Fall will be here before you know it, and with fall comes all things spooky (and not so spooky) at Walt Disney World. If you haven’t been to Disney’s Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP), now’s the time to start planning! MNSSHP dates have been announced for 2020 and tickets are already on sale!
For the young ones and those young at heart, this spooktacular event will provide wonderful memories that last a lifetime - for your entire family.
• Unlimited candy? CHECK!
• Rare character meet and greets? CHECK!
• Less crowded lines for popular rides? CHECK!
• Special event only shows? CHECK!
• AMAZING “Boo To You” Parade? SO MUCH YES!
• Special Fireworks Show? OMG, YES! <-- My FAVORITE
The 2020 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party schedule has MORE party dates than ever before!
August 13, 18, 21, 25, 28,
September 1, 4, 7, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29
October 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
MNSSHP is a special ticketed event, as such, a general admission ticket to the Magic Kingdom will NOT grant you access to the Halloween celebration. You must have a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Ticket for the date that you are attending. All general admission guests must exit the park at 7pm on the Special Event dates noted above.
MNSSHP ticket prices vary by date and start at $80 for children ages 3 to 9 ($85.20 with tax) or $85 for those 10 years and older ($90.53 with tax). Each date has its own price based on historical demand. Disney offers discounted Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets to annual pass holders and Disney Vacation Club members.
The best days for MNSSHP will typically fall on weekdays during early October or any of the dates in August through September (but weekdays are typically always best).
I do recommend purchasing tickets in advance as the event has become extremely popular and Disney only sells a certain amount of tickets to each event date. I will also mention that numerous dates in 2019 sold out, more than any past year thus far.
The Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party hours are from 7:00PM to 12:00AM. This special ticketed event allows guests to enter the Magic Kingdom Park at 4:00 PM with his or her Halloween Party Ticket!
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets are a great addition to any Disney Vacation, especially for those looking to get a lot done in a short amount of time. Due to the hours on Special Event days (closing at 6 to regular park guests), the parks are usually a lot less crowded overall as vacationers usually pick parks with longer operating hours. Getting in the park at 4:00pm gives you plenty of time to ride a few rides before the event officially begins.
Park guests who enter Disney’s Magic Kingdom for the party will be guided by cast members a specific entrance. Once you enter, a cast member will give you a bracelet allowing you to remain in the park for the festivities!
If you spent your entire day at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, you would not have to walk to the entrance of the park solely for a wristband at 4:00pm. Simply ask a cast member for the nearest wristband station which will be able to give each member of your party your wristbands. However, I will mention that it is worth starting near the front of the park as your MNSSHP treat bag and initial large quantity of treat stations are located to the right of Main Street. There are also several adorable PhotoPass stations that you won’t want to miss!
While it's not required that you wear a costume, it makes it so much more fun and adds to the experience. I especially love seeing all the family themed costumes! Our family went as Toy Story characters for 2019 and we had a blast! There are some guidelines to keep in mind when preparing your MNSSHP costumes.
• 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.
Trick or Treating:
Bring your own trick or treat bags, as the bags you get are on the small side and made of plastic. Additionally, you'll find candy stations throughout the park. Save time and skip the crowds by trick-or-treating later in the evening. If a treat line is long, don't wait. Visit a different one or come back later. You'll find the same candy at each one! You can visit each location multiple times (if you want).
As you make your way around the park, look out for trick or treating stations in the following areas:
Main Street, U.S.A.
• Town Square Theater (Allergy-Friendly Center)
• Market Street (party entrance to the right of Main Street; open until 8 p.m.)
• Tortuga Tavern
• Jungle Cruise
• Splash Mountain
• Miner's Cove (by Big Thunder Mountain)
• Country Bear Jamboree
• Liberty Square Ticket Office (Allergy-Friendly Center)
• The Diamond Horseshoe
• 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
NOTE: 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.
FastPass+ is not available during the party, however, there is generally less need for FastPass+ reservations as most people are enjoying the party activities and spending less time on rides which is one of the major perks of ticketed events such as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Most of your favorite rides and attractions remain open; A few even have a “Not So Spooky” twist during the party hours.
See the list of MNSSHP rides below (those marked with a * have a special Halloween twist):
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade
The Haunted Mansion
It’s a small world
Mad Tea Party*
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor*
Peter Pan’s Flight
Pirates of the Caribbean*
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom* (Event Exclusive Cards)
Swiss Family Treehouse
Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
Special Shows and Events:
There are special Halloween themed attractions, shows and dance parties throughout the night you will not want to miss!
These attractions include:
Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade – 9:15 & 11:15 PM
Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular (Special Event Fireworks Show) -10:15 PM
Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular – 8:30, 10:45, & 12:00 PM
Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball – 7:00pm – 12:00am
Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam – 7:00pm – 12:00am
Disney Descendance Party – 7:00pm – 12:00am
Character Meet & Greets:
Character interactions during MNSSHP are unlike character interactions any other time of the year. During the Halloween Party you will get to meet exclusive characters and/or characters in special Halloween Costumes.
Most characters have 15-30 min waits, however, some specialty characters (Jack and Sally/Seven Dwarfs/Moana) can have wait times over an hour. You can even get in line before 7pm to be one of the first in line, if seeing Jack and Sally (for example) is on your MUST DO list!
Here’s a list of expected MNSSHP characters to return in 2020:
Main Street, U.S.A.
• Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
• Jack Skellington and Sally at Town Square Theater
• 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 Witch costume)
• Daisy Duck (dressed in Princess costume)
• Goofy (dressed in Pirate costume)
• Donald Duck (dressed in Pumpkin costume)
• Cruella DeVil (roaming)
• Anastasia and Drizella (roaming)
• Cinderella and Elena
• Rapunzel and Tiana
• Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear a.k.a. Lotso
• Stitch (dressed in Elvis costume)
• Tarzan, Jane and Terk
• Captain Jack Sparrow
• Aladdin & Abu alternate with Genie & Jasmine
Specialty Food and Merchandise:
During special ticketed events like MNSSHP, there are always specialty event only treats and merchandise you can purchase exclusively during the event.
In 2019 the exclusive treats were:
• Amuck, Amuck, Amuck Cupcake – Main Street Bakery
• Jack and Sally Push Pops – Snack Carts near Cinderella’s Castle
• Constance’s For Better or for Worse Wedding Cake – Liberty Square Popcorn Cart
• Pumpkin Spice Milkshake – Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies
• Headless Horseman Cheesecake – Sleepy Hallow
• MNSSHP Magic Band
• Event T-Shirt
• Hocus Pocus Spirit Jersey
• Event Trading Pins
Additional Dessert/Snack Parties:
These special add-ons are separately priced enhancements and are subject to availability.
Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way – Snacks, drinks and reserved viewing of Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade at 11:15pm.
Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party – Buffet assortment of desserts and sweets with a reserved viewing of Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Fireworks Show!
You will be able to do A LOT in 8 hours. However, you will not be able to fit every single thing into one night. My suggestion is to make a list of your top items to ensure you have time to do all of your MUST Dos! In my opinion, you should make time for one of the two Boo-To-You Parade times as well as the Firework Spectacular! These are not to be missed!