UPDATE: We have the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2015 dates, including details on when tickets will go on sale. The party will run for 25 dates in 2015, one day fewer than last year, and it's starting later. The full dates for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2015 are as follows:
Tickets will go on sale in April, and we will let you know when they do! Stay tuned, because we'll be bringing more updates on Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2015 in coming weeks.
Previous: The party officially begins at 7 p.m. inside the Magic Kingdom, although party guests are welcome to enter the park starting at 4 p.m., which we do recommend (see tip no. 4 below). If you have any questions, please see the many comments below and add your own! Do know that FastPass+ is not available during this event.
List of attractions open during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2014:
As we've mentioned a time or too, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is one of the Frog Family's absolute favorite events! For those of you who love Halloween, it is definitely not to be missed.
Now, each of us Frog Family members has a different thing we love most about the party, so that just goes to show you there is a little something for everyone at this event! For those of you wondering whether the party is worth the additional expense (it is a separately ticketed event), for us, it's a resounding "Yes!!!" To make it the absolute best experience for your family, we recommend the following tips:
1. Wear a costume.
While it's not required that you wear a costume, it sure adds to my enjoyment, because my favorite part of the night is taking in all of the elaborate costumes! And since this is the one event of the year where you are allowed to wear a costume at Magic Kingdom, I, for one, like to take advantage of it. Wearing a costume also gives you the added bonus of planning what you are going to wear -- which for me just adds to the magic! And, in case you're wondering, you're never too old to enjoy Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.
2. Keep it light.
While temperatures in Orlando are cooling down a bit, the average high is 90 in September and 85 in October. It can still be quite muggy, especially after those still-frequent afternoon rains, so parents should dress their children (and themselves) accordingly. Think twice before outfitting your little monster as Sulley, at least a head-to-toe furry Sulley. Consider bringing a change of clothes for younger children "just in case" and picking up rain ponchos at your nearest dollar store before you leave for the trip.
3. Bring your own bags.
Upon entry into the park, guests are given treat bags, but they are on the smallish side. If your children are there for the loot, then pack your own bags, so they can fill up. You can also purchase souvenir bags that do the trick! Trick-or-treating is Lily's favorite part of the party, but she loves saying "trick-or-treat" as much as she loves the candy. If you have older children who are just in it for the candy, be sure to read this post!
4. Get to the parks early
This is the single-most important tip for maximizing your fun and justifying the cost of this separately ticketed event. While the party officially starts at 7 p.m., guests can begin entering the park as early as 4 p.m. We highly recommend you get to the park early, so you can spend as much time in Magic Kingdom as possible. As the non-party-goers make their way out of the park, this is the perfect time to ride a few rides and grab an early dinner. By the time 7 p.m. rolls around, the whole family will be ready to party!
5. Visit the most "in-demand" characters first.
Leap's favorite part of the party is meeting all of the characters who are greeting guests in different locations. Many of your favorite Disney characters are wearing costumes. This year, it's all about the villains, who will be meeting at locations around the park. Jafar will be in Adventureland, the Queen of Hearts near Mad Tea Party and Lotso near Buzz Lightyear. And perhaps the biggest character question this year is "What about Elsa and Anna?" At Princess Fairytale Hall, guests can visit Anna and Elsa. This will be a bit of a disappointment for Lily, but the princes will not be meeting with the princesses this year. Because the lines can get very long for the most popular characters, we recommend meeting them either right when the party begins at 7 p.m. or at the party's end. Last year, Jack and Sally from "Nightmare Before Christmas" made their debuts at Magic Kingdom. They will be back this year at Town Square Courtyard, and we expect them to be popular again. (If you want a costume idea, check out our DIY Jack and Sally T-shirt.)
Of course, if you're like us, it just wouldn't be right to not stop by and say "boo!" to Mickey and Minnie, but make sure to wait until the party's started or they won't have their costumes on!
6. Stake out your parade location.
Tad's favorite part of the party is watching Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Parade. He loves the Headless Horseman, all of the spooky floats and the characters in costume. You don't want to miss the grandmaster's entrance (even if he is missing his head), so be sure to find a spot along the parade route at least 5 minutes in advance (30 minutes for the best locations). For the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2014, Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope will be joining the parade. And look for the Phineas and Ferb Creepa Crew pre-parade on more of the parade route!
The parade happens twice nightly and kicks off in Frontierland® Area, follows the waterway until it reaches Liberty Square, crosses the Liberty Square bridge, circles Central Plaza in front of Cinderella Castle then heads down Main Street, U.S.A.®, where it ends next to Harmony Barbershop. If you don't mind the kids staying up late, go to the second parade, because it’s usually much less crowded.
7. Make time to mingle. Several times a night, Disney's villains put on a singing and dancing performance — this year called Villains Mix and Mingle - Live on Stage — at Cinderella's Castle. In past years, the villains would come down and mingle with guests, making this a most-popular event. This year the villains are spread throughout the park
8. Get your boogie on.
It just wouldn't be a Disney party without a dance. Additionally, for you villain lovers, Club Villain makes its party debut at The Diamond Horseshoe in Liberty Square. The wicked dance party will feature the likes of Cruella De Vil, Dr. Facilier, Anastasia, Drizella, Lady Tremaine and more. Mike and Sulley also play host to their own Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland.
9. Don't forget HalloWishes!
The grand finale is the villainous fireworks show Happy HalloWishes! You must not miss the show, as we think it's one of the very best fireworks shows of the entire year. The very best spot for taking in the pyrotechnics is straight ahead on Main Street U.S.A.
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