Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (2022 Guide)

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is returning in 2022 in conjunction with Walt Disney World’s 50th-anniversary celebration! The party is offered on select nights, 37 total, between August 12th through October 31st.

Mickey’s Halloween Party, also known as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, is a special ticketed event at Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World. The party is held during the Fall months of the year.

By Fall, I mean the dates for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party typically begin in mid-August and end around the first of November. Mickey’s Halloween Party nights are usually three times per week on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Fridays.

This Mickey’s Halloween party review will strive to cover if this event is suitable for your group. Additionally, we’ll look at how to make a list of priorities to help maximize your time at the event.

Prioritization is vital in planning your evening. The party has grown so much over the years. There is no way possible to do every single thing that’s offered throughout one evening.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a special ticketed event held on select weeknights at Magic Kingdom. The party begins at 7:00 p.m. and ends at midnight.

However, Disney usually allows ticketed party guests to enter Magic Kingdom as early as 4:00 p.m.

During these few extra hours, guests can enjoy rides and begin to meet a few of the characters that come out early. In addition, you might use this time to enjoy an early dinner in the park before the Halloween party festivities begin.

Given the extra cost of the event, the party is usually a one-night deal for most guests. So it’s one of those things you might call a one-shot-rodeo.

Therefore, it is essential to identify the rides, characters, and experiences that are must-do’s for your group in advance. And then form a plan that incorporates as many of those items as possible.

2022 Mickey’s Halloween Party Dates and Tickets

Tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party are available for purchase beginning May 18th. However, guests staying at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels can purchase tickets beginning May 12th.

Tickets range in price from $109 – $199.  

  • August: 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30 
  • September: 2, 5, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30 
  • October: 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31 

Additionally, annual passholders and Disney Vacation Club members can purchase specially priced tickets for certain dates.

We anticipate tickets to sell out quickly, specifically during the weeks that schools are out for Fall break. Make sure to check with our friends at Firefly Travels to reserve your tickets in advance. You can contact them here or fill out the contact form at the bottom of this article.

2022 Halloween Party Updates

Below is a list of items that Disney has announced for the 2022 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

  • The Headless Horseman returns! He will ride through the parade route ahead of Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween parade. Make sure to get a spot for the parade early!
  • Trick-or-Treating is on for the party! Additionally, guests will receive a special reusable treat bag to store their goodies. The bag will have a design celebrating the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World.
  • Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular returns for 2022. This charming stage show is a must-see during the party.
  • Expect lots of characters!
  • Holiday Overlays Return for these attractions: Space Mountain, Mad Tea Party, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor. 
  • Jack Skellington hosts Mickey’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Fireworks,
  • Special sweet and savory menu items will be available for purchase.
  • Event-Exclusive Photo Opportunities will be available.
  • Guests will receive a Halloween-themed 50thAnniversary celebration commemorative print.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Review

Below we’ll discuss what to expect at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. This review stems from our last visit to the party a few years ago. We’ll update this guide in full detail after attending the 2022 party.

You might be aware that Disney offered an After Hours event last season in place of its traditional Halloween and Christmas parties. The Halloween event was called the Boo Bash.

We attended both After Hours events last year. Unfortunately, I found the Boo Bash underwhelming compared to the seasonal parties.

One of the perks of Mickey’s Halloween Party is that it doesn’t require same-day admission. So technically, you could spend the day relaxing at your resort and then attend the party that evening.

This method is ideal since you can enter the Magic Kingdom with only the party ticket after 4:00 p.m. And if you plan to stay and see as much as possible throughout the party, you’ll be glad you rested beforehand.

Guests typically visit during this time of year for a six or seven-day vacation. Often they will purchase five days’ admission and then an additional ticket to the Halloween party.

The party stands out in several ways compared to an average night spent at Magic Kingdom. For instance, you’re treated to a special nighttime parade offered two times during the party.

Magic Kingdom hasn’t had an evening parade in six long years!

Additionally, Mickey’s Not So Scary offers a unique fireworks performance, fabulous entertainment, special treats, and the opportunity to meet rare characters. None of these items are available on a regular evening visit to Magic Kingdom.

However, with these kinds of offerings, expect crowds. So many guests visit this time of year with the primary intention of visiting a party.

And you might be surprised (or not) that many guests attend Mickey’s Halloween Party specifically to meet characters.

Want to meet Jack Skellington and Sally? Plan to wait in line for about two hours of your evening.

I’m not kidding. If you meet the pair with any less wait, consider yourself lucky!

At my last party, I went to meet the Seven Dwarfs at 6:35 p.m. Unfortunately, their line was already over an hour and a half long!

Thankfully, I met them much later in the evening. Unfortunately, there were many characters I didn’t get a chance to meet.

Since meeting characters at the Halloween Party is difficult, I put together a separate guide. It covers which characters are available, when and where to find them, and tips on what order to meet them.

Related: Meeting Characters at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

You might already feel overwhelmed by the number of items available at the Halloween Party. Here is a breakdown of the other items in the order we’ll discuss them.

  • Mickey’s Halloween Party Guide Map
  • Top Mickey’s Halloween Party Must Do’s
  • Event Exclusive Entertainment
  • Character Meets
  • Halloween Twists Lists
  • Trick or Treating
  • PhotoPass Opportunities List
  • Specialty Food & Beverage for Purchase List
  • Allergy-Friendly Candy Centers
  • Tips

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Map

Most seasonal events at Walt Disney World will have a separate guide map. For example, when you enter Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, you’ll receive a copy of the party map and a wristband.

If you’re visiting Magic Kingdom before the party, you can stop at one of the designated locations to pick up your band and party map. You don’t have to leave and re-enter the park.

A cast member will scan your magic band or My Disney Experience app to verify your party ticket. Then they will secure a wristband that you’ll need to leave on throughout the remainder of the evening.

Those dedicated locations are typically in Tomorrowland and Adventureland. There is signage that indicates wristband distribution for the party.

Here is the map from the last party we attended.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Map
Image Credit: Disney Parks

You might note that the Event Exclusive Entertainment and Characters are listed in the center of the map. These are the party’s highlights.

You won’t want to miss Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular and the Boo To You Parade.

Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular

Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular debuted in 2019 at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. The new fireworks brought back many fun Halloween memories from my childhood.

Not only that, the spectacular evoked much emotion. The performance was very similar to the style of Happily Ever After.

Unfortunately, Happily Ever After was replaced with Disney Enchantment this last year.

And with the way things have been at Disney World lately, it would not be a surprise to see shortened fireworks or a different version at a Halloween Party.

While still new, the former Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular told a story through its castle projections. Those projections feature Mickey Mouse, Minnie, and the gang as they visit a haunted mansion.

From the beginning, it got huge bonus points for the inclusion of the classic characters we know and love.

Additionally, a dreamy Sleeping Beauty-Esque moment features ghost ballroom dancers from the Haunted Mansion.

Fireworks are a top priority when visiting the Halloween Party. And thankfully, they are much easier to see at a private, ticketed event than on a regular evening at Magic Kingdom.

Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade

Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade is a favorite among most party-goers. The parade is held twice nightly during each party.

Like the Festival of Fantasy Parade, this parade steps off each evening in Frontierland and makes its way to Liberty Square. Boo to You then turns into the castle hub and travels in front of Cinderella Castle before making its way down Main Street U.S.A.

In the past, it was typical for the second parade to have fewer crowds than the first. However, we saw higher crowds at the second parade during our last party season.

My recommendation is to see which parade works best to meet your schedule. Although, I do recommend (if you enjoy parades) to find a spot in advance and watch it from Main Street.

Yes, the parade is easier to watch in Frontierland. And you won’t have to wait so long for it.

But there’s something magical about seeing the parade from the heart and center of Magic Kingdom. It’s an experience you won’t be soon to forget.

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

The Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular is a show performed on the stage at Cinderella Castle. It’s full of Disney Villains as the name promises.

You can expect to see the Sanderson Sisters, Oogie Boogie, Lady Tremaine, Cruella de Ville, and the list goes on and on.

This show has three nightly performances, and the last show is the ending entertainment nightly at the party.

Event Exclusives at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Since we covered the three main event exclusives offered at Mickey’s Not So Scary, I wanted to go over how to prioritize these items.

There are a couple of options for seeing some of these since they have multiple showtimes. Here is how I would put them together:

  • Attend the first Villain Spelltacular at 8:30 p.m. (Get a spot in front of Cinderella Castle around 8:00 p.m. You might grab a snack or counter service meal to eat while you wait.)
  • Next, attend the first Boo to You Parade at 9:15 p.m. from Main Street U.S.A.
  • Then go to the ONLY Disney’s Not So Spooky Fireworks Spectacular at 10:15 p.m. (Immediately move back to the Cinderella Castle Hub after the Boo to You Parade is over.)

Here’s how my night went:

  • 8:10 p.m.–I secured a place within the innermost rim of the castle stage. Everyone in this area was sitting. Often guests bring plastic table cloths or towels to sit on in these areas.
  • 8:50 p.m.–Villains Spelltacular lasts around 15 minutes. When it was over, I moved to Main Street to secure a spot for the parade. I elected to stand in front of the Toy and Keepsakes entrance of the Emporium about midway down Main St U.S.A.
  • 9:32 p.m.–This was when I had my first glimpse of the Boo to You parade coming in front of Cinderella Castle.
  • As soon as the parade passed by us, I moved back up the street to the left of the Partners Statue (Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse). The castle projections are fun, and I have found it’s good to see them up close and personal.
  • 10:27 p.m.–The fireworks started promptly at 10:15 p.m. and ended twelve minutes later.

This plan took from 8:10 p.m. until 10:27 p.m. So nearly two and a half hours of my night were invested in seeing all three event exclusives.

However, I enjoyed a snack and saw a stage show, a parade, and fireworks within this time without using up a lot of energy.

Or, if you wanted to get in other items early in the evening, you might go with this option:

  • Fireworks at 10:15 p.m.
  • Villain Spelltacular at 10:45 p.m.
  • Boo to you Parade at 11:15 p.m.

The way to look at these plans is simple. With the first one, you still have time to meet characters or other preference items before and after the exclusive events.

If you go with the second plan, you have more time to do other things before going to the exclusive events. However, there won’t be much party time left after the last parade.

These parties can be exhausting, especially if you try to get as much of your money’s worth as possible. So you’ll want to consider getting a good day’s rest before the party.

It is common to see guests who get to the point where they can’t go anymore and leave. The first plan above will, at the very least, get you through the three main events. Then you won’t feel so guilty if you have to leave after the fireworks.

In addition to the items we’ve already covered, there are a few other event-exclusive entertainment offerings at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Most of these are offered throughout the evening to experience them at your leisure.

There’s the Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball, a dance party held in front of the Rocket-Tower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland.

Characters from Monsters Inc. are usually out on the dance floor between 7:00 p.m. and midnight.

Over in Storybook Circus, there’s a Disney Junior Jam. This is another dance party aimed at younger children. You’ll have the opportunity to see popular Disney Junior characters like Fancy Nancy, Vampirina, and Doc McStuffins.

The party is usually available throughout the party between 7:00 p.m. and midnight.

And inside Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe, you might join the Disney Descendance Party. This dance party is geared towards fans of the Descendants movies on Disney+.

This dance party takes place between 7:00 p.m. and midnight.

Tip: If you need a counter service meal during the party, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe is one of the few restaurants that remain open during the party. This might be an excellent spot to pick up a meal while your children enjoy the party.

Characters at the Party

As mentioned above, we have a separate article for meeting characters at the Halloween party. However, I will briefly touch on those meets for our guide.

There were 18 character meet and greet locations during the last party season. Most of these meets offered the opportunity to meet multiple characters at one time.

There’s nothing like a two for one, right?

The characters at the party are usually extremely rare. They are so rare that the seasonal parties are typically one of the only places you have a chance to meet them.

Hence, the long lines for characters.

Below are the characters you might see at the party by location:

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Jack Skellington and Sally at Town Square Theater
  • Mickey Mouse in Halloween Costume at Town Square Theater

Adventureland

  • Jafar outside the Agrabah Bazaar area
  • Aladdin and Abu at Agrabah Bazaar
  • Moana in the Tiki Room
  • Jack Sparrow across from Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Tarzan, Jane, and Turk near Swiss Family Treehouse

Liberty Square

  • Grave Diggers in the Liberty Square Gazebo

Fantasyland

  • Gaston and Belle on the side of Bonjour Gifts
  • Prince Eric and Ariel across from The Little Mermaid attraction
  • Seven Dwarfs in Pete’s Silly Slide Show
  • Minnie Mouse in Halloween Costume (Casey Junior Splash Pad)
  • Donald and Daisy Duck in Halloween Costume (Casey Junior Splash Pad)
  • Princess Fairytale Hall stays open with all four Princesses
  • Winnie the Pooh and Friends in Halloween costume near The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Alice and the Mad Hatter in front of Mad Tea Party
  • Queen of Hearts with the Tweedles to the side of Mad Tea Party

Tomorrowland

  • Lots-0′ behind Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Rock n’ Roll Stitch in the Stitch Character Meet location across from Monsters, Inc Laugh Floor

If you want to meet any of these characters, you need to form a plan.

Related: Disney World Characters Guide

Halloween Twists at Mickey’s Not So Scary

There are four Halloween Twists at Mickey’s Halloween Party. Here is a list of the ride overlays that are unique to the party:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Space Mountain
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

Trick or Treating at Mickey’s Halloween Party

I didn’t have the time to do a lot of trick-or-treating at Mickey’s Halloween Party. However, I noticed in my observations that the lines were extremely long.

So at one point in the evening, I decided to go through the Country Bears queue. I turned on the stopwatch on my phone just to get an idea.

It took 5 minutes and 20 seconds from the start to when I received candy. According to my screenshot, this was at 7:25 p.m. that evening.

Additionally, we went through a few lines during the After Hours this last year and experienced some pretty long waits.

Take into consideration that if you went through 10-12 locations and waited for an average of five minutes at each line, that would be a full hour of collecting candy.

And that’s not counting the travel time around the park between the trick-or-treat locations. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to spend one-fifth of my party time standing in line for a miniature candy bar.

To play the devil’s advocate here, I wanted to mention something. I tend to talk to many other guests while standing in line at the parks.

Several people expressed that they felt it was the only safe place to take their children trick-or-treating. And I get that.

So I’m not saying abstain from trick-or-treating at the party, but more judge how you use your time wisely. If you run into a location that doesn’t have a line, stop and grab some candy.

But don’t look at it as “free candy,” you paid a considerable sum of money for party tickets.

Trick or Treat Checkpoints

Here is a list of the available checkpoints:

  • Market Street Welcome–(This is the initial entrance to the party where you receive trick-or-treat bags. Often, cast members give out these large packets with multiple candy types here. Make sure to get this one upon check-in.)
  • Adventureland–Jungle Cruise, Tortuga Tavern
  • Frontierland–Splash Mountain, Miner’s Cove, Country Bear Jamboree
  • Liberty Square–The Diamond Horseshoe
  • Fantasyland–Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Pinocchio Village Haus, Ariel’s Grotto, WDW Railroad Station
  • Tomorrowland–Carousel of Progress, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, Cosmic Ray’s

Allergy-Friendly Centers at Mickey’s Halloween Party

If you suffer from food allergies, you can receive a token at each trick-or-treating location. As shown below, a green bag indicates food allergy trick or treaters.

So to reiterate, you go through the regular trick or treat lines. There, you receive a token instead of candy. Then you take your tokens to the allergy-friendly center to pick out treats in exchange.

The location of the Allergy-Friendly Centers are:

  • Market Street Welcome Center
  • Liberty Square

Mickey’s Halloween Party Photo Opportunities

Additionally, you will find four event-exclusive magic shots at Mickey’s Halloween Party. The locations for these four special PhotoPass opportunities are:

  • Entrance to Magic Kingdom
  • Main Street, U.S.A at Town Square Flagpole
  • Main Street, U.S.A at Casey’s Corner Area
  • Haunted Mansion Entrance

Photo opportunities to be determined for 2022.

Specialty Food and Beverage Items at Mickey’s Not So Scary

There are always special treats at Disney World exclusive to seasonal parties and events. Usually, we’ll run into various party-specific food offerings at Mickey’s Halloween Party.

Here is a list of the advertised items if you want to try something out of the norm:

  • Main Street Bakery
    • Amuck Amuck Amuck Cupcake (Cupcake featuring peanut butter, chocolate, and toffee.)
  • Snack Carts near Cinderella Castle
    • Jack and Sally Push Pops (These are those cake and icing mixed push pops. The Sally pop is gluten-friendly.)
  • Liberty Square Popcorn Cart
    • Constance’s For Better or For Worse Wedding Cake (This cake is designed to mimic a more murderous-looking wedding cake.)
  • Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies
    • Pumpkin Spice Milkshake (This is a flavored pumpkin shake topped with candy pumpkins and comes with a Mickey straw.)
  • Sleepy Hollow
    • Headless Horseman Cheesecake (Flavors of pumpkin, chocolate, and orange are combined with this concoction.)

For this party, I ordered the Pirate’s Horizon at Aloha Isle, a drink meant to look like a sunset.

This was quite the refreshing juice, given how hot it was on the day of this party.

*Try these items at your discretion. While they look like fun options, a heartier counter service meal or your go-to theme park snack might be a safer bet to sustain you through the evening.

Tips For Mickey’s Halloween Party

Many of the party tips I offer will depend on your priorities. So the best advice I can give you is to go into the evening with a plan.

I tend to make a loose schedule and save it in the notes section of my phone. That way, I can reference the most important items as I go through the evening.

If you get ahead, that’s great. You might score an extra ride on the Mine Train or meet a character. But if you get behind on your list of must-do’s, you can prioritize the most important things.

Unfortunately, it is more likely that you’ll get behind instead of ahead. But if you plan wisely, you’ll get the big things knocked out efficiently.

And I feel you’ll still have a great time, even if you didn’t check off everything on your schedule.

I like to break the night down into three portions:

  • Pre-Party Hours from 4:00–7:00 p.m. (Rides, Dining, and Characters)
  • Event Exclusive Entertainment from 8:00–10:30 p.m. (Spelltacular, Parade, Fireworks)
  • Late Party Hours 10:30 p.m.–12:00 a.m. (Rides and Characters)

If your priority is meeting characters, then start with Jack and Sally and work your way around to as many as you can meet until about 7:00 or 7:30 p.m. Grab a bite to eat (counter service or treat) and get a spot for the evening entertainment. Then, after the event exclusives head back to finish meeting characters as desired.

If your priority is to ride as many rides as possible, start there at 4:00 p.m. Then do as many rides as you can until 7:30 p.m. Take a break and grab a bite to eat while waiting for the evening events to start. Then after the three exclusives, head back out to hit the rides you desire with low wait times.

Mickey’s Halloween Party Extras

Before wrapping things up, I wanted to share a few more photos of a little Haunted Mansion fun offered at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Madame Carlotta and the Haunted Mansion’s butler often make appearances throughout the evening in front of the mansion.

The darker the evening gets, the more she tends to light up. They have a hilarious spiel.

It is always a treat to see them out greeting guests.

As for Mickey’s Not So Scary, I always leave feeling excited and glad I purchased a ticket. We have visited for the party many times over the years.

One of the reasons I enjoy it the most is because “it’s really not so scary.”

And I hope you will do the same!

Here are a few more pictures:

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