Last night I attended my second Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for 2018 with my adult daughter. It was a warm evening, but except for a brief shower the weather was near perfect. If you’re thinking about going to the party and the forecast calls like rain, pack a poncho and go anyway. I’ve been in the rain, and it’s still a lot of fun. Here are a few tips that could make it easier for you to enjoy the party.
1. Arrive as Early as Possible
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party starts at 7:00, but anyone with a ticket can enter the Magic Kingdom at 4:00. My daughter and I arrived a little bit before 5:00, and I was amazed by how much we were able to do in those two extra hours. The park was definitely clearing out by the time we arrived. We decided to hit a few rides that we don’t always do, and we walked right on.
One major draw for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is that there are characters who aren’t normally in the park, and others who are dressed up in their Halloween costumes. Decide before you arrive if you are going to want pictures with all (or most) of the special characters. The lines are incredibly long. Some guests will start lining up for rare characters such as all seven dwarfs before the party even starts. The same is true of Magic Shots locations. Expect to wait for a while.
3. Dance Parties
There are two dance parties. Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball takes place in Tomorrowland. Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam is hidden way back in the Storybook Circus section of Fantasyland, near the train station. The party in Tomorrowland is definitely more crowded than the other.
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4. Enhanced Rides
There are three changes to rides for the party. Mad Tea Party has different lighting effects and music. It’s fun to watch for a few seconds, but not really a must-do. Pirates of the Caribbean has included a couple of live actors; one in the queue and the other in the actual ride. It’s a fun extra. My favorite ride change is to Space Mountain. The lights are turned all the way off. Except for a few glimmers in the distance from time to time it’s pitch black. It’s intense, and to me it makes the ride feel a lot faster.
Happy Hallowishes takes place at 10:15. Don’t miss it. Just don’t. Great views are abundant, especially on the Main Street, U.S.A. side of Cinderella Castle.
6. Parade and Hocus Pocus
Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Parade runs at 9:15 and 11:15. It’s easier to get a good place to see if you watch the second one. Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular runs at 8:30, 10:45, and midnight. Grab a good spot near Cinderella Castle for the fireworks, watch the 10:45 show, and then enjoy the 11:15 parade without having to move. If you don’t do it that way, watch the midnight show. You’ll get to stay a little bit longer, since the party officially ends at 12:00.
7. Trick or Treating
The lines for trick or treating are long when the party first starts, but they move quickly. They will get shorter as the night goes on. Bring an extra bag if you plan to hit all the stations. The free bags are small. I saw a lot of people last night who had three or four bags of candy in one hand. There is a lot of candy, make sure you have something that you can put it into.
If you have an allergy, ask for a teal-colored allergy friendly bag. You’ll then receive tokens instead of candy. You’ll turn the tokens in at one of two allergy friendly stations. Don’t wait until the end of the night, because they might run out of some of the good stuff. The Cast Members in the allergy centers take good care of everyone who comes in. My daughter has a dairy allergy, and she is more than happy with what they had for her. You can have only a couple of tokens and they will still fill up the bag.
9. Cast Members
This isn’t a tip, it’s more of an observation. The Cast Members at the two parties that I’ve been to seem to be having a blast. It’s always good to see Cast Members who are having as good a time as the guests. If you were working, thank you for making Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party better than ever.