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Guide to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2022

Welcome to Love of the Magic’s complete guide to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2022! Before reading on, please note some of the detailed information provided in this article, such as character appearances and showtimes, are based on 2019 and subject to change in 2022.  This post will be updated when new information is released.

If you’re looking for a comprehensive overview of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom, along with great tips and tricks… stick around! We’ve got a lot to unpack for this years event!

Party Overview

After the last couple of years of having to accept modified versions of events across Walt Disney World, it’s incredibly exciting to announce that Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween (MNSSHP) Party will be returning to Magic Kingdom this August, September and October! The party kicks off on Friday August 12th, the first of 37 party dates this year.

This is by far my very favorite time of year to visit and for many others as well. The weather is perfect, the crowds are a tad bit lighter (especially in September and early October), the official holidays are just around the corner, the EPCOT Food & Wine Festival is in full gear, and the ghouls and goblins are out at the Magic Kingdom! Just kidding! It’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! There is nothing scary about it. Trust me, I’m the biggest scaredy cat to roam the earth – if there was a ghoul or goblin around, I would not be attending! But because it’s NOT SCARY, I have attended MNSSHP for nearly 15 years! I highly recommend everyone attend at least once if your budget and time permits. I guarantee you, you will be back for more! It is that much fun!

If you are wondering, the best dates to attend the party are usually anytime in August and early September, and on Sunday’s – Wednesday’s in September and October. Friday and Saturday in October have a tendency to be very busy due to locals attending the party as well as vacationers. Halloween (Oct 31st) is the most crowded and historically has sold out well in advance. If you plan to attend on Halloween, be sure to purchase your tickets early. 

It is also good to know ahead of time that the party goes on rain or shine! The parades or fireworks may be canceled during the evening due to weather, but the party still happens. If you are leery of buying tickets ahead of time because of potential bad weather, you can purchase tickets on the night of the party. Very few nights sell out – usually only the first night and Halloween night. Although since this is the first MNSSHP happening in 2 years, there may be more parties that sell out than usual. Be mindful of that.

Dates & Ticket Prices

  • August 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30 
  • September 2, 5, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30 
  • October 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets start at $99 for children (ages 3-9) and $109 for adults (ages 10+). The highest ticket is priced at $189 for children (ages 3-9) and $199 for adults (ages 10+) – that is for October 31st (Halloween). Prices do vary and increase in cost depending on the date/time you choose to attend. The closer to Halloween, the more expensive the party is for both adults and children. Halloween Night (October 31), as you read above, is the most expensive party to attend.

Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can save $10 per ticket to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, valid for select event nights.

To purchase tickets directly, visit the Walt Disney World website (click here).  

 

What’s NEW for 2022!

To commemorate Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary, this year’s party features some new additions!

  • New 3D photo backdrops that you can step inside—so you’ll be in the midst of a picturesque setting as you strike a pose for a fun photo
  • A reusable treat bag that you can fill with candy and take home—featuring a design inspired by Halloween and the 50th Anniversary celebration
  • A commemorative print to take home—a keepsake themed to Halloween and the 50th Anniversary celebration

Attractions Open During Party

Information from 2019 – subject to change in 2022. Will update accordingly as we learn more.

Adventureland

  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • A Pirate’s Adventure – Treasures of the Seven Seas

Frontierland

  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Splash Mountain

Liberty Square

  • Haunted Mansion

Fantasyland

  • 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
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • The Barnstormer

Tomorrowland

  • Astro Orbiter
  • Buzz Lightyear’s SpaceRanger Spin
  • Space Mountain
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Tomorrow Transit Authority PeopleMover

Expected Show Times for Special Events during MNSSHP

Subject to change in 2022. Will be updated with 2023 showtimes once more details are released.

  • Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade – 9:15PM and 11:15PM
  • Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular – 10:15PM
  • Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular – 8:30PM, 10:45PM, 12AM
  • Cadaver Dan’s Barbershop Quartet – 7:00PM, 7:45PM, 8:30PM, 9:50PM, 10:30PM
  • Frontierland Costume Promenade – 8:50PM, 10:50PM
  • Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball – 7:00PM – 12:00AM

Character Appearances

Subject to change in 2022. This list is based on the 2019 character appearances.

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Mickey Mouse – Town Square Theater
  • Jack and Sally – Town Square Theater

Adventureland

  • Aladdin with Abu – at the Agrabah Bazaar, this pair swaps sets with Jasmine and Genie
  • Jasmine with Genie – at the Agrabah Bazaar, this pair swaps sets with Aladdin and Abu
  • Tarzan, Jane, and Terk – near Swiss Family Treehouse
  • Jafar – near Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Moana – Enchanted Tiki Room queue
  • Captain Jack Sparrow – near Pirates of the Caribbean

Liberty Square

  • The Gravediggers – gazebo

Frontierland

  • Brer Fox and Rabbit – roaming

Fantasyland

  • Anastasia and Drizella – roaming
  • Cinderella – Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Cruella DeVil – roaming
  • Donald & Daisy – Storybook Circus near Casey Jr. Splash n Soak Station
  • Alice and Mad Hatter – Mad Tea Party
  • Belle and Gaston – Gaston’s Tavern
  • Ariel and Eric – Prince Eric’s Market (across from Ariel’s Grotto)
  • Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet – Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Minnie Mouse – Storybook Circus near Casey Jr. Splash n Soak Station
  • Princess Elena – Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Princess Tiana – Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Queen of Hearts and Tweedles – Mad Tea Party
  • Rapunzel – Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Seven Dwarfs – inside Pete’s Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus

Tomorrowland

  • Lots-o’ Bear– In between Carousel of Progress and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Elvis Stitch – Stitch’s Alien Encounter

 

Costume Guidelines

Before heading to the party, you need to be aware of some of the rules and guidelines for costumes. Read on to learn more of the do’s and don’ts.

General Rules:

  • Disney may deny admission or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or could detract from the experience of other Guests.
  • Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • Weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon are not permitted.
  • Sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest are not permitted as part of the costume.
  • Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, the park unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.

Guests Ages 13 and Under:

  • Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long as the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.

Guests Ages 14 and Older:

  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
  • Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g., full-length Princess dresses)
  • Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
  • Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts and hats are acceptable.
  • Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
  • Masks of any kind may not be worn.

Note that all rules and regulations are subject to change at any time. Visit here for more information.

Trick-Or-Treating

Trick-or-Treating is a must-do activity at the party! There are trick-or-treat opportunities stationed all throughout the park! Visit any of these multiple time for extra candy and chocolate!

Trick-Or-Treating with Allergies

Do you have a food allergy? If so, Disney has a special trick-or-treat experience for you!

While at Mickey’s No-So-Scary Halloween Party, see a Cast Member to pick up a teal-colored treat bag – the official color of food allergy awareness. These are available at any treat location an at the official Allergy-Friendly Centers located at Town Square Theater (near Tony’s Town Square Restaurant on Main Street, U.S.A.) and Liberty Square Ticket Office (near The Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square).

When you trick-or-treat with your teal bag, Cast Members will give you a teal token at any treat station. You can redeem your teal tokens at the Allergy-Friendly Centers to receive your special treats!

Strategies

With party time starting at 7PM on select nights at the Magic Kingdom, there are only 5 hours to meet rare characters, ride attractions, trick-or-treat, and see the exclusive fireworks and parade! There is no question, if you want to maximize your time and money at this event, you will need to devise a plan and determine your priorities! Just remember, even the best plans can’t often squeeze it all in. Do what is most important to you first!

Starting at 4PM, if you are already in Magic Kingdom and have tickets for that evening’s MNSSHP, locate specific cast members scattered throughout the park to receive your trick-or-treat bag and event wristband.

If you are coming from another park or your hotel, you can enter Magic Kingdom as early as 4PM through a designated entrance. NOTE: These date-specific event tickets DO NOT require an additional day theme park ticket OR theme park reservation.

Upon checking in for the party, you will receive your trick-or-treat bag and event wristband.

If you enter the park at 4PM, know that the park is still open to the general public usually until 6PM, so the crowd levels may be high for a few hours. You will still be able to successfully ride at least 2 or 3 attractions before the actual party begins if you plan accordingly.

Beginning around 6PM, the Cast Members will begin to shuffle non-event guests out of the park. This is why it is essential that you obtain your event wristband. This indicates to Cast Members that you have a paid party ticket for that evening.

Note that Genie+ reservations are not available during the party. Generally lines during the party are manageable depending on the popularity of the attraction. If you have a regular day park ticket, you can book Genie+ attractions up until park closing (usually 6PM) at the Magic Kingdom.

Tips

  • Ride attractions during parade times, most guests are watching the parade so the lines tend to be shorter.
  • Plan to view the second parade of the evening, the first parade is usually the most popular and attracts the biggest crowd.
  • Depending on the date you attend, you may need to plan to claim your spot and wait for the parade up to 60-90 minutes. If you attend at the end of August or early September, your wait time may be less at 30-60 minutes.
  • The parade begins in Frontierland, however I am a firm believer that the best place to watch it is from Main Street U.S.A. There is nothing like the backdrop of Cinderella Castle in all of your photos!
  • Attractions tend to have the shortest lines of the evening just before midnight when the party is about to end. Save some of the most popular attractions such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (SDMT), Peter Pan or Space Mountain for the last 30 minutes of the evening. Dare I say, some may even be walk ons.
  • If your priority is to get photos with special, rare characters such as the Seven Dwarfs or Jack and Sally, plan to wait in very long lines. Generally lines start to form sometimes before the party even begins at 7PM. Wait times could be up to 2 hours, so plan accordingly if you intend to accomplish other things during the evening at the party. Families tend to start to leave around 11PM, chances are if you wait until late in the evening, your wait time may decrease significantly.
  • Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular is shown on party nights usually at 10:15 PM, weather permitting. This firework show can be viewed from various locations around the park. Your best viewing location will always be somewhere in the hub or about 1/4 way down Main Street. There are projections on the Castle during the show that enhance the story of the show! You don’t have to see the projections to enjoy the fireworks, but if you snag a spot on Main Street or in the hub, you will enjoy it more.
  • Take advantage of the PhotoPass Magic Shots at select locations throughout Magic Kingdom Park. The PhotoPass opportunities during MNSSHP are incredible! Since it’s been a few years since, I wonder what new offerings will be available! I will update accordingly once I learn more about the PhotoPass options for 2022. 
  • You can visit candy stations more than once, so stock up!! If you need additional trick-or-treat bags, ask a Cast Member. There are more than plenty for everyone!
  • With the hustle and bustle of the evening, it’s easy to forget about the adorable and yummy special event treats to purchase! Be sure to check them out and pick one up.

Foodie Guide & Merchandise

Details will be shared once information is released for 2022

Marnie Raimondo
Marnie Raimondo
Hi there! I'm Marnie, Disney blogger and writer. My passion is helping people plan magical Walt Disney World vacations. I love sharing Disney tips and advice based on my personal experiences from many, many magical trips over the years. I hope through my writing I can help you navigate your way through Disney news, the parks, dining, resorts and so much more! Happy planning!
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