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August 21, 2018

5 Things We Love About Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

By Laura Byrne

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is back with NEW experiences and it kicked off earlier than ever on August 17! We got a peek on opening night so we can share with you some of our favorite things!


Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a spooktacular way to celebrate Halloween whether you take the kids or not! (Yes, this TOTALLY qualifies as a parents night out!) We were recently invited by Walt Disney World to attend the event for a media preview, so disclaimer…we did not pay for our tickets, but our opinions are ours to share with you! We decided the best way to break down what you can expect is to share our 5 favorite things about the party!

We first attended the Not So Scary party when our oldest son was about 18 months old, so this was, in a way, a new experience for us now that he is 5 and his little brother is 3. We admit, this can be an expensive trip when all is said and done, but it’s worth doing at least once with the kids, especially if you are big Disney fans like we are because Disney knows how to throw a ghoulishly good party!

The basics: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is not included with regular admission to the park. It is a separate ticketed event hosted on select nights from August 17-October 31 from 7pm-midnight. Tickets for the Halloween Party start at $75 per person ages 10+ and $70 ages 3-9. The price goes up the closer it gets to Halloween. You can purchase your tickets here.

Before we get into our favorite things, let’s talk about what’s NEW this year!

  • The Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam dance party at Storybook Circus is an absolute must for the little ones! They can boogie with their favorite Disney Junior chacaters like Doc McStuffins and Timon from The Lion Guard!
  • Character Couture Makeovers will be offered at the park during the event, but book early since appointments are filling up fast! Kids and adults can get looks inspired by their favorite Disney characters, rides and even food (Want a Dole Whip inspired makeover? They can make it happen!) Prices start at $50 and go up from there.
  • Real live pirates have been incorporated into the Pirates of the Caribbean ride! Help them search for Gunpowder Pete!
  • Space Mountain is spookier than ever with the lights going completely dark as you plunge into deep space to a spookier soundtrack!
  • The Mad Tea Party is even madder with crazy lights and a soundtrack that will make you spin with delight!

Tampa Bay Parenting’s 5 Favorite Things: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2018

Jack-O-Lanterns Light Up Magic Kingdom
(Ali Nasser, photographer)

ONE: It’s not as crowded and no where near as hot.

Yes, it will be crowded but the number of people is not even close to what we usually encounter during some of our daytime visits. We’ve been annual passholders for several years, so we have plenty of visits under our belts. Just like a regular trip to the park, you’ll still want to plan out your night because there will be lines. There are no Fast Passes during the party, so pick a few rides you want to go on to leave plenty of time to enjoy the live entertainment and special characters (see below). Bonus–while Disney does not promote this, you can enter the park as early as 4:00pm with your Not-So-Scary ticket even though the party doesn’t get started until 7:00pm. There is a special entrance just for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Party guests, so be on the look out as you approach the front gates.


TWO: The entertainment.

New 'Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular' Show during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
(David Roark, photographer)

Your inner tween is going to leap for joy when you experience “Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular” at the Cinderella Castle stage with the beloved Sanderson sisters and your favorite Disney villains as they celebrate the movie’s 25th anniversary! (This was one of my favorite movies as a kid, so I was personally super excited about this.) It’s such a fun show! Disney does not disappoint here.

Mickey's Boo-to You Halloween Parade
(David Roark, photographer)

The Headless Horseman leads the Boo-to-You Halloween Parade which is a scary good time featuring your child’s favorite Disney characters dressed up in their finest Halloween attire as they dance and parade with ghostly floats and friends!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
(Ali Nasser, photographer)

Don’t miss the Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet in Frontierland!

"Happy HalloWishes" Fireworks at Magic Kingdom
(Todd Anderson, photographer)

And be sure to grab a spot near Cinderella’s Castle for the spellbinding Happy HalloWishes fireworks show starring popular Disney Villains like Cruella de Vil (101 Dalmations), Jafar (Aladdin), Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty), and Oogie Boogie (The Nightmare Before Christmas).

Your kids can also dance with Mike and Sully from Monters Inc during the Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball at the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland. We didn’t make it to this dance party, but will definitely give it a go next time!


 

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

THREE: Special character appearances.

There are 13 characters you’ll only see at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! Two of the most popular are Jack Skellington and Sally from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (they can be found near Pete’s Silly Side Show in Fantasyland). We spotted Cruella de Vil taking a few photos with her fans in Fantasyland, too!  You’ll see more characters exclusive to the party during  the Boo-to-You Halloween Parade like Big Al of the Country Bears, Captain Barbossa (Pirates of the Caribbean), Dr. Facilier (The Princess and the Frog), Oogie Boogie (The Nightmare Before Christmas), Shenzi, Banzai and Ed (the three hyenas from “The Lion King”) and…of course…three hitch-hiking ghosts from the Haunted Mansion. There are also numerous character spots throughout the park, so keep your camera ready!


Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

FOUR: Candy, so much candy! And the TREATS!!

Other than the rides, this was probably our oldest child’s favorite part about the visit! There are 14 treat stations located throughout the park offering 40 different kinds of candy including Skittles, M&Ms, Milky Way and Snickers! Don’t be discouraged if you see a long line because the line moves quickly. We stopped at three treat stations which was more than enough for our two kiddos. If your child has a food allergy, be sure to get a teal trick-or-treat bag from a cast member when you arrive at the park or at one of the Allergy-Friendly Centers at Town Square Theater or Heritage House. Your child will receive a special teal token at each of the treat stations which they can later redeem at the Allergy-Friendly centers for a fun treat! 

Fun Fact: 250 tons of candy will be handed out during this year’s 34 parties!!

You can even purchase some ghoulishly good sweet treats! We are loving the Haunted Mansion inspired treats! Take a look at what’s being offered this year:


Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

FIVE: Lifelong memories: Photo opps, costumes and more!

Get dressed for the occasion! Not only are kids 13 and younger encouraged to dress up, but parents can even take part! We decided to go as our favorite Disney character, Mickey Mouse! We wore DIY costumes using regular shorts and t-shirts so the kids would be more comfortable…the husband, not so much, but he was a trooper to get dressed up! Read the costume guidelines before you go so there are no issues at the gate: read the guidelines here.

A lot of families dressed the part! We saw a family of dalmations, plenty of princesses and even some dads who dressed up as Prince Charming for their little girls! What ever you wear, make sure it’s comfortable.

There are so many photo opps located throughout the park. The one pictured above in front of Main Street was one of our favorites! It was a treat to see this ghostly picture in our PhotoPass folder on the Disney My Disney Experience app! They even sent a 14 second video clip with the hitch-hiking ghosts making their ghostly appearance at our side.


Things to bring:

  • A full belly. Eat a healthy dinner before you go. This is the same trick we encourage on Halloween night to help cut down on the amount of candy the kids will want to eat because, trust us, you’ll get a TON of candy while trick-or-treating during this event. We made 3 stops which was plenty for our 4 and 2 year old boys. You will get a bag for trick-or-treating at the entrance, but feel free to bring your own or even purchase one of the adorable Mickey pumpkins! We have them and have used them for a couple years now.
  • Glow sticks and light up toys. We stopped by our local craft store to pick up a lighted bracelet and Halloween glow toys for our kids to play with at the park. Disney offers Halloween themed toys at the theme park, which we have purchased in the past, but figured we’d save a bit here since our kids can be really hard on their toys.
  • A rain poncho. It’s Florida. It rains sometimes. In fact, it rained the night we brought our kids, but they LOVED it! Our puddle jumping 4 year old thought it was the best thing ever. Silver lining, folks. Ponchos are also much more courteous than umbrellas when you are in a crowded enviroment. Save the eyeballs.
  • A change of clothes for the kids. At some point, they MAY want to get out of their costumes, so have a shirt and shorts handy just in case.
  • A fully charged camera. Whether you are using your cell phone or camera, make sure the batteries are fully charged because there are photo opps around every.single.corner.
  • A backpack. This is a MUST if you don’t use a stroller to schlep your family’s stuff. It’s much easier to navigate the park when you’ve evenly divided the weight of your stuff across your shoulders.

Final thoughts: Would we go again? Absolutely! Would we recommend it? Absolutely! Will I make my husband dress up again? You betcha! 😉

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party