It’s August, so that must mean Halloween, right? Well, for the first time, it does at Walt Disney World. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party dates begin next week –on the 25th to be exact.
For many guests, one of the most fun things about these parties is the ability to dress up during their visits to the Magic Kingdom. And while we’re used to seeing classic photos of little Disney Princesses and Mickey Mouses every day in the resort’s theme parks, there are some very specific rules that apply to costumes.
First, know that Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and runDisney events are special because those are the only times that adults can wear costumes on property. As such, families often spend considerable time (and sometimes, expense) planning coordinating costumes.
If you are part of such a group, here are the official rules to keep in mind:
“While we encourage creativity, we also value safety and good judgment. If you’re planning to attend these special holiday events, take a moment to read over our latest rules and regulations:
** Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other guests.
** All guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other guests.
** Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
** Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
** Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another guest.
Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/ or removed from, unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.
For guests ages 13 and under:
** Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long as the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.
For guests ages 14 and older:
** Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
** Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g., full-length Princess dresses)
** Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
** Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts, and hats are acceptable.
** Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords, and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face. Masks of any kind may not be worn.”
Especially with the earlier party dates this year, remember that the Halloween parties in Orlando will be hot and humid, so plan your costumes accordingly. It’s really still summer weather here, so trust me when I say you don’t want to be stuck in heavy or layered costumes — even at night.
Have a favorite costume you wore to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? Share with us in the comments!