The end of August is an exciting time at the Happiest Place on Earth. Besides the Food and Wine Festival starting up soon, Halloween is also on the horizon. And you know what that means, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has begun! This special ticketed event at the Magic Kingdom happens on select nights now through Halloween. Ask a lot of people and they will tell you it’s probably one of their favorite parties at Disney. Here are my tips and tricks for attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
Don’t Purchase a Park Ticket for that Day
Since Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a special ticketed event at the Magic Kingdom, your Magic Your Way Tickets won’t work for admittance into the park. My tip is to not buy a regular park ticket for that day. Guests with tickets for the Halloween party can enter the park at 4pm with a wristband, so I highly recommend you do this. Between 4pm-7pm, you can utilize the same benefits you would with your regular park ticket, such as using Fastpasses. After 7pm, all guests without Halloween party tickets must leave and the party begins. This is when use of Fastpasses are suspended.
Pick Up Your “Party Favors”
Upon entering the park from 4pm on, guests with party wristbands are directed to the walkway next to the Town Square Theater. There are special decorations to get you in the festive spirit. You will receive your trick or treat bag here and some candy to fill it up! There are also special party photopass opportunities available that are worth the stop and an opportunity to purchase party specific merchandise. Also, be sure to grab a party map to see where character meet and greets are located and trick or treat locations.
Have Dinner before 7pm
As I mentioned in my last point, all guests without Halloween party tickets must leave the park at 7pm. Therefore, have dinner at the Magic Kingdom at around 6pm-6:15pm. The restaurants won’t be as crowded since it’s essentially a transition time and you have more options available to you. Once the party begins, there are only about 3 restaurants open in the park. Plus, guests without party tickets are leaving and a lot of guests with party tickets are only just coming in. It’s definitely worth it to have dinner at around this time.
Make Time for the Special Shows during the Party
In honor of Halloween, there are some special shows during the Party. Be sure to make time for the Boo To You Halloween Parade, Hallowishes Fireworks Show and the Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular. All of them combine Disney and Halloween for some spooky fun!
Boo To You Halloween Parade
This parade runs 2x a night during the Halloween Party. It’s so cute to see all of the characters in their Halloween best. It starts in Frontierland and makes its way through Liberty Square all the way down Main Street U.S.A. My tip, grab a spot by the Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square. It’s a great viewing spot since you are getting to see the parade early on and once the parade is over, you aren’t stuck on Main Street.
Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular
A stage show located in front of Cinderella Castle, the Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular features the Sanderson Sisters as they enter the mortal world for one night. There are 3 showtime performances during the party. While I didn’t stay to watch the whole thing, it looked like a really good show from what I did see. Plus, if your a big fan of Hocus Pocus, you will probably love it!
Hallowishes is the fireworks spectacular that happens once a night during the party. The premise is that the villains light up the night sky and the castle. Last year, I watched Hallowishes from the side of Cinderella Castle, near the entrance to Tomorrowland. It was a nice spot that wasn’t as crowded as the front of the Castle plus you could still see the special effects.
Meet at Least 1 Character During the Party
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is filled with party exclusive characters, all dressed in their Halloween best. Some of these characters are super hard to visit during the party because of the lines. These include Jack and Sally and all of the 7 Dwarves. If you don’t mind spending time at the party waiting on line for characters, totally go for it! During the party I went to last year, I found that the line for Goofy in Storybook Circus wasn’t long at all, so I stopped by there and visited him. He was an AWESOME character to see and very fun! Mickey, Donald, Daisy and Minnie were also at Storybook Circus. Their lines were so long!
Be a Little Festive or A Lot Festive
The Halloween Party is the only time of year that adults can dress up in Halloween costumes. Whether you just sport a festive t-shirt and ears (like I did) or go full blown costume, anything goes at this fun event!
Trick or Treat
Now you may be saying to yourself, I am an adult, why would I go trick or treating? Won’t I look silly? No, you should totally go trick or treating in Disney World, no matter your age. It is honestly SO MUCH FUN! You see people walking around trick or treating that are 2 and 92! Plus, some of the trick or treat stations are in fun locations that you might have never seen before. Disney also has special trick or treat bags and locations for those guests with food allergies.
Wait to Visit Certain Attractions Until the Party Starts
Once the party starts, only certain attractions are open, but if the open ones are on your list, definitely check them out. The lines are shorter since there aren’t as many people in the park, and a lot of people are doing other things during the party. There were no waits on rides when I attended. Plus, some of the attractions are even cooler during the party, like Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion. In the queue for the Haunted Mansion, there is Lady Carlotta who makes an appearance. It is a lot of fun. I also hear this year, there is a live action element to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride that is a lot of fun!
Have a Plan
While there is a lot going on at the party, it is a good to have a plan of action and know what you want to do. Here is a brief timeline of my plan during the party I attended last year. I hope this helps you out!
My Party Itinerary
4:00pm-4:15pm: Arrive at Magic Kingdom
4:15pm-4:30pm: Head to the area left of Town Square Theater to Pick Up Your Party Bag and take PhotoPass Photos
4:30pm-6:00pm: Use any Fastpasses you scheduled for the day and ride some of the rides that will be closed during the party
7:00pm: THE PARTY BEGINS!
6:00pm-7:30pm: Grab some dinner (my choice: Liberty Tree Tavern)
7:30pm-8:30pm: Ride some open party rides and do some trick or treating along the way i.e. Pirates & the Haunted Mansion
8:30pm-9:15pm: Meet Characters and Continue Trick or Treating
9:15pm-9:40pm: Watch the Boo To You Halloween Parade (good viewing spot- Liberty Square)
9:40pm-10:15pm: Find your perfect Hallowishes viewing spot (next to Cinderella Castle)
10:15pm-10:30pm: Watch Hallowishes
10:30pm-END: Catch a few minutes of Hocus Pocus, Take some more Photopass Photos, Do some Party Shopping and Enjoy…………
On Your Way Out, Don’t Forget to Look Around
These are just some of my tips and tricks that I learned by attending the Halloween Party last year and doing some research. I hope these help!
Have you ever attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? If you have, what is your favorite part? If not, what would you want to do first? Let me know in the comments below!
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