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It’s Almost Time for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park

Shawn Slater

by , Senior Communications Manager, Disney Live Entertainment

Summer’s winding down. The kids are back in school. What are we going to do next? Plan for Halloween, of course! It’s almost time for one of my favorite seasons of the year – and my absolute favorite Disney event, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

Boo to You Parade!

This year, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will feature new eerie entertainment as well as returning favorite experiences throughout Magic Kingdom Park.

The big news is “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” the all-new show at Cinderella Castle, featuring the Disney villains. In the show, those mischievous Sanderson Sisters from Disney’s “Hocus Pocus” visit the mortal world during the Halloween season. The three sisters decide to use their magic to throw the best, evil Halloween party this side of the graveyard, calling upon Disney villains like Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie, Maleficent and more!


During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you can dress in costume, go trick-or-treating throughout the park and meet some of your favorite Disney characters, including all Seven Dwarfs appearing in one place in Fantasyland. Look for new greeting areas around Storybook Circus this year, featuring appearances by Jack and Sally from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and others. You may even come across some Disney villains. Look for the Queen of Hearts near Mad Tea Party, Gaston outside Gaston’s Tavern (where else?!) and Lotso over in Tomorrowland.

Phineas and Ferb Bust a Move with the Creepa Crew

Don’t forget about Mickey’s “Boo to You” Halloween Parade, running twice nightly, and “Happy HalloWishes,” one of the most impressive fireworks spectaculars ever to fill the skies above Cinderella Castle (and around the whole park, for that matter)!

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special event, separate from regular Magic Kingdom Park admission. Tickets are still available for most event nights September 15 through November 1. Be sure to get yours early, so your Halloween can be more treat than trick!


  • What villains can we meet this year at Disneyland??

  • Hi! This year, we will attend MNSSHP for the first time and the two characters that we mostly want to meet-and-greets are Jack Sparrow and Maleficent.

  • Do you know when we might see what merchandise will be available?

  • What’s Up Again Shawn Slater I Just Wanted To Say thanks for answering my about the Disney Villains Unleashed a while back and it’s alright if you don’t know if your doing that event at Disney Hollywood Studios again I am there is always Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

  • Is there any word yet when Pirates of the Caribbean will reopen? Will be so disappointed if not opened by October…

  • I’ve been to Disney so many times, but have never had a chance to have my picture taken with Jack Sparrow, my absolute favorite. My sister met him at a previous MNSSHP, PLEASE tell me he will be there again this year (since we already have tickets and I have my heart set on this)?

  • Are Jack Skellington and Sally going to be available for meet and greet? Do you know what times? My grandson will be going as Jack and my daughter as Sally, they are big fans. Want to a me sure we see them.

  • Will the Old Hag be available for meet and greets this year? Also will the villains that were available at Club Villain, such as Dr. Facilier, the Tremaines, Frollo, etc. be available for meet and greets, since Club Villain will be unavailable?

  • I like Megan’s idea that polls should be taken (similar to the ones done for such occasions as the Long Lost Friends Weeks back in 2013) where guests can vote on who they would like to see out for meet-and-greets at the Halloween and Christmas Parties and the ones that get the most votes are the ones that will get to come out.

    Please consider doing that. Thanks.

  • I am very, very, very disappointed that Maleficent will not be available for a meet and greet. How can the most iconic Disney villain of all time not be available to meet? My little girl is going as Maleficent, and the only character she wants to meet is not available. I bet if you polled guests, they would prefer meeting their favorite villains in person, instead of viewing them from a distance in a show. Seems like we get less for our money every year. We are stuck going to the party because we already purchased tickets, but will definitely cancel the dessert party. You already have enough of our money. Shame on you Disney.

  • Will there be dessert parties for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas parties?

  • Hi! We first attended this party in 2012 with our daughters and LOVED IT!!! We are thinking about coming down this year during their Fall break. I could of swore when we booked back in 2012 you had to have a regular ticket to MK, and also purchase the additional ticket for the Halloween party, has this changed or was I just wrong all along and you only had to have the Halloween party ticket?

    • Matt – A ticket to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party includes admission to Magic Kingdom Park, so a separate admission ticket is not required. And with a party ticket, you can actually enter the park as early as 4 p.m. to enjoy some extra time before the party itself gets started.

  • Will the construction in front of and around Cinderellas castle be complete before parties begin?

    • Jacqueline – My understanding is that the project should be wrapping up around that time and is not expected to impact any of the event entertainment.

  • Hi, has anyone heard of they will be holding the Villains take over of Cinderella ‘s castle during the Halloween party this year? They did it last year and it was great. I have not been able to find tickets this year.

    • Andrea – Villains Sinister Soiree was a limited-time event only held in 2014. Lots of Disney villains will be appearing on the Castle Forecourt Stage, though, during the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular!”

  • Any word on what the new Sorcerers Card is going to be for the Halloween Party?

    • Neil – It’s a secret! 😉 Stay tuned…

  • It’s very irritating to know that Maleficent and Evil Queen will not be meetable during the Parties again. Why is that?

    If those two were to be made available for regular daily meet-and-greets during the normal park hours, most of us would most likely not be as upset about them not being meetable at the Parties. I hope that they will at least make that happen in the very near future.

  • Any word on a 2015 version of the LE MagicBand??

  • Any word of Captain Hook coming out for a meet and greet? I havent seen him the past few years which is disappointing.

  • Is Captain Hook and Mr. Smee going to be available for a meet and greet during the party?

  • Last year The Hag from Snow White was out meeting with guests. Will she be out again this year?
    Also it does seem like the rare characters that make the special trip for the party worth it are gone which is very disappointing. Please consider making more rare characters available for meet and greets! We would also love to see more “park” characters like the Bride and Tightrope walker from the Haunted Mansion.

  • Will the $39.99 one-day Memory Maker be available for purchase again this year for the Halloween Party? Thank you in advance. 🙂

    • Michael – Keep checking Disney Parks Blog for information from Disney’s PhotoPass.

  • Shawn, since you said Maleficent and Evil Queen won’t be doing individual meet-and-greets at the parties, I hope that this means that they’ll appear together for meet-and-greets instead at least.

    They know that Maleficent and the Queen are two of the most popular villains and that cutting them from the meet-and-greet line-up at last year’s parties was a big mistake, so let’s hope that they won’t make that same mistake again and that the two will be meetable at this year’s parties, no matter what.

  • Do you know anything about Halloween Magicshots? Last time we went to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party we didn’t know they did special ones for the event & missed out. Magicshots our favorite souvenir, so don’t want to miss out at this year’s party! Any information would be appreciated! 🙂

    • Suzi and Heather – Look for more information soon from our friends at Disney’s PhotoPass!

  • Will there be a special Memory Maker package available for just the party? I am an annual pass holder and will only be going that one day

  • Dana – in one of Shawn’s replies above he confirms that Maleficient will NOT be available for a meet and greet. She will be part of the new show that takes place at the Castle.

  • Kelsey – my previous experience during MNSSHP is that there are no fast passes and no fast pass activities during the party.

  • Like others, I’d like to confirm if there will be a chance to meet maleficent. She is my daughters obsession and 95% of the reason we are going! Thanks.

  • Shawn, Is there a sorcerers game at Disneyland like the game at Disney World? If so will there be a sorcerers spell card for the Halloween Event at Disneyland this year. Thanks for the information.

    • David – Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is an experience exclusive to Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort.

  • Will there be fastpass ticketed activities during the event, such as a fastpass for meeting villains?

    • Kelsey – Fastpass+ is not available during the Halloween party.

  • Do you have times of when the characters will be available or will they be all throughout the night?

    • Amber – Specific greeting times will be available the night of your visit. Most characters appear throughout the evening.

  • Will the characters like the seven dwarfs and villians be available all during the party for meet and greet?

  • Ah, good point Shawn. Although, the calendar does show when the party starts. So folks could infer that Paint the Night would require a party ticket. I’m just glad we have more options to see it. Thanks again for your earlier clarification.

  • I’m with Lori in wanting to know why, at a special ticketed event, you have characters meeting that you can meet every single day at Magic Kingdom (like Gaston and the princesses) when they ought to have more special and hard-to-find characters instead, adding more new things and changing things up more frequently like they did during the Parties prior to 2006.

    An answer to this inquiry is much-needed.

    • Lori and Philip – Enhancements large and small are made to the Halloween party every year. For 2015, we’re introducing a major new show on the Castle Forecourt Stage, and there are more than a dozen unique characters who will only appearing for character greetings during party nights.

  • will gastons tavern have the special drink they had last year with the gummy worms?!

    • Michael – Stay tuned. Rachel Brent will have news about special treats for this year’s Halloween party soon!

  • As others have inquired, I also would like to know whether Maleficent and the Evil Queen will be back available for meet and greets in the parks again as Villains Soiree is not taking place this year, or have they now been removed from any meet and greet opportunity? When you say “character greetings”, does that mean that Cruella is getting a meet and greet this year as opposed to just the dance party? That would be good news.

    • Katherine – Yes, you will have an opportunity to meet Cruella De Vil, near the train station in Fantasyland. Maleficent and the Queen, however, will not be doing individual greetings.

  • I was curious if you guys were going to continue doing the dance parties this year, specifically Club Villain from last year’s MNSSHP. It was quite possibly the coolest thing that I’ve ever experienced next to the old Mix and Mingle with the villains. Any response would be greatly appreciated!

    • Jason – The Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball dance party will be held in Tomorrowland, and it’s loads of fun! Unfortunately, the Diamond Horseshoe Saloon will be closed for refurbishment during the run of this year’s Halloween event, so we won’t be able to host the same dance party there that was held last year.

  • I’d love to know why, at a special ticketed event, you have characters meeting that you can meet every single day at Magic Kingdom (like Gaston and the princesses). Also, the ticket prices keep increasing as you keep taking things away. This will be my first time in 11 years not attending the party because one new show simply isn’t worth the price of admission when nothing else is being added.

  • Hi, Shawn! Thanks for taking the time to answer everyone’s questions.

    Your response above regarding specifically the Evil Queen and Maleficent was a little vague. Can you please confirm whether these two villains will be available to meet during the Halloween party? Thanks!

    • Brandi – They will not.

  • Will they be putting the map of meet and greats and candy stations soon on the Disney Parks website or on the Walt Disney world website?

    • Karen – I’ll check with the team that handles that. If it becomes available, you’ll find it posted here on Disney Parks Blog.

  • I have a 6 year old who is dressing as his absolute favorite character Oogie Boogie for the party. (We actually hand made his costume almost a year ago). I see that he will be featured in the castle show. Will he be available for meet and greets? I would love a picture of Big Oogie with Mini Oogie.

    • Angela – Oogie Boogie will not be available for individual greetings, but it sounds like your son’s costume is going to be amazing!

  • Hey! I know there holding a special event hallowishes premium dessert but are the doing a villans soirée this year? Thanks

    • Louise – Villains Sinister Soiree is not returning for 2015.

  • Hi

    We have tickets for the first time this year!
    My question is are fastpass + available during the party or is it normal queue?
    I did try this week when booking, but there was no option.
    I heard it gets very busy.

    • Becky – Fastpass+ is not available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Tickets for each party night are limited, so while it may feel busy in some areas at times, many popular experiences will actually have shorter-than-average wait times.

  • Thank you for clarifying Shawn! I’ll contact the department in charge of the calendar to let them know it’s out-of-sync.

    • Ricky – They may have left it off the calendar, since “Paint the Night” is only being presented for party Guests on those nights.

  • I also hope that the villains in the new castle show will do meet and greets as well.

    • Philip – Villains such as Jafar, Cruella De Vil, Queen of Hearts, Lotso and Gaston will be available for character greetings during the Halloween party, at locations throughout the park.

  • Will the new Storybook Circus greeting areas feature new and different characters and not the same old ones?

    Also, will Maleficent and Evil Queen have regular meet and greets at this year’s parties after taking last year off?

    • Philip – The greeting locations around Storybook Circus are new this year, providing spots for Guests to meet several of their favorite characters.

  • Shawn, I am having trouble finding the information on the 2015 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Sorcerer’s Of The Magic Kingdom Card. Has that been discontinued?

    • Kim – Look for details soon about this year’s Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom spell card!

  • Thanks so much for the great info Shawn. We’re so excited to experience our very first MNSSHP! Do you know if the princes will be available for meet and greets with their princesses?

    • Ruby – Princess Fairytale Hall will continue to host the same Disney royalty during the Halloween parties who visit during the regular operating day.

  • While not Disney World, can we get clarification on Paint the Night at Disneyland on Halloween party nights? The page describing the Halloween party lists Paint the Night as playing. Yet the current Disneyland daily calendar shows that Paint the Night is only scheduled to play on non-party nights. Which is correct? Thank you.

    • Ricky – At Disneyland this year, “Paint the Night” will be performed during Mickey’s Halloween Party, as well as on non-party nights, so as many of our Guests as possible can enjoy this spectacular new parade.

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