It’s that time of the year again, yes, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is upon us. I often get questions regarding this festive fall party, so I am going to provide you with some helpful tips and information to make a better decision on whether or not to spend the extra money. First & foremost, if you can squeeze the extra dollars, definitely go to this party. Throughout this post you will see MNSSHP, this is the abbreviated name for the party.
Get Your Tickets As Soon As Possible!!
If you think that there is even a remote chance that you will be attending MNSSHP, get your tickets soon! Many of these party nights will sell out quickly. The closer you get to Halloween, its impossible to get tickets. I can already tell you, that October 31st is sold out. My advice is to get tickets for a week night if possible. Not the crowds will be less, but you will have a better chance at getting tickets. Do not take a chance and get tickets the day of. If you want to go, get them early! You will be glad you did.
This is the best part of the whole party. As with most years, Disney will allow you to get in starting at 4pm. The party doesn’t start until 7pm. The most asked question that I get is whether or not you need a park ticket and the MNSSHP ticket? The answer is NO!!! If you are trying to save a day of park admission, this is a least expensive way to do so. The park generally does a good job of policing those that are there for the party and guests that are there for the day. You will normally see a busy time between 4pm-7pm, do those leaving the park for the day.
Be Prepared For The Weather!
This is always a great question!! You need to be prepared for any type of weather. I say this because you are in Orlando. It could be hot, rainy, cold, or borderline hurricane weather. These are just some things that you need to keep in mind during these months.
This was my favorite part of this party. You mean I get to dress up as an adult? Heck ya!! When picking out the perfect costume there are things to keep in mind. Going back to the weather, I recommend you do something easy and light weight. This will be a key factor in what you have to pack for your trip is well. You may have a difficult time getting your Buzz Lightyear wings through airport security
You will see a little bit of everything at the party. All of the kids will be dressed, but adults will be as well. Yes, that means you dads!! This is a full participation party. It makes it much more enjoyable too! The character interactions and pictures are so much more fun if you are in costume. In the picture above, my wife went as a pirate, she got a really cool picture with her and Captain Hook. At the end, I will cover the rules for the costumes.
Your time in the park during the party is priceless, my recommendation is eating prior to the 7pm start time. Due to this being a hard ticketed event, you don’t want to waste time eating a Turkey Leg when there is so much to do and see. There are restaurants open during this time in the park, so if you are going to do any type of table service, be sure to do it during the 4pm-6pm time frame. This will allow you to be ready for the start of the party. This is especially important due to the lines for the characters starting around 6pm. If you want that picture with Maleficent, you need to be ready.
Who To See First
During this party, the longest lines will be to see the characters. This was something that I didn’t plan for during our trip last time. The lines begin to form for all characters starting at 6pm. The last time I went, the line to meet Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was almost 45 minutes long. My advice, if you can wait until the last hour of the party, the lines will be quicker. We were able to knock out Captain Hook in 5 minutes.
This is really no different from any other night in the Magic Kingdom. The first parade will be the busiest and the second parade will be less crowded. This is also a weather driven event, so if the forecast calls for inclement weather, you may experience a cancelled second parade. Take up your favorite parade viewing spot and you won’t be disappointed.
Hallowishes, is by far my favorite fireworks show that the Magic Kingdom does. If you have been to Wishes, then you know what I am talking about. Again, choose your favorite viewing spot and prepare to be amazed. For me, the best spot to view the fireworks is right on Main Street in front of the Walt & Mickey statue. (if you can get that piece of real estate).
Be Patient!! With this party being over around 12am, what I have noticed, is that the monorail is done running by this point in time. Of course, be sure to check the transportation schedule and if you are unsure, ask a Cast Member for direction. You will be able to use the bus system and ferry-boat.
Candy & Trick or Treat Bags
Okay, so what Halloween party would be complete without treats? Trick or Treating bags are provided at the gate upon entering the party. My goal was to really get the most with the stations. I did my research and decided to bring my own bag. Of course, it was a Disney bag, which I purchased from Target. Compact and able to travel in my suitcase. The bags that they provide are fairly small and will not hold a lot of candy. Why this is important? The Cast Members do a really good job of throwing a lot of candy in the bags.
Make sure that you get a park map upon entering, these maps will have all of the candy stops listed. They will be clearly marked by a Goofy Candy Shop inflatable, but just in case. The selection of candy is really nice as well. There is definitely more than enough candy to go around, so do not worry about them running low or out. This is Disney!!! If sugary candy is not your thing, they offer healthy selections as well. You can exchange all of your snickers bars for things that fit your dietary needs, unless of course Dad gets to them first.
To exchange your haul, you just take your candy to City Hall, and they will exchange things for you. There are also a few stations that will give healthy selections too. I remember there being a station in Tomorrowland that was passing out boxes of raisins and bananas.
Guests, children and adults, are welcome to wear costumes, but they are not required to attend MNSSHP. Again, make sure that its weather appropriate and light weight. I chose to go as a Mouseketeer and my wife was a pirate. Although the rules are a bit relaxed for this party, there are still some rules that need to be followed, as outlined below.
- Costumes must not obstruct vision or drag on the ground
- Costumes with sharp or pointed objects, large props or items that be mistaken for weapons will be prohibited (remember what I said about Buzz’s wings)
- Those dressed in their favorite Disney costumes, are permitted from posing for pictures or signing character autographs
- Disney may ask patrons with costumes that are deemed offensive to remove costumes or exit the park. (No sexy Tinkerbell or Snow White costumes)
- I can’t emphasize the last rule enough, dress up with the weather in mind. The weather can still be hot and sticky in September & October. This party goes on rain or shine, so be ready to break out a poncho. It happens more than you think.
I hope that I was able to answer all of your questions regarding the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party, if not let me know, and I will be sure to find the answer for you. If you have been before, what did you think? Would you recommend it? What did you dress up as? I want to hear from you.