I enjoyed a Disney World Halloween without the kiddos! Yup, this party is fantastic for kids, but adults-only Disney nights on occasion are pretty rad. Disney nights during the not-so-scariest time of the year? That's as rad as it gets!
I've raved about Disneyland Halloween Time with little kids and shared tips for Disneyland in October, but haven't previously had a chance to check out Walt Disney World's happenings this time of year. Fortunately, the good folks at the park invited me to scope out the scene with some fellow Disney fan friends. Here's what we learned!
In Mickey Fashion, Disney World Halloween isn't Scary
Halloween is one of the best times to visit Disney! During the fall and end of summer months, you can attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. This event takes place in The Magic Kingdom every single year, and the party is great for both kids and adults.
How Much Does Disney World Halloween Cost?
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a hard ticket event that starts at $79 per person. You can save $10 per ticket if you book them at least one day in advance. This party is for kids of all ages and are only held on select nights in August-November. While you will be able to get some snacks and go trick or treating at designated treat spots, any additional merchandise or food will be extra. This year, Disney World is offering a “party pass” for $299 that allows access to all of the dates of the party except October 31. If you already have an event ticket, you CAN update is to a party pass. This is an awesome deal for locals!
Party wristbands are given to people who have purchased a ticket for the event, so cast members can tell if you buy a daytime ticket and attempt to stick around for the party. If your plan was to sneak in a la Heihei in Moana, you're out of luck. It's also worth noting that FastPass+ is not available during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.
Everyone Disneybounds at Disney World Halloween
You know I love a good family costume and all things Disney, so I was TOTALLY geeking out over all the clever outfits! I dressed up as Vanellope von Schweetz from Wreck-It-Ralph, and got the most epic Halloween castle party pic thanks to Photopass and Disney's expert photographers. While dressing up is encouraged, there are a few common sense rules to follow: don't wear anything dangerous, violent or inappropriate, and don't pose as cast members or take photos / sign autographs. Costumes also may not drag on the ground, for the safety of guests. Masks are never allowed.
Attractions Specific to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
The vibe at Disney World this time of year is an absolute blast and you'll see plenty of festive things whether you attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party or not. That said, there are quite a few things that are unique for event-goers.
During Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, you can ride all the rides available in the Magic Kingdom AND do these special things as well:
- Boo To You Halloween Parade
- Go trick-or-treating in the park (they even have allergy-friendly tokens that can be redeemed for non-candy items)
- Hear the Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet
- Mad Tea Party: There are special lighting and sound effects on this ride.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: You’ll be able to search for treasure and meet a crew of live pirates!
- Space Mountain: Ride in complete darkness with a new Halloween-inspired soundtrack playing on the ride.
- See your favorite Disney characters dressed up for the event!
- Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular Show
- Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular Firework Show
- Nab party-exclusive merchandise.
Special dining opportunities during the Halloween Party include:
- Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party with Plaza Garden Viewing
- Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace
- Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way
What's New for 2019?
While many of the attractions and shows stay the same from year to year, this year there are a few new additions to the Halloween spectacular! Here are some of the new additions to this celebration:
- Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor has a special treat trail and a special meet and greet with some of the Monsters from the show.
- Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular: This year there is a special fireworks show hosted by Jack Skellington! There are dancing skeletons, and some of your favorite characters, including Mickey, Minnie, and even Donald and Goofy.
Much like Halloween, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is best with Friends
As you can see in my video, my pals and I spent most of our time browsing the trick-or-treat stations, riding rides and enjoying the vibe on Main Street. Main Street is definitely the place to be to catch the most action in terms of parades, characters and fireworks vantage points. This party runs from 7pm to midnight with entry starting as early as 4pm, so it is definitely best tackled with friends who can stay up late (if your kids tend to nod off by 7:30pm, this MAY not be the best fit for them). This is one of my favorite times to go and ride rides over and over and over again, because people are busy with all of the Disney World Halloween stuff and the wait times are often minimal.
Just like you do on Halloween, head to Disney World Halloween with a spirit for an adventure, an openness to meeting new folks, and a curiosity for the not-so-scary things that go bump in the night.
What's your favorite thing to do during Disney World Halloween?