From mid-August through the end of October, the Magic Kingdom holds it's annual Halloween event, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. The event is geared towards young children and families and takes place at the park after hours. Guests are encouraged to dress up, trick or treat along the specially marked treat trails, and enjoy all of the ghoulish festivities.
Mickey's No-So-Scary Halloween Party is an exclusive event that requires a admission separate ticket, which can be purchased at the park or online, in advance. There are special Halloween activities and events, and of course all the Magic Kingdom rides and attractions are open.
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween event runs from August 17- October 31, 2018.
What to expect
As the name implies, this not-so-scary Halloween event is aimed at kids of all ages and focuses on fun instead of fright. (This is in stark contrast to Universal Orlando's terrifying Halloween Horror Nights event.)
There is trick-or-treating throughout the Magic Kingdom during the event. Kids can visit 15 treat locations scattered throughout the park. (Fun fact: More than 282.5 tons of candy will be handed out during the 29 parties this season, with more than 40 different kinds of brand-name candies offered.) Accommodations are made to ensure all children can enjoy trick or treating. If your child has allergies, pick up a specially colored teal bag from any cast member or Disney worker. These specially colored bags ensure your child is not given any candy they may be allergic to.
Instead, kids with a teal bag are given tokens they can redeem at the allergy-friendly candy station.
How to attend
Tickets prices to the event vary depending on the date. It is recommended to purchase tickets in advance online, to ensure that you can visit on the day you hope to. A $10 discount is given to tickets purchased at least one day in advance. Prices range from $75-$125, the price goes up as the date nears closer to Halloween. Children ages 3-9 are a slightly cheaper ticket, and kids younger than 3 are free.
The event lasts from 7PM to Midnight on each night that it is open. Disney annual passholders and vacation club members may receive a discounted rate.
What to do
Young kids will absolutely love this event. The park is completely decked out for their enjoyment, and all the characters play along with the theme.
- Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, opens with a hair-raising ride by the Headless Horseman, followed by a collection of frightful floats featuring Disney characters in Halloween costumes.
- Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, the all-new show at Cinderella Castle, features the Disney villains. In the show, the mischievous sisters from Disney’s “Hocus Pocus” use their magic to throw an evil Halloween party with other Disney villains like Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie, Maleficent and more.
- Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular, where Disney villains tear up the night with fireworks and wicked remixes of their theme songs. Cruella de Vil, Jafar and Oogie Boogie are just some of the scoundrels who croon their spooky tunes as creepy colors crawl over Cinderella Castle.
- The Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet, enjoy the sounds of this "barbarous-shop" group as the venture around Frontierland. Their ghostly sounds will surely give you a fright.
- where favorite baddies from Disney films perform an opening number in front of a ghostly Cinderella Castle. Throughout the evening, guests interested in meeting their favorite Disney villains can encounter them at locations around the park. Look for Jafar in Adventureland and the Queen of Hearts near Mad Tea Party in Fantasyland, while Lotso lurks near Buzz Lightyear in Tomorrowland.
- Scream-O-Ween Dance Party, dance and sing to spooky monster songs along with your favorite monsters, Mike, Sulley and the entire crew of Monstropolis. If that's not enough dancing for your, head over the Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam. Perfect for little children to come celebrate with all of their favorite Disney Junior characters.
- Special Halloween merchandise is available at gift shops throughout Magic Kingdom park. Be on the lookout for special MagicBands, collector pins, and apparel, as well as themed household items, accessories, and even Mickey ears.
Guests looking for even more Halloween fun can sign up for the special-ticketed Happy HalloWishes Dessert Party, which is a delicious way to score prime viewing for the Happy HalloWishes nighttime fireworks spectacular.
Ticketed Not-So-Scary guests can also pair the event with a table-service dining experience.
Note: Disney revised its costuming guidelines for special events in its theme parks. Dress-up is encouraged for ages 13 and under.
While costumes may be worn, guests ages 14 and older who wear layered costumes or accessories that surround the entire body as they may be subject to additional security screening. Additionally, costumes may not feature any item that could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.