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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tickets, Highlights, & Tips!

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I finally got to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (also known as MNNSHP) with my daughter this year and I have so much to share!

This this post I’ll share:
  • How to get Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets at a discount
  • The highlights of the party for us
  • My tips for having the best possible experience at the party!

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Tickets 2020

Cinderella's castle in magic kingdom lit up at night

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a special “hard-ticketed” event at Magic Kingdom. This means a regular theme park ticket will NOT get you in – a special party ticket is required.

I was pleased to discover that the tickets to the Halloween party are much cheaper than tickets to the Christmas party!

MNSSHP tickets start at only $84 for adults and $79 for kids – IF you purchase them in advance through Undercover Tourist, my recommended ticket broker. 
I saved $18 on Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween tickets for me and my daughter just buying them through Undercover Tourist. 

Here are the Mickey’s Not So Scary 2020 party dates:

August: 13, 18, 21, 25, 28

September: 1, 4, 7, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29

October: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31

November: 1

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Discount Tickets

Here’s how to pick the best dates for MNSSHP tickets for the lowest price:

september 2020 calendar with pricing for Mickey's not so scary halloween party

Different dates have different prices so if you want to pay less choose a less popular date from this interactive calendar (the crowds will be lower, too.) Generally, parties on weekend nights will be the most crowded and the most expensive.

Then head over to Undercover Tourist to get your discounted tickets!

The lowest cost parties are in August and September and on weeknights, which includes Sunday nights. The most expensive party is Halloween night which will cost $55 MORE per ticket ($135 adult)!

magic kingrom entrance at night decorated for halloween

On the day of the party, you can get full-price tickets on the Disney website and have them linked to your Magic Bands, or buy them when you get to Magic Kingdom at a ticket window.

Annual Passholders and DVC Members get slight discounts as well, with advance tickets starting at $75. Book through the Disney site to get your discounts.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Hours

wristband for mickey's not so scary halloween party
Before I get to the highlights and my tips here’s a rundown of the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party hours:
  • You can enter the park as early as 4 pm with your party ticket; they started letting folks in at about 3:50 at our party. After you scan your ticket you will be given a special party wristband.
  • The park closes to day guests without a party ticket at 6 pm, so anyone without a wristband will be ushered out.
  • The party begins at 7 pm! This is when all of the special events of the party will start. Official party hours are 7 pm – 12 am.
  • The party events wrap up at midnight with a final showing of the villain stage show.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tips

On to the highlights and tips from our visit!

1) Ride Attractions With Little Wait

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster

Here’s the first of my tips: The best time to ride attractions with little wait is between 6 and 7 pm!

We rode Big Thunder Mountain Railroad three times in a row and rode Splash Mountain in this hour. I suggest grabbing something to eat for dinner before 6 pm so you can make the most of it.

There aren’t any Fastpasses available during the party but you shouldn’t need them since many guests are taking part in the other elements of the party.

If you want to ride popular attractions such as Seven Dwarves Mine Train, the other best times are during the first parade, fireworks, and during the last hour of the party.

2) Candy Candy Candy

mickeys not so scary halloween party trick or treat blow up sign

I’d imagine that for many kids the highlight of the party is trick-or-treating around Magic Kingdom. I know it was for my kiddo!

wreck it ralph breaks the internet themed trick or treat bag
When you first enter the park you will be directed to the side of Main Street USA and be given a trick or treat bag.

Then you’ll get your first trick or treating stop and will be handed about six pieces of chilled candy!

This begins at 4 pm, even though the party doesn’t officially start until 7 pm.

M&M trick or treat blow up sign

There are 16 designated candy hand-out locations all around the park which are marked by these large blow-up signs. The lines for candy at these stations were extremely long from 7 – 8:30 pm. I would suggest waiting to hit them up until after that if you can!

There is also candy handed out after some headliner attractions. We were given candy when we got off of Splash Mountain and Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin (I’m sure they give out candy after other attractions as well).

This candy should be enough to tide the kids over until later when the treat station lines die down!

pile of candy
Here is a sampling of what we got – it was really good candy!
If anyone in your party has a food allergy, let the cast members know when you pick up your bag. You will be given special colored bags that indicate you need allergy-friendly candy.
Cast members at the candy stations will give you tokens you can redeem for safe treats at Liberty Square Ticket Office and Town Square Theater.

3) The Villian Stage Show

cinderella's castle at night during The Hocus Pocus Villian Spelltacular stage show
The Hocus Pocus Villian Spelltacular stage show is not-to-be-missed – even with little kids! It involves projections on the castle, singing, dancing, and some pyrotechnics.

It occurs three times nightly at parties until September 28th (8:30, 10:45, and 12:00) and at parties after that four times nightly (7:40, 8:35, 10:45, and 12:00). I estimate it lasted about 15-20 minutes.

My five-year-old daughter loved seeing all the villains dance! We arrived at the first nightly showing only a few minutes before the show began and were able to find a place to watch fairly close to the stage on the right side of the castle.

4) Fireworks Display

nighttime fireworks over Cinderella's castle

We loved the special fireworks show at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party – Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular. It occurs nightly at 10:15 pm.

We were able to snag a decent spot to view on Main Street right before the show began. It contains character appearances, projections on the castle, villain songs from a bunch of Disney movies, and unique Halloween-themed fireworks.

5) People Watching (Costumes Allowed!)

One of the highlights of the party is checking out all of the other guests’ costumes! This was probably my favorite aspect of the party.

Normally adults can not wear costumes in the theme parks, but the Halloween party is the exception. If you want to dress up, check out the regulations from Disney regarding costumes during the party here. 

6) Special Halloween Food & Beverage

Malificent themed ice cream cone with chocolate horns and purple sprinkles
Take time to enjoy a special Halloween-themed treat while you do some people-watching.
We got this Maleficent ice cream cone (she’s our favorite villain) at Storybook Treats for $5. It was lime soft serve in a chocolate cone and we really liked it!

7) NEW! Special Attraction Overlays & Effects

teacup ride at night with lantern lights

Some attractions at Magic Kingdom has special features during the party. Among these are:
  • Special lighting and music for the Mad Tea Party (we loved this)
  • Special interactive pirates in a search for “Gunpowder Pete” on Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Special soundtrack and effects on Space Mountain

Other Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Events

We left the party after the fireworks show so there was a lot we didn’t have time to do at the party.
Here are some other elements of the Halloween party:
  • Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade takes place twice nightly at 9:15 pm and 11:15 pm. See characters dressed up in their special costumes and the Headless Horseman starts the parade! The second parade is often much less crowded.
  • Special Character Meet & Greets are available throughout the park until 11:30 pm. Pick up a guide map at the party to find all of the locations.
  • NEW! Halloween Dance Parties take place in Tomorrowland (Monsters, Inc themed) and Fantasyland (Disney Jr. characters including Vampirina).

I hope this post helped you find discount MNSSHP tickets and get tips for visiting the party.

If you happen to be visiting Disneyland during the Halloween season, check out this post for 15 Spooktacular Reasons to Experience Disneyland Halloween!

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Lynette Browne

Wednesday 26th of February 2020

Do the resort buses run as late as the party?


Monday 2nd of March 2020

Yes! I believe they run for an hour after the party officially ends.

Rita Rogers

Sunday 23rd of February 2020

Hi, great article. We are hoping to visit Sept 2020, do you have to gave a park ticket AS WELL as the event ticket please.


Sunday 23rd of February 2020

Hi Rita! No, you just need an event ticket and not admission to Magic Kingdom. With your party ticket you can enter as early as 4 pm.


Friday 12th of April 2019

Do you know if there is rider switch during MNSSHP? I am planning to go in Aug 2019 with my 6 year old who loves fast rides and a 2 year old. Even though the lines are expected to be 15-20 mins, it would be even better if we don't have to get on the queue every time when we swap adults.


Sunday 14th of April 2019

That's a great question, Marzypan! I would imagine that rider switch would be in effect at MNNSHP. I haven't used it myself during the party, but I expect you will be able to.

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