Fancy all the thrills and fun of Halloween but without the scary bit? Prefer meeting Disney Princesses rather than running for your life from hordes of zombies? If you’ve got little ones with you on your Florida Disney World holiday in September and October, or even if you just don’t like scary surprises, the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is well worth booking up for this year.
Halloween is a big, big festival in the USA; they really go all-out when it comes to dressing up as ghoulies and ghosties, and hitting up the neighbourhood for some Trick or Treating. Walt Disney World is no different, and the run up to the big night is packed full of Halloween parties that are designed for younger visitors.
In fact, there are over 30 parties throughout the month before 31 October, and the closer you get to the main event, the more expensive the tickets can be. That means if you want to do Halloween on a budget, then pick a party night at the beginning of the season. To be honest, you’ll probably have just as much fun as if you paid twice as much later on, but without burning a hole in your wallet!
Don’t expect to simply turn up for one of MNSSHPs, though; they’re ticket-only events, so you’ll need to book ahead.Magic Kingdom Park shuts at 7pm several nights a week, and if you haven’t got an invite, you’ll have to leave. Booking in advance also means you’ve got more chance of scoring some great deals and discounts.
Come in costume, but dress light!
The best way to really enjoy one of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween parties is to come in costume, especially if you’re hoping to meet one of the famous Disney Characters during your time here. However, there’s a couple of things to remember before you don a full-size dragon costume and head for the Magic Kingdom.
Firstly, in September and October it’s still pretty humid in Florida, so make sure you’re wearing a costume which is comfortable. Secondly, security is very tight at the gates, and you will be searched before entering the park. Remember, there’ll be lots of little ones around so don’t wear anything too scary. Make sure all your props look like props and don’t get too carried away with the character you’re portraying.
Get there early
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties start at 7pm, but guests with tickets can beat the rush and get there as early as 4pm. That gives you a few hours to enjoy the usual treats of the Magic Kingdom before the Halloween festivities start. You should be given a wristband to show you’re a ticket holder for the Halloween party. Make sure you and everyone in your party has their wristband on before the clock strikes 7pm.
Meeting your favourite characters
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is all about meeting your favourite characters, from the Seven Dwarfs to Jack & Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Queues for the ‘A-listers’ like these can be long, so that’s another reason to get to the park early, before the party starts at 7pm.
Boo To You!
The parades soon start, and if you can, get to the starting point at Frontierland nice and early, or along Main Street U.S.A well before the parade starts. If, however, you manage to bag a spot at Frontierland, it means that you see the whole of the Boo To You! Parade pretty quickly, and can then skip off and see more characters. If you are on Main Street or near to the castle, you will have to wait a little longer for the parade to get to you.
The Boo To You! Parade happens twice a night, so you can either catch the early or the late parade; or both! The second parade tends to be less crowded, so if you don’t mind staying up a little later this is the best one to catch a great view of all the characters.
Trick or Treat!
It’s as much a part of Halloween as ghosts, spooks, and skeletons. Trick or Treat is a candy fest that’ll have your little ones bouncing around on a sugar rush for hours afterwards! You do get your own Treat bags when you go into the Park as part of your ticket, but they’re really more ‘starter packs’ than proper goody-bags!
If your children have allergies (such as peanuts or certain colourings), you can get a special token at the entrance (known as a teal token). Present this at special candy stations throughout the park and you’ll be able to pick up allergy-free treats for your kids.
Finish the night off with a bang!
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party offers up plenty of music, dancing and entertainment all evening, but don’t bail too early, because they save the best ‘til last. The cherry on top of the cake is the Happy HalloWishes! firework display, that lights up the sky over the Cinderella’s Castle. This really is one of Disney World’s very best displays of the year. The best spot, if you can get there early enough, is right in front of the Castle on Main Street U.S.A, although you’ll be able to see the display from anywhere in the park.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a hoot for the whole family, and it’s no wonder that tickets sell out fast. If you want to go on the main night of October 31st then you’ll need to get your tickets as early as possible before you go. But no matter when you visit, the event is spine-tinglingly good fun for everyone, even if you’re a bit of a scaredy-cat!