In about 10 days, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party season begins. It will go on for two months on select dates. For many people attending the Magic Kingdom, this means shorter hours on those nights, meaning that non-party goers will need to leave the Magic Kingdom by 7pm! It is going to be important to check the calendar before hand to make sure you don’t use a full day’s admission if you aren’t going to be able to stay the full day.
To attend the party, you will have to purchase a separate event ticket for each member of your group.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2016 dates:
September 02, 08, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30
October 02, 04, 06, 07, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31
Pricing this year is staggered again, the cheapest prices are at the beginning of September, and incrementally rise up to Halloween, those prices being $72 and going up to $105, and there is a very small discount for Annual Passholders or DVC Members. Their premium pricing structure is most likely based on demand, as we have seen their recent tiered pricing structure revealed and implemented earlier this year.
The most popular night has always been Halloween, however, we have always attended earlier events. Last year we did mid-September, and the year prior we did beginning of October. The weather is still pretty hot in September, but at least the event is at night, and it is pretty enjoyable if you dress comfortably.
Activities included, the Halloween parade “Boo-to-You” which runs twice in the night, the 2nd parade is usually less crowded, Trick or Treating locations, most of the rides are open as well, there is Hallowishes – the special themed fireworks of the evening, and a Hocus Pocus themed stage show. There is also a dance party over in Tomorrowland, and sometimes in the Diamond Horseshoe building. If you are looking to do any merchandise shopping, the stores are pleasantly less crowded during these events – at least on the occasions that we attended. Special event merchandise is available, and sometimes sells out early in the holiday season. In years past, they have offered a special Sorcerer’s of the Kingdom playing card, that you can pick up from the Firehouse or the podium next to the Christmas shop.
Definitely catch the parade, the Headless Horseman is amazing he starts off the parade. Do some trick or treating, I’d also recommend watching the fireworks. We haven’t watched the stage show due to the crowd levels, we usually spend the time trick or treating. There is also some special characters around, you can usually catch a special character at the Haunted Mansion, or perhaps see the Cadaver Dans quartet. In the Storybook Circus area, there are also Halloween themed characters, usually Jack Skellington and Sally, as well as Donald and Daisy.
In the past, we’ve had so much fun trick or treating, we have always ended up with way too much candy. I’m hoping we can attend this year, but we’ll probably not be trick or treating “competitively” this year. By competitively, I mean we have tried to break our own records from year to year and it has just gotten to be silly, no one needs 18+ pounds of candy. Even family and friends can’t help us eat that much candy.
I’d say to make sure to walk around the whole park and see as much as you can, and do a little of everything.