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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: Tips & Tricks

Is a Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party part of your October plans?  Did you know that although MNSSHP doesn’t begin until 7PM, guests are welcome to start entering the park at 4PM with a MNSSHP ticket?! Thats right! take advantage of getting into the parks before the party even starts! For travelers who want to maximize that time, we suggest leaving your resort at 3PM to arrive and be through security by 4PM so plan a resort day and spend the day relaxing by the pool or taking a nap before heading to Magic Kingdom, so you have plenty of energy to make it to the end of the party at midnight! 

Most of the Not-So-Scary festivities don’t begin until 7PM, so this allows you to take advantage of the first few hours and hop on some rides and try some seasonal snacks that are available in the parks. This is also a great time to stock up on some Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party exclusive merchandise. Spoiler alert our favorites are the Acid Washed Party t-shirt and the ornament! 


Meet & Greets 

If meeting Jack and Sally is on your must do list for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, we highly recommend getting in line early! The line can reach upwards of 2 hours to meet the dynamic duo. Other popular meet and greets during the party are Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb along with Pooh and Friends in their Halloween best and Stitch dressed up as Elvis! Party exclusive character meet and greets can have long lines so a great time to meet them is during a stage show or the first parade. To find all of the Character Meet and Greets check out your pamphlet, they are marked with a black bat. 


Parades and Shows

Every night of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, (weather permitting) guests are invited to attend the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular featuring the Sanderson Sisters. In the month of October there will be four showings each night at 7:40PM, 8:35PM, 10:45PM and a final presentation to end your night at 12AM. The first and last show tend to be the most popular so for a smaller crowd try to venture over for the 8:35PM or 10:45PM show after fireworks before the second Boo-To-You parade. 

At 10:15PM, fireworks will light up the skies with Disney’s Not- So- Spooky Spectacular which features fireworks, projections and lasers. Guests who are interested in seeing the projections and lasers should plan to head towards the front of the castle early to find a good spot! However, if you are just interested in just the fireworks and soundtrack Fantasyland is a great spot to view the fireworks. If you’re feeling adventurous take in the fireworks while on a ride, nothing beats riding 7 Dwarfs Mine Train, Splash Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain during the fireworks! You’ll have the best view in the house. 

The highlight of the night, Mickey’s Boo To You Halloween parade has two runs each evening. The earlier parade at 9:15PM tends to be the busier parade so plan to find a spot early, if getting a good spot to sit is important to your travel party. If you can hold out until the 11:15PM show it is generally less crowded than the earlier showing due to families with little ones heading out early. 


MNSSHP with Little Kids

If you find yourself enjoying the Halloween Party with some little ghouls and goblins, we have just the tips and tricks for you! Most importantly don’t forget the stroller! It’s a late night and little legs tend to get tired much easier. Consider renting a stroller even for your bigger ghouls and goblins to avoid any potential late night meltdowns. It’s a long night and having a stroller for them to sleep in during the parades and shows will make all the difference if the rest of the party wants to maximize their time at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

The first Boo To You Parade may be crowded with everyone wanting to view it, a great viewing spot is right at the beginning of the parade route in Frontierland. This allows for kids to see it as soon as it starts and not have to fight the Main Street U.SA. and castle crowds. This also gives you a chance to quickly jet over to Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Magic Carpets and other rides while everyone else is watching the parade from a different spot in the parade route. 

Nothing beats a good dance party to burn off a little bit of excess energy that young travelers have! From 7PM to 12AM, head over to Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe and join the Zombies, Werewolves and Aliens of Seabrook for the Zom-beatz Bash. If our friends from Seabrook aren’t your favorite, guests are also welcome to join Mike and Sulley in Tomorrowland for a Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball. We can’t forget about our smallest Disney Junior loving travelers, for them in Fantasyland in the Storybook Circus area Vamparina and some other Disney Junior friends will be dancing the night away at the Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam. 

Trick or Treat Trails are a great opportunity to stock up on some sweet treats while at the Halloween party. They are located throughout the park in each land. Trick or Treat Trails are labeled on the pamphlets handed out upon entry and are marked with an orange lollipop. While trick or treat trails may not be allergy friendly for all guests look for a teal blue mickey pumpkin head and those locations will have plenty of allergy friendly treats.

For littles who aren’t too fond of villains and other spooky things take advantage of the shortened wait times throughout the park. Most rides especially the rides without height requirements tend to be walk ons most of the night. It’s a great opportunity to ride all of their favorite rides. 


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