We have been planning a visit to Orlando in August for over a year and I was so excited to learn that Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party was going to have a few dates in August. At first I wasn’t sure we would enjoy a Halloween party in the summer but I knew the chances of us visiting in September or October were pretty slim. With that in mind we booked our first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is offered on select night throughout August, September, and October at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. It is a ticketed event and offers special character meet and greets and entertainment thorough the night.
It is an amazing Halloween party and I would say a “must-do” for every Disney loving family. There are a few pros and cons to the party, but we were really happy we did it. Read more on the things we liked and things to consider when deciding if Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party(MNSSHP) is a good fit for your family.
There are pumpkins everywhere!! Mickey Pumpkins line the streets of Main Street and the entire parks has a different feel to it. Although we visited in August the Halloween spirit was all around us. It was exciting and Disney made it fun to go trick or treating through the park.
I have to say the “Boo To You” parade is fantastic. If you are at the MNSSHP you need to make it a priority to see the parade. There are typically two showings for the parade. An earlier one and later one. We watched the parade from Frontierland. Some people think Main Street is the best. Main Street has great views but I like Frontierland because it is closer to the start of the parade.
A few minutes before the start of the parade the Headless Horseman rides down the street. This can’t be missed!! We arrived about 30 minutes before the start of the parade to get a spot. Once we have a spot my husband usually picks up a snack but this time we snacked on our trick or treating candy!
You know that I like to plan our visits to Disney with little wait times for the attractions and rides. If you are visiting Magic Kingdom and want to skip the special events you will walk on most rides. We stopped in Fantasyland and rode The Barnstormer three times in a row. As you get later in the evening the lines get even shorter!
As a ticket holder for MNSSHP you can enter the park at 4:00pm. This is three hours before the party starts. During this time we ate dinner and had our FastPass+ scheduled. Arrive between 30-40 minutes before 4:00pm to maximize your time. As you enter the park they will check your bags and give you a wrist band for the party.
Guests attending the party can dress up! Some guests dress up a little, some dress up a lot. There were times guests costumes were so good we couldn’t tell if they were cast members! We decided to wear Disney shirts and skip the full on costumes.
This was for a few reasons: 1- it was August and my kids had no idea what they want to be for Halloween, 2-I was concerned about the August heat and their costumes, 3-we were packing for a 10 day vacation and I couldn’t get it together. We did order special villain shirts and my daughter and I did Minnie Ears for our hair. I was very worried our hair would fall on the rides but it stayed for the entire party!
If dressing up is your thing you should dress up! It is fun to see families dressed up and I loved seeing all the creative costumes through out the night.
Yes and No. I am so happy we went because I’ve always wanted to experience MNSSH. From the decorations to the characters and the parade, Disney did not disappoint. For future visits I don’t think I would go again because of the cost per ticket as well as the ability to do Magic Kingdom and the party. If you have the flexibility to do Magic Kingdom on a different day and then go to the Halloween party I think that would be the best option.
We had one day at the park and had to pick our priorities. For us that is always rides. We love the attractions at Magic Kingdom and loved the short wait times. We were unable to see all the shows but as always our visit to Magic Kingdom was pure magic!
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