Is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Worth It?

Is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Worth It?

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You’ve sold your house to purchase tickets for your family’s upcoming Walt Disney World vacation and are contemplating attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – a Magic Kingdom hard-ticketed event happening on select nights from roughly Labor Day weekend to Halloween. With as much as you’ve spent on tickets – even adding the recommended park hoppers – you’re probably on the fence about purchasing….more park admission. You’re essentially asking is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party worth it?

Some Basics

Party tickets range from $79 in early September to as much as $135 as you near Halloween. Your ticket essentially gets you access to the Magic Kingdom for 8 hours (4pm – midnight) along with party-exclusive shows, fireworks, parades, ride overlays, character meet ‘n greets, merch, treats, and all the “free” candy you can stand. For the WDW history buffs out there, a ticket to MNSSHP back in 1970 was a paltry $0.89. Kids got in free with a paid adult and specially marked Pepsi can.

What's New

For the first time since 2005, the 2019 edition of the par features an updated fireworks show to better utilize projection-mapping tech employed in Magic Kingdom’s Happily Ever After nightly fireworks show. Other new-ish party additions include light attraction overlays that began last year. Disney has also announced new parade floats for Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade. This is net positive as it gives returning party goers something new to experience and further disperses crowds across the park.

Sounds great, right? The only real issue here is making sure the extra cost is worth the hit to your vacation budget. Along those lines, we’ve compiled data from twenty Disney vacation experts to help you decide.

Expert Answer

Top Answer: 55-65% of Disney experts say MNSSHP is worth it if you want to experience party-exclusive entertainment – namely Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, the new Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Fireworks, and castle stage show Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular.

  • FEATURED ANSWER: Smart Mouse Travel

    We have personally opted to do the MNSSHP each time we have been in town on a party night...Meeting unique characters, the special parade, stage show, and fireworks, in addition to shorter attraction wait times have been enough to justify the cost for us.

Runner-up: 60% of Disney experts say MNSSHP is worth it if your looking for shorter Magic Kingdom attraction wait times and all-you-care-to-eat candy.

  • FEATURED ANSWER: WDW Magazine

    ...only a limited number of party tickets are sold for each night. Therefore, during party time the lines are significantly shorter, allowing you to possibly do as much as you would on a normal park day.

2nd Runner-up: 50% of Disney experts say MNSSHP is worth it if you want to experience rare character meet n’ greets offered at the party.

  • FEATURED ANSWER: Play Party Plan

    There’s simply something for everyone...meet and Greets are unique. Photopass has special magic shots. Rides get makeovers. Entertainment and Fireworks are state of the art and one of a kind. Even Sorcerers of the Kingdom gets a makeover.

Worth Mentioning: 5% – 40% of Disney experts say MNSSHP is worth it if you…

  • Want to visit Magic Kingdom in costume (40%)
  • Have never attended a previous Halloween party (35%)
  • Want to experience the Halloween attraction overlays (30%)
  • Can attend on one for the more affordably-priced nights (25%)
  • Are able to stay until park close (20%)
  • Plan to try the party-only snacks available for purchase (15%)
  • Are interested in unique park atmosphere and Halloween decor (10%)
  • Plan to take advantage of unique Photopass opportunities, dance parties, and merch (10%)
  • Want to make new WDW memories (5%)
  • FEATURED ANSWER: Disney Tourist Blog

    Our opinion, as Disney-biased tourists, is that it is worth the price at least once if you can afford the splurge (and, ideally, if you can go to one of the cheaper September nights). We do not recommend the $100+ Halloween night party.

Our Answer

Everyone should attempt to go to a MNSSHP at least once. Of the upcharge events offered at WDW, this one is probably our favorite. While a lot of the experts point to the unique entertainment options, the biggest takeaway from our first party visit was the atmosphere. If you’ve been to the Magic Kingdom countless times, it’s really cool to experience the park in a whole different light. That said, the cost does get a little exorbitant if you have a large ( quantity) family in tow. In that case, we recommend taking only your favorite child to the event in an effort to stay in budget.

Your Answer

Is MNSSHP worth it for your family? Let us know in the poll below. Also, let us know about a favorite MNSSHP memory in the comments section.

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