I love when Walt Disney World decorates their parks! September 1, 2014 was the start of the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party on select nights in September and October in the Magic Kingdom. Usually this is my signal that Fall has arrived, but I didn’t feel that way this year. I think September 1st is just too early for the start of the Halloween Party. The temperature was too hot to put you in the mood and it must have been miserable if you were in a costume. Just a reminder you should be drinking lots of water while you are touring the parks under these conditions.
I arrived by ferry to the Magic Kingdom since it seemed the express monorail was down. Please allow plenty of time to get to the event if you are taking the monorail or ferry over to Magic Kingdom. Also at the end of the evening, the resort monorail will close at midnight, and the express monorail will run for 1 hour after the fireworks. It does tend to get very crowded at the close of the party.
I arrived about 5:30 PM. Your Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) ticket allows you entrance into Magic Kingdom after 4 PM. MNSSHP begins at 7 PM. If you are coming for the event you will want to use the touch points to your right as you look at the train station. You will receive your wrist band, treat bag, and park map once you come in. If you are already in the park as a day guest there are several places within the park where you can get your MNSSHP wristband. Just head towards Monster, Inc. Laugh Floor, or Tortuga Tavern to pick it up. We all were reminded by the cast members putting on our bands that the wristband was the most important part of our costume. If you are a day guest and haven’t purchased the extra ticket for the event you will be escorted out of the park after 7 PM. Cast members do look to see if you have the wristband when you are walking into stores and attractions.
I am a veteran of the MNSSHP so my Top 5 recommendations may vary from yours if this is your first time. I don’t feel the need to rush all over the park gathering candy. I like to enjoy the shows and attractions since the park is not as crowded as during the day.
5. Take a little time to enjoy the specialty food. We had a very tasty Spiced Pumpkin Waffle Sundae in Sleep Hollow. We also got the cupcakes being offered at the Main Street Bakery (Starbucks). They didn’t open at 7 PM. It was closer to 7:30 PM because they were “brewing up some special magic for us.” We didn’t have a chance to try the ghost cupcakes at Gaston’s Tavern. Storybook Treats had a Candy Corn Soft-serve Ice Cream, and many of the outdoor carts had Cotton Candy Candy Corn. The cupcakes were pricey, over $5.00 each.
4. Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade. The parade is presented at 8:15 PM and 10:30 PM. You might want to watch the 2nd parade since it isn’t as crowded. Before the parade the Headless Horseman rides through Frontierland down to Main Street. This is always a special moment but I must remind everyone to enjoy the party and not try to capture it all on your camera and video. I didn’t have the best of spots to set up my camera beforehand so my pictures of the Headless Horseman came out blurry. I should have been enjoying the moment instead of trying to take the picture.
3. Spend time enjoying the dance parties. There is the Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball at the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland. It is a great way to get your energy back by dancing with the characters. We loved Club Villain at the Diamond Horseshoe! Take a minute to look around at all the detailing that gets you in the Halloween mood.
2. Carlotta and Rinotta on the lawn of the Haunted Mansion and the Cadaver Dans that were in Frontierland roaming around! These are the special touches that Walt Disney World adds to their special events like the party. Spend a little time interacting with Carlotta and you will walk away with a big smile on your face. The Cadaver Dans were great fun with their corny jokes, dancing and singing. They are out until shortly after 11 PM so don’t miss them.
1. Trick or Treating. There are plenty of treat locations where you can get candy. The lines do move quickly because they usually have several candy barrels at each location. Don’t forget your manners when you get the candy. It was amazing how the cast members enjoyed hearing thank you, Trick or Treat. I did see some guests pushing their way through the line; don’t leave your manners or your patience at home. If you have a special dietary need be sure to stop by City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A. They will have chocolates and other candies for guests that are gluten free and nut sensitive. They also have sugar free candy. This is not an official trick or treat location but Walt Disney World is always trying to make it a great guest experience for everyone.
So there you have it! My Top 5 Must Do’s at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. It was very crowded but realize the more popular parties can be very crowded so take a little time before you arrive to do a little research. Riding the attractions is a great thing to do when the first parade is going on. At this time most of the attractions are a walk on. I recommend the day of the party that you enjoy your resort for the day and head over to Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party after 4 PM. This way you can relax and swim at your resort, take a nap, and the kids will arrive fresh and rested and can enjoy the party. We saw a lot of kids that had reached their limit around 9-10 PM. If you are thinking of adding the Villian’s Soiree to your entertainment you might want to read this blog first. It was great meeting fans of the blog and the DisUnplugged Podcast. Please be sure to stop and say hi if you see me in the parks! See you in the parks!
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