Finding the Fear and Fun at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Even though spring has just sprung, time always seems to speed up when we hit summer and soon we will be entering fall.  If you are one of the lucky ones to be at Walt Disney World during the months of September and October, you have a great opportunity to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Join us as we touch upon this fun party and reflect on our own personal experiences with it.

Tickets can be bought months in advance, and depending on the availability, you may also be able to buy them the day of. These can be costly, anywhere from $49 to $64 per adult and $43 – $58 per child, so weigh the pros and cons before giving over the credit card number.

The Pros:

We enjoyed events that wouldn’t have been able to outside that party. Events such as the Boo to You” Parade, Happy Hallowishes Fireworks, Halloween Dance Parties, and the Villains Mix and Mingle.

  • The “Boo to You” Parade is a wonderful parade that incorporates not only all of your favorite Disney characters, but showcases a float from the Haunted Mansion and the grave digger dancers. These men dance while dragging their shovels on the ground making sparks to the music- it’s the very best part of the parade. Our other most favorite part is the Headless Horseman that gallops the parade route before the initial parade begins- a must see! On a side note, the parade runs twice at each party, the first one usually being the busiest.
  • The Happy Hallowishes Fireworks show is simply amazing. The best seats in the house to see this show would be in the hub in front of the castle. The music played with the fireworks is from favorites like Nightmare before Christmas and the Haunted Mansion. The fireworks are centered on the castle, so this is one you want to be in front for.
  • The Halloween Dance parties are another part of this fun evening. We did the Macaerna with Stitch at Cosmic Rays and the locomotion with Donald. Just jump on in and dance your tail feathers off!
  • The Villains Mix and Mingle is the crème of the crop of the evening. It is a rarity to have a good number of Villains all together, especially to be able to meet and greet them.  The shows run several times during the night, and if you plan it right, you can sit and watch one while holding your place for the parade and then Hallowishes. They sing/dance on stage in front of the castle, then come down to the courtyard for pics and autographs. We met Frollo, the Queen of Hearts, and the Evil Queen from Snow White, Cruella De Ville and Maleficent.  Our favorite was definitely Maleficent.

Now, the candy can be a pro and a con. For now, since we are on the pro list, let’s touch upon the good of it. Upon entering the park for the party, Cast Members will give you a bracelet to wear for the party along with a party brochure and trick-or-treat bag. The bags are small, so if you plan on loading up all night, you may want to bring a different shopping bag along to dump in.  The Candy Stations are marked by the Goofy’s Candy logo lights and can be found all over the Magic Kingdom.  Our strategy on trick or treating was this- we did all the events and character meet and greets, THEN went and got the candy.  It’s all about your priorities of the evening.

During the party you can find rare characters that normally aren’t around. They have groups of characters spread throughout the park. Our favorites were Tarzan and Jane in Adventure Land and Snow White and ALL Seven Dwarves in Fantasy Land. Take the time to find them!

Another pro that is a huge one is all about timing. On your party ticket, it will state that the Party starts at 7 p.m. BUT for those who know better; you can enter the Magic Kingdom as early as 4 p.m. Now the party will still be starting at 7, but you have three hours to play and ride the rides before the real fun begins.

This is one of the few times you will get to dress up in your favorite, appropriate costume, in the Magic Kingdom. We had a blast picking out our costumes and playing dress- up for the evening in our favorite place on earth. We encourage you to dress up; it adds something more to the night.

The fun surprises around each corner can sneak up on you or just be something you happen upon. Keep your eyes open for ghosts that walk the park, that talk up a good game in front of the Haunted Mansion, or who walk the Riverboat with their lanterns.

The last PRO is the picture opportunities. Unless you are getting married at WDW, it’s rare to be able to see the infamous Cinderella Carriage. During this evening, the Carriage can be found next to “It’s a Small World” and you can get your picture taken in front of it. No, you cannot sit inside it, but it’s still pretty cool getting your pic with it in your costume. Get in line for it before 7 p.m. and you will have a short line- wait until later and you could wait up to an hour for it.

The Cons:

Well, let’s talk about the obvious one first. The cost to get into the party is close to a full park’s day admission. For those who have already purchased an Annual Pass, or for most of us bought a package where each day is covered for admission, the extra cost is a bit much.  If you are a local or in town for a couple of days, the party ticket is well worth it. You get hours in the park to hit the rides AND enjoy the party, so choose wisely.

The party isn’t about the candy. What I mean by that is don’t go into it thinking you are going to get your money’s worth in full-size Snickers bars and packs of M&M’s. Yes, you will get candy, but they are the small snack size and depending on the day you go, sometimes they are generous and sometimes not. If you go into it thinking the candy is a bonus, you will be just fine.

When visiting during the party dates, it can mess up your plans a bit. They close the Magic Kingdom for only the party guests, so you have to make sure to plan accordingly for another park or activity the party night you do not attend.  Be prepared for which ever park has Extra Magic Hours the evening of the parties will also be quite busy; choose from the other two to avoid the crowds.

My overall feeling on the MNSSHP is this- it’s great if you have the time and money. If you are short on time, you may feel rushed to do all of the activities and the rides, so my best advice is to talk over the pros and cons with your family and make the best decision for your family.

Have a great time and boo to you!!