Halloween comes alive each September-October at Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom theme park. This was my first visit to the Halloween party 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 around the park. We walked through the lines and Halloween-clad cast members filled our bags. We collected all sorts of goodies, mostly bite-size candy bars, including my new favorite discovery: Milk Chocolate Craisins! Costumes are not required for this event, but about half of the park was dressed up.
- EXPLORE THE ATTRACTIONS THAT ARE ALWAYS PACKED: Around 7 PM, the Halloween party guests were busy watching the limited run parades and shows, or were in line for character greetings. Use this time to take advantage of the rides you have been wanting to try. We walked right up to Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, and It’s A Small World with less than a 5 minute wait time.
- CHARACTER GREETINGS: I did not think there was anything that I enjoyed more than getting my photo with Disney characters, but getting one 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. The night’s most popular park attraction was 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 started in Frontierland, my recommendation for where to watch from. Beware of the bright streetlights which may spoil your photographs (spoken from my own mistake). Beware: The catchy little song that plays throughout 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” as they 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 was entertaining and the light show & fireworks, even better. Spoiler Alert: You will get to hear “I Put A Spell On You”.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Photo Gallery:
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