Want to know what’s not to be missed at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? Read on for eight must-do experiences from character meet and greets to unlimited trick or treating for kids and adults! And tons of insider tips to make sure you make the most of your one night party!
I was provided with complimentary tickets to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in exchange for this post. All ideas, opinions, and photos are 100% honest and my own.
A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party with three of my good girlfriends – Disney fanatics. Mom’s panelist, DVC members, Disney travel agents, annual passholders – so I got the inside scoop for my second visit to the party. The first time we just kind of wandered, this time we went in with a plan and knew what not to be missed.
And now I want to share those tips and tricks with you because let’s be honest – most of the time when you go to Disney World, you’re not going with three other women who literally live and breathe Disney. Or maybe you are.
Before I really dig into what makes Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party so awesome, let me just clear one thing up.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is at Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney Resort in Florida. If you’re looking for info on Mickey’s Halloween Party (without the Not So Scary part), that’s held at Disneyland in California. And while Disneyland at Halloween Time is amazing, that’s not what this post is about.
Now back to our scheduled Disney World programming – eight things you can’t miss at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!
If you want more details about the party like info about tickets, rules on costumes, etc. my friend Tania has a great guide covering all that here!
The one thing I did want to mention is that the party is a ticketed event, meaning you have to buy a separate ticket than your park ticket for the party. No one is allowed in the park after 7PM without a party wristband.
At the time of publication, there were still tickets available to parties on the following dates – October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, and 31st!
#1 – Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Food
If you know anything about me, you know I like my food – especially themed food. I’ve found all the best Disneyland food and the best Disney World snacks, so you’re probably not surprised that while my friends were standing in line for character meet and greets, I was eating my way through all of the speciality Halloween themed food at the party!
I’m going to give you my take on all of the Halloween party food. Luckily, I thought it was all pretty good with the exception of one thing, that was super cute but just not very good. So in order of my favorite to least favorite – here you go!
Insider Tip: Mobile ordering is available during the party – just give it a few minutes to get setup. I tried to use mobile ordering right when menus switched over at 7PM and it glitched, but my friend was able to use it at 7:30 to order off the special party menu just fine. Don’t know what mobile ordering is? Get details here.
Maleficent Dessert at Storybook Treats
This was one of the few desserts I’d heard about before the party – the Maleficent ice cream cone. Lime soft serve in a chocolate waffle cone topped with sprinkles and chocolate horns. It’s fantastic and best of all – you can actually get this one during regular park hours, not just during the party!
And bonus – the Peter Pan dessert that’s lime soft-serve on top of Sprite and topped with a red chocolate feather is delicious too. I’d take either of them as my favorite party treat any day.
Worms & Dirt Dessert
I’m a sucker for anything with gummy worms. This is just a traditional worms & dirt dessert – a custard/pudding covered with Oreo crumbs and topped with gummy worms. It’s a classic for a reason.
Get it at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn with some Hades nachos.
Cinnamon Sugar Donuts & Apple Cider
The Golden Oak Outpost is a little bit hidden away over past Splash Mountain, but it’s worth the visit. The cinnamon sugar donuts are served warm and were almost like a beignet, super fluffy and light. And there’s nothing better on a warm fall night than a glass of cold apple cider, well except maybe cold apple cider with a headless horseman straw (available for an extra fee).
Zero Pumpkin Waffle Sundae & Jack Skellington Push Pop
Sleepy Hollow party food that totally delivers. The sundae comes with two round pumpkin waffles with Zero engraved into them and were delicious, especially when enjoyed with the large scoops of vanilla ice cream in the middle.
I honestly could take or leave the Jack Skellington Push Pop – I wish it had a bit more texture to it, but the flavor was still good.
Madame Leota Dessert
Okay so the Madame Leota Dessert at Liberty Square Market is a toss-up for me. The crystalized sugar Madame Leota in the middle is beautiful and the tart and filling were super yummy.
The problem is that the crystalized candy in the middle isn’t really edible unless you want to suck on it like a sucker forever, but it’s not really shaped or built that way. So pretty much I ate the tart and had to toss the sugar Leota because there wasn’t any way to eat it. Still worth buying just for the delicious tart.
Candy Corn Cotton Candy
Get it throughout the park and while it looks like candy corn, it actually is just three different flavors stacked to look like candy corn. The cotton candy if I remember correctly is actually lemon, pina colada, and orange. And delicious, even a day later.
Hitchhiking Ghost Dessert
And last but not least – the one speciality dessert I really didn’t like. In fact, I ate a bite and threw the rest away because I didn’t want to finish it. The idea is darling – it’s a cream puff that is designed to look like the last scene in Haunted Mansion where the hitchhiking ghosts appear to be in the cars with you. It’s brilliant really.
The problem was that my cream puff was soggy and really lacked any flavor at all. You can get it at Aloha Isle but if you’re going to stand in line (or use mobile ordering) at Aloha Isle, I’d recommend just sticking with a classic Dole Whip or Dole Whip Float instead!
Other Magic Kingdom Halloween Food
And a couple of the food items that I didn’t get a chance to try but that are Halloween themed and available during the party:
- Not-so-poison apple cupcake, Halloween cinnamon rolls, and pumpkin cheesecake at Main Street Bakery
- Minnie Witch brownie at Casey’s Corner
- Caramel Pretzel at the Golden Oak Outpot
- Hades nachos (buffalo chicken nachos) at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn
- Oogie Boogie Meringue and Witch’s Brew at Gaston’s Tavern
- Muenster Smash burger at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
- Candy corn soft-serve and milkshake at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies
There was also a super cute Oogie Boogie popcorn bucket. I didn’t buy it because it wouldn’t have fit in my suitcase, but it seemed to be the hot item throughout the party with people hopping from popcorn stand to popcorn stand trying to find it!
#2 – Special Mickey’s Not So Scary Character Meet and Greets
So I’ll be honest, I’m not a stand in line to meet a character person. But if there’s one time to do it – Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party is the time to do it because there are a number of exclusive meet and greets you can’t do anytime other than during the party.
Check out the map when you walk into the party for exact details on the meet and greets and where. Some of the characters I saw out and about were Jack Skellington & Sally (in front of Haunted Mansion), Moana (Enchanted Tiki room), all 7 of Snow White’s dwarves, Jafar, and more! And when in doubt, you can always ask a cast member when and where to find someone!
Insider Tip: Lines were longest right when the characters came out but dwindled as the night went on. If you’ll be absolutely devastated if you don’t meet a character, stand in the long lines and meet them first. If you’d rather chance it, wait until later in the night and hopefully you’ll luck out with shorter lines like we saw the night of our party. The hour-long Moana line was maybe 10-15 minutes around 11PM and other lines were short as well toward the end of the night.
#3 – Unlimited Mickey’s Not So Scary Trick or Treating
Unlimited trick or treating. For kids and for adults.
Yep, it’s a thing. And yep, I think my favorite part of the entire party was watching the adults’ eyes light up as the cast members filled their goodie bags with free (included with the cost of the party ticket) candy over and over again. It was amazing.
Just look for the big orange blow-up things that say TREATS on them. The lines might seem a bit long but they move fast and the full bag of candy at the end of the night is totally worth it.
You can either bring your own bag or just use the small one that they give you when you walk into the party. I know cast members are friendly all the time but they seemed especially friendly on the night of the party!
Note: If someone in your party has allergies, Disney has an amazing allergy program where kids can get teal coins instead that can be traded in for allergy-free treats and items at the end of the night. You can read more about attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary party with allergies here.
Insider Tip: Make sure the big orange marker actually says TREATS and has pictures of candy on them. We were highly disappointed when we walked down the path and were handleGoGo Squeez applesauce instead of candy. Nothing about GoGo Squeez, we actually love them, they just weren’t the candy we were expecting. When we walked back out, I noticed that the marker actually didn’t say TREATS like the others.
#4 – Boo-To-You Parade at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
It’s not just another Disney parade. I promise.
Get a good seat at least 10-15 minutes before the parade starts because the opening act of the parade is the headless horseman riding along the parade route, and that itself is awesome.
And then there’s the parade. Villains, Haunted Mansion dancers, Graveyard Diggers (digging up sparks), Wreck it Ralph & Vanellope are some of the highlights of this totally unique show. The music is fantastic, the quality of the characters is amazing, and it’s just all around great.
Insider Tip: There are two parade times, typically 9:15PM and 11:15PM – the second one is always less crowded and easier to get a good seat without parking for hours beforehand.
#5 – Mickey’s Not So Scary Party Fireworks
Actually called Happy Hallowishes, this firework show is maybe not quite as exciting as Wishes or some of the other Fireworks shows, but it’s still not to be missed. It only shows once, toward the end of the night at 10:15PM, and is worth watching.
Unlike some of the other fireworks shows, you really don’t need a super clear view of the castle because the projections on the castle are more just filler than essential to the show. It’s the fireworks and music that really make up the meat of this firework spectacular, which is awesome because it means you can show up a few minutes before the show and still see plenty!
Insider Tip: Try to watch from the side closest to wherever you want to go after the show because the hub gets crazy crowded immediately after. If you’re on the side closest to Frontierland, it’s going to take you a while to get all the way across to Tomorrowland and vice versa. Plan ahead and sit where you want to bolt afterward.
#6 – Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Shows
So the big one is the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular with those three famous Hocus Pocus witches singing out their hearts and souls and of course the parade and fireworks I already talked about.
But don’t think that’s the only show that happens during the Halloween party. Who knows what ghostly performances you might find as you walk around?
The Cadaver Dans with their haunting singing were definitely my favorite of the night! There are also plenty of dance party opps and other performances throughout the park!
Insider Tip: Going to one of the dance parties is a great way to get some character interaction without standing in line!
#7 – Photo Opps Only Available During Mickey’s Not So Scary Party
One of the most fun things about the party is that it’s a great excuse to dress up in costume! Walking around and seeing all the kids and adults dressed up was right there up at the top of my favorite parts of the night. These Hocus Pocus witches were spot on!
I went with three of my good friends and we decided to go with the comfy princess clothes from the upcoming movie Ralph Breaks the Internet. I made all of the shirts and everyone put together their own individual outfits. I can’t wait to share the cut files for all of these shirts in the future but for now, here’s a sneak peek at how cute our costumes turned out!
Wearing costumes can make the exclusive photo opps even more fun! Get a photo by the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party ornament, by any of the Halloween decorations, or ask for a little extra magic during a PhotoPass picture and see who might show up. My favorite was this cute picture with Jack Skellington’s dog Zero. Now if only I’d had my Zero Waffles with me at the time…
Insider Tip: Memory Maker is one of my favorite things about Disney, but it can be pricey. Split it with friends and share photos by linking your accounts together as friends and family. It’s totally worth it for some of the more unique moments!
#8 – Space Mountain in the Dark
This year there are three rides that got Halloween Fun enhancements during Mickey’s Not So Scary Party – Space Mountain, Mad Tea Party, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Pirates adds some interactive pirates, Mad Tea Party adds some lights and music, and Space Mountain goes pitch black.
I don’t know about the other two because I don’t ever do Mad Tea Party for my stomach’s sake and we missed Pirates, but Space Mountain in the dark is a totally different experience. It’s AMAZING! Unless you’re already afraid of coasters, then it might not be so amazing. But for anyone seeking a good thrill, ride it. Just trust me.
Insider Tip: You can’t bring drinks in the Space Mountain line. Period. Both my friend Sarah and I bought drinks right before getting in line because you know we were going to drink them while we waited in line. We had to either finish the drinks before getting in line or toss them. It was a huge bummer, especially because there were trash cans literally right at the end of the line before getting the cars but rules are rules. So take my advice and skip the drinks.
Other Random Tips for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
Just a couple of other things that don’t need their own section but thought might be helpful to know about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!
- The party doesn’t technically start until 7PM but you can get into Magic Kingdom with your party ticket starting at 4PM. They’ll give you a wristband that you need to keep on to prove that you can stay in the park after 6PM, when they begin the process of removing non-party goers from the park.
- Buy your Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tickets ahead of time because parties do tend to sell out, especially as you get closer to Halloween.
- If you’re into the Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom Game, they give out exclusive Halloween party only cards. You can only get them during the party so make sure to grab one before you leave!
- Ride lines are much shorter during the party than normal but there are still lines. If you wait until later in the night, the ride lines get shorter and shorter.
- Cast members tend to hand out more candy toward the end of the night. If you really want to take advantage of trick or treating, make sure to hit some of the stops late at night.
- There is plenty of Halloween themed merchandise to be found including special pins just for the party, popcorn buckets, lights, and more!
- If you want to eat non-party food, make sure to check the schedules of the restaurants in the park. Many of them close early with only a handful (ones mentioned on the map) staying open for the party. If a restaurant closes early, its closing time is mentioned on the map.
What else do you want to know? Leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to answer from my experience!
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