There’s no doubt about it, Halloween at Walt Disney World is magical. The decor is unreal, the atmosphere is incredible and the villains all come out to play at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. This was one of our favourite evening activities in Orlando last year, but we did make some decisions we’d do differently next time. In a bid to help you learn from our mistakes, today’s post is all about our tips for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party as a newbie – we hope you enjoy!
1. You can SO do it without kids
It might seem like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is juvenile compared to, say, Halloween Horror nights, and it is. But that doesn’t mean it’s any less fun. We went as two grown-ass adults and loved it. We literally had one of the best evenings we’ve ever had. As long as you’re willing to throw yourself into the fun of it, you’ll have a great time regardless of your age.
2. Don’t go on your first full day
We made the mistake of booking this for our first full day in Orlando. We were jet lagged, knackered and pretty overwhelmed by the magic. Instead of getting in the park at four to make the most of our time, we went back to the room for a nap and arrived about seven. This was ok, but we were rushing all night and ended up leaving at about half eleven as we were so tired. Book it later in your trip and chill out during the day, that way you’ll be fresh when you arrive at four, ready to make the most of the night ahead.
3. Research the character meet and greets
One of the best tips for Mickey’s Not So Scary Party I can give you, is to research the character meet and greets and decide which ones you absolutely want to go to. We didn’t realise there would be rare characters, and by the time we did the queues were massive. We didn’t even go to Tomorrowland or Fantasyland so had no idea which ones were hiding out there. If you love meeting characters, I’d suggest getting a good idea on which you want to see and where they’re located so you can prioritise them.
4. Don’t leave Main Street without a trick or treat bag
Another newbie error we made, not realising we could pick up a trick or treat bag on Main Street. We much have passed a good three stations before we could find a cast member with an empty one and our haul at the end of the night was pitiful. If you want to get plenty of candy for your ticket price, start collecting it early.
5. Prioritise experiences over rides
As we did the party on our first full day, we got a little bit too excited by the short ride queues. We’re being real here, they are short – we’re talking ten minutes or less – but riding attractions still takes time away from all the other unique experiences Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has to offer. We probably spent too much time riding things we could do on any other visit, and sacrificed the experiences that make this event so special and unique. Unless you’ve booked a ticket specifically because the rides are quiet, in which case, knock yourself out. I’ve read that for 2018 Pirates of The Caribbean and Space Mountain will have new overlays, so you might want to consider doing these out of any rides available on the night.
6. Pick up a map
You might think you’ll be able to wing it, but we were constantly checking our map for parade, fireworks and show times, as well as where the nearest trick or treat station was. Your map is your ultimate guide to the night and having it in your back pocket is the best way to make sure you tick everything off your to-do list.
7. If you’re into pins, make sure you get one
I started collecting Disney pins on our trip but didn’t realise there was a Mickey’s Not So Scary one. In obvious Disney style, I couldn’t get hold of one after the event and was gutted when I realised I’d missed out. The pins are dated, so if you like collecting ones for the years you’ve visited, this is one you have to get your hands on. I’m sure they sold them everywhere, I just didn’t realise until it was too late *sad face*.
8. Watch the parade, fireworks and show
This one is pretty much a given but all of these are breathtaking so I’d advise prioritising them. If you have kids or you’re feeling tired, make sure you get to an early showing and the first fireworks and parades scheduled. We left the Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular until quite late and almost skipped it, I’m so glad we didn’t because it was absolutely fantastic and something we’re both really glad we didn’t miss. These things are what make the party so unique, so although obvious, is one of our biggest tips for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
9. Watch the Boo-to-You Halloween Parade from Frontierland
This is where the parade starts and we found it an excellent place to view. We arrive ten minutes before it started and still got a great view, and you are done a long time before the people at the end of Main Street. Sure, it probably looks more beautiful from a more central position with the castle behind it, but for making the most of your time, we found this to be a great vantage point.
10. Don’t be afraid to dress up
We have faint plans to dress up for this, which fell by the wayside in the end. We wish we had, and plan to when we go back in September. There’s loads of people dressed up, the costumes are great, and it’s all part of the fun. We kind of felt like we missed out a bit by being in ‘normal clothes’. If you’re interested in helping us decide our outfits, we’ll be doing a poll on our Twitter page in the near future, so give us a follow over there. It’s still super humid and hot in the evening though, so make sure your costume is fit for the Florida weather.
11. Utilise photopass
If you have Memory Maker, use it. We got some amazing pictures during the event and we didn’t even have that many taken. Next time, I’ll be making sure we get a few more shots to keep our memories alive.
For now I think that’s our newbie tips for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Despite all our mistakes, we had such a good time and can’t wait to experience it all over again this year.