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Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party


One of the most beloved hard-ticket events at Disney’s Magic Kingdom is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party.  Running on select nights from August 25-November 1, this party invites guests to enjoy tricks and treats in Magic Kingdom.  Some of the highlights of the party include trick-or-treating through the lands of the Magic Kingdom, special character meet and greets, and special entertainment.  I attended the party this week and I’d love to share my experience with you!
The Basics:
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) is a hard-ticket event.  This means that a separate admission must be purchased (you many not use one of the days on your multiday ticket to get into the party.  The prices of this ticket range from $74-$115.  The price varies based on the date you select for the party.  They generally increase in price the closer you get to Halloween, with Halloween night (which is sold out) being the most expensive.  Each member of your group above the age of 3 must have a party ticket for admission.
The party runs from 7:00PM-Midnight.  However, with your party ticket, you can get into the Halloween party starting at 4:00PM.  During this time, there will be an overlap of day guests and party guests, but all day guests must leave the park before 7:00PM.  I arrived to the front gates around 3:00PM and was one of the first people in line to get into the party.  I was excessively early (as I have a tendency to be), but if you get to the Magic Kingdom by 3:30PM, you should be fine. 
Entrance to Magic Kingdom advertising the party

The Main Street train station from the entrance gate

The In-Between Hours 4-7PM

The gates to the Magic Kingdom opened around 3:45PM.  I attached my party ticket to my Magicband before arriving, so I was able to scan and be good to go!  I tapped my Magicband, the entrance turnstile turned green and I was able to get my wristband.  All party guests must have a wristband to take advantage of the party offerings. If you are already in Magic Kingdom when the park opens, you can get your wristband at any of the wristband distribution areas. 

This is a good time to take advantage of some rides that will not be operating during the party, have dinner, and enjoy the early arrival trick or treat station. Lines for rare characters such as Jack & Sally, Moana, and the Seven Dwarves all begin to form around this time.  If these are must dos for your Halloween party, make sure you get in line early! The early arrival trick or treat station on Main Street is also where the Halloween statues can be found and makes for a great photo-op!  Check it out:
Trick or Treat locations are designated by these pillars

Princess Minnie statue

Photopass Photo-Op

Getting a snack while the food locations are open is always a good idea

Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room closes during the party to become a trick-or-treat location, so make sure you experience it before 6:00PM.

Halloween Pluto statue

It's Party Time!
Once the party starts, the fun can begin.  All the characters are out for their meet and greets.  Trick or Treat stations are open and the nighttime entertainment begins:

Meeting Princess Elena of Avalor

The normal meet and greet for Minne, Daisy, Goofy, and Donald is a trick or treat location.

Cinderella Castle gets its spooky on!

Meeting Lottso in Tomorrowland

Pumpkins decorated in a trick-or-treat area

The Entertainment

There's a ton of great entertainment to enjoy that is exclusive to MNSSHP.  I was able to see the Sanderson Sisters take the stage in the Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular, Hallowishes fireworks, and the Boo To You Parade.

The Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular was the highlight of the night.  The show was able to capture the characters and the humor of the 1993 movie.  All three women who portrayed the Sanderson sisters absolutely nailed their performances.  It was also great to see all the villains in one place:
Castle lighting before the show

Winnifred Sanderson

The Sanderson Sisters

Oogie Boogie

Jafar

Lady Tremaine

Hallowishes was a fireworks show that I had heard a great deal about before experiencing it.  The hype was right, the show is incredible.  The 180 degree fireworks must be seen to be believed.  Pro-tip if you are shooting pictures with an iPhone, just put it away and enjoy the show.  The pictures really struggle to turn out well. See?

It looks like Cinderella Castle is on fire.

Mickey's Boo-To-You Parade is a lot of fun with a really catchy theme.  You can view this parade from Liberty Square, Frontierland, and of course, Main Street U.S.A.  I chose to view the 2nd parade (there are two parades each evening).  If you're viewing the parade in Frontierland, the Cadaver Dans are your pre-parade entertainment.  If you're on Main Street U.S.A., then you get Nick & Judy from Zootopia.  The parade is led by the Headless Horseman and then features your favorite Disney characters and some of the villains.  
The Headless Horseman rides to start the parade.

Boo to you, and you, and you.

Vanellope Von Schweetz

The back of the villains float

The last float features the magic mirror from Snow White.

The party is also a great time to enjoy some of the rides with minimal waits.  I was able to ride Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, the Peoplemover, and It's a Small World.

Pirates of the Caribbean

The Haunted Mansion

It's a Small World

Small World Selfie...it's a thing.

I was the last person in the last boat on It's a Small World before the party ended at midnight...what a cool experience to enjoy it all by myself!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party was a great time and I'm glad I got to enjoy it.  What was your favorite part of the party?


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