Walt Disney World Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2015
We have discussed general tips and tricks for attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in a previous post, so check that out if you’re planning to visit!We wanted to share our personal experience this year attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party for those that want to get a more in-depth peek at what you might expect. If you desperately wanted to attend and can’t this year, hopefully we’re able to sprinkle a little ghoulish pixie dust your way as well by sharing this! There’s no shame in turning the lights down, sitting in front of your screen and munching some Halloween candy while reading this–we won’t tell a soul, living or dead!
Date Visited: October 1, 2015
Crowd Levels: moderate (4pm-7pm) moderate-high in condensed area (7pm-midnight)
Age Range Appeal: little ADHDers to adults depending on areas visited and height
Special Note: Keep in mind, once the crowds have been separated out and only the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween guests are left it feels as though there are more people than there are in the park simply because the party is condensed into several primary areas for the most part.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2015 Tips
While we’ve already done an entire post dedicated to pre-tip trips, we wanted to highlight a few specific to our 2015 experience!
- It can get very congested in some areas, so keep hold of little ones in the dark. There are plenty of adults without children there and we found some were a tad pushy in the busier areas.
- While some lines for treats look (and are) very long, they move pretty fast since you literally just pass through for treats.
- The Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular is fantastic and as such it draws a big crowd. For this reason, if you are short or simply want a really good view make sure to get to Main St well in advance of the show!
- Mickey’s Boo to You Parade is also great and thankfully with less people in the park we found it was reasonably easy to get a curbside position. The area near the Theatre as our favorite for snapping some great shots.
- Characters for meet & greets take breaks approximately every 15 minutes we were told, but thankfully they’re only gone for about 5 minutes or so, so if you see them walking away while you’re in line don’t worry! They will be back soon.
- Don’t forget to take advantage of the fact that you can get into Magic Kingdom as early as 4 pm rather than waiting until the party starts at 7 pm.
- While FastPass+ is not available during the party, you can set them up as usual between 4 pm and 7 pm if you’re going to take advantage of the extra time you get at the park beforehand.
- Despite the fact we were there in early October it was still in the mid 80s and very humid, so keep that in mind!
- I’m not sure why, but it was actually much harder than usual to find vendors with water around the park during the party. And they only had the small bottles of water, not the super large ones. It was mid- to high-80s and very humid the day/night we were there so we were all quite thirsty and ironically the hubs had forgotten to pack our usual backpack full of water that night. This is definitely something you want to plan in advance if you’re big water drinkers like us!
Walt Disney World in All Its Autumn Glory
While this post is dedicated to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party we wanted to highlight how beautifully Disney decorates for the season, which you’ll see if you get to Magic Kingdom between 4-7pm (a perk of special parties) before the party starts. We highly suggest doing this as lines are a bit thinner for some rides since it’s later in the day and it’s a great opportunity to see all of the beautiful decorations.
|We loved these fun jack-o-lantern scarecrows on Main St. USA!|
|I love that you can see the Magic Castle peeking out in the background!|
|This sign was out earlier in the day, but it got us super excited for the party later that night!|
|Can we live there?!|
|We always breeze by the gardens near the castle because we’re so anxious to hop on rides, but they are so beautiful and definitely worth a stroll through.|
Walt Disney World Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2015 – Treat Locations & Special Merchandise
While you can technically gain admittance to the park as early as 4 pm, the party doesn’t start until 7 pm. Around this time guests that do not have the special party wristbands and don’t want to buy one (if any are still available) are gently ushered to the exit and not given admittance to rides, shops, etc. after that point. It’s actually done fairly gently and quickly and by that point the treat lights begin to shine!
|We loved the projections on some of the buildings and rides! So fun.|
|The park is always pretty at night, but there was definitely something extra magical about it the night of the party!|
|In addition to all of the extra lights and decorations, there was an eerie fog wafting its way across some parts of the park!|
|We could not stop taking pics of this ferry and its spooky reflection. How fun is that? There was a trick-or-treat spot right near this ferry by the way!|
|Of all the treat lines we stood in this one by the ferry was probably the longest, but it really did move quite fast. There was no standing still, just a reasonable amount of walking. 😉|
|Main St USA was so fun to walk through during the party! The storefronts and buildings were illuminated with changing, lights.|
|While the parks in general were full of fun Halloween goodies, there was special party-only merchandise in several places throughout the park–t-shirt, a pin, a magic band, etc.|
Who else has scored this fun LE Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card? Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party is SO fun and a great value in our opinions! We’re working on our coverage from our recent trip and the full feature should be up soon. In the meantime head to our Walt Disney World Travel Guide for general tips on how to make the most of your time at this fun event! #trickortreatingwithmickey @waltdisneyworld @disneyworldresort #disney #wdw #mickeyshalloweenparty #mickeysnotsoscaryhalloweenparty #familytravel #familyadhd #instagood #instatravel #party #halloween #minnie #minniemouse
Walt Disney World Mickey’s Boo to You Parade
One of the exciting things we got to do (aside from rides, trick or treating around the park and snatching up some super LE merchandise) was watch Mickey’s Boo to You Parade! If you’re a fan of Disney World’s parades you don’t want to miss this one. It was super fun and the characters did a great job of making sure at least a few headed in our direction with each wave of characters.
|The parade began with a visit from the headless horseman!|
|The boys got into this parade from the second they saw this pumpkin-toting guy–such a fun way to begin!|
|Wonder if he’s off to Sleepy Hollow…|
|Phineas and Ferb were all about hyping up the crowd and getting them dancing!|
|They had some pretty serious moves.|
|Time for the parade to kick into high-gear!|
|How gorgeous was Jasmine’s outfit?!|
|Followed by the dashing Aladdin and lovely Geppetto.|
|No Disney parade is completed without the mouse of the hour, his main squeeze and best friends!|
|I was bummed Mr. Smee never really turned our way, but the entire ship was really fabulous!|
|You tell ’em, Wendy! Stick to your guns.|
|Captain Hook and Peter Pan were clearly working out some issues.|
|Pirates of the Caribbean is one of our favorite rides and movies, so we were so glad to see such a big presence in the parade!|
|Oh, it’s Jack Sparrow! Check out that booty! 😉|
|The attention to detail on Disney floats always blows us away. Even looking at all of these shots after it’s amazing how intricate everything was.|
|Haunted Mansion had a huge presence in the parade and everyone from the gravediggers to the waltzing ghosts were fantastic!|
|If you have sensory kiddos, these guys do slam down their shovels while dancing so you may want to prepare your little one(s) for that!|
|These guys were easily one of my favorites to watch! Just stunning and other-wordly looking.|
|Their costumes were amazing!|
|As an MUA I was really in love with their costume and makeup. Really well done!|
|These guys were probably the creepiest of all the parade floats–just a warning for anyone that has anxious little guys!|
|Even with my flash you can see these guys are still pretty creepy!|
|Definitely a face only a mother could love!|
|Line dancing, anyone? They guys were so cheerful!|
|Here’s Clarebelle looking extra sultry for some reason! Haha|
|Girl really works that 80s shadow!|
|Childhood! Who grew up watching Rescue Rangers? Anyone?|
|These guys were so great, Chip even stopped to greet our boys!|
|Vanellope Von Schweetz was another character that went out of her way to greet our guys!|
|Do you think I can get away with candy accessories in my hair?|
|Oh Wreck it Ralph, you lovable oaf! Hope you’re still partying it up in the penthouse with everyone else.|
|I’m not a fan of candy corn (yes, I know it’s strange, but I hate it), but I was surprised the hubs didn’t leap out into the truck to snatch some!|
|These little candy-corn-mobiles were so cute, I don’t why they amused us so much!|
|Goofy may have had a little too much candy… 😉 Party it up, big guy!|
|Not wanting to leave anyone out, even the animal villains had their place in the parade.|
|Another character that made a point of greeting our guys!|
|This rock and roll skeleton band was pretty cool to watch!|
|Even Pain and Panic made an appearance!|
|Easily one of the most redeemable villains Disney has created in my opinion, Michael “Goob” Yagoobian from Meet the Robinsons made a point of interacting with our guys and posing for a pic!|
|My personal favorite of all the shots I took during the party was definitely this ugly stepsister throwing me some major shade! Too funny!|
|The Shadow Man himself–Dr. Facilier!|
|Jafar and Maleficent!|
|The evil queen!|
|Wonder what that evil queen is up to? Photobombed by her own magic mirror no less! 😉|
Walt Disney World Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular
If you’re a Bette Midler fan, you can’t get enough of Sarah Jessica Parker or if Kathy Najimy has been cracking you up since Sister Act … and of course if Hocus Pocus is your #1 Halloween movie–DO NOT MISS the Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular!
Guys, I love Hocus Pocus and all of the amazing actresses that played Sanderson sisters. There are very few Halloween movies I want to watch each year, but that is certainly among them, so when I heard Disney was switching things up and that the Sanderson sisters (if only it was the originals!) were hosting the new Villain Spectacular show during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party I got excited. I probably got more excited than the kids, I’m not gonna lie.
While obviously Bette, Sarah and Kathy (I’d like to think we’re on a first name basis … in my fantasy world) are not actually hosting the show, the performers in the show the night we were there were absolutely fantastic. They looked the part, played the part and sang the part! They sang several songs from the movie and some of the other villains sang songs from their original movies–really fun.
Tip: If you are short (like us) or if you simply want a really good view of the show make sure you head to the castle way in advance of showtime. It is nearly impossible to see if you get there around the time the show starts. Since it’s not just a lights and fireworks show you’ll find it’s difficult to see people on stage if you’re not close. Also, during the night we were there there were a lot of adults that didn’t seem to mind pushing past kids to get to the front, so beware! I was able to catch some of the show through my lens, but sadly the boys were not able to see much of it from where we stood. Next time!
|This was approximately how far away we were and this shot was taken with my arms fully extended above my head, so as you can see, it would be hard to see too much on the stage from this distance.|
|My name’s Winifred, what’s yours?!|
|Dr. Facilier aka Shadow Man making deals!|
|Shadow Man made a great appearance in the show and if you like Frog Princess you’ll really enjoy this part!|
|Such a small detail in the grand scheme of the show, but I really liked this Jack-o-Lantern. He looks a little mischievous and snarky, just how I like them!|
|Oogie Boogie! The kids were so excited to see him, we’re big Nightmare Before Christmas fans.|
|I now he’s a villain and he’s actually kind of a butt in the movie, but isn’t he just kind of adorable, too?|
|See? So cute! lol|
|Maleficent looking fabulous as always!|
|It probably comes as no surprise that she played a big part in the show as well!|
|There’s the evil queen, not to be outdone by her fellow villains.|
|Hades! They really did include quite a few villains, even from movies that are perhaps less talked about, but ironically still some of our favorites.|
|You really can’t have a villain spectacular without Jafar, now can you?|
|The Sanderson sisters were so dramatic, it was great!|
|Not only was the show entertaining and beautifully lit, but the castle was actually worth noting as well!|
|And what Disney show would be completed without fireworks?|
|True to its name, the show really was quite spectacular!|
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Character Meet & Greets
Of course, Disney special events mean special character meet and greets and the ones available at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party were not to be missed! While you could pose with popular characters like Mickey and Minnie in their Halloween costumes, it was the characters not commonly seen around the parks such as Jack Skellington and the 7 Dwarfs that seemed a bit more crowd-inducing–not surprising!
We waited in line to meet my youngest’s all-time favorite Disney character, Jack Skellington (who met guests alongside his main squeeze, Sally), and despite the fact we got in line later in the evening (around 10 pm) we still waited about an hour. You’ll find a lot of little ones and their families go home before midnight from our experience, but despite that the line was still incredibly long for Jack.
As we mentioned above, we were told that characters had to take breaks approximately every 15-30 minutes or so, but they were only gone for about 5 minutes.
I have to say, despite the long wait during which I had to carry my little guy who was passing out on his feet waiting, it was worth it! He came to life the second Jack and Sally approached him and despite being very nervous, he really enjoyed the experience. The characters do such a great job interacting with guests, taking the time to have little chats with them and then pose. Our youngest really loved meeting Jack and Sally and I know we’ll be doing it again at the next holiday party we attend!
I did take pics with my camera when my son met Jack and we also scanned his band so we could have access to them through the Memory Maker option, but we decided that it was probably something we should keep special for ourselves. However, here’s a peek of Jack and Sally posing!
Tip: If you have one child dying to meet a character and one (or multiples) that aren’t as thrilled, split up if you can and let the non-interested child(ren) trick-or-treat with mom or dad while one of you stays with the other. The hubs took our older guy to collect more treats while I stayed with our youngest in line and it worked out really well. Our oldest scored some serious loot and had a great time while our youngest got to meet one of his favorites! Everyone won. 😉
Walt Disney World Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2015 Final Thoughts
The biggest question we seem to be asked and see asked online is: Is it worth going?
In our opinions we have to say–absolutely! The party is a blast and not only do you get to go trick-or-treating at the Magic Kingdom (how cool is that?), but the entire experience is so fun from beginning to end. From special desserts to exciting shows and parades, the party really is a blast. And you get access to the majority of rides in the Magic Kingdom with limited lines at many of them! While FastPass+ isn’t available during the special events, we found that many of the rides had shorter lines than during busy times during the day. I would still suggest grabbing FastPass+ for rides you absolutely cannot go without riding between 4 pm-7 pm, but odds are you won’t have too much trouble getting on your favorite rides with a little bit of a wait.
We had a really great time and I think there’s a good chance that we’ll go again next year if we aren’t called to another new adventure!
Have you been to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? What’s your favorite part?
Note: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are our own based on our experience and we have tried our best to make sure information is as accurate as possible.