Of all the seasonal events and festivals Walt Disney World hosts these days, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party might just be our favorite.
There are a lot of things we love about the annual Halloween bash, but these are five of our absolute favorites.
Trick or Treating in Magic Kingdom
Walking around the Magic Kingdom receiving free candy seems like a child’s – and let’s be real, also an adult’s – dream come true, and it happens for real at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!
Simply go to the treat stations designated on the map, and receive free candy. Just try and avoid a total sugar-crash before the night’s over.
Disney has jammed Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party with special entertainment offerings to appeal to every type of guests. Fans of the film Hocus Pocus can find the film’s Sanderson Sisters hosting the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular show on the Cinderella Castle stage. In addition to the movie’s popular trio, the show also features Disney villains including Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie and Maleficent.
Guests looking for more laughs can find the Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet in Frontierland, while those looking for a character fix should scope out a spot for Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade. The parade features Disney characters including Mickey and Minnie decked out in their Halloween costumes, as well as characters from the Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion attractions.
Finally, end the night with the new-for-2019 Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular fireworks show. Hosted by Jack Skellington, the show will take “Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy are spirited away to a mysterious haunted house where they encounter dancing skeletons, waltzing ghosts and a sinister gathering of Disney villains!” according to Disney.
The Headless Horseman
While we mentioned the Boo-to-You Parade above, there’s one element of it that deserves its own entry. The “pre-parade” features the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow racing down Main Street on his horse. It’s truly a spectacle that has to be seen to be believed. For many party-goers it’s worth finding a seat right on Main Street and is a highlight of the party each year.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party events are the one time a year when the Disney company allows guests of all ages to wear costumes in Magic Kingdom. (In case you weren’t aware, the general rule is that only guests under the age of 14 can wear costumes for safety and security reasons.) There are still, understandably, a litany of rules regarding what kind of costumes guests can wear, but it’s still a nice break from the norm, and it allows imaginative Disney cosplayers to really show their stuff.
During this year’s Party, Magic Kingdom will feature numerous special attraction overlays, including a Halloween-inspired version of Space Mountain that features a spooky soundtrack and total darkness, live pirate actors integrated into Pirates of the Caribbean, lighting and sound effects on the Mad Tea Party, and a special Halloween version of the Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor.
We can’t wait to see just how spook-tacular this year’s Mickey’s-Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will be — and we’ll be bringing you the highlights very soon!
What are your favorite parts of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? Share with us in the comments below!
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