Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Planning

Your Guide to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

This year’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party have just begun at the Magic Kingdom, with the first party being last night.  Will you be attending this year?  Want to know what to expect?  Keep reading for a full overview of party details and special events only available to party guests.

Here is a copy of this year’s event map and schedule for the parties, but I will also highlight the details below.

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The party begins on select nights promptly at 7PM.  Guests with a party ticket may enter as early as 4PM.  If you are wondering about FastPasses, you CAN make FastPass+ reservations between the hours of 4-6:30, but there are no FastPasses after the party begins at 7PM.  All attractions will be standby only, but if you have ever been to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in the past, you know that standby lines are practically walk on.

For guests without party tickets, party dates are typically great days to visit the Magic Kingdom.  A lot of guests don’t want to spend a day at the Magic Kingdom because it closes early and feel it’s not worth it to “waste” a ticket when the park closes so early.  Truth be told, it’s a great day to visit the Magic Kingdom BECAUSE so many guests have those thoughts about the park closing early.  On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being the least crowded, party days are generally rated a 2.  As an annual pass holder, I actually like visiting the Magic Kingdom on party dates and enjoying very low wait times for popular attractions.

That being said, guests without party tickets will be politely directed to the front of the park around 6PM, a lot of times around 5PM.  The closer it gets to party time, the more aggressive cast members get about making sure non-party guests have passed through he exit before the party begins.  If you think you can get away with sneaking around and lolly gagging in a store past 7, it won’t work.  Don’t ask me how I know….just trust me.  😉  They’ve seen it all.

Scheduled Events

  • 8:30PM:  Boo to You Parade
  • 9:15PM:  Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular
  • 10:00PM:  Celebrate the Magic
  • 10:15PM:  Happy Hallowishes Fireworks Spectacular
  • 10:40PM:  Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular
  • 11:15PM:  Boo to You Parade
  • 12:00AM:  Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular

Trick or Treating

Throughout the event, guests can enjoy trick or treating at various locations in the park.  You can find these locations both on the map and in the park marked by pumpkin Mickey heads.  The amount of candy you are handed is quite generous, and a lot of it is pretty good stuff!  Yeah, you get a few handfuls of Tootsie Rolls and something called “Peanut Chews,” but there is also a good deal of Kit Kats, Skittles, and Reese’s.  What to do with all that candy?  We save ours and pass it out on Halloween.  It helps cut down on our candy expenses.  Okay…we *might* eat a lot of it, too. Here are some pics from past hauls from some friends of mine.

Special trick or treat bags will be handed out as you enter the park after 4PM.  There will also be special check in select locations in the park, if you are planning on spending the day there. If you or someone in your family has allergies, no worries!  You can swing by one of two allergy friendly centers and receive a special teal colored treat bag, which will let the cast members at the various trick or treat locations know that you need allergy free options.

Trick or Treat Locations

  • Town Square Theater (Main Street, USA)
  • Jungle Cruise (Adventureland)
  • Enchanted Tiki Room (Adventureland)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean (Adventureland)
  • Dock to Tom Sawyer Island (Frontierland)
  • Splash Mountain (Frontierland)
  • Heritage House (Liberty Square)
  • Liberty Square Riverboat (Liberty Square)
  • Pinocchio Village Haus (Fantasyland)
  • Peter Pan’s Flight (Fantasyland)
  • Pete’s Silly Sideshow (Storybook Circus, Fantasyland)
  • Stitch’s Great Escape (Tomorrowland)
  • Carousel of Progress (Tomorrowland)
  • Space Mountain (Tomorrowland)
  • Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies (Tomorrowland)

Dining

There are many options available, mostly quick service.  Here’s a quick list of all of your options, as well as where they are located:

  • Main Street Bakery (Main Street, USA)
  • Plaza Ice Cream Parlor (Main Street, USA)
  • Casey’s Corner (Main Street, USA)
  • Aloha Isle (Adventureland)
  • Pesos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe (Frontierland)
  • Westward Ho (Frontierland)
  • Sleepy Hollow (Liberty Square)
  • Liberty Square Market (Liberty Square)
  • Columbia Harbour House (Liberty Square)
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table (Fantasyland)
  • Be Our Guest (New Fantasyland)
  • Pinocchio Village Haus (Fantasyland)
  • The Friar’s Nook (Fantasyland)
  • Storybook Treats (Fantasyland, Storybook Circus)
  • Gaston’s Tavern (New Fantasyland)
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe (Tomorrowland)
  • Cool Ship (Tomorrowland)
  • The Lunching Pad (Tomorrowland)

There are also some very scrumptious specialty treats, only available during the party.  Throughout the park, you can find favorites such as Candy Corn Cotton Candy, Vampire Mickey and Halloween Popcorn Buckets,  Halloween Hot Mug, and Poison Apple Stein.  But then there are the themed cupcakes, cookies, and beverages that only Disney can do… unless you’re a Pinterest Perfectionist (which those that know me know that I am FAR from that).  Let’s take a moment to collectively drool over these photos from the Disney Parks Blog…

Attractions

While not every attraction at the Magic Kingdom is open, there are a good number of rides at your disposal.  It’s important to remind you that there are no FastPasses available during party hours, so all attractions will be standby only.  Here is the list of attractions open during the party:

  • Town Square Theater (Main Street, USA)
  • Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom (Main Street, USA)
  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin (Adventureland)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean (Adventureland)
  • A Pirate’s Adventure – Treasure of the Seven Seas (Adventureland)
  • Splash Mountain (Frontierland)
  • Country Bear Jamboree (Frontierland)
  • Haunted Mansion (Liberty Square)
  • Peter Pan’s Flight (Fantasyland)
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic (Fantasyland)
  • Prince Charming Regal Carousel (Fantasyland)
  • Princess Fairytale Hall (Fantasyland)
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Fantasyland)
  • Mad Tea Party (Fantasyland)
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (New Fantasyland)
  • Under the Sea (New Fantasyland)
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant (Fantasyland, Storybook Circus)
  • The Barnstormer (Fantasyland, Storybook Circus)
  • Tomorrowland Speedway (Tomorrowland)
  • Space Mountain (Tomorrowland)
  • Astro Orbiter (Tomorrowland)
  • People Mover (Tomorrowland)
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (Tomorrowland)
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (Tomorrowland)

Shopping

Alright!  We’ve done the things, eaten the food, and rode the rides.  What’s left?  How about some shopping!  There is some great specialty merchandise available for the season, and a lot of it is only available during the party.  So, if you see it and think, “Eh, we’ll be back to the Magic Kingdom in a couple of days, I’ll get it then!” or “I bet I can order it online.”  Wrong.  Get it right then and there.  I have to say that I’m loving a couple of the shirts this year, and I’m going to have a tough time choosing!  If you are going to a party in September, you have a great shot of getting what you want, but I would expect a lot of the merchandise supply to dwindle as it gets closer to Halloween and the end of the parties.

There is also some limited merchandise for Annual Passholders, as well.  Be sure to have your annual pass and photo ID on you when you make your purchase!

Here are some of the sneak peak pics posted on Disney Parks Blog the past couple of weeks.

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Touring Advice

Here are some tips and tricks that I have learned through the years of attending parties.

  • Boo To YouDo not miss the parade.  This is, in my opinion, the best parade at the Magic Kingdom.  Because my husband is a photographer, we usually end up watching both parades.  Check out the slideshow of his pics from past parties at the end of the post!
  • The first parade will be packed and if you want a good view, you’ll need to stake out your spot about an hour early.  The second parade is much less crowded, as many guests will leave after Hallowishes.  The first parade is a great time to hop on some rides!
  • Whatever time you choose to watch the parade, be ready right at the parade start time.  Yes, the parade begins in Frontierland and end on Main Street, so why do you need to be in your spot on Main Street at 8:30?  Because the Headless Horseman will come long before the rest of the parade arrives.  You don’t want to miss him, and sometimes, he’s fast!  However…if you happen to be there on a rainy night, the Headless Horseman may not be a part of the parade.  The horse can slip on the wet pavement and because the Horseman is Headless, he could be at risk of further injuries.
  • If you can avoid it, don’t book a table service meal during a party.  You only have 5 hours to enjoy the party, and table service meals can take at least 90 minutes.  But…if during a party was the only time you could book dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table, then go for it.
  • Bring your own treat bag.  They will give you one as you enter the park, but these are small and somewhat flimsy.
  • Unless you really love rides and want to take advantage of the small lines, I would avoid attractions during a party.  There are so many shows and special happenings that you can only see and do during the party, so why would you want to experience attractions that you can do during normal park hours?
  • Cadaver DansA popular event during the party that is NOT listed on the map is the Cadaver Dans in Frontierland.  They are not to be missed.  The Cadaver Dans are actually Dapper Dans, but “dead.”  If you’re lucky, you can catch them singing “Grim Grinning Ghosts.”
  • Another popular event you don’t want to miss is meeting Madame Renatta or Madame Carlotta outside the Haunted Mansion.  These are two of the 999 ghosts from the popular attraction.  They will usually sit outside on the front lawn and chat with guests that are waiting in line.  These southern belles are very quick witted with sharp tongues and are hilarious to watch!  I could seriously stand there for their entire visit!Monorail
  • Take advantage of special PhotoPass photo opps.  Disney uses some extra special magic in these party pics, so don’t forget to purchase Memory Maker before your trip!
  • Don’t be afraid to dress up!  If you’re going with a group, try to think of a fun themed costume for everyone.  My best costume was my daughter’s first Halloween Party, where she, or rather her stroller,  was the Monorail, and I was a monorail pilot.  We even had a Bluetooth speaker that repeated the warning about the doors.  Yes, in English and Spanish.  FYI:  We got extra candy for having such an awesome costume. Tons of extra candy.  🙂

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