I know we just wrapped up going 'Back to School', but it is already time to start talking Halloween festivities in Orlando!
My favorite family-friendly premium theme park Halloween experience in Orlando is Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World that is held at the Magic Kingdom select nights in September and October.
What is Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party?
During select nights at the Magic Kingdom, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party lets you celebrate Halloween with Mickey & friends in an atmosphere perfect for families with younger children.
This perennial favorite offers guests a chance to see Halloween themed and exclusive parade, fireworks, entertainment, shows, characters, merchandise, and more in addition to the opportunity to trick-or-treat around the castle.
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party takes place at the Magic Kingdom from 7 pm to midnight on the following 29 dates:
- September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, & 30, 2016
- October 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, & 31, 2016.
With so much to see and do at the party, you will want to plan your visit before you go so here are 9 things to know about planning your night at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.
1. Have a Plan
Do you want to meet Jack Skellington and Sally? Do you need to watch both parades? Or are you more interested in seeing the Sanderson Sisters? Any good visit to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party starts with a plan, and that plan starts with communication. Find out what everyone would really like to do during the party, but be realistic as it is nearly impossible to do absolutely everything in one night.
I like to start my planning by visiting the official Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party website, as you can find out everything that is offered with times in one place to efficiently gather a game plan.
Hands down my absolute favorite parade of the year at Walt Disney World is Mickey's 'Boo To You' Halloween Parade. (I'm now going to be singing the song for the rest of the day!)
This 20 minute parade full of fun steps off in Frontierland and winds its way down Main Street U.S.A. twice a night during the party. I suggest finding your spot 30-45 minutes before the parade begins for a great view of the Headless Horseman riding the route. I also suggest waiting for the second showing of Mickey's 'Boo To You' Parade, because it is less crowded.
Happy HalloWishes is a 12 minute fireworks spectacular set against Cinderella Castle that you won't want to miss!
The Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion invites you to "drop in" as Disney Villains light up the night with fireworks and a wicked version of melodies from Disney’s past that echo through the night. The “scare-abration” gets into full swing when some of the Disney Villains we most love to hate—including Maleficent, Ursula, Cruella de Vil, Jafar, and Oogie Boogie—croon their scary tunes and do their best to steal the show.
I suggest watching the show from the front of the castle as close to the hub (the area around the Partners statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse) for the best views of the projections and 360 degree fireworks experience.
4. Hocus Pocus Villains Spectacular
The Sanderson Sister are back again at this year's Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party after a wildly popular debut casting a spell on partygoers several times a night.
Winifred, Mary, and Sarah with the help of the Disney villains mix sinister shadows, terrifying nightmares, and use the nefarious powers of their frightening colleagues to conjure the ultimate Hocus Pocus Party Potion.
If you are a fan of Hocus Pocus, this fantastically fun show on the castle forecourt stage has to be number one on your list!
Going trick-or-treating is one of the only activities at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party that doesn't happen at a specific time, so I suggest hitting these sweet candy stations later in the night so you aren't lugging around extra weight and Cast Members do tend to be a little more generous as the night goes on.
There's no limit on how many times you can go through the line at each candy station, but our favorite place to visit is the Fantasyland Treat Trail where you can find several stops and a shortcut to Tomorrowland.
While the costume guidelines have not changed for children over the age of 13, there have been some changes for those ages 14 and up.
- 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.
- May not wear masks of any kind.
7. Partying with Little Ghosts
My daughter's bedtime is sacred, and while I typically appreciate that I know that keeping her out past her bedtime brings some challenges. I suggest trying to keep them up a little later a few days prior to your visit to see how they do and what they need so you can bring it with your to the party. Also, don't rule out getting a double stroller for older children who typically do not need one. There is no shame in the parenting game when it comes to keeping kids happy and in the right mindset for having a great time with their family!
8. What to Bring with You
I know I've talked about Packing the Ultimate Theme Park Bag before, but for party nights I always make sure I have these essentials with me in my bag of tricks:
- Not many dining locations will be open during the party, so packing savory snacks that are filling help keep everyone fueled up for a great night.
- The party goes on rain or shine, so be prepared with rain gear so a little rain won't ruin your night!
- Hand sanitizer is great for dealing with sticky hands until you have the opportunity to find a rest room.
- Extra zip-top gallon bags are essential for stowing extra treats, because you can limit how much candy your children eat (and spill) during the night.
9. Check for Discounts
Prices vary for attending Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, and you can find a calendar with dates & prices here.
If you are a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder or a Disney Vacation Club Member, there are a limited number of discounted tickets available on select nights of the party. To see this pricing, you will need to sign into your My Disney Experience account on the Walt Disney World website.
I hope that you've enjoyed these tips for planning your visit to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party! Happy Haunting!
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