Tips & Peeves for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

If you missed my recent post about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you’ll want to jump over there before reading this one. As promised, I’m providing some tips and pet peeves. Before I go into my list, I want to mention a few things for those unfamiliar with the event. This frightfully fun event runs through November 1st at Magic Kingdom. Tickets start at $105, and you can purchase your tickets here. With a valid ticket, you get access to rides, exclusive shows, spooky merchandise, fireworks, and trick-or-treating. It’s Halloween fun for the entire family.

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Photo Credit: Walt Disney World

Tips for Success

Let’s start with our tips, because that’s obviously more positive than our pet peeves.

  • Arrive early at 4:00 PM if you want to maximize your time.
  • Grab fast passes between 4:00 PM and close to increase your ride time.
  • Pick up your treat bag and wristband at Mickey’s PhilharMagic or the touch point in Tomorrowland. It’s way less crowded.
  • Shop for event specific merchandise at the Emporium.
  • Stay after the fireworks to enjoy the Hocus Pocus show. By sticking around you’ll get a much better spot. There’s only about 15 minutes or so between the two shows.
  • If you don’t have the app, download it immediately. It’s the best way to check wait times, and you can order food to pick up at select eateries.
  • Make a plan and set priorities. Depending on crowd levels, you won’t be able to do it all.
  • If you want to take advantage of the special photo spots, do so during the parade.
  • Save money by grabbing dinner before you head to the park. If you’d like to eat at the park, make a reservation.
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Photo Credit: Disney Parks Blog

Don’t Do This

We wanted to include this next section because some people need reminding of how to be decent.

  • Don’t bring everything you own into the park. I’m amazed at the number of bags and unnecessary items.

Let me provide an example for this one. One family had way too much stuff. The father was wearing a backpack that was so full it doubled him in size. People were having a hard time getting by him (since the bag was huge and he wouldn’t move) that they were hitting a young lady behind him each time. I lost count how may times she got whacked by his bag or others! Not cool.

  • Be prepared to get split up momentarily when trick-or-treating. Don’t lose your mind when you get separated for five seconds. You know this totally happened…and it was an adult acting like a child.
  • If you are pushing a stroller, be extra careful when you’re in a crowd. Nobody likes having their ankles rammed into.
  • This event is great for school age children, but it’s not an event for infants and toddlers. I saw so many exhausted and crying children. Ryan and I were amazed how many were still out after 10:00, which in my opinion is well past their bedtime.
  • Clean up after yourselves. If you make a mess, clean it up. People were just leaving tables full of food, candy, drinks, etc. Be considerate of others and just clean it up.

Alright, I’m glad we got that out of our systems. People obviously needed reminders, and I’m happy to remind them of how to be decent humans. Maybe I should start taking pictures of these things???

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Photo Credit: Disney Tourist Blog

Anyway…I highly recommend the party if you’re looking for a new way to celebrate Halloween. I’m not sure if and when we’ll do it again, but we both enjoyed it this year. We’ll be attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party next month. Be sure to check back in December for all of the details on that event and tips. If you like the scarier side of Halloween, check back later this week for Ryan’s review of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando.

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