Our top tips for surviving—and enjoying—Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!

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Are you attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party this year? There’s so much to see and do in just a few hours. This year, we are planning what is most important to us to maximize our time at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!

We went Boo Bash on a last-minute whim when the party was only three hours long in 2021, knowing we wouldn’t have enough time to see everything we wanted. In 2022, this year’s bash is back to its usual length of 5 hours, so there’s no need to be quite so strategic with planning. However, if you’re like us and want to make the most of your time, here are some tips!

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Need to Know About Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Here’s what you need to know! The party is held at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, and it’s a fun event for guests of all ages. Guests can enjoy unique Halloween-themed entertainment, character meets and greets, and trick-or-treating.

To attend the party, guests must purchase a separate ticket outside their regular park admission. A ticket for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is date specific and non-refundable. Admission to the party is limited, and tickets often sell out, so we recommend that you buy your tickets in advance.

For Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, tickets typically drop for purchase in May to early June each year. The earlier you buy your tickets, the better, as they often sell out closer to the event date.

2022 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Ticket Release Dates: Tickets went on sale May 12th, 2022, for guests with resort reservations planned during party dates. Non-resort guests were able to purchase tickets for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Par starting May 18th, 2022.

When planning your visit, remember that the party takes place in the evening, from 7:00 PM to midnight. You can get into Magic Kingdom Park early, starting at 4PM, to knock out a few character meet and greets or rides before the party officially starts.

Tip: On party nights for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Magic Kingdom Park closes early to regular-admission guests. If you’re not going to the Halloween party, we recommend you choose another park on these days since Magic Kingdom Park closes early and there won’t be enough time for a whole day in the park, including closing fireworks.

Additional information about the Walt Disney World Reopening & Updated Experiences can be found here.

Tips for getting the most out of your night at the party

Planning the day of the party means we’re rested and ready for the Halloween party festivities. Before heading to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, we like to map out things like early morning activities and food options. We seldom go to a park on the same day as the Halloween party. Instead, we sleep in, have breakfast at a resort restaurant, swim at the pool, do laundry, shop at Disney Springs, or have an early dinner at a resort restaurant before attending the party.

The same goes for the day after the party considering you may be up the night before until 1AM or 2AM just getting back to your resort and winding down. For the day after the party, plan either another rest day or plan to visit a park that opens a little later.

What to expect at the party, including the parade and fireworks

At Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, guests can expect to enjoy a variety of activities. The party typically features a parade down Main Street, U.S.A., led by Mickey Mouse and his friends dressed in their Halloween costumes. Guests are also invited to special fireworks showing exclusive to the party and a stage show in front of Cinderella Castle.

We recommend checking out the fireworks because it is one of the best fireworks displays you’ll see all year. Other activities include trick-or-treating, meeting Disney Characters in their Halloween costumes, and dancing at the Boo To You parade.

Make sure to catch the Headless Horseman procession! It happens right before the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular show in front of Cinderella Castle, and it’s a great way to get into the Halloween spirit. Speaking of the Hocus Pocus show, be sure to see it too! It’s one of the party’s highlights, and you don’t want to miss it. Another must-do is the Boo To You Parade. It’s a Halloween classic, and it’s always enjoyable to watch.

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Rides with Halloween Overlays

  • Mad Tea Party – Includes special lighting and Halloween-themed music as you enjoy a spin in the teacups.
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor – Halloween-themed and part of the treat trail and runs shorter shows during the party
  • Space Mountain – You thought this ride was dark before? They turn off all the lights during the Halloween party! You’ll be riding in pitch black with Halloween-themed music.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean – Encounter live pirates as you navigate this favorite attraction.

Themed Shows and Parades

  • Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular! – Stage show in front of Cinderella Castle, including our favorites, the Sanderson Sisters!
  • Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular – Halloween-themed fireworks show and castle display
  • Disney Junior Jam – Spooky dance party theme appropriate for younger guests
  • Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade – Halloween-themed parade including unique character appearances from the headless horseman, gravediggers, pirates, and other favorites.

How to make the most of the unique character meet and greets and photo opportunities

With the unique character meet and greets and magic shot opportunities during the party, it’s a good idea to know which ones you absolutely want or could pass on. Even though the party guest attendance rate is slightly lower than a regular park day, there will still be lines to meet characters and take photos.

Some characters may start meeting earlier than the start date. This is where having your party map and a plan comes in! Head to where the character is scheduled to be to stake out a spot in line before it gets too long.

Here’s my tip: I try to get all the photos in before it becomes apparent that I’ve been walking in the Florida heat in a costume for hours. While the evening hours bring temperatures down a bit, it is still hot! We focus on character meets first and then magic shots, which with some, appear better as the sun goes down.

Magic Shots

  • Headless Horseman in front of the train station before you enter Magic Kingdom Park
  • Hitch Hiking Ghosts and Hatbox ghosts near the Haunted Mansion
  • Maleficent overlay near Pinnochio Villagehaus
  • Festive fall overlays near Crystal Palace

Dress up!

Don’t forget to wear your costume! It’s not required, but it’s more fun if you get into the spirit. And since you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors, make sure your costume is comfortable. You don’t want to be stuck in a full-body suit in the Florida heat!

Consider accessories with your costume and whether you’d want to be carrying them around for the party and on rides. Less is more when considering all the walking and heat during the party.

Tips for trick-or-treating at the party

Grab a map as soon as you enter the park! The map will help you plan your route to hit all the Trick-or-Treat locations, themed character meet and greets, and exclusive party photos.

You can bring your own candy bag, a big one! Our friend said she collected 10 pounds of candy at a party once! That is a lot of candy! The bags cast members hand out at the candy stops are plastic with handles and a bit on the smaller side. You could pick up a few or use one big bag you bring.

Bring an extra bag to hold your other goodies like bottled drinks and snacks; the candy bag is essential for storing all that candy!

So there you have it, our top tips for making the most of your visit to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. What are your must-dos? Let us know in the comments!

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