I just love that our fall break gives us the opportunity to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. It is my family’s collective number one event of the year. We just LOVE everything about it. There is something so captivating about seeing the happiest place on earth transformed into a Halloween town.
The Halloween party ticket provides entrance to Magic Kingdom as early as 4PM, although the party doesn’t officially start until 7PM. We arrived this year at about 5:30 and everything was wonderfully decked out for fall.
Be sure to take an immediate right past Tony’s Town Square to get your treat bag, special treats and find a few PhotoPass photographers with cute props and backgrounds.
We scheduled a couple of FastPasses for right before the party’s official start and hit Mine Train and Haunted Mansion.
You should make Haunted Mansion on party night a must-do. The Ghost Hosts are all extra spooky and Madame Carlotta (or is it Renata? I think they are sisters but cannot tell them apart) is extremely entertaining. You can also always find a good “magic shot” out here with the PhotoPass photographers only available on party nights.
My kids LOVE to trick or treat through Magic Kingdom! You can fill up a bag in no time flat, and go back to each station as many times as you like. There are 14 located all over the park and it is very easy to “fit” this into your schedule for the night. Our favorite this year was located inside Mickey’s PhilharMagic. They were playing old Halloween movies on the screen and you could sit and take a rest if you wished. We caught a few minutes of Sleepy Hollow.
It is also worth mentioning that guests with food allergies can get a special teal treat bag. When using this bag, cast members give you a teal token at each treat station and then you can redeem the tokens at the allergy-friendly center for special treats!
After dark the park seems to take on a life of its own, with the characters, decorations and eerie music.
And, of course, the castle itself is transformed throughout the night as well!
Our favorite parade of the year is hands-down Boo to You! It is chocked full of characters in costumes, rare villains, and of course the Haunted Mansion grave diggers, ballroom dancers and hitchhiking ghosts. There are two parades and, while most everyone swears by the second parade, we always do the first one. By this point we’ve usually already been in the park for a few hours and are ready to sit and chill for a while.
Speaking of the Haunted Mansion crew, this year we attended the party as two of the ghost dancers, a ghost host and the graveyard caretaker. We start plotting and planning our costumes about a year in advance (we already have our idea for 2018!) as this is something we very much look forward to! The boys concocted this idea last year and I was able to get Honey’s costume online after last Halloween for 90% off. Mine and Whit’s were put together with inexpensive items on Amazon and things we already had. John’s was a costume tee from our family of Ghost Hosts that we wore to the party a couple of years ago! We had so much fun dressed as these characters and got a lot of fun attention and compliments from cast members and other guests.
We were just over the moon excited when this animated Magic Shot popped up in our Disney account that night!!
Is that not the coolest???!!!! We had a ton of cast members tell us to be sure to head back over to the Haunted Mansion after dark to get the “official” lantern shot as well.
Much like the parade, the Happy HalloWishes fireworks are our very favorite of the year. They are perfectly choreographed between music, castle projections and booms and the ending is absolutely jaw dropping!
This was the first year I could convince my crew to use a little of our party time to see the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular show on the castle stage. We love Hocus Pocus and this one is quite entertaining! I’m really glad we saw it.
In addition to all of this, almost the entire park is open for rides and attractions.
There are tons of special and rare characters out (Jack and Sally, Seven Dwarfs, Aladdin, Tarzan, Pooh, Lotso, etc.) but all generally have an incredibly long wait. We never use the time to meet any of them unless we happen to be dressed as them for the party. :-)
You can also pick up a party exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card. My kids still enjoy playing and collecting cards, so we always make a point to get it. This years card featured the Country Bear Jamboree cast.
This year’s party had a bunch of specialty treats located throughout the park. We passed a few and all had long lines. They look really cute!
Since we came in the daylight and left around 12:30AM, we loved seeing how spooky even the entrance to Magic Kingdom looked all night.
We arrived back home completely in the Halloween spirit. This was such a fun way to kick off the season! If you have questions about the party, feel free to ask!
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