Disclosure: We were provided with admission tickets to help facilitate our review. All opinions are 100% my own.
The weather here in Florida may not be ideal for a Fall event, but that doesn’t stop us from getting our Halloween on. My kids were ready to partaaaay! We attended one of the first nights of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and have put together some tips to help you get the BEST out of your visit. With just 5 hours and an array of entertainment, candy stops, new delicious treats to snack on, plus rides and rare characters meet and greets, you will need to have a plan!
When Should You Visit
Here is the 2018 Schedule:
- August 17, 24, 28, 31
- September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
- October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31
As you can see, there are plenty of dates to choose from. The busiest day is October 31st and all the Fridays in October are going to be on the busy side as well. September dates are going to be much less crowded, especially on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Fridays are busy because the kids are back in school, so it’s optimal for parents to take their kiddos then. And of course, the closer we get to the holiday, the busier it will be.
We opted to not wear costumes this year. My kids are getting older and only the youngest (10) will be trick or treating this year, but opted to not wear her costume since we were going on a very hot August day. If you do wear a costume, be sure to consider the weather. Here are the guidelines:
- Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or could detract from the experience of other Guests.
- All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
- All costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
- Your costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
- Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
- Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, the park unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.
GUESTS AGES 13 AND UNDER
- Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long as the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.
GUESTS AGES 14 AND OLDER
- Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
- Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g., full-length Princess dresses)
- Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
- Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts and hats are acceptable.
- Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
- Masks of any kind may not be worn.
What time to arrive / Instructions
The official party begins at 7pm, however, you can enter at 4pm. You will definitely want to take advantage of the extra 3 hours. When you arrive, you will have a special area to enter. Once you enter , everyone in your party will receive a wristband. This is how cast members will know that you’re able to stay after 7pm, while the other guests are directed out of the park. You can grab your map when you walk in as well. That will contain all the treat stops, special meet and greet times, and entertainment information and times for the evening.
Trick Or Treating – TREAT STOPS
Do you have a food allergy? If so, we have a special trick-or-treat experience for you!While at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, please see a Cast Member to pick up a teal-colored treat bag—the official color of food allergy awareness. These are available at any treat location and at the official Allergy-Friendly Centers located at Town Square Theater (near Tony’s Town Square Restaurant on Main Street, U.S.A.) and Liberty Square Ticket Office (near The Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square).When you trick-or-treat with your teal bag, Cast Members will give you a teal token at any treat station. Later on, you can redeem your teal tokens at our Allergy-Friendly Centers to receive your special treats.
My kids (ages 10,12, and 15) were most excited about the rides. They were very interested to see what special additions were made to the rides for the party. Here is a list of the rides set to be open. However, keep in mind that this could change at any time:
- Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Swiss Family Treehouse
- A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas
- Country Bear Jamboree
- Splash Mountain
- Haunted Mansion
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- “It’s a small world”
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Mad Tea Party
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- The Barnstormer
- Astro Orbiter
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Space Mountain
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
Here are the extra additions that WE observed on our visit. We did not ride EVERY ride, so there are probably other additions we missed:
On Pirates of the Caribbean, join some rookie pirates in their search for “Gunpowder Pete”. We saw a live-action character while in line that warned us about Gunpowder Pete, and he popped up during our ride as well! The kids loved this.
Space Mountain had extra spooky music playing throughout the ride.
Thunder Mountain turned off lights in one area and added some glow in the dark hanging bats. Super spooky!
The Mad Tea Party had new colorful lighting and effects.
Peter Pan had a treat station set up while waiting in line. That was a nice surprise!
You may find some extra ghostly characters wandering around the Haunted Mansion. Need some humor? You may be able to find these two outside the mansion joking with guests. They are my favorite!!
SPECIAL Halloween Treats
No-So-Poison Apple Cupcake – Main Street Bakery (available daily through October 31)
Halloween Cinnamon Roll – Main Street Bakery (available daily through October 31)
Worms & Dirt – Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café (available on party nights only; available daily starting October 1) *Gluten Friendly
Treats at the Cider House (available on party nights only)
Zero Waffle Sundae – Sleepy Hollow (available on party nights only; available daily starting October 1)
Jack Skellington Cake Push Pop – Sleepy Hollow (available on party nights only)
Madame Leota Dessert – Liberty Square Market (available on party nights only)
Hitchhiking Ghost Dessert – Aloha Isle (available on party nights only)
Oogie Boogie Meringue – Gaston’s Tavern (available on party nights only) *Gluten Friendly
Maleficent Dessert – Storybook Treats (available daily through October 31)
Candy Corn Ice Cream – Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies (available daily through October 31)
Candy Corn Milkshake – Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies (available daily through October 31)
Muenster Smash Burger – Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café (available on party nights only)
Popcorn – Various Popcorn Carts Throughout the Park – SPECIAL HALLOWEEN BUCKET
Pumpkin Cheesecake – Main Street Bakery (available on party nights only) *Gluten Friendly
Hades Nachos – Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café (available on party nights only)
Minnie Witch Brownie – Casey’s Corner (available daily through October 31)
I don’t think you will go hungry at this event.
Get your dance on
Join Mike, Sulley, and Boo in their own Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland. Dance the night away with your favorite characters.
Don’t miss out on all the evenings entertainment. The HalloWishes Fireworks display is full of ghoulish music and a narrator too. The Hocus Pocus show is a ton of fun, but you’ll need to get your spot early. It is a very popular show. And the parade runs twice. If you want an amazing spot off of Main Street, you will see people arriving 1.5 – 1 hour early to snag the best spot. However, if you don’t mind standing behind others, arrive as late as 15min prior to the parade. Or, you may luck out like we did and find a great spot over in Frontierland just 15-20 min before the parade begins.
I know this is a ton of information, so I have broken it down into my top tips for the night!
TOP 10 TIPS:
- Arrive at the gate at 4pm. Don’t miss out on the extra 3 park hours that you are given with your ticket.
- If you wear a costume, check the guidelines first AND check the weather. Think of staying cool, being comfortable, and of course, cuteness.
- Arrive early to the entertainment. Parades, fireworks, and shows are very popular and will fill up fast.
- Bring your own candy bag or grab 2 of the provided bags. They are on the small side and fill up fast.
- Visit the most popular characters first. The later it gets, the longer the lines are for those super uniquecharacters.
- Take photos. There are plenty of fun photo opps throughout the park. Take advantage of them and all the characters in costume.
- Don’t miss the HalloWishes Fireworks. This was, by far, our favorite part of the night.
- The Haunted Mansion is a must ride during this event. The pictures of the mansion and your ghoulish comedians out front make it so worth it, even if you have been on this ride a dozen (or 3 dozen, like me) times!
- People watch. Some of the costumes are very creative. While waiting on the kids to ride Splash Mountain (that is my one no-no ride for me), I was able to see some amazing costumes, and got some great ideas for the kids.
- Bring water. This is always important in Florida. And, we definitely indulged in some extra sweets, so we needed extra water to wash it all down.
Find more details and purchase your tickets on the Disney World Website.