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The Things We Always Skip at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

It might still be summer, but Halloween is in full swing at the Walt Disney World Resort! Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party kicked off the season in the Magic Kingdom on August 12, 2022, and the fun continues through Halloween night on October 31, 2022.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returned this year for the first time since 2019, with many fan-favorite elements back at Magic Kingdom Park for the season. Among returning favorites are Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade, Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Fireworks, the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, trick-or-treating around the Park, attraction overlays, Disney character meet and greets, exclusive eats, merchandise, photo ops, and more.

There is so much to love about Disney World’s signature Halloween event, but like any day at a Disney Park there are some things that we think you are better off skipping to make the most of your evening at the party. If you’re planning a trip to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party this fall, these are the things you may want to skip (plus some you can’t miss!)

Disney's Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Fireworks, part of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Fireworks, part of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Credit: Disney

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The first thing you may want to skip, with a couple of exceptions, is actually most of the rides and shows. Attractions are always available when you visit the Magic Kingdom, and while they do have much shorter lines during the Halloween party, riding them takes time away from activities that are exclusive to this after-hours event.

As for exceptions, riding the Haunted Mansion is a given since it is a Halloween event after all (and you might be in for some spooky surprises around the attraction.) Other exceptions include the four attractions that have overlays during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, since those experiences will be unique to the party. This year, the attractions with overlays include Space Mountain, Mad Tea Party, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Still want to ride other attractions? If you have other must-do’s on your list, our best advice is to arrive early for the party. Guests with party tickets will be able to enter the Park beginning at 4:00 p.m., but the party does not start until 7:00 p.m. If you arrive early, you’ll have a nice three-hour window to hit up favorite attractions before the party even begins!

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There are some delicious snacks available at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, and as a result we have to recommend skipping your regular Disney Park snacks. The event guide for the party you can pick up when you enter the Magic Kingdom will tell you all of the seasonal treats you need to try, and you won’t have room for all things popcorn, candy corn, and pumpkin if you’ve already filled up on churros and Mickey Premium bars.

On the subject of food, we also advise against booking a table-service dining reservation during the party. Ideally you should save these for a day when you have more than five hours to spend in the Magic Kingdom because table-service dining takes some time that we’d rather not spend at a restaurant during a special ticketed event.

If you still want to have a table-service dinner though, you may want to use that three-hour window you could have by entering the Park at 4:00 p.m., that way you can eat dinner in the Park without missing any of the party.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Snack

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The last thing we always skip, with one major exception, is shopping. If you are shopping for merchandise that is exclusive to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, then you definitely do want to shop early in case the item you’re looking for sells out (typically Annual Passholder exclusive tees, limited edition pins, etc…)

But if you are shopping for regular Halloween items that are also available during the day, or even just standard Disney souvenirs, wait until the end of the night. Putting off shopping until the end of the night will save you from having to carry items, and it will let you make the most of your time at the party by trick-or-treating, meeting characters, and catching all of the exclusive entertainment the event has to offer.

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Other timesavers? Skip the first run of Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade (unless the weather seems questionable or you want to see it twice.) The second parade of the night is far less crowded and easier to secure a spot with a great view without arriving too early.

And, there is a performance of the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular that takes place right at midnight in front of Cinderella Castle. Again weather dependent, but catching this final performance adds on some “bonus” time at the party as everything else will end when the show starts.

If you still need tickets to this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, be sure to order yours on DisneyWorld.com asap as they are selling out quickly. Enjoy the party and have a happy Halloween!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."