If there’s one draw every autumn for my family to road trip to Walt Disney World, it’s for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. We’ve been attending with my daughter since she was in elementary school and, now a teenager, she still counts the event as one of her WDW favorites. Do the kids have to be teeny to enjoy a Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? No way! Here’s seven reasons why the party will appeal to older kids, and give them a great excuse to channel their inner little one.
Great Excuse to Dress Up
What’s so special about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? Well, my 13 year-old is pretty much at that age where she feels she’s getting too old to mosey around our local streets and collect candy from neighbors and relatives dressed as her favorite Disney or video game character. But, mention a Walt Disney World party and she’s planning her next costume immediately! Bonus: On party days, Walt Disney World loosens the policy about adults and older kids not being able to dress up in the parks so parents can dress up right along with the kids. I know we do, and have a blast while we’re doing it.
Candy, Candy, Candy!
Goofy’s words ring so true, as there are so many opportunities to score loads of candy around the Magic Kingdom. Trick-or-Treat stations are marked on party maps and there are even trick-or-treating trails where they can hit station after station in a row. And, don’t think they’re only going to get a piece or two at each one: during our last party the cast members were handing out handfuls at a time!
Mickey’s Boo-to-You! Halloween Parade
Of all the Walt Disney World parades, Boo to You! is right at the top of my family’s favorite list. Elusive Disney characters make an appearance during the parade and even the Disney villains sing and dance at the end. In between, characters from Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan, Pirates of the Caribbean, and others make an appearance. The big event kicks off with a ride from the Headless Horseman right down Main Street U.S.A. There are two opportunities to catch the Boo to You! Halloween Parade: 8:35 p.m. and 11:15 p.m.
Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular Show
New in 2015, if your teen is a fan of the movie “Hocus Pocus”, they’ll love the new Halloween-themed show. Directly in front of Cinderella Castle and with the help of a few villainous friends, the Sanderson Sisters concoct the perfect party potion to ensure everyone at the party has a great time. My teen daughter, a lover of Disney villains, was singing and dancing right along with Oogie Boogie, the Shadow Man, and even Captain Hook and the Evil Queen from “Snow White.” Tip: If your family wants a great view in front of Cinderella Castle, start looking for a spot at least an hour beforehand. We locked in our location 90 minutes ahead of time to be sure. Just in case you can’t find one at the first show (there’s four per party!), crowds start thinning out after the first show and parade and get thinner as the party progresses.
Happy HalloWishes Fireworks
Happy HalloWishes Fireworks goes above and beyond the traditional fireworks shows at Magic Kingdom. Jam packed with popular villains’ tunes from Disney movies, the display is so grand that it looks like the grand finale during the entire show! Yes, right in front of the castle is a great spot to watch the fireworks (the castle is part of the show!), but if you want to catch the show with room to move, you can watch and hear it from pretty much anywhere in the park. We headed to the New Fantasyland expansion area and were surrounded by the fireworks display- and the music was at just a great volume so we could sing along with the show.
Next to No Wait Times on Rides
Each Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has a cap on attendance, and it’s generally much lower than the amount of folks in the park each day. What does that mean? Less people in the park, less of a wait time for rides and attractions. My family’s favorite ride during the party? Haunted Mansion! The cast members look a little more “antiqued” and Madame Renata makes her stunning appearance on the mansion lawn, interacting and joking with guests. Tip: wait until almost at the end of the party for a low wait time at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride and the Meet and Greet with Anna and Elsa.
Exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Game Cards
Does your teen love playing Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom? My teen daughter is a huge fan and on party nights there’s a special edition card that’s exclusive to party goers. This year’s card is Minnie Mouse dressed in a cute witch costume (each year’s party card is a different one) and my daughter loves adding party cards to her collection.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party In a Nutshell
- Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a hard ticket event at Magic Kingdom and requires a separate admission from your regular daily park ticket.
- Popular party nights (think October 31st and weekends) sell out fast so purchase tickets well before the party begins.
- The party technically begins at 7pm each night but Magic Kingdom begins letting party goers in at 4pm.
- A party wristband is required for each party goer and the cast members check for them throughout the night.
- Guests are not required to dress up for any of the Halloween parties, but it sure is a great excuse!