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7 Things Walt Disney World Insiders Love About Special “Mickey’s Parties”

A trip to Walt Disney World at any time of the year is sure to be a magical visit, but guests who visit during certain seasons can experience even more magic through special holiday parties. During the Halloween season, the Magic Kingdom plays host to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party on select nights and the park transforms into a spooky delight. Throughout the Christmas season the park hosts Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party bringing holiday cheer to guests of all ages. These special Mickey parties allow guests to have unique and exclusive experiences that help to create memories to last a lifetime. Disney insiders especially love special Mickey parties as they know how to make the most out of each moment in the parks by following a few simple tips and tricks. Here are seven things that Walt Disney World insiders love about special Mickey parties.

7. Festive Music and Lighting

Disney insiders love attending both Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party to see the Magic Kingdom transform through festive music and lighting. At Halloween time, spooky music and lighting turn the park into a Halloween delight and during the Christmas season festive music and the cheerful Cinderella Dream Lights turn the park into a winter wonderland. The Magic Kingdom has a festive atmosphere during both of the special Mickey parties, making them ideal times to visit and enjoy the fun!

6. Stage Shows

During both special Mickey parties there are exclusive stage shows which run several times per evening and are sure to wow every guest. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party includes the Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular where the Sanderson sisters return to brew up a potion for the ultimate Halloween party. Along the way they invite some of the most notorious Disney villains for a spooky time! Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party features the Celebrate the Season show where Mickey and friends take to the stage for their very own interpretation of the classic holiday Nutcracker. Filled with holiday cheer, guests will not want to miss this wonderful show. Disney insiders know that seeing these amazing stage shows while attending each party is a must do and opt to view later showings as the crowds are lower and they can secure better viewing spots.

5. Special Fireworks

Guests who attend either of the special Mickey parties are treated to exclusive fireworks shows that are sure to awe. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party features the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks which are hosted by the disembodied Ghost Host from the nearby Haunted Mansion. The show features plenty of classic Disney villains and lights up the sky over Cinderella Castle with a spooky celebration. Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season is a highlight of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and is hosted by Jiminy Cricket. The show combines cheery holiday music with beautiful fireworks and a flight by Tinkerbell for a spectacular way to celebrate the season! Both fireworks shows are best viewed from Main Street and feature special perimeter bursts which make guests feel as though they are completely surrounded by fireworks!

4. Let It Snow!

One of the highlights of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party that many guests love is real snow falling on Main Street! At the end of each showing of Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade the skies come to life with real snow falling gently onto guests below. Snow in Florida is a magical thing, and definitely gets all guests into the holiday spirit!

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3. The Chance To Dress Up

Although adults dressing up on a “normal day” at Walt Disney World is prohibited, during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party guests are encouraged to get decked out in their best costumes. While dressing up might seem like an activity only for children, many of the adults at the party get into the spirit with elaborate and amazing costumes! Disney insiders know that dressing up for the party is totally worth it as it makes for great pictures, often inspires conversations with other guests, and overall makes the night more fun!

2. Exclusive Parades

Every Disney insider loves a parade, and there are some exclusive ones that are not to be missed during each special Mickey party. Mickey’s “Boo to You” Halloween Parade runs twice during each Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and invites guests to sing and scare along with Disney characters. The parade kicks off with a ride by the Headless Horseman and soon features classic Disney characters and a spooky sendoff by the villains. Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade also runs twice during each Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and brings the cheer of the holidays to Main Street as Disney characters, gingerbread men, and toy soldiers march their way down Main Street. The parade culminates with Santa wishing everyone a Merry Christmas as he glides past in his sleigh. Disney insiders know that the parades simply must be seen and generally enjoy watching the second parade of the night more since most of the crowds with young children have left by that time of night.

1. Special Character Meet & Greets

Each of the special Mickey parties is full of exclusive and fun character meet and greets for guests to enjoy. During Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, guests can meet plenty of Disney characters who are decked out in their Halloween costumes. Some of the most popular characters to meet are Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Fantasyland. During Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade guests can meet plenty of characters who are decked out in their holiday attire and the most popular characters to say hello to are Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Disney insiders know that the lines to meet Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs can sometimes be hours long during the parties, so they line up well before the party officially begins in order to be some of the first guests to meet the characters and can then go enjoy the rest of the party.

About Caitlin Corsello

Caitlin Corsello first visited Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of the trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning about the history and small details of the parks, enjoying a Lapu Lapu, and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York teaching preschool and spending her time counting down the days to her next trip.