This past weekend, I attended my favorite event of the year “Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party”. This annual event takes place on select nights at “Magic Kingdom” & features trick or treat locations throughout the park, character greetings, Mickey’s Boo to You parade, HalloWishes fireworks & the New Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular. The party last from 7pm – Midnight, however you can arrive as early as 4pm. This three hour window gives you time to experience rides or take photos with character who are not out during the party. Wait times for the rides are very low during the party, but I wouldn’t recommend wasting your 5 hours of party time on rides.
The New “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” is just Amazing! Of course if you’re a fan of the 1993 film “Hocus Pocus”, like I am, you will love this show. It features Winifred, Sarah & Mary Sanderson, as they return for one night & call upon the Disney villains to help them brew up a frightful potion for their party. Dr. Faciliar, Oggie Boggie, Maleficent, The Evil Queen, Captain Hook, Cruella DeVil, Hades, Lady Tremaine & Jafar all join in on the fun. This 22 minute show features songs from the film such as “Come Little Children” & “I Put a Spell on You”. The actors who portray the Sanderson sisters are dead on, even down to facial expressions & their voice. I believe Bette Midler (Winifred), Sarah Jessica Parker (Sarah) & Kathy Najimy (Mary) would be proud of their portrayers in the show. There are four showings, with the last two being the least crowded. If you want a spot in the front rows, I recommend getting there at least 45 minutes early, because it does fill up quick.
The “Mickey’s Boo to You” parade is a delight to see. It features many characters, dancers & floats, including ones for “Pirates of the Caribbean” & “The Haunted Mansions”. Before the parade begins, the headless horseman from “The Adventures of Ichadbod & Mr. Toad” makes an appearance. One of my favorite floats in the parade is Captain Hook’s pirate ship & the Haunted Mansion. The ballroom room dancers are quite frightful looking & the graveyard diggers even create sparks in the street. The finale float features any array of the Disney villains, including my favorite villain, Maleficent. There are two showings of the parade, I recommend doing the 2nd showing due to the crowds being a lot less.
The “HalloWishes” fireworks are a sight to see. This 12 minute firework show features the Disney villains' songs & projections onto Cinderella’s castle. The finale even features a 180 degree firework display. The best viewing location is in front of the hub. Tinker Bell does not fly during this performance, as some guests often think. Personally, I would love to see one of the Sanderson sisters fly down from the top of the castle. I mean who wouldn’t get a kick out of seeing Mary fly on her vacuum cleaner.
With so much to see during “Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party”, you’ll want to make sure you have a multi day ticket purchased ahead of time from www.parkguesttickets.com
There are many characters that only come out during the party & also characters dressed up in Halloween costumes that you won’t want to miss. These include the Seven Dwarfs, Jack, Sally, Cruella DeVil, Jafar, Abu, Tarzan, Jane, Terk, Lotso, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Jack Sparrow & The Old Hag from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs". Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pooh, Tigger, Piglet & Eeyore are also dressed up in Halloween costumes. The Seven Dwarfs and Jack & Sally have the longest lines throughout the night, so I recommend getting in line for one of them around 5:30pm or 6pm, if they are your top priority. “The Haunted Mansion” also features either Madame Carlotta or Madame Rinata, who sit in front of the mansion & entertain guests as they are in line. They however are not available for meet & greets, but they’ll make you laugh throughout the night.
There are 15 trick or treat locations all around the park. One of the locations is actually inside “The Enchanted Tiki Room”, I thought that was pretty cool. Each location features a vast selection of mixed candy, while three others feature only one type of candy. You can find chocolate covered Craisins (next to Space Mountain), Peeps (Tom Sawyer’s Island) & Werther’s caramel candies (next to Under the Sea: Journey of The Little Mermaid). You do get a small paperlike bag when you arrive, but I would recommend getting a larger & more durable tote bag. They can be purchased at stores in the park or at your local Disney Store. I wouldn’t waste your time during the party running around getting candy, save that for the last hour of the night (which they tend to give out bigger handfuls that time anyway). With all the characters & entertainment only seen at the party, you’ll want to choose that over getting candy.
If you go in with a game plan, you will make it a very enjoyable experience. Just prioritize what is most important to you. For some it’s the characters, most it’s the entertainment & I’m gonna guess very little make getting candy their top priority. If it’s your first time going, it’s hard to be everywhere at once & it can get overwhelming, so just make a check list or itinerary & you’ll be a happy camper.
This year’s “Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party” takes place on September 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, on October 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29 & November 1. The October 31st party is already Sold Out.