New in 2019 at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way Party. This party within a party at the Magic Kingdom is a chance to mingle with Cruella de Vil, the much loved Disney villain, as well as indulge in unlimited food and drinks.
What is Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way Party?
A villainous special event is now available for guests on select nights to celebrate Halloween at the Magic Kingdom.
During Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way Party, you can treat Tony’s Town Square Restaurant as a personal lounge to eat, drink and escape the crowds.
You’ll also be able to take pictures with one of the Disney villains, Cruella de Vil, which is a rarity at Walt Disney World.
Plus, you’ll have reserved seating for Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade (but only for the 11:15 parade).
This brand new event in 2019 is a specialty party WITHIN a specialty party ticket.
That means that Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way Party requires a paid ticket to enjoy it. BUT you also have to pay for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party as a special ticket, too.
Keep in mind, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is not included in a traditional Annual Pass (other than the brand new Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Annual Pass that was just introduced in 2019).
What Kind of Food and Drink is at Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way?
See every single food available during Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way Party in the video below, including drinks at the bar, the dessert bar, and the food buffets:
Heavy appetizers and bite-sized desserts are served in Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way Party.
Appetizers are both hot and cold. There is a wide selection, and allergies can be accommodated.
Desserts are small and bite-sized.
A bar is available with wine, hard cider, beer, and soft drinks.
The food and drink are unlimited, but you must consume them inside Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way Party and not take them out into the Magic Kingdom.
How Much Does Cruella’s Halloween Hideaway cost?
The cost is $99 per person, plus tax.
This does NOT include admission into Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, which also has a separate cost. The Halloween Party is not included with general theme park admission or with an Annual Pass – unless you have bought the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party annual pass which is new in 2019.
There is no Disney dining plan entitlements of other discounts or promotions with this ticket.
All guests cost the same amount of money. There is no child admission ticket for less.
Is the High Cost of Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way Party Worth It?
At $99, the cost of Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way Party is more than the cost of admission into Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party on some nights.
Which is pretty steep. So is it worth the money?
We think not.
First, the party is only for 3 hours. And it doesn’t start until 9:30 p.m. (Check in starts at 9 p.m.)
Getting Your Money’s Worth with Food and Drink
So, to consider the food and drink as your dinner meal doesn’t really make sense.
You might think that the cost is worth unlimited alcoholic drinks. But you’re not getting cocktails or hard liquor at Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way Party. And you’d need to ONLY stay in the party and drink for quite a while to recoup your cost.
But keep in mind, you need to pay to get into the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, TOO! So that’s a lot to pay for free hard cider or glasses of wine.
Escaping the Crowds
We visited Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way Party twice during the evening. At one point, it was so crowded there were no empty tables. So it doesn’t make sense that this would be a place to rest and relax when you can’t find a seat.
In fact, the Walt Disney World Resort website says that it is encouraged to share seating in the limited capacity restaurant. So your time of relaxation might be making small talk with strangers seated with you.
To put things in perspective, I did attend Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way Party during a media event, when all of the media were given free passes. So the crowding inside could be because more people had access that night than would normally be buying the Party ticket.
Reserved seating is promised for the Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade. However, it was just for the 11:15 p.m. viewing. And that viewing is always less crowded than the earlier parade. Plus, the viewing is near Tomorrowland Bridge – NOT by the location of Tony’s Town Square Restaurant on Main Street, U.S.A.
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Photos with a Disney Villain
Cruella de Vil did appear for photos throughout the party. However, I never saw her visiting tables. She was at a designated photo backdrop with a line.
When Cruella de Vil takes a break, there is a length of time where she is not available for photos. Which means if you’re visiting Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way Party for a short time, she might not be available.
What Are You There For?
Keep in mind, the more time that you spend in Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way Party to enjoy all of the food, drinks and entertainment, the less time you will have to actually enjoy Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. And there is plenty to enjoy during the event.
Actually, there’s more than you can possibly do in one night, probably.
A better use for the $99+ dollars would be to indulge in the specialty snacks and treats throughout the Magic Kingdom that are unique to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. That way, you can buy what you want when you’re ready and not feel like you have to walk back to Main Street, U.S.A.
For that much money, you could get a souvenir popcorn bucket plus plenty more snacks and signature treats.
Or consider Villains After Hours at the Magic Kingdom, which has specialty entertainment, unlimited snacks and sodas, and limited capacity.
P.S. Another specialty event that you’ll want to consider is Early Morning Magic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.