With Walt Disney World practically in my backyard, Halloween for me would not be complete without a visit to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom. If you have not been to this event, it is not to be missed. This is a great opportunity to dress up in your favorite costume and celebrate in the Magic Kingdom. Even if you don’t want to dress up, you will enjoy all the effort people have made to get dressed up in costume for the party.
The party begins at 7:00 PM, but your party ticket allows you to enter the Magic Kingdom as early as 4:00 PM so you can start enjoying all the fun.
A bevy of scarecrows fashioned after the characters you might find on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom greet guests as they enter Town Square. There are so many photo opportunities that you will want to take advantage of them all. Mickey and all of his friends will be wearing their costumes and ready to pose for pictures with you. There will also be opportunities for photos with rarely seen characters like the “Hag” from Snow White and Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Inside the Emporium, Mickey’s pals take center stage over a display of Halloween merchandise.
Even the balloons for sale on Main Street get a makeover for Halloween. The white Mickey balloons have lights in them that begin to add an eerie glow to the evening’s festivities. If you are into trick-or-treating, there are more than a dozen locations throughout the park, and Disney even provides the bags for you as you enter.
When the sun starts to set, the jack o’ lanterns throughout the park begin to glow. The Magic Kingdom is decked inside and out in all of it’s Halloween finery. Everywhere you look are creatively carved pumpkins. This is when my favorite things begin to happen! Twice during the evening, just before the “BOO-TO-YOU” parade, the Headless Horseman rides the parade route through the Magic Kingdom. You won’t want to miss this parade as it is the parties are the only opportunity you have to view it. You will see gravediggers and ghost dancers as well as appearances by all of your favorite Disney pals dressed in their Halloween garb.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party would not be complete without a trip to the Haunted Mansion. Even the ride operators get a little special effects for the night! You won’t want to miss the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular which is brand new this year, featuring the Sanderson Sisters from the Walt Disney Pictures film, Hocus Pocus. They perform the show 4 times during the party so everyone gets a chance to see it.
The Haunted Mansion is never as spooky as it is during a Halloween Party when the humourous ghosts, Madame Carlotta or Madame Renatta entertain guests from the lawn outside the mansion. If you search them out you might also find the Cadaver Dans wandering about Frontierland or Liberty Square. During daylight hours those fellows might be confused with the Dapper Dans, the barbershop quartet that entertains on Main Street, U.S.A., but when Halloween rolls around, these are four “dead” souls that have been killed by various means, an arrow through the heart or a hatchet over the head. They still sing just as sweetly, though.
Even the Disney cast members were all dressed in fun Halloween-themed costumes. I re-connected with this wonderful woman I first met years ago at the Magic Kingdom.
In true Disney fashion they wished us all a good night with, “See Ya Real Soon” appropriately presented in carved pumpkin jack-o-lanterns. For me there is nothing like celebrating Halloween at Walt Disney World.
Will you be attending at Halloween parties this year? Will you be dressing up? Let me know in the comments below!