Scary Mickey is all down Main Street - Photo by Laurie Sapp
There is a real "spooky" feeling that starts when you first arrive at the Magic Kingdom. Even walking down Main Street Mickey stares out at you from all of those light poles.
One of the cool things about the party is all of the costumes. Yes, even adults can dress up in costumes unlike non-party days. You'll see all kinds of ghosts, goblins.
The second big thing that makes MNSSHP special is the Trick or Treating. Trick or Treating at the Magic Kingdom is not like Trick or Treating at home. Here you get high quality candy at every station. Over a ton of candy is doled out each night.
Now that's a barrel of candy that would be fun to dive into - Photo by Wayne Wood
Quick Tip: The later you get to the Trick or Treat stations, the bigger the haul. Toward the end of the night the Cast Members sometimes get more generous with the candy.
Of course if you don't get enough there's always this - Photo by Wayne Wood
Next it's time for some rides. Lines for all the rides during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party are usually very, very short. I mean no one at all type short. We walked right on Pirates of the Caribbean at 8:00. It was great.
Oh, and Buzz Lightyear, we just kept going round and round. We did it 3 times in a row without a wait. What fun.
The Haunted Mansion Cast Members are Fabulous - Photo by Wayne Wood
The one ride that sometimes has a long line is the Haunted Mansion. Duh. Everyone wants to ride the Haunted Mansion during the party. Outside Disney adds some "ghoulish" touches outside in the courtyard just for the party.
The Boo to You Parade is one of the highlights of the night - Photo by Wayne Wood
The big draw is the Boo To Your Parade. It kicks off with one of the coolest things ever. About 10 minutes before the parade starts... A picture tells a thousand words...
From the beginning to the end the Boo to You parade is awesome...
That's the end of the parade - Photo by Wayne Wood
If that's not enough there is the little fireworks show...
I'll be singing that music all week now...
Great Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize..."
I just love that tune.
Hallowishes may be my favorite fireworks show that Disney does at least from beginning to end. I love Wishes, I really liked the 60th anniversary fireworks at Disneyland, Holiday Wishes is incredible, Illumininations is OK and the Holiday addition is spectacular, but beginning to end, I like Hallowishes best.
Is Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party worth it?
That's the question of the day. Is it worth it? A family of 4 will spend a minimum of $280. That's a lot of money.
So is it worth it? I don't know but maybe this will help.
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is worth it if..
If you are going for the experience
If you are going for the Trick or Treating (although that can be tough with the lines)
if you are going for the experience of being in the Magic Kingdom when they "spook" it up with the Cast Members and the special touches
If you want to experience the Boo to You Parade and Hallowishes which are some of the best things Disney does
If all of that and you like short lines
then yes, it's worth it.
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is not worth it if...
You can't afford it. I'm serious. If you worry if you can afford it, you can't. It's a lot of money. Skip it. It's great, but not worth going in debt over it
You are going for the lines
You ask more than once if it's worth it, no I'm not kidding, if you are wondering, then it's probably not
You can't stay up late, the fireworks are at 9:30
if you're not that into Halloween
then no, it's not worth it.
Dad's Bottom Line
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is one of my favorite things. I love the atmosphere, the costumes on the guests, the party feel, the parade, the fireworks and the short lines. It's all great Fun. I wish I was going tonight. But at the prices these days, it's an easy one to skip.
Have you ever experienced MNSSHP? What was your favorite part?