Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) is a special ticketed event at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom during the fall, Halloween season. This party will run through November 1, 2019. For more information on dates and tickets, see Disney’s website here.

As a local Annual Passholder and a parent of a toddler, I’m bringing you some special tips to get the most out of your experience as well as share a few of our favorite parts. Also, I’ll be sharing an example itinerary you may feel free to customize based on your preferences! Read on to hear my tips, share your tips in the comments and let me know if you have any questions!

 Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party Projection

General Tips:

  1. You can arrive at 4 PM on your party night with your party ticket even without a regular admission ticket.  Four to seven PM on party nights tends to be a quieter time, so you may experience lower than normal wait times and be able squeeze in a few rides.  If you also have regular admission tickets, you may schedule Fast Passes during that time. There are no Fast Passes after the party starts but waits for rides tend to be reasonable.
  2. Plan your dinner sometime between 4 and 7 PM too. Whether you are eating at home, a resort or in the parks, it’s a good idea to make sure you have had a solid meal before the party starts so you’re prepared to have some treats once the party starts!
  3. If you are only attending the party one night, make a priority list and a general itinerary. There is not a good chance of “doing it all” in one night. There is so much offered at this party that it would take several nights to be able to fully enjoy everything. However, a priority list and a general itinerary will help make sure you don’t miss your favorite parts!
  4. Two things to make sure you get right away are your Sorcerer’s Card (available by the fire station on the left side of the entrance) and your first treat stop and treat bag (on the left side of the entrance).
  5. Make sure you take plenty of pictures.  If you have a ticket that includes Memory Maker / PhotoPass, you can take advantage of the magic shots available throughout the party.  If you don’t have it, they do have a special one night Memory Maker price for it.
  6. Plan your costume! A big part of this party is wearing a costume and everyone loves fun costumes at this party. Be creative and have fun. Remember, it may be still warm during the party, so costumes that are not too hot are best.
  7. Do not miss walking through Main Street! The pumpkins and music and the projections make the atmosphere of the party so be sure to check that out!
  8. There are treat stations throughout the park and you can get treats by going through those lines. If you have a food allergy, you can receive allergy tokens to swap in for candy at the two allergy stations marked on the map.  I recommend going to the allergy station a few times throughout the night if you’d like to bring home a bunch of candy! We stopped right away when they opened at 7, once after the parade and once on the way out. The allergy station will ask your allergy and then hand you a bag of safe candy. We simply stated “vegan” as this covers our preference and allergy and they had bags ready to go for us.

Tips as an Annual Passholder (AP):

  1. Arriving around 6 PM will give you enough time to get your treat bag, a few photos and get in line for the first thing on your itinerary.  You can arrive before 6 PM but as an AP, there are not many advantages to arriving much earlier.  This gives you time to make sure you are rested and ready for the rest of the evening.
  2. You can save money by signing into your account and buying your tickets with your Annual Passholder discount in advance – around $15 savings per ticket!
  3. If your AP includes PhotoPass photos, be sure to take advantage of the many photographers. There are Magic Shots and photographers everywhere throughout the party!

Disney Headless Horseman Magic Shot

Tips for Families with Young Children:

  1. Consider how late your child will stay up. My two-year-old surprised me by staying up the whole time but she was clearly done around 10 PM when she took her shoes off and she didn’t want to leave the stroller again after that. I made the first half of the night heavier on activities she would like to be up and doing.
  2. Create a child-centric itinerary but also do some of the things you want to do. We balanced our itinerary with things that we knew our daughter would like the most and also things we wanted to see.
  3. Consider bringing a stroller and/or baby carrier, deepening on what your child does best with.  We thought our daughter would nap in a baby carrier, but she ended up wanting to stay in the stroller from 10 PM until we left at midnight.
  4. Rider Swap is available for rides like Space Mountain.  Rider Swap is a program available to families with young children so that parents only wait once while the other parent stays with the young child(ren) and then the parents swap places and the other parent rides.
  5. For character meetings, we usually have one parent wait in line and have the second parent show up with the child right before we are about to meet the character. Then our daughter is happy when she arrives and is ready to meet the character. Two year olds are not known for their patience so this helps keep everyone happy!
  6. Have a back up costume. In case of spills or accident or, in our case, refusal to wear a costume, it’s always a good idea to have a back up costume.
  7. The Monster’s Laugh Floor has a special Halloween themed show.  It has candy on the way in and out, is a drop in, shorter show and children do not need to get out of the stroller (they usually do).  This is one not to miss with kids as it’s cute, they can stay in the stroller (so could make this a stop later at night), and you get candy!
  8. Be flexible.  Flexibility is always the key to happiness with young children.  You may think one plan may work, but they may have other plans and you just have to roll with it!
  9. Plan for a longer nap before the party and a slow morning/day the day after the party! We were all tired the next day were all in bed early the next night!
 Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween

Mickey and Elodie wearing their Halloween costumes

Example Itinerary (Staying the Whole Night)

4 PM Rides with or without Fast Passes (ex. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Splash Mountain)

5 PM Rides with or without Fast Passes (ex. People Mover, Buzz Lightyear)

6 PM Dinner, collect Sorcerer’s Card, Treat Bag, get in line for first activity

7 PM Meet favorite characters, do favorite rides with special Halloween activities, collect candy (ex. Line up to see Minnie then do Tea Cups with special music)

8 PM Meet favorite characters, do favorite rides with special Halloween activities, collect candy, dance parties (ex. Meet Moana, Ride Pirates of the Caribbean)

9 PM 9:15 Boo To You Parade starts, watch from Frontierland, arrive 15+ minutes early, then walk to castle for fireworks. Wait a few minutes past the parade end and then walk toward castle as they open the walkway about 15 minutes after 9:15 Parade ends.

10 PM 10:15 Fireworks start, watch from in front of castle, arrive early. 10:45 Hocus Pocus show in front of the castle optional.

11PM Ride rides and/or last minute character meets (ex. Space Mountain, Meet Villains, Moana, Mickey – you may experience waits under 10 minutes at the end of the night for all of these)

Example Itinerary (With Young Children)

4 PM Rest at home or hotel, get ready

5 PM Start traveling to party

6 PM Dinner, collect Sorcerer’s Card, Treat Bag, get in line for first activity

7 PM Meet favorite characters, do favorite rides with special Halloween activities, collect candy (ex. Line up to see Minnie then do Tea Cups with special music)

8 PM Meet favorite characters, do favorite rides with special Halloween activities, collect candy, dance parties (ex. Ride Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion which both have special features on party nights)

9 PM 9:15 Boo To You Parade starts, watch from Frontierland, arrive 15+ minutes early, then walk to castle for fireworks. Wait a few minutes past the parade end and then walk toward castle as they open the walkway about 15 minutes after 9:15 Parade ends.

10 PM 10:15 Fireworks start, watch from in front of castle, arrive early. (Could leave after fireworks) 10:45 Hocus Pocus show in front of the castle.

11PM Ride Swap rides and/or last minute character meets while child is in stroller or carrier (ex. Space Mountain Rider Swap, Monster’s Laugh Floor, Dance Party in Tomorrowland)

Are you partying with teens or older children? Check out my friend, Meagan Gets Real, for having fun at Mickey’s Not So Scary Party with teens.

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