Halloween is almost here and that means all the fall decorations will be going away and the Christmas ones will slowly start showing up in the parks. Before that happens, let’s take a look at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
The party happens in the Magic Kingdom and is always sold out on Halloween night. From what I am hearing, guests feel that the party is more crowded than it has been in past years. This was our first year attending, so I can’t compare to previous years. We didn’t feel it was over-crowded though.
As with most parties/events where Disney is concerned, there is a lot to do at this party. Your experience at the party will depend on multiple factors. We were traveling with kids ages 2-8. So we went in knowing we wouldn’t be staying until midnight, but it was still good to have some sort of a plan.
When you get to the park, cast members will hand out trick-or-treat bags as you are waiting in line. Once you get through security and the gates make sure to grab a map of the Halloween party. It will show you all of the trick-or-treating stops, just look for the Mickey pumpkin head. The kids wanted to concentrate on trick-or-treating, so this is what we focused on with the map.
You will also find show times for the different shows that happen throughout the night:
- Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular – 8 pm, 9:20 pm, 10:40 pm, 12 am
- Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade – 8:35 pm, 11:15 pm
- Celebrate the Magic – 9:45 pm
- Happy Hallowishes – 10 pm
The pamphlet also lists your dining options, which attractions are open, and specially themed merchandise that is available at the party.
We made it to about 4 or 5 treat stations before the kids really started dragging. That’s when we decided to head back to the hotel. Even though we didn’t hit all the treat stops we still had a lot of candy. They don’t just give out one or two pieces, they give out handfuls. Needless to say, the kids were pretty happy.
If you want to hit the shows, the parade, meet the characters, and do some trick-or-treating, I would focus on only hitting a few trick-or-treat spots first and then moving on. The queue lines move quickly for the candy, but they can get long.
The decorations for the Halloween party are really fun. Take a look at the buildings on Main Street USA. They all have carved pumpkins with different fun pictures carved into them. The flashing lights adds an air of spookiness, but not too scary for the kids (hence the name of the party).
Definitely stay for Happy Hallowishes, if you can. The finale for this fireworks show is amazing! We were able to see it while we were waiting for the bus back to the hotel.
Another fun activity at the Halloween party is people watching. People get pretty creative with their costumes and it’s fun to see what people come dressed as. My husband and I went as Doctor Who characters and got some pretty cool responses to our costumes.
We’ll definitely do the Halloween party again. We had so much fun! If you have never been before, I highly recommend this experience. It’s fun for kids and adults.
Have you been to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party before?
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