7 Tips for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Boo to You! I love Disney and I love Halloween so DisneyXHalloween should be amazing right?! There were elements that were really good, but there were also things I wish I had known when we were planning our trip.
Here are seven tips to know before you go:
1. Magic Kingdom is only open 9am-6pm the day of the event, the park hours are shorter than usual, even if you luck out with extra magic hours. The gates open for MNSSHP at 4pm even though the official event time is 7pm to midnight. If I did this again, I would not have purchased the Magic Kingdom tickets AND the party tickets. I would recommend spending the day at the resort pool and heading to the park for 4p.
Your dining options are limited. When the park closes at 6pm there is a weird lull from 6pm to 7pm. Rides are still running, but most of the dining options shut down as they prepare for the party, setting up trick or treat stations. Plan on eating before you attend or expect quick serve options like Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe. They do have allergy friendly options, but please plan ahead!
There are no FastPasses available during the event. That means it’s first come, first serve for all rides, with that said the wait times weren’t terrible!
Definitely ride the Mad Tea Party! By the time night falls, the Teacups are all lit up and paired with the Halloween magic in the air, it’s extra special!
Bring your costume! There is a wide range of costume attire happening, from t-shirts to full family themed get ups. We saw one family dressed as the incredibles, and another dressed as the dolls from “It’s a Small World”. We opted for easy to pack and lightweight options so the kids would fare well in the heat. September was HOT so I would plan costumes accordingly!
Plan for the event mid-vacation. We scheduled it for the last night that we were in Orlando and it made for an early morning the next day. We probably would have pushed it closer to midnight if we didn’t have an early flight the next morning.
Get your glow on! Bring glow sticks and other festive light up necklaces, headbands and more. You can also purchase necklaces, candy buckets, and other festive necessities in the park.
We spent the entire morning at Magic Kingdom, leaving around 1pm to grab lunch and take an hour or so to rest. We were also leaving the next day so we took that time to get packed up, knowing we’d have a late night. Heading back to Magic Kingdom around 3:30pm we found people were already lining up at the gates. Since we had tickets to MK for the day, we were able to reenter easily. Inside the park, you’ll find cast members in specific areas who are assigning event bands. Once they scan your tickets, you’ll get a bracelet and a treat bag. We requested teal pumpkin bags since we are a food allergy family. We rode a few more rides and our final Fast Pass before attempting to find dinner. Dining options were limited, which we didn’t know would be the case. We did a little bit of trick or treating. The candy locations are marked by huge inflatables and cast members are handing out fistfuls of candy or tokens (food allergy). We were trick or treating for the tokens and were a bit disappointed when cast members ran out. Everyone in the family was tired after a full day at MK so we found a spot to settle in for the Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular. Because of the timing of the show, parade and fireworks, you’re basically in one spot for a good portion of the night. Because of the timing of the show, parade and fireworks, you’re basically in one spot for a good portion of the night. All three events run two times during the evening. Because of our early flight and tired kids, we expected we wouldn’t make it to midnight. The parade was awesome and we were in a pretty good spot to see all of the villains and characters. We even saw the headless horseman at the beginning. Much to our disappointment, we didn’t get to see the fireworks show, postponed due to inclement weather.
Got food allergies?
Make sure to plan ahead for dinner. You can start entering the park around 4pm but there were no table service options and limited quick service. You can always bring your own food into the park, which I highly recommend as a back up plan minimum!
Bring your own treats! I really appreciated Disney’s effort to provide an inclusive experience for families with food allergies. I think our expectations were a bit too high for the teal pumpkin accommodations. I mean, Disney! I would highly recommend packing a treat bag for any little ones who can’t do the traditional trick or treat, especially if you have allergies outside of the top 8!
Be prepared to speak up! You can request a teal treat bag, but not all of the cast members are quick to identify the meaning of that special bag. We had to request the coins and be sure cast members didn’t drop candy in our bags.
Skip the trick or treat all together! While others are waiting in long candy lines, take the opportunity to ride lines with little or no wait or find a great seat for the parade and Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular!
Overall, we really enjoyed the experience of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party but I would definitely do things differently if I attended any special event in the future. We were limited due to food allergies. The attempt was there to provide an inclusive option, but by the time we turned in our few tokens our only safe option was Go-go Squeeze apple sauce and some foam crafts from oriental trading. Side note: I did reach out to Disney about the less than stellar Teal Pumpkin options. I wasn’t looking for compensation, I just wanted to share some Teal perspective. Much to my surprise they gave us extra fast passes for our next trip and mailed a Mickey and Minnie Halloween plush for Will & Lauren. I always appreciate Disney's effort to make things right!
Have you been to Micke’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? If so, what advice would you share?