We actually drove for nine hours to attend this event and turn around and drive nine hours back to come home.
And It. Was. Worth. Every. Second!
Here is a list of our reasons why you need to attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World:
(in no particular order because it is all amazing)
Shorter Wait Times
I hate the lines! I am absolutely willing to drive this far for one day to avoid the usual lines at Walt Disney World.
Because MNSSHP is a ticketed event, there are almost no lines. We get to ride the rides we love multiple times!
They let you in at 4:00 pm while the park is still technically open. We hit the rides that we know will not be open for the event first.
Then, at 6:00, they kick out anyone without a wristband for the event, and it is magical. The majority of the crowd disappears.
We have never waited longer than 30 minutes for a ride!
It's Not As Hot
Fall is a wonderful time of year to visit Walt Disney World. Since the party happens at night, the temperatures are cooler and more bearable.
The first year we went, we even needed jackets.
It is very nice to explore the park with a minimal crowd and without the sun draining us.
You Can Go Trick or Treating in the Magic Kingdom
At 11 and 12, our kids are getting a bit too old to trick or treat. I am also getting kind of tired of dragging them around the neighborhood.
At Disney, trick or treating is fun again! There are multiple stations set up where you walk through a quick line, and a cast member loads up your bag with a handful of candy. Good candy, too!
They provide the bags and, if you fill a bag, they give you another.
If you have an allergy, you can get a teal-colored bag, and they have allergy-friendly treats.
Adults are not only welcomed to join in the fun but encouraged. We all went home with a huge bag of candy!
They offer special event only treats at different locations throughout the park.
These cost extra, but some are well worth the price.
A few even come with some sort of souvenir. For example, we tried a frozen apple cider at Gaston’s Tavern and were able to keep the Gaston mug it came in.
There were also Jack and Sally push pops, a Maleficent cone, and many others.
Rides with a Halloween Twist
Some rides have special additions to them. The Pirates of the Caribbean ride had live actors that were very funny. Space Mountain is completely dark and plays a Halloween themed soundtrack. There are lots of surprises!
Scream-o-Ween Dance Party
There is a super fun dance party! In Tomorrowland, you can dance the night away with Mike and Sully. There is a DJ, and it is so much fun. It is also a great way to take a quick break and let the kids dance around for a bit. The characters and cast members keep the kids engaged.
Special Character Meet and Greets
We all have our favorites Disney Characters like the Disney Princesses and Winnie the Pooh. However, it is fun to see characters we do not always get to see. There are special character interactions! Some characters are dressed in costumes. There are lots more villains around. All are waiting to take pictures with you.
Warning though: Character lines are actually the longest lines of the night.
There are also some special picture opportunities where Disney adds their magic. We are always surprised by what pops up in our photos. Make sure you get Memory Maker, so you don't miss any of the fun.
Special Halloween Performances, Halloween Parade and Fireworks
The performance in front of the castle is Halloween themed. It is a performance you can only see at the event. As always, Disney performances are incredible, and you will definitely want to see it! In the last few years, it has been Hocus Pocus themed.
There is also a Halloween themed parade. We usually skip out on this because we are too busy riding all the rides. Pro tip: Lines get even shorter during the parade. But what we have seen is always impressive.
There is also a Halloween fireworks show that is amazing.
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Price of Admission
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World is happening on select nights starting August 13, 2020, through November 1, 2020.
This is a special ticketed event, so you will not need to purchase a regular park ticket unless you want to enter the parks before 4 pm. You will need a ticket for the event. Tickets start at $89 and go up to $149 on Halloween night. Tickets and crowds get higher the closer to Halloween you go!
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Tammy grew up in New Orleans and graduated from the University of New Orleans with her Master’s in Special Education. She taught in elementary schools in the Greater New Orleans area for ten years. She is currently a Reading Instructor at Delgado Community College. She is also the Executive Director of the Reading Success Center, a local nonprofit that provides reading and writing intervention so that every child has equal access to exceptional educational services. In her free time, Tammy loves to explore the city with her three wonderful children.