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Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Select Nights Mid-September - Early November 2014

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Guide #DisneyVacation #MNSSHP

2014 information will be added as it becomes available

2013 Mickey's Not-So-Scary Info

Select Nights September 10 - November 1, 2013

If you are looking for a way to celebrate Halloween Disney Style, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is the event for you. Adults and children can Trick-or-Treat their way through the Magic Kingdom while experiencing Halloween magic at every turn. Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Attendance for MNSSHP is limited, though, so plan early if you're going to go.

The evening includes twice nightly Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade led by the infamous Headless Horseman, live shows, dance parties, meet-and-greets with rarely seen Disney characters, unique merchandise and a special Halloween-themed fireworks display, Happy HalloWishes. "Grim Grinning Ghosts Come Out To Socialize" while this green and orange show lights up the sky above Cinderella Castle. You won’t want to miss the special character greeting opportunities that feature some of your favorite characters dressed up for Halloween, either. Many favorite Disney Villains will appear throughout the park and during the parade and special shows. On Main Street, U.S.A., you may even see a barbershop quartet of dead cowboys who sing songs in the style of the Dapper Dans. Halloween lighting, music and theming effects, not featured on non-party nights, will transforms special areas of Magic Kingdom theme park into happy haunted hollows. This party is definitely more fun than scary!

Mickey's No So Scary Party is a special event held each fall on select nights at Magic Kingdom theme park. Purchase of an event admission ticket is required to attend Mickey's No So Scary Halloween Party. Advance savings of $5-$6 per ticket are available for select dates. Separate theme park admission is not required to attend the party, nor is your party ticket connected to your Magic Your Way admission ticket in any way. Purchasing your tickets in advance is strongly recommended, particularly for parties that occur on the weekends in October.

Ticket Information   New for 2013   Essential Info for Attending

Entertainment Schedule   Treat & Character Locations   Tips


Download a 2013 MNSHHP Guide Map

Other Halloween Events at Walt Disney World Resort

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Tickets Go on Sale May 1, 2013


Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Tickets

2013 Dates

September Dates: 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 29
October Dates: 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31
November Dates: 1

Time: All parties are from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 am with Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade at 8:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m and Happy HalloWishes fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Party-goers can enter the park as early as 4 p.m on the day of the party using just their party ticket. While Disney does not generally publicize this information, for years it has had an "early entry" policy as a means of staggering the crowd entering the Magic Kingdom on party nights and preventing a backup at the gates at the start of the party. While you are not "technically" guaranteed early entry with your party ticket, to date, we have not heard of a single person with only a party ticket for admittance being turned away after 4 p.m. Event "tap to enter" park entries are located to the far right. Wrist bands are distributed at the gate and can also be picked up at the Rose Garden near the castle hub (and other park locations) after 4:00 p.m. The party goes on rain or shine, and there are no refunds for inclement weather.

2013 Tickets Prices (tax excluded):

September 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
Advance Purchase Discount: $59 Adult ; $54 Ages 3-9
Day of Event: $65 Adult; $60 Ages 3-9
Annual Passholder and DVC Member: $56 Adult; $51 Ages 3-9
Military: $41.30 Adult; $37.80 Ages 3-9

Sept 29 and Oct 3, 6, 10, 14, 17, 20, 22, 24
Advance Purchase Discount: $62 Adult; $57 Ages 3-9
Day of Event: $67 Adult; $62 Ages 3-9
Annual Passholder and DVC Member: $58 Adult; $53 Ages 3-9/p>

Oct 4, 29 and Nov 1
Advance Purchase Discount: $62 Adult; $57 Ages 3-9
Day of Event: $67 Adult; $62 Ages 3-9

Oct 11, 18, 25
Premium/Day of Event: $67 Adult; $62 Ages 3-9

October 31
Premium/Day of Event: $73 Adult; $68 Ages 3-9

Parties for 9/27, 10/10, 10/11, 10/14, 10/17, 10/29, 10/31 and 11/1 have sold out in Advance!

Tickets can be ordered by calling 407-W-Disney (407-934-7639) or online on Disney's Web site. Tickets ordered online may be printed as etickets that may be used at the "tap to enter" entries at the Magic Kingdom. If you don't have a printer, you can choose Will Call to pick up a plastic souvenir ticket at your resort concierge, theme park, or other ticket sales location. You must present the original credit card used during your purchase, a valid government-issued photo ID, and confirmation number at the time of pick up. There is also an option to have the tickets mailed as plastic souvenir tickets if time allows. Mailing cost for tickets is as follows: $5 USPS (7 to 14 days), $15 Fedex (up to 7 days) or $25 for International Fedex (up to 12 days). Plastic souvenir tickets may be used in the existing FASTPASS machines prior to the Party. During party hours, from 7 p.m. to midnight, FASTPASSes are not in affect.

MagicBands and MNSSHP Tickets: At the current time, the MagicBand help desk is suggesting that guests do not link special event tickets to their MagicBands. In some cases the My Disney Experience system has been deducting a day from park tickets when MNSSHP tickets are linked. This is something that the help desk can fix but suggest that guest just use the party ticket for the time being and to avoid any hassle.

Ticket Types and Discounts

Premium/Day of Event Tickets: Generally, Premium Ticket parties are not only more expensive, but will also be the most crowded parties. Premium Tickets are sold in advance but do not offer a discount. Essentially, all party tickets may be purchased in advance, but not all tickets are discounted. The price for Premium Tickets is the same as those tickets purchased at the gate on the day of the event. All tickets purchased within 10 days of event will be available for pick up at the Will Call Window at Guest Relations or emailed as an eticket. Day of Event tickets are offered at the gate for any party date that has not sold out in advance and are often not available.
Premium Dates (may be purchased in advance): Oct 11, 18, 25, 31

Advance Purchase Discount Tickets are sold at a discount for select dates and must be purchased at least 1 day in advance. This is the best possible discount for the general public. The number of tickets available is limited. Events often sell out early. All tickets purchased within 10 days of event will be available for pick up at the Will Call Window at Guest Relations or emailed as an eticket. Tickets are valid only during specific event dates and hours.
Advance Purchase Discount Dates: Sept 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 29; Oct 3, 6, 4, 10, 14, 17, 20, 22, 24, 29; Nov 1

Annual Passholder and DVC Member Discount Tickets are available for advance purchase for select dates and will not be available the day of the event. Annual Passholders can call (407) 560-PASS for additional information. Annual Passholders who purchased online must show a valid Passholder ID at park entrance for each ticket or pass purchased. Disney Vacation Club members must call Member Services at (800) 800-9808 to purchase.
-Passholders can purchase for themselves and up to 3 Guests.
-DVC Members can purchase for themselves and up to 5 Guests.
AP & DVC Dates: Sept 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 29; Oct 3, 6, 10, 14, 17, 20, 22, 24

Active Duty, Retired, and Permanently Disabled US Military, including members of the U.S. Coast Guard and active members of the National Guard or Reservists, can purchase discounted tickets for themselves and up to 5 family members and/or friends for select dates. The tickets may be purchased in person at any theme park ticket window with proper military ID. Discounted tickets are NOT available online, by phone or at MWR/ITT locations. If the desired discount military party date is sold out, military can still buy tickets at the discounted price, but must do so the day of the event at the Magic Kingdom Guest Relations window. It's also worth noting that military may buy MNSSHP tickets in person (with proper ID) at Magic Kingdom Guest Relations for any sold out party, but only the military dates will be discounted.
Military Dates: Sept 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27

New for 2013

This year’s event will mark the debut appearance of Jack Skellington and Sally (from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas”) at Magic Kingdom Park. Look for the Pumpkin King and his love in the Town Square area of Main Street, U.S.A.

Phineas and Ferb will also take charge of the Creepa Crew this year. This group gets parade-goers warmed up for fun on Main Street, U.S.A., while they wait for the parade’s arrival.

Over in Tomorrowland, “Monsters, Inc.,” scarers Mike and Sulley will host their own Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball dance party on the Rockettower Plaza Stage. The stage has been completely transformed for this “monstrous” event and replaces Stitch’s Club 626 in the same location. Here’s a hint – show up ready to scream your lungs out!

Trick-or-treating will also be enhanced this year with more than 220 tons of candy on order. In addition to trick-or-treat stations, there will also be two treat trails – pathways that you trick-or-treat through that offer multiple candy stops along the way. Disney Parks Blog has also hinted that in addition to these locations, there may be one or two surprise treat locations to stop at as well.

Fans of the seasonal updates to the "Celebrate the Magic" castle projection show in the Magic Kingdom will be pleased to learn that the show will get an influx of Disney villains in time for Halloween. From the sea witch Ursula, lording over the poor unfortunate souls trapped in her underwater lair, to the demon Chernabog from Disney’s “Fantasia,” spreading his wings across the face of Cinderella Castle, this new segment promises to be particularly dark and foreboding. Things will heat up as Maleficent casts a forest of thorns around the base of the castle, and transforms into a wicked, fire-breathing dragon who threatens to destroy the magic. The new Disney villains sequence makes its debut September 1 and will be part of the "Celebrate the Magic" show through November 1, 2013. Guests attending Mickey's No-So-Scary Halloween party may view this nightly show before the Happy HalloWishes fireworks.

Disney will again give away an event-exclusive Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom game card during Mickey No-So-Scary Halloween parties. This year's card will feature a Haunted Mansion's Hitchhiking Ghosts and is sure to be a rare and collectible card. Players can use the card to direct poltergeists to scare away any Disney villains they may come across on their journey. Party ticket holders will be able to pick up the exclusive card at the Firehouse on Main Street U.S.A. or at the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom location behind Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe beginning at 4:00 p.m. Similar to last year, there will be a limit of one card per person with a MNSHHP wristband. Guests' party tickets were also punched upon receiving the cards, so be sure to have your ticket in hand! For those new to the game, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is an in-park interactive experience that allows guests join Merlin’s quest to defeat Disney Villains who are scheming to take over Magic Kingdom Park. Guests use maps to search for villain hideouts throughout the park, visit magic portals and use spell cards to foil a villain’s plan. The special event card will be distributed separately from the regular Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card packs, and yes, you can pick up both while attending the party. The number of cards is limited each night so be sure to pick yours up early! Word is when Disney runs out of the Haunted Mansion card, they are giving out last year's Chip and Dale event card.

Spell Card

Mickey lights the night with this new Disney Gift Card available at select locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. Guests at the Walt Disney World Resort who load this Disney Gift Card with as little as $5 will get an extra touch of magic, when certain elements on this Disney Gift Card glow in the dark.

Essential Info for Attending

About Rides: Guests have unlimited use of popular attractions such as The Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Railroad, Pirates of the Caribbean, Dumbo, Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, Under the Sea~Journey of The Little Mermaid and many more. Not all attractions will be open during the party, and Hall of Presidents, Jungle Cruise, and Tom Sawyer Island have been closed the past few years. FASTPASS tickets are not distributed during the party since lines are usually pretty short. Lines will be the shortest during the two parades and after the Happy Hallowishes Fireworks when many families with young children leave the park. See a complete list of attractions that will be open for parties in our 2013 MNSSHP at a Glance chart below.

About Food: Dining is available at select counter service and snack locations throughout the park, but is very limited once the party begins. It's probably wise to eat your main evening meal prior to attending the party. See a complete list of restaurants that will be open for parties in our 2013 MNSSHP at a Glance chart below. Halloween-themed specialty treats are available at the following locations:

  • Sleepy Hollow
    Spiced Pumpkin Waffle Sundae - $4.99
  • Gaston’s Tavern
    Ghost Cupcakes
  • Storybook Treats
    Candy Corn Soft Serve - $3.99
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
    Caramel Apple Slush
  • Sweet Treats on Main Street
    Specialty Candy Corn & Mummy Cupcakes and Decorated Cookies
  • Popcorn Carts
    Hitchhiking Ghost Popcorn Buckets

Table service restaurants will add seasonal sweets, too:

  • Tony’s Town Square Restaurant on Main Street, U.S.A.
    Peanut Butter Chocolate Spider Whoopie Pie Bat Cake (available at dinner on party nights only)
  • Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland
    Blood Orange and Chocolate Cream Puff filled with “dripping blood-orange mousse”
    Poisoned Caramel Apple Cupcake
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table
    Evil Queen’s “Brew-le,” vanilla crème brûlèe with “eyeballs, bones and bubbled sugar
  • Liberty Tree Tavern in Liberty Square
    A Halloween trio dessert with cake “eyeballs,” pumpkin pudding and almond “witches’ fingers”

About Merchandise: Halloween merchandise is available at the Emporium and Uptown Jewelers on Main Street U.S.A, Plaza del Sol Caribe Bazaar in Adventureland, Frontier Trading Post (pins only) in Frontierland, Heritage House in Liberty Square, Fantasy Faire in Fantasyland and Mickey's Star Traders in Tomorrowland. Items like limited-edition MNSSHP trading pins, event t-shirts and other collectibles can go quickly and should be purchased first. And, of course the golden rule of Disney shopping always applies: If you see something you "must" have, purchase it then and there; you may not find it again and this is especially true for seasonal merchandise. Otherwise, save the shopping for last or another day. Most Halloween merchandise is available throughout the Halloween season and is not unique to the parties. Halloween merchandise is available at the following locations:

  • Emporium, Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Frontier Trading Post, Frontierland (Pins only)
  • Heritage House, Liberty Square
  • Big Top Souvenirs, Fantasyland
  • Ursa’s Major Minor Cart, Tomorrowland

Note: Annual passholders can purchase an exclusive pin to commemorate the event at the Trading Post. Don't forget to use your merchandise discount!

About Trick-or-Treating: Trick-or-treat bags are provided at the gate as you enter the party or at any of the candy stations; guests may also bring their own. This year's bags feature Frozen and Muppets Most Wanted. Trick-or-treating locations, both candy stations & treat trails with multiple candy stops, are marked on the party guide maps. You can pick up a map as you enter the park. Both children and adults are welcome to participate. Disney gives out a pretty nice selection of candy at the party and there is no shortage - collect as much as you want! If sugary candy is not your thing, there are healthy options available, too. You can exchange all your goodies, collected at the treat locations, for candy that fits your dietary needs, such as sugar-free candy, treats without nuts or healthy options. Simply bring your candy to City Hall, and they’ll exchange your goodies for treats that meet your dietary restrictions. A few healthy treats can also be found at select candy stops; in the past raisins and Chiquita bananas were handed out. See a complete list of trick-or -treat locations in 2013 MNSSHP at a Glance chart below.

About Costumes: Guests, both children and adults, are welcome to wear costumes, but costumes are not require to participate in or attend Mickey's Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party. About half of those attending will dress up. Although Mickey's Not-So-Scary-Halloween party is the one time of year Disney relaxes rules about costumes in the park for anyone over the age of 9, there are a few rules that must be followed.

• Costumes must not obstruct vision or drag on the ground.
• Costumes with sharp or pointed objects, large props or items that can be mistaken for actual weapons are also prohibited.
• Those dressed in Disney costumes may not pose for photos or sign character autographs.
• Use good judgment when selecting costumes. Disney may ask those with costumes deemed offensive to other guests to remove the costume or exit the park.

Lastly, if you're going to dress up, remember that the weather can be quite hot and humid in Florida during both September & October. Try to choose a light-weight costume that doesn't require a stuffy overcoat, mask, wig, etc. You'll be glad that you did. Also be sure to check the Orlando weather a few days before your visit. The party goes on rain or shine, you'll want to be prepared if rain is in the forecast. Visit our MouseForLess Tip section below for even more costume suggestions.

The Pirates League and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique: What look should you dress up as this year? There’s no better place to start than with a Disney transformation. The Pirates League offers Pirate or Pirate Princess makeovers, while Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is brewing up something a little more bewitching for little princesses and valiant knights. Reservations for the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (407-WDW-STYLE or 407-939-7895) and The Pirates League (407-WDW-CREW or 407-939-2739) should be made as far in advance as possible. These locations book up fast, especially on Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party nights!

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique usually opens at 8:00 a.m., an hour earlier than normal, on October 30th and 31st to provide extra time for the little princesses to prepare for Halloween. Additionally, from September 9 through October 31st, a Seasonal Minnie Witch Package is available for $134.95, plus tax that includes all the components of the Crown Package, plus a Minnie Witch Costume and matching headband.

For addition essential info, visit our MFL Tip Section

2013 Entertainment Schedule

Mickey's Boo-To-You Halloween Parade (steps off in Frontierland) - 8:15pm & 10:30pm
Celebrate the Magic - 9:15pm
Happy HalloWishes Fireworks - 9:30pm
Villians' Dance Mix & Mingle (Castle Stage*) - 7:45pm, 8:50pm, 10:05pm & 11:15pm
Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball (Rockettower Plaza Stage) - 7:00pm - 12:00am
Woody's Happy Harvest Roundup Dance Party (Diamond Horseshoe) - 7:00pm - 12:00am
Character Meet-and-Greets - 7:00pm - 12:00am

* In the event of inclement weather, Villains will meet & greet at Tomorrowland Terrace

Treat & Character Locations

Candy Trails and Dance Party locations are designated in bold print
Check our Rehab and Closure Schedule as some attractions designated as open may be closed for refurbishment during select parties.

2013 MNSSHP at a Glance

Location

Character Locations

Candy Stations/
Treat Trails

PARK ENTRANCE/EXIT

Turnstiles

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Candy is sometimes available while entering or exiting the park (Halloween Marshmallow Peeps)

MAIN STREET U.S.A.
Open Attractions: Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Open Restaurants: Casey’s Corner, Main Street Sweets

Town Square Theater

Mickey Mouse as a magician
Minnie Mouse as a witch

-

Town Square Theater Exit

Jafar

-

Left of Tony’s Town Square Restaurant

Lotso

-

Town Square Area

Step Sisters & Lady Tremaine

-

Town Square Next to City Hall

Popular! Jack Skellington & Sally
(lines begin forming as early as 5 p.m.)

Not an official candy stop, but candy is sometimes handed out here

Main Street U.S.A.

Phineas and Ferb
(entertaining prior to "Boo to You" parade)

-

Castle Hub

Villains' Dance Mix & Mingle
Frollo, Queen of Hearts, Captain Hook, Cruella, Dr. Facillier, Snow Queen & Maleficent (Popular!)

-

ADVENTURELAND
Open Attractions: Swiss Family Treehouse,
Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Pirates of the Caribbean,
A Pirate’s Adventure~Treasures of the Seven Seas
Open Restaurants: Aloha Isle

Adventureland Veranda

Tarzan, Jane, Terk

-

Tinker Bell's Nook

Tinker Bell and Terrence

-

Enchanted Tiki Room

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Trader Sam's Tiki Treats (inside attraction)

Pirates of the Caribbean

Popular! Captain Jack Sparrow (to the left)

Pirate's Booty Treats (to the right)

Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie, Abu

-

FRONTIERLAND
Open Attractions: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Country Bear Jamboree
Open Restaurants: Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café, Westward Ho, Turkey Leg Cart, Churro Wagon

Diamond Horseshoe

Woody's Happy Harvest Roundup Dance Party
Woody, Jessie, Bullseye

Not an official candy stop, but candy is given out at the dance party

Splash Mountain

-

Treat Trail
(3 stops)

LIBERTY SQUARE
Open Attractions: Haunted Mansion
Open Restaurants: Sleepy Hollow

Enchanted Glade

Tiana & Naveen

-

Riverboat Landing

-

Louis Gator's Bayou Goodies

Haunted Mansion

Madame Carlotta or Madame Rinata
(storytellers on the mansion lawn)

-

FANTASYLAND
Open Attractions: it’s a small world, Peter Pan’s Flight, Mad Tea Party, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mickey’s Philharmagic, Prince Charming Regal Carousel, Barnstormer Goofy, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak, Under the Sea~Journey of The Little Mermaid, Enchanted Tales with Belle
Open Restaurants: Storybook Treats Ice Cream, Gaston’s Tavern

Fairytale Hall
(parties beginning 9/20/13)

Popular! Disney Princesses with their Princes
-Cinderella/Prince Charming,
-Snow White/Prince,
-Rapunzel/Flynn,
-Aurora/Prince Phillip

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Peter Pan's Flight

Peter Pan and Wendy (near old Fantasyland restrooms)

Peter's Candy Flight
(to the right of the attraction)

Pinocchio's Village Haus

-

Pinocchio's Candy Closet
(inside)

Prince Charming Regal Carousel Area

Suzy and Perla
Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket
(characters here make random appearances and may or may not appear)

-

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Meet & Greet Area

Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and Piglet
(get a photo with all 4 together in their party costumes)

-

Mad Tea Party

Alice & Mad Hatter

-

Fairytale Garden

Merida

-

New Fantasyland Entrance

Popular! The 7 Dwarfs
(lines begin forming as early as 5:30 p.m.)

-

Gaston's Tavern

Gaston

-

Ariel’s Grotto

Ariel

-

Enchanted Tales with Belle

Belle

-

Storybook Circus Entrance

Daisy and Donald
(in party costumes)

-

Near Pete’s Silly Sideshow

-

Casey Jr.’s Candy Junction

Barnstormer

Goofy
(as The Great Goofini)

-

TOMORROWLAND
Open Attractions: Astro Orbiter, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor Comedy Club, Space Mountain, Stitch’s Great Escape, Tomorrowland Speedway, TTA Peoplemover
Open Restaurants: Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, The Lunching Pad

Next to Tomorrowland Speedway

-

Max's Pit Stop Treats

Near Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress

Buzz Lightyear

-

Near Space Mountain

-

Spaceport Snacks

Treat Trail
(3 stops)

Stitch’s Great Escape

-

Stitch's Snacks

Rockettower Plaza Stage

Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball
Mike, Sulley, Boo, Needleman & George Sanderson

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Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Tips

Do a little advance planning before and after purchasing party tickets. As a general rule, "Premium Ticket" parties are not only more expensive, but will also be the most crowded parties. Other dates offer a savings, so plan accordingly. Generally parties in September are less Crowded then parties in October, and Tuesday parties tend to be less crowded than parties that occur on other days of the week. If you're on the fence about attending, consider that the Magic Kingdom usually closes earlier during party dates, and this may be one of your few opportunities to be in the Magic Kingdom after 9 p.m. during your trip. Since you can enter the Magic Kingdom as early as 4 p.m. with your party ticket, you may want to make Advance Dining Reservations at a Magic Kingdom restaurant for dinner. Table Service restaurants book up early on party nights so book as far in advance as possible. You can book up to 190 days out if you are staying at a Walt Disney World resort, and 180 days in advance otherwise. Allow yourself enough time to finish eating before the party begins. If you're planning on eating at a Quick Service restaurant prior to the party, be aware that some restaurants may close earlier than expected. This is especially true for Quick Service restaurants that will not be opened during the party - some closing as early as 5-5:30 p.m. on party nights. If your children will be having a makeover at Pirates League or Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique prior to the party, be sure to make those reservations well in advance too.

To help prepare for the late night, try to relax or even take a nap in the afternoon before the party. Then arrive a little early to dine or to review the special party map and guide and decide what everyone in your party would enjoy doing. If you've booked dinner at one of the park restaurants and plan on changing in the restroom prior to the party, allow time - many people have the same idea and restrooms will be busy.

Dress up! It's part of the fun, but definitely not a requirement. Costumes can be as elaborate or as simple as you like and something the whole family can do. Last minute costumes could include a funny t-shirt or Disney hat and perhaps some face paint. The Emporium in the Magic Kingdom and Mouse Gears at Epcot usually have a selection of costume items for both children and adults. For 2013 adult t-shirts include Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jack Skellington, Snow White, Minnie Mouse versions, Stormtrooper and Darth Vader. The hooded sweatshirts featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse are great too. Princess costumes can be found year-round at these locations for about $65 and include Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora, Belle, Jasmine, Ariel, Tiana, Merida and Rapunzel. The same costumes are also carried on DisneyStore.com for about $20 less. During normal operating hours, Disney does not allow anyone over the age of 9 to wear costumes to the park, but it seems to relax this policy on MNSSHP days, which is good news for those who are dressing up for the evening party but want to go to the park early. Generally, costumes may be worn in the park anytime after 4 p.m. on party nights.

Those attending the party will be given a wrist band as they enter the park through a designated turnstile. If you entered the park prior to wrist bands being distributed, you may also obtain a wrist band after 4 p.m. at the Rose Garden near the hub by showing your MNSHHP ticket. There are different color bands for each party night. Make sure you do not remove your wrist band. Cast members do check for wrist bands, and without one, you will not be able to get on rides, meet characters, get candy, enter stores, purchase food or do anything else after 7 p.m. If you are spotted without a wrist band, you will be asked to leave the park once the party has started. There are no exceptions. If you don't have a ticket but would like to stay in the park and attend the party, you can check at City Hall to see if tickets are available for that particular evening. Some parties do sell out in advance, but if tickets are available, they may be purchased at City Hall without having to leave the park.

Trick-or-treat bags are provided at any of the candy stops or at the gate as you enter the party. The bags are on the small side and fill up very quickly. You may want to bring your own bag to avoid carrying several of Disney's. If you'll be using Disney bag(s), be sure to get them as early as possible, as, unlike candy, Disney tends to run out of bags early. As an alternative, you can purchase larger trick-or-treat bags or plastic pumpkin buckets with Mickey ears at the Emporium to gather treats or buy popcorn in one of the Hitchhiking Ghost or Hatbox Ghost Mickey popcorn bucket (available at popcorn carts) to enjoy during the parade and then use the empty bucket to trick-or-treat afterwards.

Trick or treating locations are marked on the party guide & map. You can pick up a guide as you enter the park. A small flashlight will help to read the map at night. You can also look for lighted Mickey pumpkin balloon-like globes throughout the park to find the trick-or-treat locations. You may want to save trick-or-treating until the end of the night as Disney never runs out of candy. Try to do as many character meet & greets as you can and catch the special shows and parade first. Plus, as the night goes on, the lines for treats gets much shorter and handouts are often more generous. And be sure to have your candy bags ready has you exit the park as this is often a place to get even more candy.

Don't overlook the 2 Treat Trails when trick-or-treating. In previous years, both trails offered special decorations, along with multiple candy stops. Br’er Rabbit’s Laughin' Place Candy Patch had lots of fun carved pumpkins with characters from Song of the South and Wonderland Curious Candy Way Treat Trail near Space Mountain offered cardboard cutouts from Alice in Wonderland. While the treat trails still offer 3 candy stops, sadly, for 2013, gone are the themed decorations.

Disney gives out a pretty nice selection of candy at the party, including "fun-sized" Snickers, Twix, Milkyways, Almond Joys, Hershy bars, Heath bars, Nestle Crunch bars, Reeses cups, KitKats, M&Ms, Skittles, SweetTarts, Smarties, gummy "Toy Story" characters, SweetTarts, Tootsie Rolls, Starburst, Now & Later, Twizzlers, Bottle Caps, Mike & Ikes, Bit 'o Honey, Jolly Rancher, Goofy Candy Co. lollipops, Werthers carmels, Candy Corn and more. Disney has ordered more than 220 tons of candy for 2013. You can collect as much as you want! Those with special dietary needs can do a "candy swap" at City Hall; they’ll exchange your goodies for treats that meet your dietary restrictions. Just ask to see a list of your options which included Jelly Belly (sugar, dairy, egg & nut free), Chocolate Pumpking & Bat Suckers (gluten, sesame, egg & nut free), Mixed Fruit buttons (sugar, dairy, egg & nut free) and Butterscotch Buttons (sugar free).

Headless Horseman

Don’t miss the Headless Horseman as he rides before the "Boo to You" parades and be sure to have your camera ready to capture the shot. The parade pre-shows feature The Creepa Crew with Phineas and Ferb on Main Street U.S.A. and The Cadaver Dans, The Dapper Dans dressed as dead Frontiersmen, in Frontierland. The "Boo To You" parade features Disney villains, trick-or-treating Disney characters in costume, pirates including Captain Jack Sparrow, skeletons, Goofy’s giant candy machine, Halloween songs, and, of course, candy. Also, watch for our favorites - the spooks from the Haunted Mansion, including the marching Haunted Mansion butlers, dancing hitchhiking ghosts, undead ballroom dancers, the Caretaker and his dog, and the gravediggers, as they scrape their shovels along the asphalt, creating a light spray of sparks. The candy handed out at the end of the parade is usually a variety that can not be obtained anywhere else in the park. Unlike the Christmas parade, the "Boo To You" parade is only available during MNSSH parties, so you won't want to miss it. Seats in Frontierland or Liberty Square are less crowded than Main Street U.S.A., but if you choose to sit there, you may have to reposition yourself after the first parade to get a good view of the fireworks. The second parade tends to be less crowded then the first.

Another "must do" is the the Villians' Dance Mix & Mingle stage show. This is a really fun show where you get to see the Villains get down and party, although it might be a bit scary for very young children. This show takes place four times per evening at the Castle Forecourt Stage. For the first time in 2013, the Villians' Dance Mix & Mingle is incorporating the castle projectors to create a dramatic backdrop for the show. Don't leave the area after the Villian's Mix & Mingle stage show. Frollo, Queen of Hearts, Captain Hook, Cruella, Dr. Facillier, Evil Queen and Maleficent pose for pictures with guests for about 15 minutes after the show. Maleficent is the most popular, so get in line first to get a photo with her (even before the show starts). The character attendants near the stage will be able to tell you where to line up to meet her. It may require lining up at 3, or even all 4, shows to get photos taken with all of the villains. The show Villains do not sign autographs.

For even more than usual character interaction, be sure to attend one of the two dance parties. At Woody's Happy Harvest Roundup Dance Party at the Diamond Horseshoe, kids can interact with Woody, Jessie and Bullseye. Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland will be hosted by Mike and Sulley, and attended by assorted other Monsters University scarers.


Haunted Mansion

If you're not into meeting characters or Dance Parties, MNSSHP is a great time to ride as many rides as possible. Most of the best ones will be operating and since Disney limits attendance to the parties (unofficially, we hear attendance is capped at 25,000), lines are usually short throughout most of the night - even when the party is a sellout. The one "must do" attraction is the Haunted Mansion. Cast members are made up to be even spookier on party nights and the graveyard gets a special Halloween fog and lighting treatment too. On the front lawn of the Mansion, you'll find either Madame Carlotta or Madame Renata, seated and illuminated, eager to share a tale with guests. These two ethereal spirits alternate performances and are extra-eerie, and quite interactive with the crowd and fun to watch.

Unlike Magic Kingdom's standard fireworks that are fired directly over the castle only, the party fireworks are the 360 degree fireworks that surround you, and they are incredible. With a Disney Villain theme, Hallowishes is possibly the best firework show offered at the Walt Disney World Resort, and you can see it only during nights that Mickey's No-So-Scary Halloween parties take place. Of course views are always best from Main Street USA, but at the very least, try to stand somewhere so that you have an unobstructed view of the sky around the Magic Kingdom. New Fantasyland is a less crowded location from which to view Hallowishes and offers an excellent view, sans the castle projection show.

Photopass photographers hand out event photo cards at the party. Special Halloween "magic" photos with the the Hitchhiking Ghosts digitally added are available near the Tiana meet and greet in Liberty Square. Plus, don't miss a special shot with the hearse ghost driver at the carriage and invisible horse in front of the Haunted Mansion. There is usually a special Halloween photo spot in the Town Square area where you can have your photo taken with some whimsical pumpkins. You can add the MNSSHP PhotoPass card to your other PhotoPass cards and make a PhotoPass CD (if you've purchased one) when you get home or to view and share online.

The areas where Photopass photographers take photos can get quite crowded, especially the character meet & greets. Town Square is particularly busy between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. with people in line to meet characters. And speaking of characters, this will be your opportunity to get photos with some rare Disney characters, such as the 7 Dwarfs; Captain Jack Sparrow; the Disney Princesses with their Princes; Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and Piglet (all together in one photo); Jane & Tarzan, Lotso and, of course, the Disney Villains. Plus, Jack Skellington and Sally (most popular) from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas will make their debut appearance in the Town Square area of Main Street, U.S.A. in 2013. Some characters will be in their Halloween costumes. Lines for some of the most popular characters can begin forming by 6 p.m. Try to get a few photos done when the party first starts and other towards the end of the night. And don't forget to bring your own camera so you don't miss that special shot in case there is no Photopass photographer around.


Main Street Halloween

Take time to notice the little details. There are several forms of spooky pavement art, some projected by lighting effects, others are chalk art and even cast members get in on the act with fleeting water sketches created with a broom and dustpan. Look for the skull and cross bones projection on Big Thunder Mountain or Pirates of the Caribbean or the spiders and webs projected on rocks and pavement throughout Tomorrowland. Main Street U.S.A. is awash in eerie changing color. In Adventureland colorful Tikis laugh as they attempt to scare guests away and Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion are bathed in fog. And of course, there is spooky music throughout the park. Specific effects will vary from year to year.

Those staying for the entire party, should be aware that the Disney monorails will most likely not be running at midnight. Resort buses and ferry boats will be running after the party wraps up, though.


For additional information on Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, visit Disney's web site or MNSSHP official Facebook page.

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