Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2016

Happy Fall Love Bugs!

mickeys not so scary halloween party

I can’t believe autumn is finally here….well, in some parts of the country, maybe.  Sunny South Florida is still blazing hot, but that doesn’t even matter because the pumpkin spice every things are out and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has officially commenced at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World!  As many of you know, this is my favorite event that the Disney Parks host, and this year a virgin must have lit the black flame candle again, because the Sanderson Sisters are back to play!  The beloved witches from the classic film, Hocus Pocus, will dazzle the main stage as you enjoy the festivities around the park.  If this is something you’ve never experienced or it’s been on your to-do list for years, its about time to scratch it off and come join the fun!

Here are my top ten tips (and some of my favorite pics from last years event) for enjoying the most of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

MNSSHP Castle Ghost Pic

1.  Buy Your Tickets Early!

Make sure to purchase your tickets before you even schedule your visit.  There is a good chance that if you wait to purchase your tickets at the gate, they will be sold out (halloween day is already sold out).  Annual pass-holders, DVC members, & Florida Residents are given discounts, so be sure to mention this when purchasing your tickets.  You can call or go online (on the disney World website) to purchase your tickets.

MNSSHP Cauldron

2.  Arrive Early

Although the festivities don’t begin until 7:00 PM, you are allowed to enter the park around 4:00 PM.  This allows you to enjoy three more hours of fun!  During this time, I like to take advantage of riding some of the rides , since my time during the party will be consumed with the special Halloween events.  Select your FastPasses on your My Disney Experience App, and head over to Magic Kingdom early to check out the rides before the fun begins!  Most (if not all) rides are available during the party hours, so you will be able to enjoy some of them if you don’t get to see them from the 4-7 PM hours.  Speaking of rides, be sure to visit The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean to experience the cast members with special makeup.  I also like to take this time to take pictures around Main Street U.S.A since it is decorated for the season.  Be sure to grab a map and review it so that you are prepared as to where all of the shows, candy stations, and character meet and greets will be.  While you’re checking out the characters that are available for meet and greet, be sure to visit the most in-demand characters (like Sally and Jack) first before the lines get long.

MNSSHP Monsters Laugh Floor

3.  Dress Up In Costume

There isn’t any other event at Walt Disney World that lets you dress up in a complete costume other than Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.  Take advantage of this, and dress up as the character you’ve been wanting to be!  I love seeing how creative families get with their costumes, and my jaw pretty much drops every time I see the most original and well throughout disguises from park guests.  Our costumes this year were inspired by the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor.  Cast members and guests here were all smiles after seeing us!

I also love seeing Mickey, Minnie, and their friends dressed up in costume as well.  Having the characters in costume makes for great picture and meet and greet opportunities. Dressing up is part of the fun, so if you are not into dressing up, get out of your comfort zone and get in the Disney Spirit with your costume.  I guarantee you are going to love it!  Click here for a complete list of the costume requirements before selecting your costume.  Also, be sure to choose a costume that you will be comfortable walking around the park in for more than a few hours.  There is nothing fun about being uncomfortable!

MNSSHP Dwarfs

4.  Bring An Extra Bag

There are several trick or treat stations around the park to collect some great candy.  Make sure you bring an extra bag (or purchase one in the park) so that you can enjoy taking your candy back to your hotel room and enjoy it for the rest of your trip.  The cast members do hand out complimentary bags for trick-or-treating, however, with all of the candy we received, they weren’t large enough.  I was grateful to have my reusable bags that I purchased before the event.  If anyone in your party has any kind of allergy or are on a gluten free diet, be sure to inform  a cast member, so that they can accommodate your needs.

MNSSHP Hitchhiking ghost

5.  Check out the Last Boo To You Parade

There are two ‘Boo To You’ parades during this event.  They are both exactly the same, and include the infamous headless horseman (which is a definite must see).  I highly recommend that you attend the second parade, since the first parade tends to fill up completely, leaving no room to sit and enjoy it.  Most park guests attend the first of every show or parade, so just hang tight as the first one passes by, and enjoy the second one with a smaller crowd.  Be sure to reserve your spot up to an hour prior to the starting time.

MNSSHP Sanderson sisters

6. Avoid the First Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular Show

The castle stage will host the most watched show of the night, the Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular!  This show is absolutely stunning and features some very rare appearances by villains that you don’t see too often, as well as songs and dances that are not performed during any other event.  The Sanderson Sisters (or should I say, sistahs) are beloved by many, so the crowds will be larger than ever.  For this reason, I recommend that you check out the later shows due to the first show having the reputation of having the largest audience.  There are four shows throughout the night, so the later the show, the smaller the crowd.  It will be a performance you’ll never forget!

MNSSHP Dance

7.  Don’t Miss the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks

The end to your night is hosted by the Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion.  He will kick the 12 minute display with Disney Villains and their theme songs and illuminate the sky with a special firework show.  Make sure to snag a spot on Main street U.S.A to enjoy this finale before returning home for the night.  Check the times guide to make sure you reserve a great viewing spot.

MNSSHP pooh and friends

8.  Check out the Happy Hallowishes Dessert Party

Enjoy sweet treats and fantastic reserved viewing areas for the amazing Hallowishes Firework show with a private dessert party at the Cinderella castle.  This event is truly one of a kind and a great way to spend time with family while watching the fireworks.  For more information on booking this event for your family, check out the Walt Disney World Website and call an agent to reserve.  This is popular, so you’ll want to reserve it as quickly as possible!

MNSSHP Witch

9.  Meet and Greet Characters During The Shows You Don’t Watch

While everyone is attending the first parade and the first Villains show, head over to the locations where characters are doing meet and greets!  The lines will be short and the chances of you getting to meet all of the characters will be at an all time high!  While the events were in full swing, my sister and I were able to met some of the characters with waits as low as 5 minutes!

MNSSHP Dance party

10.  Dance The Night Away

There are several dance parties around the parks.  Whats great about these is that different characters go out into the crowd and boogie down with you!  My favorite dance party was in Tomorrowland where we got to hang out with Mike Wazowski and Boo!  Be sure to review these locations and times on your map!

MNSSHP Jack Sparrow

BONUS:  These photos were taken by the Disney Parks Photographers and enhanced with borders and stickers from Memory Maker.  This package allows guests to receive digital copies of every picture taken that evening by a Disney World Photographer.  It is totally worth it!!!  I was able to get such great photos without needing my camera.  Best of all, they are all uploaded on your My Disney Experience as the night goes on!  You only need to purchase one package for your party!  BE sure to stop by Guest Services to purchase yours before the night is over!

Let me know if you attend the party this year!  Have anymore tips to add to this list?  Comment below!

XO, NAT

Disclosure:  All images and opinions are my own.

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