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There are two special holiday events that take place in the Magic Kingdom every
year: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. For both events, guests will need to purchase a special ticket to attend. Today we will go over what to expect at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party takes place from 7:00 pm until midnight on
select dates in September and October (and sometimes the first few days in November as well). Guests are allowed to wear costumes to the event. This is the only time that adults are allowed to wear costumes in the parks. Ticket prices vary depending on what night you go; however you should expect to spend between $55 and $70 per ticket per person. Although the party does not begin until 7:00 pm, guests with tickets to the event will be allowed to enter the Magic Kingdom as early as 4:00 pm. When you enter the Magic Kingdom, you will receive a wrist band and a trick or treat bag. After 7:00 pm, only guests with a wrist band will be allowed to remain in the park. The Halloween festivities won’t begin until 7:00 pm, so between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm is the perfect time to visit your favorite characters, eat at your favorite restaurant, or ride your favorite rides.
When Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party begins, you will have several options.
First, you can meet characters that are only available for meet and greets during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (some are also available during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party). For 2013, these characters include Jack Skellington and Sally, the seven dwarves, Monsters Inc. characters, Tarzan, Terk, and Jane, Aladdin and Abu, Jasmine and Genie, various princesses with their princes, Winnie the Pooh characters in Halloween costumes, the Fab 5 in Halloween costumes, and, of course, various villains.
Second, there are various trick or treat locations and trails throughout the Magic
Kingdom. One thing to keep in mind, the trick or treat bags that are given out when you enter the park are small and get heavy easily. If you plan on doing a lot of trick or treating, you might want to bring your own larger bags.
For 2013, there are three dance parties: the Villains’ Dance Mix and Mingle,
Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball, and Woody’s Happy Harvest Roundup. The characters at these events usually do not sign autographs or pose for pictures with guests. However, they do mingle and dance with guests. It’s a more relaxed way to meet characters rather than standing in a long line and being rushed along.
There is also limited edition merchandise and food and snacks. Merchandise
usually consists of pins, shirts, mouse ear hats, etc. For 2013, snack options included candy corn soft serve, pumpkin waffle sundae, specialty cookies and cupcakes, and hitchhiking ghost popcorn buckets.
The highlight of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is Mickey’s Boo To You
Halloween Parade and Hallo-Wishes Fireworks Specular. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a great way to meet different characters and see special dance parties, parades, and fireworks plus trick or treat in the Magic Kingdom. However, the tickets are expensive, the villains might scare some small children
(I know my three year old is terrified of Jafar), and the party lasts until midnight, which is know is way past most kids bedtimes. I know my three year old would never last that late.
Have you ever been to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? Did you think it
was worth it? Would you do go back? I would love to hear your thoughts!