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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party General Info

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KennythePirate’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Planning Guide

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1.  You can enter early!

The party festivities officially begin at 7:00 pm sharp, but guests with a ticket to the party may enter using that ticket as early as 4:00pm.  If you are using a regular Magic Way Ticket, you do NOT need to exit the park.  There are locations that will allow you to scan your party ticket and receive your wristband while still in the park after 4pm.  Some guests choose to relax at their resort and save a day on their park tickets.  If you enter at 4:00, you might want to take in some headliner rides before the party starts.

2.  Am I forced to leave the Magic Kingdom if I don’t have ticket?  

Well, no one is going to grab your arm and pull you out, but once the party begins at 7:00 pm, the Cast Members begin doing a sweep looking for those who don’t have wristbands.  If you forgot to get your wristband, just go to the nearest station.  If you wish to stay and attend the party, you can purchase a ticket at the front of the park, if it isn’t sold out.

3.  I have dining reservations for 6:45 at Liberty Tree Tavern, can I eat, watch the parade and stay around?  

NOPE.  Once your meal is completed at a Table Service restaurant, you’ll be kindly escorted all the way to the front gate by and super nice Cast Member who will kindly remind you that you can purchase a ticket and stay around if you wish!

4.  Make sure the little ones get an afternoon nap.  

You feel like you can get them to soldier-on from 6:00am wake up to midnight, but you’re wrong.  Your kids will become grumpy, demanding and even combative because they are tired!  As a matter of fact, you probably will too!  Don’t try to squeeze out every dollar of your vacation, get some rest!.

5.  Don’t waste your precious party time.

You only get 5 hours of actual party time (8 hours total), so don’t waste that $15.00 per hour per person eating Table Service, riding things you can do anytime or collecting candy early in the party.  Get in line for 7 Dwarves or Jack and Sally early!  The line is usually pretty long for Dwarves by 6:15pm and the Jack and Sally line usually forms around 5:30pm.

6. Wear a costume!  

At least 50% of the people at any party will be in costume, both children and adults.  The other 61% are just wandering around lost, looking for a piece of candy.  My brother and I dressed as human character locators last year and the characters and Cast Members loved it. We had many characters in parades pointing us out.  Make sure your costume is very lightweight.  It gets very hot and humid in Florida.

7.  Bring a poncho

It has rained on at least half the parties I’ve attended.  It’s often an hour or less, so they continue with the party.  On rare occasions that both parades are cancelled, guest services may offer a refund or free park ticket.  Be prepared for the fall monsoons, it is hurricane season in Florida.

8.  Watch the parade and fireworks.

These are two of the best entertainment options at Walt Disney World.  I recommend seeing the SECOND parade because the crowds are lighter and view the fireworks between Casey’s Corner and the Tip Board on Main Street for the best view.  The best spots always go early for these events.  The schedules are on the Show schedule above.

9.  Check out the Villains Mix and Mingle

The Mix and Mingle is a brief stage show followed by a short time of meet and greets with Disney villains that are usually very difficult or impossible to find otherwise.  You can find great info in the characters section.

10.  Dance the night away with Disney Villains or Monsters Inc charactes.

There are two great dance parties that allow you to dance with some of your favorite characters.  They don’t sign autographs, but they are a lot of fun and may even pose for a photo.

11.  Hitch a ride with some ghosts

There are usually two or three special locations where photopass photographers take your photo with Hitchhiking Ghosts. .  If they take the photo with your camera, it’s just a giant blank area and you look like real dorks.

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Saturday 20th of August 2016

I'm planning to arrive at 4 for the Halloween party, and FP haunted mansion. But I'm wondering will there already be photographers doing the Halloween magic shots, or will they wait til party starts at 7?


Sunday 21st of August 2016

Special shot at mansion doesn't begin until after dark.


Sunday 31st of July 2016

Hi Kenny, We are taking our daughter to WDW for the first time the last week of September and are thinking about doing the Halloween party. I read your blogs about the crowds last year, does it seem to be pretty bad recently? Should I even spend the money on it? If so, which day would you suggest? The 25th, which is our first day in Orlando, or the 29th or 30th? I am hoping for a great experience but would hate to be miserable with an almost 4 year old waiting on long lines just for candy or to only get to see a couple charcters......Any help is greatly apprecited!


Thursday 4th of August 2016

I have a great time by using my plan on regardless of crowds


Tuesday 26th of July 2016

We're attending MNSSHP on September 24 this year. I was able to book 2 fast passes before the party starts (between 4pm-7pm). I was only able to book 2 because the last fast passes for the day seem to end at 5:30. My first pass window is 3:50-4:50, 2nd pass window is 5:00-6:00, that leaves no room for a third because I'd have to book at 5:30 and the times would overlap.

Just a little fyi for anyone who wants to try to squeeze in as many rides as possible before the party starts.

Like Kenny said above, we'll only be riding Haunted Mansion during the party and watching the shows, parade and fireworks and trick or treating once the party starts.

Happy Hauntings!!!

Megan Scott

Saturday 11th of June 2016

Hi, Kenny! We are attending MNSSHP for the first time this on sept 16th with a 3 & 1 year old... -Anything special we should make sure we definitely do and anything we should totally avoid? -where does the monsters, inc dance party take place and at what time? -any chance any extra characters will be added this year or does the line up usually stay the same?

Thanks so much for all the info you share with everyone! You're awesome!


Saturday 11th of June 2016

I only ride Haunted Mansion, because all the other rides are exactly the same. Don't miss the parade and fireworks. Make sure you line up early for the characters I recommend on Lineups can vary from year to year. Monsters are in Tomorrowland Dance Party. Times for everything is always on as well.


Wednesday 23rd of September 2015

Hi Kenny, we are taking our son for the first time to Disney, we bought our tickets for not so scary party on the 31st...can we just use the tickets or do we need to use a day ticket. I was going to do a 3 day pass but if magic kingdom w/ the party I could save and just buy the 2day? We can still ride the rides correct? Thank you!


Friday 25th of September 2015

You can enter as early as 4pm. All the details are in my guide

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