Halloween has arrived at the Magic Kingdom in this week's Theme Park Thursday

By: Shelley Caran

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Orlando, Fla. - While other parts of the country are still enjoying their summer, here in Orlando Halloween season is kicking off as Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party holds its first party on Friday.

If you aren't familiar with the event, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is a special after-hours event that transforms the Magic Kingdom into a family-friendly Halloween party with exclusive entertainment, parades, characters, fireworks, treats (but not tricks), shopping, and more while still being able to enjoy most of the park's attractions.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Overview

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is held at the Magic Kingdom on the following nights from 7 pm until midnight:

  • August 25 and 29
  • September 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, and 29
  • October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, and 31
  • November 1.

While the party does not 'officially' begin until 7 pm, guests to the party can arrive as early at 4 pm to receive their party wristband. If you plan on being in the Magic Kingdom during the day before the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party begins, there will be two locations within the park where you can receive your wristband.

Once your wristband is in place, you will then also be given a special trick or treat bag, some 'starter treats' as I like to call them, and a party map. Your Party Map is the key to success at the party, and don't be afraid to pick up a few to have with you for the night. 

Costume Guidelines

While guests at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party are encouraged to really get into the spirit of the party, there are guidelines for costumes that can be worn. 

I've shared the exact guidelines from Walt Disney World below, but if you have any additional questions you can find out the best way to contact the resort here.

General

  • Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests.
  • All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
  • Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.

For Guests ages 13 and under:

  • Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long as the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible. 

For Guests ages 14 and older:

  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
  • Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g.,full-length Princess dresses)
  • Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
  • Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts, and hats are acceptable.
  • Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords, and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face
  • Masks of any kind may not be worn.

Trick or Treating Tips

Between party entertainment, characters, and attractions make sure that you venture around the park gathering treats! 

To find the treat locations around the park, use your Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Map or just keep your eyes peeled for the large inflatable trick-or-treat spot markers.

This year's list isn't available yet, but here is a list of last year's Trick-or-Treat Locations:

  • Adventureland:  Jungle Cruise, Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room, Pirates of the Caribbean queue
  • Frontierland: Splash Mountain and Dock to Tom Sawyer Island
  • Liberty Square: Liberty Square Riverboat, Heritage House (allergy friendly)
  • Fantasyland: Peter Pan's Flight, Pinocchio Village Haus, and Pete's Silly Sideshow
  • Tomorrowland: Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies, Space Mountain, Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress, and Stitch's Great Escape.

Do you or your children have a food allergy? If you are vegan, gluten-free, diabetic, or if you have any other dietary concerns Disney has you covered!

When you arrive at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, head over the official Allergy-Friendly Centers at Town Square Theater on Main Street U.S.A. or Heritage House in Liberty Square to pick up a teal treat bag that you will then take spot to spot to collect tokens that are then turned in for your special treats. 

Walt Disney World implemented this program at last year's party, and it was a HUGE success! Over on my Blog On the Go in MCO, you can find a list of the treats that you can find at the Allergy-Friendly Centers and more on the process.

Attractions

During Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party you can still experience several of the iconic Magic Kingdom attractions.

Here is a list of the attractions that will be open during the party:

  • Adventureland: The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Swiss Family Treehouse
  • Frontierland: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Country Bear Jamboree
  • Liberty Square: Haunted Mansion
  • Fantasyland: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, “It’s a small world”, Peter Pan’s Flight, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mad Tea Party, and Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
  • Storybook Circus: Dumbo the Flying Elephant and The Barnstormer
  • Tomorrowland: Astro Orbiter, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Space Mountain, Tomorrowland Speedway, Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, and Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor.

It's important to keep in mind the FastPass+ is not available during the party, and while the lines will be shorter than usual you will want to factor in waiting in lines for these attractions in your party plans. 

Characters & Entertainment

One of the perks of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is the chance to meet characters who aren't typically out in the parks.

Here is the list of characters meet and greet opportunities from last year's party:

  • Main Street,  U.S.A.: Mickey Mouse, Tinker Bell, and Snow White
  • Adventureland: Aladdin characters, Tarzan characters, and Captain Jack Sparrow
  • Liberty Square: Jack Skellington and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Fantasyland: Princess Aurora, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Merida, Princess Tiana, Beauty and the Beast characters, Alice in Wonderland characters, Winnie the Pooh characters, the Seven Dwarfs, Cruella DeVil, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Minnie Mouse, and Goofy
  • Tomorrowland: Buzz Lightyear and Lotso

Several times a night you can find the Cadaver Dans, a 'band' of singers full of zingers, roaming the streets of Frontierland performing haunting tunes like Cruella DeVille, Grim Grinning Ghosts, and more that will leaving you 'ax-ing' for more. Okay, I'm done with the puns...for now.

Boo To You Halloween Parade

Traveling from Frontierland to Main Street, U.S.A. twice a night, Mickey’s Boo To You Halloween Parade is a cavalcade of familiar friends in their Halloween costumes, pirates, cowboys, gravediggers, ballroom dances, and Disney Villains set to music that you won’t stop humming until February.

On nights where weather permits, the Headless Horseman rides along the entire parade route before Boo to You steps offs. To get a great view you will want to find your parade spot 30-45 minutes before the parade begins.

Two of my favorite locations to watch the Boo To You Halloween Parade from are the Shootin' Arcade in Frontierland and on Main Street, U.S.A. near the Train Station.

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

The Sanderson Sisters are back!

The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular will once again take the stage in front of Cinderella Castle where Winifred, Mary, and Sarah use their magic to host a wickedly fun party.

With the help of the Disney villains, the 3 sisters mix sinister shadows, terrifying nightmares, and use the nefarious powers of their frightening colleagues to conjure the ultimate Hocus Pocus Party Potion to cast a spell on everyone at the party. 

The show is full of high-energy fun, Disney Villains, amazing dancers, visual projections, and special effects that is spellbinding.

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular is EXTREMELY popular, and even with multiple shows a night you will want to arrive really early to see the show.

Fireworks

During the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular, set against Cinderella Castle, you can enjoy a “scare-abration” of fireworks, projections, pyrotechnics, and music starring some of Disney's most infamous villains.

This fireworks spectacular features songs from Disney attractions, movies, and shorts that is MC'ed by the 'Ghost Host' from the Haunted Mansion.

Make sure that you grab your viewing spot early as Happy HalloWishes is exclusive to the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Dining & Treats

If you arrive early to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party you will definitely need to grab dinner, but it is important to know that not all quick and table service restaurants are open during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. 

While we don't have all the information for this year's party yet, here is a list of the dining locations that were open during last year's party:

  • Casey's Corner
  • Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
  • Main Street Starbucks
  • The Crystal Palace*
  • Aloha Isle
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
  • Westward Ho
  • Columbia Harbour House
  • Liberty Square Market 
  • Sleepy Hollow
  •  Cinderella's Royal Table*
  • •Be Our Guest Restaurant*
  • Storybook Treats
  • Gaston's Tavern
  • The Friar's Nook 
  •  Pinocchio Village Haus 
  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe
  • The Lunching Pad

The (*) denotes restaurants that are Table Service dining locations that require reservations, and you will need to make an advance dining reservations online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.  

Scattered throughout the party are treats that you can only find during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, and they look fantastic! The Disney Parks Blog shared what you can find and where, but a few of my favorites are the chocolate tarts with the Haunted Mansion stretching room paintings available at 4 different locations, the pumpkin Mickey Waffles that you can find at Sleepy Hollow, and the Pumpkin Cheesecake Dome that you can find at both the Main Street Bakery & Gaston's Tavern.

If you really want a unique experience, the Happy HalloWishes Dessert Party is a private and separate ticketed dessert party that is held at the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant on select party nights. You will be able to enjoy a glass of sparkling cider while indulging in Halloween-themed eats, including chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate mousse, cupcakes, ice cream, seasonal fruits, cheeses and other ghoulish goodies created daily by a master pastry chef. Specialty drinks, signature lemonades, coffee, tea and hot chocolate will also be served while you enjoy views of the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks spectacular.

Shopping

This is Walt Disney World, so of course there is exclusive Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party merchandise!

You can find party exclusive t-shirts, ornaments, MagicBands, trading pins, and more in a really fun designs featuring either Mickey Mouse and the gang or the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus.

The best locations to find these items during the event are at the Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A, Big Top Souvenirs in the Storybook Circus area of New Fantasyland, and Frontier Trading Post in Frontierland for the best selection of event pins.

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card

This year's Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card could be my favorite as it is inspired by the Country Bear Jamboree attraction. 

If you aren’t familiar, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is an in-park interactive experience that allows guests of all ages to join Merlin’s quest to stop Disney Villains from taking over Magic Kingdom Park. Guests use a map to search for villain hideouts throughout the park, and visit magic portals where they use spell cards to fight back against a villain’s plan.

The Country Bears' Moonlight Jamboree special event card will be distributed separately (and in addition to) the regular Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card packs you’re given at the Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A. when you show a Cast Member your party ticket and wristband.

Exclusive PhotoPass Opportunities

During Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party don’t forget to take advantage of wicked party-exclusive Magic Shots, Animated Magic Shots, and photo opportunities with fun props with the Disney PhotoPass Service.

Walt Disney World Annual Passholders enjoy complimentary downloads of these photos, but if you aren't an Annual Passholder you can purchase either a full or one day Memory Maker to have these special memories.

You can find a full list of the PhotoPass exclusive shots and how to purchase the one day memory maker on the Disney Parks Blog.

Purchasing Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Tickets

Tickets for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party range in price from $69 for adults (ages 10 and up)/$64 for children (ages 3-9) to $115 for adults (ages 10 and up)/$110 for children (ages 3-9) depending on party date.

There are select dates that have discounts for Walt Disney World Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members, and you can purchase tickets and find even more information here.

My biggest tip for making the most of your experience at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is to have a plan! Use this post, by watching the Theme Park Thursday video for exclusive tips, and visiting the official Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party website to set your family's priorities for an amazing night.

 

That's it for this week's special Mickey's Not So Scary Theme Park Thursday, but make sure you follow @icFloridaEvents on  & Twitter for the latest news. 

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