Welcome to our most spooktacular post on Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2015. This guide includes everything you need to know about this year's event!
We attended the first party of the season and found the sold-out party to be quite busy, with longer waits for the most popular characters. The trick-or-treat lines were also longer, although they did move quickly. Although Disney does not publish numbers, it has increased capacity for this event. When you factor that in plus a brand new stage show (Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular) and an already busier-than-usual fall, you get an even busier party season. Because we get so many questions about the best days to attend the party, we have created a separate post for it!
This post is quite thorough, so we've added some helpful links to take you right to your favorite topic, or you can just keep reading :)
The party runs 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 are on sale for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2015, with adult tickets ranging from $68-$87 without tax and children's tickets ranging from $63-82. Children are ages 3-9. Children under 3 are free.
The party officially begins at 7 p.m. inside Magic Kingdom. Party guests are welcome to enter the park starting at 4 p.m., which we recommend taking advantage of (see tip no. 4 below). One question that comes up frequently in comments is how Disney handles the transition from the park close to the start of the party. Well before the park closes for the party at 7 p.m., cast members are out and about to remind guests that the park closes at 7 p.m. All party guests will be given party wristbands upon entering. At 7 p.m., cast members stationed around the park will be asking guests to show wristbands if they are not visible. Guests that do not have them will be directed to the exist.
FastPass+ is not available during the party. There is generally less need for it as most people are enjoying the party activities and spending less time on rides. Party guests entering the park between 4 and 7 p.m. can, however, use FastPass+, provided their party ticket is linked in My Disney Experience. Party guests entering the park before the party begins also may be able to use their party ticket at a FastPass+ kiosk. However, FastPass+ selections are based on availability, and return times for many of the attractions may no longer be available for that day.
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New for 2015 - "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular"
The infamous Sanderson Sisters from "Hocus Pocus" are back! Watch out — they may put a spell on you as they conjure up the "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular" show at the Castle Forecourt Stage. The show is held exclusively during the party and features the Sanderson Sisters, Winifred, Mary and Sarah, along with other Disney villains such as Dr. Facilier, Ooogie Boogie and Maleficent. "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular" replaces the Villains Mix 'n' Mingle. Unfortunately, there will be no picture-taking opportunities with the Sanderson Sisters or the villains as there has been with the Mix 'n' Mingle in the past. The show is still a wicked good time, especially for fans of the film, and a must see at this year’s party!
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. Note: Masks are not allowed to be worn at the Magic Kingdom, so keep this in mind when choosing your costume.
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! Candy stations can be found throughout the park and tend to have shorter lines later in the evening.
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. 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. Jack and Sally from "Nightmare Before Christmas" have moved to the Storybook Circus area, and they are very popular, along with the Seven Dwarfs and all of the villains. (If you want a costume idea, check out our DIY Jack and Sally T-shirt.)
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).
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. Favorite Disney villains make special appearances to meet and greet party guests. In the past, the villains would mix and mingle after their singing and dancing performance on the Castle Stage. This year, the Sanderson Sisters take over the stage in the "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular," also featuring Dr. Facilier, Ooogie Boogie, and Maleficent. Although these villains will not be joining the crowd for photo opportunities, the performance is worth making time to see. The lines for character meet and greets are typically a lot shorter just prior to and during parade performances, so plan to see some characters during either the first or second Boo to You parade.
8. Get your boogie on.
It just wouldn't be a Disney party without a dance. Mike and Sulley play host to their own Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland.
9. Don't forget HalloWishes!
The centerpiece of the night 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. For a unique (and less crowded) perspective, check out viewing areas near Fantasyland.
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