Mickey’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party: A safe alternative for younger children and fun for everyone! These days, it’s a bit of challenge to find clean, wholesome Halloween activities for families. Even the fun tradition of trick or treating isn’t what it used to be and so parents are looking for safe alternatives, especially for younger children.
Magic Kingdom offers one of its signature special events just for this purpose. The park closes and re-opens to ticket holders for this themed party. The pumpkins and other fall decorations help to convince you that it really is autumn, even when the weather feels otherwise. The characters are dressed in costumes and the Disney staffers are everywhere happily spreading Halloween cheer. With lighting and special effects as only Disney can do, the atmosphere definitely gets you in the mood for fun.
Most kids were in costume, but not required. Unfortunately Disney no longer allows adults to come in costume for the purpose of security. Some came with their own pumpkins, but Magic Kingdom provided plastic sacks for collecting candy at the trick-or-treat stations within the park. It wasn’t quite the same as going door-to-door and having the neighbors comment on your costume, but Disney staffers were very interactive with the kids and liberal with their handouts – most times generous handfuls of their candy mix were dropped into the sack.
Character dance parties were ongoing through the night and we enjoyed out boogie time with Donald and Daisy. A select group of rides and attractions were open and many had short waits, which was a nice treat in itself.
Eerie entertainment features the twice-nightly “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade,” and “HalloWishes,” a green and orange fireworks spectacle complete with Disney villains, caps the evening festivities. And the Sanderson Sisters are back! Returning for a second year, the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show brings together Disney Villains and the mischievous sisters to cast a spell over Magic Kingdom three times each party night.
The fireworks display was one of the most unique I’ve ever seen. A good spot for viewing away from the masses is back in Tomorrowland. We pulled up some chairs by the misting station and had a great view. It was also a good time to dig in the goody bag!
The event runs from 7 pm to midnight, which is a bit past the bedtime of little ones, but our kids had no trouble staying alert until the very end. They closed the monorail down at 10:30, so at midnight the crowded ferry ride back to the car with exhausted children was a bit of a challenge.
Tickets range from $48 to $68 per person, depending on the date, so it’s a fairly pricey excursion for a family when you throw in parking and food. But well worth it to the families who go. We ran into a family from South Carolina who came to Disneyworld specifically for this party. They had been once with their older children and wanted to share the memories with their younger children. To them, the event was worth the trip and the “once in a lifetime” memories they were giving their children.
Dates for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29 & 30 and October 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30 & 31. Guests may visit Disneyworld.com/Halloween for party dates and prices, or call 407-W-DISNEY.