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Thinking about spending Halloween at Disney World with your family? Check out this complete guide to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!
Fall time at Disney World is so, well, magical!
October and November are my husband and I’s favorite months to take a trip to the sunshine state. It’s not scorching hot out, every single Disney park is fully decorated with Mickey shaped Jack-O-Lanterns and fall wreaths, and there are lots of fun events to go to in addition to spending time in the parks.
One of my favorite events is the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!
Steven and I take a trip to Disney World every year for our anniversary in November (or October, whenever our schedules allow), but this year we wanted to do something different. We still wanted to go to Disney, but we wanted to do something there that we had never done before. Steven suggested that we try the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party because he had seen so much about it and thought it looked like fun. I was just super excited about the part of dressing up in couples costumes! He, on the other hand, wasn’t very amused by that. 😃
We had an absolute blast! Of course, I didn’t expect anything less from Disney! They have never disappointed us. I believe my most favorite part about this night was the candy. I swear I felt like a kid with that candy bag swinging on my arm! I never expected to get so much out of this party, and I can’t wait to share my tips with you so you can celebrate and enjoy this event with your own family!
So, without further ado, here are my best tips for attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party with your family:
When to Buy Tickets
When Steven and I went online to buy our tickets, we realized there was a major price fluctuation depending on the day that you choose to attend. The closer to Halloween it was, the more expensive the tickets got. So here's a good tip to save money when it comes to buying your tickets, go in either August (the 25th is the first party) or September when the ticket prices are dramatically lower! We originally planned to go on the weekend that Hurricane Irma hit (middle of September 2017), but she ruined our plans so we eventually had to reschedule. When we were rescheduling, we realized that the ticket price for a night in September was $20 lower than a night in early October when we were planning to go. We also realized weekends costed more than Thursday nights, so if Thursday nights are an option for you, go for it. It will save you at least $5 or so per ticket!
If you want to spend a whole day in the park, don't just buy the party tickets because that won't get you a whole day's access. We wanted to spend our whole day there, so we purchased one day park hoppers, as well as party tickets. If you don't want to have to purchase an all day ticket, but would still like to have time in the park before the party, make sure to be at the park at 4pm. The party starts at 7, but included in your ticket price you get 3 hours in the park before the party starts. This is a great option if you want to save some money!
What to Do When You First Arrive at the Park
If you chose to just attend the party instead of getting a full day ticket, when you arrive at 4, each member of your family will receive a Halloween party wristband at the entrance to the park (you'll need this to get candy and ride the rides at the party!) and a plastic bag for the candy. From there, you are free to go ride as many rides until your heart's content. BUT, if you chose to get a full day ticket as well as a party ticket, you will need to go grab a wristband once the party starts. This was the only not-so-pleasant experience we had with the Halloween party. We kept seeing people with wristbands, but we didn't know where to get them or if we even needed them. We hadn't seen anything online about wristbands either. After asking two cast members who didn't have a clue where a wristband station was, we finally got a cast member to point us in the right direction. So, long story short, make sure you ask about the wristbands to the party BEFORE you try to get in line for candy or hop on a ride. Once you have that wristband, you are set to go for the night!
Also, don't forget to grab the party guide on your way into the park! This will show you where all of the candy zones are and which restaurants are open, and will also tell you the showtimes and the rides that are available.
Things to Do and See
- The Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular - this was my husband's FAVORITE part! Who doesn't love Hocus Pocus?! During this show, the Sanderson sisters return to our world. They, along with other Disney villains, help conjure up a potion to start up a wicked Halloween party! It's super fun and so funny to watch. It was so good, we watched it twice!
- Boo-To-You Halloween Parade - this was so fun to see! I loved it because it reminded me of the old Main Street Electrical Parade that they recently got rid of. :( There were lots of villains and super cool light-up floats, as well as zombie dancers, princesses, and baton twirlers.
- Happy HalloWishes Fireworks - these were magnificent! I would even say that they were better than the original, every day fireworks at Magic Kingdom. Here's a tip: Watch the fireworks from the back of the castle on the bridge in Frontierland, right in front of the splash mountain viewing area. It's way less crowded there! The only downside is that you can't hear the narration or music very well, but we were already over in that area so it saved us from having to walk!
- Character greetings and dance parties - we saw several character meet-and-greets and dance parties that included Sully and Mike from Monsters Inc and the Sanderson sisters.
Special Spooky Foods
I think this was the part I was most excited about! The different kinds of food they were offering looked absolutely delicious. Between all of that candy and our amazing dinner at The Liberty Tree Tavern, I couldn't fit it all in. BUT, I HAD to try that pumpkin pie ice cream from The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street. IT WAS AMAZING! I highly recommend it if you are a pumpkin lover! And the mickey ears on top were just the icing on the cake :) They also had treats like candy corn soft serve ice cream, pumpkin waffles, dirt and worms, haunted mansion themed desserts, fall cupcakes, and so much more. Next year, the pumpkin waffles are on the top of my list to try!
Wondering how much candy we got?
We were not expecting to have this much at all! But they made great snacks for the road :)