Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tips
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a separate ticketed event at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The “happiest haunting on Earth” is family friendly and includes trick-or-treating, stage shows, Disney villains, a parade, dance party, and meet and greets with rarely seen Disney characters. There are 32 Halloween Parties this year, the most ever! My family attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party for the first time last year (read about it here) and loved it so much that we had to go again this year. After two visits, I bring you 19 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tips.
Know going into Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party that you will not be able to do everything; five hours isn’t enough time. Enjoy our Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tips and use them to make the most of your evening!
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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tips
Dress Up For The Occasion
You do not have to dress up for the Halloween Party, but around half of the guests do. This is the only time of year that adults can wear costumes to Walt Disney World. Go all out with an elaborate costume or just wear a themed t-shirt.
This year, I wore an adorable Candy Corn MagicBand skin from Etsy’s ShopEmilyG, Halloween Ears from Disney, and a Hocus Pocus inspired t-shirt from Hardy Designs.
Read Disney World’s costume rules here.
Although Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party officially begins at 7 PM, you can enter Magic Kingdom with your party ticket at 4 PM. Use this time to eat dinner, make a plan for the evening, take any daytime pictures on Main Street, and get in line for the character you want to meet the most.
This is the biggest of our Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tips.
Plan Character Meet And Greets
One of the most fun things to do at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is meet special Disney characters. Some will have incredibly long wait times (marked by an asterisk), so go into the Halloween Party with a plan.
Main Street USA: Mickey Mouse
Adventureland: Aladdin, Jasmine, Abu, Jafar, and Genie; Tarzan and Jane; Moana*; Captain Jack Sparrow
Liberty Square: Jack Skellington and Sally*
Fantasyland: Anastasia and Drizella; Cinderella; Cruella DeVil*; Daisy and Donald Duck; Alice in Wonderland, Queen of Hearts, Tweedle-Dee, Tweedle-Dum; Belle and Gaston; Ariel and Prince Eric*; Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet; Minnie Mouse; Princess Elena; Princess Tiana; Rapunzel; The Seven Dwarfs*
Tomorrowland: Lotso (Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear)
Buy Tickets Early
Some Halloween Parties will sell out, so it is important to buy your tickets early. The October 31st date sells out first followed by end of October dates and weekends.
You can buy tickets here.
Take Special Photos
Have Halloween-themed pictures taken at the Magic Kingdom Entrance, Haunted Mansion, Town Square, Main Street USA, and Liberty Square.
My favorite picture is at the Haunted Mansion where a Hitchhiking Ghost make an appearance.
Get A Spot Early For HalloWishes
If seeing the HalloWishes Fireworks Show is important to you, grab a spot in front of the Castle early. There is only one showing of HalloWishes during the Halloween Party.
Just want to see the fireworks and not the projected Castle show? Watch from Fantasyland. It is much less crowded and you will not be stuck in the hoards of people afterwards.
Don’t Trick-Or-Treat First
Trick-or-Treating at Walt Disney World is an incredibly fun experience (plus, the candy is great!), but you should wait until the second half of the evening when the lines have died down. Be sure to allot enough time to visit all 12 Trick-or-Treat locations.
Do you have a food allergy? Walt Disney World has a special Trick-or-Treating experience for you! Ask a cast member for a teal treat bag or pick one up from an Allergy Friendly Center at the Town Square Theater (Main Street USA) or Heritage House (Liberty Square). When you visit the Trick-or-Treat locations around the park, you will receive a teal token. Trade in your tokens at an Allergy Friendly Center for special treats.
Attend The Screem-O-Ween Ball
Join Mike Wazowski and Sulley from Monster’s Inc. in Tomorrowland for the Screem-O-Ween Ball. This epic dance party goes on all night. Plus, the characters may even pose for a picture with you.
Skip The First “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade
Plan to see the “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade. Lots of Disney villains make an appearance plus the song is super catchy: “Boo to you and you and you and you… Happy Halloween!”
The second “Boo-To-You” Parade is not as crowded as the first. Since a lot of people exit the park after HalloWishes, grab a spot in front of the Castle for the Parade (you can stay here for the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular immediately following). This is one of my favorite Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tips.
Take Advantage Of Short Ride Wait Times
FastPass service is not available during the Halloween Party, but it is not really needed. Wait times are incredibly short when the party is going on, aside from the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Use this time to ride Magic Kingdom’s more popular attractions.
Pick Up Your Special Sorcerers Of The Magic Kingdom Card
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom players, be sure to pick up your special card from the Main Street Fire Station. The card is exclusive to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party guests.
Even if you don’t currently play Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, pick up the card. You might start playing one day!
Wear Appropriate Shoes
I recommend wearing tennis shoes. Some areas of the park are quite dark of the evening.
See The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular
My favorite part of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular. The Sanderson Sisters, from Disney’s Hocus Pocus, host this stage show. Maleficent, Oogie Boogie, Dr. Facilie, and more villains join the sisters on stage. This show is quite a treat!
Bring A Rain Jacket Or Poncho
Florida weather is unpredictable. You never know when a quick shower, or heavy downpour, will happen!
Buy Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Merchandise
Exclusive Halloween Party apparel, ornaments, tote bags, trading pins, and MagicBands are available at the Emporium, Big Top Souvenirs, the Frontier Trading Post, and Mickey’s Star Traders.
My favorite hack is to buy the tote bag and use it as our Trick-or-Treat Bag.
Use Disney’s Free Wi-Fi
Post your Halloween Party pictures on social media in real-time using Disney’s free Wi-Fi.
Pick Up A Map
Be sure to pick up a map when you enter Magic Kingdom. The map lists what restaurants are open during the party (there are not many!), which attractions are running, and where you can find character meet and greets.
Have A Special Snack
The special snacks for 2017’s Not So Scary Halloween Party include a Jack Skellington Dessert (Sleepy Hollow), Haunted Mansion Portrait Dessert (Aloha Isle, Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies, Liberty Square Market, Storybook Treats), Pumpkin Cheesecake Dome (Main Street Bakery, Gaston’s Tavern), and Candy Corn Soft-Serve Ice Cream (Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies).
Bring A Backpack
As with any day at Disney, bring a backpack full of everything that you could possibly need: mobile charger, sunscreen, chapstick, hand sanitizer, wipes, change of clothes/shoes, camera, bottled water, extra socks, tylenol, band aids.
We took our Module Speck Backpack to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and it was perfect! The front pockets were great for quickly accessing our mobile charger, credit cards, and cell phones.
Read my Speck Backpack Review here.
Well, there you have it, our Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tips. If you have any additional tips, please let us know.
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