By: Orange Bird Devo
The spookiest time of the year is here at Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. On select nights from August 25th through November 1st, Magic Kingdom presents Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. The party requires a separate ticket from a regular day ticket and prices range from $74 for adults and $69 for children to $115 for adults and $110 for children. The Party begins at 7pm and runs until midnight but you can enter the park as early as 4pm with your party ticket. Here are all of the Spooktacular happenings at this year’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
Dressing up– One of the best parts of the party is dressing up. Both children and adults are allowed to dress up, however for safety reasons there are some guidelines for costumes. You can see all the costume guidelines here. Dressing up adds to the Halloween party experience, and it is fun to see the creative costumes of other guests. For some fun ideas about dressing up check out Dressin’ Up Diva’s article here.
Tip: If you are going with a group do a group costume. My family and I went as the gang from Winnie the Pooh and our costumes were a big hit!
Arriving at the party- As I mentioned before guests with a party ticket can enter the park at 4pm. I highly recommend getting to the park at 4 pm so that you can get a jump start on the festivities. Once you arrive you will receive a wristband that shows you have purchased a ticket to the party. If you are at the Magic Kingdom all day you can stay in the park and visit a wristband distribution location. be sure to ask a Cast Member for the exact location.
Devo Tip: Be sure to pick up a Halloween Party guide map as you enter the park. The guide map provides valuable information about all party offerings including showtimes, treat locations, and character meeting spots. I also like to take an extra guide map for a souvenir.
The Special Entrance- As you enter the Magic Kingdom you will notice a special passageway located in between the Town Square Theater and the Confectionery. This passageway is a way for party guests to flow in while the day guests exit as usual. The passageway is decorated special for the Halloween party. There are also PhotoPass photographers in the passageway to take some fun Halloween pictures. At the end of the passageway you will receive your trick or treat bag.
Now that you have entered the party you are ready to jump into the Not So Scary Halloween fun! Here comes my biggest tip of all.
Devo TIP: It is impossible to do everything that the Halloween party has to offer so set your priorities and set out to do those first.
My party plan going in was to do a little bit of everything. The following is all of the offerings and some tips for how to see a little bit of everything.
My favorite part of the party was the entertainment. The entertainment alone is worth the price of the extra ticket. Below is a review of the three main shows at the party.
Mickey’s Boo to You Parade- The Boo to You Parade is one of the best parades ever created by Disney. The parade is led by the ride of the Headless Horseman and is followed by classic Disney characters dressed in Halloween costumes as well as rare characters such as the Hitchhiking Ghosts, Captain Jack Sparrow, Clarabelle Cow, and Wreck it Ralph. My personal favorite part of the parade is the grave diggers in the Haunted mansion section of the parade. This spooktacular parade is something you don’t want to miss. This year there are two showings, 9:15pm and 11:15pm.
Devo Tip: I recommend seeing the first parade. Inclement weather could cause a parade to be cancelled so you want to make sure you take every opportunity to see this parade. When I was there both parades went on but some elements of the second parade were cut due to rain.
Happy Hallowishes Fireworks– Although we said goodbye to Wishes in May we can still enjoy the holiday versions of wishes during Halloween and Christmas. The Halloween version is called Happy Hallowishes. The show is narrated by the Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion and features many spooky Disney Halloween tunes and some classic Disney Villains. The show culminates in perimeter fireworks around the Magic Kingdom which only happen a few times a year. These fireworks are truly special and exclusive to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. There is one showing of Happy Hallowishes at 10:15pm.
Devo Tip: For the best view of Happy Hallowishes stand between the end of Main Street and the Hub by Casey’s Corner and the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. This spot gives you a great view of the breathtaking perimeter fireworks.
Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular- The Sanderson Sisters are back! Winifred, Mary, and Sarah, the three witches from the 1993 film Hocus Pocus, have harnessed the magic of the Magic Kingdom to return for one night to the mortal world to throw the most villainous party this kingdom has ever seen. In order to do that the Sanderson Sisters with the help of some of the most dastardly Disney Villains must find the ingredients to create the Hocus Pocus Party Potion.This show takes place on the castle forecourt stage and lasts about 22 minutes. Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular shows three times throughout the night at 8:15pm, 10:45pm, and Midnight. I think that this is the best castle stage show that Disney has ever created. It is filled with great music, spooky castle projections, and a talented cast. What stands out about this show is the Sanderson Sisters. They are perfectly cast which gives the audience the impression that they have jumped right out of the movie and on to the castle stage. The dynamic between the three sisters and the energy they have carries the show and truly makes it Spelltacular.
Devo Tip: Plan to see one of the earlier shows because like the parade there is a chance it could get rained out. Even a little rain will cancel this show due to live performers dancing on stage. If you see the earlier show and it gets rained out then you can plan to see the next show.
Tip: The best spot to watch Hocus Pocus is in the hub near the partners statue. Most people stand close to the stage so your view could be obstructed by others by standing too close. Standing back a little gives you a full view of the stage and a nice view of the castle projections that complement the talented performers.
Trick or Treating- One of the best parts of Halloween is candy. Well I’m happy to say that Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has plenty of candy. The Trick or Treating process starts as soon as you go through the special Halloween entrance between the Town Square Theater and the Confectionery. You will recieve a Trick or Treat bag and a pack of candy to start you off. This is great because even if you don’t hit any other trick or treat stops the rest of the night you will go home with some candy. There are many other trick or treat stops throughout the park and they are all listed on the party guide map. Some spots are even located inside attractions such as the Enchanted Tiki Room, Stitch’s Great Escape, and Mickey’s Philharmagic. Both children and adults can join in the trick or treat fun.
For those with special allergy needs, Disney has you covered. You can ask for a teal trick or treat bag at any trick or treat location. As you trick or treat Cast members will give those with teal bags a teal token and then guests can redeem those tokens at either the Town Square Theater or the Heritage House for some tasty treats. These locations are indicated on the party guide map.
Devo Tip: If you plan on getting a lot of candy I suggest bringing your own bag as the bags that Disney hands out are rather small for the true candy hunters.
Characters- Another major part of the party are the character meet and greets. There are special meet and greets exclusive to the Halloween Party. It is impossible to meet every single character because there are so many of them and lines can get long to meet some of them, especially the rare characters. The line for Jack Skellington and Sally was up to three and a half hours.
Below is a list of all the characters at the party.
Main Street U.S.A.
Jack Skellington and Sally (rare, usually start meeting guests at 5pm)
Anastasia and Drizella (meet as usual)
Seven Dwarfs (rare, usually start meeting guests at 6:15pm)
Rapunzel (meets as usual)
Queen of Hearts, Alice, Tweedle-Dee, Tweedle-Dum (rare)
Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet, and Tigger (meet in their Halloween costumes)
Ariel and Eric (Ariel normally meets by herself in her grotto but she rarely meets with Eric)
Belle and Gaston (Gaston normally meets by his tavern, Belle normally meets near France in Epcot)
Minnie Mouse (meets in her Halloween costume)
Cinderella (meets as usual)
Cruella DeVil (rare)
Princess Tiana (meets as usual)
Princess Elena (meets as usual)
Donald (meets in his Halloween Costume)
Lots-o-Huggin’ Bear (rare)
Tarzan, Jane, and Terk (rare)
Captain Jack Sparrow (rare)
Aladdin, Abu, Genie, Jasmine, Jafar (Aladdin and Jasmine normally meet in Adventureland but Genie, Jafar, and Abu are rare)
Character schedules are subject to change so be sure to ask a cast member if your favorite character will be appearing that night.
Devo Tip: I would recommend choosing two or three characters that you really want to meet. Line up for your top priority character early so that you do not spend too much time waiting for them during the party. Certain characters will come out earlier than 7pm such as Jack and Sally and the Seven Dwarfs. I saw the Seven Dwarfs and was finished meeting them by 6:30pm.
For a full guide to characters at the Halloween Party check out Soarin’ Diva’s article.
Attractions- Most of the attractions are open during the party. Attractions are usually much shorter waits during the party than normal hours so if your goal for the party is to do as many rides as possible then you’re in luck. The attractions themselves operate as normal with the exception of the Haunted Mansion which is extra spookier during the Halloween party. There is special lighting, extra spooky cast members and even a ghost by the named Madame Carlotta and her butler talk to guests outside the mansion. Here is the full list of attractions as provided on Disney World’s website.
Special Treats- Although there is plenty of free candy to hold you throughout the night there are also special treats. Some are exclusive to the party and some are available all day. I was able to enjoy the Mickey Halloween Cinnamon Roll from the Main Street Bakery and it was delicious. For a full list of treats check out the Disney Parks Blog here.
Magic Shots- The best part of any vacation is the memories we make with our families. Those memories come in the forms of stories, souviners, and of course pictures. Everytime we look back at a picture we remember the magical moments that we had on our last vacation. At Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween Party pictures are extra special. Disney’s Photopass photographers will take something valled magic shots. These pictures add special things to your picture. There were so many magic shots at the party and it is impossible to get all of them. My family got two different magic shots. One with the Haunted Mansion Hearse, and the other outside of the Main Street Station with the Headless Horseman. These magic shots truly add to the Halloween experience.
Devo Tip: The magic shot locations are indicated on the party guide map. Be sure to ask a cast member which magic shots are available.
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Exclusive Party Card- Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is an interactive game played with trading cards (known as spell cards) throughout the Magic Kingdom. During the Halloween and Christmas parties there is a special card you can pick up at the firehouse. This year the card was The Country Bear’s Moonlight Jamboree. For more information on Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom see Road Trip Diva’s article.
Devo Tip: The exclusive party card can be picked up starting at 4pm and you can only receive one with your party wristband.
Merchandise- No night is complete without a souvenir to bring home to relive your memories. There was a lot of merchandise at the party including special t-shirts, magicbands, pins, and so much more. During regular operating hours Disney will sell Halloween merchandise but certain merchandise is only available during the party. All of the event exclusive merchandise can be seen on the Disney Parks Blog.
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To see current prices and buy your tickets to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party go to Walt Disney World’s website here.