by Beth Keating
April 28, 2022
As part of this week’s “Halfway to Halloween” Celebration, Disney World today (April 28) announced the return of the much-loved “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party,” a unique after-hours, separately ticketed event that has been among the missing since COVID descended on the land. Last year, Disney filled the gap at Magic Kingdom with the After Hours Boo Bash party, a similar-but-not-quite-the same evening of treats and special activities.
Tickets for Not-So-Scary go on sale May 18, 2022, for 37 dates from August 12 through October 31, with the party running from 7 pm until midnight (though ticket holders are usually permitted into the park several hours earlier at 4:00 pm). Disney World Resort Hotel guests can jump in even earlier, beginning May 12th.
Ticket prices range from $109 to $199, dependent on dates. Discounts of $10 are available on select dates for Annual Pass holders and Disney Vacation Club members.
This year’s dates include:
• August: 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
• September: 2, 5, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30
• October: 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31
Returning as part of the festivities will be the Headless Horseman’s ride down Main Street, the “Boo-to-You” parade with its haunting music and spooky outfits for characters, and the Sanderson Sisters’ Hocus Pocus “Villain Spelltacular” on the hub stage. Dress in your best Halloween costume (Disney guidelines apply), and trick-or-treat at the treat stops for as much candy as your treat bag can handle. Oh, and the Cadaver Dans will be back with their especially “dapper” outfits and “dead pan” humor. Finish off your party night with the Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks and projections show at the castle.
In addition to the entertainment, there will be limited edition, available-only-at-the-party seasonal treats, and the PhotoPass photographers will have special party shots available (Our family’s pic from the last 2019 party is still hanging on our refrigerator! They are guaranteed fun moments.) A commemorative keepsake print will be available for take home as part of the 50th anniversary celebration. New 3D photo backdrops will also provide a tie-in for the 50th anniversary.
(Note to guests visiting Disney this Fall: If you are coming to Disney World during that time frame, be sure to check the event dates, even if you are not planning on attending the party. The Magic Kingdom closes early to regular park guests on party days, so you don’t want to cut your Magic Kingdom day short by visiting the park on a Halloween party date. Choose a different park for that day! Yes, that is the voice of experience sharing with you!)
Beth Keating is a theme parks, restaurant and entertainment reporter for DisneyBizJournal.
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