Disney has not announced the 2023 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween details, so our guide contains all of the information from the previous 2022 Mickey’s Not So Scary Party season!
Believe it or not, it’s almost that time of year again—you know, the one where all things spooky (and not so spooky) start taking place at Walt Disney World. If you haven’t been to The Most Magical Place on Earth for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MHSSHP) yet, now’s the time to start planning!
From unlimited candy to rare character meet and greets (and so much more!), you’re bound to have a spooktacular time. Geared for the young and young at heart, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2023 is guaranteed to be full of spellbinding surprises the whole family will love.
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For our complete guide to the 2023 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, read on!
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Our team at The Park Prodigy has been attending the MNSSHP since 2011 and it’s one of our favorite events at The Magic Kingdom. It’s important to note that this is a special event which means you will need a separate ticket to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2023, which we will cover in this post!
Let’s start with the most basic question we receive and that is, what do you get with Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? And as a general rule of thumb Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party is a Disney World special event that celebrates the Halloween holiday with your favorite Disney World rides, unique parades, fireworks, shows, and some amazing Halloween character meet and greets! But our personal favorite and one of the things that we look forward to about visiting this event every year is the free candy! That’s right everyone who attends the 2023 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will enjoy unlimited free candy!
SPECIAL PROMOTION: As a way to help out our clients as much as possible and a thank you for being a part of our Disney community we are running a special on 2023 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets. For a limited time, anyone who joins our newsletter will receive $5 off their MNSSHP tickets in 2023. That’s $5.00 per ticket!
Simply email Mike@theparkprodigy.com or fill out our contact form above! This will allow you to be notified as soon as the 2023 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party tickets go on sale!
Unfortunately, Disney has not released the official 2023 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party dates just yet however historically the dates for MNSSHP have been around the second week of August through October 31st. These dates can also have some of the lowest crowds and some of the cheapest Disney World tickets!
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Even though the dates for the 2023 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party have not been announced, there are still a few questions you can start to ask when planning your Disney trip! Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party will be starting during the first two weeks of August and going all the way to Halloween! This means you have two and a half full months to plan your trip to visit MNSSHP in 2023!
We always suggest you ask yourself these two questions when visiting:
We also suggest taking a look at our Disney crowd calendar when planning your trip! The reason being is you might want to visit Disney in October but you would be surprised at just how spookishly enjoyable Disney is in August and September.
It’s important to note that one quick tip that can save you a ton of time and also help save you a ton of money is to compare Disney ticket prices. Why you might ask? Well just like Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World theme park tickets now fluctuate based on the time of year you visit. So one of the easiest ways to pick the best time to visit Disney World for Halloween is to compare the cheapest Disney World ticket prices. The cheaper the tickets the more likely it is that the parks won’t be as crowded during that time of year.
Another reason it’s important to pay attention to the crowds when planning your 2023 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party trip is how it will impact non-event nights at the Magic Kingdom. As you can guess if the Magic Kingdom is closed to a select number of guests throughout the Halloween season, the crowds at the park on non-event nights tend be higher. For this reason, we always recommend to plan to visit Magic Kingdom during the week as it tends to have lower crowds during the holiday seasons.
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The hours for the 2o21 After Hours Boo Bash were a bit different than Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party, and we are happy to see that Disney will be bringing back the original, 5-hour event!
The 2023 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party hours are from 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM. This special event ticket also allows guests to enter the Magic Kingdom Park at 4:00 PM.
(Special Note: Disney vacation club members can enter the park as early as 2:00 PM)
This early entry is one of the reasons why we love Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party so much. It’s a great addition for any family looking to get a lot done in a short amount of time. Guests can enter the park early and hop on a few rides, or make dinner reservations before the special event starts.
Being that this is a special ticket event in Disney, we’d like to first call out that a general admission ticket to the Magic Kingdom will NOT grant you access to the Halloween celebration. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets will vary by date and all guests must have purchased their own MNSSHP ticket.
We will say that regardless of the price we always recommend for all guests attending to purchase their Mickey Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets in advance. The MNSSHP has become extremely popular in recent years and Disney only sells a certain amount of tickets to each event.
Disney does offer discounted Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets to annual pass holders and Disney Vacation Club members. Unfortunately, we have not seen Disney offer discounts to regular park guests in recent years.
Our team loves this event so much that we have made it our goal to make it more affordable for guests! For a limited time all guests who join our newsletter will receive $5 off when you purchase your Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets from The Park Prodigy!
Simply email Mike@theparkprodigy.com & them him you would like to be notified when next year’s Halloween party tickets go on sale! Guests can also shop for other discount theme park tickets on our Walt Disney World tickets page!
If there’s one thing you can always expect when visiting Walt Disney World, it’s the crowds. But fear not! The best days for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will typically fall on weekdays and as far in advance of October 31st as possible. However, if your timing just so happens to fall on a weekend close to Halloween, all you can do is go in with a plan for the top few things you really want to do or see.
We have seen the MNSSHP event grow with popularity over the past few years. This has resulted in more and more special event nights selling out. If you’re trying to avoid the crowds be sure to check out our Mickey’s Not So Scary Crowd Calendar. We break down projected crowd levels, park hours, and the average temperature for those dates. Another great way to figure out which Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties will be the most crowded is by the price of tickets. Ticket prices will become more expensive on the nights when Disney expects the Halloween party to sell out. We find that this is one of the easiest ways to avoid the crowds when planning to purchase Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party tickets!
When in the park we always recommenced seeing the last Boo To You Parade and Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular. Since these are the last showings of the night they will generally have the lowest crowds.
The Magic Kingdom Park closes at 6:00 PM to regular guests during all Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party nights. We are often asked how Disney handles the transition over to allow for MNSSHP guests to stay. This is handled in two ways:
Park guests who enter The Magic Kingdom after 4:00 PM will be guided by cast members to specific entrances. Once you enter the turnstile a cast member will give you a bracelet allowing you to remain in the park after 6:00 PM.
If you purchased your Disney World tickets from The Park Prodigy and spent the day at the park you will not have to walk to the entrance of the park for a wristband. Simply ask a cast member for the nearest wristband station throughout the park.
We typically find wristband stations in:
All park guests without wristbands will be filtered out throughout the park in an organized fashion.
Equally important to unlimited trick-or-treating is knowing the rides open during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
What we love most about this (not-so) spooky party, is that certain rides are slightly modified to enhance the Halloween magic. For example, Space Mountain will be completely dark with a rock and roll soundtrack playing, and real life pirates will walk around surprising riders on Pirates of the Caribbean.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Live pirates will invade the attraction interacting with guests as you sail through this classic ride!
Space Mountain: Enjoy complete darkness and an upgraded soundtrack on your journey through deep space!
Mad Tea Party: The classic teacups will have an upgraded color scheme and special effects.
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There are also special Halloween-themed attractions and shows throughout the night you will not want to miss!
On top of unforgettable entertainment, Disney World character greetings are exceptionally special during this celebration. This is due to the fact that most of these characters won’t typically walk around the parks, and some characters will be wearing exclusive Halloween outfits.
All in all, there are about 20 characters to see with (usually) less than ten-minute waits. For super popular characters like Jack and Sally, definitely plan to arrive at least an hour in advance. When you arrive at the event start time, simply ask a Cast Member if there is a line you can get in immediately and when the character is expected to start their meet and greets.
Although we do not know for sure, these are the characters we can expect to return to the 2023 MNSSHP:
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PSA for our foodie friends out there: this section is for you. From tasty sweets to mouthwatering savories, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party menu is full of frightfully delicious delights.
Starting with the sweet stuff, here’s a quick glance at a few items that made last year’s lineup of exclusive treats and drinks:
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Be sure to scare up an appetite! Last year’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party popcorn bucket was themed as a giant Mickey pumpkin balloon, and the Oogie Boogie popcorn bucket was Oogie himself. As for drinks, one of our favorite signature cup has always been the Jack Skellington sipper. While we’re not sure what this year’s popcorn buckets and signature cups will be, we recommend you grab yours as soon as you find them. All are available only while supplies last!
Check out the list below to see which ghoulishly good quick service and table service restaurants will remain open:
Unfortunately, the only food which is included in a 2023 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party ticket is the free candy. However it’s important to note that Disney does have reservations available at select restaurants such as Be Our Guest and Cinderella’s Royal Table, although they are not Halloween themed.
For this reason, we always recommend having a meal plan going into Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. The reason being is you only have a short amount of time to enjoy the event and you won’t want to waste it deciding where to eat. One of our favorite tricks is to take advantage of the early admission at 4:00 PM and grab an early dinner before the event starts!
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Repeat after us: unlimited candy. Yup, you read that right. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party trick or treating is 100% what you make of it. If you can’t resist free candy, you have the opportunity to run up and down Main Street trick or treating as often as you want. (All ages allowed!) Cast members are very generous about giving out candy by the handful. Beyond candy handouts, Disney also offers allergy friendly tokens at candy giving locations that you can redeem at the Liberty Square Ticket Office for select treats.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party merchandise is bound to cast a spell on your heart. Last year’s merchandise inspiration was heavily inspired by the beloved Sanderson Sisters from Disney’s Halloween classic, Hocus Pocus.
While we’re not sure which character(s) will inspire this year’s merchandise, we’re certain Disney won’t disappoint. From limited edition vests to Mickey ears, and pins to magic bands, we believe these commemorative finds are totally worth the splurge. As soon as we get the details, we’ll share them here! Be sure to check back periodically for updates.
Disney has not officially released any merchandise designs yet, but we should see them start popping up in August!
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As you may or may not already know, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party costume guidelines are not taken lightly by cast members. Disney has the authority to deny admission to any guest who does not comply with the rules. “Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.” Also, unlike regular park days, adults are allowed to dress up as their favorite characters. However, posing for pictures with guests and/or signing autographs is not allowed.
A few more important details for MNSSHP costumes is that masks are not allowed for guests ages 14 and over, and realistic-looking weapons are strictly Recently prohibited. For any costumes with capes, keep them above the waist—capes below the waist are considered safety hazards and not acceptable. You can find additional information regarding Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party costume guidelines on the Walt Disney World website.
Dress to impress: One of my favorite parts about Halloween is dressing up. Disney World is the perfect place to go all-out on your costumes, and get infatuated with what everyone’s wearing. Since there were only two of us, my cousin and I decided to dress up as Tweedledee and Tweedledum (and dare I say it was a hit)!
Trick-Or-Treating Tip: There are many trick-or-treating designated stops to grab tons of candy. You will most likely be taking some of it back home with you once your vacation is over. However, you’re not going to want to spend all of your time waiting on lines just to collect candy. You’re going to want to explore all of what Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has to offer. It may be best to just pick a few lines around the park and get your bags filled.
Character Meet and Greets: What’s exciting about Halloween time in Disney World is that during the party, you will be able to see characters you don’t normally get to see during regular park hours. Many villains roam the park and await for your photos. My cousin and I got to meet our doppelgangers- Tweedledee and Tweedledum, along with the Queen of Hearts. As always, the characters play their parts VERY well.
If you want to map out the trick-or-treat lines with the character meeting spots, you can possibly get two things done in one section. This can be a very productive way to get the most fill at the party.
The Food: Disney World is known for their creative and outrageous foods. During the Halloween party, they have the most unique treats that are worth the splurge (because they do cost extra). Dependent on what’s a part of your dining plan, some of these treats may be eligible for one of your snack credits. However, if you’re not part of a dining plan, I suggest picking your top few foods that are a “must try,” and split them with your group. That way you all get to try it, you won’t get as full so you can eat more, and you all split the cost.
Riding the Rides at Night: This is a must try when you’re at the Halloween Party, because Disney really plays on their theme. We obviously had to ride on the Haunted Mansion, and there were ghostly characters making a guest appearance. We also took a trip on Space Mountain, where they turned off ALL of the lights inside, so you had no idea of any twists or turns. Talk about a thrill!
Get a Spot for the Entertainment: The fireworks can mostly be scene from any distance of the castle, so you don’t always need to be front and center for that. My suggestion would be to get to a designated viewing spot for the Hocus Pocus live show and the Boo to You Halloween Parade. You will be up close to the characters of Hocus Pocus on stage for the show, and you’ll get to see all the details of the floats at the parade (and possibly be able to sit on the side for a relaxing break from running around the park). My favorite part was seeing the Headless Horseman run down Main Street.
Insider Tip: If I could suggest one thing, it would be to purchase the Disney Photo Pass. For one base price, you can get ride photos, character photos, and special Magical Moments photos. Not only is this good for the parks during the day, it also includes all the photos from the Halloween Party. The Halloween Party features so many photo opportunities, that you will be getting your money’s worth just from that night alone. There are opportunities for pictures in front of the lit castle (of course), and the unique characters that you’ll be wanting proof of. Plus, there are many different photo frames and signs that Cast Members walk around holding and giving to you for photos. The coolest photo-ops, in my opinion, are the Magical Moments ones, where you can be seen standing next to the headless horseman, or holding a poisonous apple over a cauldron.
A: This special event starts at 7:00 PM on select nights at The Magic Kingdom. Guests who purchase a special event ticket can enter the park at 4:00 PM.
A: The party itself begins at 7pm and lasts until 12am. However, entrance is allowed as early as 4pm, and guests who stay for the final Villain Spelltacular parade can hang around a bit later than midnight. Speaking to dates, MNSSHP starts in Augusts and ends in early November.
A: Yes, this special ticket event cost’s extra. Prices start at $79.00 for adults and $74.00 for kids plus tax.
A: Exclusive Halloween treats and drinks are not included, but unlimited candy is included.
A: Unfortunately, no. All special ticketed Disney events are nonrefundable and nontransferrable.
A: Yes, sometimes. If you’re more concerned about crowd levels, we’d recommend going as early as August since the party gets busier and busier as it gets closer to Halloween.
A: Yes, although Disney will give you a free trick-or-treat bag when you arrive one of the best ways to get as much candy as possible is to bring your own!
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