The annual Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a fun event and one of the busiest times of the year at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. It can be a stressful time for those with allergies. Thanks to the new allergy-friendly experience, the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party just got a little less stressful for those parents.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Offers Allergy-Friendly Trick or Treat Offerings for Kids with Food Allergies
This fall, I had the opportunity to attend my very first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. It was every bit as much fun as I expected it would be, with all of my favorite happy haunts and villains. But I also discovered something that blew me away: an added special consideration for people with food allergies.
Disney Cares about Kids with Food Allergies
Disney has always gone above and beyond in their restaurants to serve people with food allergies. They make a concerted effort to work with families with food allergies, whether it’s the chef coming to talk to you at the table to chat about the menu or walking you around the buffet to tell you what is safe for you to eat. As someone who carries an Epi-Pen, I can appreciate the need for safe handling of contaminants for specific food allergies. As someone who has close friends with children with life-threatening allergies to food items such as nuts, eggs, and milk, I know how severe and frightening food allergies can be, especially when one is unexpectedly exposed to contaminated food. Trick or Treating is one of those unknown situations where allergy contamination can occur, and trick or treating at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is no different.
Teal is the Color for Food Allergy Awareness
Did you know that teal is the color of food allergy awareness? Disney offers teal bags with special teal tokens specifically for kids (and grown-ups) with food allergies. When you pick up your trick or treat bag at the beginning of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, you have the option to get a teal allergy friendly bag instead of the standard bag for trick or treating. The teal bag alerts cast members to give you a teal token instead of candy for your treat.
Collect Tokens While You Trick or Treat
You can trick or treat throughout the evening just like everyone else. The only difference is that instead of candy, you’ll get a token at each Trick or Treat station throughout the Magic Kingdom. The bag-token system is designed to eliminate the cross-contamination of allergens from other candy. By trick or treating in this manner, the treats or tricks that you might collect throughout the evening won’t be contaminated by other candy items that could contain something you are allergic to, such as peanuts or other tree nuts. All of the allergy-free items are stored separately for retrieval later on in the evening after you have made all of your trick or treat stops.
Exchange Your Tokens For Treats
Kids turn in the tokens at two specific allergy friendly token trade-in stations after they are done Trick or Treating for snacks that meet certain allergy criteria or craft kits—one station located at Liberty Square and one on Main Street. The one at Liberty Square wasn’t very busy when we were there (only one person in front of us), but at 11 p.m., they were out of both cookie options.
The allergy-friendly experience station offers food and non-food options with a list of ingredients that are in each item. The list also shows additional information, such as what items are NOT in each item, which is also key for those with allergies. You can read and decide which options work for your family and choose the option that works for you. Obviously, we all read and reread those labels, but that is a very helpful start. The options included:
- Surf Sweets Gummy Worms
- Surf Sweets Gummy Bears
- Enjoy Life Vanilla Honey Graham Crunchy Cookies
- Enjoy Life Double Chocolate Crunchy Cookies
- Surf Sweets Jelly Beans
- boom Choco boom Ricemilk Chocolate Bar
- Pumpkin Character Ornament Craft Kit (non-food item)
- Foam Heart Halloween Character Ornament Craft Kit (non-food item)
This is a tremendous step for Disney to take, and it shows just how much they care as a company. It sets such a wonderful example of how events like this could be run everywhere. I wish all companies could take a step out of Walt Disney World’s playbook when it comes to stepping up to ensure the safety of our kids (and grown-ups) who have severe allergies.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2017
Walt Disney World has announced their dates for the 2017 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. I can’t wait to head there again this fall for one of their 32 spooktacular nights of fun
- August 25, 29
- September 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29
- October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31
- November 1
Also returning will be the the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show in front of Cinderella’s Castle featuring the mischievous Sanderson sisters from the hit Disney film Hocus Pocus. You can also catch returning favorites Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade, and “Happy HalloWishes.”