guests were given a special early booking opportunity for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets beginning April 27.

Even if you aren't attending Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, for planning purposes, it's a good idea to check out when the party IS happening since Magic Kingdom will be closing early. If you won't be attending, you'll want to hop away from Magic Kingdom if you have park hopper tickets, or plan to visit a different park that day if you have base tickets.

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

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Event Guide

The biggest question we get for this event, as well as for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, is which are the best days to attend. Many parties sell out quickly 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. Tuesdays and Thursdays, especially those in August and early September, are typically less popular. 2022 was a little unique because we saw more and more early dates sell out, likely due to the extra excitement from the party returning after three years. We always recommend booking as soon as possible so your date doesn't sell out! Check out our Halloween trip planning guide for more tips.

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. Disney's variable pricing is a strong indication of the expected most popular dates.

What Time Is Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — And How Do I Get In?

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Entrance Sign

Party guests are allowed to enter the park starting at 4 p.m., which we recommend taking advantage of. If arriving between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., all you need is your party ticket — a separate day ticket or park reservation is not required. 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 regular day guests who are not staying for the party.

Once you arrive at the entrance, cast members direct you toward specific touchpoints for entry (often on the right-hand side, but be sure to double-check with signage or cast members). Party wristbands are then given to party guests after going through the touchpoints. 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 Tortuga Tavern in Adventureland and across from Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor in Tomorrowland. Beginning at 6 p.m., cast members are stationed at critical points throughout the park to direct the wristband-less toward the exit.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Cast Member with Sign

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Park Plan

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 and be provided your bag for your first treat station. The bags last year were the same size as previous ones but were 50th-themed and reusable! Could there be a special 100th anniversary-themed bag in 2023? We can't wait to find out! Select Halloween merchandise can be purchased here, as well. What a grand entrance to the party!

New for 2022 — and hopfully continuing for 2023 — enjoy special 3D photo backdrops throughout the park for a perfect photo-op! Last year, we saw one near Tomorrowland Terrace and another by the Magic Carpets of Aladdin.

Want to know the best way to organize your night? Hop over to our Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Park Plan!

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Map

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — 2022 map

Interested in how exactly things work at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? Guests can pick up a specialty map highlighting some of the activities and entertainment, trick-or-treat locations, allergy-friendly options and more in store at the party.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Special Entertainment

There's lots of exclusive entertainment to enjoy at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular (Confirmed for 2023)

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Mickey's Not-So-Spooky Spectacular

A special fireworks show with projection effects, lasers, lights and fireworks first debuted in 2019. 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 showcases 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." In 2022, the fireworks began at 10:15 p.m.

Fireworks dessert parties returned in 2022 with treats such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, cheesecake mousse, cupcakes, seasonal fruits, cheeses and special drinks. Enjoy your sweets and reserved seating at the Tomorrowland Terrace or a reserved standing view at the Plaza Garden. (Check out our overview of the regular Magic Kingdom fireworks dessert parties to know what to expect). 2023 booking dates have not been announced yet.

Note that on party nights, Disney's Not-So-Spooky Spectacular is the only fireworks show at Magic Kingdom, so there will be no showing of Happily Ever After.

Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade (Confirmed for 2023)

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Boo to You Parade Entrance

Catch your favorite Disney characters in Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade! About 15 minutes before it begins, the Headless Horseman trots over Liberty Square, continues in front of Cinderella Castle (but does not go all the way around the hub) and down Main Street. Note that he will not ride if affected by rain. (Psst ... did you know you can visit the Headless Horseman's horse, Rocky, among other working horses at Disney World, over at Tri-Circle-D Ranch at Fort Wilderness?!)

New for 2022, those waiting for the parade on portions of Main Street, U.S.A. could reminisce on classic '90s nostalgia with a dance crew led by Max Goof — cosplaying as Powerline from the popular "A Goofy Movie"! We hope he makes his frogtacular return this year.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Powerline Max

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 was new to the parade in 2019 and glides down the street alongside dancing ghoulish couples. You'll also see Pixar characters, Hitchhiking ghosts, Disney villains and more!

The parades kick off at 9:15 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. Note that the parade may be canceled due to inclement weather.

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular (Confirmed for 2023)

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Hocus Pocus Spelltacular

The infamous Sanderson Sisters from "Hocus Pocus" are a must-see at the 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. The show is still a wicked-good time, especially for fans of the film! Shows can be delayed or canceled due to weather.

  • August and September Showtimes (2022): 8:35 p.m., 10:45 p.m. and 12 a.m.
  • October Showtimes (2022): 7:40 p.m., 8:35 p.m., 10:45 p.m. and 12 a.m. 

Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet (Confirmed for 2023)

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Cadaver Dans

This Dapper Dans-style ghostly group pops up throughout the night for performances in front of The Frontier Trading Post in Frontierland. They'll crack jokes with their deadpan humor and sing songs, including "Happy Trails To You" and "Boo to You."

In 2022, you could catch the Cadaver Dans at 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:50 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Disney Junior Jam (Confirmed for 2023)

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party — Vampirina at the Disney Junior Jam

Calling all tadpoles! Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland hosts the Disney Junior Jam, featuring some of Lily's Disney Channel faves, from 7 p.m. to midnight. You might see characters such as Vampirina, Fancy Nancy, Doc McStuffins and even Timon. Lily also LOVES this dance party!

Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball

Over in Tomorrowland at the Rockettower Plaza Stage, guests can join Mike Wazowski, Sulley, and their other monster friends for the Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball! Show off your best monstrous dance moves from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Characters and Rides

Character Greetings

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Kids meeting Jack and Sally

One of the biggest highlights of the night is meeting characters, especially those who don't greet guests at other times of the year. The most popular characters are Jack Skellington and Sally, who draw big lines. Other popular characters include Elvis Stitch, Pooh and friends in their Halloween costumes and more! There are more than twenty characters meeting throughout the park at select times and locations. Here's everyone who met during the 2022 parties:

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – Character Location infographic

Check out our 2022 not-so-scary character guide for all character locations, photos and tips for meeting. Character appearances and locations have not been announced for 2023 parties, but use our guide to help give you an idea. Many of the same characters return each year.

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

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, we saw Seven Dwarfs Mine Train go up to 40 minutes but come down later at night! Most attractions end up being 5 or 10 minute waits most of the night, so you can hop on lots of rides if that's your priority.

New for 2023, TRON Lightcycle Run will be available during the party via a virtual queue! We'll let you know more as additional details are released.

Disney Genie+ is not available during the party. If you have a valid park reservation and admission to a park earlier in the day, you could utilize Genie between 4 and 6 p.m. If only attending with a party ticket, you may not be able to purchase Genie+ due to not having a park reservation. Because wait times are typically so low during the party, we don’t think it’s necessary to purchase just for that short window.

Note that wait times between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. will not appear in the My Disney Experience app, but all attractions should remain open to party guests during that time (The app sees the park as closing at 6 p.m. and then reopening at 7 p.m., but don't worry, the park is very much open during this time for you to enjoy before the real party begins at 7 p.m.).

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. Mickey's PhilharMagic, Carousel of Progress and the Enchanted Tiki Room are closed during the party. Here's which attractions are available for 2023:


  • Jungle Cruise
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Swiss Family Treehouse


  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Liberty Square:

  • 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


  • Astro Orbiter
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor*
  • Space Mountain*
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  • TRON Lightcycle / Run (Virtual queue only)

*Some attractions may receive spooktacular, party-exclusive overlays and enhancements, including Mad Tea Party, Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain and 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. These are not yet confirmed for 2023.

Costume Information

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Kids dressed as "Encanto" characters

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is one of the few times that adults can dress up in costumes! Be sure to double-check the costume guidelines for these special events.

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:

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Guests Dressed Up as Powerline

  • 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 lightsabers, toy swords and tutus are OK. Headwear must not cover the face.
  • Costume masks are not allowed.

For guests ages 13 and under:

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


Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Treat stop

One of the big "treats" of the Disney Halloween party is trick-or-treating around the park. And best yet, it's for all ages! 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.

All party guests receive a reusable trick-or-treat bag with a fun Halloween design, so no worries about bringing your own bag (though we know some frogs like to bring their own to secure lots of candy). All of the candy is individually wrapped and there is usually a mix of chocolate, peanuts and non-chocolate treats.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Allergy-Friendly Station

Concerned about allergies? Disney has special allergy-friendly stations so everyone can trick-or-treat. Guests can pick up an allergy-friendly treat bag at the Chamber of Commerce near the entrance or in Liberty Square. Collect blue coins at regular treat stops and return to the two locations to redeem your goodies! Selections can vary, but we saw treats including Smarties, gummy bears, rice-milk chocolate bars and more. They provide lists of the full ingredients so there's something for every allergy!

All of the trick-or-treat stops are marked with a large glowing inflatable. Here were the stops for 2022:

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Treat Locations

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Candy Distribution

Here are the treat locations from 2022. We'll update once we attend this year, but expect similar locations.

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Market Street (available until 8 p.m.)
  • Chamber of Commerce (allergy-friendly station)


  • Tortuga Tavern
  • Aloha Isle


  • Splash Mountain
  • Sawyer Island dock (near Big Thunder Mountain)
  • Country Bear Jamboree

Liberty Square

  • Columbia Harbor House
  • Liberty Square Ticket Office (allergy-friendly station)


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


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

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Food and Merchandise

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Candy Cane Soft Serve

If the free candy doesn't quite satisfy your sweet tooth, you can enjoy spooktacular offerings created especially for the season. We tried the Pain and Panic hot dog and Winifred's Elixir of Youth from Casey's Corner (since they were available before the party started, we could still mobile order!) in 2022. The hot dog had a bit of a kick to it with the spicy mustard on it, but very enjoyable, though probably not tadpole-approved. The Elixir of Youth was very refreshing with an interesting texture — it truly looked like something out of a witch's cauldron! (Be warned, it will turn you green ... well, more so than normal for us frogs). We also tried the yummy Candy Corn soft-serve from Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies, as well as the Sweet Almond Corn Cake from Pecos Bill's. Our brains still can't believe it's cake, and a delicious one at that! There are also specialty popcorn buckets, sippers and a candy glow cube. Check out our spellbinding guide to Halloween treats for more details!

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Corn Cake from Peco's Bill

Some items are also available during regular park hours, while some are only offered during the party. It's important to note that some of these unique, event-exclusive treats for purchase can have long lines and can sell out later in the night, particularly if crowd levels are high. So, if you've got your eye (and stomach) set on a specific treat, we'd recommend hopping to it — the earlier, the better!

For an extra special celebration, you can book Disney's Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party for special Halloween-themed treats and reserved viewing of the fireworks from Tomorrowland Terrace.

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. Also, some restaurants may not be open once the party starts (another reason why we recommend using the 4 p.m. pre-party arrival window). We generally take this time to enjoy a quick-service meal at Casey's or the Friar's Nook so that we can get to hoppin'. Mobile ordering also stops at 6 p.m. once the park officially closes.

For those interested in booking a table-service restaurant, Be Our Guest Restaurant and Cinderella's Royal Table were open during party time in 2022. Advanced reservations can be made online. You must have a party ticket in order to dine during the event.

Not attending the party? Certain table-service restaurants such as the Jungle Skipper Canteen, Liberty Tree Tavern, The Crystal Palace and Tony's Town Square Restaurant are open until 6:55 p.m. on party nights and may have reservations available until then. Regular guests may book these late reservations, even if after park close. Once you are done with dinner, you will not be allowed to remain in the park and cast members may escort you to the exit.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Merchandise

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Merchandise

If shopping is your top priority, visit the Emporium for apparel, ornaments and more exclusive to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. 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 those exclusive items. 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.

New for 2022, all guests received a free commemorative print as they exited the park!

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Tips

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 Halloween Party - Family in Costume

While 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 adults 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 have seen so many creative costumes over the years — we saw lots of the Familia Madrigal this year!

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 (or 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. Get to the Parks Early

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 in Tomorrowland and Adventureland. 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.

4. 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.)

Popular characters such as Jack and Sally may meet 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!

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — Stitch dressed as Elvis

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. However, some characters 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. You can check the My Disney Experience app for exact timeframes for character appearances.

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.

5. Stake Out Your Parade Location

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Minnie in the Parade

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 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. Powerline Max could only be found on Main Street.

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.

6. Don't Miss the Show and Fireworks 

The Sanderson Sisters take over the castle stage in the "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular," featuring other villains including Dr. Facilier, Ooogie Boogie and Maleficent. This is one of our favorite shows in all of Walt Disney World — you won't want to miss it! You'll find it less crowded at the later showings, especially the midnight show if you can hold out the extra time.

With only one showtime at 10:15 p.m., you'll want to prepare for Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular. 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!

7. 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. 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.

8. Get Your Boogie On

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — ZOM-BEATZ BASH

It just wouldn't be a Disney Halloween party without a dance. Mike and Sulley play host to their own Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland. Do it like the zombies do at the ZOM-BEATZ Bash in Cosmic Ray's or dance the night away with Disney Junior Pals at Storybook Circus.

9. 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 walk-on for Pirates), you should check 'em out!

10. Save Trick or Treating for the Last Hour

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Cast Member Giving Out Candy

Upon entry into the park, guests 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. During the last hour of the party, trick-or-treat lines are basically non-existent, so you can quickly hop around!

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

Related: Schedule of Disney World Special Events

Hoppy Halloween!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Sep 1, 2022 at 4:22 p.m. Katie M. Says...

Halloween is my favorite time of year at WDW!

Sep 1, 2022 at 1:17 p.m. Alanna Says...

Do you know if tickets will be sold at the gate? I need one more for the 27th! :(

Sep 1, 2022 at 8:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alanna!

You can buy tickets at the gate if the party is not sold out — however, it appears that the 27th is a sold-out night.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 26, 2022 at 4:14 a.m. Elizabeth Says...

Thank you for all the tips! It’s greatly appreciated!!!

Aug 26, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

You're toadally welcome, Elizabeth! We're so glad you hopped by and hope you have a frogtastic time at the party!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 20, 2022 at 9:06 p.m. Phillip Says...

Is this event for adults? I mean we are big, really big Disney fans, but worried that we would just be misplaced between families if we lineup for characters or go trick or treating?

Aug 22, 2022 at 8:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Phillip!

Yes, it can toadally be a fun event for an adults-only group! While the event is family friendly overall, anyone can wear costumes, meet characters and trick or treat! We always see lots of adults in line for characters and treat trails all dressed up.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 19, 2022 at 10:21 p.m. Ashley Says...

My kids would love this but it’s sold out for the week we are there. Is it possible to get tickets last minute/the day? :(

Aug 22, 2022 at 12:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley!

It's great that MNSSHP is back this year, but due to high demand, it's been selling out faster than ever before! It probably wouldn't hurt to visit Guest Services or ticket services at the front gate and ask if there are any last-minute tickets available (if you think it's worth the effort and want to give it your best shot), but it's more than likely not possible as these early nights have been hard sell-outs, unfrogtunately.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 18, 2022 at 2:37 a.m. Katie Says...

I saw on TikTok someone mentioned the stores close early during one of the shows perhaps? Do the shops not stay open for the whole night?

Aug 22, 2022 at 8:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie!

The Emporium stays open all night up until midnight!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 15, 2022 at 12:29 p.m. Julianna Says...

Does Tinkerbell fly over the castle during the Halloween party fireworks? That's one of my mom's must-sees.

Aug 17, 2022 at 12:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julianna!

Tinker Bell does not fly during Disney's Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks show, but she does take flight during Disney Enchantment!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 14, 2022 at 6:16 p.m. Ann Says...

I didn't see a list of attractions that are NOT open during the Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween.

Aug 16, 2022 at 2:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ann!

Very few attractions are closed, but the following are not available during Not-So-Scary: Carousel of Progress, Mickey's PhilharMagic, Enchanted Tiki Room, Hall of Presidents, Country Bear Jamboree, Liberty Square Riverboat and Tom Sawyer Island.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 13, 2022 at 10:24 p.m. Melodie Says...

I remember for the July 4th fireworks a coupole of years ago they said they roped off area on the grass area was for VIP guest and I know other events they have had special dining areas where you could get a good view of the show. Does Mickey's Not So Scary have any of these?

Aug 15, 2022 at 12:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melodie!

Yes, there are fireworks dessert parties with reserved viewing areas available during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 13, 2022 at 11:29 a.m. Jamie Says...

Hello! In the past, military has been able to purchase sold out party tickets at the gate. Do you know if they allowed for 8/12 party? Thanks for your help!

Aug 22, 2022 at 8:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie!

In the past, a military discount has been offered for the party, which is how you'd be able to purchase a ticket to a sold-out party, but the discount is not being offered this year. More than likely, there wouldn't be any ticket availability at the gate if it's a sold-out night.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 12, 2022 at 12:46 a.m. Angela Says...

Hi there,

Do you think there is much difference between Monday, October 10, and Tuesday, October 11. Trying to decide which night.


Aug 12, 2022 at 3:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angela!

Since Monday is a holiday, we'd go with Tuesday. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 11, 2022 at 4:55 p.m. Amber Says...

Do you recommend Genie+ for the hours prior to the party, i.e., 4pm-7pm? Is it an option?

Aug 12, 2022 at 3:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amber!

Party guests should have the option to purchase Genie+ prior to the party starting! Genie+ won't be available during the party. But because wait times are typically so low during the party, we don't think it's necessary to purchase unless you want to hit some of the big ticket rides several times during your visit. (On opening night at 5 p.m., the highest wait time was 50 minutes for Peter Pan's Flight, followed by Splash Mountain at 45 minutes). Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 11, 2022 at 1:40 a.m. Julie Says...

Can we as adults wear costumes all day if we plan to go early as a park day and then attend the ticketed party that evening?

Aug 16, 2022 at 1:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie!

If you decide to wear your costumes before 4 p.m., then we'd suggest having a backup change of clothes in case they ask you to change.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 3, 2022 at 1:48 a.m. Serena Says...

First time for one of the after hours parties and we are super excited! I remember it saying there are some treats included in the party ticket, is there free snacks (I feel like I saw this before but can’t remember where)

Aug 3, 2022 at 8:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Serena!

Yay, we're frogcited for you! During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, there will be free Halloween candy and specialty treats for purchase. The party is not an official After Hours event, like last year's Boo Bash (but that's why you may have seen free snacks somewhere — the After Hours events offer complimentary ice cream, popcorn and soft drinks).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 1, 2022 at 4:22 p.m. JamieS Says...

Any thoughts between Tues. Sept. 13 and Friday, Sept. 16? Will Friday be a lot more busy. I kind of want to use Wednesday as a park day since it hopefully will be less busy, but worry about doing that after keeping the kids out until Midnight on Tuesday, but if Friday is ok, then I will do full park days on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the Halloween Party on Friday.

Aug 2, 2022 at 9:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie!

Since Friday is a weekend night, it may be slightly busier, but the difference should be fairly small between those two dates since they're both still early in the season. We'd go with whichever provides more flexibility with your schedule (we suggest a non-park day after the party night!).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 2, 2022 at 3:17 p.m. Jamie S Says...

Thank you so much.

Aug 2, 2022 at 10:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

You're welcome, Jamie! Have fun :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 29, 2022 at 11:52 p.m. Steven Says...

You mentioned that the special entrance with the photo ops is open for party guest just before 7PM. If we go at 4PM, will we get the same experience or will we have to go back to the entrance closer to 7PM.

Aug 1, 2022 at 1:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steven!

We don't know if anything will change this year now that it's back. But in the past, lines for character greeting opportunities would open early for party guests before the official 7 p.m. start time. Any guest who entered at 4 p.m. and has a party wristband could get in line (if a line forms) and it just depends on the character's location. For example, back in 2019, Moana was in the Enchanted Tiki Room, the Seven Dwarfs were in Pete's Silly Sideshow and Jack Skellington and Sally were in Town Square Theater. This year, once we attend the first night, we will be sure to update character greeting locations in our guide!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 29, 2022 at 2:22 p.m. Dianna Says...

How are the crowds for the event? My daughter who is 16 and I were thinking of going on Sep 2, and were more interested in being able to do alot of rides with less crowds

Jul 29, 2022 at 10:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dianna!

Crowds are limited for the event, particularly for ones that are earlier in the season. The Sept. 2 party may bring in a little more crowds (compared to other late August or September parties) since it's the Labor Day weekend, but it still should be toadally manageable. Though it's been a while since the event hoppened, during the last time we went, the maximum wait time for rides was about 35 minutes while a lot of others were walk-ons. We'll report back once we attend the first night, so hop back!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 11, 2022 at 7:03 p.m. Heather Says...

Can you use genie, genie plus and ILL during the MNSSHP?

Jul 11, 2022 at 3:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather!

No, the Lightning Lanes are not open during special events and/or anytime outside of normal park hours (i.e. Early Entry).

Keep hopping!


Jul 7, 2022 at 3:51 a.m. Jim Says...

Will there be separate parade dining packages or desert packages like they’ve done in the past?

Jul 7, 2022 at 8:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jim!

There hasn't been any announcements about food or dining packages during Mickey's Not-So-Scary just yet, but we'll update our guide once we hear any details!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 18, 2022 at 4:08 a.m. Eduardo Says...

Tickets are available NOW! as of 10pm MST

May 2, 2022 at 6:26 p.m. Miranda Says...

Does anyone know when on May 18th the tickets will be released for sale? Just wondering if I need to stay up late on Tues. May 17th! LOL!

May 17, 2022 at 7:54 a.m. Claudia Says...

Hi Miranda. I purchased last week and I thought they would open sales early morning on 5/12 but I checked at 11:15 PM CST (12:15 AM EST) on a whim and ticket sales were already open so I went ahead and purchased at that time.

May 17, 2022 at 9:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thanks for sharing, Claudia! Disney has not shared when party tickets will go on sale, so we don't know for sure if it'll be similar to Claudia's experience, but it's hard to say exactly when. We'd just suggest that you keep checking!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 29, 2022 at 4:08 p.m. Philippe Says...


do you think every date will be sold out fast like the first day disney release the ticket or more close to the event?

Apr 29, 2022 at 11:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Philippe!

Typically, Halloween is the first to sell out, followed by dates closer to Halloween - generally there is some availability throughout the season for select dates in August and September! Last year, there was even sometimes same-day Boo Bash availability :) Hope this helps! If you have a particular date in mind, we'd suggest buying as soon as you're able to secure it.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 29, 2022 at 6:21 p.m. Philippe Says...

ok thank for your respond, so if we plan to book mnsshp august 12 or 16, the day the ticket is release may 18 we should be good?

Apr 29, 2022 at 3:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Yes, we think so, Philippe - have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 29, 2022 at 2:16 p.m. Danelle Says...

Ok, this kind of throws a wrench in my plans and I need advice.

My family has a trip planned for a week in October. Kids are young, this is their first trip and possibly last (at least for a few years). We are doing 5 park days, base tickets. I originally planned to start our trip at MK on Sunday, visit the other parks during the week with a rest day between, and end the trip with another MK day on Friday (leaving Sat). Now, the Halloween party falls on both those days.

I think I could move the first MK day to Monday which is a non-event day, but I'm tripped up about Friday. Since the kids are little, getting kicked out of the park at the very end of our trip at 6pm may not be such a bad thing (I imagine they'll be pretty "over it" all by then). If we're able to at least get one night of MK fireworks that's good enough I think. Here's my concern: If we go to MK on Friday, can I expect the crowd level to be elevated due to the party? Or will most of the inflated crowds show up later at 4? I don't know what to do. Help!

Apr 29, 2022 at 9:48 a.m. Eileen Abbate Says...

If I have a regular admission ticket for a party day is there a way to convert it or do I just need to purchase another full price admission?

Apr 29, 2022 at 8:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eileen!

If you'd like to attend the party, there is a separate party ticket required for admission. Those go on sale May 18!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 28, 2022 at 4:49 p.m. Abby Says...

I’ve seen conflicting answers about the Enchantment show and fireworks for regular park guests on special ticketed nights for MNSSHP. If we have to leave at 6 would fireworks show early or are they skipped over?

Normally I spend some time time in the shops after the park has closed since they are open for an additional hour. If I can no longer be in the park after 6 riding rides does that include shopping too?

Additionally what happens if we have regular admission tickets and a dinner reservation in the park after 6pm?

I’m excited the event is back for everyone who has been missing it. I just have never been to MK on a day when a special ticketed event is occurring so I want to make sure I understand all the parameters with my regular admission so I can plan accordingly.

Apr 28, 2022 at 3:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Abby!

Kudos for asking great questions and planning ahead! Typically, there aren't fireworks before the party since it's still light out. In previous years, though, sticking around to shop for a bit during that buffer hour was toadally fine! In years past, dining reservations were available up until about 6 p..m. for regular guests. We'll be sure to update this post as soon as we have more details for 2022! Hope all of this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 29, 2022 at 4:27 p.m. Miranda Says...

Just something to consider...we were at MK this past winter on a night the Christmas Party was going on. We planned to shop a little after the early close time as we had in the past (we didn't get tickets for the event). We were super disappointed to find that they had all but 1 or 2 doors into the Emporium and other shops along Main Street posted with Cast Members and as "Exit Only". At the entrance door(s) they were also posted and checking wristbands. They were much more strict about ushering out non-event ticket holders.

Apr 29, 2022 at 11:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

That is great insight, Miranda - thank you for sharing with us! Abby, hopefully you see Miranda's thoughts, too - this year may be more of a mystery until we are able to attend!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 28, 2022 at 2:53 p.m. Diana Says...

What if i have a regular ticket for day when the party is happening? Do I have to leave the park early?

Apr 28, 2022 at 10:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Diana!

Magic Kingdom Park will close early to guests who don't have party tickets - but the other parks will maintain their normal operating hours! If you're planning on visiting the parks on a day when a party is happening, we suggest either starting at Magic Kingdom and hopping in the afternoon, or visiting a different park that day to make the very most of your time. You can find all of the MNSSHP dates on our Crowd Calendar.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 11, 2021 at 6:39 p.m. Stacey Says...

So if i have an ultimate ticket or the new magic tickets for 14 days.

Will i have to purchase additional tickets to stay on the park past 6pm for this mnssh party?

Oct 11, 2021 at 1:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacey!

Yes, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a separately ticketed event.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 28, 2020 at 6:03 p.m. Angela Says...

Any word on when the Halloween party tickets will be refunded?

Jun 29, 2020 at 8:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angela!

Please allow 30 days for us to process Mickey's Not-So-Scary refunds.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 28, 2020 at 3:45 p.m. Cindy Brown Says...

Will the Halloween tickets automatically be refunded?

Jun 29, 2020 at 8:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cindy!

Yes, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets will be automatically refunded. Please allow 30 days for us to process those refunds.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 27, 2020 at 8:57 p.m. Nour Says...

I know the party is cancelled for 2020 but for 2021 do you think we need 2 days to do most days in the halloween party? We'll be coming from Egypt and for a once in a lifetime trip.

Jun 29, 2020 at 8:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nour!

If you're wanting to do everything there is to do at Mickey's Not-So-Scary (meet all of the characters, etc.) then we'd spring for two days :) If you are OK with skipping some of the meet and greets, one night would give you an opportunity to see a few treat trails, meet a few characters, ride some attractions and enjoy the fireworks, parade and show.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 3, 2020 at 1:42 p.m. Amy Says...

Can I get a refund if the party is cancelled? Can I get a refund if I have linked the tickets to MDE?

Jun 3, 2020 at 2:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

Yes, if the party is cancelled, you'd receive a full refund! Linking to My Disney Experience does not void any policy, so you are free to do so. If you would like additional flexibility based on your schedule, we suggest buying a physical ticket! Physical tickets are 95% refundable for any reason, as long as they have not been used or modified. Hope this helps - let us know if we can help with any additional questions!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 23, 2020 at 11:29 a.m. Nathaniel Says...

Hi we are going to the Halloween party this year but don’t know what day to go. I was thinking either August 18, 25 or September 1st, do you think any of those days will be crowded?

Apr 23, 2020 at 8:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nathaniel!

We think those all should be great picks in terms of crowds - enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 26, 2020 at 1:53 a.m. Ashley Gonzales Says...


Thanks for the info! Do you know the earliest time you can make a dining reservation in MK if you only purchase a party ticket?

Mar 26, 2020 at 8:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley!

You are so welcome - thank you for hopping by! If you'll only be attending Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you can make a dining reservation anytime after party guests can enter the park (which is generally 4 p.m.). We'd suggest leaving about 15-30 minutes as a buffer to leave plenty of time to enter the park, hit your first candy stop and walk to your reservation. Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 22, 2020 at 7:47 p.m. Sian Says...

Do you only require a MNSSHP ticket to just enter for the party or do you require a general admission as well ?

Mar 23, 2020 at 8:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sian!

If you are just hopping into Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (and entering at the early admission time, such as 4 p.m.), you do not need separate admission to the park - just your party ticket! If you would like to enter the park before the official party start time, you'd then need separate park admission in addition to your party ticket. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 27, 2020 at 3 p.m. Francisco Says...

Thanks for all the wonderful information! Do you think it's worth a weekend trip to see the Halloween events as opposed to coming for a longer trip and fitting it in the schedule?

Feb 27, 2020 at 3:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

You are so welcome, Francisco! If you have the flexibility, and it's not your first visit where you may feel the pressure to work a lot in, we think that sounds toadally fun - a quick weekend trip is a great way to get to hang around at the pool during the day then hop into the park at night for the party!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 27, 2020 at 1:15 p.m. Bill Says...

We are planning a Disney trip to cross over the Halloween and Christmas decor and want to get in at least one MNSSHP. Our travel dates are looking like October 30th to November 7th. The 10/31 party will be max capacity. What do you think crowds will be like on November 1st? Would it be worth coming in a day or two earlier to catch the 10/29 party instead? I was hoping that since 11/1 falls on a Sunday it would be better.

Feb 28, 2020 at 9:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bill!

Last year, the party on the 1st sold out (it was on a Friday). Since the 1st falls on a Sunday this year and may still have some lingering crowds, if you have the flexibility, we'd opt for the 29th instead.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 25, 2020 at 8:44 p.m. Maree Lamshed Says...

Do you have dates for the Mickeys Halloween party for Disneyland CA. If so Will you be selling tickets for that park?

Feb 25, 2020 at 3:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maree!

Dates haven't been announced just yet for Disneyland, but we'll be updating this post as soon as we hear more!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 25, 2020 at 3:07 p.m. Samantha Says...

Will Undercover Tourist be offering tickets for purchase for the party?

Feb 25, 2020 at 10:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Samantha!

We're so glad you asked - we sure are! You can find tickets from your favorite frogs here.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 11, 2020 at 1:43 p.m. Apryl Conway Says...

Hello! We are attending MNSSHP this October. I really want to see the firework show, the parade and the hocus pocus show. Is there a recommended place to sit that I could view all three? I was thinking of watching the fireworks, sticking around for the parade and the catching the midnight show with the witches. I am going to have 2 small kids and 2 seniors, so I was hoping to grab a spot and claim it for the night. Is this possible? Thank you, this was the best article I have read on the Halloween party. Not a lot of info out there. Thanks again!!

Feb 12, 2020 at 6:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Apryl!

That is such high praise - thank you so much! We are glad you stopped by! The best place to view all three shows is the hub (but keep in mind that the parade does not make a full circle, and instead heads down Main Street). There are unfortunately not a lot of places to sit in that area outside of curbs/the ground, and we have been putting our best thinking caps on to try to think of the best solution for you in terms of seating! You can try to stake out a bench early on in the day (though they are sparse), or, if they are open, an ECV rental may be a good short-term solution for a guaranteed place to rest. Alternatively, try to find a spot outside of Casey's Corner (or the Plaza Restaurant). You'll be a little further from the stage show (you'd be able to see the stage and hear the effects, but it would not be a close view), but it would give you some seating for the parade and the fireworks. The good news is that the later parade and show are much less crowded than the earlier ones, so if you find that things are pretty sparse by the time the show rolls around, everyone may be rested enough to move a little closer :) We hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 21, 2019 at 7:25 p.m. Morgan tyree Says...

We are going to Disney on oct. 12, 2020. We plan on doing three days at Disney with the kids. Is MNSSHP in magic kingdom only, do they close down all of the parks for it or just MK? We plan on doing one night of MNSSHP but will be disappointed if we have to buy tickets for MNSSHP for all three nights were there in order to stay in the park later into the evening. We’re bringing the whole family my side and my husbands side and paying for everyone’s rooms so the whole family can afford to go, it’s a once in a life time thing for most of the family members we’re bringing so we want them to get as much time in Disney as possible.

Dec 23, 2019 at 10:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Morgan!

The other parks remain open! Only Magic Kingdom will close early for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Nov 18, 2019 at 11:10 a.m. catherine bradkey Says...

hi thanks for the info, just as a matter of interest what time of year will the tickets for not so scary 2020 go on sale? also would you advise buying in advance?

Many Thanks

Nov 18, 2019 at 11:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Catherine!

We aren't sure of the exact date these will go on sale for 2020, but in 2019, tickets went on sale in mid-January. We'd definitely suggest purchasing in advance, since the parties can sell out!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 15, 2019 at 2:13 a.m. Valerie Says...

Hello, thank you for the tips! I hope this is not off-topic. Do you have any guidance on planning Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, possibly a couple more rides around these plans for Magic Kingdom? I’m hoping to plan the most efficient route and think we could tackle these prior to our first FP so that we don’t cut into our “break time.” What do you think? Thank you!

7am - Enter at Extra Magic Hours

8:45 - FP 1 Space Mountain

10:05 - FP 2 Splash Mountain

11:05 - FP 3 Big Thunder

We would like to take a break back at Poly before we go to MNSSHP since this will be a long day for us (would preferably like to enter back around 3:45 and we plan on staying until midnight).

Oct 15, 2019 at 8:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Valerie!

You should definitely be able to tackle Pirates and Haunted Mansion before the park opens! We'd advise you to get there about half an hour before EMH technically begins, as sometimes things move a little ahead of schedule :) Most guests at EMH will beeline for the big ticket rides such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Splash Mountain and Space Mountain, so the lines for Pirates and Haunted Mansion should be pretty manageable (during MNSSHP, however, these lines do get longer, especially for Haunted Mansion). We think your plan looks great (and end at the perfect time for a rest!) Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 14, 2019 at 5:08 a.m. Katie Says...

Help! Tomorrow (technically today) is our last day at Disney. My husband and I have been going back and forth on whether or not to do the MSNSSHP. We were leaving animal kingdom tonight and decided to do it and I checked it was available... it was hectic trying to get everyone to the car so I didn’t book right the time we got to the car they were sold out for the 14th!!!!! Is there absolutely anything I can do to get tickets? I can’t sleep now I am so upset about it!! Does Disney hold a certain amount of tickets for the morning of or for offsite resorts? Is there any hope of finding tickets?

Oct 15, 2019 at 9:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie!

As far as we know, when the parks say they are sold out of special event tickets, there aren't any left for the general public. So sorry! Hope it worked out for your family!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 12, 2019 at 4:13 a.m. Lisa Says...

Is the crowds for the party pretty much the same every night since they usually sell out? Or would Thursday be less crowded than Friday?

Sep 21, 2020 at 2:23 p.m. Josh Talbot Says...

Are you supposed to wear a inflatable costume suit with a fan on inside the costume to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party by yourself and going trick or treating like walking around the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World on Halloween?

Oct 11, 2019 at 4:34 p.m. Nate Says...

We love the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party and have attended for the past 5 years. This year, the additional costs of theme park tickets plus the closing of the parks early most nights has caused us to SKIP the party. The Halloween party was our preference over the Christmas party but this year we can't do both.

Oct 10, 2019 at 9:18 p.m. Jason Hart Says...

Just so I’m perfectly clear...we will be at MK Friday the 18th, the same day as the Halloween parade. Is it true that we will be asked to leave the park at 6 and will NOT be able to stay or return without purchasing more tix for the parade? Were not even allowed to eat, do rides or catch a show?

Oct 11, 2019 at 9:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jason!

That's correct; if you'll be attending a day when Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is going on, the park will close at 6 to anyone without party tickets. If you have park hoppers, you'll still be able to hop to any of the other parks!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 1, 2022 at 4:27 p.m. B Says...

The park that has the night event is pretty low in attendance usually in the morning

Oct 10, 2019 at 6 p.m. Wes Says...

I will be attending on Friday (10/11) and have been reading about horror stories with crowds. This is my only night at Disney and am hoping to get in a lot of my favorite rides. Other than the fireworks, I don't plan on doing much of the Halloween things. Any suggestions on how to maximize my time? Will be arriving at 4pm.

Thanks and Happy (early) Halloween!

Oct 11, 2019 at 11:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wes!

Tonight’s MNSSHP is sold out, so it will definitely be crowded. Since you aren’t too interested in the Halloween events, we’d suggest making FastPasses from 4-6 for any attractions that will be closed during the party (or are high priority for you). Then, once the party starts, move clockwise/counter-clockwise around the park so you’re not bouncing from one side to other all night. For popular rides, wait until the first parade to hop to them if you can, because the wait times will likely lower a bit during them. We'd also suggest picking a few priorities to hit and knowing where those are (whether that's a specific ride, character, or even snack) - it is such a short amount of time, but we know you'll have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 9, 2019 at 7:47 p.m. Andrea Says...

Thanks for a great guide! We are going to MNSSHP this weekend and somehow left my daughter's costume at home. Any recommendations on where to pick up a costume before the party?

Oct 9, 2019 at 6:28 p.m. Ashley Says...

We have a character dinner reserved for 7:20pm, should just cancel it and focus on the party? The dinner is at Crystal Palace. We also have a character dinner the night before at Tuskers in Animal Kingdom. What's your opinion?

Oct 10, 2019 at 8:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley!

We'd suggest skipping it or trying to reschedule for earlier (it's early, but we generally try to eat around 5 to fill our bellies before the party officially starts ... and to save room for snacks later on!). You can then hop to meet the Hundred Acre Woods characters in costume in Fantasyland instead if you have some big Winnie the Pooh fans :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 6, 2019 at 2:53 p.m. Linda Says...

We are going to the Magic Kingdom next Tuesday and made a 6:40 reservation for dinner at Tony’s Town Sq Restaurant not realizing that the park would be closing at 6:00 that day. If we don’t have tickets for the Halloween party, how will that affect our dinner reservations? Will we be permitted to stay for dinner or will we be ushered out? I don’t want to be charged $10/person for being a “no show”.

Oct 7, 2019 at 11:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Linda!

If you don't have valid party admission, your reservation may not be honored, unfortunately, since that's past park closing as you noted. We'd suggest calling Disney Dining as soon as possible to see what your options are, as they may be able to move your reservation for you. They can be reached at (407) 939-3463.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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