Touring Strategy for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2023

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is an incredibly popular event at Walt Disney World this year! If you're planning to visit between now and the end of October, you definitely don't want to miss...

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is an incredibly popular event at Walt Disney World this year! If you're planning to visit between now and the end of October, you definitely don't want to miss out. This party offers a fully-staffed parade, fireworks, stage shows, and plenty of candy, all with incredibly low wait times for rides. Plus, there's even a Jack Skellington puppet that is a must-see!

Party Basics

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party runs from 7 pm to midnight on select dates in August, September, October, and November. It's important to note that some dates have already sold out. So if you haven't purchased your tickets yet, don't wait any longer!

Celebrate fall with Mickey! Even if the temperatures are up in the 90s ... Celebrate fall with Mickey! Even if the temperatures are up in the 90s ...

A Note about Characters

Character meet and greets at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party can be a bit tricky. Some characters, like Jack and Sally and the Seven Dwarfs, have long wait times and frequent breaks. If meeting these characters is a priority for you, be prepared to wait for hours. On the other hand, there are locations, like the Mad Tea Party, where multiple characters rotate throughout the night, making it easier to meet them without spending too much time in line.

How long are you willing to wait to meet these seven cute dudes? How long are you willing to wait to meet these seven cute dudes?

Pre-Party Strategy

With your party ticket, you can enter Magic Kingdom as early as 4 pm. Take advantage of this extra time to experience some attractions before the party officially starts. Here's a suggested plan:

  • Start with Jungle Cruise, which usually has a short wait.
  • Then head to Pirates of the Caribbean, which should be a walk-on.
  • Next, make your way to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, with a shorter than usual wait.
  • If you need to eat, take a break around 5:30 pm.
  • If meeting popular characters is a priority, get in line by 6 pm.
  • Otherwise, aim to do Peter Pan’s Flight with a shorter posted wait and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train just before 7 pm.

I consider Haunted Mansion to be a do-not-miss during MNSSHP. Its ambiance is unmatched and it’s the perfect spooky addition to your evening. But everyone else thinks the same thing. Save it for later when crowds have started filtering out. I consider Haunted Mansion to be a do-not-miss during MNSSHP. Its ambiance is unmatched and it’s the perfect spooky addition to your evening. But everyone else thinks the same thing. Save it for later when crowds have started filtering out.

Party Time!

When the party officially starts, you might be tempted to go trick-or-treating right away. But consider this strategy to make the most of your time. While everyone else is focused on candy, take the opportunity to experience a few more attractions with shorter wait times.

  • Start with Buzz Lightyear, which should be a walk-on.
  • Enjoy the ambiance of the Tomorrowland PeopleMover with little to no wait.
  • Time your arrival at Space Mountain around 8 pm, with a shorter than usual wait.
  • If you're lucky, catch the Cadaver Dans performance at Frontierland at 8:30 pm.
  • Secure a good viewing spot near the castle for the 9:15 pm Boo to You parade.
  • After the parade, wait for the 10:15 pm fireworks spectacular, featuring the amazing Jack Skellington puppet.
  • Decide whether to stay for the Hocus Pocus show or explore more attractions and treats until midnight.
  • Wrap up your night by watching the Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular at midnight.

You want to be front and center for this impressive Jack Skellington performance! You want to be front and center for this impressive Jack Skellington performance!

Trick-or-Treating Tutorial and Tips

Trick-or-treating is a highlight of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. To make the most of it, follow these tips:

  • Consider waiting until after 10 pm when the lines are shorter.
  • The TRON bypass between Storybook Circus and Tomorrowland is a great spot with three treat stops.
  • The Enchanted Tiki Room also has two treat stops in one location.
  • Disney is generous with candy this year, so you can expect to gather a lot. You can even find Kind-brand goodies in a "hidden" location in Storybook Circus.
  • If you have allergies, use the provided allergy token to get treats that meet your needs at all treat locations.

Conclusion

Planning your day and night at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party can ensure you make the most of this incredible event. Whether you prioritize rides, characters, treats, or attractions, enjoy the party and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Are you headed to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party this year? Do you plan on emphasizing rides, characters, treats, or attractions? Let us know in the comments!

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