It’s officially the Spooky Season as we move into September, but at Walt Disney World, Halloween comes early with the resort’s signature Halloween event, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, starting in mid-August. Which means that I’ve had a chance to attend the event and put together this BOOtiful guide to the party for guests with disabilities.
There are so many things to see and do at the party. Below you’ll find an incomplete list of the main highlights.
- Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular!: watch three sinister sisters bewitch and bedazzle the residents of Magic Kingdom park.
- Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular: a wickedly wild fireworks display featuring some of your favorite Disney Characters and hosted by Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
- Disney Junior Jam: at Storybook Circus—featuring some favorite friends from Disney Junior shows. It’s perfect for young partygoers!
- Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade: watch as Disney friends are joined by dastardly villains and the Headless Horseman galavant down the street in a whirl of Halloween fun.
- Trick-or-treat: be sure to get your fill of Mars candy with trails all around Magic Kingdom Park.
Obviously, these aren’t the only things worth seeing at the event with fun photo-ops, Magic Shots, and my personal favorite aspect of the party, spooky decor and lighting all around the park, especially at the Haunted Mansion.
Speaking of the Haunted Mansion, it’s extra creepy during the party with additional fog and lighting effects around the Mansion grounds; even the butlers and maids get into the act, donning makeup and spiderwebs.
Other attractions get in the Halloween spirit with Space Mountain now taking guests into deep space, meaning that the attraction has all lights and effects switched off and features heart-pounding horror movie-type music. The Mad Tea Party gets a whole new spin with festive music and lighting, and Pirates of the Caribbean is enhanced with real, live pirates (a favorite of the kids in my boat).
The fireworks are also a can’t-miss event and are my favorite part of the night; having the perimeter launching points really makes for an extra spectacular show, and the Jack Skellington puppet is really a wow moment.
The parade is wonderful if you like parades. Personally, they aren’t my cup of tea unless they are truly over-the-top, but I know they are a delight for families and young children.
If you have a visual impairment, as I do, you’ll want to arrive extra early for the fireworks and the Hocus Pocus stage show to make sure you get a spot you can see from. I arrived 45 minutes before the fireworks and was able to get my preferred spot towards the front of half of the Hub. It rained most of the night I was at the event, so I didn’t have a chance to see the Hocus Pocus Villian Spectacular, although I’ve heard it’s a blast.
Finally, you can utilize the DAS system during the event. I was a bit unsure about this at first as I couldn’t make new reservations until the party officially started at 7:00 PM, but sure enough, when the clock struck seven, the option reappeared in the app. Likewise, if you have mobility issues, you can speak to the greeter in front of the attraction, and they can direct you on where to go to experience the attraction.
Ticket prices range from $109 – $199. The event takes place on the following dates (do note that tickets are going fast so buying sooner rather than later is probably a good idea):
- August: 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
- September: 2, 5, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30
- October: 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31
Are you looking forward to attending this not-so-spooky bash?