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Walt Disney World Halloween Celebrations 2020

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 2020 the party runs on 36 selected nights on:

  • August 13, 18, 21, 25 and 28
  • September 1, 4, 7, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27 and 29
  • October 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
  • November 1

The 2020 evening Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. With the postponement of all fireworks and parades at Magic Kingdom, it is not surprising this event has been cancelled for 2020

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, 32 in 2017, 34 in 2018 and 36 in 2019.

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 2020

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party calendar for 2020

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).

Even though Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has been cancelled for 2020, the park will still be decorated for Halloween between September 15 and October 31 with special Halloween themed cavalcades.

All guests are being allowed to wear costumes (subject to conditions) during the daytime opening of Magic Kingdom between September 15 and October 31. All four theme parks will also be offering special Halloween inspired treats and unique merchandise.

Because Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party was cancelled in June 2020 before many details had been announced, the rest of this page still relates to last year’s event

On Halloween nights, the park closes at 6 p.m. and officially re-opens at 7 p.m. until midnight. Halloween Party guests can usually 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 spooktacular ride by the Headless Horseman and new for 2019 is a Haunted Mansion unit with a spectral bride and a Tomorrowland unit featuring The Incredibles, Edna Mode and Buzz Lightyear.

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

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Shows

New from 2015 is the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” stage show that takes place on the Castle Forecourt Stage 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).

If you fancy a dance, then there is always “The Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball Dance Party” with Mike and Sulley on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland throughout the evening. Also in Tomorrowland there is a new interactive treat trail at the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor.

First run in 2018 is the “Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam” dance party at Storybook Circus in Fantasyland featuring Disney Junior characters including Doc McStuffins, Fancy Nancy and Vamparina.

The “Happy HalloWishes” firework show has been replaced in 2019 by Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular hosted by Jack Skellington and featuring Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy on a trick-or-treat adventure through a haunted mansion.

The twelve minute show takes place in front of Cinderella Castle with special projection effects onto the castle featuring dancing skeletons and ghosts, lasers, lights and spectacular fireworks.

To celebrate the Disney Channel’s Descendants 3 premiere, there is a special “Disney DescenDANCE Party” at the stage at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café where guests can join in the fun.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Trick-or-Treat Locations

There are around 16 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. Disney supply small treat bags or you can purchase larger souvenir bags or simply bring your own.

If you suffer from allergies, you can pick up a teal coloured treat bag from the street behind Tony’s Town Square Restaurant 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 at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Throughout the park you can find your 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, the Genie, Jafar and Abu from Aladdin
  • Alice, the Mad Hatter, Tweedle-Dee, Tweedle-Dum 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
  • Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Cinderella, Anastasia and Drizella from Cinderella
  • Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmations
  • Donald and Daisy Duck
  • Goofy
  • Jack Skellington and Sally Finklestein from The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear from Toy Story
  • Mickey and Minnie Mouse
  • Moana
  • Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet from Winnie the Pooh
  • Princess Elena from Elena of Avalor
  • Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog
  • Stitch
  • Tarzan, Jane and Terk from Tarzan
  • The Seven Dwarfs from Snow White

Main Attractions open at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

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

In 2018 several rides got a Halloween makeover including The Mad Tea Party, Space Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean with new lighting and special effects. Adding to the list in 2019 is Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor.

Costumes at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

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.

Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party

In 2019 there are two versions of the Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party; the main difference being the reserved viewing location for Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular laser and fireworks show.

Both the dessert parties are held in the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant and include 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 also receive a skull mug filled with candy as a trick-or-treat takeaway.

After the party you are escorted to your premium viewing location to watch the new Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular laser and fireworks show; either from the Tomorrowland Terrace or the standing Plaza Garden Viewing area.

The Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace costs $84 for adults (plus tax) and $50 for children ages 3 to 9 (plus tax) and the slightly cheaper Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party with Plaza Garden Viewing costs $69 for adults (plus tax) and $41 for children ages 3 to 9 (plus tax).

These prices are in addition to the separate Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party ticket.

Note that the dessert parties run even if inclement weather causes the fireworks to be cancelled and Disney Dining Plans cannot be used.

The new Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Dessert Parties replace the Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package that was first introduced in 2015.

Cruella’s Halloween Hide-a-Way

A new dining experience called Cruella’s Halloween Hide-a-Way was introduced in 2019. It takes place with characters from 101 Dalmations including Cruella de Vil at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant and runs from 9:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m.

It is a separately ticketed event (you also need an admission ticket to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party) and costs $99 plus tax per guest.

You can come and go as you please and take your pick of savory hors d’oeuvres, samplers and sweets like chocolate-dipped strawberries, mini cannolis, cheesecake, Kanine Krunchy Cake and Mini De Vil brownies. You also get reserved viewing for the 11:15 p.m. Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2019 Ticket Prices

This is a separately ticketed event. Friday night and 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 at least one day in advance also saves you money, usually around $10.

In 2019 Disney introduced a Party Pass that gives you access to every single Not-So-Scary Halloween Party night except for Halloween itself (October 31). Ticket numbers are limited and it cannot currently be purchased online. Existing ticket holders can upgrade to a Party Pass whilst stocks last.

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 single night tickets 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 $89.00 to $145.00
plus tax
from $84.00 to $140.00
plus tax
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Pass Adult Child
Admission to every Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party night excluding October 31 (35 nights in all). Limited quantity available from Guest Services or Disney ticket windows.
Not available online.
plus tax
plus tax
Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party with Plaza Garden Viewing Adult Child
Reserved seating at the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant during the Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party followed by a reserved standing area in the Plaza Garden during the fireworks.
plus tax
plus tax
Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party with Tomorrowland Terrace Viewing Adult Child
Reserved seating at the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant during the Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party followed by a reserved seating area in the Tomorrowland Terrace during the fireworks.
plus tax
plus tax
Cruella's Halloween Hide-a-Way Adult Child
All you care to eat at Cruella's Halloween Hide-a-Way in Tony’s Town Square Restaurant plus reserved viewing for the late evening Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade.
plus tax
plus tax

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party admission ticket also required for all dessert parties.

Return to Sleepy Hollow

In 2017 and 2018, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort put on the special “Return to Sleepy Hollow” event on select nights.

Due to construction of the new Disney Vacation Club hotel, Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge, Return to Sleepy Hollow has been cancelled for 2019

In 2018 It took 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 were $22 per person. For $38 per person you could get premium seating, a Halloween treat bag and a priority photo opportunity with the Headless Horseman.

You could also 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 was a special dessert party which was held at 9:00 p.m. and which was available to guests attending either of the Return to Sleepy Hollow events. Ticket prices for the dessert party were $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.