Tickets are now on sale for the 2020 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Naturally, prices are up across the board and there are more dates than ever before. In this post, we’ll share the details and offer some commentary about whether–and when–you should buy tickets.
Let’s start with party pricing. As noted above, prices have gone up. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who attended last year’s event–it was busier than ever before despite higher prices. Moreover, Walt Disney World attendance is already up considerably so far in 2020, and it stands to reason that’ll continue into the fall barring any unforeseen circumstances.
2020 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets start at $85 for weeknights in August and early September, which is “only” an increase of $6 as compared to last year. A few dates are virtually unchanged year over year, whereas late October has seen the largest spikes, with some nights up $10-14…
Here’s a visual if you want an idea of how this looks on the calendar, and how pricing corresponds with the various dates:
Walt Disney World has not yet announced whether the Unlimited Not So Scary Party Pass will make a return. Last year, it was announced literally the day of the first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in August, so there’s still plenty of time–several months, in fact.
Whether the Party Pass is offered again likely depends upon standard ticket sales (hence Walt Disney World waiting until the last minute previously) and whether there’s the “need” to bump numbers. If we had to guess, we’d bet that it won’t return.
The Party Pass was a convenient scapegoat for overcrowding last year, with many disgruntled guests pointing to it as the cause of the crowds. In reality, it would’ve constituted less than half a percent of attendees on any given night if every single Party Passholder showed up. The real cause is Walt Disney World increasing the attendance cap.
Speaking of which, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party nights themselves have been packed the last couple of years. We covered this last year in our Is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Too Crowded?post. We fear this trend will continue in 2020. Again, crowds are up thus far this year.
It’s also worth noting that Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party wreaks havoc on Magic Kingdom’s calendar and crowds during the fall. More special events make non-party nights in Magic Kingdom even more crowded, and Saturdays in particular are a nightmare. We highly recommend avoiding Magic Kingdom on Saturday nights in September and October.
With all of that in mind, you might want to hold off on purchasing 2020 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets until reports start to emerge about crowds. If you’re visiting in September or October, consider waiting until August 29, 2020 or later to buy your tickets, which is after the fifth event of the year.
By that point, there should be a sufficient number of firsthand accounts to determine whether anything has changed in terms of crowds for 2020. If you can wait longer, that’s even better. Last year, the first couple of parties accurately reflected overall crowd trends, but that’s not always the case. Often, August is far less crowded than the late September and October parties.
There was a lot of backlash about crowds at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party last year. Due to that, Walt Disney World might surprise everyone by lowering the attendance cap as a result. That’s wishful thinking on our part–it’s what they need to do, but we doubt it’ll actually happen.
It should go without saying, but the risk in waiting to purchase your tickets is that your party dates could sell out between now and the fall. However, if that does happen…well, you probably don’t want to attend those nights anyway due to crowds.
(If you’re dead-set on purchasing tickets now and want to make an educated guess on when to go, consult our Best and Worst MNSSHP Datespost to help choose the potentially least-crowded party. That has yet to be updated for 2020, but the same principles apply every single year. If many/most dates sell out, it’s really not all that helpful of a resource, though.)
With the official announcement that 2020 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets are on sale, Walt Disney World also confirmed a lot of what’s returning: “Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular” fireworks show (hosted by Jack Skellington, telling a Halloween tale about Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy), “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade,” and the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” stage show.
It’s no surprise that the fireworks are making a return as those were brand new last year. Likewise, Boo to You Parade and Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular are incredibly popular, so it would’ve been more shocking to see either retired. As much as we love it, Boo to You is getting a tad long in the tooth, so refreshing or changing up a couple of parade units would be wonderful.
Overall, we cannot say we’re too surprised by the increase in 2020 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween ticket prices and dates. Even though it closes the world’s busiest theme park early for private events several nights per week each fall, the event is incredibly lucrative for Walt Disney World. With such an increased focus on boosting revenue via upcharge offerings and hard ticket events, expect to see more of the same when 2020 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets are released in the near future!
Will you be attending the 2020 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? If not, what’s keeping you away? Crowds? Prices? Some combination of the two? Or, would you not attend regardless? Do you agree or disagree with our assessment of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback—even when you disagree with us—is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!