Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney’s Magic Kingdom is one event I am really passionate about! For me, it is a definite MUST DO! I mean … I know the Headless Horseman isn’t really headless, but HOW do they do that? He looks SO real!
There is definitely a lot to see and do at this year’s party, and how you tackle it depends on your objective – do you want to see characters typically only found at the party or do you want to jump on rides with less wait or maybe the parade and fireworks are your priority. Below is some information that will help you maximize your time at the party.
For me, the best parts of the party are the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade and Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular – an all-new fireworks and laser show, so I suggest planning your evening around these events and the characters you want to meet.
There are lots of characters to meet at the party that you aren’t easily able to find elsewhere or they are dressed in their special Halloween attire, so plan your meet-and-greets wisely. The lines tend to form early for Jack Skellington and Sally, the Seven Dwarfs and Rock ‘n’ Roll Stitch. For these characters especially, you will need to plan to get in line about an hour early or around 6 p.m. (4:30 p.m. for Jack and Sally at Town Square Theater). You can also ask Cast Members when you can begin getting in line and what time the characters are supposed to make an appearance. You can find a list of where to find characters at the end of this blog.
Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular
This show takes place on the Castle Forecourt Stage three times each night this year – 8:30, 10:45 and 12 a.m. The Sanderson Sisters from the movie “Hocus Pocus” enlist the help of Disney villains to conjure the ultimate “Hocus Pocus” Party Potion and cast a spell on everyone in the park. Look for appearances from Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie and Maleficent. Sometimes you can get lucky and catch them roaming before or after the show.
Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade
The highlight of the evening, in my opinion, is the parade, at 9:15 and 11:15 each night. The parade begins with the mysterious Headless Horseman setting the tone about 15 minutes before each parade. The parade begins in Frontierland, which is a great place to watch it as long as you are at the second showing, which is often less crowded. If you plan to watch the first parade, you will want to position yourself along Main Street so you have a good view of the castle for the fireworks that take place at 10:15.
Spoiler alert! This is the entire parade!
Disney’s Not So Spooky Spooktacular
The fireworks show is new this year! Jack Skellington tells the not-so-spooky tale of Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy as they encounter dancing skeletons, waltzing ghosts and a sinister gathering of Disney villains. The new show features state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, lights on Cinderella Castle, and of course, fireworks! The show takes place only once during the party at 10:15.
No Halloween Party would be complete without trick-or-treating and Disney doesn’t disappoint! You can bring your own bag or get one when you enter the party. Have a food allergy? Request a teal bag that will let the Cast Members know about the allergy. Guests with food allergies can trick-or-treat with their party and will receive tokens that they can exchange for allergy safe food and craft treats at the Allergy Food Centers located at Town Square Theater at the front of the park and at Sleepy Hollow, located in Liberty Square. You can find a list of Trick-or-Treat locations at the end of this blog.
There are three dance parties that take place throughout the party. You can boogie with Mike Wazowski and Sulley at the Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball at the Rockettower Plaza Stage; dance and play games with the Villain Kids from “The Descendants” at the Descendance Party near Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café; or, for the younger set, check out the Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam where you’ll find Vampirina and other Disney Junior characters.
Keep in mind that there are no FastPasses in use during the party. Typically, the rides are less crowded during the first parade. The following rides have special overlays, character interactions or effects during the party:
- Space Mountain: Rocket through this popular attraction in complete darkness to the riffs and chords of a new Halloween-inspired soundtrack.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Set sail for the high seas and discover a crew of live pirates engaged in a whole new adventure doing what pirates do best: search for treasure!
- Mad Tea Party: Spin yourself into a frenzy as special lighting and music effects enhance the fur-raising experience!
- Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor: Follow a treat trail from our Human World into the Monster World and interact with a comic cast of monsters eager to learn about this holiday we call Halloween.
Before I get into the finer details about the party like when it starts and costume rules, here is my recommendation for making the most of your party time. Keep in mind that this assumes you’re going to take advantage of the lower crowds at the second parade showing. You’ll want to adapt it some for the earlier parade.
- 4-6:30 p.m. – Arrive and get in line if there are characters you really want to meet
- 7-9:30 p.m. – Meet-and-greets/Rides/Trick-or-Treat
- 9:30 p.m. – Stake out your fireworks viewing location
- 10:15 p.m. – Watch Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular
- 10:45 p.m. – Watch the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular IF you watched the fireworks near the castle, otherwise skip this so you have a good spot for the parade
- 11:15 p.m. – Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Parade
- 11:15 p.m.-12 a.m. – Shop for merchandise/other offerings only available during the party
Halloween Party Important Details
I always recommend taking a break before the party! This means a REAL break spent resting – and remember, swimming is NOT taking a break! You won’t regret spending a few hours off your feet in the air-conditioning resting before heading to the party.
You can enter Magic Kingdom with just a party ticket as early as 4 p.m. The park closes at 6 p.m. to anyone who hasn’t purchased a ticket. The festivities officially begin at 7 p.m. and the fun keeps going until midnight. When you get to the park at 4 p.m. or after, you have to show your party ticket or have it linked to your MagicBand, to enter the park. You’ll then get a special bracelet, which lets Cast Members know you are there for the party. If you’re already in the park, you don’t have to go to the front to get your party band – they are also available at select locations inside the park near Buzz Lightyear’s Ranger Spin, Pirates of the Caribbean and Mickey’s PhilharMagic.
Dressing up for the party is part of the fun! Some things to keep in mind:
• It’s likely going to be pretty warm, so you will want a costume that isn’t too heavy.
• If you plan to ride rides, be sure your costume won’t get caught in anything when entering or exiting a ride vehicle.
Make sure you’re familiar with Disney’s costume rules! Here’s the run-down:
• Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove anyone wearing attire that is inappropriate or could detract from the experience of others.
• Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs.
• Costumes must be family friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
• Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
• Costumes may not contain any sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
• Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, the park unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the requirements.
Guests Ages 13 and Under
• Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long as the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.
Guests Ages 14 and Older
• Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are
strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
• Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g., full-length Princess dresses).
• Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
• Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts and hats are acceptable.
• Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
• Masks of any kind may not be worn.
Special Merchandise and Food
During the Halloween Party, you will find merchandise themed to the party that can only be purchased from 7 p.m. – midnight. Also be sure to get your special party edition of the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card available at the Main Street Firehouse. Only one is given per person and you must have your party wristband to claim it. You can also find treats themed to the party. I recommend the Lots-O-Burger at Cosmic Ray’s Café. It’s a burger topped with brie fondue, strawberry-bacon jam and an onion ring served on a Lotso-themed bun – yummy goodness! More party-themed treats can be found on the park map.
• Cruella’s Halloween Hide-a-way – Join Cruella De Vil at Tony’s Town Square at 9:30 p.m. for a party with heavy hors d’oeuvres, sweet treats and a variety of beverages, including beer and wine. The best part…reserved viewing of the 11:15 parade! The come-and-go event lets you mingle with Cruella, grab a bite, step out to watch the fireworks, come back for dessert, then watch the parade with an amazing reserved area in Town Square. Another perk is you get to come back after the parade and can enjoy the festivities for an extra half hour after the park closes – if you can manage to hang in there until 12:30 a.m.! If having a prime viewing location for the fireworks is a priority, this might not be the event for you. Reservations are recommended for this event, which costs $99 per person, plus tax.
• Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party – If viewing the fireworks is a priority and you don’t want to battle the crowd for it, you can add on the Dessert Party, which includes sweet and savory snacks, sparkling cider, lemonade and water, as well as access to a reserved viewing area for the show. Reservations are recommended and are available for $84 plus tax for adults and $50 plus tax for guests ages 3-9.
2019 Party Dates
Parties are on the following nights and are held rain or shine. Prices range from $79-$135 plus tax, depending on which evening you plan to attend. Want to purchase tickets? I can help you with that!
September – 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27 and 29
October – 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29 and 31
Main Street, U.S.A.
• Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
• Jack Skellington and Sally at Town Square Theater
• Anastasia and Drizella
• Seven Dwarfs
• Queen of Hearts, Alice, Tweedle-Dee, Tweedle-Dum, Mad Hatter
• Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger (dressed in Halloween costumes)
• Ariel and Eric
• Belle and Gaston
• Minnie Mouse (dressed in Halloween costume)
• Daisy Duck (dressed in Halloween costume)
• Goofy (dressed in Halloween costume)
• Donald Duck (dressed in Halloween costume)
• Princess Tiana
• Princess Elena
• Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear
• Stitch (dressed in Elvis costume)
• Tarzan, Jane and Terk
• Captain Jack Sparrow
• Aladdin & Abu OR Genie & Jasmine
Main Street, U.S.A.
• Town Square Theater (Allergy-Friendly Center)
• Market Street (party entrance; open until 8 p.m.)
• Tortuga Tavern
• Jungle Cruise
• Splash Mountain
• Big Thunder Mountain
• Country Bear Jamboree
• Liberty Square Ticket Office (Allergy-Friendly Center)
• The Diamond Horseshoe
• Pinocchio Village Haus
• Mickey’s PhilharMagic
• Walt Disney World Railroad Station
• Ariel’s Grotto
• Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
• Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café
• Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
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