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Magic Kingdom Park Transforms For ‘Halloween Party’

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

Before any party begins, Disney Parks sets the stage.

And for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, it’s quite a stage — it’s Main Street, U.S.A, Town Square, Mickey’s Country House and other locations you know so well.

Sure, this year’s Party is already in full swing but how we got there is worth a look. We’re launching a first-of-it’s kind video showing how dozens of Cast Members transformed the park with decorations. The decoration work took about five nights, but we’re showing you the process in less than a minute with time-lapse. You’ll see how Jack-o’-lanterns appeared on Main Street and scarecrows appeared in Town Square. It’s hard to take your eyes off Cinderella Castle.

The video is exciting but I say Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is best when experienced in person. The Magic Kingdom Park comes alive this time of year with unique music, special lighting and brilliant costumes. You, too, should take part. The tone of the event is well, “not-so-scary,” and is appropriate for children of all ages.

You’ve got several chances to dress up in costume and collect treats, as well as see the finished decorations between now and closing night on November 1. Parties will be held from 7 p.m. until 12 a.m. on the following dates:

* September 29
* October 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
* November 1

You should know that this is a separately priced event. Valid special event theme park tickets are required. For information on tickets, visit our updated site.


  • That’s really neat to see! Are you allowed to tell us how the vehicles get inside? I know they don’t fit through the tunnels you walk through!

  • I have never seen Disney at Halloween but this is an incredible site. Makes me home sick. Seen the world at Christmas but this would be very very cool. I think the video could not be better.

  • This will be my 3rd trip to Disney World this year. This time, I’m taking my oldest son for his 23rd birthday next week! He is Autistic and I didn’t think he would even go. So imagine my excitement when he said “Florida? Disney?” to me!! ( I took each of his siblings for their birthdays already this year) He loves to decorate our house for the holidays, so I think he’s going to really enjoy seeing the park in all its Halloween glory! Thanks ahead of time, for doing something special for Halloween! I’m sure this will be his favorite trip!

  • I love this! I love The Magic Kingdom!

  • My family visited Magic Kingdom Halloween Season 2008 and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party was Awesome! Excellent parade and a fireworks show second to none – both Halloween themed. Loved the trick or treat stations set up throughout the park – my daughter loved the much shorter than usual lines – she even got to ride Goofy’s Barnstormer twice without getting off – a rare Disney treat! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I always wondered why WDW charges for Halloween fun when Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland include the festivities as a part of general admission media?

  • Great video! I hope you post a similar when the park is transformed for Christmas too! We’ll be there for 10 days at the end of November.

  • wish i could work there, would be so awesome

  • I do enjoy the decorations on the Magic Kingdom. Not to mention Boo to You is probably one of the most excellent parades the park can offer.

    However, I do not quite understand why this park doesn’t operate like Tokyo Disneyland. Tokyo Disneyland offers the same level of Halloween options but minus the upcharge. There event is free with park admission. Why can’t the Magic Kingdom offer that as well?

  • I will be going next year! My sister (Who’s been there with her family last year) wonders why I haven’t done it, and now I will. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m planning to make a Tim Burton’s Alice costume for it, and I’ll have plenty of time to work on it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Looks great!! I can’t wait to go back!

  • “14John from PA on September 28th, 2009 at 6:35 pm
    Great video, Now if you would turn the webcams back on in the parks that would be great!”

    I second that notion!! I so miss my Disney fix.

  • i love guys who decorate. lol. i’m soooo missing dl cali. i’ll be back in march. i can’t wait. ๐Ÿ™‚ but it’s too bad i can’t be around for the holidays. i love dl during the holidays. last time i was there was christmas last last year. bought myself one of those rice krispies snowflake. ๐Ÿ™‚ yum!

  • We have gone to the Halloween party twice now. Second time was even better than the first! I would go again because I’m sure there is even more to find. I like the fall/Halloween decorations just as much as the Christmas decorations. Great video. Keep this kind of content coming.

  • That was great! Can you do it again for Christmas? Pretty please? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Great Blog! Can’t wait to see it myself.

  • Really excited to see a Disney Transformed to the Halloween theme. You always just get to see it decorated for xmas which is also amazing. I for getting in the spirit of other fun holidays!
    Way to go Disney!!!!

  • Awesome video!

  • Great video. I know we are going to love the blog. I can’t wait to see things start to go up for Christmas.

  • Why does Cinderella Castle keep changing colors throughout the night if the fireworks show is not going on? Is that the usual routine? Just curious.

  • I love the MNSSHP! It can’t get any better than trick-or-treating at WDW!!! Happy Halloween everyone!!

  • Awesome job! Love this story. Can’t wait to go again this year.

  • Great video, Now if you would turn the webcams back on in the parks that would be great!

  • I agree. MNSSHP is a great event.

    I just wish that they would bring out a wider variety of rarely-seen characters for meet-and-greets at those events, including ones that they only bring out for the parade (Clarabelle Cow, Horace Horsecollar, Clara Cluck, the Country Bears, the Brers, Jack Sparrow, Big Bad Wolf, Stromboli, Pain & Panic, etc.), plus Jack Skellington & Sally and a bunch of additional villains like at DL’s HalloweenTime events.

  • I’ve been to the Halloween and Christmas parties in Disney World, and both were out of this world. Seeing the ‘snow’ fall on Main Street, catching a photo of the Headless Horseman galloping by, the Gingerbread Carousel in our Hotel… everything was top notch.

    I really look forward to joining one of these parties in Disneyland, and really wish I could go to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party this year in DL. It looks great!

    JOHN :0)

  • Just got back from Disneland 30 minutes ago… The Haunted House what great and love the fall feel. Great job guys. ~ A

  • Make sure to look out for secret candy stops not shown on the park map. Sometimes they give out full size bars of candy and chocolate!!

  • Got to see MNSSHP last year for the first time. The best fireworks show! We got to at least see the decorations this year too.

  • Will be there experiencing it in person in less than 2 weeks!!! Cannot wait–Halloween is my favorite & I love doing it in Disney style!! See ya real soon!

  • Very cool video, thanks for sharing with us. I have been to this party a number of times…. everyone MUST see the parade and the Headless Horseman! Great Job Disney!!!

  • For all the work going on, it still seems incredible that all those changes can be done overnight.

    Glad to see something related to WDW. I hope to see a lot more as I often feel WDW is not discussed enough or given it’s due share of attention.

  • It’s great seeing all the work that goes into it! You guys move fast. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is my absolute favorite separately-ticketed event at the Walt Disney World Resort. It’s been a tradition for us to go every year, since the first year my wife and I dated. Now, we love taking our kids. This year, they’ve decided to go as Buzz Lightyear and Woody. My wife will be Jessie the cowgirl, but the boys are insisting that I should be Stinky Pete the prospector. I don’t know about that. I’m still lobbying for Zurg… or Potato Head… or Andy… anything but Stinky Pete!

  • Looks amazing can’t wait to come down in Jan

  • I miss this place… But I’ll be back this weekend! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Awesome video! Very interesting to see vehicles like that going up and down Main Street. I noticed the Holiday Lights on the castle came on several times throughout that video. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I wish I could’ve made it this year, but going down November 20th instead. Right in time for Space Mountain Re-launch! ๐Ÿ˜€

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