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Our Big Disney Year: Chapter 3 – Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Boo-to-You! I’ve been dying to write about this experience for a while. So much spooky fun can be had, I figured I would give Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party its very own chapter. We had lots of fun, but we also had some misses and missteps to avoid.

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Why you should go to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – And how to avoid the mistakes I made

For starters, it’s spooktacular fun – and yes, the puns will continue. Parades, fireworks, the Sanderson Sisters, trick-or-treating and characters dressed for the occasion. Why wouldn’t you want to go?

5 Mistakes I Made at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Party Mistake #1: Going to Magic Kingdom too early

As Passholders it really didn’t matter what time we entered the park on party day. Unlike guests who purchase a set number of days, we had unlimited access to the parks, and like a kid on Christmas morning, we just couldn’t wait.

We did sleep in a little, but around noon we headed off to Magic Kingdom to enjoy the afternoon.

Y’all, this party lasts until midnight, which makes for a very long day. You may want to relax a little more than we did before heading to the park.

Party Mistake #2: Riding too many rides during the party

Some days my family likes to take it easy, other days we’re all about the rides. This day was the latter. We wanted to experience the rides – like Space Mountain – that were all decked out for the party, but we spent a lot of time waiting for rides we normally wouldn’t have waited that long for.

Pirates of the Caribbean added live pirates to the adventure, but it was a bit meh, and I can’t get that time back.

It’s not that you shouldn’t ride the rides, but be choosey about which attractions you allot precious time too. Haunted Mansion? Yes! Teacups? Never… but that’s for an entirely different reason.

Party Mistake #3: Not having a better understanding of the schedule

I am usually better at looking at the Times Guide for entertainment, but my first time at the party honestly had me a bit disoriented. There was so much to do and see, I lost track of time for a couple of hours.

This meant I missed the Cadaver Dans – the Halloween version of the Dapper Dans. I really had planned to catch their show, but it was just not meant to be.

Even for someone extremely familiar with the park, it was hard for me to grasp the scope of the party – it’s huge y’all – which means we needed to better pick what to do and what to avoid, so that next time I won’t miss my favorite acapella undead barbershop quartet.

Next time, I will have a few must-dos timed out, so I am sure not to miss them.

Party Mistake #4: Not seeing enough characters

I have mixed feelings on this. On one hand, I really enjoyed seeing the characters all dressed up in costume. On the other hand, the lines for these special meet and greets can get a bit too crazy for me.

I really don’t mind waiting about 20 minutes to meet a character – party or not. Any longer and I begin questioning my life choices.

Lines for character meets at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party are LONG! Some people begin lining up before the party even begins. And if that is a priority for you, awesome! Get that rare photo!

I am not about that life. I love the characters, especially Stitch, but those lines are a bit too much for me.

A good alternative is to scope out a good viewing spot for the Boo-to-You parade. All of the characters are in costume, and they come right by you. My favorite spot? Liberty Square!

Party Mistake #5: I didn’t take enough pictures

Y’all, I rarely have this problem. I want to take it as a good sign that I was enjoying myself too much to remember to take photos. So, we’ll go with that. I do wish I had a few more family pics though.

Pics or no, we had a great time!

What I loved about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

The party atmosphere is awesome. If I had to guess, I’d say we were at a party that was about 80% sold out. It was crowded, but we could move around and the wait for attractions and candy stations were manageable.

And speaking of candy stations… all of that candy was awesome. We ate a little to keep up our energy while we walked around the park.

We didn’t know it at the time, but 2018 was the last year of the HalloWishes fireworks. I am so glad we got to see that, but I won’t lie, I am super exited to see the new show whenever we attend again.

Disney Parks: Behind the scenes of the Boo-to-You Parade

The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular was spectacular, I think. I thought I had a great spot to view the show, until the beginning of the show when the dad in front of me put a pint-sized Maleficent on his shoulders. And yes, this adorable little villainess had the full costume, including the horns that you cannot see through.

I tried to find a new spot to see the stage show that wouldn’t block others, but that was pretty impossible once the show began. It’s a no-win situation. Everyone wants to see the show. I want that three-year-old to see the show, but dang, maybe take off the horns so those behind you have a fighting chance.

A ghoul time was had by all

Even with our missteps, and even though I missed about half of the stage show, I had an amazing time. The Cast Members were in their party costumes. Our fellow guests were in a festive moods. I saw very few meltdowns, which was amazing considering the late hour. And I definitely want to hurry back very soon.

Next week on Our Big Disney Year

During this visit we stayed at Disney’s Pop Century Resort. I’ll take you on a little tour of the resort and fill you in on some of the fun we had during our vacay!

Previously on Our Big Disney Year

Did you miss the Prologue or Chapter 1? Catch up now!

Our Big Disney Year: Prologue

Our Big Disney Year: Chapter 1

Our Big Disney Year: Chapter 2

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