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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
If you are lucky enough to visit Orlando in the autumn then why not try Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom? This is held on certain nights throughout September and October, ending on November 1st, and the whole park is decorated for the occasion with lots of pumpkins, witches and ghosties. Take a close look at the pumpkins which are carved according to their location. As its name suggests, it is not scary, so it is perfect for families with younger children who do not want to be scared witless and end up having nightmares for the rest of the holiday. The Halloween Party is not included in normal park admission, and you need to purchase a special ticket for this, which is between $52 and $65 per adult, and $46 to $58 per child, plus tax of course.
When these Halloween parties occur the park is cleared of guests ready for the arrival of those with special tickets, so if you visit the park on one of these days be prepared for it to close early. Although the party does not start until 7. 00 pm, we have found that you can usually enter around 6. 00 pm, and sometimes as early as 4. 00 pm, so it is well worth going early. When you arrive you will be given a wrist band to wear, to distinguish you from the guests who have the day ticket only. The characters are all dressed in Halloween costumes, and many guests also dress up – often in Disney character costumes. But no scary costumes are allowed, or any which could cause offence to others.
Of course, trick or treating is high on the agenda, with guests being given trick or treat bags which they can fill up at the various candy stations around the park. Cast members hand the sweets out and we have found that some are more generous than others, but you can keep going back for more. A good tip is to go to the candy stations at the furthest end of the park as soon as you arrive as those at the front of the park get the most crowded.
Twice a night, at 8. 15 pm and 10. 30 pm there is the wonderful ‘Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade’ where all the favourite characters are dressed in their fantastic Halloween costumes. Kids especially love the Disney Villains – Captain Hook, Cruella de Ville, Snow White’s Stepmother, they are all there. Our favourite float is the Haunted Mansion, with its ghostly dancers, and watch out for the ride of the Headless Horseman who precedes the parade, holding a lit pumpkin in his hand. The Pirates of the Caribbean float is great, and look out for Tigger in his skeleton outfit, too. Its all lots of fun, but if you can choose then try to catch the second performance which is usually not so busy. Whilst the first parade is on you will find fewer queues at the rides.
The highlight of the evening is, of course, the wonderfully magical firework display, Happy Hallowishes, which starts at 9. 30 pm, and which we think is one of the best displays. But if you fancy dancing then there are Halloween Dance Parties with Stitch’s Club 626 at the Stitch stage in Tomorrowland, and ‘Get up and Boo-gie Dance Party at Ariel’s Grotto in Fantasyland. Alternatively, you can watch all the villains in ‘Villains Mix and Mingle’ in a special Halloween production which includes Malificent, Cruela DeVille, Captain Hook, The Queen of Hearts, and the Wicked Queen from Snow White. These shows take place at 7. 45 pm, 9. 00 pm, 10. 05 and 11. 15 pm.
All in all it is a great evening out, and the park looks absolutely amazing in all its Halloween finery. Tickets for this event sell out quickly so do book yours early. Our advice would be not to do any parks on the same day as if you do the children may be tired and grumpy well before the end.
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