Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: Setting #NotSoScary Priorities

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With so much to do that is exclusive to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, it is really important to prioritize what you want to do during the party.

But with information about the goings on either spread out over several areas of the official party page or not available until you arrive at the Magic Kingdom, I thought that I would compile all the information you would need to make a solid game plan for the night.

My biggest tip for creating a realistic plan is to communicate with everyone attending the party with you to ensure that everyone is on the same page as to what they want to try to accomplish during the party since it is pretty close to impossible to do everything in one night.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party:

Setting #NotSoScary Priorities

Unique Character Meet and Greet Opportunities

Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party Character Collage
Photos: Walt Disney World

During Mickey’s Not So Scary you will have the chance to meet some exclusive characters, however this opportunity comes at quite a cost of time!

Two things to keep in mind is that characters typically don’t start meeting until the party begins however lines for popular characters (like Jack Skellington and Sally) may appear earlier with lines forming before 5 pm and characters stop meeting guests around 11:30 pm.

Here is where you will find characters during Mickey’s Not So Scary (an * denotes rare characters):

  • Main Street U.S.A. – Town Square Theater – Mickey Mouse in his Halloween Finest* and Tinker Bell
  • Main Street U.S.A.- Tour Guide Garden near City Call – Snow White
  • Adventureland – Agrabah Bazaar near The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – Friends from Aladdin (Characters spotted have included Jasmine, Aladdin, Abu*, and Genie*)
  • Adventureland – Zanzibar near The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – Jafar*
  • Adventureland – Veranda near the Skipper Canteen – friends from Tarzan (Characters spotted have included Tarzan, Jane, and Terk*)
  • Adventureland – Caribbean Plaza across from Pirates of the Caribbean – Captain Jack Sparrow*
  • Liberty Square – The Glade behind Liberty Tree Tavern – Jack Skellington* & Sally* from The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Liberty Square – Near the Haunted Mansion – Carlotta* and Lady Renata*
  • Fantasyland – Princess Fairytale Hall – Rapunzel, Tiana, Aurora, and Cinderella
  • Fantasyland – Ariel’s Grotto – Ariel
  • Fantasyland – Fairytale Garden near Cinderella Castle on the way to Mad Tea Party – Merida
  • Fantasyland – Gaston’s Tavern – Gaston and Villager Belle*
  • Fantasyland – Mad Tea Party – Alice, Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts*, and Tweedles*
  • Fantasyland – Thotful Spot near The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – Winnie the Pooh*, Tigger*, Piglet*, Eeyore* in Halloween Costumes
  • Fantasyland – Storybook Circus – Calliope Tent – the Seven Dwarfs*
  • Fantasyland – Storybook Circus – Train Station – Cruella DeVil*
  • Fantasyland – Storybook Circus – Casey Jr. Splash Pad – Donald Duck*, Daisy Duck*, and Minnie Mouse* in their Halloween costumes
  • Fantasyland – Storybook Circus – Barnstormer – The Great Goofini*
  • Tomorrowland – Between Buzz Lightyear Space Rangers Spin and Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress – Buzz Lightyear and Lotso*

Entertainment, Shows, and Dance Parties

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 Hocus Pocus Hades

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party boasts some great entertainment, shows, and dance parties throughout the park!

For the best viewing of the fun on Main Street U.S.A., you will want to secure a spot 30 minutes before each begins.

Here is some of what you will find:

  • Main Street U.S.A
    • Celebrate the Magic – Projection show on Cinderella Castle – 10 pm
    • Happy HalloWishes! – Fireworks spectacular set against Cinderella Castle – 10:15 pm
    • Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular – Show on Forecourt Stage at Cinderella Castle – 8 pm, 9:15 pm, 10:40 pm, & 12 am
  • Frontierland
    • Cadaver Dans – Singing that haunts the Streets of Frontierland – No posted schedule, but you can watch them perfrom before Mickey’s Boo To You Parade
  • Tomorrowland
    • Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball – Dance Party set on the Rockettower Plaza Stage – Continuous

Parades

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 Boo To You Parade Route

Mickey’s Boo to You Parade is the highlight of the party for me with characters in Halloween costumes, pirates, cowboys, gravediggers, ballroom dances, and Disney Villains set to music that is a total ear worm.

The parade steps off in Frontierland and travels to Main Street U.S.A. twice a night (8:30 pm and 11:15 pm), and with the Headless Horseman riding (weather permitting) approximately 10 minutes before each parade you will want to secure your parade spot at least 30 to 45 minutes before the parade begins.

Usually I would say to skip the first parade and watch the second, but it seems like that trick isn’t working this year. So instead, I encourage you to scope out the first parade before making a decision of which parade to watch.

Trick-or-Treating

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween 2016 Allergy Friendly trick or treat experience

Trick-or-Treating is an activity that can be done at any time as you are walking from place to place during the party, so keep your eyes peeled for Trick-or-Treat markers throughout the park to stop as you go.

  • Main Street U.S.A
    • Town Square Theater (Allergy-Friendly Center)
  • Adventureland
    • Jungle Cruise
    • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
    • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Liberty Square
    • Heritage House (Allergy-Friendly Center)
    • Liberty Square Riverboat
  • Fantasyland
    • Pinocchio Village Haus
    • Peter Pan’s Flight
    • Pete’s Silly Sideshow
  • Tomorrowland
    • Stitch’s Great Escape
    • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
    • Space Mountain
    • Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies

If you have allergies or dietary restrictions, you can read all about the new trick-or-treating experience here.

Attractions

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party PeopleMover

There are several attractions open during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and while lines are shorter at times than a typical day at the Magic Kingdom this isn’t always the best use of time during the party.

  • Main Street U.S.A
    • Town Square Theater
    • Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom (with an event-exclusive spell card available)
  • Adventureland
    • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
    • Pirates of the Caribbean
    • A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas (an interactive adventure at your own pace)
  • Frontierland
    • Splash Mountain
    • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Liberty Square
    • Haunted Mansion
  • Fantasyland
    • Peter Pan’s Flight
    • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
    • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
    • Princess Fairtyale Hall
    • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
    • Mad Tea Party
    • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
    • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
    • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
    • The Barnstormer
  • Tomorrowland
    • Tomorrowland Speedway
    • Space Mountain
    • Astro Orbiter
    • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
    • Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
    • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

Your event ticket can be used to enter the Magic Kingdom as early as 4 pm, so arriving before the party is a great option if you are looking to fit in some rides since the crowds will be thinning out for the day in preparation for the party.

Dining

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Photo: Disney Parks Blog

 

With Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party falling around dinner time, you may find that you will need to stop during the party for a snack or meal.

Not all locations in the Magic Kingdom are open and some will close early during the party, and here is where you can eat and what you will find there (an * denotes where you can find party exclusive treats):

  • Main Street U.S.A
    • Main Street Bakery* – Starbucks espresso & house-made Disney pastries
    • Plaza Ice Cream Parlor* – Hand-scooped ice cream and waffle-bowl sundaes
    • Casey’s Corner – Specialty hot dogs and French Fries
  • Adventureland
    • Aloha Isle – Dole Whip Soft-serve ice cream and fresh pineapple
  • Frontierland
    • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe – Nachos, fajitas, burritos, and Southwest burgers Open until 11 pm
    • Westward Ho* – Snacks and frozen lemonade
  • Liberty Square
    • Sleepy Hollow* – Funnel cakes and ice cream
    • Liberty Square Market – Frozen beverages, fruit, and snacks Open until 9 pm
    • Columbia Harbor House – Fish, shrimp, chicken nuggets, salads, and sandwiches Open until 8 pm
  • Fantasyland
    • Cinderella Royal Table – Requires Reservation – Signature Table Service
    • Be Our Guest Restaurant – Requires Reservation -Signature Table Service
    • Pinocchio Village Haus – Flatbreads, chicken breast nuggets, and salads Open until 10 pm
    • The Friar’s Nook* – Artisan macaroni & cheese, hot dogs, potato chips, & frozen beverages Open until 10 pm
    • Storybook Treats – Ice cream
    • Gaston’s Tavern* – LeFou’s Brew specialty slush, cinnamon rolls, and fruit
  • Tomorrowland
    • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe – Burgers, chicken breast nuggets, rotisserie chicken, sandwiches, and salads
    • Cool Ship – Pretzels, snacks, and beverages Open until 11 pm
    • The Lunching Pad – Hot dogs, pretzels, and frozen Coca-Cola

Shopping

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 Merchandise

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016 Merchandise

You have to grab some of the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party swag before you leave, because it is not available on the Shop Disney Parks App or online at the Disney Store!

Here is where you can find this year’s merchandise:

  • Box Office Gifts – Main Street, U.S.A. – MagicBand
  • Emporium – Main Street, U.S.A. – Event T-shirts, ornaments, General event trading pin, and MagicBand
  • Frontierland Trading Post – Frontierland – General event trading pin and MagicBand
  • Big Top Souvenirs – Storybook Circus – ALL event Trading pins and Event T-shirts
  • Mickey’s Star Traders – Tomorrowland – Event T-shirts

For more Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party fun check out our other posts on Allergy-Friendly Trick-or-Treating7 #NotSoScary Experiences, and my general tips & tricks on icFlorida! Plus we’ve got tons of great photos and information on Instagram and Twitter!

Author: Shelley

When she isn't chasing her chihuahuas, daughter, or cheering for her Hokies you can find Shelley On the Go in the Central Florida Area and on-air at icFlorida!

4 thoughts on “Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: Setting #NotSoScary Priorities”

    1. They don’t have complimentary drinks like they do at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, however any location that has fountain soft drinks will give you a free cup of water.

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