Boo to everyone! It’s what we’ve all been waiting for, a DVC Duo review of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. With many more events still on the calendar, we’re sharing tips, tricks, and our experience from this year’s event. With tons to see and do, we recommend reviewing our guide before heading to the party. Let’s empty our trick or treat bags, and what we collected from around the Magic Kingdom!
Early Bird Gets The?
Treat of course! Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party officially begins at 7 pm, however, you’re able to head into the Magic Kingdom starting at 4 pm. We would definitely recommend heading in early, as there are a few things you could experience before the party begins. After making your way down the first Trick or Treat trail adjacent to the Magic Kingdom you could head over to Tomorrowland.
When we’re writing this review of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, one of the snack stations opens earlier than 7 pm. In Tomorrowland, across for the Tomorrowland Speedway, you’ll find Auntie Gravity’s. The ice cream shop is serving up a pumpkin spice sundae with candy corn, as well as, the Instagram worthy pumpkin spice milkshake topped candy pumpkins and a Mickey straw. We’ve done a full review of party snacks in the following article.
Passholder Insights: Looking to meet Jack and Sally? Head over to Town Square by the entrance to the Magic Kingdom. The meet and greet did open prior to the party officially starting at 5 pm.
Ghost Host Time!
As the clock strikes 7 pm, you hear from your host, your ghost host that is. It’s time to party! Here is where we recommend planning out your strategy. Are you hear from the special character meet and greetS? Maybe the snacks? Or you’re looking to collect the unique merchandise. This is the time we used to taste all treats. You know us, we’re here for the food.
The first stop on our review of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is at Sleepy Hollow for the Headless Horseman Cheesecake, following up right after with Constance’s For Better Or For Worse Wedding Cake. We were able to experience both treats in about 15 minutes, as they are each located in the Liberty Square area of the park. We stepped in line at Sleepy Hollow as the party started. As mentioned earlier, a full review of the treats is in the following article. For cheesecake lovers like Nate, get the Headless Horseman cheesecake and thank us later.
For character meet and greets, we recommend the following unique experiences. We assume you meet Jack and Sally prior to the party beginning. Once the party is underway, Fantasyland is where it’s at, with the 7 Dwarfs, Winnie the Pooh, and co (in costumes), and Queen of Hearts with the Tweedles all meeting around this area.
Passholder Insights: Early on the trick or treat trails filled up fast. We recommend pushing those towards the end of the night, as the cast members tend to be a little more liberal with the candy by the end of the party.
Where to go first on review of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? At the party, there are five attractions to checkout with unique experiences. Our first stop was Pirates of the Caribbean to see the live actors added to the ride. We met two pirates in the queue, followed by two encounters on the ride. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the additions to the attraction and the updates from last year’s event.
Over in Fantasyland the Mad Tea Party has brand new music and lights for the event. It’s definitely a fun spin on the attraction. See what we did there? Spin. For the first time in a while, we stepped into a teacup and we’re glad we did. We would definitely recommend shying away from this experience if spinning is not your thing.
Tomorrowland is home to two of the events special Halloween themed attractions, with Space Mountain and Monsters Laugh Floor. We really enjoyed what they did with Monsters Laugh Floor, as they combined a Trick or Treat with the attraction. The attraction is continuously going as you walk through to collect candy. We decided to skip Space Mountain on this trip, as the wait time was 45 minutes for most of the night.
In the DVC Duo house, no Halloween Party is completed without a ride on our favorite Magic Kingdom attractions, The Haunted Mansion. Outside the attraction you’ll find one of the coolest experiences, as Madame Carlotta and Madame Rinata on the front lawn interacting with everyone. If you’ll looking to forgo the attraction you can head in via the exit to see the Madames in action.
Passholder Insights: The Haunted tends to have long wait times at the party. If you’re looking to experience the ride we recommend making it the last stop before midnight.
We’re Under A Spell!
Let’s dance the night away! Thanks to the Sanderson sisters we’re all under a spell. After checking out the new rides we caught the 8:30 pm Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular in front of the castle. The first showing tends to the busiest of the night, as the majority of people are finding their spots for the 9:15 pm Boo To You Parade. On the night of our review of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, we found the show to be busy, but not over packed. We easily found a spot to take in the classic.
We could watch this show every year. It’s one of our all-time favorites. We recommend looking for a spot around the Walt Disney and Mickey statue or closer to take in all the action.
Passholder Insights: Another great plan is to take in the show right after the fireworks. A lot of people tend to exit when the fireworks Wrap up and you can find a lot of great spots near the castle.
Fireworks? Did We Hear Fireworks?
Boom! Between the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular and the new Not So Spooky Spectacular we headed off to the party within a party, at Cruella’s Halloween Hideaway. We did a full review of the event here. Brand new to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is the Not So Spooky Spectacular. The jaw-dropping show is fantastic! Wow, just wow! If you enjoy Happily Ever After, then you’ll definitely love this new show.
Our big tip for the fireworks is to find a spot as close to the front of the castle as possible. We’re definitely not going to give any spoilers (#NoSpoilers), but there are elements you’ll want to be close up to see. Similar to the Hocus Pocus show, if you can find an area near the Walt Disney and Mickey Statue or closer you’ll be in good shape.
Passholder Insights: A great time to experience the rides, or character meet and greets is the during the first parade. The first parade tends to the more popular showing.
Is there anything better than a Disney parade? Yes! A nighttime Disney parade. With arguably the best soundtrack of any Disney parade, the Boot To You parade never disappoints. This year they added a few new floats with the cast of Toy Story joining the mix. We always recommend taking in the 11:15 pm parade if possible. It definitely tends to be the quieter of the two. Plus it’s an amazing way to cap off the night.
There are great viewing spots all around the park. If you’re looking for a spot of Main Street we recommend finding your spot after the fireworks wrap up.
Passholders Insights: New this year are the Hitchhiking Ghost collectibles. The three souvenirs link together to create a one of a kind display piece. Each one is at a different spot in the park.
Perfect night! Walt Disney World has definitely raised the bar with this year’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. All the new additions were amazing to see, with the Not So Spooky Spectacular being the crown jewel. For us, it is definitely worth the price of admission. There are tons of things to see and little things we did not have an opportunity to do things like pick up the special edition Sorcerers of Magic Kingdom cards from the firehouse. The only thing we wish was different is that we had an opportunity to go again!