I want to thank Disney for hosting my family and me at the Walt Disney World® Resort where we spent a magical time filled with pixie dust.
As fall comes around Walt Disney World® Resort, the theme parks and hotels transform into an autumn celebration with fun filled fall décor and special seasonal treats: pumpkin fudge anyone? If you’ve never visited the Walt Disney World Resort during fall you don’t know what you’re missing and if you have you know just what I’m talking about!
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, an after dark special event at Magic Kingdom® Park, is one of the most wonderful and fun Walt Disney World® events. The entire park is filled with frightfully fun decorations, the environment is electrifying and the park is filled with kids and adults wearing fun Halloween costumes. Not only can kids can enjoy trick-or-treating in the park but there are also special shows and, to my daughter’s delight, some Disney characters are dressed up in special Halloween costumes. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is the happiest and biggest Halloween party and I just love that it’s focused on spooky fun and ideal for kids of all ages as it’s not scary at all.
One of our favorite things about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is the "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade where the Headless Horseman starts off the fun parade filled with haunted floats that feature some Disney characters in Halloween costumes. Even the fireworks show gets a spooky makeover for the celebration. During Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party be sure not to miss the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular with special appearances from everyone’s favorite villains from Maleficent and Oogie Boogie to Ursula and the Sanderson Sisters from Disney’s Hocus Pocus.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is celebrated on select dates this year from August 25th to November 1st and you will need to purchase a separate ticket to attend. The special event starts at 7pm and goes on until midnight, but you can usually enter the park at 4pm which I recommend. We start by hitting all our favorite rides as the non-party goers start exiting the park and the lines are getting shorter. We like to get into the Halloween mood by visiting the Haunted Mansion® Attraction and enjoying rides like Pirates of the Caribbean® Attraction and Space Mountain® Attraction. We then grab dinner and enjoy some of the awesome special fall themed treats before the party officially starts. Lots of special characters like Jack and Sally from Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas make a special appearance at the party and the lines can get quite long to meet them, so we do that as soon as the party starts at 7pm. My daughter loves characters so we always have a list of special characters she wants to meet, she especially loves Mickey Mouse and friends dressed up in their Halloween costumes and the villains like the Evil Queen, Jafar and Cruella de Vil who are usually very hard to meet. Many of the rides are also open during the party and the lines are usually shorter as everyone is enjoying the party.
If your kids usually go to bed early it’s a good idea to rest and take naps during the day. Once the party starts, try to attend all the special events earlier rather than later; the "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade happens at 8:30 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. while the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular show times include spectacles at 9:15 p.m., 10:40 p.m. and 12 a.m.
There are lots of reasons to visit the Walt Disney World® Resort during fall. All of the Walt Disney World® theme parks and Walt Disney World® Resort hotels are decorated with beautiful fall décor and lot of pumpkins. There are lots of special treats that are only available during autumn and lots of special events and activities especially on Halloween.
You can enjoy fabulous spooky performances, dance the night away with some of your favorite villains and enjoy bewitching cocktail concoctions at Club Villain at Disney's Hollywood Studios®, this specially ticketed dining event at Sunset Showcase happens on select Friday and Saturday nights from September to October.
During October, Disney Springs® treats guests to seasonal fall flavors, merchandise, and Halloween-inspired décor and entertainment throughout each of the four distinct neighborhoods.
Even if you are not attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, most Walt Disney World® Resort hotels have some special complimentary Halloween activities for guests on Halloween day, including costume contests, spooky arts and crafts, showings of special Halloween movies and even trick-or-treating.
I should really dedicate a complete article to the delicious and amazing treats available only during the fall season from candy corn ice cream, skull apples and pumpkin cupcakes to Jack Skellington caramel apples and Ghost Marshmallows. We usually make a list of the treats we want to try out, enjoy and, why not admit it, photograph!