We are so excited that we will be attending the very first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party of 2019! Now, for all of you Mayne Mafia members that watch the streams, you know that this is a major deal for us and for you too. Spooky season is our favorite season, or at least top two, and we cannot wait to take you guys to the party.
But for those of you who may never have been to an after hour party, here are some tips and tricks that we suggest, along with some other experts, to make your night extra-spooktacular too! Of course, watching the party ‘through the lens of this livestreamer’ is the most up close and personal way to take in the party and the tips, but just in case, we will put some down on paper.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is one of the few times Disney openly encourages everyone, including adults, to wear costumes. There are a few regulations to know, though. The Disney website lists some key rules, but you should remember that Disney Cast Members will always have the final say on your costume. If you’re at all in doubt as to whether your costume is appropriate, err on the side of caution! Personally, we dress up at least for one party through the season, as we usually go to multiple parties. In Florida, most of the time it is just a little to warm to go full blown with a costume. I usually go as a livestreamer…lol.
ARRIVAL AND WRISTBANDS
Remember, you need a special event ticket to enjoy Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Magic Kingdom technically closes to non-event guests at 6PM. This means if you’re visiting Magic Kingdom on a party day with just regular park tickets, you’ll have a very abbreviated day. Cast Members will be looking for guests that have their special Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party wristbands. You may be able to stick around for a while, but the cast members are very diligent in making sure that regular park guest are politely “shown the door.” Even though the Party does not kick off till 7pm, MNSSHP guests can enter the park at 4pm. But, just as non-party guest cannot hang out past 6pm, party guests cannot enter prior to 4pm.
There are fourteen trick or treat locations on the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party map. You might find Cast Members handing out treats at a few other spots, too. Trick-or-treating is ongoing from 7PM to 12AM. For those with special diet restrictions, there are special treat locations for them as well such as allergy-free where you are given a special allergy-free treat bag. These queues move very quickly. We like to go to a couple of treat locations right off the bat (little pun there) and then check the schedule for highlighted events.
MICKEY’S NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY CHARACTER APPEARANCES
This is probably the biggest reason we love the MNSSHP. We love character meet and greets and during the party they have special ones that are not out any other time of the year. There are about 20 character appearances at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. You do need to be strategic though as sometimes there may be (allegedly) three-hour waits some nights for popular characters like Jack and Sally or “Elvis” Stitch. Realistically, for these most popular characters you do need to plan to arrive early and count on an hour wait. Usually, if there is someone that we must meet, we head there before the official opening of the party and get in line. Characters are present from 7PM (or earlier for select characters) to 12AM, but their lines may close earlier than that. There are also MNSSHP “Magic Shots” that are exlusive to the Party. There are four locations and they are posted on the Party map. One of the locations at the entrance to the party is a popular one with the headless horseman taking a picture with you.
NEW! 2019 RIDE OVERLAYS AT MICKEY’S NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY
We were very excited about the new overlays coming to Magic Kingdom for the MNSSHP. Overlays were originally announced to include PeopleMover, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The latest Disney announcement doesn’t mention PeopleMover or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. It does mention Pirates of the Caribbean, Mad Tea Party, and Space Mountain. It also mentions that the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor treat stop will have a “comic cast of monsters.” Rides are operational until 12 midnight. Last year, we rode both the Space Mountain with the overlay of pitch blackness (not even magic mode could help this one) and the Pirates of the Caribbean with a real life pirate barking down at us. Below is the live stream to the party, so if you want to see a preview before Friday, go check it out.
There are two dance parties again this year, Monstrous Scream A Ween Ball, featuring a DJ and jammin’ music at the Rocket Tower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland, with Mike and Scully joining in the fun. Laser lights and fun beats make this dance party, which goes all throughout the event, a fun time for the family. The second dance party is the StoryBook Circus Disney Junior Jam. This one is really easy to miss as it’s buried all the way in the back of Storybook Circus. It’s the same concept as the Scream-O-Ween Ball but with Disney Junior Characters. Again, the Jam is ongoing from 7PM to 12AM.
HOCUS POCUS VILLAIN SPELLTACULAR
The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular was easily our favorite part of the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This is a villain-centric performance with a plot driven by the Sanderson Sisters from the amazing Disney film Hocus Pocus. It is shown four times at 7:40PM, 8:35PM, 10:45PM, and 12AM. We usually watch this show a couple of times, but going to the later shows is usually the best as young ones cannot hold out that long so they have already been to the earlier showings. We can get closer to the front, which is always a good thing, but, as you know, even if we are toward the back, zoom ‘through the lens of this livestreamer” is usually spot on.
MICKEY’S “BOO-TO-YOU” HALLOWEEN PARADE
The feature parade of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade. This parade features unique halloween-themed floats and appearances from rarely-seen characters like the Gravediggers and Hitchhiking ghosts. The parade goes through twice, once at 9:15pm and one at 11:15pm. Again, we usually catch the later parade just because of the crowd situation and we usually are doing meet and greets. We love the Halloween themed floats and the spooky music and of course the headless horseman is awesome! The route follows the usually parade route, so wherever your favorite parade spot usually is, that is the place to grab.
DISNEY’S NOT-SO-SPOOKY SPECTACULAR
As we posted in a previous blog, this new, once-a-night firework spectacular will be hosted by non other than Jack Skellington himself. We are super stoked about this firework show and can’t wait to bring it to you in all of it “spookiness”. The show begins at 10:15pm so be sure you have “planned” out your route because you sure to not want to miss it.
According to Disney, “this new show will feature state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, lighting and dazzling fireworks that come together to tell a not-so-scary story about how anything can happen on Halloween night. The show will take guests along on a trick-or-treating adventure, where four friends – Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy – find themselves drawn into a mysterious haunted house. The journey takes them from one room of the house to another, encountering dancing skeletons, waltzing ghosts and a whole series of troublemaking Disney villains.” Sounds amazing!!
PARTY-SPECIFIC FOOD AND MERCHANDISE
And of course, it would not be an after party if there was not special treats and merch. There is a wide range of food and merchandise items that are available specifically during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Keep in mind, though, that there is no chance at all that your food item will look as good as the photos the official parks blog was able to get. While you can get Haunted Mansion and Nightmare Before Christmas themed merchandise at any time, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is the only time you’ll get Hocus Pocus merchandise. Lots of posts have been going up regarding merch and specialty food items. This is not a huge thing, so I usually do not post just a merch or food blog, however, if this is something that you would like to see in the future, please leave a comment below.
In summary, only about half of the regular Magic Kingdom attractions are open during the MNSSHP. However, as you can see, there is a lot to do and check out so it really works out and you don’t feel like you missed out. Let’s face it, you don’t go to the party to ride attractions, you go for the special offerings that are exclusive to that night.
Want to get a preview of what is to come on August 16th? Below is one of the Mickey Not So Scary Halloween Parties from last year. Have fun!