Some of the more recent inquiries our agency has had have been driven at October travel planning. More specifically, “Does Disney do anything special at Halloween time?” Boy howdy YES!
The dates for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party were just released:
- September – 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30
- October – 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31
Heads Up! Disney has changed their costume guidelines effective this year:
While costumed attire may be worn, guests ages 14 and older are strongly discouraged from wearing layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body as they may be subject to additional security screening. Additionally, costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
Our family was delighted to experience this event in 2011 with our boys and my Grandmother and it was a highlight of our trip. There are a few different offerings though that you will want to be aware of when planning to attend:
Everyone Can Dress Up!
Yes, even the adults. Usually Disney has a rule that adults cannot dress up within their parks (especially as Disney characters) well on these nights they make an exception and EVERYONE can get in on the fun! We saw a little Nemo Baby with two Jellyfish parents all the way to a fully decked out pirate family boarding Pirates of the Caribbean to the Muppets wandering around. So long as it’s in “good taste” Disney usually delights in the creative endeavors of it’s guests. Remember though the title of the party is “Not So Scary” so apply that accordingly to your costumes. As well remember you aren’t in the Northeast for Halloween, you’re in Orlando, and yes in September and October it’s still very hot and humid and you can have storms creep in unannounced. So plan your costumes to be a bit lighter than you would wear elsewhere.
Prepare for Loads of Candy
Even if you only do one or two candy trails you could walk out with the provided bags completely full to the brim. Disney does provide a smaller bag when you come inside, but if candy is the name of the game for your kids you might want to bring another bag (Disney Shopping bags work awesome for this) to periodically dump the excess into. We ended up bringing home enough candy to put our suitcase over the 50 pound limit so got another bag to put the candy and additional souvenirs into for the flight home. If you or your child is diabetic, or has peanut allergies or any number of dietary restrictions that would mean they would need an alternative treat be sure to check in at Guest Relations and they will provide treats specifically for those dietary restrictions so all may partake!
This Is A Hard Ticket Event
The admittance for this party is considered a hard ticket event, meaning that your standard park admittance won’t allow you in. In fact on these nights the Magic Kingdom closes early to day guests (usually 7 p.m.) so that those with a hard ticket are permitted to stay with less crowds. The cost can be higher, so be prepared. You can though enter the park any time in the afternoon to get the most out of the price. I usually recommend a day plan like this: Stay in the resort, relax, swim, maybe visit Downtown Disney; have lunch, take a nap, then start getting ready around 2-3. Arrive at the Magic Kingdom around 4 and have dinner at one of the many restaurants in the Magic Kingdom or surrounding resorts and then start going on attractions. You will notice a shift in the guests in the following 2-3 hours as the day guests leave and the partygoers arrive in full force.
In the even of inclement weather, those aforementioned storms that can crop up, you can get a rain check for an alternate date the same year usually. But if you are say leaving the next day it can be dicey. Just remember there are no refunds on the purchase so if rain would keep you away you may want to plan for an October party versus a September date.
There Are Many Options So Choose Wisely
As with any Disney event they stock the parks with a great many touring options and special offerings to allow their Guests to get the most of their party dollar. You can choose from Candy Trails, Dance Parties, Special Parades, Exclusive Character Meet & Greets (Captain Jack Sparrow is usually out and the Seven Dwarfs), Talented Streetmosphere (especially over at the Haunted Mansion) and a lot of merchandise. So I suggest choosing 2 or 3 and prioritizing what you really really really want to experience and sticking with it. We opted for a couple of character meet and greets, candy trails and hitting some attractions we hadn’t done earlier in our trip and as well of course going on the Haunted Mansion. It was Halloween Night after all! We also wanted to be sure to catch the Headless Horseman trotting through and see Hallowishes which in my review is probably the most impressive fireworks show in the Magic Kingdom’s calendar.
You can also listen to our experience as I was a featured guest on the Special Mouse Podcast episode all about touring Mickey’s Not So Scary! Check it out here.
So in all it’s a wonderful experience, especially if you love Halloween and love Disney and you have kids like mine who despite being older elementary age still don’t go for gore and are more into spooky, but not TOO spooky! If you would like assistance in purchasing tickets for Mickey’s Not So Scary on either coast be sure to contact us at Up & Up Travel, LLC, Click Here to contact them via web form!