If you are visiting Disney World this Halloween then you have probably wondered whether to buy tickets for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Well we all know that no one does a celebration quite as well as Disney. Halloween is fast approaching, and the Magic Kingdom is full of pumpkins and wonderful decorations. But to get the full benefit of the celebrations then you need to think about buying a ticket for Mickey’s Not So Scary Party.
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The Magic Kingdom is decorated for all guests to enjoy during the Halloween season. But to get the full benefit of the celebrations then you need to think about buying a ticket for Mickey’s Not So Scary Party. This event which takes place on selected nights in September and October each year at Disney.
What Is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?
You will find all your favorite Disney characters, a special parade, and fireworks. Disney doesn’t usually allow adults dressed in costume into the parks but for the Not So Scary Halloween Party this is very much encouraged. So put on your best pirate costume or Cinderella dress and have fun! There are lots of chances to trick or treat – you will get a map of locations as soon as you enter Magic Kingdom for the party.
Halloween at Disney and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is very much fun for all the family which is suitable for all ages – even the youngest members of the family will enjoy it.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a separately ticketed event. What this means is that you have to buy a ticket to the party separately from you general entrance ticket to the Magic Kingdom.
These are the dates for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2011
13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30, 2011
Get your tickets early as some dates do sell out.
Ticket prices vary according to the dates you attend. There are discounts available for Florida Residents, Annual Passholders and Military Personnel.
It is often cheaper to buy tickets in advance. Tax is included in all amounts shown. Children’s prices are for age 3 to 9. Under 3 are free.
October 28 and 31, 2011
Advance Purchase for September Dates
Florida Resident Advance Purchase for September Dates
Advance Purchase for October 2, 6, 10, 11, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27 and
October 28 & 31 are at a higher rate (see above)
Same Day Purchase for September Dates
Same Day Purchase for October and November
Excludes October 28 & 31
Passholder and DVC Discounted Pricing
September Dates – Advance Purchase
October: 2, 6, 10, 11, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25 – Advance Purchase
September: 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30 – Advance Purchase
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October 31st sells out fast. Not surprisingly this date usually sells out as soon as the tickets are released for sale. So if you are planning on visiting October 31st 2011 you need to plan to get your tickets as soon as they are released in 2011.
Remember that admission to Mickey’s Halloween party needs a separate ticket. This means that even if you have visited the Magic Kingdom or any other Disney park on the day that you go to the Halloween party, you must have a separate party ticket.
When you enter the park with your Halloween Party ticket you are all given a wristband to identify you as a ticket holder. Without this you will not be allowed into the park. Some people have reported that in previous years no ticket holders have been allowed to stay in the park. This really shouldn’t happen – and if you notice that it is then you always have the option of mentioning it to a cast member if you think guests are breaking the rules.
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Mickeyâ€™s Very Merry Christmas Party runs from 7pm until midnight. So if you have young children then be sure to plan ahead. It is going to be a late night for them! Bring a stroller if you have one – or rent one as soon as you enter the park. There is nothing worse than a toddler who simply can’t walk another step they are so tired! There is a lot of walking at Magic Kingdom so be prepared.
This is the only time that guests over 9 years old are allowed to dress up as a Disney character in the theme parks. So if you need to express your inner Disney Princess or handsome Prince then this is your only chance! Or perhaps the Disney villains are more your style……
Do most people dress up in costume at the MNNSSP? This varies from year to year but reports are that for the 2011 events there are a lot of people in Disney costume.
If you want to eat in one of the Magic Kingdom park restaurants then make sure that you make Advance Dining Reservations by calling 407 WDW DINE ahead of time. Not all the restaurants are open. You may want to plan to have a large lunch and just snack in the park in the evening. Depending on the level of the crowds then it can be very difficult to get a walk in during the event.
It is important to realize that Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is not a way to save time waiting in line. You go for the special events – not because it will be less crowded. Tickets are limited but there are still too many available to think that your time spent in line will be any less than usual. It is the special events which make it special. Not reducing time in line for the rides.
Use this list to check that your favorite Magic Kingdom attraction will be open during the event – subject of course to that age old disclaimer “Rides may be closed without advance notice”.
Pirates of the Caribbean
Swiss Family Treehouse
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
The Haunted Mansion
Peter Pan’s Flight
Cinderella’s Colden Carrousel
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Snow White’s Scary Adventures
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Mad Tea Party
It’s a Small World”
Tomorrowland Indy Speedway
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Tomorrowland Transit Authority
Stitch’s Great Escape
Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
The Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm
Magic Kingdom Hallowishes Fireworks
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This special Halloween fireworks display takes place at 9.30pm and is a highlight of the Party.
The special fireworks display was created in 2005 and is one of my very favorites. Many guests say that they think this is one of the very best fireworks displays in Walt Disney World.
Where are the best viewing places for HalloWishes? I tend to prefer viewing from Main Street. You are looking straight at Cinderella’s Castle and you get a great view from most places along Main Street. Don’t make the mistake of standing on the train platform as there isn’t any audio for the show – it just isn’t the same.
If Main Street looks too crowded then my second preference is the bridge towards Tomorrowland.
Trick or Treat?
One of the major attractions of the party is the simple pleasure of Trick or Treating! There are stations around the park and you are given a locator map when you arrive at the Party.
Sometimes the lines for the candy can be longer than the lines for the rides! If you want to save time then just visit a couple of stations. Try and warn your children about this before hand to save the little ones being disappointed.
What kind of candy is given out at Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween party? Well it varies quite a bit – from hard candy to the rather more healthy packets of raisins. You will get some brand names such as Nestle. Mars’ M&M’s and Snickers brands have been a sponsor in past years.
Mickey’s Boo To You Parade
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Another fun special event is this parade which you will only see at Mickey’s Party. All the familiar characters are there including Mickey Mouse.
The Disney Villains are out in force. It is Halloween after all so it really wouldn’t be the same without them!
It is a good idea to pack warm clothing for everyone as it can get very cool at night. I have to confess that I have had to purchase more than one Mickey Mouse woollen hat when I was so cold I had to give way to any sense of fashion! Waiting for a parade to start with a child, or even a spouse complaining of being cold it not my idea of fun! Take blankets for children in strollers. I am a big fan of taking a stroller as you can pack so much cold weather wear into them!
Is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Worth It?
You get fireworks, parades, most of the Magic Kingdom attractions, and lots of chances to meet the characters. There are plenty of chances for some good old fashioned Trick or Treating. If you are a fan of the Disney Villains this is a very good time to see them as there are some rare meet and greet opportunities.
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But is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party really worth it? After all the tickets are not inexpensive so you need to make an informed decision about whether or not it will be worth it for you and your family.
It is a very great way to celebrate Halloween. The Parade is great and the Fireworks are, in my opinion, one of the best to ever have been staged at Disney World. I like the party as a chance to see something different at the parks as I know them so well. So if you are a regular visitor then it can be worth it too.
But there are mixed reviews. The biggest gripe tends to be that the park is crowded. It certainly can be on popular nights – particularly on weekends. But if you are aware of this and still want to enter into the spirit of the Halloween party then it really can be a great night out for the family at Disney World.
Alison Meacham is the founder of EverythingMouse Disney Blog. For over 15 years she has shared her love of Disney Parks, Disney Cruises and Universal Orlando. In over 30 years of Disney Travel she has spent countless months in Disney Parks and has sailed on over 45 cruises. A British native and now a United States resident she splits her time between California, Florida and the UK. And spends a serious amount of time sailing the seven seas. She helps over 200,000 people per month follow their Disney travel dreams.