If you don’t already know from reading Thrifty Nifty Mommy, our family loves Walt Disney World! It is by far our favorite vacation spot and we look forward to our (mostly) annual trip there. Disney World is a truly “magical” place and the atmosphere cannot be beat. Disney goes to great lengths to make every facet of the parks innovative and fantastic. Whimsy, adventure, and mystery can be found in every place you look with some things being obvious and some things only noticed by those with a keen eye! We learn something new about the various Disney World parks every time we go.
For Janessa and me, the best part about going is seeing the sense of wonder that falls on our kids. They get engrossed and engaged in the atmosphere of the parks to a degree that no other place can match. For this reason alone, Disney World will always hold a special place in our hearts. I think Janessa and I love Disney World just as much as the kiddos simply because of the fullness of life we get to see in our children as they scamper around the Magic Kingdom riding rides, meeting heroes and villains, tasting the various one-of-a-kind treats you can only find there, and generally getting lost in the wonderful fantasy world Disney has created over many, many years.
Throughout the year, Disney hosts various special events such as the Night of Joy, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party, and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. We have yet to experience the Night of Joy or the Very Merry Christmas Party. We have, however, gotten to experience the Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and it was a blast! Unlike most children who would quote Christmas as being their favorite holiday, Maggie (our oldest) has always had an affinity for Halloween and spooky things in general. We attended Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in October of 2014.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is an all-ages event so children of any age can enjoy the festivities without worry of over-the-top scares. It is all lighthearted, spooky fun! Even the Disney characters themselves get in on the fun with their own Halloween costumes! This is also your chance to meet and greet with characters that you don’t typically see throughout the rest of the year. For example, last year we met Tarzan & Jane, Jack Sparrow (he is there year-round but during this festival he will actually sign autographs and take photos), Captain Hook, Jafar, Abu the Monkey, the Genie, and several of the classic characters dressed in special Halloween costume. We noticed other characters such as the Evil Queen from Snow White but didn’t have time to meet them. The characters vary from year to year. We didn’t see them when we went last year, but I’ve heard others mention that Jack Skellington and Sally from A Nightmare Before Christmas are available to meet!
The fantastic lighting and decorations for the party really help draw children into the experience. Of course, there are plenty of treats to go with the tricks! Candy stations are found in numerous places throughout the Magic Kingdom. A map of the party events can be found HERE! You may bring your own candy bag or one can be provided for you courtesy of Disney. I would suggest doing the candy trail later in the evening so you don’t have to lug around a candy bag all evening. This is especially true for families with multiple children. Also, the cast members who hand out the candy are more generous at these times in an attempt to empty their bins, plus the lines are also a lot shorter too. We didn’t realize just how much candy they hand out and, let me tell you, it is a lot! You can go through the lines as much as you want so be prepared for some large, fully-loaded candy bags!
There is plenty of entertainment during the party. This year includes the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular where the 3 mischievous Sanderson Sisters decide to use their magic to host a decidedly wicked fun fest. From DisneyWorld.com:
Enlisting the help of the Disney Villains, Winifred, Mary and Sarah mix sinister shadows and terrifying nightmares to conjure the ultimate Hocus Pocus Party Potion—and cast a spell on everyone in Magic Kingdom park!
Look for appearances from Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie and Maleficent. Combine them and other great Disney Villains with amazing dancers, wild visual projections and otherworldly special effects to make Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular a new, not-to-be-missed Halloween treat!
What Disney event would be complete without a parade? Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade is sure to put a smile on your family’s faces! From DisneyWorld.com:
The grandmaster of this bone-rattling parade has truly lost his head! A hair-raising ride by the Headless Horseman himself begins the festivities, followed by a collection of frightening floats featuring Disney Characters in Halloween costumes. Get ready for the grave diggers! The Haunted Mansion stars in this delightful parade. It’s really not so scary—just fiendish fun!
Of course, in addition to a parade, no Disney event would be complete without their trademark fireworks displays to round out the evening! The Happy HalloWishes firework display does just that! An amazing dessert package is available for the Happy HalloWishes fireworks display that includes an unbeatable view of the show in a special seating area and sweet treats for the whole family. From DisneyWorld.com:
Celebrate the hallowed spooky season with a high-flying spider web of spine-tingling pyrotechnic effects and haunting melodies. The Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion invites you to “drop in” as Disney Villains light up the night with fireworks and a wicked version of melodies from Disney’s past that echo through the night— and creepy colors crawl over Cinderella Castle.
The “scare-abration” gets into full swing when some of Disney’s most celebrated (and hated) villains—including Maleficent, Ursula, Cruella de Vil, Jafar and Oogie Boogie— croon their scary tunes and do their best to steal the show.
The festivities don’t have to end when you return to your room! The Mickey’s Spooktacular Celebration package is a real treat with several tricks. From DisneyWorld.com:
In-Room Celebrations help create magical memories and place you directly into your own Disney story. Experience an over-the-top, personalized, Not-So-Scary Halloween Party welcome—prepared by Mickey Mouse himself! Delight someone special by arranging the surprise of a lifetime in your Disney Resort hotel room. It’s the trick that really is a treat.
When we first looked into the Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, we weren’t sure if it would be worth the extra cost on top of a regular admission ticket. We enjoyed the party so much, we would definitely do it again but with an adjustment. We wouldn’t purchase the regular admission tickets for that day. Our plan for the next time we attend is to purchase regular admission tickets every day except the day of the party. Instead, we would just purchase the party tickets for that evening. You can enter the park at 4:00, a little before the party starts, so there is plenty of time to ride a couple of the roller coasters before the festivities begin! Most of the rides continue running during the party as well, so this can be an opportunity for short lines. This is just our opinion, of course, and you may decide that a full day at the park before the party is more your thing. Nothing wrong with that!
You receive special wristbands when you purchase tickets for the Not-So-Scary Halloween Party that allow the cast members to identify party-goers by sight. Shortly before the party begins, cast members will herd any non-participants to the park exits. Rest assured that cast members will make sure that only those with purchased wristbands are in attendance. We personally witnessed several people being escorted out. While this sounds harsh, Disney wants to make sure that guests get the best possible experience when they pay for it. I really appreciate the effort and care that Disney puts into these events and I am happy to compensate them.
Maggie and Jacob had a fantastic time at the party dressed as Queen Elsa and Jake from “Jake and the Neverland Pirates” respectively. Zellene, being so young, didn’t care one way or another. She was just content to be in her carrier! Our evening was fantastic. We met characters, got egregious amounts of candy, watched a cool parade, and mellowed by the Swiss Family Robinson tree house while the fireworks lit up the sky. It was a beautiful way to cap off an evening of magic for the kids!
We would definitely recommend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party to everyone. The decor, costumes, parade, lights, characters and, of course, candy make it a worthwhile investment for you and your family. As with most things Disney parks does, it is worth it just for the memories you’ll make and keep.
For more information and to plan your vacation, visit the Parks & Destinations section of Disney.com!