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Walt Disney World Halloween Celebrations 2018

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 nearly all the other theme park halloween events. For 2018 the party runs on 34 selected nights on August 17, 24, 28, 31, September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30, October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30 and 31.

In recent years, the party seems to start earlier and earlier in the year and the number of nights increases; from 22 in 2012 to 23 in 2013, 26 nights in 2014, 25 in 2015, 29 in 2016 and 32 in 2017.

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 evening event.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party dates for 2018

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party calendar for 2018

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 closes at 6 p.m. and officially re-opens at 7 p.m. until midnight. It is usually possible to gain admittance to the Magic Kingdom from 4 p.m. onwards. All guests are given a coloured wristband and anyone without a valid ticket will be asked to leave come 7 p.m. You can get your wristband at the gate or at a number of locations in the park.

Also don’t forget to collect your trick-or-treat bag when you enter or you can bring your own.

Costumes are allowed and the entertainment includes two Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parades at 9:15 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. including Disney Characters and the stars of the Haunted Mansion attraction. The parade starts with a spook-tacular ride by the Headless Horseman.

The Dapper Dans on Main Street are replaced by the Cadaver Dans, a quartet of dead cowboys.

New from 2015 is the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” stage show that takes place in front of Cinderella Castle and features the mischievous Sanderson sisters from the hit Disney film “Hocus Pocus”. The show runs between three and four times per night (times vary).

New for 2018 is the “Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam” dance party in Fantasyland featuring Disney Junior characters including Doc McStuffins.

The “Happy HalloWishes” spectacular fireworks show is at 9:30 p.m. where the Disney Villains go trick-or-treating in the sky accompanied by remixes of their theme songs.

Trick-or-Treat Locations

There are eleven trick-or-treat locations throughout the Magic Kingdom where anyone can get some chocolate or candy treats as well as apple slices, carrots and dried fruit. If you suffer from allergies, you can pick up a teal coloured treat bag and then collect tokens at the trick-or-treat stations which can then be redeemed for allergy-friendly treats.

There also a host of specially created treats to purchase. Some are available all day from the first to the last Halloween party dates such as the Halloween Mickey Cupcake and Mickey Mouse Halloween Cinnamon Roll which you will find at the Main Street Bakery.

Others like the Mickey Pumpkin Cheesecake Dome, Haunted Mansion Portrait Tarts and Pumpkin Mickey Mouse Waffle Sundae are only available during the party evenings.

Disney Characters

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. Halloween is a great opportunity to see some rarely seen Disney characters throughout the park or in the parades including:

  • Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, Jafar and Abu from Aladdin
  • Alice, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland
  • Ariel and Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid
  • Belle and Gaston from Beauty and the Beast
  • Buzz Lightyear and Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear from Toy Story
  • Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Cinderella, Anastasia and Drizella from Cinderella
  • Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmations
  • Donald and Daisy Duck
  • Elena from Elena of Avalor
  • Goofy
  • Jack Skellington and Sally Finklestein from The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Madame Carlotta or Madame Renata from the Haunted Mansion
  • Merida from Brave
  • Mickey and Minnie Mouse
  • Moana
  • Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet from Winnie the Pooh
  • Rapunzel from Tangled
  • Tarzan, Jane and Terk from Tarzan
  • The Seven Dwarfs from Snow White
  • Tiana from The Princess and the Frog
  • Tinker Bell from Peter Pan

Halloween Attractions

There are no FastPass+ reservations available during the party but the number of guests for each evening are strictly limited so wait times should be short. Those guests arriving between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. can still make FastPass+ reservations.

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
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Under the SeaJourney of The Little Mermaid

For 2018 several rides are getting a makeover including The Mad Tea Party, Space Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean with new lighting and special effects.

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.

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 $84 for adults (plus tax) and $50 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 2018 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. If you are already inside the park then you might be able to pick up a ticket at City Hall.

Note that buying your ticket in advance also saves you money, usually around $5 to $10.

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. Cheapest days are the very first party in August and the Sunday to Monday dates in September.

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 $75.00 to $125.00
plus tax
from $70.00 to $104.00
plus tax
Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package 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.
$84.00
plus tax
$50.00
plus tax

Return to Sleepy Hollow

At Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort on select nights, the special “Return to Sleepy Hollow” event is returning for the second year. It takes place on the nights of September 28–30, October 3–7, 17–21 and 24–31 at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $22 per person. For $38 per person you can get premium seating, a Halloween treat bag and a priority photo opportunity with the Headless Horseman.

You can watch the 1949 classic film “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” inside the Tri-Circle-D Ranch stables plus meet and greet with the Headless Horseman.

New for 2018 is a dessert party which is held at 9:00 p.m. which is available to guests attending either of the Return to Sleepy Hollow events. Ticket prices for the dessert party is $60 per person.

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.

This party has not been repeated in later years.

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