Heading to Walt Disney World soon? If so, be sure to check out Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, offered on select nights through Nov. 2. The annual event is held mid-September through early November at Magic Kingdom.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a hard-ticket, after-hours event. As such, even a sold out party means lines for attractions are typically much shorter than during regular operating hours. Some attractions have virtually no line at all. The party is a prime opportunity to work on increasing that score on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, get your fill of Pirates of the Caribbean or ride Space Mountain again and again.
Kids of all ages are provided with bags which can be filled by trick-or-treating at stations throughout the park. Seasonal decorations abound and event-only merchandise themed to the season is also available.
Highlights of the night include a hauntingly good parade – Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade, with themed floats and maybe even a visit from the Headless Horseman, as well as Happy HallowWishes, Walt Disney World’s Halloween fireworks show.
For details, visit www.waltdisneyworld.com.
· Arrive early. While the party gets started at 7 p.m., admission is generally available via the event ticket earlier in the evening (times vary, but may be as early as 4 p.m.).
· Pick up a party guide map, which includes trick-or-treat locations and a list of open attractions. Look for special events, including dance parties with characters. (Goofy doing “The Chicken Dance” is a sight to behold.)
· Come in costume. Adults and children are invited to come in costume, but keep in mind that this is a not-so-scary event. Some great family costumes from a recent party: The Incredibles; a young girl as Cinderella, accompanied by her dad, the Handsome Prince; grandparents as Raggedy Ann and Andy, with their rag doll grandchildren; and the entire Scooby Doo gang.
· Trick-or-treat, no matter what your age. Yes, even adults can get in on the fun.
· Two identical parades bookend the fireworks show. For optimal parade viewing, stake out a spot early. Liberty Square is a prime location.
· Don’t miss a visit to The Haunted Mansion. Always frightfully good fun, it is extra special during the Halloween party, with eerie effects and cast members that embrace the chance to be grim, grinning ghosts.
· If your visit occurs during the Christmas season, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party runs select nights Nov. 9 – Dec. 21. It includes holiday fireworks, a themed parade, cookies and hot cocoa, snow on Main Street, USA and more. Get tickets early –– some nights will sell out.