Anyone heading to Walt Disney World in the fall will want to consider buying a ticket for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. But the tickets aren’t cheap! How can you make the most out of the event? Here are my best tips for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World.
My Best Tips to Make the Most out of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
Buy Tickets in Advance
I attended the event on September 25th, and the party was sold out when we arrived at the gates. Thankfully we had pre-purchased our party tickets in advance. The party requires an additional ticket, it’s not included in your park entry ticket. If you order online, you can easily add the party ticket to your My Disney Experience account and it will link to your ticket/magicband. The party tickets range in price starting at $74 and higher for prime dates.
2017 Dates: August 25 and 29, 2017, September 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 and 29, 2017, October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 31, 2017, November 1, 2017.
One perk that isn’t widely disclosed is that your party ticket grants you park access earlier than the party start time. The party begins at 7 pm, but you can enter the parks at 4 pm. I would even say it’s worth being at the turnstiles by 330 pm. This means you can experience a bit of Magic Kingdom without buying a ticket for the day. If you’re already in the park, you’ll need to go get your party wristband at a special station inside the parks. The wristbands are how they know who gets to stay in the parks after the 7 pm party start time.
This was my biggest ah-ha moment and by far my BEST TIP for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. After the first parade, I noted a lot of families heading out of the park, then after the fireworks, another mass exodus occurred. This is the time to party! We hit a candy trail when the party first began and waited about 15 minutes to get about 4 pieces of candy. After the fireworks, we were strolling right up to candy buckets. The party lasts until midnight, so I highly recommend you stay until the end to maximize your party time.
Get a Halloween Party Map & Schedule
When you arrive in the parks, there are special maps at the entrance just for the party. Be sure to grab one of these. They will show you all the special character meeting spots, the trick or treat trails, and the ever important entertainment schedule.
Halloween Party Entertainment & Viewing Tips
Part of what makes Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party so great is the special entertainment offerings that only happen for the party.
- Boo-to-You Halloween Parade: special Halloween themed parade with villains and spooks, starts around Splash Mountain and ends at Main Street.
- People started claiming spots early for the first parade, I highly recommend the second if you’re able. Also, if you end up on Main Street, know that the party will take about 20 minutes to get to you from where it started at Splash Mountain.
- Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular: a stage show that occurs in front of the castle and features the witches from Hocus Pocus and some of your favorite Disney Villains.
- While a stage show makes you think you should be up front, I think standing further back around the hub might offer a better view.
- Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Show: a great show of fireworks and fun projections on the castle.
- Seating with a view of the castle is great so you can see the projections, but I highly recommend you sit off to the left side (when facing the castle from Main Street). Jack Skellington is the host for the show, and you’ll miss his projection if you’re sitting in front of the castle. Missing his speaking takes a big part away from the show.
People were dressed up a lot at the party, dressing up isn’t just for kids. The hot and humid weather though made me feel quite bad for a few costumed patrons. Make sure you read the costume rules that Disney has listed on the Halloween party page before planning your outfit. And, make sure you take into account the possible hot and humid Florida weather. You also shouldn’t feel like you need a costume, I wore a cute Disney Halloween shirt.
Have a Plan
There are crowds. Especially on a sold out party. Plus there are a variety of activities you can enjoy. There’s trick or treating, dance parties, character meets, special food options, limited edition merchandise, surprise photopass photo options, plus the entertainment. You can’t possibly do it all. I highly recommend you make a plan of what you most want to experience.
You don’t have to hit all the candy trails. Character meet lines are long, so pick your favorite. There are no fastpasses and not all rides are open, so I recommend using the party to experience the special attractions and make it less about the rides. After the fireworks is a great time to hit some rides and treat trails.
Even with the crowds, I had a great time at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. I attended with some friends, and I can see that it would be harder for families to get the most out of the party. Staying late, after the fireworks, is truly the best way to make the most out of the event. Arrive early for some rides, hit a treat trail, meet a character, then catch all the entertainment shows. Afterwards, do a final sweep for attractions and treat trails, then head home.