8 tips to make the most out of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

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Boo to You Parade

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Unless you have the brand new unlimited admission ticket for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you are likely going to want to make the most of the event when attending only once this season. With special character meet and greets, fireworks, shows, parades, candy collecting, and rides, it can be tricky to fit everything into the short space of time you have at the event.

We’ve pulled together some top tips to help you make the most of the event and fit everything in while ensuring you still have a spooktacular time!

Attend the Party in Costume

This might be an obvious one and it’s totally okay if you don’t want to dress-up for the event but keep in mind, you are going to get far more from the event if you do dress-up. We’ve attended the event both in and out of costume and not only do you get more from character interactions and cast members, but you are also almost guaranteed to get more candy as well!

You’ll get even more candy if you are dressed as a character the cast member loves. Here’s Ryan from the ITM team dressed as his favourite character, Stitch, about to board the bus to the Magic Kingdom from Disney’s Old Key West Resort:

Ryan dressed as Stitch for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Credit: Ryan Ogilvie/ ITM Reporter

The candy alone was well worth being hot in that costume, for those wondering!

Arrive at the Party Early

Though it might seem a bit odd, arriving at the party way ahead of the official party starting time of 7 p.m. can be a great way to fit in some extra attractions before the party begins. Guests tend to begin filtering out ahead of the park closing around late afternoon so often you will find significantly lower wait times for some of your favourite attractions.

Don’t worry about not getting your wristband for the party straight away, these can be collected at a number of locations around the park ahead of the party.

Don’t Rush to Collect Candy

Though the thought of unlimited candy is a difficult one to remove from your mind, our advice would be t wait until later in the evening before touring the Magic Kingdom for candy collecting. This is because there is so much else to do throughout the park and as the evening goes on, guests tend to filter out, leaving fewer queues for candy and more generous cast members who will give you a lot more candy per visit!

Keep Collecting Candy!

Speaking of candy, don’t think you are limited by the single bag you are given for collection at the start fo the party–it’s unlimited! Don’t be afraid to ask for another bag from a cast member or even emptying the bag you are given into a bag of your own. Also, don’t feel like you have to keep touring around the entire Magic Kingdom, once you have been through and collected from one location, feel free to go back into the same queue to do it again!

Watch the Second Boo-to-You Parade

Boo to You Parade
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Though it might be tempting to watch the first Mickey’s Boo-To-You Parade of the evening, it is easily the busiest of the two parades in the evening. By the time the second parade makes its way around the Magic Kingdom, a lot of people with younger families have already left for the evening. This means you are way more likely to get a great spot for the parade.

Be sure to get there early for a chance to see the headless horseman!

Make Time for Characters!

Not only are there rare characters out in the park to see such as Jack and Sally, Jack Sparrow, and many of Disney’s greatest villains, but also you will get the chance to see some of your favourite Disney characters all dressed up for Halloween!

While lines for the rare characters can take a lot of your evening, meeting the characters dressed up for Halloween tends to have a much shorter wait time.

Try the Spooky Ride Overlays

Pirates of the Caribbean exterior
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While it’s safe to say that pretty much all attractions will have a shorter wait time, there’s some we’d recommend trying above others. Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Mad Tea Party all have special Halloween-themed overlays just for the party! We’d certainly prioritize these above the rest!

Don’t Miss Hocus Pocus and the Fireworks!

Our final tip may seem obvious but it can be easy to miss both the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show and Not So Spooky Spectacular fireworks show if you are the other side of the park collecting candy or meeting a special character.

The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular is a fantastic stage show, even if you have never seen the Hocus Pocus movie before and includes Oogie Boogie, Maleficent, The Evil Queen, Hades, Cruella De Vil, Jafar, Captain Hook, and Dr. Facilier as the starring Disney Villains alongside The Sanderson Sisters.

The new Not So Spooky Spectacular fireworks show new to 2019 is also a spectacle not to be missed and only shows once a night!

hocus pocus villains spectacular
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If you’re looking to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, why not consider our friends over at  Academy Travel for a free no-obligation quote. The team of Authorized Disney Vacation Planners at Academy Travel can help answer all your questions and plan your trip so you can focus on having a magical Disney vacation without any stress. Click here to contact them and begin planning your family’s first Disney vacation!

Have you got any tips to share for those thinking about attending the party? Let us know in the comments below!

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