Is Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Worth It?
Is Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party worth it? I hear this question all the time. It's a good question. Let's see what the answer is.
Is Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party worth it?
Welcome to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - Photo by Laurie Sapp
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) is one of the best things that Disney does. But it costs a lot of money. It starts at $85 per ticket plus tax! That's a lot of money for just a few hours in the park. The accountant side of me says it takes a lot to make the party worth it.
The Dad side of me says it's all about the experience. Let's look at some of the experiences that I think make MNSSHP worth it!
Boo to You Parade
Can't you just hear the music? - Photo by Laurie Sapp
The only way to see a parade after dark (the best kind) is to go to MNSSHP or Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. That's sad. The parade at MNSSHP Is called The Boo to You Parade.
The Boo to You Parade is my favorite parade at Walt Disney World. It was my favorite even before Disney ended the Main Street Electrical Parade (so sad). I just love the music, the grave diggers, the ghost band, the Headless Horseman, and on and on. From the beginning to the end, I love the Boo to You Parade. It's one of the most MAGICAL things that happens at Walt Disney World and the only place to see it is at MNSSHP!
Hallowishes is AWESOME - Photo by Laurie Sapp
This is going to sound redundant, but Happy Hallowishes is my favorite fireworks show at Walt Disney World. I love the spooky voice (I'm a little jealous) that sings "When you hear the knell of the requiem bell...". It makes me shiver (in a good way).
If I could I'd hop on a plane right now and head to tonight's MNSSHP just to watch Hallowishes!
Trick or Treating in the park
Aubrey brought her own bag - Photo by Brett Svenson
One of the most unique experiences that's available at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is Trick or Treating around the park. Each night Disney gives away over ONE TON of candy and it's the good stuff. Disney partners with the Mars company who provides the goodies that include over 40 different name brands of candy like Snickers, M&M's, Skittles, Dove Chocolate and lots more.
Disney gives every guest a bag when they arrive. It's kind of small. You might want to bring your own if you really want to stock up on some really good candy.
Trick or Treats
The Worms and Dirt look pretty good- Photo by Disney Parks Blog
In addition to the Trick or Treating there are special treats available only at MNSSHP. Spooky and good looking treats. Yes, these cost extra, but boy do they look yummy.
Don't those look AWESOME!
Between the special treats and the party merchandise there are some really cool offerings that really make the party an great extra value.
Characters like Gunpowder Pete sometimes show up on rides - Photo by Brett Svenson
Not as much as it used to be, but one of the big perks of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is the the short lines on the rides. Mrs. Mom and I went to a SOLD OUT party a few years ago and walked on to Pirates and rode Buzz Lightyear twice with no wait. (We were enjoying the party and not really riding rides so it wasn't just those 2 rides.)
Some parties the lines for the attractions are longer than in the day, but not always. In fact, I think on a normal party night you won't wait long for any ride. That's a huge draw.
Dad's Bottom Line
Is Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party worth it? I sure think so. It's a great experience. Some of the best things at Walt Disney World happen at MNSSHP. If you want a great Disney experience, MNSSHP is the place to be.