Happy Halloween, everyone!
Yes, it might only be mid-August, but Disney World is ready to celebrate Halloween. We’ve seen spooky decorations, merchandise, and fun food already, but now it’s time for the main event…Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! The party hasn’t happened since 2019, so follow along with us as we check out OPENING NIGHT of the returned after hours event! 🎃
First, a little background — Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a separately ticketed event that happens on select nights in Magic Kingdom from now through Halloween. It takes place after the park closes to regular guests for the day and requires you to buy a separate ticket to attend. You don’t have to have a regular ticket for the day (your ticket to the party will get you into the park) or a Park Pass Reservation and you can get into Magic Kingdom 3 hours before the party starts! The parties officially start at 7PM, so you can get in at 4PM!
Tickets start at $109 and go up to $179, depending on the date you choose to buy tickets for. You can take a look at all of the dates and pricing right here! There’s a lot of things returning to the party this year and some new stuff, so let’s get into it!
Like we said before, if you have a ticket to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you can get into Magic Kingdom starting at 4PM on the day of the party without having any other kind of park ticket or a Park Pass Reservation.
Once you scan into the park, you will be given a wristband by a Cast Member. The Cast Members have on their special Halloween attire!
You need this wristband so Cast Members know you’re there for the party and can stay in the park once it closes to regular guests.
If you’re already in Magic Kingdom for the day (as in, you had a separate park ticket for the day), you can pick up your wristband at different spots around the park, like this one in Tomorrowland!
Make sure you keep your wristband on throughout the night!
When we arrived right before 4PM, there were already a good amount of people waiting to get inside the park!
Everyone is obviously eager to experience the party for the first time since 2019!
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party crowds are arriving!! pic.twitter.com/FbPinuIzkV
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Inside the park, the crowds weren’t TOO bad, but keep in mind this also includes regular day guests.
However, there are a LOT of people over near the Emporium.
There’s a VERY big line to get inside the store to shop for party merchandise!
Wowza — just look at that line!
— Disney Food Blog (@DisneyFoodBlog) August 12, 2022
And, inside the store, it’s also very crowded (everyone’s trying to get their hands on that exclusive merch!).
There was also already a big line to take a picture at the front of Main Street, U.S.A. where the pumpkins are.
This line could possibly get shorter once the party starts and regular guests aren’t in the park anymore!
Once the party started, it was still pretty crowded in some areas, like over in Frontierland!
It certainly does seem a bit busy!
When you get inside the park for the party, you can find party maps with a TON of important info for the night!
This map will show you a map of the park (duh) along with which attractions are open, entertainment info, treat spots, and more.
The other side of the map has useful info as well, like the specialty treats available, along with a COVID-19 warning.
Now, let’s go check out what else is happening!
The fun thing about this Halloween party? Everyone is allowed to wear costumes! There are some costume guidelines in place that you should be aware of, though. Here’s a look at the costume guidelines:
We’ve already seen some super fun costumes from guests, like this Disney Princesses and Villains mashup from @linleigh_and_berkeleys_momma! Also check out the awesome Mamá Coco and Isabela costumes.
We’ve also seen the Mad Hatter and Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland…
…and Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather from Sleeping Beauty!
We’ll keep updating with more fun costumes we see!
What’s Halloween without some trick-or-treating?! People of all ages get to go around and grab candy during the party at the various treat spots. When you get into the party, you’ll be given a reusable treat bag to collect all of your candy!
The other side shows the 50th anniversary logo.
There is also a treat bag for an allergy-friendly experience that you can get. It’s teal in color so Cast Members know not to give you candy that you can’t eat!
Instead, they’ll give you some teal tokens which you can exchange at the Allergy-Friendly Center throughout the night. The locations are listed right on the bag!
Here’s a look at the token.
There are several different treat spots around the park during the party where you can get some candy! You can find them all on the party map.
Before the party has even begun, Cast Members were hanging out GIANT M&Ms bags of candy!
People are already trick-or-treating!
— Disney Food Blog (@DisneyFoodBlog) August 12, 2022
Candy before the party even starts?! Yes, please! If you’re looking for a Treat Trail, they’re hard to miss — just look for the giant orange markers!
These will lead you to where the candy is.
We’ve already seen a bunch of Halloween merchandise in the parks like a fun soap dispenser, Spirit Jerseys, bubble wands, and more! But, there is also some party exclusive merchandise that you can only get during the event, so we’re going to focus on those items. First up, we have this spooky Spirit Jersey!
Here’s a look at the front — you can get it for $79.99.
There is also a fun T-shirt. Here’s the back…
…and the front!
Need a new candy bowl? Check out this one for the party!
It’s decorated with some familiar faces! You can get it for $39.99.
We also found this new ornament with Minnie and Mickey…
…and this purple Mickey T-shirt! This one is $24.99.
Don’t forget that you can also get special popcorn buckets at the party, like the Mickey mummy!
We’ll be sure to keep updating you with more merchandise that we find!
Pumpkins have been up in Magic Kingdom for several days now. They’re there to greet you when you walk into the park…
…and are lining Main Street, U.S.A.! These special Cinderella pumpkins debuted last year for the 50th anniversary.
You can find some lovely fall foliage around the buildings as well.
And, some very friendly pumpkin friends!
We also saw these super fun statues of some of our friends, like this one of Goofy dressed up as a Jester!
There is also Minnie Mouse as a Princess…
…Pluto as a Musketeer…
…and Donald as a Musketeer!
Speaking of decor, you might notice some giant backdrops around the park, so let’s talk about them!
There is also a special 50th anniversary photo op right in front of Tomorrowland!
And, we found this spooky Sleepy Hollow 3D photo op as well!
But wait, there’s more! We saw this 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea photo op, too!
There are also several Halloween-themed Magic Shots at this year’s party! Take a look at the locations below:
This is an almond vanilla cake dipped in white, orange, and yellow chocolate topped with candy corn. It’s available for $5.79.
This is a Citrus swirl with Fanta Orange, brown sugar whipped cream, and graham cracker crumbs.
This is a funnel cake topped with chocolate ice cream, chocolate cookie crumbs, gummy worms, and a Billy chocolate piece.
Next, we got a returning treat — The Chilling Chamber Pop from Sleepy Hollow.
This is chocolate crumbs, cherry buttercream, and dark chocolate pearls topped with Tightrope Walker chocolate pieces. If you’re a Haunted Mansion fan, you can see that this treat it theme after the Tightrope Walker from the Stretching Room on the ride!
It’s an apple pie milkshake with green apple whipped cream, sour apple marshmallow straw, cinnamon donuts, and a poison apple straw.
This snack is buffalo chicken, mozzarella, and blue cheese wrapped in flaky dough topped with a candy eye and jalapeño ranch aïoli.
These are tots topped with chorizo sausage, green onion, and Hades’ cheese sauce.
It’s 2 monster cookies filled with vanilla ice cream, which sounds pretty tame, but these cookies are HUGE!
This shake is a coconut and matcha blended soft-serve topped with whipped cream, Grave Digger shovel, and chocolate gravestone.
And, we have another Coco treat! This is the new Mexican Spiced Hot “Coco” Brownie, which can be found at the popcorn cart near the front of Cinderella Castle in The Hub.
It’s a spiced chocolate brownie with dark chocolate ganache topped with Miguel chocolate piece.
It’s a spicy beef and pork hot dog with Hades’ relish and pickles, and then it’s topped with house-made violet mustard.
And, make sure you keep up with ALL of our fall and Halloween food reviews!
There are a bunch of special characters you can see during the party, too! So far, we’ve seen the Country Bears roaming around in Frontierland.
Remember, you can hug them now!
We also saw STITCH ELVIS!!
And, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum were out.
We also saw Madame Renatta out in front of the Haunted Mansion!
Keep an eye out for characters around the park!
Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular is BACK at this year’s party! It’s a Halloween-themed fireworks display that includes projections, special effects, special lighting, fireworks, and Disney characters. The fireworks display is actually hosted by Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. The fireworks were scheduled for 10:15PM, but they were delayed due to the rain.
— Disney Food Blog (@DisneyFoodBlog) August 13, 2022
But, the rain did slow down, and the fireworks were able to start around 10:30PM!
You’ll notice different spooky projections on the castle during the show.
It’s a very impressive display!
Check out those ghosts on the castle!
There were spider webs as well!
It is truly spectacular!
Now, on to the parade!
Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade is also making a return this year! The parade will be offered twice nightly. The showtimes were listed for 9:15PM and 11:15PM, but unfortunately, the first parade was canceled due to rain.
But, the second parade did take place!
We saw some exciting floats, like the one carrying the skeleton band.
There was even a whole pirate ship!
This parade is a very exciting production!
Get ready to have a spell put on you, because the Sanderson Sisters are returning to the spotlight for the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular! The trio of witches will call upon their fellow villains to create the ultimate Hocus Pocus Party Potion.
The first show was delayed due to weather, but it did end up happening! The second show, however, was canceled due to weather. This show happens at 8:35PM and 10:45PM. There was also a midnight showing!
We’re so excited to see the sisters back in action!
It’s a really fun stage show to watch!
There will be several dance parties during the party! Over in Tomorrowland, you will find the Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Dance Ball with Mike and Sulley! It goes on from 7PM to midnight — which is the length of the whole party.
There is also the Disney Junior Jam happening over in Storybook Circus. When we went by, there weren’t many people dancing. There characters were also missing!
Over at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café is the ZOM-BEATZ BASH Dance Party, and we think we found where everyone is!
There are some characters from Disney Channel’s Z-O-M-B-I-E-S movies in here too!
The Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet is also at the party again! The Dapper Dans put on their spooky best to become the Cadaver Dans and sing up some spooktacular tunes!
You can find them over in Frontierland.
There is much more entertainment to come!
There are special ride overlays at Space Mountain…
…Mad Tea Party…
…Pirates of the Caribbean…
…and Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor during the party!
These are only available during the party, so make sure to check them out!
But other rides are open, too! Here’s the list of rides available during the party:
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- Jungle Cruise
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Swiss Family Treehouse
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Splash Mountain
- Liberty Square
- Haunted Mansion
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- “it’s a small world”
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Mad Tea Party
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Storybook Circus
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- The Barnstormer
- Astro Orbiter
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
- Space Mountain
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover
Fireworks dessert parties are back at Not-So-Scary this year, too! There are two different parties — one at Tomorrowland Terrace and one in the Plaza Gardens. You can check out details, pricing, and more info on the parties right here. We went by Tomorrowland Terrace to check out what was set up for the party.
There are a bunch of food and drinks…
…as well as a bunch of seating.
The dessert party at Tomorrowland Terrace give you a guaranteed spot to watch the fireworks show!
There is SO much Halloween fun to be had at this year’s party!
Want to check out our video all about the event? Watch it below!
And stay tuned for more Halloween news!
Will you be going to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party this year? Tell us in the comments!