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Top 10 Best Things about Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Top Ten Things About Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is one of the most popular annual events at Walt Disney World every year. The party runs after the Magic Kingdom is closed to the general public on select nights from early September to early November. Even though this is a 'hard ticket' event (which means you have to spring for the extra ticket because the party isn't included in general admission), a lot of people feel it's totally worth the added costs.
I'm one of those people! My family tries to make the party every year-- here's my top 10 reasons why!
I Love the Party Gear
10) No Ride Lines
Though you can get in with a Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party ticket starting at 4 pm, the party doesn't actually start until 7 pm and it runs until midnight. At the stroke of seven, Disney employees make a broad sweep of the park to get rid of all general admission guests. Lines reduce drastically, to the point at which you can simply walk right on most rides.
Lines are also low for rides because there are so many other cool things to do at the party that are only there for this one night-- so a lot of party goers who frequent Disney ignore the rides that are always there and focus on the evening's special activities.
9) The Autumn and Halloween Décor Rocks
Disney is beautiful anytime of year-- but it's especially beautiful during the autumn season and for Halloween parties. In the daytime you'll find all the colorful leaves and smiling pumpkins. As the lights go down, the streets glow with spider web lights and jack-o-lanterns. Disney really knows how to go all out to make an impression, and they don't hold back for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at all.
Autumn At Disney World
8) Even Adults Get to Trick-Or-Treat
Relive your childhood-- go trick-or-treating! And Walt Disney World is probably about the best place in the world to trick-or-treat. You don't have to ring any doorbells-- just look for the candy barrels stationed throughout the park.
Lines go pretty quick, and you can go on line again and again and get as much candy as you want. Getting a chance to trick-or-treat like that makes me positively giddy, I feel like a kid again!
7) You Can Dress in Costume
Normally, Walt Disney World has a strict policy that no one over 10 years old may dress in costume. While this sucks, there's a good reason for it-- anyone remotely adult-sized in a good costume might pass for a Walt Disney World employee. That means if people in costume misbehave, people could blame Disney for it. No one wants to see a child harmed by some creepy adult who comes into the park and pretends he's a prince or something.
But, these rules are suspended on the nights of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, and guests of all ages are allowed to dress up in costume. It's a lot of fun running around Disney World dressed as your favorite characters!
6) Special Photo Ops
Party goers at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party are treated to some special photo ops that are not found on a normal day at Walt Disney World. For example, you can get your photo taken by Disney Photopass photographers in front of the Haunted Mansion, and they will superimpose the famous hitchhiking ghosts into the picture. They also usually drag out Cinderella's pumpkin carriage and set it up with a beautiful autumn setting, and you can go get your picture in front of it with your own camera, or have your photo taken by a Disney Photopass photographer.
For me, half the fun of a Disney trip is scrapbooking it later; so I really love these little opportunities.
The Haunted Mansion at Halloween
5) The Haunted Mansion Looks Awesome
If you love the Haunted Mansion, you're going to be amazed at how awesome it looks during Halloween. As soon as the lights go down, head over Liberty Square and walk past the Sleepy Hallow-- the cobblestone streets will lead you ahead to a magnificent view.
Bathed in colored lights and shadows, the mansion is surrounded by an eerie fog that blankets the foreground. If you look around, you might find a friendly specter telling ghost stories right in front. There is no other time of the year that the Haunted Mansion looks so bloody brilliant.
The Headless Horseman Rides Again
4) The Headless Horseman
As a fan of Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, I was very excited the first time I went to a Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party and saw the Headless Horseman actually go galloping by!
It was a perfect scene, as I was actually outside the Sleepy Hollow snack bar at the time, sitting down with some funnel cakes. I had never been to the party before and didn't really know what to expect. But apparently about 15 minutes before each parade (weather permitting), a person in costume, complete with jack-o-lantern head in hand, rides horseback down the parade route.
It's a sight to behold!
3) The Villains Show
No Halloween at Walt Disney World would be complete without the 'evil' stars of the show-- the villains! Right on stage in front of the castle, the villains gather to put on a spectacular song and dance show for the audience that will really get you moving and grooving.
Check Out the Villain's Show!
2) Mickey's Boo to You Parade
To me, Mickey's Boo to You Halloween Parade is the best parade at Walt Disney World ever, hands-down. I have the most fun at this peppy parade, and find myself humming the song "Boo to You" for days afterwards.
The lovable characters in their Halloween costumes are adorable. The villain floats are spectacular. One year one of the dancing cowboys winked at me, and I swear I swooned a little. Captain Jack Sparrow's pirate ship float is impressive. So many great things to see.
My absolute favorites to watch pass by: the Haunted Mansion caretaker and his dog, the grave diggers (with a dance that literally causes sparks along the parade route) and the dancing ballroom ghosts who step out of the mansion for an evening.
Boo to You Halloween Parade
1) Meet and Greet Opportunities
At Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, you get to see characters that don't usually frequent the parks. These unique photo ops are one of the reasons so many people are willing to spring for the ticket.
First you have a lot of regulars, such as Mickey, Minnie, Donald, etc.-- in their Halloween costumes! Other rare characters, like the Mad Hatter and Aladdin's Genie are also more likely to be found this time of year.
Dance parties thrown by Sheriff Woody of Toy Story in Frontier Land and of the Monster's Inc. crew in Tomorrowland give you the opportunity to really mingle, as the characters come out and dance/interact with their guests.
Some characters you might find at the Halloween party that are hard to meet otherwise include Jack Sparrow, a variety of villains, Disney 'princes' like Flynn Ryder, and all seven dwarves. You also get to meet the villains after select shows at the castle!
For me, the highlight of all highlights was last year, and getting to meet and take pictures with Jack Skellington and Sally of Nightmare Before Christmas. This was the first time they showed up at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, and they're supposed to be there again this year.