This year we had the opportunity to head out to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. For the first time, we decided on having the entire family in costume. I will be sharing tutorials for the costumes in the coming weeks. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a separately ticketed event and well worth the ticket price. I am going to share some tips for you to help you make the most out of your time at the party. I hope these tips for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party help you to enjoy your trip.
Tips for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
I did receive 4 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.
Prepare for the Party
Before coming to the party there are some important things to keep in mind.
Put together your Not So Scary Halloween Party costume.
Remember that Florida can be crazy hot! You will want to make sure to have costumes that can adjust well to the heat. I suggest dressing in layers that can be taken off, dressing in thin layers, and switching out tutus for skirts that won’t become difficult in the rain.
Need more tips? Check out this post —> Planning a Not So Scary Halloween Party Costume
Need a few costume ideas? Here are a few of the ones we’ve created for our parties.
Roger Rabbit Costume DIY <—- See it now!
Figment Costume DIY <—- See it now!
Pegasus from Hercules Costume DIY <—- See it now!
Jack Skellington Kid’s Costume DIY <— See it now!
You will receive a small candy bag.
I recommend bringing your own bags or a backpack to dump candy in as you go. The provided candy bags are smaller and if you plan to go primarily for candy you will need a larger bag.
Book Fastpasses. – You will be able to get in early. Book Fastpasses for any rides you would want to go on from 4-7.
Keep in mind that many of the rides have a shorter time during the party. However, if there is a ride you really want, go ahead and book a fastpass during that time frame to make the most of your park time.
Getting to the Party
While the party starts at 7, you are able to enter the park at 4.
** Tip – Take the boat instead of taking the monorail. I found it to be a quicker and more comfortable trip.
Monorails and hotel buses should still be running during party hours. You can either drive to the party (Parking fees still apply), take the monorail, take the boat, or come via one of the buses.
Stop in for your Not So Scary Halloween Party Sorcerer Mickey Card
For the Not So Scary Party, there is a special Sorcerer Mickey Card. Make sure to stop in at the fire station to get your card if you want this fun freebie. The special card will be announced every year in advance and is exclusive to the party! You can collect one card for each party guest. You will definitely want to stop and grab yours for your card collection.
Get the most out of Not So Scary Halloween Party shows
The parades and shows are not to be missed! They will also fill up fast. If you want a good spot for the parades and shows you will need to be waiting at your spot up to an hour before it actually starts. We secured our spot for the Hocus Pocus Show and the Parade an hour before it began.
You can attempt to go to later shows for lower crowds. However, make sure to base this on how well your kids will handle the later hour.
**Tip – For the Hocus Pocus show everyone directly in front of the castle will stand up and crowd in. Standing closer to the street will mean that smaller children will not be able to see. You are better off either getting right up front with your kids in the crowd or choosing a spot further away from the castle.
** Tip – If you have a sensory sensitive child, there are a couple of small fireworks in this show.
Character Meet & Greets at the Not So Scary Halloween Party
For our trip, we had our hearts set on meeting with 2 very specific characters. Because my son was wearing a Jack Skellington costume we knew we had to meet Jack. My daughter’s absolute favorite Disney character is Alice so we also wanted to see her while we were in the park. Because of this, we had to be in line to see them early.
We went directly to Jack Skellington when we got in at 4. We were probably 50 people back at that point in time. Because of inclement weather, although Jack started meeting at 5:00 we didn’t meet with him until 6:25. Be prepared for long waits if you want him. That said, he is worth every second of the wait. Watching my son laugh with him was worth waiting in the rain any day.
Not all characters will have longer lines. For Alice, we were able to spend some time with her and Mad Hatter after a 15-minute line.
** Tip – Find something fun for your kids to do with the characters. This could mean a fun question or a small gift that your kids make for them. These little things will really make their interaction so much better. They get to become a part of the story for a minute and you just can’t beat that.
What characters can kids meet at the Not So Scary Halloween Party?
Anyone below with a * by their name will potentially have a longer wait time and involve some preplanning on your part.
Main Street, U.S.A.
- Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater*
- Jack Skellington and Sally at Town Square Theater *
- Anastasia and Drizella
- Seven Dwarfs*
- Queen of Hearts, Alice, Tweedle-Dee, Tweedle-Dum, Mad Hatter
- Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger *
- Ariel and Eric
- Belle and Gaston
- Minnie Mouse (dressed in Halloween costume)
- Daisy Duck (dressed in Halloween costume)
- Goofy (dressed in Halloween costume)
- Donald Duck (dressed in Halloween costume)
- Cruella DeVil
- Princess Tiana
- Princess Elena
- Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear a.k.a. Lotso*
- Stitch (dressed in Elvis costume)
- Tarzan, Jane, and Terk
- Captain Jack Sparrow*
- Aladdin & Abu alternate with Genie & Jasmine
Candy Trails and How They Work
There are quite a few candy trails. There is no limit to the number of times you can go through a candy trail. We really like the trail in the Mickey’s Philarmagic as there are two candy locations in one building. They have also added a trail through Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor that is a great indoor place to hide out if your kids have sensory issues.
** Tip – Make sure your bag is open and ready. Some of these need you moving thru pretty quickly depending on the crowd at your party.
** Tip – If you are focused primarily on candy, there is no limit to the number of times you can go through a line. If you find a line that is moving quickly it is ok to move through a line multiple times.
Disney pulls out all the stops with the fireworks show! If you want the traditional view, find a spot in front of the castle.
Want to enjoy the fireworks in a less crowded area? Go behind the castle by Mickey’s Philarmagic. You may miss parts of the show but you will get some breathtaking fireworks. You can see what that view looks like from this Facebook live video I did:
***Tip – If you have a sensory sensitive child that can’t handle fireworks have a family member take them into areas where they can avoid the sound.
Boo To You Parade
If you do nothing else at this party, go to the parade! In my opinion, this is the BEST Disney parade you will see all year. It’s just such a perfect blend of amazing characters and fun moments. I can’t recommend it enough. If you do the first parade, get your spot an hour early. It will get crowded.
Do you want to see the parade before you go?
I made this video so that families with sensory kids can know what to expect from the parade before attending.
What if it rains at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?
Florida is well known for having weather that changes its mind frequently. Because of that, there may be a chance of rain on the night of your party. It poured most of our party. That said, you can still have an absolute blast. I know my son danced in the rain and had a blast.
** Pack a rain coat or poncho. It also helps to have a bag to put your costumes in if the rain and your costumes don’t mix well. If you forget to pack them, most shops will have ponchos you can purchase.
** Ride lines will be shorter. Even with the pouring rain the longest line we saw was Peter Pan for 30 minutes as far as rides go. Go enjoy some of the rides you normally have a hard time riding because of lines.
** Disney will do their best to keep the characters they can out. They may move them but you will be able to ask a cast member about availability for each character.
** Shows, parades, and fireworks may be canceled for the safety of the performers. There are plenty of other things to enjoy so find a new version of fun.
If it decides to rain on your party, find a new way to make it fun for yourself. There are still great rides, treats, characters, and shopping opportunities in the park.
Leaving the Party
This is my BIGGEST tip! Everyone will head up to the monorail. Do yourself a favor. Don’t! Instead, head to the ferry. You will be able to get on it a lot quicker and deal with a smaller crowd.
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Want to enjoy all of the fun even more?
Disney has just announced a party pass for the entire season. For $299 per person, you can go to every Not So Scary party for the 2019 season without purchasing tickets to each party!
For information on the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Pass or to book now, call the Disney Reservation Center at 407-939-4295 or visit any Walt Disney World Theme Park Ticket Window. The Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Pass is only available in limited quantities.
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