Boo to you! Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is now in full swing at Walt Disney World. There’s plenty to see and do, but you’ll need a game plan to make the most of the festivities. Here are our top tips to help you prep for this ghoulishly fun event.
This article has been featured on bestoforlando.com – you can read it here, too!
1. Pick Your Date and Buy Tickets in Advance
Tickets can sell out. Prices vary from $75-$125/adult to $70-$120/child.
Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members receive discounts on some dates. Be aware that prices and crowds both increase the closer we get to Halloween.
Tuesdays generally have lower attendance levels, but be sure to arrive early anyway so as not to miss any of the festivities. The park closes to regular guests at 6 p.m. and the party starts at 7 p.m., but guests can enter at 4 p.m. Don’t forget to pick up a party guide at the entrance!
2. Consider a costume
This party is the only time adults can wear costumes into a park but make sure to factor in weather and rules in your costume choice.
Remember that September in Florida is usually warm and humid so October is a better choice for bulky costumes.
Nothing objectionable or offensive can be worn, and make sure to ditch any weapons – guns, swords, etc. They won’t make it past security.
3. Get your SUGAR RUSH on
No costume or “Trick or Treat” is needed to fill your free treat bag.
Here are the loot spots:
Main Street USA: Market Street (open until 8 PM)
Tomorrowland: Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
Fantasyland: Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Ariel’s Grotto, Pinocchio Village Haus, Walt Disney World Railroad Station
Liberty Square: Columbia Harbour House
Frontierland: Splash Mountain, the Dock to Tom Sawyer’s Island, and Country Bear Jamboree
Adventureland: Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise
What about allergies? Disney has you covered. Allergy friendly offerings are found in Town Square Theater and the Liberty Square Ticket Office. Pick up special teal treat bags there or at the candy giveaway spots. Teal tokens are given at treat centers and later redeemed for allergy-friendly options.
There are also special party desserts including Jack Skellington’s Cake Push Pop, the Hitchhiking Ghost, Oogie Boogie Merengue, Worms and Dirt, and more. Yum!
4. Check out the Boo to You Parade
Unique to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, this parade has been (not) scaring guests for 15 years. Times are 9:15 p.m. and 11:15 p.m.
Make sure to stake out a good spot well in advance.
The Headless Horseman leads this entourage, greeting guests with his head in his hand. The parade that follows shortly after features some special characters. The gravediggers and ghosts from the Haunted Mansion are a highlight! Special Boo to You music accompanies this ghostly procession.
5. See some of the special entertainment and characters – and transformed rides!
Parades, Dance Parties, and Shows abound!
Two dance parties run from 7 PM-12 AM. The Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball at the Rockettower Plaza Stage is one. The Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam gives guests a chance to boo-gy down with Disney Junior characters, including Vampirina, a new addition!
The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular is a show on the castle stage with three showings per party. HalloWishes, the awesome fireworks display, starts at 10:15 p.m.
Some standard attractions are a bit different as well.
Space Mountain is completely dark, the Mad Tea Party has a seasonal overlay and Gunpowder Pete will chat you up at Pirates! On Main Street USA, you may be serenaded by the Cadaver Dans.
6. Meet the Super Cast of Characters
This party is one of the best ways to meet elusive Disney characters. Here’s where they hide:
Main Street U.S.A. – Mickey Mouse and Tinker Bell
Tomorrowland – Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear and Elvis Stitch (in Stitch’s Great Escape)
Storybook Circus – Minnie Mouse, Donald, Daisy, Pirate Goofy and Cruella De Vil. The Seven Dwarfs are at Pete’s Silly Sideshow at 6:15pm
Fantasyland – Ariel, Prince Eric, Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Cinderella, Anastasia, Drizella, Princess Elena, Tiana and Rapunzel, Alice, the Mad Hatter, Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum, and the Queen of Hearts. Find Belle and Gaston in Gaston’s Tavern
Liberty Square – Jack Skellington and Sally at the Liberty Square Gazebo at 5 PM
Frontierland – Brer Fox and Brer Rabbit
Adventureland – Captain Jack Sparrow, Tarzan, Jane, Aladdin (and Abu!), Princess Jasmine, Jafar, and the Genie. Moana is at the Enchanted Tiki Room at 5:45 PM
7. Have a goal in mind
Is it entertainment? Is it maximizing attractions? Is it collecting free sugar? It may be difficult to do it all. Not all rides are open, but most are. Don’t expect to partake in all the attractions, entertainment, candy and characters that come out under the light of the Not-So-Scary Moon – you might just have to come back for more!
All photos courtesy of Stephen Swidersky.
What’s YOUR favorite part of the party?