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So you’ve decided to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and it’s your first time planning? Well, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) 2013 goes down as one of my favorite top 10 experiences of all time. Really, don’t second guess yourself – buy that 2014 ticket now! Since it was a first for my family, I researched and carefully planned the night to get every penny’s worth and see as many things as possible. Can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with you!

Photos Courtesy Tom Bricker

Photo Courtesy Tom Bricker

The Basics – MNSSHP is held in the Magic Kingdom on select dates in Sept and Oct, for dates and prices check out the following link: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/magic-kingdom/mickeys-not-so-scary-halloween-party/

The party runs from 7pm until midnight, (but you can get into the park as early as 4pm with your ticket.) Here are my must do’s and tips that anyone can use! (But remember- I was determined to see and do it all. Always keep your family’s objectives in mind and decide accordingly what will work best for you! It’s best to plan your itinerary for the evening considering the youngest member of your party, and what they will be able to enjoyably see and do.)

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Photo Courtesy Tom Bricker

Costumes – It is so much fun checking out all the amazing costumes! (I went as Cruella Deville, my husband and my daughter went as Dalmatians!) Join in the fun and wear one, no matter what your age and trust me, you will feel like more a part of the action than if you don’t! TIP: pick a lightweight costume, not too cumbersome and wear comfortable shoes. Also, check Pinterest for great costume ideas!

Trick or Treating – It’s not just for kids! Like most adults I eye rolled at the thought of trick or treating at Disney. But trust me, after the first station you are hooked! Where else in the world can a 40 year old dress up and trick or treat? You will feel like a kid again! TIP: T&T after the last parade is over and as close to midnight as possible if everyone in your party is able. There will be short lines and cast members will be looking to unload their candy! Also, take a back pack if you have a sizeable party, the T&T bags they give you are small. It is nice to keep emptying them into a backpack if your goal is like my husband’s- the more candy the better!

Photo Courtesy the Disney Company

Photo Courtesy the Disney Company

Photopass Magic Shots –  One of the best kept “secrets’ of the night, is the opportunity for Photopass Magic Shots in Liberty Square, in front of the Haunted Mansion and on Adventureland bridge. If you ask a Photopass photographer during the night they will be able to point you to the exact locations. With them you will have the opportunity to get your photo enhanced with a variety of spooky ghosts!

Characters – Only during these parties can you get your picture with Mickey in his Halloween costume! Plus there are meet and greets with several hard to find characters during the party. TIP: make a fastpass somewhere between 4pm and 7pm to see Mickey at Town Square Theater! Fastpasses will not be available during the actual party hours. Also, check out the map given to you upon arrival, make your way to the queue for your favorite character ASAP, lines begin quite early for the most popular characters like Jack Skellington and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Boo-To-You Parade

Boo-To-You Parade – Courtesy Tom Bricker

Villains Mix and Mingle, Boo-To-You Parade and Happy HalloWishes – All amazing and all are must do’s! Even for you non-planners- these are the BIG 3 of MNNSHP and they are not to be missed. TIP: Here is my almost guaranteed fool proof plan of seeing all three: Snag a seat close to the front of the castle immediately after the first parade clears out. You can then watch Celebrate the Magic at 9:15pm, Happy HalloWishes at 9:30pm, the Villain show at 10:05pm and the 10:30pm parade as it passes by! It worked perfectly for us, we had amazing front row views directly across the street from the castle and it really made the night amazing!

There you have it, tips anyone can use! Also,  try to eat dinner before the party begins, you don’t want to waste valuable party hours eating dinner. We were able to score a 5:00 reservation at Liberty Tree Tavern and it worked perfectly. So fun to eat dinner with most people in attendance in their Halloween costumes! Trick or treat candy also made the perfect dessert choice later on the go. Whatever you chose to see during the party, make sure you stop and really enjoy it- it goes by very fast! But the memories do last a lifetime!


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Paul Little is the founder and president of the DVC Rental Store

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