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Disney World Vacations: Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 - Tips & Comparison


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Boo, to you!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016

It's Halloween time once again at the Magic Kingdom and whether you're going to Mickey's Not So Scary for the first time or you're a yearly visitor, you'll find some fun surprises during the party.

We've previously covered Mickey's Not So Scary and shared our experience, but we were able to make again this year, this time for opening night. We're excited to share our experience and discussing some of the differences between this year and last. Spoiler alert--we liked some of the changes!

Party Dates:
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

Ticket prices vary based on age (adult vs child) and night attended. Halloween night has already sold out as of the time of this post!

You can head to Disney's site and read more or buy your tickets once you've read through our experience. 

Check back soon, we'll be adding a video of our experience shortly!


Overview of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

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Follow these signs for the party

If you haven't been to the party before or read our previous post on it, here's a quick overview of the party! Make sure you continue on to our comparison between last year and this year below after for more insight.

Essentially, for select nights throughout September and October (there are more dates this year than ever before, but we'll get into that below) the Magic Kingdom is transformed into a trick-or-treater's dream! While some rides shut down (continue to our next section for more info on that), many major ones stay open and the park is filled with candy stations where trick-or-treaters can stand in fairly quick-moving lines as many times as they choose to get handfuls of high quality candy from Disney cast members!

For those with peanut allergies (and I believe they offer sugar-free as well), you can head to the Town Hall for allergy-friendly candy.

In addition to trick-or-treating, party visitors can also take in some of the awesome parades and performances! Last year, the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular was added, which featured an amazing cast of characters from Hocus Pocus along with villains from quite a few of Disney's most popular animated films.

Then of course there's the Boo to You parade (the song is instantly stuck in my head just typing that!).

Here are some quick tips if this is your first time visiting:
  • Although the party starts at 7pm, guests at the park for the party can enter as early as 4pm and get in some rides well before the party starts!
  • Some areas can get very congested, especially after parades and performances have ended, so be sure you keep a tight hang on little ones as crows can get pushy. 
  • You can bring your own trick-or-treat bag, but Disney also provides them to each party attendee. They're not huge and you can request more, but we found that they ran out of them at many of the stations we checked about an hour before the party ended.
  • Don't feel discouraged if lines look a little long, candy station lines move very quickly!
  • Bring water as you'll definitely want to stay hydrated while running around the park and finding vendors with water later in the evening can be hard.
  • Mickey's Boo to You Parade is so much fun and thankfully with less people in the park we found it has been reasonably easy each year to get a curbside position. The area near the Theatre is still our favorite for snapping some great shots!
  • Character meet & greets are extremely popular during parties, so lines form early and get very long. We found this year that if we got in line by the beginning of the party we didn't have to wait for more than 45 minutes.  
  • Characters at meet & greets must take breaks every 15 minutes, so if you see a character leaving or not at a station, don't worry--they'll be back soon!
  •  FastPass+ is not available during the party, but can still be set up for the hours prior to the party starting.
  • You can make reservations at some of the restaurants in the park during the party, but fewer are open and availability is very limited. Try to make reservations well in advance and if you can't get one for the place you want, try daily before you get there (especially a day or two before) as well as during the party. We've gotten some amazing reservations last-minute this way because people tend to cancel before their cancellation period is up 24 hours before their reservations.
  • Every holiday party has its own special merchandise released ONLY at the party, meaning you cannot buy it online or at other parks--only at the party. Lines for this merchandise can be long and we saw a few things sell out fairly early on in the evening, so make sure you head straight to the location selling them early on if you want this. This year, we were told merchandise was sold exclusively at Big Top Souvenirs and that's where we got ours.
  • You can wear costumes if you want, but you don't have to. There are guidelines, which you can read HERE
  • It gets hot and humid, even though it's October, so keep that in mind when planning your outfit/costume.
  • Boo to You Parade and Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular run multiples times throughout the party, however, we only saw the headless horseman ride once before the first parade time, so make sure you catch him! 
  • Crowds were a tiny bit thinner at the later times for both events, so you may want to wait until later to catch them to avoid the bigger crowd. 
  • Don't forget to grab your exclusive party Sorcerer Mickey Card during the party at the Fire Station on Main Street USA! 
  • For sensory kiddos this party may or may not be a bit challenging as crowds do form during performances/parades/shows multiple times throughout the night. Additionally, performances may be loud for those with sensitive ears. However, both of our guys tend to do well because they're so engaged by all of the fun going on around them, though our youngest sometimes covers his ears during performances.
  • Bring rain gear and layers even if weather reports say it will be clear. We've had all kinds of weather attending the parties and one thing you can be sure--it's generally very unpredictable! We had a downpour during part of our party this year, then it got pretty cool out. Last year we had a little rain, but it stayed incredibly hot and humid. You just never know!
  • The party goes by quickly! I know it seems like 7pm to just after midnight (which is when the last Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular ended) is a decent stretch, but by the time you're done running from candy station to station, hopping on some rides and taking in a performance or two the night will be over, so plan your time carefully if you want to get the most out of your party.
I think that's all we have for tips for now, but we'll be sure to update if we think of any others and please be sure to share yours if you attend this year!


2015 vs 2016 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party


Jack Sparrow was fantastic this year! He spent a decent amount of time with each guest and carried on some really hilarious conversations. In fact, he had the boys totally convinced he was going to sail the Black Pearl right into our backyards after we got back home!

Some of you may have heard that there have been some changes to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party this year compared to last, While last year saw the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular made its debut, there were quite a few noteworthy changes made that those that attended last year and again this year will notice!

Don't worry too much tough, most of the changes were actually fantastically helpful in our opinions. ;)

  1. There are more nights this year than ever before and they started at the beginning of September (we actually attending opening night!
  2. Ticket prices increased a notable amount (around $4-$20 difference depending on the nights visited last year compared to this). As with last year, dates closer to Halloween are more expensive in general.
  3. As party-goers, we were greeted the moment we stepped into Main Street's town square and given a bag of candy, then ushered through a special entrance, even though it was only 4pm. This was nice because we felt like we were attending the party the moment we stepped foot through the gates! 
  4. The candy changed! Last year wasn't bad by any means, but the majority of what we collected consisted of Peeps and Werther's Originals with a little chocolate. This year we were bursting at the seams with chocolate! We don't want to give it away, but let's just say Disney World really stepped up their candy game. :)
  5. Treat stops were placed differently this year. Last year there were a few treat stops scattered throughout a couple areas, then one walk with a number of them along them. This year, we felt treat stops were much more evenly placed throughout the entire park!
  6. Some rides were shut down that we didn't remember being such down last time, such as the Jungle Cruise and Tiki Room--which we were bummed about! The Jungle Cruise and Tiki Room during our party were treat stations, but not running at the time.
  7. Treat station lines moved even faster this year than last. Last year we had some impressively long lines that moved reasonably fast. This year we stopped at treat stations throughout the party and at no point did we ever experience a crazy long line.
  8. Some treat stations had 2 or 3 treat hand-outs, meaning you'd get some candy from one cast member, then move immediately on to another and sometimes even another before exiting the treat station!
  9.  We felt the party overall was organized in such a way that made it easier to do everything--trick-or-treat, ride rides and catch performances/parades.
  10. Sorcerer Mickey Cards were handed out outside the actual Fire House, which made it much easier to grab and get back to the party!
  11. We felt like there were more Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular performances this year than last--3 in total. Were there only 2 last year? I feel like there were. And the last one was right at midnight, so we ended up leaving the park at about 12:20 am or so when all was said and done.
  12. Boo to You parade floats were somewhat the same, but there were definitely some changes to the floats and order compared to last year.
  13. Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party exclusive merchandise was at Big Top Souvenirs instead of the Emporium on Main during our party.
  14. Additionally, they gave us a 1-sheet catalog of all the exclusive merchandise while standing in a (moderately long) line so that we knew exactly what we wanted by the time we hit checkout. All the pins and most of the merchandise was kept behind the counter, but the party pumpkin ornaments and Hocus Pocus ornaments were adjacent to the line on a hanging display. 
  15. Character meet & greets seemed to form lines a little bit slower at the very beginning of the party than last year, but then got just as long. The boys met Jack Sparrow and although we didn't line up until after the party started, we only waited for about 45 minutes total. Last year we headed to Jack Skellington quickly and waited for nearly 2 hours.
Those are all the changes we noted during our party and we're happy to say we were really pleased with most of them! We're assuming there's always a chance Disney could make little tweaks from party to party,  but you'll probably experience the same if you attend again this year.


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Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular is so fantastic. Whether you love the movie or you're just a fan of a good Disney production, it's worth watching!




Note: This post was not sponsored. All opinions above are our own.

14 comments:

  1. OK this seriously sounds like so much fun! I'm so bummed I couldn't go during Halloween!

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    1. If something changes, there are still a ton of dates in October! I hope you get to go someday, it is a blast!

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  2. I've always wanted to go to this! Thanks for the rundown.

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    1. You're welcome! I hope you get to go sometime! :)

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  3. I'm DYING to go to Disney for Halloween! It always looks so beautiful and fun! Halloween and Christmas are Disney bucket list!

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    1. OMG the parks are SO fun for both! Honestly, some of our favorite holiday events to go to. lol

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  4. This looks like so much fun! We were at Disney in October last year, but didn't make it to the party.

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    1. Still so fun to see the Halloween decor out! Last year we did the party in October, this year we did it in September, but we didn't have any of the crazy heat we had last year lol

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  5. My kids are almost grown, but I bet they would love this still!

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    1. I think they definitely would! There are so many people of different ages that attend--babies to child-free adults :)

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  6. This just looks like so much fun!

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  7. My sister is in Disney this week and I'm SO jealous she's there for Halloween! I should let her in on some of these tips. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I hope she has an awesome time! Tell her to get you some exclusive party merch ;)

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