Mickey’s No-So-Scary Halloween Party is a family-friendly celebration that takes place each year at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. With Halloween themed entertainment and trick or treating throughout the park, it’s a Halloween party not to be missed by adults and older kids. If you’re thinking about visiting with toddlers, however, read this before making your decision.
A Mickey’s No-So-Scary Halloween Party Guide for Toddler Moms
This past weekend I went to the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party at Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando with a couple other traveling moms. We were all without kids. It was my first ever time attending the Not-So-Scary Halloween party and according to the ticket takers, the first night of the season the party had sold out. It felt like it was sold out, but I still thoroughly enjoyed myself.
I’m a huge Disney fan. I’m that girl who walks around the Magic Kingdom with a big grin on her face just because it’s Disney World. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party took that Disney love up a notch. Magic Kingdom is transformed into a fall wonderland with pumpkin wreaths, lights, and even seasonal snacks like candy corn soft serve. Even the entertainment becomes Halloween themed with the Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus returning in a musical stage show, a Hallo-Wishes themed fireworks show, and a Boo-To-You parade that’s exclusive to the Halloween party.
Trick or Treating at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
There are the trick or treat stations where you stand in a line to “trick or treat,” aka have cast members put a handful of candy into your bag. It’s one of the only places where it’s okay, and even encouraged, for adults to trick or treat again! We starting trick or treating right when the park transitioned in the party at 7 p.m. Unfortunately, so did everyone else, and the 15-20 minute lines for the treat stations between 7-8 p.m. were definitely not worth the handful of candy at the end.
When we visited the treat stations between 11 p.m. and midnight, the treat stations were empty, and the cast members were more generous with their supply. If you’re going just for the trick or treating, remember an entire bag of candy costs under $10 at Target.
Traveling Mom Tip: Disney has a program designed specifically for people with allergies. You can pick up a teal bag rather than the orange one and gather teal coins at trick or treat stations throughout the park. The teal coins can then be traded in for a variety of allergy friendly options like gummy worms, craft kits, and more. Find out more about how much Disney cares in this great post, detailing the program.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Entertainment
I grew up watching Hocus Pocus so seeing the Sanderson sisters come out on stage brought me back to my own Halloweens back in the day; it made me love the show even more. I do wish that Disney would require guests who are standing in front of the stage to sit down so that everyone can see better. There’s always going to be that person who feels the need to stand up. And if one person is standing, everyone has to stand. I missed half the show because I’m so short and couldn’t see the stage. We realized walking around later that the best non-reserved spots for the show were actually on the side rather than in the center.
The Boo-To-You parade was a fun combination of popular Disney villains and the fab 5 dressed in Halloween costumes. I enjoyed the parade itself, but not the 15+ minute wait from when the headless horseman rode by on his horse to when the actual parade arrived. I can only imagine how antsy my toddler would have been waiting for the actual parade to start.
Traveling Mom Tip: The parade starts near Splash Mountain. I recommend scoping out a good spot near the start so that there’s less of a delay from the headless horsemen ride by to the start of the actual parade.
The other two entertainment highlights of the night – the castle light show and the Hallo-Wishes fireworks show – were both good but not great. If you’ve seen the regular castle light show before, it was the same one. And my problem with the HalloWishes fireworks was that we sat close enough to see the light effects on the castle, and by doing so, missed half of the fireworks that were shot off behind the castle (they didn’t shoot high enough). If you want to see all of the fireworks, sit further back. If you want to see what’s happening on the castle, sit closer.
Riding Rides during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
You can get into the park with your party ticket at 4 p.m. (try even as early as 3:30 p.m.), and can make fast pass reservations between 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., but then they shut off. And with the changes to the fast pass reservation system, that pretty much means you can fast pass two rides, maybe three if you can time your fast pass windows perfectly. Because they don’t operate fast passes during the party, we weren’t able to go on more than a couple of rides between 4 p.m. and midnight.
Ride lines didn’t slow down until after the 10:15 p.m. fireworks show. The lines were shorter than a typical busy day at Magic Kingdom but not short enough for us to want to spend 30+ minutes during the party waiting in line. After the fireworks ended at 10:30, the ride lines decreased dramatically, so most of our waits were only as long as it took to walk the queue. And a very nice cast member even let us go on Space Mountain twice because it was my birthday.
Traveling Mom Tip: If you’ve been to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland and ridden the Haunted Mansion, don’t expect the same Nightmare Before Christmas overlay in the Haunted Mansion at Disney World. It’s still a fun ride for Halloween, but it’s no different than going during the summertime.
Dining during the Mickey’s No-So-Scary Halloween Party
There are handful of restaurants that close during the party, so we couldn’t find a last-minute reservation anywhere, not even at the less popular restaurants like The Diamond Horseshoe and Liberty Tavern. We ended up grabbing hot dogs and fries to go at Casey’s instead of the sit-down dinner we really wanted.
For dessert, we had the candy corn soft serve, which tasted like vanilla soft serve colored to look orange, not the candy corn flavored soft serve I was expecting. It’s still a fun Halloween dessert and kids will love the surprise treat inside the cone. I wanted to try the cup of dirt and spider cupcakes at the Main Street Bakery, but we ran out of time. With a party that’s only technically five hours long, we ran out of time for a lot of things.
Why I Won’t Take My Toddler to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
I loved this party, but I’m so glad I didn’t have my 3-year-old son with me. After experiencing it myself, there is no way I would ever pay to take my toddler to the party, especially with party only tickets starting at $72. This is just a short list of reasons why:
- The lines for rides and trick or treating were too long, especially without fast passes
- The Hocus Pocus show is really geared toward older kids and adults. Even the Disney villains can be scary.
- The best part of the night for us was from 10:30 p.m. and on, which is past his bedtime.
- The things I loved like the decorations aren’t things he’s old enough to appreciate yet
- Because some rides and restaurants are closed during the party, it felt more crowded than usual.
More Information about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
- Mickey’s Not-So-Scary 2016 Party Dates
- Ghoulish Ghosts & Helpful Tips for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
- Why Teens Will Love Mickey’s No-So-Scary Halloween Party