Every Fall Magic Kingdom puts on a show with seasonal decorations throughout the Park. To top it off, a special after hours Halloween party takes place on several nights beginning in September leading up to October 31st. From 7:00pm to midnight Party guests can enjoy numerous special events including parades, rare character meet & greets, fireworks, and of course trick-or-treating! With limited time to see and do everything, we’ve put together a list of tips to help you get the most out of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
The Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will take place on these nights in 2016:
September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30
October 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31
The official party runs from 7:00pm to midnight, but guests with party only tickets can enter at 4:00pm. If you also have a regular park ticket, certain Cast members will be on hand to hand out wristbands for the party for guests already in the park.
Pricing for the event ranges from $72 to $105 for adults and $67 to $100 for children plus tax. Prices vary by date, increasing towards the end. You can save a few dollars by pre-ordering tickets. DVC members and Annual Pass holders can take advantage of discounted prices on select days. Order online or call 407-WDW-5277.
Events include two parades, special character meet & greets, trick-or-treating, and exclusive fireworks and stage shows. See below for details on each item.
Candy and Costumes
One of the best parts of Halloween is trick-or-treating and the party at magic Kingdom is no different. There are stations set up around the park where Cast members hand out candy. Bring a good trick-or-treating bag for serious trick-or-treaters! Don’t worry, they won’t run out of candy, so fill up those bags later in the night so you don’t have to lug it around.
The other great part of Halloween is dressing up! Disney has some guidelines on what is appropriate to wear for the event and also put together a cute video which is posted below. Basically, they want to keep it family friendly and safe. Remember to dress for the weather; Florida can still be quite hot even in October. Also factor in if you want to get on rides when thinking about costume ideas.
Meet the Characters
Several special character meet & greets are available during the Party, with the most popular being Jack and Sally from the Nightmare Before Christmas film. Other rare meet & greets include the seven dwarfs, Alice in Wonderland characters, and Tarzan, plus Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy in costume. Be sure to get in line early for your most wanted characters; some will even start before the 7:00 party start time. For a bonus, get an up front spot for the Hocus Pocus stage show in the Castle forecourt for a chance to mingle with Maleficent, Oogie Boogie, and others.
Watch the Parades
The Halloween party features a unique Boo to You parade with several rare characters, such as the Haunted mansion ghosts, along with dancers and performers walking amongst the floats. As with regular nights, the first parade will be the busiest, so plan on watching the second one. The parade enters near Splash Mountain and leaves next to the fire station at the front of the park. Frontierland is typically the best spot to watch the parade as Main Street can get overly crowded; especially at the parade before the fireworks. Our favorite spot in near the riverboat since you can easily escape to Fantasyland or follow the back path over to Thunder Mountain. Be sure to stake out a spot at least 5-10 minutes early and get your kids up front for character interaction.
Ride the Rides
Nearly all of the rides remain open during the party, which is a great opportunity to experience some of the more popular attractions with shorter lines. FastPass+ is not available during party hours, but you can still take advantage of FP+ during the 4:00-7:00 early entry window.
Enjoy the Shows
The Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular has proven to be a new fan favorite during the Halloween party. Taking place multiple times nightly on the castle stage, it features the Sanderson Sisters from the movie as well as other great Disney villains, such as Jafar, Dr. Facilier, Hades and more. It’s a fun show and you may have a chance to mingle with some of the characters after the show. There are two showings after the fireworks, with one typically at midnight, which are less crowded.
The Happy HalloWishes fireworks display and castle projection show is another unique highlight of the party. The usual spectacular Magic Kingdom fireworks display gets a special villain makeover and great tunes such as Grim Grinning Ghosts feature in the show. The best viewing spots are along the newer garden pathways around the Castle hub. If you don’t mind missing the projections, the area near the Rapunzel bathrooms are a fun spot to watch the fireworks and avoid the crowds.
Tips for Getting the Most out of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
- Make a plan of what activities you want to do before you go to avoid wasting any time.
- Get there early to make full use of your time.
- Pick up an exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card at the fire station on Main Street.
- Dress appropriately for Florida weather and wear comfortable shoes as you’ll be doing a lot of walking.
- Bring your own trick-or-treat bag if planning on collecting a lot of candy. Collect later in the night since they won’t run out and you won’t have to carry it around.
- Bring a backpack to hold collected candy and any costume accessories you may not want to carry all night. A pack of baby wipes come in handy for cleaning makeup, etc.
- Plan an early dinner and snack your way through the night.
- Shop for party exclusive merchandise early as only a limited number of items are available each night.
- Go to a week night party in September or early October for lower crowds and lower prices.
- Skip the premium dessert party. Better to attend during a non-party night and it’s become overpriced for the experience anyhow.
- Special animated PhotoPass Magic Shots are available in various locations.