While it’s hard to tell if your trip to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will be a sold out event, we have some of the best tips on when those nights usually are, as well as how to plan your night to do all the activities MNSSHP offers.
So when does MNSSHP typically sell out? Since the introduction of the Party Pass this year (where guests can visit multiple nights), sold-out events have become a bit more common. Our best suggestion is to go early in the season (ie. August/September) to avoid a possibility of a sold-out event – and avoid weekends! One caveat though – don’t go opening week as many guests flock to Disney World for the opening of the party.
If you’re wondering how to get most things done in a single night, arrive early in the day! Although the event doesn’t technically start until 7pm, event guests can arrive to Magic Kingdom at around 4pm without the need of a day ticket. This time would be best used to try special treats if available, have photopass photographers take magic shots of you, start trick-or-treating, shop the new merch, ride rides, and line up for some of the special characters.
Once the ride’s overlays/additions at Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, the Mad Tea Party, and Space Mountain open up, we recommend riding those as soon as possible. During the night that we went, the Haunted Mansion had the longest wait of all the rides (an hour) and we unfortunately had to skip it due to time constraints. We did add-on a ride of the People Mover (no special overlay) during our visit, which is a perfect way to relax a bit and escape the crowds.
By the time you have rode those rides, the shows and parades have already started at the castle. Use this time to do some trick or treat trail spots if you haven’t already – any earlier in the night the treat lines can be quite long, so wait until shows/parades have started. We highly recommend the Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor because there are multiple candy stands inside – as well as a cute improv show if you need a break. We didn’t have to wait at all as most people were at rides or viewing a show/parade.
Nearby are several more treat trails, as well as the DescenDance Party, Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball Dance Party, and the Storybrook Circus Disney Junior Jam.
There are 2 showings of Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade, 4 showings of Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular, and only 1 showing of Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Fireworks Show. It’s not entirely necessary to arrive extra early for the fireworks show unless you absolutely want to be in the front. We found good spots by just arriving 15 minutes early. However, if you want to make sure he little ones can see, arriving even earlier would be advised.
Immediately after the fireworks show, it’s best to pick out a parade spot for the last parade. We recommend away from the main hub by Cinderella’s castle as a lot of people who just watched the fireworks show will remain in place for the parade. At this point, you will be waiting a little while for the final parade – roughly 20-30 minutes depending on how far you had to go for your spot. I always recommend sending someone in the group off to a nearby snack stand to grab a treat or some drinks. Be aware that the special event treats could be sold out at this point as they were for us that night.
Once the parade is over, head back over to the castle and you should be able to get even closer to the front to watch the last show of the night at midnight. A lot of people leave around this time as the party technically ends at midnight, but it’s worth it to stay and watch the last show with the least crowds.
So if you were to take away anything from our experience at a sold out event, make sure to arrive early as possible and have a plan. While you may not get everything done, this method will allow for you to check off most things. If you’re more interested in meeting characters, do it very early or very late. If character meet and greets are less important, but the rides and shows are more important to you, start with the rides and end with the shows.
Our Trip Breakdown
- Arrived just after 7pm
- Took pictures
- Shopped Halloween merch
- Jafar (Didn’t meet, but was able to take pictures)
- Rode Pirates of the Caribbean
- Attempted Haunted Mansion – 60 minute wait (watched Madame Carlotta for a few minutes from HM exit however)
- Queen of Hearts and Tweedles
- Rode Space Mountain
- Treat Trail #1/DescenDance Party
- Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball Dance Party
- People Mover
- Treat Trail #2 & #3/Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor (*We went through twice and our bag was full at this point.)
- Treat Trail #4
- Firework Show
- Boo To You Parade/Snack Time
- Attempted to get Jack & Sally treats (sold out)
- Hocus Pocus Show at midnight
By arriving much earlier than we did, you can definitely fit quite a bit more into your night. We were quite happy with everything that we were able to get done, despite it being a sold-out event.
Let me know if you have any tips for MNSSHP below. Have you experienced a sold out event at Disney?