No two trips to Disney are ever the same. You could go 4 times a year and have 4 different amazing experiences. After Hurricane Irma, that’s exactly what we needed, an amazing experience.
Last Sunday, we were “hunkering down” (this new phrase I’ve learned here in Florida) for the appearance of Hurricane Irma. We were fortunate enough to literally sleep through the passing of this storm. Unfortunately, it left us with no power for two days.
Our water is connected to our power, so that meant no running water (or flushing toilets) for two days. It was a different experience, and I plan to share more about that another post.
After two days, the power came back but our children’s schools were still without it. Through text and emails, they informed us that schools would not start until the following week.
What were we going to do? Disney World!
We were originally invited to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party the day Hurricane Irma paid us a visit. Thankful, Magic Kingdom wasn’t effected and they were open for business a few days after the storm was over.
I told my children that we were going to the YMCA, but when they woke up, we were at Magic Kingdom. I really should have recorded their responses, but you could tell they knew they were about to run wild!
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
The title tells you alot. Although it’s a Halloween celebration, it’s more fun than scary. The decor is a mixture of fun halloween images but gives a sense Thanksgiving is around the corner.
People come to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party dressed as all types of Disney characters. So, if you enjoy people watching, you could see some real characters here (pun intended). We didn’t dress up this year, but after seeing so many cool costumes I would consider it next year.
5 Highlights of our evening:
Candy. My children knew they were getting candy this evening. The first thing my son did was grab a map of all of the candy stations.
We had so much candy, that I know we are going to be the popular house this Halloween season (we are giving some away). There is no way my kids can eat all of this candy, but I promise you they would try.
Rides. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party starts at 7pm to close (midnight), but you can get there as early as 4pm. When you arrive, you get a wrist band put on your arm, so they can tell who is at Magic Kingdom and for what experience.
After a certain time, the day crowd is leaving and you’re there as the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party guest. The lines for the rides were so light, that it felt like you had a fast pass each time you got in line. There were hardly no wait time. That’s GOLD at Disney. *You can’t use fast past during the MNSSHP.*
This time I personally rode three new rides:
- The Haunted House (my 12 years was actually scared!)
- Little Mermaid
- Progression over the century
My 4 Year Old. Last year he didn’t come with us. He was so excited and happy to be running behind his brother and sister getting candy and getting on rides. We kept looking at him and his responses when he saw a ride he liked or a character he wanted to meet. The next day he asked us can he go back.
Parade. Magic Kingdom is known for their parades. People camp out almost a hour in advance to get the best seat in the house. The Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Parade shows Disney’s most famous villains singing and dancing while enjoying your favorite characters as well.
Characters. Around the park, there are character stops. You get in line to take a picture with theme. This year we saw Goofy, the Seven Dwarfs, Donald and Daisy, and Minnie Mouse. For 2017, they added Moana & Prince Eric with Ariel.
This year, the Disney Halloween party started in late August and runs through early November, after the park closes from 7 p.m. to midnight.
See the full experience of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween for yourself!
There are 32 dates in 2017. The full dates for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2017 are:
- August 25, 29
- September 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29
- October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31
- November 1
Oct. 31 historically is one of the most popular dates to attend the Disney Halloween parties, along with Fridays in October. This event does sell out, so make sure you buy your ticket when you know you plan to visit.
These tickets are $88 for 10 & up, $83 for 3 -9. Get your ticket and see available dates here.
Also, check out the Instagram hashtag https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/mickeysnotsoscary/ to see other great images of people enjoying this yearly event.
Have you ever been? Would this been something your family would attend?