It’s basically July, which can mean only one thing…it’s time to start talking about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom.
We return to the 2019 edition of the Halloween Party to see what it has to offer, and discuss some of the least stressful ways to experience the best parts. This post will introduce what you can expect to see and do and then I’ll follow it up with a more detailed look at the individual pieces in separate posts. There’s only so much you can do in 5,000 words.
A Hard Ticket Event
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is one of several “hard ticket” events hosted at Magic Kingdom over the course of the year, which means no other ticket is necessary to attend the evening’s festivities. But it also means that no other ticket outside of a Halloween Party ticket will get you in.
Here’s the Party map for a general overview of what we’ll be discussing.
Those entering Magic Kingdom with their Halloween Party tickets may do so as early as 3:45pm – 4pm using the Event Entrance tapstiles that are on the right. Lines will begin to form around 3pm, but there is not much use in waiting around outside the entrance if you can help it. The one exception may be for those heading straight to get in line for the Jack and Sally Meet and Greet inside Town Square Theater. Those characters begin meeting at 4:30pm and their line builds quickly early in the day. Once Disney begins admitting Party guests, the process is typically fast. New for 2018 and continuing this year, Disney Vacation Club members may enter the Park with their Halloween tickets as early as 2pm.
Once you enter, a cast member will place a wristband around your wrist and event maps are available a short distance away before you head underneath the Train Station.
If you’re already inside Magic Kingdom, either using a day ticket, Annual Pass, or what have you, then you can pick up your map, treat bag, and wristband at one of a couple of locations in the Park beginning at 4pm. This includes the area across from Pirates of the Caribbean in Adventureland, to the right of Tortuga Tavern.
Another spot is located in Tomorrowland across from what was Stitch’s Great Escale. The line may be a couple of minutes long between 4pm and 6pm, but there’s typically nobody waiting after that. Pick up the map/wristband/treat bag when it’s convenient. Wristbands are required to purchase the Party-exclusive merchandise, which is available beginning at 4pm in the Emporium on Main Street and at Big Top Souvenirs in Storybook Circus, among other locations. Otherwise, you’ll want to pick up your wristbands by 6pm as some of the trick or treat stations open at that time and you’ll need them to continue experiencing the attractions. Magic Kingdom closes to day guests at 6pm and a wristband is required to do most things after that time. Note that the rides that operate during the Party continue running from 6pm to 7pm, even if the Park is technically “closed.” The Party-exclusive experiences at Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, Mad Tea Party, and Monsters Inc. won’t begin until 7pm, though.
Whether you enter from the front of the Park or not, you’ll probably want to walk up the pathway to the left of Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. We’ve all got our wristbands held high.
On the pathway, you’ll be welcomed to the Party.
There’s a few photo ops.
And you’ll receive a small sealed bag of candy.
The bag is full of about eight pieces of candy, many of which Mars is testing or are otherwise new-ish to shelves, like Hazelnut Spread M&M’s.
You’re probably only “supposed” to go through the entryway once as you enter the Park, but there’s nothing stopping anyone from going through a second or third time. Since the path opens at 4pm, you could theoretically get a lot of your trick-or-treating done before the event even starts and you’d come away with a selection of sweets that most people will find superior to the candy given out at the various Party Trick or Treat locations found around the Park.
Which Party to Attend
Mickey’s Halloween Party is offered on 36 dates between August 16th and November 1st. There are four more Parties scheduled in August with the first event on August 16th already in the past. The remaining August dates should be good choices, with the 20th, 23rd, and 27th proving to be three of the five least-attended nights of the year.
There are 12 Party dates in September with adult prices ranging from $79 up to $115.
18 Parties are scheduled in October, with adult prices ranging from $85 to $135. One additional date is scheduled on November 1st, as is usually the case when the first day following Halloween is scheduled on a Friday. Despite the higher price, Halloween typically sells out, and the extra event in November gives people who were planning on going on Halloween another option. With the November 1st date being less crowded and less expensive than Halloween, you may want to consider it. We went on the November date two years ago, and it was probably more fun than “actual Halloween,” given the easier time we had getting around, in addition to $40 more in our pockets across the two tickets.
Now that we’re already more than half way through August, most guests are probably locked into their vacation dates, but you may find yourself trying to figure out which Party will be the least crowded during your visit. Typically, the earlier the Party, the less crowded it will be. By September 27th, there likely won’t be a discernible difference in crowd levels from Party to Party.
And while demand for each Party may be less in August and the first week or two in September, you might also notice that there are only two Parties scheduled during the first week in September and there are four Parties scheduled during the last week. So yes, there is less demand earlier in the season, but there’s also less supply. Due to the transparency of Disney’s pricing structure on the calendars above, guests able to visit on less expensive weekdays will likely do so, while those unable to visit on weekdays will be pushed to pay more on Friday nights. If you’re planning on going October 31st, buy your tickets sooner rather than later because that date sold out nearly two months in advance in 2016, more than three weeks in advance in 2017, and more than two weeks in advance in 2018, despite being the highest-priced Party.
Those who can should pick the earliest Halloween Party date that they can make, both for the sake of lower prices, and lower crowds. Those visiting from the middle of September onward probably want to pick a date based on where it fits into their overall itinerary. Virtually all dates are “busy.” A lot of people that attend the Halloween Party plan what they want to do well in advance and just about every single one of them is going to read the advice that Tuesdays are “the least crowded.” Here in 2019, that’s not typically true and it hasn’t been for some time. In 2016, three dates sold out. One was Halloween. One was a Sunday. And one was a Tuesday over a week before Halloween. In 2015, nine Party dates sold out, three of which were Tuesdays and three of which were Fridays. In 2018, a Friday, a Tuesday, and a Thursday sold out. If the same number of Tuesdays and Fridays sell out, then it doesn’t seem like it makes much sense to recommend going on a Tuesday.
There’s an additional wrinkle this year, with Disney offering a “Season Pass” for the first time. For $299 plus tax, a Halloween Party Passholder may visit up to 35 of the 36 event nights, with only Halloween night blocked out. More details are available here. The cost hovers around the price of purchasing three individual tickets, meaning most of those who opt for the Party Pass will be local visitors who are probably more likely to visit on a Friday night. But with school breaks – nearby Osceola County students are off on September 2nd, October 14th, and October 15th, and nearby Orange County students are off September 2nd, October 17th, and October 18th. The Parties surrounding those dates will likely see increased attendance. Of course, we’re already expecting the Labor Day Party to be reasonably crowded in September and crowds in the middle of October are usually blamed on their proximity to October 31st, even if it’s the local school schedule that’s pushing people towards attending more so than how festive the date “feels.”
It will be interesting to see how these Party Pass people treat the events for which they attend. Historically, given the high costs, most people are going to attend two Parties as an absolute maximum. Now, it behooves Party Passholders who have spent $300 on their tickets to attend as many events as possible. Once they’ve checked off doing the highest priority characters, like meeting Jack and Sally or the Seven Dwarfs, they may move to the next priorities down the list, like getting in line for Moana or Jack Sparrow earlier in the evening, in turn increasing those lines. Once they move through those, Lots’o and the Queen of Hearts may be their top priorities. When that happens, those lines will become even longer earlier in the evening. Party Passholders will also likely be more interested in the rides. During Parties from past years, I might only ride one or two things during the five-hour event time because I’m so focused on trying to do the many Party-exclusive things. On my fifth or sixth Party of the year, I’m much more likely to get in a short line for Peter Pan’s Flight, in turn making it longer for everyone else. We’ll have to see what happens. And luckily, we will, as I’ll be at 35 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties this year. Probably in line in front of you.
Do yourself a favor and disregard any of the “Least Crowded Halloween Party” posts. There’s no reliable way to quantify past crowd levels. Attraction wait times during the Party aren’t indicative of crowd levels as we know sold out Parties typically see lower attraction wait times because the majority of people who attend the events are interested in the extras, like the parade, fireworks, meet and greets, trick-or-treating, etc. If anything, you want more people in line for the rides because it means fewer people will be out and about on the walkways clogging things up. The lowest-attended Parties will be those with the wettest weather, along with the early Parties. It makes far more sense to plan your event night based on the rest of your itinerary or whenever you’d like to attend.
The events exclusive to the Halloween Party, like the parade, fireworks, and unique characters, are busy and crowded. Above is a picture of Main Street five minutes after the Party officially ended on the first event night of 2019, August 16th. This is as many people as you’ll ever see in this part of the Park during a regular day.
Here’s the Hub area ten minutes before the fireworks began at 10:15pm on the first night of the event last year.
And here’s much further down Main Street just before the fireworks began on the first night of the event in 2019.
People are about eight deep on Main Street for the second Boo to You Parade, which steps off at 11:15pm.
The area in front of the Castle Forecourt Stage was almost completely filled in for the 12am Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular show. As we move through the offerings, I’ll include some tips on when and where to see the shows with a minimum amount of hassle. But there’s really no way around the number of people that you’ll see on Main Street in particular. You’ll want to avoid that area whenever possible.
The Integral Parts
Boo to You Parade
So why might you decide to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, given the fact that it’s apparently so expensive and so crowded?
There are a lot of reasons, actually, the first of which is the Boo to You Parade.
Scheduled at 9:15pm and 11:15pm nightly, the Parade is unlike any other offered in the domestic Disney Parks with stunning visuals, a plethora of characters and floats that you won’t see anywhere else, and music that you’ll “literally” be singing to yourself well after Christmas.
“It’s really not so scary…”
Here’s a bad phone picture from Frontierland as the Headless Horseman gallops by at 11:15pm. Parade crowds in Frontierland are significantly lower than Main Street and the second Parade of the night is less crowded than the first due to all the families that leave much earlier in the night. See the second Parade in Frontierland to avoid the crowds as much as possible. Frontierland is also darker than Main Street, which works with the spooky atmosphere of the event much better than the Christmas Party.
If you’re a fan of Zootopia, note that Party Patrol featuring Nick and Judy only runs along Main Street and the characters do not appear in the Frontierland portion. They’ll invite nearby kids to dance along with them in the street, which is kind of fun.
It is possible to see the second Parade from Main Street without a tremendous amount of effort, but it does require arriving in your spot no later than 10:35pm. The above picture was taken right at that time and you can see that there are still front row spots available on the curb closer to the flag pole. The closer you get to the Castle, the more people you’ll find, as tourists have a tendency to fill in whatever space they can find with the least amount of walking necessary, even if they can’t end up seeing whatever it is that they’re waiting for. Note that Boo to You takes about 15 minutes to arrive on Main Street and 20 minutes to arrive in Town Square. So if the second Parade begins at 11:15pm, it’s not going to materialize on Main Street until 11:30pm. So even if you do find spots at 10:35pm, you’re in for about an hour’s wait. The Parade is then about 17 minutes long.
Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Fireworks
The Not So Spooky Spectacular replaces HalloWishes this year.
Like Happily Ever After, which replaced Wishes a couple of years ago, the show relies more on projections to tell the story than its predecessor.
There are also more perimeter bursts, which are better seen closer to Cinderella Castle.
Here, there are bursts on the left and right that are obscured almost entirely by the buildings on Main Street. On the plus side, the area further back on Main Street is significantly less congested than what you’ll find closer to the Castle. With young kids who are going to have trouble seeing in the first place, or if you prefer to enjoy am easier overall experience, even if it means a little worse of a view, then you’ll want to continue to hang back. But you may want to inch as close as you’re comfortable as the projections, and the Jack Skellington puppet, are easier to see as you near the Castle.
Moving forward, a spot closer to the Castle is theoretically better, assuming no tall people or shoulder kids hamper your view. Here, about even with the Partners statue in the Hub, I’m close enough to clearly see the projections, and I’m far enough back to see just about everything that’s happening overhead, though I’ll need to look around a bit to take in the spectacular finale. This area is more congested than further back down Main Street, but for whatever reason, people typically congregate on the curb and not in the street. They may be trying to hold a parade spot for later so they don’t have to move, but Boo to You is better enjoyed further down Main Street anyway.
For the best of both worlds, I’d recommend the area just in front of Casey’s Corner on Main Street. You’ll be far enough back that there will be room to maneuver, but you’ll be close enough to enjoy the details in the projections.
No matter where you elect to see the show, the fireworks are an integral part of the Halloween Party experience. It’s also typically easy to find a good viewing spot, so don’t let an uncomfortable experience trying to see Happily Ever After deter you.
Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular
The Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular, which takes place on the stage in front of Cinderella Castle, is currently scheduled at 8:30pm, 10:45pm, and 12am. Beginning with the September 27th or 29th Party, it’s likely that the schedule will change to include shows at 7:40pm, 8:35pm, 10:45pm, and 12am.
The show is an incredibly fun blend of singing, dancing, and special effects featuring the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus, who are returning to the land of the living to throw an eerie Halloween party with a roster of some of Disney’s spookiest villains.
The 20-minute show is packed with plenty of action and “feels” like it’s the perfect length.
I like to end the night with the 12am show.
While the Halloween Party officially “ends” at 12am, everyone is welcome to stay for the nightcap, which means you’re not spending 20+ precious minutes watching the show during Not-So-Scary’s regular hours.
If you can’t stay that late, then the first show is typically easiest to fit into an itinerary. If the viewing area in front of the Castle is congested, consider seeing the show from much further back, where the ground is raised higher than the front. This will let you look right over the top of the crowd and directly at the action on stage.
The Characters and the Costumes
Nearly 40 characters conduct meet and greets during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, including about 15 who can’t typically be found outside of the event. The following is what you’ll find, with some approximate meet and greet times that are liable to change throughout the event.
Main Street, U.S.A.
- Mickey Mouse – Town Square Theater – 7pm to 12am
- Jack and Sally – Town Square Theater – 4:30pm to 11:30pm. While the Party doesn’t officially begin until 7pm, the characters are so popular that they meet exclusively for Party guests beginning much earlier. You will need your Party wristbands in order to be admitted into the line. Note that the characters are not guaranteed to meet this early and may appear later due to scheduling difficulties or technical problems. Whenever a character meets before 7pm, the same “rules” apply – you need a wristband and they may not appear until later in the afternoon or evening.
- Aladdin and Abu – To the right of Aloha Isle behind The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – 7pm to 7:30pm, 8pm to 8:30pm, 9pm to 9:15pm, 10pm to 10:30pm, and 11pm to 11:15pm
- Jasmine and Genie – To the right of Aloha Isle behind The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – 7:30pm to 8pm, 8:30pm to 9pm, 9:30pm to 10pm, 10:30pm to 11pm
- Tarzan, Jane and Terk – To the left of Swiss Family Treehouse and across from Sunshine Tree Terrace – 7pm to 7:40pm, 8pm to 8:40pm, 9pm to 9:40pm, 10pm to 10:40pm
- Jafar – Against the wall across from Swiss Family Treehouse – 7pm to 9pm and 9:30pm to 11:30pm, intermittently
- Moana – In the Enchanted Tiki Room queue – 5:45pm to 12am, intermittently
- Captain Jack Sparrow – Across from Pirates of the Caribbean on the stage – 7pm to 7:40pm, 8pm to 8:30pm, 8:45pm to 9:15pm, 9:40pm – 10:15pm, 10:40pm to 11:15pm
- The Gravediggers – Across from Diamond Horseshoe or Liberty Square Gazebo – Intermittently, but never during Parades
- Br’er Fox and Br’er Rabbit – Roaming, typically across from Diamond Horseshoe – 7:30pm to 8pm, 8:30pm to 9pm, 9:30pm to 10pm, and 10:30pm to 11pm
- Anastasia and Drizella – Castle wall, behind Prince Charming Regal Carrousel – 7pm to 12am, intermittently
- Cinderella with Elena – Princess Fairytale Hall – 7pm to 12am
- Cruella DeVil – Near The Barnstormer – 7pm to 8pm and 9:30pm to 12am, intermittently
- Daisy and Donald – Storybook Circus inside Casey Jr. Splash Zone – 7pm to 12am
- Alice and Mad Hatter – Mad Tea Party – 7pm to 7:30pm, 7:45pm to 8:20pm, 8:50pm to 9:20pm, 9:45pm to 10:15pm, 10:30pm – 11:15pm, 11:30pm – 12am
- Belle and Gaston – Across from Gaston’s Tavern – 7pm to 7:40pm, 8pm to 8:40pm, 9:45pm to 10:15pm, 10:45pm to 11:15pm, 11:30pm to 12am
- Ariel and Eric – Across from Ariel’s Grotto – 7pm to 7:35pm, 7:55pm to 8:30pm, 8:40pm to 9:15pm, 9:45pm to 10:15pm, 10:30pm to 11pm, 11:30pm – 12am
- Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet – To the left of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – 6:30pm – 12am
- Minnie Mouse – Storybook Circus near Casey Jr. Splash Zone – 7pm to 12am
- Queen of Hearts and Tweedles – Mad Tea Party – 7pm to 9:20pm, 9:40pm – 11pm, 11:2pm- 12am
- Rapunzel and Tiana – Princess Fairytale Hall – 7pm to 12am
- Seven Dwarfs – Inside Pete’s Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus – 6:15pm to 12am
- Lots-o’ – To the left of Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin in Buzz’s usual spot – 7pm to 12am
- Elvis Stitch – Stitch’s Great Escape – 6:30pm – 12am
I’ll discuss the details in a separate post, but most guests attending a Halloween Party will want to key in on meeting two or three unique characters, if that. Most lines are at least 45 minutes long and can easily hit 60+ minutes. Last year, Erin and I met Jack & Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas, the Queen of Hearts, and Lots’o’, and spent about four hours in line, two of which were during the Party itself. They’re great pictures and fun memories, but the opportunity cost of those two-plus hours is substantial.
It’s also a lot of fun to dress up for the Halloween Party and to see what creative costumes other guests have devised. See this for a list of guidelines covering what’s allowed. For example, guests over the age of 13 may not wear masks and no costume may be “obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.”
A variety of atmospheric entertainment is also on display, like characters from the Haunted Mansion talking to guests on the grass outside of the attraction. While there is no overt overlay, Haunted Mansion is a lot of fun to ride during the Party, particularly with the unique lighting package and characters.
Also look for the Cadaver Dans in Frontierland, singing some spooky a capella songs.
This year’s complimentary candy bag features art from Frozen 2 and the Maleficent sequel:
There are 14 locations to Trick or Treat around Magic Kingdom:
Main Street U.S.A.
- To the left of Tony’s Town Square Restaurant to begin the event
- Jungle Cruise
- Tortuga Tavern
- Ariel’s Grotto
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- Pinocchio Village Haus
- Storybook Circus Train Station
- Country Bear Jamboree
- Dock to Tom Sawyer Island
- Splash Mountain
- Diamond Horseshoe
- Carousel of Progress
- Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
- Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
Waits are typically short at Diamond Horseshoe, Country Bear Jamboree, Jungle Cruise, and Monsters Inc. If you find a short line, there’s no limit to the number of times that you can go through.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is also allergy-friendly.
If you’re interested in collecting allergy-friendly treats, ask for a teal treat bag when you pick up your wristband, either in-park or after entering from the front.
At the trick-or-treat stations, you’ll pick up one of these tokens.
Those tokens can then be redeemed here in Liberty Square or at the front of the Park inside Town Square Theater.
This year, allergy-friendly treats include Enjoy Life Crunchy Mini Cookies, Enjoy Life Seed and Fruit Mix, Enjoy Life Morsels, Enjoy Life Rice Milk Crunch, YumEarth Lollipops, Surf Sweets Gummy Bears, Surf Sweets Jelly Beans, Smarties, Rice Chocolate Sun Cups, GoGo Squeez Applesauce, and more.
A few generic, Halloween-inspired non-food items are also available.
The regular candy includes Snickers, M&Ms, Lifesaver Gummies, Twix, Skittles, Starburst, and more.
The vast majority of the rides are open during the Halloween Party, most with short to nonexistent waits. This year, we also see some Party-exclusive “features” at four different attractions, including Space Mountain, where virtually all of the lights during the ride are turned off. While it might appear like the line stretches outside, guests are actually pulsed through the indoor portion and then quickly board inside. Go later in the evening if you can because waits are typically 30 to 45 minutes before 10:30pm. The posted wait is 45 minutes here at 8:03pm during the first Party of the year.
Over at Pirates of the Caribbean, you’ll encounter two live pirates in the queue, and three live pirates on the ride, as part of the experience.
I won’t spoil what you’ll see, but anyone that enjoys Pirates of the Caribbean ought to consider riding during the Party. I wouldn’t say it’s a “must do,” but it’s fun. Go later in the evening, if possible. Waits are typically 25 to 40 minutes before 10pm and then 15 minutes after.
Mad Tea Party was my favorite upgrade, with new music and neat lighting effects. It’s worth at least passing by. Visit anytime – the posted wait should either be five or ten minutes.
Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor sees a bit of an overlay this year. It also doubles as a Trick or Treat location with two separate candy bin stops.
Every few minutes, one of the Monsters Inc. characters will appear on screen and tell Halloween-y jokes for a couple of minutes.
But unlike the regular shows during the day, the show portion is continuous and people who are merely trick-or-treating will continue to walk through the theater freely, not unlike the film after Maelstrom “back in the day.” It’s potentially worth stopping to see, both for the candy and the seated air-conditioning. But don’t expect a 12-minute show like you’d see during the day. The characters appear on-screen for about three minutes, then disappear for about the same amount of time, before reappearing.
Here’s a look at the posted waits that you can expect from your standard Halloween Party:
Most rides experience short waits for the majority of the Party, including Big Thunder Mountain, Dumbo, small world, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Splash Mountain, The Barnstormer, Magic Carpets, Winnie the Pooh, Tomorrowland Speedway, and Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid. Several other rides continue seeing appreciable waits – most notably Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Peter Pan’s Flight, which should be saved for the end of the night when possible. Space Mountain and Pirates will see longer waits than they have in the past due to the additions.
The (Not-So-Free) Treats
While trick-or-treat candy is included with the cost of the Party ticket, there’s a number of other special treats available from a variety of quick services around the Park. I’ll review these in-depth separately, but most of them are small and overpriced.
The exception is the Mickey Waffle Sundae from Sleepy Hollow Refreshments in Liberty Square, which is Chocolate Mickey Waffles with Pumpkin Gelato, Caramel Sauce, Candy Corn, and Spooky Sprinkles. It’s absolutely delicious and a relative bargain at $6.49.
The Various Popcorn Buckets and Sippers
The search for the various Popcorn Buckets and Sippers resembles more of a scavenger hunt than anything, with certain buckets and cups available at a variety of locations around the Park. This Mickey popcorn bucket is $18 and is available from a variety of kiosks, including Storybook Circus and the kiosk to the right of Cinderella Castle in the Hub.
There’s also a set of three Haunted Mansion items, each found in a separate location.
Phineas Plump retails for $18 at the Liberty Square Popcorn Cart and comes with and holds a box of popcorn. Gus is available at Golden Oak Outpost across from Pecos Bill on the Adventureland side, arriving with Cinnamon Doughnuts for $17. The Ezra Sipper is at Pecos Bill for $16 and includes a fountain beverage.
This isn’t the line for a character…or a ride…or free candy…or to punch me in the face. It’s a line to pay $18 for a popcorn bucket. Note that the bucket is rather large and you’ll need some way to carry it with you or you can pay for a locker at the very front of the Park. Fortunately, none of the Buckets appear to be as popular as last year’s Oogie Boogie. I’d prioritize the Liberty Square Popcorn Cart if you’re interested in the Haunted Mansion trio.
The Party-Exclusive Merchandise
Disney makes available more than a dozen items that are supposed to be exclusively available to guests of the Halloween Party.
The most popular place to shop is The Emporium on Main Street, where the merchandise is located in a crowded corner where only about eight guests at a time are allowed to browse. For pins, go to Frontier Trading Post in Frontierland. For an easier look at the other items, try Big Top Souvenirs in Storybook Circus. Last year, most of the merchandise was out during regular hours in late October in an attempt to move it.
The Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card
This Party-exclusive card is included with your admission and is available at the Firehouse on the left side of Main Street in between City Hall Guest Relations and The Emporium.
Here. They’ll mark your wristband with a squiggle and hand you the card at your convenience at any time during the Party.
The Dance Parties
There are three dance parties that run for the duration of Not-So-Scary. The first is themed to Monsters Inc., with several characters from the movies in attendance, and can be found in the usual location in Tomorrowland to the right of Space Mountain. This runs from 7pm to 12am.
There’s also a Disney Junior Dance Party in the tent in the back of Storybook Circus, here with Timon, Vampirina, and Fancy Nancy. The Tomorrowland Party is typically popular, but expect few people to traipse all the way back to Storybook Circus. It’s a good opportunity for the kids to interact with the characters. This runs from 7pm to 12am.
New this year is the “Descendance Party,” held at Cosmic Ray’s from 7pm to 12am. “Your favorite Villain Kids from The Descendants appear in their famous dance videos from Isle of the Lost. There’s fun, games, and even surprise Villain Kids shoutouts as you dance the night away!” This seemed to be very popular, but there’s still room on the dance floor.
Is It Worth It?
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party blends a spookily-fun atmosphere with a lineup of some of Disney’s best entertainment. It’s worth visiting just for the fireworks, parade, and Hocus Pocus show. Those able to stay through the end of the Party will extract the most value and those that can use their ticket to enter the Park at 4pm in lieu of another ticket or upgrade are the best off. There’s less value for those planning on leaving much earlier in the evening or arriving late.
The Parties are expensive and they are crowded. You’ll want to avoid Main Street as much as possible, though the fireworks experience is much less stressful than a normal night with Happily Ever After. Try to pick just a couple of priority characters because that’s where you can really get bogged down. Also be aware that come 10pm, the next two hours will probably be filled with the fireworks and parade. The fireworks run from 10:15pm to 10:30pm and then the second parade starts at 11:15pm. You might be able to fit in one or two things between the end of the fireworks and the start of Boo to You, but if you’re planning on watching both from Main Street, you’ll probably need to find a parade spot immediately after the fireworks end. Boo to You arrives on Main Street around 11:35pm and runs until 11:52pm. At that point, it’s time to head up to Cinderella Castle for Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular, which runs from 12am to 12:30am.
If you can swing the high cost, the Halloween Parties are a lot of fun. Sprinkling in a few of these tips should also make for a much less stressful experience.
We’ll continue with a closer look at the key pieces that make up the Party.