Mickey’s Halloween Party VS. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Disneyland and Magic Kingdom over in Walt Disney World both have after-hours ticketed Halloween celebrations. Mickey’s Halloween Party happens at Disneyland and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is the Walt Disney World version. Is Disneyland’s version better? Let me explain the difference between Disneyland Halloween and Walt Disney World Halloween parties. So grab your best Disney costume and see which one is your favorite.


Pricing for the Halloween party is different depending on the night you are going to the party. Disneyland Halloween time has fewer parties and a shorter time span. The ticket prices are also much higher with a low of $105, but you get access to two parks. Magic Kingdom’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party starts at $75. The Magic Kingdom has children’s pricing for kids under ten, but Disneyland does not.


First off the events are very similar. Both are family friendly and highlight trick or treating for kids. The scariest thing at Disneyland’s Halloween Party is Ghost Galaxy. This is the Haunted overlay for Space Mountain. The Magic Kingdom will be playing a new soundtrack in Space Mountain this year. Disney doesn’t really “do” scary, but it’s best to be prepared because there are a lot of villains that come out during these Halloween Parties. In fact, it’s one of the only times you can see some of these villains in the Disney Parks! It’s a treat if you are a Disney Halloween fan!

New in 2015, the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” show during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park features the mischievous Sanderson Sisters from Disney’s Hocus Pocus, who throw an evil Halloween party with appearances by Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie, Maleficent and other Disney villains, along with dancers, projections, and special effects. Walt Disney World Resort is located in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (David Roark, photographer)


The entertainment for both parties is similar. Both have parades led by the Headless Horseman, and both parades feature Haunted Mansion ghosts. The Frightfully Fun Parade at Disneyland and the Boo-to-you parade at the Magic Kingdom are similar in concept but have completely different tones. Frightfully Fun is smaller in scale and feels more like a procession than a parade. Boo-to-You is more lively and catchy. It also features fewer villains and more Mickey, Pooh and other classic characters, plus Wreck-it-Ralph.
The Fireworks are also different in the two parties, though both feature villainous medleys and ghostly projections.
The Cadaver Dans also entertain guests on Main Stream in both parks, but the only Magic Kingdom has the Hocus Pocus Spelltacular.

A spectacle of characters parades down Main Street, U.S.A in Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom. Leading the parade is the Headless Horseman and includes Disney characters in Halloween regalia and the ghostly inhabitants of The Haunted Mansion. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special ticket event and takes place on select nights each fall at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Ali Nasser, photographer)

Ride Overlays

Disneyland has two major ride overhauls for the Halloween season. Haunted Mansion is entirely made over to The Nightmare Before Christmas story, complete with an audio-animatronic Jack Skellington and a painstakingly elaborate ballroom scene. In Tomorrowland, Space Mountain gets a sci-fi horror twist with Ghost Galaxy. In this version of the ride, guests travel to the far reaches of space where ghostly occurrences have been detected. The outside of the attraction sets the tone beautifully with loud shrieks emanating from the mountain and creepy lighting effects. There are also ride overlays at Disney California Adventure which I will touch on in a moment. 

The Magic Kingdom has no Nightmare Before Christmas overlay for the Haunted Mansion, but they do put a little more effort into the existing theme for the party. They too will be retheming Space Mountain this year. It remains to be seen to what extent they have gone to. They have also added new effects to the Mad Tea Party and created an interactive experience for Pirates of the Caribbean.

HALLOWEEN TIME AT THE DISNEYLAND RESORT (ANAHEIM, Calif.) ñ Haunted Mansion Holiday brings the frightfully fun cheer of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas to the Disneyland Resort. Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort returns from Sept. 7 through Oct. 31, 2018, with the spooky seasonal decor, themed food and beverage offerings and attractions that get a seasonal overlay for Halloween (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

Multiple Parks

The Disneyland Halloween Party Ticket includes access to Disney Calfornia Adventure as well so that guests can enjoy Radiator Screams. You’ll see costumed Cars characters, and ride overlays life Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree, Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween, and Guardians of the Galaxy Monsters After Dark. 

CARS LAND HAUL-O-WEEN (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Everyoneís favorite Cars characters will transform Radiator Springs into their own Haul-O-Ween celebration during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, Sept. 7-Oct. 31, 2018. The Cars characters will be donning their Halloween ìcar-stumesî as they greet guests and prepare to go ìtrunk-or-treating. Mater will be wearing his vampire or ìvan-pireî outfit, while Lightning McQueen dresses like a superhero. Cruz Ramirez, Red the Fire Truck and DJ will get dressed up as a pirate, a clown and a punk rocker, respectively. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

Park Decor

Disneyland has the Main Street Pumpkin Festival that includes the giant Mickey Mouse Pumpkin, and lots of unique hand carved pumpkins. You’ll also get to see Oogie Boogie and a Headless Horseman statue that smoke comes out of the horse’s nose! Along with Radiator Springs transforming into a Haul-O-Ween party. You also get the bonus of Coco / Day of the Dead decorations. You can only see those at Epcot in Walt Disney World. Fall in the Disney parks is my all time favorite time to visit!

Credit Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland


Both parks have add-ons. At Disneyland, you can enjoy a Prix Fixe 3-course meal at The Blue Bayou and reserved viewing for the Frightfully Fun Parade for $72 per person ($29 for kids). At the Magic Kingdom, it’s a Hallo-Wishes dessert party, where guests are lavished with endless desserts and snacks before being escorted to a priority viewing spot for the fireworks. Prices vary.

So which Halloween party would love to attend? Tell me in the comments! 

Mickey's Halloween Party VS. Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party


Meghan Cooper
Meghan Cooperhttps://jamonkey.com
Meghan Cooper is a writer, content creator, movie critic, and geek living in Atlanta, Ga. She loves movies, traveling, and lots of coffee. Member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, Georgia Film Critics Association, and Atlanta Film Critics Circle.


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