Yes, we’re in the last few days of August, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get into the Halloween spirit. With Disney offering more Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween parties in August, we found ourselves at the 2nd party of the season. We’ll take you through some of the new additions to the party and some of the strategies for navigating the rest of the parties this season. 

We were traveling with our friends Mark and Carissa and, knowing that we were attending a Halloween party, decided on a villains theme for our costumes. Carissa put together an incredible Yzma costume and Mark wound up as a stupendously evil-looking Dr. Facilier. Lauren and I decided for a pseudo-couple costume and wound up as Ursula, Flotsam and Jetsam. We decided to drive down to Florida this trip, so we could afford a little more space for slightly larger costumes compared to last year’s Johnny Fedora and Alice Bluebonnet (luggage-appropriate costume sizes). 

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Costumes

Costume Tips Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Ryan and Lauren's Costumes

We hadn’t attended parties last August (Disney’s first foray into August territory), but we knew going into it this year that we should fully be expecting the summer heat to play a large factor in the party. While it was actually one of the – let’s not say cooler, but less scorching hot – days, it was still quite humid. A brief rainfall helped keep the temperature down, which I gladly welcomed, given that my costume was essentially a couple large blankets draped around me. Surprisingly, no one passed-out due to heat exhaustion. In the future, I think I would look for more ways to have breathable costumes, unless I was attending a party in mid-to-late October, when the heat isn’t as debilitating. 

 

First Impressions 

This party was much busier than we expected it to be. Whether it’s indicative of the growing popularity, or just the fact that it’s still in the summer months, I’m not entirely sure. Either way, the crowds were much larger than our September party dates from last year. This made lines longer than expected, parade viewing a little more difficult, and wait times for characters almost out of reach. 

It’s important to note that there’s no way to do everything the party has to offer in a single night. If it’s your first (and maybe only) chance at attending a Halloween party, it’s good to go into it with a plan to do the things you’re most excited about and to be okay with missing out on some other things. Character lines for Jack and Sally, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and even Moana pushed into the 60-to-90-minute range and that’s an awful lot of party time to miss out on. 

 

A Solid Plan 

Regardless of what your plans are, there are the 3 main events that you should absolutely not miss out on. The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade and the Happy Hallowishes Fireworks are not to be missed. With the first two offering multiple showings, it can be tempting to spread them out throughout the night, but that can be pretty difficult to navigate with wait times consistently in a state of flux. 

We always suggest trying to pick a spot and watch them back-to-back-to-back.  This can mean seeing the Parade at 9:15pm, Fireworks at 10:15pm and the Hocus Pocus show at 10:45pm, or you can switch up the Parade to the later one at 11:15pm. In any case, it’s just too difficult to wander off and hope to make it back and find a decent spot, especially for the Parade. 

This of course, means that your early party time and late party time is yours to explore. We usually use the early hours of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party to “run errands”, which means picking up the Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom Party Card, Party-specific merchandise (mostly pins for us), and try any of the Party-exclusive treats that appeal to us. Other down-time can be spent waiting for characters or getting on rides. Usually, lines tend to quiet down in the latter half of the night, so that can be a good chance to line up. 

 

Party Treats 

This year, we had our eyes on a couple party treats (and some Halloween treats available during regular park hours). Candy Corn Ice Cream (available during regular park hours around Halloween) we picked up at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies and it was a delicious treat on our way out of the park to get our costumes.

Jack Skellington Cake Push Pop

Shortly after entering the party, we picked up a party-specific Jack Skellington Cake Push Pop at Sleepy Hollow. While difficult to consume with any sort of dignity (though Lauren maintains I could have, had I used a spoon), it’s a very sweet treat that you wish was five times larger.  

Doom Buggy Cream Puff Dessert

Speaking of treats you wish were larger, the one treat we had high hopes for was the Hitchhiking Ghost Cream Puff – A Doom-Buggy-inspired dessert with cookies and cream mousse and a chocolate piece featuring the Hitchhiking Ghosts. After tax, the treat set us back $6.38, which doesn’t seem like much, but given that it was smaller than the palm of my hand (see picture for scale). We were hoping for something a little more grandiose. Also, of all the treats we tried, this is the one that fell flat. There wasn’t really anything memorable about the taste and we were left feeling a little disappointed – But alas, they can’t all blow our minds, and it definitely wasn’t enough to put a damper on our evening. 

Take a look below at some of the other Party-Exclusive treats and see if you would have picked a different combination to try. 

Madame Leota Dessert - Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Madame Leota Dessert – Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party ©Disney

Oogie Boogie Meringue - Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party ©Disney

Oogie Boogie Meringue – Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party ©Disney

Mickey Pumpkin Cheesecake - Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party ©Disney

Mickey Pumpkin Cheesecake – Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party ©Disney

Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade 

This parade warrants seeing it twice. It’s so unique, that you may not want to find yourself watching the later parade, wishing that you’d seen the first one too. It also gives you an opportunity to check out a few different vantage points. I should, however, stress that the prime viewing locations for the parade will fill up lightning fast. For at least one of the parade times, you should expect to find a spot a minimum of 30 minutes and more likely 60 minutes before the parade starts, in order to get a good vantage point. Otherwise, you’ll be enjoying the parade a few rows back from the front and while you’ll get a good view of the floats, you’ll miss some of the performers on the ground, who really get into the action and will sometimes interact with the crowd. 

 

Hocus Pocus 

A perennial favourite, this is the best place to see some of your favourite villains in action on the stage. The best viewing is right up near the Castle, but you can get a fairly decent view from anywhere in the Castle Hub. If you can make it to midnight, that show is the easiest to find a good vantage point and is a great way to cap off the night, giving you 20 minutes of entertainment after the park has closed. 

 

Hallowishes 

This must not be missed…plain and simple. The fireworks spectacular is the signature event of the party and you should be prepared to find a good spot to watch from. Thankfully, unlike Happily Ever After, the show doesn’t rely heavily on projections onto Cinderella Castle, so any spot in the Castle Hub or somewhat along Main Street would be a good viewing spot for these fantastic fireworks. Again…don’t miss these. 

 

The Extras 

Like I mentioned before, there are too many things to do to fit in a single night, but if you’re looking for something else to check out, Monsters Inc characters have a Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball dance party in Tomorrowland. The Mad Tea Party, Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain all have new lighting effects on them to add to the Halloween atmosphere. There’s also our favourite performers in the Cadaver Dans and Mme. Renata/Carlotta and a host of other Character Meet-and-Greets throughout the park. Also, be sure to find some PhotoPass photographers and ask for every Magic Shot they have, especially if you’re in costume. 

 

If you can see the highlights of the party and manage to also take in a handful of other special events, I think you can easily consider your night a success. While it may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for some, we find that many people get addicted to the parties and make a point of returning (we certainly did). Every year, Disney adds new elements to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, while keeping the perfect amount of classic party experiences, so there’s something for everyone. 

 

We’d love to hear your experiences at the party, from this year or any other year. Tell us about it in the comments below and add any tips or tricks you’ve used to navigate Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.  

Also, if this wasn’t enough to convince you to attend a Halloween Party, check out our Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Guide