Best Places to Stay for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Two months from now, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party makes its triumphant return after a three-year absence.

Last year, DVC fans enjoyed Disney After Hours Boo Bash instead, and we all liked it well enough. Let’s be honest, though. It just wasn’t the same.

We’re happy to have the real deal back for 2022, and it’s time to explore some rental options for your trip.

Here are the best places to stay for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP).

The Halloween Party Basics

This year’s event starts on August 12th and lasts through Halloween Night. Disney alters the pricing as Halloween approaches.

So, you can save a bit of money by visiting before October. Conversely, the DVC Points Chart lists higher prices for August and October than for September.

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You may find that September pricing provides the vacation budget sweet spot for MNSSHP visits.

The other important factor here involves the event’s location. Disney throws this party at Magic Kingdom.

Obviously, you’ll prefer a Magic Kingdom area DVC resort if possible. For this reason, my five recommendations won’t surprise you.

I’m being pragmatic here since I don’t want you to spend an excessive portion of your trip riding Disney buses.

Keeping that in mind, here are your best options…

Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

If you prioritize convenience over all else, Bay Lake Tower should be your choice this holiday season.

I’m actually staying at the Grand Floridian for Halloween. Still, I can say from experience that Bay Lake Tower provides the best logistics for MNSSHP.

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In fact, I’ve spent at least three Halloween nights here over the past decade. It’s an incredible option to stay at the party until closing time.

Then, you exit the park and find yourself in your hotel room within 15 minutes.

The amenities at the Contemporary speak for themselves. Still, it’s the short walk that differentiates Bay Lake Tower from the other options here.

Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

The following two DVC locations reside at the same resort. So, I always struggle to differentiate them.

The key to each is that you can travel by boat to and from Magic Kingdom. In the process, you’ll avoid the mercurial nature of buses.

However, unlike the other hotel options here, you may prefer buses. I know some of you get seasick and prefer to avoid the Friendship Boats.

No matter your choice, you’ll find Magic Kingdom less than four miles from the hotel. It’s either a quick bus ride or a tranquil boat sailing.

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

I’m not focusing on amenities as much in today’s discussion. For this reason, most of what I said about Boulder Ridge also applies here.

Copper Creek Villas

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You should be ecstatic to book either one because Wilderness Lodge provides a bit of escapism that you won’t find at the other hotels here.

This property resides off on its own a bit, and it’s also the most rustic option on this list. So, you can combine two vacations at once.

You’ll feel like you’re visiting the great outdoors, but you’re only a short trip from Magic Kingdom and the Halloween party!

That dichotomy proves intoxicating to many.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Alas, my favorite hotel in the DVC program doesn’t claim quite the same logistics as Bay Lake Tower and the Grand Floridian.

You technically can walk from the party to this hotel, but you’d have to do it through the Grand Floridian first. That’s an excessive amount of walking.

Still, the Polynesian resides on the Resort Monorail line, meaning you exit Magic Kingdom after the party and head up the hill to the monorail.

Disney's Polynesian Resort

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Three stops later, you’re at the Polynesian. In fact, you may exit at the second stop, the Transportation and Ticket Center, if you’re staying at Pago Pago.

Plus, you’re staying at the most tranquil of all resorts in the Magic Kingdom area. Nothing beats that!

The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Earlier, I mentioned the walk from Magic Kingdom to Bay Lake Tower. The Grand Floridian offers this amenity now as well.

The trip to the Contemporary is a bit shorter, but the premise remains the same.

When you want to avoid Disney transportation, you simply take the walking path from the park back to the Grand Floridian.

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Conversely, if you’re tired and/or tipsy after the party, you can ride the monorail instead.

Either way, you’ll spend the night and the following morning at the crown jewel of Walt Disney World resorts. Who wouldn’t want to do that?

Even better, Disney recently added the Big Pine Key expansion to the Grand Floridian’s inventory.

Presuming you book quickly, you’ll find rare hotel room availability at the Grand Floridian this fall.

In fact, as I type this, a handful of Halloween Night rooms remain! So, act fast before it’s all gone!

You can check our listing of Confirmed DVC Reservations here. Nearly half the available bookings fall in the MNSSHP window.

You’re sure to find something that fits your travel schedule and vacation budget!

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