I did receive 3 tickets to the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and a parking voucher. However, all opinions are 100% my own and were not influenced by the fact that I received tickets.
Last weekend we had the amazing opportunity to visit the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. When I got the e-mail with the invite I was so excited and we immediately headed into costume preparation mode. After all, what kind of geek homeschool mom would I be without a costume in mind the second I hear we get to dress up? I would love to share a few of the things we learned about the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party as well as some tips if you have a child with sensory issues who might not enjoy some of the elements of the party so that you can still have an amazing experience.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
We had such a great time. I am going to break the night into sections to give you a mini-guide to each section and help make your night a little easier and more fun if possible.
Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular
We really enjoyed this show and I am glad that we made the time for it. Here are a few of the things we learned to help you have the best time possible.
Get there early! – The good spots for this show will fill up fast. We sat down at 7:05 for our spot and waited for our 8:00 showing. If you are hoping to watch the show from close to the castle plan to spend an hour sitting there waiting. I recommend either hitting a treat stop first or grabbing some dinner before sitting down. Make sure to have drinks. It’s still hot in Florida.
People stand to watch the show – If you choose to get a spot up in front of the castle know that people stand to watch the show. If you have a little one they may not be able to see the show unless you plan to hold them, stand them on a stroller, or have other plans to get them higher up so they can see better. (I found myself wishing everyone would sit so we could all enjoy the show and not have to wear out our feet.)
There are a few small fireworks in the show – These are towards the end of the show. If you have a child who is sensitive to fireworks you will want to prepare them for this. They smaller ones that pop and fizzle out but it is better to be prepared for them. If you don’t think your child can handle them, make sure to be in an area where you can get out easily.
You will see quite a few of the villains. – I won’t spoil it for you but you do get a chance to see a great showing of many of the villains. If you have a child who is afraid of any of the villains it may be worth it to head to Youtube and find a video that will let you see exactly which characters are represented. The Dis has a higher quality video if you are looking for one.
There is a Voo Doo reference there – If you have a religious aversion to this it may be best to avoid this show. I overheard a family complaining about this. I would hate to see you have anything less than a magical experience at Disney so you may want to skip this show if this is a problem for you.
Overall, this is an incredible show and we really had a lot of fun with it!
Boo to You Halloween Parade
We stayed right where we were after the Hocus Pocus show to enjoy the Boo To You Halloween Parade and I am so glad we did! This is completely different from the Electrical Parade so don’t expect it to be the same experience but you can expect a lot of fun.
It starts from Adventure Land – This parade will start from Adventure Land. If you watch the parade from Main Street or anywhere near the castle you are closer to the end of the parade route so start times will be a bit delayed for you.
Most of the floats and characters are not scary at all. – In fact they are a lot of fun. They will dance close to you and make you laugh. I really enjoyed having some of our favorites get up close to us as did both of the kids. There are flag throwers and baton twirlers that are only a few feet from you and that is sure to put a little magic in your night.
There are a couple scary components – If you have a child who does not like zombies they may not like a small part of the parade. There is a zombie dance segment. They are not gory at all. I did not get a good image because it was very dark when they came in my area. I will warn you that some of them do like to jump and say boo. I may or may not have jumped myself. I will never confirm that one. If you have a child that is sensitive to loud noises they may not enjoy the grave diggers as much as they drag their shovels across the ground to make sparks. My son on the other hand, thought that was awesome.
The song is REALLY catchy! – I have had it stuck in my head all week. That’s not a bad thing though because it’s a really fun little song. In case you need it after your trip, I found the song on YouTube.
One of the first questions that a lot of people ask when talking about the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is, “What about the Candy?” Here are a few of the things that I found out.
There are allergen friendly options! – This is so exciting to me! They have teal bags and allergen free candy zones. I did not need these so I can not explain a great deal about these. If you know of a great blogger who explains this more send me a link and I might drop that here for others who might be interested.
Some of the lines walk through rides – This means you may have to walk through the ride line for the Stich ride without riding the ride. Reassure your child that they don’t have to ride the ride and there will be candy at the end.
You can go through the lines as much as you want. – Some lines will be longer than others. We found that the lines in Tomorrowland were shorter than in other areas. If you are looking to bring home a lot of candy you will want to go through the lines multiple times.
It’s good candy. – I know that sounds silly but Disney has partnered with some excellent candy brands to bring you some delicious candy options this year and you are sure to walk away with something you won’t want to trade away.
They provide bags but you can bring your own. – We made our own bags and had a lot of fun carrying around our own but you can get a bag at any treat stop.
There is candy at the dance party. – It’s not going to be as much as the candy stops and you are going to have to dance for it but my kids were very excited to walk away with a Mickey lollipop that they didn’t find at any of the treat stops.
Not only do you get to enjoy shows, parades, fireworks, and candy there are still more fun things to do.
There is this amazing little pop up party you won’t want to miss out on over in Tomorrowland. There is a dance party that says it’s just for the kids but I saw some parents having a pretty good time on the dance floor as well. Take the kids over to Tomorrowland and dance like there’s no tomorrow with some of the Monsters from Monsters Inc.
If you still have a little time, some of the rides are still open so enjoy the smaller lines and go ride some of your favorite rides. I know we loved the 5 minute line for Buzz Lightyear!
Will you be heading out to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party this year? What will you be dressed as? Make sure to check the Disney costume policy before you go so they don’t send you back to the car with any of those items that are now not accepted.
Get your Tickets!
Tickets for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party start at $72 and are available select dates through October 31st, 2016. These are not part of your park admission as this is a separately ticketed event. Make sure to get tickets if you want to attend.
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