Do you love Halloween but hate those scary parties? Do you enjoy trick-or-treating or dressing in costume? Or dancing with Woody & Jessie from Toy Story? Then you should buy your ticket now for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! On select dates every September & October the Magic Kingdom transforms into a Halloween party like you’ve never seen.
Although party guests are allowed to enter the park as early as 4 pm, the party officially begins at 7 pm at which time non-party guests are gently encouraged to exit the park. Upon entry into the park, guests will receive wristbands which designate them as party guests as well as a bag for all the candy you can collect & a party guide map. Only party guests are allowed to enter attractions, trick or treat, or enter the dance parties after 7 pm. The guide map will detail times for all the various festivities, where you can find the trick-or-treat stations, & which attractions will be available for the duration of the party.
Last year’s guide map
The number of tickets sold for each event is limited. This means that the wait times for your favorite attractions should be very short. The longest wait I have experienced has been 15 minutes in recent years. But this party is about so much more!! Character meet-and-greet opportunities abound. You will find: your favorites all dressed up in costume for the occasion; the princesses joined by their princes; all 7 dwarfs; Peter Pan & Wendy; Alice & Mad Hatter as well as some playing cards; &, of course, lots of villains. Character spots are designed on the party guide maps. You will also find characters at the dance parties & they love to dance with the kids! The dance parties are a lot of fun so stop in for a few minutes or an hour. Be sure to give one a try!
Now for my favorite part of the party – the parade! Mickey’s Boo To You parade is so fun, unique, & entertaining. At parade time, the headless horseman will gallop down the parade route. Be ready if you want a picture because he is quick! Then the parade really begins. You will see all your beloved favorites, most dressed in costume for the occasion, &, of course, the villains who love to be bad. In addition, the Haunted Mansion butlers & the ballroom dancing ghosts join the fun. Goofy’s candy company closes the parade with, well, candy. If it is particularly crowded during the party, stay for the later parade which is usually significantly less crowded.
Hallowishes is a special Halloween edition of the nightly fireworks show Wishes. It features some of your favorite villains creating mischief in the skies & ends with a scream along. The kids really enjoy that part! Did I mention that Cinderella Castle stage is taken over by the villains? The Villain Mix & Mingle features those villains we all love to hate with songs we all know. After the show, a few villains come down for meet-and-greet opportunities. These lines can be long so get a good spot up front near the stage for the show & be ready to grab whichever villain happens to be near.
Now let’s get to the candy! Trick-or-treat stations are open for the duration of the party & are designated by lit balloon signs throughout the park. And there are plenty! The cast members are not stingy either. There is a good mix of chocolate, sweet, & sour candy. You are sure to find a favorite. My daughter & I always trade out candy at the end of the night. If you are concerned about all that candy, I was told by a cast member that it can be exchanged for fruit or other alternatives. Just ask at a trick-or-treat station for more information.
Then, there’s more dancing or trick-or-treating or asking Flynn Rider to see the crown. Be sure you don’t miss a late night visit to the Haunted Mansion! You may run into one of the 999 spirits sitting on the front lawn greeting guests in the queue.
I love this party because it is so much fun & because it is not scary. Party goers have the opportunity to dress in costume, young & old alike, making the party atmosphere even more amusing. Add in candy & dance parties & the parade & you have an event not to be missed!