Walt Disney World Halloween Celebrations 2016

Mickey’s "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade [Courtesy of Walt Disney Company, All Rights Reserved]
Mickey’s "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade [Courtesy of Walt Disney Company, All Rights Reserved]

Disney has their family orientated Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney’s Magic Kingdom and it runs over a longer period than the other parks. For 2016 the party runs on 29 selected nights on September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30 and October 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30 and 31.

In recent years, the number of nights has increased; from 22 in 2012 to 23 in 2013, 26 nights in 2014, 25 in 2015 and now 29 in 2016.

Unlike SeaWorld and Legoland Florida which include their family friendly halloween events in their normal day admission tickets, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a separately ticketed event.

Children and adults alike are encouraged to dress up and they can trick-or-treat for candies and goodies from the Disney characters. Note that Disney has tightened up the rules for guest costumes in recent years (see section below)

On Halloween nights, the park re-opens at 7 p.m. and closes at midnight. Costumes are allowed and the entertainment includes two Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parades including Disney Characters and the stars of the Haunted Mansion attraction. The parade starts with a spook-tacular ride by the Headless Horseman.

You can see and meet the Disney Villains Dance Mix and Mingle! in front of Cinderella Castle. Over in Frontierland, a quartet of dead cowboys entertain guests.

New for 2015 was the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular.

The event ends with Happy HalloWishes, a spectacular fireworks show where the Disney Villains go trick-or-treating in the sky accompanied by remixes of their theme songs.

Throughout the park you can find favourite Disney Characters and Disney Villains in special Halloween costumes and areas of the park are transformed into happy haunted hollows with special lighting, music and theming effects.

Some but not all of the main attractions in Magic Kingdom are open during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, including:

  • The Haunted Mansion
  • Splash Mountain
  • Big Thunder Railroad
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Dumbo
  • Space Mountain
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Under the SeaJourney of The Little Mermaid

Costumes

Adults aged 14 and above can wear costumes but they are discouraged from wearing any that are layered or use props that cover the entire body. The costume must not touch or drag along the ground and guests cannot wear capes below the waist or any kind of mask. Weapons or simulated weapons are forbidden.

Children under the age of 14 can wear masks as long as they do not cover the entire face and the eyes are clearly visible.

All guests may be subject to additional security screening on admission.

More details of costume requirements can be found on the official Disney Halloween site.

Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package

In 2015 there was a brand new dessert party at the annual Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom.

The Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package offers a premium viewing location at the flag pole in Town Square on Main Street U.S.A. for Mickey’s Boo To You Parade. This is followed by a special dessert party on the Tomorrowland Terrace and then the Happy HalloWishes fireworks show.

Disney has not yet announced prices for 2016 so all prices quoted here related to 2015

The dessert party includes a range of Halloween inspired treats including chocolate-dipped strawberries, ghost meringues, candy corn panna cotta, peanut butter chocolate pretzel “witch fingers”, spiced pumpkin cheesecake brownies, peanut butter “spider” whoopee pies, seasonal fruits, cheeses and cupcakes. Beverages include sparkling cider, lemonade, hot chocolate, coffee or tea. Guests will also receive a skull mug filled with candy as a trick-or-treat takeaway.

The Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package costs $69 for adults (plus tax) and $39 for children ages 3 to 9 (plus tax). This price is in addition to the separate Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party ticket.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2016 Ticket Prices

This is a separately ticketed event. Weekend tickets tend to sell out first so it pays to purchase your tickets in advance rather than just turn up at the gate particularly if you are planning on going on a Friday or Sunday night.

Note that buying your ticket in advance also saves you money, usually around $5 to $6.

The most expensive days to go are Fridays and Halloween itself (October 31) and typically there are no advanced purchase savings on these dates. Pricing is tiered and is generally more expensive the nearer you get to Halloween.

Annual passholders and Disney Vacation Club members can get a discount on select dates.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Single Admission Ticket (advanced purchase) Adult Child
Standard single evening admission to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (purchased in advance).
from $72.00 to $105.00
plus tax
from $67.00 to $100.00
plus tax
Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package (2015 prices) Adult Child
Standard single admission to the Happy HalloWishes dessert party (purchased in advance).
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party admission ticket also required.
$69.00
plus tax
$39.00
plus tax

Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover Dessert Party

In 2014 Disney introduced a special Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover Dessert Party where you got to meet characters including Captain Hook, Cruella de Vil, Malificent and the Queen of Hearts.

This was a specially ticketed event and it took place at Cinderella’s Royal Table inside the Cinderella Castle. Guests got a chance to dine of specialty desserts and non-alcoholic drinks, meet special Disney “villain” characters and have preferred viewing for both the 8:15 pm Mickey’s “Boo-too-You” Halloween Parade and the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular.

Also included in the price was a special autograph card and a collectable Malificent Dragon cup.

Admission to the dessert party was $99 per person plus tax. This was in addition to the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party ticket price.

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