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We just got back from our big, belated 10-year anniversary trip and can’t wait to tell you all the fun we had! Since Halloween-time is almost over, though, I wanted to first share all the fun decor, shows, treats and more we got to enjoy during the 2017 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World!
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Yes, for our kid-free anniversary trip we totally went to Disney World for part of it – after all, we’re just big kids at heart! Since I enjoyed this extra ticketed event so much last year when I went with my mom, hubby wanted to give it a try for himself. First of all, it’s important to know that tickets for this party are NOT your normal day park tickets – they’re a special event, so require a special ticket purchase and some dates do sell out. We paid around $90-$100 each for our tickets – some dates are a bit more or less than others, so be sure to check the calendar on Disney World’s website.
If you have a ticket for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you can ‘unofficially’ enter the park starting at 4pm. Anyone that doesn’t have a pass for this event must leave the park about 7pm when the party really starts. You get a special wrist-band so they know if you’re part of the allowed crowd or not 🙂 Be sure to grab a party-specific program as well so you can find all the different sections, times of events, etc.
7 Reasons You Need to Try Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
#1: Trick-or-Treating Around the Park
There are a lot of stations all around the park – from outside restaurants to inside of rides (that are closed for the party, like Jungle Cruise or Tiki Room). This year there were 13 (perfect number for Halloween, right?) stations. Look for this tall, blow-up markers that glow once it’s dark that help you find where to nab some treats next!
You receive a bag to hold all your goodies when you enter (and I was told you can get another if your first bag gets too full – which is likely to happen). I saw a lot of people with their own bags, too, since these were a little smaller. Hubby and I only went to THREE of the 13 locations (some locations do have more than 1 spot passing out candy, too) and this was our haul…
A good 50-ish pieces of candy. Yum! It was fun going through the lines and ‘trick or treating’ like little kids again. And you could tell the ACTUAL kids really loved it!
#2: Awesome Costumes = Great Photos
For awhile, we just sat planning our next moves and people-watching as more people joined the party. There were plenty of people who didn’t dress up – we didn’t want to pack extra, so other than my Maleficent ears we were pretty boring. But it seemed a large majority took the effort to wear costumes – from whole families sticking to the same theme (Peter Pan, Wendy and her brothers – or we saw Scrooge McDuck with the 3 little ducks Huey, Dewey, and Louie) to just individual costumes. We rode the 7 Dwarfs Mine Train in front of this amazingly creative duo….
It was so fun that they put these on for the photo DURING the ride!
Photo from Memory Maker
So whether you dress up yourself, or just enjoy all the fun costumes around you, there’s more than enough variety to make this party awesome!
#3: Decor & Atmosphere
Once 7pm hit, the atmosphere of the park totally changed – fog machines made a cool eerie look, while fun-yet-creepy music played. Lighting was changed, with glowing Mickey head pumpkins everywhere. At the Haunted Mansion, the cast members wear ‘extra’ cool costumes with their faces painted. The whole mood is very Halloween-y, but not in a scary way, of course!
#4: Hocus Pocus Show & Boo to You Parades
I admit, I’ve never seen the movie Hocus Pocus – but hubby quotes it enough that I get the jist of it! The show they do during this event is spectacular – so funny, with lots of villainous characters and great music. Even us adults thought it was fabulous! It’s done in front of the castle, complete with light-affects on the castle itself and fireworks.
The parade is also fun, though not my favorite. The music is good, and seeing characters in Halloween costumes was something unique.
#5: Special Treats & Souvenirs
There’s some rare treats and souvenirs you can get JUST during the party, as well! From ornaments and candies, to decor or special shirts, the limited edition items are known to sell out – so be sure to shop early on during the event if you have your eye on something good.
We tried several of the treats that were only available during the party – like the Haunted Mansion Desserts (very yummy!) with white chocolate ‘photo’ from the ride itself on top! Hubby was so excited to try the Candy Corn Soft-Serve Ice Cream, but was very disappointed and actually ended up throwing it away after the first few licks or so. He really loved the Pumpkin Ice Cream at Plaza Ice Cream Parlor, though, even though I don’t think that one is just specific to the party.
#6: Rare Characters & Extra People
There’s a LOT of characters out during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party…they don’t want to miss the fun either, after all! We didn’t take time to visit any of them ourselves, but walking by I noticed they were taking more time with people than normal, which made for a more entertaining interaction and more fun photo opps. Last year I did meet Tarzan, Jane & Turk at the same spot – and Tarzan learned the hard way that M&M wrappers must be ‘peeled’ like a banana, not just eat the wrapper! Characters like ALL Seven Dwarfs, Jack Skellington with Sally, and many more had large lines, so plan ahead for who you want to see.
There’s also other ‘characters’ around, like a butler on the grounds outside the Haunted Mansion telling stories, which was fun to listen to.
#7: Unique Photo Opps
There were giant Orange-Pumpkin Ornament things you could take photos in front of, plus plenty of PhotoPass photographers available around the park. For the PhotoPass/Memory Maker Photos, there’s even special effects that are exclusive during the party – don’t miss out! Check out Hubby’s ‘surprise’….
Photo from Memory Maker
Bonus Reason: Lines for Rides are Shorter
Since there’s all the characters, parades, shows, trick-or-treating and more to do, the rides weren’t nearly as busy! We rode Big Thunder Mountain Railroad about 5 (might’ve been more, I lost count!) times in a row – and the wait was just however long it took you to walk out the exit and back around to get back on the ride!