Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is underway! I was part of a hosted media group for the first party of 2019 on August 16. Since a lot of what we were doing was gathering content I didn’t really experience the party as a “normal” guest. Still, I had a great time, and I think that this year is the best Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party that I’ve been to!
One of the main questions that people have this year is how are the fireworks? Happy HalloWishes thrilled party crowds for a long time, and some of us can be resistant to change. I am happy to report that Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular is indeed spectacular. It’s a great combination of projections and fireworks. I think that the projections on Cinderella Castle get better with each new show. The story for Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular is that as Mickey and Minnie go trick or treating they run into a rather strange dog. I’ll stop my description there, I don’t want to spoil it for you. I’ll just say that Jack Skellington fans are going to be thrilled.
Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade has returned, and there are some great new parts this year. My favorite addition was Constance Hatchaway, the much widowed bride from the Haunted Mansion. In this year’s parade you can also see characters from The Incredibles and Toy Story. Your favorites are all back as well, and you’ll be singing the song days later.
Last year was the first year that some of the attractions were enhanced for the party, and those have returned this year. They really stepped it up with Pirates of the Caribbean. There are more live actors than before, and they interact with each other, as well as with those on the ride. It’s fun. Once again Space Mountain is in the dark, and there are lighting effects for Mad Tea Party. Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor is open, but it’s not a regular show. It’s a trick or treat station, and if you want you can sit down for a while and watch the monsters as they interact with the crowd. It’s a nice break, and you don’t have to stay for long if you don’t want to.
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New for 2019 is Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way Party. This requires an extra ticket, and we were hosted for that as well. Starting at 9:30, you can head into Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. There are appetizers and desserts, and those of age can enjoy beer and wine. Cruella herself is there, scaring…I mean greeting guests. The price also includes reserved viewing for the parade. You can come and go as you please, and it remains open until 12:30.
Of course all of your Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party favorites have returned. Adults can become children again as all ages trick or treat around the park. There are special character meet and greets. (If you’re looking for Jack and Sally, they’ve moved into Town Square Theater.) There are dance parties for all ages. Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular runs three times each party on the stage in front of Cinderella Castle. There are wicked good food and beverages sold throughout the park. There is plenty of special merchandise for sale as well.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party runs on select nights between now and November 1. The party starts at 7:00, but with your ticket you can enter the Magic Kingdom as early as 4:00. If you don’t think that you can do it all, that’s not a problem. Purchase a Party Pass. That will allow you to attend all of the parties, except for the one on Halloween night.
I’d like to thank Disney for inviting me to the first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party of 2019. If you can fit it into your vacation plans, I highly recommend it. There is so much to do, and the atmosphere is fantastic. There is nothing quite like it, and it really is not so scary.