Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is an after-hours event held at the Magic Kingdom on select nights from August – October. The party features special entertainment such as fireworks, a parade, and a stage show. It’s hard to fit everything in when attending the party, so here are our Top Ten Tips for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party to help you make the most of it.
1. Get to the Party Early
The party may start at 7 pm, but ticket holders can get in starting at 4 pm. The early entry gives you an extra three hours to ride attractions, meet characters, or eat before the party’s exclusive entertainment begins at 7 pm. Your time at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is precious, so get all the other things that you can do anytime at the Magic Kingdom done before 7 pm.
2. Stay late
While the party ends at midnight, the last Hocus Pocus: Villain Spelltacular is just beginning at midnight. The midnight showing means that while everything else at the Magic Kingdom is closed, you can be enjoying this fantastic show. Hocus Pocus: Villain Spelltacular is extremely popular, and the earlier shows will be very crowded, so this is also an excellent opportunity to see the show without having to deal with as big of crowds.
3. Get in Line for Characters Before The Party Starts
This tip goes along with our first tip about not wasting valuable time during the party. The lines to meet Jack Skellington and Sally and The Seven Dwarfs can grow to be very long, so getting in line before the party starts can be a good idea. This way, you won’t be missing out on the Happy Hallowishes Fireworks or the Boo to You Parade. Sometimes they even begin meeting guests before the party even starts at 7 pm. Check with a character attendant near the meet and greet to find out when the character will start meeting.
4. Buy Party Exclusive Merchandise Before the Party Starts
Party Exclusive Merchandise usually goes on sale at 4 pm before the party starts. This is an excellent opportunity to get your shopping out of the way and potentially pick up any limited edition items before their gone. You can also have whatever you purchased sent to the front of the park or your hotel, so you don’t have to worry about carrying it around all night.
5. See the Second Parade
Boo to You Halloween Parade is one of the best parades at Walt Disney World, and the only place you can see characters like Maleficent, The Evil Queen, Pain, Panic, and more. Because this is such a great parade, pretty much everyone at the party is going to want to see it. The first Boo To You Parade is always going to be more crowded than the second parade as many people will leave after the fireworks. You can save time waiting and probably get a better spot on Main Street by aiming for the second parade.
6. Meet Characters Late
Character lines will be long when the party first starts because people tend to line up before the party even starts. However, most character lines (except for Jack and Sally and maybe the Seven Dwarfs) will get shorter after the fireworks.
7. Try the food
There are a ton of special treats exclusive to this party, such as Worms In Dirt, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Ice Cream, Pumpkin Waffles with Ice Cream, and much more. There’s probably more than you can try in a single night, but make sure to try at least a few of them.
8. Don’t Miss Happy Hallowishes
Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Fireworks is a fantastic firework show only shown on party nights. It’s a great show with an exceptional 180-degree finish around the rear of the Magic Kingdom. Make sure you see it and get into a spot where you can enjoy the 180-degree finale.
9. You Don’t Have To Get Your Party Wristband at the Entrance of the Park
If you are already in the Magic Kingdom, there are certain spots in the park where you can get your party wristband starting at 4 pm without walking back to the park entrance. Picking up your wristband in the park will save you some walking and put you in a better position than those at the front of the park to get in line for merchandise or characters. You’ll need the party wristband to get in line to meet characters, purchase event-exclusive merchandise and food, and ride attractions after 7 pm. Check with a Cast Member for where they will be distributing wristbands in the park.
10. Skip the Trick or Treating
This tip might be controversial among families with young children because what’s a Halloween Party without Trick or Treating. But hear me out, there’s nothing too special about the candy given out at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. It’s the same candy that you can get at Walmart, so my suggestion would be to skip the Trick or Treating if there are long lines and meet some characters instead. If the candy’s that important, you can get much more at your local Walmart or drug store for like $10.