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Have you wondered if you should attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? Check out this scaredy cat’s review of this special ticketed event to see if you should add this to your Disney bucket list.
First Time Attendee
After many trips to Walt Disney World, I (Donna) must confess that I had never attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. I had on many occasions enjoyed the special ticketed Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and even the Disney Very Merriest After Hours Event last year.
There is so much to enjoy at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. I enjoyed meeting special characters and loved the special Mickey’s Christmastime Parade and Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks. Christmas is one of my (Donna) favorite times of the year, so I am a bit biased to think that the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ticket is worth every penny.
The main reason that I and my family had not attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in the past is that I was worried that it might be too scary. I know, it literally says in the title “Not So Scary”. However, I get a little scared while aboard Haunted Mansion. I was worried that my definition of scared may be different from Disney’s definition.
We have shared great tips on when to arrive for the Halloween Party, what to do if it rains during your Halloween Party, which park is best to visit on party days, and also an allergy-friendly guide to Halloween Party Trick-or-Treat locations. After much preparation, I was ready for the party.
Follow along as a scaredy cat shares a review of my first Mickey’s Not So Scary Party event.
Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular
The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show is performed in front of Cinderella Castle 3 times each night. I (Donna) attended this party with my pre-teen daughter. She has not seen Hocus Pocus, and I was wondering if she would enjoy this stage show. When I say we don’t enjoy being scared, this also includes “scary” movies as well.
We were both delighted by the lightheartedness of the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular. The Sanderson Sisters made a few references that we may have missed by not watching the movie, but overall we were able to follow along with the storyline well. The music was fun and upbeat with many of our favorite villains joining in the show.
This was definitely a different vibe than Mickey’s Very Merriest Christmas Party, but it was not scary in the least (which I was very thankful for).
Trick or Treating
One aspect that we greatly enjoyed for the Halloween Party was trick or treating. My daughter Hannah is twelve and has never been overly excited about dressing up. When I first asked if she wanted to dress up for the party, I think I may have seen an eye roll. After much convincing that it would be fun, she agreed to dress up.
She loves Alice in Wonderland and, in particular, the Cheshire Cat. My first thought was that it would be fun to be the Queen of Hearts. My daughter suggested Alice instead, and I was so happy to coordinate with her adorable Cheshire Cat costume. Once we were at the party, we had fun seeing so many guests dressed up in fun costumes.
At one point my daughter admitted that she was glad that we dressed up. Dressing in costume as we walked through the Trick-or-Treat locations was so much fun. My daughter had a bag filled with candy by the end of the night, and we never waited long at any candy location. It was fun having Cast Members wish us “Happy Halloween” during September.
Attractions with a Halloween Twist
Several attractions offer a special “Halloween Twist.” Our first attraction for the evening was Space Mountain. This is one of our favorite attractions, and we couldn’t wait to experience the Halloween Twist. The attraction was pitch black throughout with a Halloween soundtrack being played.
My daughter loved this, but I will admit that this was the scariest part of the evening for me. We rode it twice and it was nice, but I definitely prefer the original version better.
Pirates of the Caribbean had a fun Halloween twist with live characters in both the queue and throughout the attraction as well. We loved this and wish live characters could join this attraction regularly.
As we joined the candy trail inside the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor theatre, we collected candy as we entered. Once inside, we enjoyed a laid-back show with funny jokes. We preferred this setting where we could stay for as long as or as short as we liked.
Overall we preferred these holiday attractions more than those offered at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
The final Halloween twist was at the Mad Tea Party. We loved the color-changing lights and fun music. Overall we preferred these holiday attractions more than those offered at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade
I (Donna) was a bit afraid that the parade may be a bit too scary for us. Great friends suggested that we enjoy the parade along Main Street with the brighter lights rather than where the parade starts in Frontierland. We loved how the parade perfectly matched the “Not So Scary” with favorite villains and Halloween characters.
The highlight of the parade was at the start when the Headless Horseman made his way along the path. My daughter was skeptical at first, but after she saw him she was mesmerized.
We loved how the parade perfectly matched the “Not So Scary” with favorite villains and Halloween characters.
It was great that some of our favorite characters still interacted with us throughout the parade. Alice in Wonderland brought the Mad Hatter to wish my daughter as the Cheshire Cat a “Very Merry Unbirthday.” There was a perfect balance between fun-loving characters and villains throughout the parade.
Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular
We are big fans of Disney fireworks and we couldn’t wait to enjoy this great firework display. Many villains were showcased and Jack Skellington even appeared during the show. I realize that we are probably in the minority, but we have not watched “Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Even without watching this movie before the party, we still greatly enjoyed the songs and seeing many characters from “Nightmare Before Christmas” as part of this show.
Long Character Lines
There were many great characters featured at the Halloween Party, but unfortunately, the lines were quite long. We were told by many Cast Members that lines for the characters we hoped to meet were 45 minutes to an hour long. This was a bit too long for my daughter to wait. We enjoyed seeing the characters from a distance, but we didn’t wait in line.
In the past, we were able to meet many of our favorite characters dressed up for the holidays at the Christmas Party. We hope that is the case for this year’s Christmas party.
Scaredy Cat’s Review
Overall we were very blessed to have the opportunity to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Even though we don’t like the scary side of Halloween, this was really “Not So Scary.” Although we still prefer Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, we would like to attend another Halloween Party and possibly watch a few more Halloween movies before it.
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