Halloween comes alive each September-October at Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom theme park. This was my first visit to the Halloween festivities and after spending $63 for my ticket, in addition to already holding an annual season pass, I expected big things. My friend Hope, along with her whole family, and I headed to Magic Kingdom on the opening night of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Ticket holders were allowed in the park after 4 PM and were identified by a special wristband since the park closes to everyone other than the Halloween party guests at 7 PM. Here are the things I suggest you do for this Halloween fun night because you have limited time:
- TRICK OR TREAT: Who says adults can’t trick or treat and collect some sweets and goodies for themselves? Certainly not Disney. Guests are provided a treat bag at the front gate which they can use to collect their candy all night long. The Halloween park guide/brochure includes a map pointing out the treat locations, which are throughout the park. Simply walk through the line and the cast members, dressed in cute Halloween outfits, will fill your bag. We collected all sorts of goodies, mostly small candy bars, including my new favorite discovery: milk chocolate craisins! Costumes are not required for this event, but my guess is that half the park was dressed up.
- EXPLORE THE ATTRACTIONS THAT ARE ALWAYS PACKED: Around 7 PM, the Halloween party guests are busy watching the limited run parades and shows, or are in line for character greetings, so take advantage of this and ride all the rides or see the shows you have been wanting to. We were able to walk right up with less than a 5 minute wait time for It’s A Small World, Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, and others.
- CHARACTER GREETINGS: I did not think there was anything I enjoyed more than getting my photo with Disney characters, but getting my picture with Disney characters in Halloween costumes was a game changer. Disney was so smart that they even added more characters just for this event, such as evil villains Cruella DeVille and Jafar as well as the most popular park attraction of the night, Jack Skellington & Sally from “Nightmare Before Christmas”.
- WATCH THE HALLOWEEN PARADE: Grab a seat ahead of time to ensure great photos for Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade. The parade runs at both 8:35 and 11:15 PM, with the latter parade having much less crowds to deal with. The parade starts in Frontierland and that is where I suggest you watch it from. Make sure your photographs are not going to be hindered by the bright street lights. (spoken from my own mistake) Beware: The catchy little song that they play during the entire parade will be stuck in your head for days!
- HOCUS POCUS VILLAIN SPELLACTACULAR WITH THE SANDERSON SISTERS: There are 4 different times to see this Halloween inspired show, 8:00 PM, 9:20 PM, 10:40 PM, and midnight. We opted for the midnight showing and secured a close spot near the front of the stage. Come see the Sanderson Sisters from the movie “Hocus Pocus” use their magic to take on some of Disney’s most evil villains. Disney was spot on in choosing great look-alikes for the roles of Winifred, Mary, and Sarah. The singing and dancing is entertaining and the light show & fireworks even better. Spoiler Alert: you will get to hear “I Put A Spell On You”.
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