5 Reasons to Attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party


Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Halloween season is my favorite time of year. I love all things pumpkin spice, Halloween candy (even candy corn), and the onset of cooler weather. But my favorite reason for loving this time of year is the world’s best family Halloween event takes place down the street from my house! It’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. But don’t worry. Just because you don’t live here doesn’t mean you can’t join in on the fun.

Here are 5 reasons why you should make it a priority to attend this amazing Disney event this fall.

1. You can dress up!

Normally, Disney World only allows guests aged 14 and under to dress up in the theme parks. These rules do not apply during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! As long as your costume is family-friendly (and meets a few other safety guidelines) you can dress however you want. This includes Disney character costumes, so feel free to rock that awesome Maleficent costume you’ve been dying to wear.

Don’t feel self-conscious about dressing up if you’re an adult, either. This is an event where many people go all out, and you’ll see costumed adult guests everywhere. Whole families even pick a common costume theme. Last year, I saw more than one family dressed as the Incredibles, for instance. But if dressing up isn’t your thing, you can still get in the mood and don a pair of Halloween themed Mickey ears. You’ll still fit in!

2. The park is less crowded!

Once the party kicks off at 7 pm, the staff at the Magic Kingdom begin shepherding other guests out of the park. Only party attendees, who are issued special wristbands, are allowed to stay in the park. This makes for much smaller crowds, meaning much shorter wait times for rides. Yes, most rides remain open for the party. Just be sure you take advantage of all the special things there are to do at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Be aware, if you choose to attend on Halloween, or the days surrounding Halloween, the party will be busy. These dates sell out, so try to go earlier in the season if you can. The party takes place on select nights from late August until November 1st this year. Here’s a list of all available dates.

More candy please!

3. Go Trick or Treating!

We all know that kids love trick-or-treating. But don’t you miss it, as an adult? Guess what? At Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, the whole family can participate in the candy collecting.

You can bring your own treat bag, but every party attendee is given a treat bag when they check in. This includes adults! You also receive a map showing all the treat locations that are spread throughout the park. Visit them all and you’ll end up with overflowing bags of candy. Disney doesn’t skimp on the treats, either. Expect to be given the “good” candies, like Starburst, M&Ms, Skittles, and all of your other favorites. There are also special treat stations for people with food allergies, so no one needs to feel left out.

Buzz Lightyear Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Meeting characters at the party!

4. Meet Rarely-Seen Characters!

The lines for character meet and greets are typically much shorter during the party. But this is also a great opportunity to get autographs and photos with Disney characters you don’t often see in the parks. These sometimes include characters like Jack Skellington and Sally, Cruella de Vil, and Captain Jack Sparrow. Even the more common characters, like Mickey and Minnie Mouse, are worth a visit, since many of them are dressed up in their Halloween costumes for the party. There are also some pretty cool Photopass “magical” photos available during the party, like pictures with a ghost from the Haunted Mansion or with the Headless Horseman.

Here’s a bonus tip for you. Some of the lines for the rare characters can get pretty long in the first few hours of the party. However, the lines start to get shorter towards the end of the night, when many of the younger kids are starting to pass out. If you’re willing and able to hang out until midnight, the lines start to get shorter around 11 pm.

5. Experience Exclusive Entertainment!

We all know that Disney World’s parades and fireworks shows are spectacular. The party-exclusive “Boo to You” parade and “Hallowishes” fireworks are even more amazing than their regular, daily counterparts. These shows are Halloween-themed (naturally) and are completely exclusive to the Halloween party. Don’t miss them, since they are almost worth the price of admission itself. For many, including me, the highlight of the night is when the Headless Horsemen makes his way down the parade route before the parade starts.

But the parade and fireworks aren’t the only special entertainment. There’s also a Hocus Pocus stage show and the Scream-o-ween Ball in Tomorrowland, where you can dance with some of your favorite Disney characters. This was so much fun, and even my shy daughter got out on the dance floor for a little while.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Details

There are way more than five reasons why you should go to this fun, family-friendly Halloween party, but we couldn’t fit them all here. Rather, you should make a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort this fall to check it out yourself! We wouldn’t want to ruin all the details for you, anyway.

If you are interested in attending this year, dates run several nights a week from now until November 1, 2017. Prices start at $74 for adults and $69 for children. You can buy tickets from Disney World directly here. Annual pass holders and DVC members are also eligible for discounts on select nights.

If you need ideas on how to save money on your Disney vacation, check out our post about Disney on a budget. Some of the Halloween party dates fall during times when Disney’s prices are cheaper, so it’s a great time to visit if you’re trying to save money!

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