Tips for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort

September 11, 2009 at 8:33 pm Leave a comment

Pre-party planning information:

  1. 2009 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party dates:  September 4, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29, October 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, and November 1.  The abbreviation for this party is MNSSHP.
  2. You must have a ticket specifically for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party to participate in this special event.  You cannot enter using a Magic Your Way or Park Hopper ticket.  The Magic Kingdom will close to the general public at 7:00PM; after that time, only those who have the party wrist band will be allowed to ride rides.   Most nights have advance purchase discount that saves $7 per ticket (Prices include tax: Adults – $55.38;  Children 3 – 9 $48.99); there is no advance purchase discount for October 9. 15, 23, 31.   Day of event ticket prices (subject to availability) including tax: Adults – $62.84; Children 3 – 9 $56.45 – except Halloween Night (October 31st) when prices are Adults – $68.16;  Children 3 – 9 $61.77, including sales tax.  Disney Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members receive special discounts on tickets for these party nights:  September 4, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29. October 1, & 6.   You can contact Walt Disney World directly or call us toll free at 877-815-6515 to purchase tickets.  You can also use our online form.
  3. Parties on weekends tend to be a busier than parties on week days.   The October 31st party typically sells out in advance.  There are a limited number of tickets available for each party so you do not have to worry about feeling packed in.
  4. You do not have to spend the day at the Magic Kingdom if you have a Magic Your Way basic ticket and want to visit a Disney theme park prior to the party.  Because this event is ticketed separately, it is not attached to your regular admission ticket in any way so you are not “park hopping” if you go to Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or the Animal Kingdom using your regular admission ticket on the same day that you go to the party.
  5. The party is from 7:00PM to Midnight but your party ticket will allow you to enter the Magic Kingdom as early at 4:00PM.   This is a great thing because you can get your party wrist band, go into the Magic Kingdom, and maybe get some dinner before the party starts.  The parking area and front gate of the Magic Kingdom are going to be a little crazy right at 7:00PM as you have day guests exiting at the same time that party guests are trying to enter.   Be sure to get a party map when you get your wrist band.
  6. On the other hand, there are some people like to wait until a little after 7:00PM to enter because the special party affects that are added along Main Street USA once the party starts (7:00PM)  heighten the party mood and experience for them.
  7. If you are spending the whole day in the Magic Kingdom, you’ll need to go to the Rose Garden on the Hub to pick your party wrist band.
  8. Try not to wear yourself out prior to the party – this is especially true for young children.   You’re paying a premium for these event tickets so it doesn’t make sense to be nearly worn out when the party begins at 7:00PM.   We recommend sleeping in this morning and enjoying a resort day or enjoying a late character breakfast at one of the resort restaurants. Another good option is to sleep in and make this a water park day.  If you do go into one of the parks, avoid the morning Extra Magic Hour and try to get a mid-day break.
  9. Costumes:  both adults and children are allowed to wear “family friendly” costumes to these fun parties – in fact, this is the only time that adults are allowed to wear costumes into a theme park.  Florida can be hot and humid so select costumes that will be comfortable and allows you to move freely.  You may not wear masks or head pieces that obstruct your vision.  Adults who dress in realistic looking Disney character costumes are not allowed to pose for photos or sign autographs or do anything to imply that you are a Disney employee; doing so can cause you to be escorted from the park.   You are not required to wear a costume to the party.
  10. Costumes – Booking a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or “Pirate League” reservation before the party seems like a fun and easy way to get ready for the party.   You won’t be the only one to take advantage of this option and the appointments get backed up, getting done much later than expected.   Try to book a reservation early enough to be finished well before the party starts.  Remember that you can only enter the Magic Kingdom at 4:00PM with just a party ticket – that may affect your Pirate or Princess make-over time.  There is a “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique” in the World of Disney shop at Downtown Disney.
  11. Disney provides small plastic trick-or-treat bags but many people bring at least one larger sturdy (canvas?) bag with handles / shoulder straps for candy – especially if the parent will end up carrying candy for more than one child.   There are candy stops all over the park but think about how much room you have for candy in your luggage.  
  12. Dining –  Plan to eat a decent dinner – you might feel sick if you eat only candy all evening.  There will be some restaurants open during the party.   Remember that Magic Kingdom resort area restaurants (Chef Mickey’s, Ohana, etc.) will be especially busy these nights as day guests look for something to do after the early park closing.   Cinderella’s Royal Table, Liberty Tree Tavern, and Tony’s Town Square are the table-service restaurants that are open during the party – but you need to decide whether spending about 1 ½ hours in a restaurant is worthwhile when the party is only 5 hours long.  Cosmic Rays, Casey’s Hot dogs, and Pecos Bills are the counter-service restaurants serving meals.  There will be some other snack carts and ice cream shops open.  You can also utilize the food courts at the Magic Kingdom Area Resorts; we like the Contempo Café in the Contemporary resort because you can watch the monorail zip by while you eat – then just walk or take the water launch over to the Magic Kingdom for the party.
  13. You might be able to buy glow necklaces at your local party supply store or even the party section of your local Wal-mart.  These will be less expensive than similar flashy items found inside the park.

At Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party:

  1. When you get the party map, take a minute to decide which shows or events are important to you and decide when you will do activities that have more than one time available. 
  2. If you’re staying late, remember that the second parade (10:30PM) is always less crowded than the earlier parade (8:15PM).   You’ll want to find a parade viewing location at least 20 minutes prior to the parade so that you can see the headless horseman ride by.   TIP: If you do encounter crowds along the parade route, look for a garbage can.  People tend to avoid them but the Disney garbage cans are very clean and do not smell – you might be able to find a little space near one to watch the parade.
  3. Don’t line up early at a candy / trick-or-treat stops.   There will be candy available all over the park, all night long.  You don’t need a strategy for getting candy.   The character paths are fun places to get candy.
  4. Sugar free candy is available at the City Hall.
  5. There are no FASTPASS tickets distributed at the party – crowds are low enough that FASTPASS tickets are not really necessary.
  6. These rides are open during the party:  Adventureland: Swiss Family Treehouse, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin.   Frontierland: Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railway.  Liberty Square:  Haunted Mansion, The Hall of Presidents.  Fantasyland:  Peter Pan’s Flight, Cinderella’s Golden Carousel, Dumbo the Flying Elephant,  Mickey’s Philharmagic, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mad Tea Party, and “it’s a small world”.  Tomorrowland: Tomorrowland Speedway, AStro Orbiter, Buzz LIghtyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Tommorowland Transit Authority, Stitch’s Great Escape, Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (closes at 10PM),   Mickey’s Toontown Fair:  The Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm.
  7. The Get Up and Boo-gie dance party at Ariel’s Grotto in Fantasy Land is generally geared towards little kids while the Rock-It OutStitch’s Club 626 Dance Party in Tomorrowland may have Cha Cha slide” or “Cupid shuffle” type dances that’ll be fun for older dancers.
  8. Do you want party t-shirts or souvenirs?   Your party map will have a symbol indicating areas where Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party logo items can be purchased.  Shop early for t-shirts as they may not replenish the racks throughout the evening.
  9. The Happy Hallowishes Fireworks are usually presented at 9:30PM.
  10. Free face painting is offered (check in Toontown) but the lines can get long but move quickly.  There will be a board letting you know what types of designs they can do.  The styles will be fairly simple so that they can get people done in a timely manner.
  11.  A lot of families with small children will exit after the Happy Hallowishes Fireworks (9:30PM) and ride lines typically decrease as the evening gets later.  
  12. There will be photopass photographers on hand for the party.   You can get a 40% discount on Party photo prints when you use the special discount code on the back of the party Photopass card.

Characters: Is seeing characters a priority?   This is where you need a strategy because the lines get long.  

  1. Does your little princess want her picture taken in front of Cinderella’s Coach?  This should be the first thing you do because the line gets brutally long.  The coach is in the Fantasyland Stroller parking area near to “it’s a small world”.
  2. Snow White and seven dwarfs are also very popular so plan to line up early to see them.
  3. Is there a long line in front of the character you want to see?   Ask the handler (the Disney cast member standing near the character) when they’ll go on break and when they’ll return – then line up about 5 – 10 minutes prior to the scheduled return.
  4. The dance parties are great opportunities to interact with the characters.
  5. If it is open, people tend to overlook the character meet & greet area in Adventure Land in the room near the Aloha Isle snack shop.
  6. Villains are always VERY popular at these parties so they generally don’t sign autographs – it would just take too long.  You can snap photos though.   They generally stick around the castle forecourt area for awhile after the Villains Mix & Mingle show – this is a great time to see them.    Their Meet & Greet timesa are 7:45, 9:00, 10:05, & 11:15PM.
  7. Parade characters can usually be seen in front to the castle, after the parade.

Examples of Trick-or-Treat sized candy given at past parties:  Smarties, dum dums, SweetTarts, Tootsie Rolls, Airheads, Bottle Caps, Mike & Ikes, Bit ‘o Honey, Jolly Rancher, Nerds, Skittles, Candy Corn, Twix, red licorice, Laffy Taffy, 100 Grand Bars, Crunch Bars, Snickers, Hershey bars, M&Ms, Kit Kat bars, Oh Henry bars, Starburst, Now & Later, Twizzlers, etc. 

You can contact us directly to purchase 2009 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets or to take care of all your Walt Disney World Resort vacation planning needs.

Build A Better Mouse Trip
Toll free: 877-815-6515





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