Well, it took us a few tries but my family finally made it to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for 2010! The first time we went was last year. You can read about that experience here: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2009. It turned out to be one of my favorite visits to Disney ever! The kids, who were 3 and 1 last year, talked about it the whole year. The fact that my one year old REMEMBERED how much fun he had really cemented the deal for us to go again this year.
At Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party you will experience:
- Character Greetings – many in “costumes”
- Character Dance Parties
- A Firework Show that is done just for this event (Halloween Hallowishes)
- Villain Mix & Mingle Production
- And a Spooktacular Parade! (Mickey’s Boo-to-You)
BEST DAY TO GO? So, after some delays and reschedulings, my husband bought tickets for Thursday Night, October 14th. Last year we went on a Friday and I was keeping my fingers crossed that a Thursday would be even less busy, since kids have to go to school the next day. I was right! There wasn’t a crowd and wait times were so short!
LETS TALK COSTUMES FOR KIDS: Another difference from this year and last, personally speaking, was that the kids actually wore costumes … and so did I. Last year I had them in skeleton pajamas the whole time. This year we arrived at the park early with a our season passes so I had them dressed in Mickey tees and shorts. Just before 7pm, when the Not-So-Scary Halloween Party begins (and you need separate tickets for) I changed them into their Halloween costumes. My oldest was Woody and my youngest was Buzz Lightyear. I stowed their clothes under the stroller. When it got to be around 10pm, I could tell they were starting to slow down. So we did one last potty break and I changed them into their skeleton pajamas again, so it was still “costumey and Halloween-ish”, but I could pop them right into bed when the night was over.
PARKING: If you are a season pass holder and arrive before 4 o’clock, you wont have to pay for parking. If you arrive closer to the event time, you will have to pay for event parking.
CANDY STOPS: There seemed to be less obvious candy stops – and the candy stops I did see seemed to have longer lines. It wasn’t because of Disney organization, though. When people should have made two lines to get candy, they were forming “blockades” in the one lines. So we only stood one one line and counted on the end of the parades to fill up our bags a little more. That also kept us and the kids from over indulging in sweets.
CHARACTER STOPS: Last year we made more character stops. This year the characters we wanted to meet, like Captain Hook, weren’t where we would assume they would be. We did see people stopping to take pictures with the Witch Queen from Snow White, Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, and the Seven Dwarves. Right before 7 my little family went straight to Mickey’s Toon Town and inside Mickey’s House to take a picture with Halloween Mickey and Minnie. That was ALSO different from last year. Last year the pictures were outside in his garden by the giant pumpkin – and it was only Mickey. This year it was Mickey and Minnie in the tent behind Mickey’s House. I think I liked the outside venue more, but they did it this way because the line can get really long and when Mickey was doing photos in the garden the line ended out in the street!
VILLAIN MIX & MINGLE PRODUCTION: We didn’t watch the villain mix & mingle, which takes place in front of Cinderella’s Castle, in 2009. But this year we caught it. We found a great spot around 20 minutes before the show. It wasn’t close enough to “mingle” with villains after the production, you have to be RIGHT IN FRONT to do that. But it was around the circular entrance to the castle, so we saw the whole thing. I had my youngest standing on the recycle bin and my oldest was sitting on his dad’s shoulders. It had a lot of familiar villains, like Captain Hook, the queens from Snow White, Alice in Wonderland and Sleeping Beauty, and Jafar. There seemed to be a new villain, which confuddled me for a few minutes. Then I realized he was the villain, Dr. Facilier, from The Princess and the Frog.The show started at 7:45pm and lasted around 20 minutes.
BOO TO YOU PARADE: Right after the Villain Mix & Mingle everyone stays put to watch the Boo to You Parade. There are two parades, 8:15 and 10:30. The second parade is SO MUCH LESS CROWDED than the first. You have to choose your spot and sit tight for a good 20 minutes. That is when you are going to want to pull out $5 to $7 dollars to buy a lighted toy from a vendor to keep the kids entertained. Trust me, it’s money well spent. You want to make sure you are there for the beginning, because depending where you are the Headless Horseman will end up running by 5 – 10 minutes before the parade reaches you – and that was my kids’ favorite part this year. As my 4 year old says, “The headless horseman has NO HEAD! He has a PUMPKIN! And his horse is BLACK!” He was just so amazed by it. So of course, that made us stick around for the second parade too. And since this event is the only time you will catch it, it’s worth watching twice.
IN THE END: Overall, the experience was still fulfilling and completely worth the ticket price. Adults will pay $59 – $65, depending on the night. Kid tickets range between $53 to $59. Children under 3 are free. My sister-in-law went the week before us with her almost 2 year old. She was hesitant, because she wasn’t sure if her son was too young. But speaking from experience, you got to let kids have experiences to grow from. This is one FUN experience to give your child. And if you are afraid they wont remember, just take LOTS of pictures and video!
Any questions about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or any other Disney Park – just ask! We have annual passes and go often. Just leave your question as a comment here or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And check out the official Not-So-Scary Disney site for dates, times and pricing.
Don’t waste time in long lines to meet characters. All characters will be out until 11:30pm. The later you stay at the park, the shorter the lines are.
Feed your kids a nutritious meal BEFORE you go. They will probably not eat ANYTHING except candy at the park. It is EVERYWHERE. There are specific locations that you will find on your map, as well as candy spots that are after character greetings AND they give out candy during both parades.
Bring a stroller if you own one. We have carried our kids through Epcot before and it is tiring, especially since at the Halloween Party you probably will also have a camera and bags of candy. Otherwise expect to rent one. The perk in renting one is that if it gets “misplaced”, you just take your ticket back to the stroller spot and get another one! And yes, BIG kids get tired too. I saw plenty of 7 – 8 year olds in the Disney strollers. And parents were also using them to carry bags. So just plan accordingly!
Buy your tickets in advance – they do sell out and you don’t want to drive down there just to realize all the tickets are gone.