Spooky season is officially here! Magic Kingdom Park has been preparing for the Halloween celebrations since July 31, with new decorations appearing in the Disney Park daily. Now, Magic Kingdom is fully dressed for Halloween, with Mickey Pumpkin wreaths on Main Street, U.S.A. included. While it may seem a little early to some Guests, if you love Disney Halloween as much as we do, you will know why…
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has officially started in Walt Disney World. The special ticketed event began on August 11 and will run on select nights until November 1. Have you already secured your tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? Or are you planning on going in the coming months? There’s plenty of fun to be had in the Disney Park during the Disney Halloween Party evenings. Here are our top tips to ensure you have a successful Party night.
Have a Plan
There is much to experience and enjoy in Magic Kingdom Park during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. So much so you should plan your evening to ensure you experience everything you wish. While you don’t have to have a time-stamped schedule, you should list all your family or travel party wants to accomplish. Before your Disney vacation, the timings of the parade, fireworks, and shows during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is worth considering. Also, consider photo opportunities, including where to find Disney PhotoPass Magic Shot locations.
Arrive at Magic Kingdom Early
As a Halloween Party Guest, you can enter Magic Kingdom Park from 4 p.m. on the day of your visit. If you only plan on visiting Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, we recommend arriving at the Disney Park at least 30 minutes before your ticket entry. Generally, lines to enter the Park are long, so the earlier you arrive, the closer to 4 p.m. you can enter Magic Kingdom. You will be issued a Party wristband and guide map upon entry. Keep right as you pass under the Main Street train station, and follow the walkway behind Main Street, U.S.A. Along the way, you’ll pass unique statues of Disney characters and collect your Halloween Party trick-or-treat bag.
You can collect your wristband while inside if you have a Disney Park ticket or Annual Pass that will allow you entry into the Disney Park earlier in the day. You don’t have to exit and re-enter using your Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party ticket.
Eat Early On
We recommend eating dinner early in the evening. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party officially begins at 7 p.m. Plan to eat before entering the Disney Park or before the official Party starts to save time during the event. Eating at your Disney Resort hotel before you leave for Magic Kingdom is a great option. Alternatively, enjoy a filling lunch at a family-style restaurant that will fill you up for a while.
Of course, you may want to indulge in the special Halloween Party snacks available around Magic Kingdom Park during the evening. You can also snack on the candy you collect from trick-or-treating.
Meet Disney Characters
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is an excellent time to meet Disney characters in unique costumes. You can expect Disney characters to have some lines during the evening, although their length will vary. Which of the following characters do you hope to meet?
- Mickey Mouse
- Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Daisy Duck
- Alice, the Queen of Hearts, Mad Hatter and Tweedle Dee, and Tweedle Dum
- Elvis Stitch
- Vampirina, Doc McStuffins, Fancy Nancy, and Timon
- Cinderella, Tiana, Rapunzel and Princess Elena
- Ariel and Prince Eric
- Jasmine, Aladdin, Genie, and Jafar
- Anastasia and Drizella
- Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eyesore and Piglet
- the Country Bears
- Jack Sparrow
You can also meet rare Disney characters who only appear at special ticketed events, including Jack and Sally at the Town Square Theater and the Seven Dwarfs at Pete’s Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus. However, plan to spend considerable time in line to meet these characters.
See The Parade
Mickey’s Boo-To-You Parade is, in our opinion, the best Disney parade. Therefore, you don’t want to miss watching it during your evening at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. The Halloween Parade goes through Magic Kingdom Park at 9:15 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. during the Party. You can expect the first parade to be busier than the second. However, we love it so much that we’d recommend watching it both times!
If you wish to see Powerline Max ahead of Mickey’s Boo-To-You Parade, you must secure a viewing spot on Main Street, U.S.A. Wherever you decide to watch the parade from, make sure you see the Headless Horseman make his way down the parade route. He rides around 10 minutes before the parade begins.
Part of the Halloween fun is to trick-or-treat. It’s not every day you get to trick-or-treat in the Walt Disney World Resort, is it? Whether you take your own treat bag or use the complimentary Party bag, visit the treat spots around Magic Kingdom Park. Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor is a treat spot we always visit. You can visit each treat spot as many times as you like.
Ride At Least One Ride
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is an excellent time to ride rides. Magic Kingdom events are limited in capacity, as well as being full of fun. As such, you can expect shorter lines than usual for the attractions. While we don’t recommend riding them all, plan to ride at least one. We always ride Haunted Mansion when attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. After all, it’s the Disney ride’s night to shine! Space Mountain and the Mad Tea Party also have a Halloween twist during the Party, so it’s worth riding them during the evening.
The Disney Halloween Party Guests can also enter the Virtual Queue for TRON Lightcycle/Run at 6 p.m. Securing a boarding group in the Virtual Queue will likely help you ride the Disney attraction in the dark.
Experience Live Music
As you wander Frontierland or Adventureland throughout the evening, you can enjoy live music. This year, the Rusty Cutlass Pirate Band is new to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Party. Enjoy their performance of pirate shanties across from Pirates of the Caribbean in Adventureland. Meanwhile, the Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet entertains Guests from the rooftops in Frontierland. Enjoy their haunting melodies and razor-sharp wit from near the Country Bear Jamboree.
Watch the Fireworks
During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you’ll have the opportunity to see a special nighttime spectacular. Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular lights up the skies above Cinderella Castle at 10:15 p.m. Jack Skellington narrates a spooky story illustrated through Castle projections, lasers, and fireworks. The soundtrack can be heard from all around Magic Kingdom Park during the show, and you’ll have a unique view of the fireworks from anywhere in the Disney Park. However, you’ll want to watch from Main Street, U.S.A, for the best view.
See The Castle Stage Show
Throughout the evening, the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular occupies the stage in front of Cinderella Castle. Watch your favorite Disney villains assist the Sanderson Sisters in creating a Hocus Pocus Party Potion. A great way to enjoy the evening’s entertainment in one go is to secure a viewing spot in front of Cinderella Castle. Watch the Halloween Fireworks at 10:15 p.m. followed by the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular at 10:45 p.m. Afterward, watch the 11:15 p.m. Mickey’s Boo-To-You Parade. You will need to dedicate some time beforehand to securing your viewing spot. Alternatively, we close our evening in Magic Kingdom Park by watching the midnight. Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular.
Stay Til The End
Honestly, the tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party are pricey. However, the fun you’ll have will be worth it. Ensure you stay until the end of the Party for value for money. While you may not get to bed until after 1 a.m., the memories made will most definitely be worth it.
Are you excited for your evening at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? Do you have your Halloween costume ready? Prepare to have the spookiest fun in Magic Kingdom Park!