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  • Aug 7, 2019
    We asked the panelists ...

    How do you recommend making the most of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, with and without little ones?

  • Hello there! My family absolutely adores Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! I have many special memories of attending this separately ticketed event with my little ones and I truly believe this is an evening you do not want to miss.

     

    Knowing that our night in Magic Kingdom Park won't end until the clock strikes midnight, we plan a light morning and early afternoon. A Character Dining experience for breakfast like Chef Mickey's in Disney's Contemporary Resort begins our day, followed by some time at our Disney Resort hotel pool. Once the sun has tired us out, we take a nap before getting our costumes on for the party.

     

    We like to grab an early dinner before the party begins at 7:00 P.M., because we don't want to miss a moment of this spook-tacular event! It is also important to make sure all of our food settles before we start diving into the delicious party-exclusive treats that are available!

     

    There are two chances to catch Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade, and I have found that the first parade is a better choice for my kiddos. They are still energized enough to enjoy the excitement of the parade and finding our viewing spot early is a great way to sample some of the candy we have already gathered, as well as form our plan for the hours after the parade has ended. With little ones, it is important to keep in mind that they probably won't be able to rush around and see everything, so we choose the five most important attractions and shows that we want to experience during the party, then everything else is a bonus!

     

    Hopefully, this helps you begin planning your visit to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party with little ones! I hope you have a boo-ti-ful vacation!

     

    Tabitha

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    My kids were so excited to celebrate Halloween "Disney Style" during our annual trip several years ago. As soon as I purchased our Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets, I set about researching as much as I could about this spooktacular event. I spent an extraordinary amount of time looking at costume ideas. In fact, I wrote my very first Disney Parks Moms Panel question asking for help! I received a fab-BOO-lous reply with lots of suggestions, and I was off to work planning those toy-riffic Toy Story costumes for my family of five. One of my favorite things from that night was seeing all the creative creations. Popular attractions inspired some of my favorites, such as "it's a small world" and the Jungle Cruise. If you need any inspiration, look no further than the Disney Parks Blog, where they have some ghostly Halloween make-up ideas with step by step directions. Next time, I'm going as a Tower of Terror Bellhop!

    Eean
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    Before attending Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, I have to admit that Halloween was not one of my favorite holidays of the year. But this event changed my attitude! The first time we attended, my family and I took a low-key approach to our costumes with my husband wearing a Chewbacca-inspired t-shirt (complete with Chewy's bandolier) and brown shorts while I wore a Han Solo-inspired cotton dress. Our daughter chose to break away from our Star Wars trend and opted for her Queen Elsa dress (the one based on Frozen Fever) instead.

    One tip I have is to make sure your costumes follow the costume guidelines and are comfortable. We attended the Party on a warm, rainy evening, so we wanted to make sure we would remain cool and dry. Although the weather can change at any time, I would strongly encourage you to check the weather prediction for the night you plan to attend and make sure you're dressed accordingly.

    If you have a particular bag or bucket you'd like to use for trick-or-treating, make sure you bring it, too. I like to have a bag with a long enough strap to put over my shoulder or to wear as a crossbody bag. Another great container for all of those yummy treats is a Walt Disney World Resort souvenir popcorn bucket. It has a locking lid and a handle you can clip to your Park bag to keep your hands free when you're walking between treat stops.

    And if you or anyone in your party has food allergies or dietary restrictions, you can still participate in the trick-or-treating! The last time we attended Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, we were able to pick up a special teal trick-or-treat bag and lots and lots of yummy vegan goodies. Other options are available for people who have gluten-free and nut-free special diets, too.

    Find a great spot to watch Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade (we snagged a place right in front of Cinderella Castle for the second parade viewing) and sort through the goodies you've collected at the various treat stops throughout Magic Kingdom Park. Just make sure you properly dispose of your wrappers when you're finished snacking! We were able to stay in that same spot during the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, too, so that was definitely an added bonus. Ending the evening with the all-new Disney's Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks will be an excellent way to cap off your evening.

    You'll absolutely love Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party; it's one of my favorite special ticketed events at Walt Disney World Resort.

    Amy

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    An adults-only trip to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is the perfect way to treat your inner-child to some of the best things that you remember from being a kid. It's the only time of the year that adults can wear costumes to Magic Kingdom Park, so take this opportunity to really go for it! Dress up as a famous Disney duo like Mary Poppins and Bert, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, or Constance Hatchaway, "The Bride" from Haunted Mansion, and one of her many dearly-departed husbands.

    Start the day by sleeping-in and getting lots of rest because it's going to be a late night! There are multiple showings of most of the awesome entertainment you're going to want to see, like Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade and the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, so leave the early shows to the families with kiddos and use that time to enjoy some of the attractions that have special Halloween elements added to them exclusively for the Party, like Space Mountain or Pirates of the Caribbean. By the time you've watched the late showing of the Parade and you're ready to see the Sanderson Sisters take the stage in front of Cinderella Castle when the clock strikes twelve, a lot of guests with little ones have already left to go to bed so you can enjoy the show when there are typically fewer people there. Catching the latest possible viewing of each show is my number one tip if you're spending the evening at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party without any kids!

    Have a spooktacular time!

    Jessica

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    Whether you're planning to attend Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party with your little "ghouls" and boys or as a grown-ups night out, a dessert party is always a treat and never a trick.  Boo-king a reservation for Disney's Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace will provide you with a view of this year's brand-new fireworks show that is so good it's scary!  Since you won't need to find and save a viewing spot in advance, this gives you more time to experience other party activities like visiting with your favorite Disney pals all dressed up in their own Halloween costumes.  

    If enjoying Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade is your top priority for the party, you might want to consider attending Cruella's Halloween Hide-A-Way.  Purchasing admission to this event allows you to mingle with Cruella herself at Tony's Town Square Restaurant while you enjoy some delicious snacks and beverages.  Cruella's guests will also have access to a special reserved viewing section for the 11:00 p.m. Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade, making this a great option for adults or families with older children who can stay up a little later.

    Wishing you a frightfully fun time at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

    Samantha

     

     

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    Halloween is all about the littles at our house! My almost seven-year-old daughter is in charge of the family’s costumes. This yEAR she plans on us heading to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party dressed up as characters from Dumbo. Coordinating family costumes is a frightfully fun way to get into a festive spirit, and it also helps quickly identify family members in the crowds!

    Since she’s in charge, she will be Max Medici, her twin brothers will be Timothy Q. Mouse and Dumbo, dad is Mr. Stork, and of course, momma will go as Mrs. Jumbo. But since Florida is usually HOT in September, our costumes will be light and layered. Themed hats, headbands and t-shirts will abound! Don’t forget a poncho or light rain jacket, as showers sometimes accompany the humid evenings.

    While mom and dad are focused on the Party, our littles are all about the candy! The Party starts at 7:00 pm, but Guests can head into Magic Kingdom Park as early as 4:00 pm. While you can’t make FastPass+ selections during the Party, one of our magical tricks is to make three FastPass+ selections between 4:00-7:00 pm. This way we are guaranteed a spooktacular spot on our favorite attractions and are in front of the crowds for the all-important candy lines! You will be given a treat bag for all the deliciousness, but make sure to bring a bigger cauldron for all of your tasty treats. Kiddo with allergies? No worries! Ask a Cast Member for a teal trick-or-treat bag. The bag will alert the Cast Members at the treat stations to hand out a thrilling teal token. The tokens can later be exchanged at the Allergy-Friendly spots for lots of yummies!

    Regardless of whether treats or the DescenDANCE Party is your jam, you’re sure to have a frightfully fantastic time!

    Rayna
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    Be sure to capture the magic when you are at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! There are oodles of fantastic photo opportunities! 

    While costumes are not required at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, practically everyone will be wearing one…including the Disney Characters! 

    Some of my absolute favorite Disney photos are from my son’s first trip to Walt Disney World Resort when he was nine months old! We were there in October celebrating my daughter’s birthday. As a special birthday surprise, our family attended Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. The kiddos were dressed in their favorite High School Musical Halloween costumes. We went in to visit the Disney Princesses and to our surprise, they were joined by their Princes! We have one photo where Prince Phillip was staring at my son while Aurora held him. It was like they were having a very grown up man to man conversation. I’m fairly certain Phillip was telling my son about all of the amazing candy to be had at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. My daughter was so excited to meet them all! It was magical!

    These photos (and others throughout the years) have given us hours and hours of family fun time as we look through each photo and relive the magic!
     
    Be sure you look carefully at all of your photos! The PhotoPass Photographers may add some magic as you make boo-tiful memories! Magic Shots are always a highlight of the party!

    Enjoy every magical moment of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

    Kari

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    Hi there!  Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is my family's favorite Special Event to attend when visiting Walt Disney World Resort!

    On the day of the party, I plan a relaxing day at our Disney Resort hotel so we can stay up and enjoy the entire event. Although my kiddos love to conquer as many attractions as possible when visiting Magic Kingdom Park, we definitely try to catch all of the entertainment options which are unique to this frightfully fun event. Our "must do" experiences include: The Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet in Frontierland, Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, trick-or-treating throughout the park, the Halloween fireworks spectacular and Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade. I recommend watching the second parade which is usually less crowded. You will want to secure a spot along the parade route at least 30 - 40 minutes before the parade start for optimal viewing. Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular is a new Halloween fireworks display which will debut at the parties in 2019. You won't want to miss it!

    Be sure to pick up a Special Event guide as you enter the park which historically highlights the trick-or-treat locations, entertainment showtimes, attractions and dining locations which will be open throughout the party, allergy-friendly options and locations for event merchandise.

    I hope you have a spooktacular time at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party this fall! It's sure to be a night of "not-so-scary" fun!

    Jodie

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    I remember our first Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, a long time ago, when I put together my Darth Vader costume at the last minute: a Vader t-shirt, a made-up black cape and plastic lightsaber. So have fun and dress up even if its' something simple. But be sure to check the updated Theme Park Dress & Costume Guidelines for more information on what is appropriate for the party..

    We all had such a blast, soaking up on the atmosphere and meeting all the characters we could. And this leads me to my next tip: Memory Maker. This is a must for every trip, but in particular for this fun night, when the Disney PhotoPass Service photographers are readily available, with many offering some unique Magic Shots. If you are not planning on purchasing it for the whole stay, Single Day Memory Maker is also available, but only via the My Disney Experience mobile app.

    On a day we will attend the party, we make it a Resort day. We rest by the pool and enjoy all the Resort's amenities, but head to Magic Kingdom Park around 4:00 p.m., when Guests attending the party are allowed to enter. And here's my last tip: have an early dinner at one of the restaurants that offer Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Dining. Reservations are a must and fill out quickly. Happy planning!

    Ricardo.

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    Hi, there!

     

     Attending Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party with little ones in tow is sure to be a frightfully good time! 

     

     An appointment at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or The Pirates League is a great way to get your kiddo ready for this special event. Your boo-tiful princess or swashbuckling buccaneer will be all set for the party after their magical transformation. My niece had an appointment at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique just before Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party started last year, and she walked out ready to trick-or-treat throughout Magic Kingdom Park

     

     I recommend using a stroller when you attend Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. To make the most of your party ticket, you'll want to stay as late as possible and your little one will likely get sleepy by the end of this spooktacular evening. A stroller is the perfect spot for your kiddo to rest and it's a convenient place to store all that candy! You are welcome to bring your own stroller or rent one when you arrive at Magic Kingdom Park. If you bring your own stroller, just be sure it meets the stroller guidelines listed in the Walt Disney World Resort Property Rules

     

     I'm wishing you and your little one an un-boo-lievable time at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

     

    Ashley

     

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    My top tip for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is to BE THERE!  You will be amazed at the transformation from Magic Kingdom into the spookiest kingdom, where the whole park, every corner and every attraction is extra creepy.  The first time I experienced this wonderful event, it took my breath away!  Many Guests will dress up into elaborate costumes, but even if you opt for simple matching Halloween t-shirts and/or Halloween Mickey ears, your group will look fantastic in the photos.  Halloween-themed shirts and ears can usually be found across Walt Disney World, in Resort hotel shops, World of Disney (Disney Springs), Emporium (Magic Kingdom Park) and Mouse Gear (Epcot), to name but a few.   Look out for your favourite characters who will also be in special costumes too.  Ensure that you stay for the new fireworks display – Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular – and for an enhanced experience enjoy your favourite sweet treats at the same time, by making reservations for Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace, or with Garden Plaza Viewing.  You will enjoy lower queues, especially during the fireworks, and if you can time it just right, I thoroughly recommend riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad as you’ll have an amazing view of the display and be particularly spooked at the same time.  Take advantage of Disney’s PhotoPass photographers around the park as they have an amazing talent for capturing any grim grinning ghosts who may be creeping up behind you!  And please, please ensure you see the best parade at Walt Disney World – Mickey’s "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade.  My last tip: you must brace yourselves and be prepared for the most spine-tingling house - which feels most at home during this event – Haunted Mansion. Don’t be late. They are expecting you.
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    Hi!

    Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is one party I have had the pleasure of experiencing with and without children on both coasts, and we loved every minute of it.

    Here are a few recommendations that will help you to make the most of your experience. 

    Arrive early so that you are able to sit down and fully enjoy a nice meal at a restaurant like The Crystal Palace before the festivities begin.

    Costumes are a must, but if you are like me and my family, full costumes may not be necessary. We like to incorporate a theme that can include a special t-shirt, or a little "adjusted" cosplay because it allows for some creativity and individuality while not being fully emersed in a full costume. For example, during one of our experiences, my son dressed as Hipster Mickey with color-coordinated jeans and shirt with some headphones and a beanie.

    Sturdy treat bags with a handle are provided to collect all of the goodies, however, as you proceed through the night and get on and off the attractions, holding the bag can become cumbersome. My recommendation is a small drawstring backpack that you can use to place your bag into. Just put it on your back and your hands are free to enjoy the night.

    No matter what, make some ghoulishly fun memories!.

    Raquel
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    Hi!

    Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is simply boo-tastic! If you want to get thrills (and some chills), there is no other place I'd rather be come Halloween time than this ghoulish party at Disney's Magic Kingdom!

    Making the most of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party with children

    1. This is the perfect time for the family to just let it all hang out and dress up! We are a family of 4 (myself, wife, daughter, and son), and one year we dressed as The Incredibles, which worked out perfect because my daughter was approximately Violet Parr's age and my son was around Dash's age.

    2. Hit all the trick-or-treat stations strategically placed throughout the parks. The Cast Members will be adorned in cool Halloween costumes, they're very friendly, talk to all the guests, and who can pass up free Halloween candy!

    3. Can't Miss: Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular fireworks show! For 2019, the show will be hosted by Jack Skellington, he of The Nightmare Before Christmas fame. But beyond the fireworks, you will be immersed in perfectly timed music and visual storytelling you will see right on Cinderella's Castle. The show is both breathtaking and a technological marvel the entire family will love!

    4. If you haven't done so, you have to experience the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction, which is usually open during the party. This ride is one of Magic Kingdom's more popular rides that can take up to an hour even with FastPass+ reservations during normal hours. Not so at the Party! We were able to get on the attraction each trip in 30 minutes or less.

    Making the most of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party without children

    1. Since this is a special ticketed event, there is less "people traffic" at the party. Less People = Less Kids. :-) The lines will be much shorter than regular park hours, so you won't be as overwhelmed. 

    2. The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular is a can't miss! It's the time when all your favorite Disney villains take center stage, and adults will enjoy this performance as much as any child. You will be enamored by the different effects you will see on Cinderella's Castle, where the performance takes place right in front of.

    3. Since the crowds are smaller, and most families with children will either be getting on rides or trick-or-treating, this is also a great opportunity to go shopping throughout Magic Kingdom (and even have it sent to your resort room if staying on-site). If not shopping, enjoy dinner for two at the extravagant Be Our Guest Restaurant.

    So prepare yourself for the most Spooktacular experience you will ever see!

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    Boo to you!

    My fellow Panelists have provided 999 spook-tacular tips for making the most of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, but there’s room for at least one more!

    Learn from my mistake and, if you’re going to use face paint in your costume, choose carefully. Autumn at the Walt Disney World Resort can be very, very warm, so you’ll want to be sure that your costume is well-ventilated and that any wigs, hats, or hairpieces will last on your head for more than a minute (or are easily removable for the time between photos). Last year, I dressed as my favorite Disney characters, Santa’s reindeer from Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade – right down to the black nose. I hadn’t even boarded the bus to Magic Kingdom Park and my face paint was itching like crazy, and by the time I could see Cinderella Castle, I had black sweat dripping down my face. Face paint is a great addition to any costume, but take my advice and pack not only touch-up paint, but tissues and makeup remover wipes. And be flexible, because in the world of imagination it’s okay if you or your kiddo can’t tolerate the face paint and a nose is only black in spirit.

    My other tip is to be strategic about your party time. My family is enchanted by characters, so we build in time to see our favorites (don’t miss Pooh and pals in the cutest costumes) and are flexible about stopping if we see characters or performances we want to enjoy. I’ll usually sketch out a plan that has us making our way through each land so that we’re not zig-zagging too much in the heat, because I want my little ghouls to be wide awake right until the stroke of midnight turns them to pumpkins. It’s nearly impossible to do everything in one party night, so we choose the things that are unique to the party, like this year’s all new Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular fireworks show or characters that only come out on party nights. 

    One more candy morsel: take in all the details. From the Cast Members’ creepily charming costumes to the special treats for sale to the special touches on attractions and parade floats, there is so much magic in the air at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and you are in for such a treat!

    Have so much frightful fun,
    Robyn

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    Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is definitely my favorite special event at Magic Kingdom, so I'm so excited to help you get ready for your visit. My fellow Panelists have given you quite a few awesome tips to help you have a fantastic night enjoying the tricks and treats of the party and I want to give you one more tip about enjoying my favorite part about a "not-so-scary" party night!

    Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade is my favorite parade at Walt Disney World Resort! It has incredible music, amazing performers and dancers and favorite Disney Characters that you will enjoy as they travel through Magic Kingdom. You will see some classic Disney Characters traveling the parade route in their adorable Halloween costumes, along with some unique Characters who you can't normally see in the theme parks or outside of their attractions.  In fact, I love this parade so much that my family and I have made a point of seeing the parade twice in one party night!

    Did you know that if the weather cooperates, the Headless Horseman makes his way down the parade route before the parade starts? I recommend that you get your parade spot early so you catch his spooky journey. Also, keep a lookout for Disney PhotoPass photographers traveling along the parade route before the fun starts because they often have cute photo props themed especially for the party that will capture the memories of your party night!

    ~Crystal
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    Boo to you!

    Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a frightfully fun event for Mouseketeers of ALL ages, but if you're visiting with only grown-up Mouseketeers, I have a few suggestions on how to make it an evening you'll cherish for years to come!

    First, I'd encourage you to check out some of the spooktacular twists on some of the most beloved attractions. Space Mountain in complete darkness? Pirates of the Caribbean with added live pirate fun? The Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet singing hauntingly Halloween-y songs? Yes, please! You'll LOVE experiencing a whole new side to Magic Kingdom Park! One of my favorite parts of the evening is Mickey's "Boo To You" Halloween Parade and the Headless Horseman's haunting ride which happens just before the parade. As this is a must-do part of your evening, it's quite popular. If you don't have little ones with you who are getting sleepy, I'd recommend the second viewing time as the crowds seem to be smaller. Of course, no matter how old you are, trick-or-treating around Magic Kingdom Park is always lots of fun! Don't miss out on a few brand new experiences, too...while you're trick-or-treating, be sure to stop in at Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor for some Halloween-themed, monstrous fun, and don't forget to grab a treat and find a great spot to view the all new Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular. The entire night sky will light up with unBOOlievably awesome lasers, projections, and fireworks.

    No matter how old you are, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is always a wickedly WONDERFUL time!

    Missy

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    Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is indeed a spooktacular option for an adventurous night! My favorite part about this Special Event is that you can design your own experience based on your group's preferences.

    Each Mom in the Disney Parks Moms Panel answered this question with great insight, and they all have personal spins on it! No matter what's YOUR favorite part of a Walt Disney World Vacation, you will find a Halloween version of that at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

    My best tip is to research the entertainment options and prioritize your favorites. Your family may be like Ricardo's and have a blast at character meet and greets, enjoy trick-or-treat stations like Terry's or dress up to have a fantastic time like Rayna's. 

    There are SO many incredible options that designing a personalized itinerary is the best trick of the night. The party is so exciting that sometimes time flies by like a ghost!

    I usually visit without little ghosts and love to enjoy Magic Kingdom Park's atmosphere. I always watch the second showing of Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade, since it's a great way to find some rest in the middle of the party. 

    The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular is also one of my favorites, and it's never out of my itinerary! I also love to take unique pictures with the help of the talented Disney PhotoPass Photographers: the spooky lantern in front of the Haunted Mansion is super fun to shoot!

    By designing your itinerary after learning about all the options, you'll have the best squad ghouls to enjoy the most fangtastic night at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
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    I am so excited about attending Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party this year! New fireworks, attractions with fun effects (Space Mountain was a blast last year), plus trick-or-treating and special goodies available throughout the park make this event a must-do for me every year.

    My husband and I love going to this special event alone because we can ride our favorite attractions, collect some really good candy (I recommend bringing a lightweight drawstring backpack to facilitate your candy hauling), watch some fantastic fireworks and stay out late where we enjoy one another's company.

    When we attend with our children, we make sure to grab a good seat for the Boo-to-You Halloween Parade. We ensure that we find our spot early so we don't miss the Headless Horseman's ride through Magic Kingdom Park. I'm particularly excited to see The Incredibles this year (complete with Edna Mode) and Buzz Lightyear with some aliens. I've discovered that my kiddos are usually really excited to attend in costume for about an hour, then they are hot and ready to change. I bring a change of clothes that include a Halloween themed tee so they can still feel festive but a bit more comfortable considering the heat and humidity.

    Honestly, my favorite thing about this special event is seeing the creativity of the other guests-some of you have brilliant ideas! I have seen a Tron costume complete with wireless LED lighting, a family dressed as the cast of Tangled-including a lantern that was illuminated from the inside, and countless princesses and super heroes. I always leave with a smile on my face, joy in my heart and lots of sweets in my belly. It's truly a perfect night!

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    Boo to you and you! As a self-proclaimed lover of all things Halloween, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has become a bit of tradition for my family and me during the most frightfully fun time of the year! 

    As my fellow panelists have suggested, it can be a great idea to wait for the second "apparition" of both the Hocus Pocus Villian Spelltacular and Mickey's Boo to You Halloween Parade. The later shows generally are a bit less crowded which is great for finding spots to watch from and also leads to a spookier ambiance, in my opinion! Regardless of which time you choose to view both of these not-so-scary offerings, I would recommend choosing one prior to your visit and making a game plan for the time during the alternative showings to take advantage of decreased crowds in other parts of the park. My family will often use the time in which both of these popular performances are taking place to hit up attractions that tend to have longer waits! My personal favorite is the Halloween-edition of Space Mountain that features a spooky soundtrack as you hurtle through the darkness of space! 

    My next tip would be to take the opportunity to sample some of the party-exclusive food and beverage offerings! With all of the candy available through trick-or-treating, it's easy to forget about many of the themed treats available during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party but these are not something you want to miss out on! Many of these items are available for purchase around the Magic Kingdom but, if you'd like to sample an assortment of these treats, I suggest reserving a spot for Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party! Not only will you receive a reserved space to view the all-new Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular but these Dessert Parties often feature many of the treats available during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! 

    ~Wyatt

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    My family plans our yearly trips to The Most Magical Place on Earth around two things, runDisney events and Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! As a result my mouseketeer has become completely Halloween obsessed and visiting at the spookiest time of year is now an annual must!

    As some of my fellow panelists have recommended, prioritizing is key, whether visiting with little ones in tow or not! I like to think of visiting Guests falling into three categories, the PhotoPass ghouls, attraction ghosts and show goblins. There are some truly rare picture opportunities that you won't find anywhere else, years past have included all Seven Dwarfs together and Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws. If this is your must do, you are definitely a PhotoPass ghoul! If overlays galore interest you and you know you simply cannot miss the spooky enhancements to Space Mountain, Pirates of the Carribean and more, you are an attraction ghost. My family definitely finds ourselves in the last category, the show goblins! For us, our main priority has always been Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade. With my sons favorite movie being A Nightmare Before Christmas, we are also making Disney's Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Fireworks our must do for 2019!

    I'd recommend finding what scary group you fall into and planning your trip accordingly. No matter whether you are a ghoul, ghost or goblin, one thing they all have in common is candy, so make sure to save time for Trick or Treating!

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