From September 10th through to November 1st, something very funny happens at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World on selected nights. You see people beginning to arrive in the park around 5pm, wearing slightly odd outfits. As you begin to leave, the park starts to fill up … and not with your everyday guest. Oh no, on these nights, it would appear the Magic Kingdom is more like Halloween Town.
Of course these lucky visitors are attending the ticketed event, Mickey’s Not-so-scary Halloween Party. From 7pm til midnight the park closes to regular guests and becomes the place to be for a spook-tacular night out.
As the name suggests, this is a family friendly event. Do not mistake it for Disney’s version of Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights – you’d have to pay me to attend that! That said, please do think about your child’s potential reaction to a park filled with children and adults in costumes and a fiendish atmosphere. My 3 year old will watch Nightmare before Christmas and sleeps with a Jack Skellington, but won’t watch the parade because of the ‘ghost hosts’.
There are many things to make this a fun-filled night, not just the huge amount of Trick or Treat stations dotted around the park.
The new Villians Mix and Mingle show, the Boo-to-you parade, Happy Hallo-Wishes fireworks and dance parties are just some of the things to look out for. There will also be many photo opportunities and rare characters to meet and greet. New for this year will be Jack and Sally in Town Square and Mike and Sulley in Tomorrowland.
Party starts 7pm and ends at 12am
Parades at 815pm and 1030pm
Fireworks at 930pm
Ticket prices range from $59-73 advanced and $65-$73 on the day for adults.
Tickets can be ordered by calling 407-W-DISNEY
There are a few rules to remember when attending this special party. Whilst guests are actively encouraged to dress up, their costumes must not be offensive. They must not carry dangerous props and if you are dressed as a Disney character, you must not pose for autographs or photos with other guests.