Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party with Toddlers: Is It Worth It in 2023?

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party lighting on castle and Main Street at the Magic Kingdom

Imagine Halloween mixed with a little (okay, a lot of!) Disney magic…and you’ll get Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! This fan-favorite party is super popular each year.

During the pandemic, Disney’s Boo Bash made an appearance, but now it’s back to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! And that means ALL of the Halloween festivities are back in action.

There was so much to do and see that the fun literally seemed never-ending. After going to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party with our kids during our Disney trip, it was easy to see why people love this party so much!

But the real question is: Is Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party with toddlers worth it since the party is held late at night and costs extra? If you want the short answer…YES! It’s SO worth it! But if you don’t want to just take my word for it (or you want more details about all the fun), keep reading!

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Entrance to Magic Kingdom during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

When is Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?

The second summer starts coming to end, the Disney Halloween decorations start going up! And just like that…it’s party time!

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party runs from mid-August through Halloween. It’s held anywhere from 2 to 4 times per week in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. So, make sure to check the schedule to see which date will work best for you.

(On the other hand, if you’re NOT attending the party, be aware that the Magic Kingdom will close early for regular park guests on party nights. This may change your plans if you’re planning a Disney trip in the fall).

The party starts at 7:00 PM and goes until midnight. But with admission to the party, you will be able to arrive early and enter the Magic Kingdom beginning at 4:00 PM.

I highly recommend heading to the park early to take full advantage of all the park time you can get, especially if this is the only park time you have that day.

We arrived to the theme park around 3:45 PM, and we were welcomed by a HUGE crowd. Just before 4:00 PM, the cast members started allowing Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party guests into the park. We were surprised at how fast the line moved. I actually looked back at a photo taken inside the park, and it’s time stamp is 4:03 PM!

From 4:00-6:00 PM, you will be able to enjoy regular park hours. This means that any characters you meet during this time will not be dressed in their Halloween costumes, the rides will not have Halloween-themed overlays, and special Halloween snacks will not be offered. 

The park closes to regular park guests at 6:00 PM, and the Halloween party offerings will begin at 7:00 PM.

How do you get a party ticket?

You will need to purchase a separate admission ticket for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. That means that even if you have a regular admission ticket to the Magic Kingdom on the day of a Halloween party, you will not be able to stay in the park past 6:00 PM unless you also have a Halloween Party ticket.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets can be purchased on Walt Disney World’s website or by calling the ticketing office. Once you purchase your tickets, make sure they are linked to your My Disney Experience account.

You will not need a Magic Kingdom park reservation if you are only attending the party (and that includes if you plan to enter the park between 4:00 and 6:00 PM).

Ticket prices vary by party date. The most expensive parties will be the very first party and the parties leading up to and on Halloween night. Kids under the age of 3 are free and will not need a ticket. Tickets for kids ages 3-9 will be slightly discounted.

If you want to attend the party, make sure to purchase your tickets early.  The party can (and most likely will!) sell out.

How do the cast members know who has a Halloween party ticket and who doesn’t?

On the night of the party, you will enter the park using your Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party admission ticket. You can do this by scanning your Magic Band, cell phone, or park ticket. In order to get a park ticket, you will have to visit the ticketing desk.

Upon entering, you will receive a wristband to show proof of your admission. Cast members will check for your wristband during the party to allow you to access certain areas of the park.

If you’re already at the Magic Kingdom prior to 4:00 PM with regular park admission AND you’ve already purchased a Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party ticket for that night, make sure to head up to the front of the park to get your wristband and trick-or-treat bag between 4:00 and 7:00 PM.

Wristband to enter Disney World's Halloween Party

What makes Mickey’s Halloween Party different than a normal day at the park?

On party nights, Magic Kingdom park transforms into a Halloween extravaganza. There are several things that are unique to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party that you will not be able to find during regular park hours.

Make sure to grab a special event map/guide as soon as you enter the park. In it, you will find everything you need to know about the Halloween party activities, including the schedule of events and where you can find character meet-and-greets, magic shots, snack sales, trick-or-treat stations, and more.

Okay, let’s talk about all the FUN:

Ride Overlays

Some of the rides at Magic Kingdom get a special Halloween twist during the party.

Mad Tea Party gets a Halloween upgrade when it comes to the lighting and music. Mad Tea Party is always one of my boys’ favorites. Since I get motion sickness, the boys go with Dad and spin around as fast as they possibly can…while Mom hangs out in a tea cup by herself without all the spinning! Ha!

The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean have live actors in the queue or during the ride.  And Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor brings out all their funniest Halloween jokes.

Space Mountain goes completely dark! Yeah, you’ll be riding a rollercoaster in pitch blackness. If you want to ride Space Mountain but your little one doesn’t meet height requirements, check with a cast member to see if Rider Switch is available. That service will allow a member of your party to stay back with your kiddo while the others ride. Once they get off the ride, that person can go through the Lightning Lane without having to wait in the standby queue.

One of the biggest perks when it comes to the rides, though, is the extremely short wait times. (Like using Genie+ but sometimes even better!) You’ll be able to walk right on to a lot of the rides. We never waited more than 15 minutes to get on the rides that we did that night.

Entertainment

Oh, where do I even begin with this one?! The entertainment during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party is such a highlight!

Cadaver Dans

The Dapper Dans, a barbershop quartet, turn into the Cadaver Dans just for the Halloween party. You can find them performing several times throughout the night in Frontierland.

Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular

You can catch the Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular on the castle stage in front of Cinderella’s Castle 3 to 4 times per night. For all of you Hocus Pocus fans, the show is hosted by the Sanderson sisters!

Mickey’s Boo-to-You Parade

Twice per night, Mickey’s Boo-to-You Parade makes its way through the park then ends by going down Main Street.  And it’s probably the most fun Halloween parade you’ll ever see!

For lower crowds, find a spot toward the beginning of the parade route. Your little one will have so much fun waving to all the characters.  And you’ll probably be dancing along to the parade song days later because, yes, it really is THAT catchy!

The parade was our favorite part of the night! Mickey and Minnie Mouse, the Evil Queen and plenty of other Disney villains, Captain Jack Sparrow, Pixar characters, dancing skeletons, grave diggers, Haunted Mansion ballroom dancers…the list of characters you will see during this parade goes on and on!

If you don’t think your toddler will be able to stay up late enough for the second parade, I highly recommend planning to watch the first parade of the night. It really is a must-see!

Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular

Finally, don’t miss Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular! There is only one showtime during the night. The castle lights up with projections and the sky lights up with fireworks.  You’ll be in awe of this fireworks display just as much as your kiddo!

Boys watching Disney's Not-So-Spooky Spectacular firework show

Character Meet and Greets

Not only will you see some of your favorite characters all dressed up in their Halloween costumes, but you’ll also see characters that you can’t normally find at the parks (Jack and Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas is always a hit!). In addition to character meet-and-greets, there are also a few dance parties with the characters around the park!

The character meet-and-greets are SUPER popular during the party since you’re able to see rare characters, so you’ll find that some of the lines can get very long. In fact, they can be hours long!

If characters are a priority for you, get in line early! Lines will begin forming even before party time, although the characters often don’t come out until the party begins.

If characters aren’t as much of a priority to you, that will definitely open up your time to do other fun things! My kiddos were happy waving to the characters as we passed by, as our personal priorities were the rides and entertainment.

We were able to meet Mickey toward the end of the party though! He was dressed up in his vampire costume in the Town Square Theater at the front of the park. My middle son said that was what he was most looking forward to, so we prioritized it to make it happen!

Brothers meeting Mickey Mouse dressed in a vampire Halloween costume

Costumes

Wondering what to wear to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? Kids AND adults are allowed to dress up in costume when attending the party!

On a normal day at Disney, only kids under the age of 14 are allowed to dress up in a costume.  But, for the Halloween party, costumes are encouraged no matter what age you are!

There are a few ground rules that Walt Disney World has laid out when it comes to your costume, though. For example, all costumes must be family-friendly. And masks, props that can be mistaken for a real weapon, and full-length dresses that touch the ground are not allowed.

Check Disney’s website for specific costume guidelines prior to the party to make sure your costume will be acceptable.

When choosing your costume and packing for your trip, make sure to think about the weather.  Remember, even at night, Florida can be very hot, especially during the parties that take place earlier in the season.

We decided to keep things simple with our costumes and wore themed t-shirts. It was enough to get us into the Halloween spirit while keeping everyone comfortable.

Need a costume idea for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? We went as the Toy Story aliens, the claw, and the Pizza Planet delivery guy. While I would say most people wear Disney-related costumes, your costume does not have to have anything to do with Disney if you don’t want it to.

At the party, you will find that some people go all out with their costume choices (and those elaborate costumes are super fun to see!). Some people don’t wear costumes at all and opt to wear their normal clothes. And most people are somewhere in between!

Bottom line: wear whatever you feel most comfortable in.  

Family in front of the purple wall at Magic Kingdom with Toy Story Halloween Costumes

Snacks

During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, special snacks with a Halloween twist are offered throughout the park. In addition to the spooky snacks, you’ll also be able to find the classics like popcorn and ice cream. 

If you’re looking for something even more extravagant, you may want to consider booking a dessert party while you watch the fireworks (this costs an extra fee!). Just remember that the dessert party does take time. So if you don’t want to lose out on time for rides, character meet and greets, or filling up your candy bag, you might want to skip this.

During the party, there will be a few quick service and sit-down restaurants open. But some of them close to become trick-or-treat stations, so make sure to check your party map/guide.

My best advice is to eat an early dinner prior to the start of the party so you don’t waste your time sitting down for a meal during party time. Save party time for the snacks! We chose to eat a quick dinner at Casey’s Corner around 5:30 PM.

Magic Shots

Throughout the park, not only will you find the PhotoPass photographers taking normal pictures. But you will also find special Magic Shots, where there’s a little Disney magic added to you photo after it’s taken. If you love Magic Shots, take advantage of these Halloween photo ops because you’ll only find them during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

If you would like the photos that are taken during the party, you can purchase Memory Maker, Disney’s photo package that allows you to access photos taken by the PhotoPass photographers in the park. You can choose to purchase Memory Maker in advance or after you preview the photos. To see the photos taken during the party, check out the My Disney Experience app.

Two boys in spooky magic shot photo at Disney World

Trick-or-Treating

Upon entering the park, don’t forget to grab your complimentary trick-or-treat bag! You’re more than welcome to bring your own bag too (because you can get a ton of candy if you visit a lot of the trick-or-treating stations!). But we chose to only use the bags Disney provided and just cut ourselves off once the bags were filling up.

You will find trick-or-treating stations set up all around the park.  You can’t miss them! The trick-or-treat locations have big signs in front of them.  The lines may look long, but they move quickly.  And once you get up to the candy stations, you’ll get handfuls of candy!

If you or your kiddo has allergies, let the cast members know when you pick up your complimentary bag! You will get a special teal trick-or-treat bag. When you go through the trick-or-treating stations, you will get a token instead of candy. Once you’ve done all the trick-or-treating you want to, head over to the marked areas to redeem your allergy-friendly Halloween treats. One area is at the very front of the park, and the other area is in Liberty Square.

Toddler holding trick-or-treat bag at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Merchandise

The shops in the park will offer exclusive Halloween merchandise during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. You’ll find anything from t-shirts to candy bowls. My boys opted for light up Halloween necklaces (that I’m pretty sure are not exclusive to the Halloween party, but they’re still fun!).

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party with Toddlers showing off their light up necklaces

Is Mickey’s Halloween Party scary?

Nope…Mickey wouldn’t do that! Just like the title of the party says, it’s not-so-scary. In fact, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is completely toddler friendly. Sure, there are Disney villains wandering around the theme park. But they’re not trying to scare anyone.

Just like any fireworks show, though, the loud noises might startle your little one. If you think that might be the case, bring a pair of noise-cancelling headphones along with you.

Somehow, our one-year-old slept through the entire fireworks display, though! We had a travel white noise machine on that we had brought with us. But I think what really allowed him to sleep through it was all the fun he had earlier in the night…it must have wore him out!

What happens if there is inclement weather?

What you need to know is that when you purchase the tickets, there is some fine print at the bottom that states:

“Tickets are nontransferable and nonrefundable and may not be resold. The number of tickets available is limited and tickets are valid only for the specific event date and hours. Entertainment may be cancelled due to inclement weather or otherwise. No refunds even if entertainment is cancelled. All attractions, experiences, entertainment and event elements are subject to restrictions, change or cancellation without notice.”

It STORMED during the last Halloween party at Disney that we attended! I’m talking crazy thunder and lightning and HEAVY rain. Entertainment was canceled and delayed throughout the night.

So, my advice? Simple…bring rain gear! And if it starts to rain, put that rain gear on and keep partying! Having some ponchos and a stroller rain cover doesn’t take up much room in the basket under the stroller. And you’ll be very happy you brought it along if it does end up raining! (Just don’t be like us and forget one of the stroller rain covers in the room! If you check out the photo below, you’ll see that we had to improvise with extra ponchos we had!)

We were lucky that the storm stopped for long enough to be able to see the parade and fireworks toward the end of the night. And we were so glad that we just sucked it up and stayed despite the weather! If we would’ve headed back to the resort, we would’ve missed some of our favorite parts of the night!

Finally, is it worth taking a toddler or preschooler to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?

I can, without a doubt, answer this question with a big YES! The lower ride wait times, the parade, and the fireworks alone were enough to make us happy with our decision to take our 1, 3, and 5-year-olds to the party! Not to mention how much fun they had trick-or-treating and seeing the characters.

We were nervous that they wouldn’t be able to hang too late into the night. But they surprisingly made it through the WHOLE party…without one single whine about being tired! And these are kids that usually have a 7:30 PM bedtime! What do I think worked? The day leading up to the party, we had NO other plans. 

We hung out by the pool at the resort in the morning, then we made sure to get a long nap in prior to party time. Of course, we also let them snack on some sweet treats during the party. I’m sure the extra sugar helped things along as well! In addition to that, I honestly think that all the excitement and fun things that were offered at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party kept them wide awake.

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Although our 3 and 5-year old made it to the end of the party without a nap, our one-year-old ended up falling asleep in the stroller partway through the night. There was so much entertainment happening around us at that time that it didn’t even bother us to take a break from the rides to let him sleep.

When I asked the older boys what their favorite parts of the party were, they both agreed with the following: trick-or-treating, riding the rides, meeting Mickey, watching the parade, and watching the fireworks.  There ya go! The top five things to do at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party according to a 3 and 5-year-old!

My biggest piece of advice for going to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party with toddlers, though? As with any Disney trip, you won’t be able to do every single thing that’s offered.  And that’s ok!

Go into the party with an idea of what you want to prioritize. If you end up getting to do more, just think of it as a little extra pixie dust!

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party with Toddlers: Is It Worth It in 2023?

Wrap Up: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party with Toddlers

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is hyped up every year, and it’s easy to see why once you’ve attended a Disney Halloween Party! Between the low crowds and the stellar entertainment, I wouldn’t hesitate to go again if/when we get the chance.

So, Mickey’s Halloween Party with a toddler? I say GO FOR IT! And have a Happy Halloween—Disney style!

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