Definitive Guide to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

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Don’t Regret Missing Out on These Fun Experiences at Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is underway at Disneyland Park. Tickets are completely sold out, so if you haven’t purchased yours plan ahead for next year. If it’s your first Halloween party at Disneyland, there are a few experiences you can’t miss. Here are five things you can’t miss at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016.

Hitch Hiking Ghosts at Mickeys Not so Scary Halloween Party

The Frightfully Fun Parade

This year Disney’s replaced the traditional Halloween parade with an exclusive Frightfully Fun Parade. This parade is only viewable to guests of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, which makes it must for ticketed guests. While the parade is short, it does bring to life some infamous Disney characters. The best place to view the parade is a long Main Street USA. The park projects images onto the shops along Main Street that enhances your experience. There are two showings of the parade, one at 8:30 pm and the other at 10:30 pm. If you plan on staying late, wait until the second showing. Many guests leave after the first parade showing, so you’ll have a better chance of scoring a great spot by waiting for the 10:30 parade.


The parade begins with the headless horseman galloping down the parade route jack-o-lantern in hand. The first float features Zero, and he’s just as cute as ever. The Parade features a hand full of floats including Jack & Sally, The Haunted Mansion Hitchhiking Ghosts, The Shadow Man from The Princess and the Frog, and a final float featuring classic Disney villains. One of the best parts of the parade is seeing the Mayor of Halloween Time driving down the street. Imagineers did a great job bringing that character to life.

Jack Skellington Haunted Mansion Holiday

The Haunted Mansion Holiday

During normal park hours wait times can exceed two hours for the Haunted Mansion Holiday. The Haunted Mansion goes through a transformation twice a year – during Halloween Time and Christmas at the Disneyland Resort. The experience is also unique, because Disneyland is the only U.S. park to transform the Haunted Mansion for the holidays. For fans of The Nightmare Before Christmas, the Haunted Mansion Holiday is must. Guests can see Zero, Jack and Sally come to life in this epic ride. Don’t forget to look out for the gingerbread house. The best time to ride the Haunted Mansion Holiday attraction is during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. With fewer guests in attendance, wait times are reduced to around 25 minutes. Trust me the wait is completely worth it. Go inside the Haunted Mansion Holiday. View pictures from inside the attraction now.

Cadaver Dans

Cadaver Dans

The famous Dapper Dans have had a spooky transformation. The Cadaver Dans are a barbarous-shop quartet, that according to the Disney Parks Blog will, “slay you with their razor-sharp wit and aaah-cappella harmonies,” during Halloween Time at the resort. The Rivers of America are filled with fog for the party, providing a spooky setting for the Dans’ water bound performance. Watch them perform in harmony as they glide down the river. Show times during the party start at the beginning of each hour and at 10:45 p.m. along the Rivers of America.


Star Wars Photo Opportunities

In the former location of the Home of the Future attraction, now sits Star Wars Launch Bay. If you haven’t visited the interactive exhibit yet, make sure to stop by during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. During the day photo opportunities with Chewbacca and Kylo Ren can have wait times of over an hour. During Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party the wait was about 5 minutes. For the lowest wait time, get in line towards the end of the night when most little ones have gone home. If you can only choose one photo opportunity, I’d suggest Kylo Ren. He’s hilarious!

Halloween Screams Fireworks Disneyland

Halloween Screams Fireworks Show

There’s a lot to enjoy during Mickey’s Halloween Party but don’t miss out on the fireworks. This villainous fireworks spectacular is a Halloween tradition. See Zero fly through the sky as Jack introduces some of Disney’s most infamous villains. Hear your favorite villains speak and sing as pyrotechnics take over the night sky. The show incorporates fireworks, flames, visual effects and music to put on one spooktacular show.


One of the key elements of this show is the globe that rests to the left of the castle. This globe can’t be viewed from every angle due to trees, so make sure you pick a location where it can be viewed. The Halloween Screams fireworks happen just once a night, at 9:30 directly following the Frightfully fun parade.


Other Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tips

Dress up – This is the one time of year you can dress up as your favorite Disney character and roam the park.

Follow guidelines – There are custom guidelines, so make sure to abide by them to ensure entry. View the guidelines on the official event webpage.

Trick or Treat – Candy stations are located throughout the park. Take a bag with you if you really want to fill up on candy. Small bags are provided to guests. Annual passholders should stop by the Main Street Opera House to pick up their free AP bag. This works as a great trick or treat bag.

Enjoy More than Candy – This year you can find more than candy at each trick or treat station. Most stations are stocked with snacks like baked chips, Cheez-Its, pretzels, apples, carrots or cookies. Employees will by default give you candy, but you can ask for a snack instead, as long as its at the station.

Take Advantage of Photo Opportunities – Disney characters are dressed in special Halloween costumes, but photo lines can be long. Try to get in line during the parade or fireworks for shorter lines. The villains are located near the train station at the entrance of the park.

Make a Reservation at the Blue Bayou – reservations are limited, but you can try walking up during the event. During the event the Bayou will serve a special Halloween themed dinner. In addition to a great dinner, guests can also take advantage of a special viewing area for the Frightfully Fun Parade.

Michelle McKinley is a journalist and digital marketer from Los Angeles, CA. She earned her Journalism degree from Pepperdine University, and has been writing for the web since 2003. She’s a life-long Disney fan who travels and writes about her experiences for fun.

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